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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

Search for jobs in Westminster using GOV.UK

How to apply for jobs - advice for the National Careers Service

WES Jobs & Training Vacancy Bulletin

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Helping residents into WCC jobs
Helping residents into service
Helping residents into construction
Working with young people at risk

Francine

Francine is a Westminster resident who had low confidence and self-esteem as a new mother re-entering the employment market. She was supported by Michaella, an ERM for WES Jobs and Training, who used innovative solutions to make the employment process less daunting.

Michaella diligently looked over Francine’s CV and saw that with her transferable skills and experience, she was an ideal candidate for a variety of roles within the council.

After using her strong internal relationships to broker what Francine now calls her “dream job”, they wrote a cover letter to the hiring Manager, conducted 3 coaching sessions and a mock interview.

Francine used her new platform to showcase her suitability for the role that is now her job.

Helping residents into service

23 local Westminster residents were supported into work as Social Distancing Ambassador by Nikoletta, an Employer relationship Manager for WES Jobs and Training. The Ambassadors work for the West End Business Improvements Districts in an effort to get the city up and running again after the impact of Covid-19.

Nikoletta’s role was expansive from successful sourcing, screening, training, coordinating and providing in work support to all 23 residents to ensure that they have the tools needed to secure and sustain their jobs. Support has been expansive and includes negotiating interview methods, mock interviews, motivational 1-2-1 meetings, travel provisions for the first month of employment and check in meetings.

Olivier

Olivier met with Gurv at ‘Construction Careers’ a Westminster City Council Recruitment event in November 2019.

Having recently moved to the UK from Canada he had limited experience within the construction industry. The first step of his progression towards employment was completing CSCS training. Olivier was referred to TfL Earls Court in December, where he added to his existing knowledge of health and safety.

After successfully passing his CSCS exam, he was sent to Multiplex in January to be interviewed for a Trainee Hoist Operative role. Multiplex were impressed with his transferable skills and progression aims which led to him being offered the role and being put through CPCS ticket trainings for him to eventually become a qualified Hoist Operative.

Amir

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.

Employment and Skills Provider Network

What is it?

The Employment and Skills Provider Network brings together Westminster Employment Service colleagues with the DWP and a variety of employment, education and skills providers who work within the borough. Its purpose is to network, jointly tackle economic issues, share best practice, and develop ways of joint working to improve the employment and skills landscape.

 

Get involved

The Network meets once monthly (via Teams) to explore a theme voted for by the members.

If you would like to become a part of the Network please get in touch with Juliette Foster, Partnerships Manager for WES jobs and training, at jfoster@westminster.gov.uk

Upcoming Network events

WES Jobs and Training are keen to showcase the work that is being carried out by our partners and regularly seek news stories and service updates to include on our website.

If you would like to have your service promoted via the WES website please get in touch with Juliette Foster, Partnership Manager for WES jobs and training, at jfoster@westminster.gov.uk

News and events

WES Jobs and Training vacancy bulletin is here

Date: Thu, 08/20/2020

Find the latest jobs and voluntary positions in the weekly Westminster Employment Service (WES) Jobs and Training vacancy bulletin.

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Volunteering opportunities for residents

Date: Thu, 08/20/2020

Sign up to receive Westminster Connects bimonthly newsletter showcasing all the voluntary opportunities available in and around Westminster.

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WES Jobs and Training is back

Date: Thu, 08/20/2020

The team at Westminster Employment Service has reassembled and are now ready to offer residents high quality employment opportunities.

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Homeless job fair

Date: Thu, 08/13/2020

On Wednesday 12 August, Westminster Employment Service (WES) held a job fair for homeless clients. The event was a success, with many partners taking part, including the Passage, Cardinal Hume, as well as a host of employers.

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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.

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

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