Employment Support

If you would like help and support with writing CVs, interview skills, confidence building, there are a range of organisations that can help.

Providers

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Carshalton College

Areas covered: South London

Eligibility: Young people (16-18) and Adults (19+)

  • Student Services – information, advice and guidance / work preparation
  • Work experience, apprenticeships, bespoke programmes and legislative non funded provision
  • Inspiring Futures programmes to connect employers to students (study programmes)
  • Study programmes – (approx. 36 hours of work preparation)
  • Work experience- tailored
  • Apprenticeships (intermediate and advanced models)
  • Bespoke and legislative (tailored)
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Successful Mums

Areas covered: Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Sutton

Eligibility: Mums 16 to 49 ( we do welcome Dads)

  • We offer employability and enterprise skills. Supporting women back to work, change career or to start a business
  • Connecting Mums with flexible friendly employers
  • Connecting Mums with local business owners as mentors for self employment
  • Venues in Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Sutton
  • One day a week 6 week training course and 121 coaching
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JACE Training

Areas covered: South London

Eligibility: Learners aged 16-24, Adults – Independent Learners, 24 years + loans, Traineeships, Study Programmes, Apprenticeships

  • Apprenticeships- Varying levels and vocations.
    Full time/Part time/ work based learning/ short courses- CPD
  • IAG to support career progression and up skilling.
  • Work experience, educating in soft skills via programmes we offer.
  • Working with employers to fill skills gaps.
  • Work based Employer at our training centres.
  • Study programmes include work experience,
  • Traineeships including work experience and Apprenticeships as bespoke courses.
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Sutton College

Areas covered: Sutton and surrounding areas

Eligibility: Young People (16-18) Adults

  • Part time education and training
  • Bespoke programmes and Skills for employment.
  • Impartial advice and guidance service
  • Work with JCP on specific work focussed programmes.
  • Employability skills (CV writing, interviews)
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Sutton and District Training

Areas covered: South London

Eligibility: Young people (16-18) and Adults (19+)

  • Study programmes including work preparation and enrichment activities
  • ESOL programmes including vocational courses and Functional Skills Maths, English and ICT
  • Work experience and study visits
  • Employability skills incorporating CV writing, mock interviews with local employers, soft skills and tailored support to help with employment
  • One-to-one Pastoral support and Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Apprenticeships – varying levels and vocations
  • Full time / part time / work based learning / short courses at varying levels
  • One day Site Safety Plus Course with CSCS Training and Card
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TRP

Areas covered: South London

Eligibility: Young People aged 16-19, Employability and partnership with schools to help with wider participation

  • Full time, part time education, work based learning
  • Delivery to young people who are Not in Education or Training (NEET), learners.
  • English as a Second Language (ESOL) and Apprentices.
  • Pastor support and information, Advice and Guidance.
  • Work preparation, work experience, apprenticeships, bespoke programmes and enrichment activities.
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The Royal Mencap Society

Areas covered: South London

Eligibility: Age 18 years plus with a disability

  • Employ Me – is a Mencap specialist support employment programme for people with a learning disability. Help people find and stay in employment, and make the most of their experience as employees.
  • Training – work with people to identify and develop the skills needed for the jobs they wanted to do.
  • Finding Work – We provide support for people to develop the skills they need to search for a job.
  • Work Trials – We can offer people the chance to experience a real life work environment. This is like a working interview.
  • Starting Work – Support is there to ensure that when someone starts a new job they can comfortably settle into their role.
  • On-going Support – Mencap can also provide support to ensure that someone has a job they can make progress in the workplace and take advantage of any career development opportunities.
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Apprenticeship Hub

Areas covered: Sutton

Eligibility: Students ages 16-24, Parents, Teachers, Businesses

  • An online portal designed to help match 16-24 year olds with local apprenticeship vacancies in Sutton and surrounding areas
  • The hub provides students, teachers, parents and businesses with everything they need to make the right decisions about apprenticeships
  • Businesses can list their apprenticeship vacancies
  • Students can search and apply for vacancies
  • Advice and guides such as CV writing are available for download
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Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust

