Over the coming weeks, we will be conducting several short interviews with members of the Homes for Lambeth team.
Up next is Eamonn Lorimer, our Social Investment Programme Co-ordinator (employability, apprenticeships, skills & training):
Q: What does a Social Investment Programme Co-ordinator do?
A: My main responsibility is to develop and ensure Homes for Lambeth Residents as well as Lambeth Residents have apprenticeship, job and training opportunities and they benefit directly from the exciting programme taking place in Lambeth. I joined HfL in June; it has been a busy and exciting time meeting new colleagues including the CEO, as well as contributing to an important discussion and presentation on how HfL can help the local economy post COVID 19. So very significant and exhilarating times ahead.
Q: Why I’m here at HfL / what brought me to the position here?
A: I saw the job advertised on the Opportunity Lambeth website, and thought it ticked the boxes for me professionally and personally. Professionally, I have worked in Lambeth for the last two and half years on employability matters including apprenticeships, work experience, and most recently helping Lambeth Residents benefit from construction opportunities. And personally, I Chair a Residents Association, therefore, I understand how important it is for residents' views to be heard by their Local Authority. So, this role ticks the boxes for me by working in Lambeth and with their residents, knowing their employability needs, having local contacts and getting the best opportunities for people.
Q: What I’m most proud of professionally?
A: Representing my country and local residents. Before working on employability matters, I had a career in HM Diplomatic Service, where I was posted to Washington DC, Malta and Islamabad as well as working on European and Multilateral policies. I have also worked as a Princes Trust mentor and used these skills to benefit Lambeth residents getting into work and education.
Q: Something about me!
A: I am passionate about making a positive difference in people’s lives. Especially those who may not have had opportunities presented to them due to background, ethnicity or gender. I'm also a DJ playing on two internet radio stations.
Q: What you can ask me about?
A: Anything!! If I am unable to answer the question myself, I will ideally find you someone who can. But my main focus is employability and assisting HfL residents into apprenticeship, job, training and work experience opportunities.
Q: What I’d like to achieve in my role at HfL?
A: Develop a partnership where contractors, HfL and Residents work together for the benefit of the whole community.