Street cleaning firm praised for giving jobs to homeless

24th of May 2019
Street cleaning firm praised for giving jobs to homeless

London street cleaning company Veolia claims to have recruited around 100 homeless people since it began trialling its Road to Work scheme two years ago.

Veolia specialises in recycling and waste management for businesses and households, street cleansing and the maintenance of parks and open spaces.

The company joined forces with Westminster City Council and central London homeless charity The Connection to design and pilot a "return to work" scheme for the homeless and vulnerable. This offers flexible workplace arrangements and combines them with specialised support services and advice.

Helder Branco, senior contract manager for Veolia, said: "Due to the size of our workforce we have the potential to offer regular workplace opportunities and hope to bring a significant number of people through the scheme.

"However, we recognise that the circumstances of vulnerable people entering the role mean they will need significant support. The success of the trial is a reflection of the collaboration and strong relationships we have with Westminster City Council and this partnership approach makes the long-term success of the individual a priority."

Andrew Smith, Westminster City Council member for housing services, said: "Sometimes, all people really need is an opportunity in an environment where they will be supported. Veolia are making a real tangible difference to people's lives."

Once employed with Veolia, candidates are offered modified work hours to assist with the transition into work and are given on and off-the-job support. They also receive access to a full range of training and development opportunities offered by the company.


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