Areas covered: Regional

Eligibility: Young People and Adults

  • Full time programmes for students with autistic spectrum disorders, challenging behaviours, visual and hearing impairments, health and personal care needs and mental health issues.
  • Three year programme designed for school leavers and young adults who need significant levels of support within a college environment.
  • Traineeships, building skills for independence or a combination of bespoke courses that provide a ‘best fit’ for what the learner wants to be doing at the end of their time at college.
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Life Centre and Libraries

Areas covered: Sutton

Eligibility: Adults

  • Using the internet to search for jobs
  • Writing CVs & cover letters
  • Using email
  • Careers advice
  • Networking
  • Interview techniques
  • Presentation skills
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Christians Against Poverty

Areas covered: Sutton

Eligibility: Young People and Adults

  • Enables your church to deliver an effective service to help people step into work, even after years of unemployment.
  • Provides training and ongoing support for your job club to be successful. This includes materials to run our eight-week interactive Steps to Employment Course, covering topics such as identifying strengths, CV writing, and interview techniques.
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Ingeus

Areas covered: Sutton

Eligibility: Young People

  • One-to-one support from an Employment Advisor
  • Advice on job searching, CV writing and interview skills
  • Calculations that show how much better off you can be in work
  • Vacancies that are exclusive to Ingeus clients
  • Use of computers and phones to find and apply for jobs
  • Specialist advice on areas such as housing, debt, and benefits
  • Health and wellbeing support provided by health specialists
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Imagine Mental Health Services

Areas covered: Sutton and surrounding areas

Eligibility: Mental health adults (18 plus)

  • Identify the kind of work suited to you and transferable skills
  • Developing/updating CV
  • Practical support with job searching, applications, cover letters and interviews
  • Support into full time, part time, and temp paid work, as well as apprenticeships
  • Mental health declaration
  • Support into volunteering and education as a pathway to work
  • Preparing to start a new job
  • Job retention – Strategies to stay in work and where needed liaising with your employer to identify and make any reasonable adjustments
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PROSPECTS

Areas covered: Nationally

Eligibility: Young People

  • Graduate jobs
  • Job profiles
  • Work experience and internships
  • Job sectors
  • Apprenticeships
  • Working abroad
  • Gap year
  • Self-employment
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Sutton Community Works Job club

Areas covered: Sutton

Eligibility: Adults

  • Using the internet to search for jobs
  • Writing CVs & cover letters
  • Using email
  • Careers advice
  • Networking
  • Interview techniques
  • Presentation skills
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Our Place! - Embracing Mental Health

Areas covered: Sutton

Eligibility: Adults with a mental health diagnosis

  • To help unemployed people with a mental health condition into sustained employment
  • To support more workplaces to become ‘healthy workplaces’ in which employee wellbeing is taken seriously
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Nickel Support

Areas covered: All Boroughs

Eligibility: Adults (16+)

  • Not-for-profit community interest organisation.
  • To support adults (16+) with learning disabilities by offering real life opportunities.
  • To improve work skills, or support with life skill development.
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Sutton Women Centre

Areas covered: Sutton

Eligibility: Young People and Adults

  • Provide vulnerable women with mentoring, benefit advice and a range of other support services.
  • To help women make a positive change in their behaviour by providing them with a friendly environment in which they can receive help and encouragement.
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Women’s Hub

Areas covered: Sutton

Eligibility: Women

  • A safe women-only place to help with:
    • Domestic abuse advice and support
    • Counselling
    • Employment, training and education
    • Clothes and food bank
    • Debt advice
    • Legal advice
    • Family advice
    • Sexual abuse advice and support
    • Women’s health
    • Specialist housing advice
    • Information sharing with key partners
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Volunteer Centre Sutton

