Specialist Services

There are a range of organisations in the Borough which offer specialist and bespoke services to support people with additional needs into employment and training.

Specialist Suppliers


Job Centre Plus

Jobcentre Plus assists those seeking work as well as offering a range of recruitment services to help employers.


0845 604 3719

Carew House, Railway Approach, Wallington SM6 0DX



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.

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.

Orchard Hill College

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.

Sutton College Supported Learning

The Sutton College Supported Learning department offers an extensive range of courses for adults with learning disabilities. Courses are split into three areas:

  • Independent Living & Community Participation
  • Essential Maths, English & Employability Skills
  • Enrichment

Students can choose courses from 1, 2 or all 3 pathways. Each student will be asked to complete an initial assessment before choosing their courses to ensure that the courses suit their individual needs.

To enrol on any Supported Learning course, please email supportedlearning@suttoncollege.ac.uk or curriculum@suttoncollege.ac.uk  or call 020 8289 4700 to arrange an initial assessment and interview.


Work and Health Programme: Better Working Futures

Do you need someone to help you find a job?  Do you live in Sutton, Croydon, Kingston, Merton or Richmond?


Better Working Futures provides personal advice and guidance, skills training and health support, helping Sutton residents find the right job.   The service gives people who face additional barriers to finding work the best support available.