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Oyster launches a back to work training service for Housing Providers

Jaspreet Bhogal


Jul 22, 2022

One of the many benefits we receive at Oyster is being given 2 days of paid leave to do charity work. Over the years, our consultants have gardened, painted rooms for children, cooked, cleaned and played board games with the elderly!

When I sat down to think about what I wanted to do, I looked at what my skill set was, and after 10 years in recruitment, the answer seemed simple! I made contact with The Octavia Foundation and soon I had arranged to become part of their Learn2Earn programme, and I would soon be providing interview advice to their clients who had previously been substance misusers.

This programme ran for over a year, and feedback from clients was great with 100% rating the trainers from Oyster as excellent or good facilitators.

Fast forward to March 2020, plans for the decade ahead had been paused, and I had swapped working in the heart of London with working off of my dining table, this for me, (like most) gave me a lot of time to think.

I was speaking to contacts in the Housing world about the issues they were facing, and most mentioned the need to help their residents find/get back to work during this unsettled time. This led to a conversation with Sasza our MD, and from there the Residents Oyster Academy was born.

Our first programme starts in a matter of weeks with Pinnacle and one of their estates in Hammersmith, where we are looking to work with the 18-25 age group. The programme will be run via zoom and all topics will be covered in a 90-minute condensed session but multiple times to be able to include more participants.

“Our residents are the reason behind our passion for housing management. We’re excited about this partnership with Oyster and all the opportunities that they may create to assist our residents employment journey”

Magda Goncalves, Area Manager, LB Hammersmith & Fulham Council

What does the Residents Oyster Academy involve?

The programme can be completely tailored to the needs of you and your residents.


Given current times, we are more than happy to provide virtual training. Or if social distancing is possible and you have a space we can use, we will gladly come to you!


Optimal mindset for job seekers

The job search: Where to begin

CV writing

Interviews (including virtual interviews)

Number of sessions

Depending on which sessions you pick from/ the format of the programme being delivered you can select the frequency and length of any training that happens.

If you’re a Housing Provider looking to offer employability skills please do get in touch. I’d love to have a conversation about how we may be able to work with you! You can contact me by email at Jaspreet.Bhogal@oysterpartnership.com or by calling 020 7766 9000.

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Jaspreet Bhogal

Having worked in recruitment since 2009, and with Oyster since 2011, Jas is renowned for her exceptional organisational skills. Jas loves proving people wrong, and is relentless in offering something different and better to the industries she recruits into. Whether through training residents, mentoring programmes or supporting D&I, Jas is proud to have built successful relationships with the people and the sectors she works with.

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