Areas covered: Sutton

Eligibility: Young People and Adults

  • Helping local people find positive volunteering opportunities.
  • Supporting organisations attract and develop great volunteer teams.
  • Creating bespoke packages.
  • Helping individuals identify a career pathway, search for job searches or find relevant training or prepare for job interviews or even start their own business.
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South Thames College

Areas covered: Merton, Tooting, Wandsworth

Eligibility: Young People and Adults

  • Teachers with industry experience
  • Specialist support
  • Work experience
  • Tutorial Support
  • Careers Advice
  • Education Advice
  • Counselling
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Sherwood Park School

Areas covered: Sutton

Eligibility: Students 16-19 years who have Severe or Profound and Multiple Learning Disability or Autistic Spectrum Disorders 

  • Learning adult focused outcomes based on independent living, work ready learning, community & health.
  • Students are entitled to remain at Sherwood Park until the end of the academic year in which they are 19.
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Endeavour Training

Areas covered: Nationally

Eligibility: Young People

  • We work in schools to remotivate pupils who can’t cope with formal school structures.
  • We provide full time education in two schools of our own for young people who have not been given a mainstream school place.
  • We work with unemployed 16-19 year olds in community projects to improve their chance of progressing into a job or into further education.
  • We work with young offenders to resettle them into a community and enable them to go straight.
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Nescot

Areas covered: South-West London

Eligibility: Young People and Adults

  • Wide-ranging expert support
  • Specialised help with student finance
  • Mentoring and professional counselling for personal, social or family problems
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PEP (Post 16 Entry Level Programme) Cheam High School

Areas covered: Sutton

Eligibility: Students 16-19 with a statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan stating moderate learning difficulties as their prime need

  • Access to the resources of the school
  • Social Zone and Study Zone, which are available to all Sixth Form students
  • Mix with the rest of the Sixth Formers socially, e.g. attending the annual Summer Ball
  • Purpose-built classrooms providing an excellent learning environment
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Prince's Trust

Areas covered: Nationally

Eligibility: Young People

  • A range of programmes to help unemployed young people gain the skills and confidence they need to find a job or training opportunity, or set up their own business.
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The Change Foundation

Areas covered: Nationally

Eligibility: Young People

  • The Change Foundation engages with marginalised and at-risk young people, facing some of the world’s toughest challenges through the power of sport and dance.
  • We empower them, educate them, train them and then provide them with opportunities to lead their own programmes, develop their own ideas and find new pathways to employment.
  • The Change Foundation has a passionate and dedicated team who work to make a real and lasting difference in young people’s lives.
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National Careers Service

Areas covered: Nationally

Eligibility: Young People and Adults

  • We provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

  • We provide help with: CVs, skills health check reports, action plans and course searches
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Jobcentreplus

Areas covered: Nationally

Eligibility: Primarily 18+ but exceptions can be made

  • Offers services to a whole range of people, from the employers advertising jobs, unemployed people looking for work, part time employees looking to get more work, students and school leavers looking to enter the job market and people with special needs who need a bit more assistance in getting a job.
  • Ensure you are getting any relevant benefits you may be entitled to
  • Refer/Signpost to a range of providers and opportunities to help and support you depending on your needs and circumstances
  • Address any skills needs/barriers by referring you to relevant training, at no cost to you
  • We offer a range of work experience opportunities to people on eligible benefits
  • Work with employers to fill their vacancies and ensure we have the right vacancies for our customers
  • Offer specialist Self Employment programme “New Enterprise Allowance NEA” for customers on benefit wanting to start up their own business
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Today Training Services

Areas covered: South London and Surrey

Eligibility: Young people (14-19 years) and Adults (19+)

  • Work based learning

  • Apprenticeships – Early Years and Childcare

  • Level 1 to Level 4 Early Years and Childcare qualifications

  • Level 4 Advanced Practitioner qualification – Early Years

  • Apprenticeships  – Supporting Teaching and Learning (Level 1 and Level 2)

  • Bespoke Early Years programmes

  • Apprenticeship vacancy service for Early Years and Childcare

  • Careers advice