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Disused pub goes from serving drinks to serving job opportunities

A derelict Brixton pub – the Green Man on Coldharbour Lane – has gone from serving drinks and snacks to serving up job and training opportunities following its transformation into Lambeth’s first employment hub.

Residents will, from next Monday (22 March 2010), be able to visit the Green Man Skills Zone for support to find a job, and to improve and update their skills.

Work to transform the building began last autumn and this flagship project forms a key part of the council’s campaign to help unemployed residents back onto the job ladder or into further training to improve job prospects. This employment hub will also help people get their life back on track by helping them sign up for IT training, debt management classes, English classes and other community learning opportunities.

The Green Man Skills Zone has been developed in partnership with a number of organisations including the Citizens Advice Bureau and Job Centre Plus. It will offer a ‘bespoke’ service according to the needs and requirements of individual visitors.

Councillor John Kazantzis, Lambeth Council cabinet member for employment and enterprise said: “I’m delighted that this centre is now open for business. It’s fantastic to see this old disused pub turned into something that will bring such positive benefits to local residents.

“The kind of practical help the Green Man Skills Zone offers will support local people who are looking for work or training, and those who need help to get their lives back on track. Based in the heart of the local community, it is ideally placed to bring services closer to the people who need them”.

The Green Man Skills Zone can be found at 225 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton. For more information about this hub telephone 020 7926 5607, email lambethworking@lambeth.gov.uk or visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/working.  

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