Employment Support

There are a range of employment support and training providers in the borough that can support with CV writing, building confidence, support to gain additional skills, and securing employment.

Providers

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Aim4Work

Operated by the Shaw Trust and funded by the National Lottery and the European Social Fund, Aim4work is a free specialist employability programme for people with common mental health conditions living in South London,  North London and East London.

 

Once accepted onto the programme, one of the Aim4Work Employment Advisers will get to know you as a client, draw up an action plan to get you into work, introduce you to interested employers, provide you with in-work support and be there to support you once in employment.

 

More information can be obtained by contacting wellbeing@shaw-trust.org.uk

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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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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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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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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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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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Crystal Palace Foundation

The Crystal Palace for Life Foundation has been working with the South London community for over 25 years. They exist to leverage the power of football and the Crystal Palace FC brand to change the lives of young people across South London, particularly the most hard-to-reach and hard-to-help.

They work with over 13,000 people each year, inspiring them to find a better path and to lead a healthier life. They cover a broad spectrum, from football sessions for young people with a disability, to delivering engaging assemblies and workshops in local schools and colleges. Targeting young people in areas of deprivation, they offer free sessions in sport and other activities, alongside pastoral support, to instill positive values and help prepare our participants for a better life.

They have strong connections within the local community and businesses and run programmes designed to equip young people with the skills they need to start thinking about their future careers.

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Lewis-Reid

Lewis-Reid are Career Transition Specialist who work with people to transform their lives and careers.

A training and coaching company who deliver interactive and experiential workshops aimed at giving people the tools, skills and knowledge to create realistic job goals and successfully move into employment.

The key to the success of the workshops is to effectively help the participants to increase their confidence, build self-esteem and motivation and identify and build on the skills, ideas and abilities that they already possess.

  • Creating bespoke Employability Programmes – CVs, Job Search Techniques, Interview Skills, Social Media Upskilling
  • Over 50’s Programmes – Confidence and Motivation, Skills Profiling, Preparing for the World of Work
  • BAME
  • Career Coaching – All levels
  • Mentoring

Contact: dionne@lewis-Reid.co.uk

Website: lewis-reid.co.uk

Tel: 07771 711 270

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Drive Forward Foundation

Drive Forward (originally Partners in Hope) is a UK charity founded in 1993 which has been working with vulnerable children and young people for the past 20 years. Its work was focused in Russia, specifically helping young people from institutional orphanage care.

They provide support, particularly to care leavers, to create higher education and job opportunities with a view to challenging the statistics and developing an environment for real and lasting change on behalf of these young people.

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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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Global Solution Services

GSS works with employers, candidates, and partner organisations to provide project based services within training, Job Brokerage, Employment and careers guidance.

 

GSS also offer a specialist support service to BAME women who are economically inactive or unemployed.  Women will work with individual Employment Advisors to build a programme of support which could include: confidence building, IT skills support, ESOL support, vocational qualifications, support with childcare options, CV, job-searching and interview support, referral to further education and job brokerage into suitable work.

 

Contact: Linda, e:  linda@globalsolutionservices.co.uk  t:07714745386

 

Or visit https://globalsolutionservices.co.uk/

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Groundwork London

Groundwork London helps communities across the capital become greener, stronger and healthier.

We work with people living in London’s most vulnerable places to transform open space, re-connect people with nature, provide training & create jobs, and reduce energy use & waste.

At Groundwork London, we believe long-term, sustainable work is a critical factor in the health of communities.

Through our Employment & Skills programs, we help hundreds of Londoners grow their confidence, increase their employability, and take that important step into work.

Help for job seekers including: Confidential advice & guidance; C.V. & cover letter writing advice; Interview practice; Accredited skills training; Practical work experience, placements & trials; Support with family issues; Money management; Health & family well being support.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Prospects 50+

Prospects operates an over 50’s programme covering Sutton, Richmond, Kingston, Merton, Bromley, Bexley or Croydon which can support residents into employment. Each client will be supported by a dedicated employment advisor who will help with qualifications, training courses, access to jobs, interview practice, CV writing and work experience.

Further details can be obtained by contacting:

Paul Louden on 07554 332419

Paul.Louden@prospects.co.uk

Employment Plus provides support to low paid workers in Sutton. The programme aims to improve skills for those taking part to help them progress toward a better future by increasing their income and job security through training and personal development.

To find out more visit http://www.prospects.co.uk/What-We-Do/Employment-Skills/Employment-Plus-and-ESF-Older-Workers or contact the team on 0203 589 5075

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School of Hard Knocks

SOHK began as an intervention for a group of young men in Liverpool who were unemployed.  They displayed a range of barriers to work, including criminal histories or behaviour; issues managing anger and fear; experiences of homelessness; and histories of addiction.  

SOHK has now expanded to other regions and uses sport alongside classroom-based activities to support people into work.  The main beneficiaries are unemployed adults, who receive employability skills such as goal-setting, anger and fear management, CV-writing and interview preparation, with the ultimate aim of enabling participants to find employment and realise their potential.

Participants in SOHK courses are given support for as long as they need it. Sometimes this means people get back in touch after working for a long period in order to get help applying for a new role. This process is also supported by volunteer mentors.

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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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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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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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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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Sutton College

Areas covered: Sutton and surrounding areas

Eligibility: Young People (16-18) Adults

  • Part time education and training
  • Bespoke training and skills for employment
  • Employability skills (CV writing, interviews)
  • ESOL programmes
  • Management and Work Skills courses inc Start Your Own Business and Customer Service Skills
  • GCSE and Pre-GCSE Skills for Life English and Maths
  • Apprenticeship opportunities
  • Qualifications in a huge range of subjects from Teaching through to IT or Early years, Photography and Accountancy
  • Family Learning programme
  • Access to funds to help with learning
  • Courses and support for changing career
  • Work with JCP on specific work focussed programmes
  • Impartial advice and guidance service
  • Advanced loans available for L3 and above courses
  • Community Learning Grants to support the community
  • Arts, history, exercise and fitness programmes
  • Wellbeing courses including post stroke exercise and mental wellbeing courses
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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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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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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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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

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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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Twin Training

Twin Training provides training and services for jobseekers, employers and young people throughout London.

At Twin, we have products and services to help jobseekers and employers with employment and training. We match jobseekers to employers and vice versa, creating the perfect partnership and an effective employment solution.

If you are a jobseeker, we aim to change your life through work and training opportunities, no matter what your background, educational level, previous experience or personal goals are.

As an employer, we aim to fulfil your training and recruitment problems, providing effective solutions with advice and support from our dedicated team.

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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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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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Young Enterprise

Areas covered: Nationally

Eligibility: Young People

  • Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills. We work directly with young people, their teachers and parents, businesses and influencers to build a successful and sustainable future for all young people and society at large.
  • Young Enterprise programmes equip young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need  to succeed in the changing world of work.