Westminster Employment Service

Helping residents into work and independence.

Westminster Employment Service (WES) is a recruitment service for local residents and businesses.

We partner with Westminster employers to fill a wide range of vacancies so that residents benefit from opportunities on their doorstep.

Our team is made up of people that care about finding the right jobs for the right people, and making a positive contribution to the community.

We work with residents on a personal level to develop confidence and skills, and to help provide access to training, jobs and continued career progression.

Help finding a job

We help unemployed Westminster residents get the training and support needed to find jobs and change lives.

Our coaches can help you develop new skills and overcome barriers such as childcare or housing, to build confidence and get ready for work.

One to one coaching

WES coaches offer bespoke support, including interview practice and CV writing. If you're going through difficulties in life, or just want to go back to work after some time off, our team will help you to regain the skills you need to find the right job for you.

Contact a WES coach

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Helping people with disabilities
Supporting parents into work
Helping young people into apprenticeships
Working with young people at risk


Susan is a Westminster resident in her 30s living with multiple sclerosis, which can leave her unable to function or work for days. Despite having severe episodes of MS whilst studying, she completed A-levels and a marketing degree, and even won an award for volunteering. Despite this, Susan struggled to find work.

WES designed a system to support all aspects of Susan’s needs and ambitions, leading her into her current job at Recruit London. Coaches were identified, coached and gave in-work support once Susan had secured her job. Susan gets continuous in-work help to develop skills such as intelligent self-care,and maintaining a good work-life balance.


Michael is a Westminster resident who was struggling to find work  and accommodation. However, he had a change in priorities after becoming a foster-parent to a child who was involved with gangs.

WES supported Michael during this difficult time by firstly giving parental care and stability for his foster-child, keeping him safe and encouraging his studies, and then by getting Michael back into housing, training, and then into work for the first time in 10 years. 

Michael is now not only helping himself but giving back to his community as a foster parent.


Kevin is a Westminster resident referred to WES from Westminster City Council's child services. He suffered with issues of extreme anxiety after experiencing trauma and isolation, and was possibly facing the development of other mental health issues with no clear way forward. 

WES helped Kevin to feel secure again and reconnect with his sense of purpose by supporting him into a multi-skilled apprenticeship with Morgan Sindall. Through hard work, Kevin has now earned money to go away on holiday for the first time in his life.  He has built a future for himself where he is empowered to make his own choices is rewarded for his performance.  


Amir is a local Westminster resident from Pimlico. He has been working with Kirsty from the Integrated Gangs Unit who help young people who are at risk of joining a gang. He joined Westminster City Council as an apprentice, and is now helping people to find careers in the construction industry.

Amir's energy, positivity and bright smile are a great addition to the team.

Advisor Academy

The Advisor Academy is a free training and professional development programme for employment advisors in Westminster. 

Through training sessions, peer-to peer learning and networking, the academy helps professionals develop skills and keep up-to-date.

Over 110 advisors from local charities, Jobcentre Plus, DWP contractors, local authorities, housing providers and other partners have benefited from the academy. All of our sessions have been rated as excellent or good by those that have attended. We cover a wide range of topics such as motivational interviewing, housing, drug and alcohol awareness, dealing with convictions, childcare and much more. 

Email advisoracademy@westminster.gov.uk to learn more.

Make a referral

We offer free help to unemployed residents who need help training for and finding a job.

Please complete our simple form to refer an unemployed person to us and get the ball rolling.

Make a referal to WES

Get involved

Join the provider network

The provider network is a forum of dedicated charities and employment services, which meets every 3 months to share ideas, best practice and success stories on how to help the local community though jobs and training.

The network shares opportunities and vacancies, through a slack channel and is an excellent way for partners to present projects and updates to an audience of industry experts.

Contact WES to learn more or join


Become an employment partner

You can boost the reputation of your business and its status as an employer by committing to best practice such as fair salaries, career progression, employee support, equality and more.

Contact WES to learn more about becoming a recognised partner


Make a referral

We offer free help to unemployed residents who need help training for and finding a job.

Complete our simple referral form to get the ball rolling

Focused recruitment


Our specialist team of employer relationship managers will help employers with focused recruitment in sectors such as:

- hospitality
- visitor economy
- construction
- horticulture

Contact WES to learn more about how you can benefit from the HIRE programme

News and events

Change in drop-in sessions due to coronavirus

Date: Wed, 04/01/2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, the Westminster Business Unit and Westminster Employment Service will be changing the way we deliver drop-in surgeries.

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Drop-in employment sessions

Date: Thu, 02/27/2020

The council is holding drop-in sessions for businesses and residents to get professional employment advice.

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Construction job fair

Date: Mon, 12/02/2019

On 26 November 2019 Westminster Employment service held a construction recruitment fair with over 40 Westminster residents in attendance.

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Job fair for council apprenticeships

Date: Mon, 09/30/2019

15 applicants secure a place at Westminster City Council as a business apprentice at record breaking job fair.

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The Language Cafe at Christmas

Date: Fri, 12/20/2019

'Tis the season of giving, which is why this year the Westminster Employment Service is giving back to Westminster residents through its Language Cafe.

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Pop-up 'makers market' at Westminster City Hall

Date: Wed, 12/11/2019

Westminster Employment Service (WES) hosted a festive pop-up makers market at Westminster City Hall, giving an opportunity for attendees to showcase their creative talents to council staff.

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Discover the Westminster Employment Service

The Westminster Employment Service is a part of Westminster City Council. Learn more about our strategy, performance and governance and our partners.

Contact WES

Please get in touch if you have questions or want to learn more about our programmes.