There are lots of partners working with the council to help residents into employment, training and work experience. Advice and support is available from local charities, Jobcentre Plus and further education colleges.
The Homelessness Employment and Learning Project (HELP) team can provide assistance with all your housing and employment needs including:
• debt, benefits and tax credits advice
• effective job searching advice – CVs, interview coaching and confidence building
• training, voluntary and work experience
• employment opportunities and back to work support and advice
• information on childcare funding and childcare support whilst training or volunteering
• help to prevent losing your home if you are facing eviction, and help to find a private rented home.
"They always find a solution that will help", HELP client, 2017.
If you are unemployed and living in Westminster, or living in Westminster City Council temporary accommodation outside the borough, then we can help you. Support is also available for those at risk of becoming homeless or living in temporary accommodation who are already working and looking to increase their hours.
You can come along to our daily drop in sessions available at the Housing Options Service or make an appointment in advance at Maida Vale, Edmonton, Camberwell or Stratford to speak with one of our trained advisers.
You can also pop into one of our HELP cafe sessions held fortnightly in Westminster and Stratford. You can get information on jobs, training and volunteering opportunities in a relaxing, informal environment. We invite guest speakers to each session to discuss topics on a whole range of issues that might affect you.
10 am to midday every 2 weeks on Thursday mornings (2 November, 16 November, 30 November and 14 December 2017)
Alfie's Rooftop Restaurant, 13-25 Church St, Marylebone, London NW8 8DT
10 am to midday every 2 weeks on Wednesday mornings (1 November, 15 November, 29 November and 13 December 2017)
Gerry's Kitchen, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BG
“You know, the good thing with [my advisor], she’s not an officer, she’s a friend, you can feel free to discuss with her your situation. That’s the good thing about your place HELP”, HELP client, 2017.
The HELP project is a partnership between Vital Regeneration, Westminster City Council and FEANTSA.
020 7641 4019
101 Orchardson Street,
London, NW8 8EA
The Centre offers one to one employment support to help you find work and improve your in-work prospects, and the support programme continues after you’ve found employment, with advice and career progression opportunities.
Our employment team has excellent partnerships with a number of local employers providing access to workplace visits, placements and vacancies. We also have a range of learning services to help you develop your skills and become job-ready.
3-7 Arneway Street
020 7227 1673
The college offers a number of free courses to help you on your way to a fulfilling career. Programmes are aimed at helping you find work, training in your chosen occupational area as well as job search skills and mock interviews with major employers.
You can also get help to find work experience and job interviews, and a high level of support to build your skills, confidence and ability to succeed in finding the right job for you.
Paddington Green Campus
25 Paddington Green
020 7258 5500
If you live in the Church street area and want individual and personalised support to help you into employment, the Church Street for All Employment Service can help you identify and develop your strengths and find the right opportunities.
The service offers a personal coach for up to a year, including help finding voluntary work placements and training to meet your career goals, help with interview travel expenses and clothing, benefits and income maximisation advice, coaching for personal and professional development, and ongoing support when you are in work.
99 Church Street
Paddington Development Trust delivers a free jobs and skills programme to help people in west and central London get into work, work placements and training.
The service helps both those claiming and not claiming benefits.
If you access PDT Employment Services your benefits will not be affected. The programme works closely with employers from a range of sectors such as construction, retail and catering and looks for full time and part time roles.
An advisor will provide personal support. If you need training your advisor will help find a work placement or the right place for you to study. If you are ready for work, your advisor will look for suitable vacancies, help with your application form and prepare for the interview with you.
122 Great Western Studios
65 Alfred Road
020 7266 8254
Peabody’s employment service is for anyone over 16 and unemployed or employed and in receipt of benefits. The service has strong links with a range of employers and local partners and provides access to job vacancies and apprenticeships.
The service offers free and personalised one-to-one support with a strong focus on work. People accessing the service will receive CV support, cover letter preparation, assistance with job search, interview techniques, preparation for work life and in work support.
Bruce House Centre
020 3828 3893
Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) is Westminster's adult college, offering full-time and part-time study in the daytime, evenings and at weekends, with courses in over 80 venues across Westminster.
WAES offers an ideal way to come back to learning and to build on confidence if you were unable to complete your education.
219 Lisson Grove
020 7297 7297
The college’s pre-employment courses run for 2 to 8 weeks from the Regent’s Park Centre in central London and can help you get into work, with sessions that will help you identify relevant job opportunities, improve your CV, time management, enterprise skills and interview techniques.
The college's employability team also offers a job vacancy matching service which matches employers with those looking for work or training. Contact the college to check eligibility for free courses or ask to be referred at your local Job Centre.
020 7963 4181
One Westminster provides volunteering support and placement services, linking up volunteers with volunteering opportunities. It encourages older people and those with disabilities and health problems to volunteer or to join in their own volunteering programmes.
37 Chapel Street
020 7723 1216
Jobcentre Plus provides advice on work, training and help with claiming benefits and extra support. Registered service users can get support from personal advisers.
0345 604 3719
0345 608 8551 (textphone)
Learn2Earn is a 12 week employability and volunteer programme, devised to help Westminster residents who are finding it difficult to access employment and volunteering opportunities. Residents of of Kensington and Chelsea,,and Hammersmith and Fulham are also eligible.
There are 3 modules involved in the programme, stability and preparation, personal development and pre-employment, designed to help people along each step of the road toward employment.
The programme aims to improve confidence and self-esteem and enable participants to enter volunteering opportunities whilst improving their employability skills.
020 8354 5682 / 020 8960 5599
Westminster libraries offer many sessions to help you get back to work.
Drop-in surgeries are held in partnership with National Careers Advice Service Employment Advice, Working Futures, Vital Regeneration and other recruitment experts for the local area.
Help and advice will be given as you search for jobs, and write your CV and job applications (including online ones).
Check with your local library to find out what services they offer.
Get expert advice, update your CV with one-to-one CV writing help and get great tips on searching for jobs at Paddington Library.
Sessions run on Mondays and Fridays, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.
Love London Working is a training and employment programme helping unemployed people over the age of 16 into work. No matter how long you have been out of a job or what barriers to work you may be facing, such as health, disability or single parenthood, the Love London Working team can assist you.
Once you've had support there is a wide variety of jobs and work placements ready for you to apply for.
0300 100 0310
The House of St Barnabus supports people affected by homelessness and social exclusion with training and work experience to build a network of hardworking talented individuals who are ready to thrive in work.
Support starts with a 12-week employment programme and continues with 12 months of mentoring and ongoing support from the Academy team. Skill training includes the opportunity to gain accredited City & Guilds qualifications in hospitality or business and administration.
1 Greek Street
020 7437 1894
Bounce Back is a charity and a social enterprise focussed on the training and employment of ex offenders. It works in several prisons, as well as with London Probation, offering training, work experience and employment to offenders at the end of their sentences using the skills developed both in custody and on release. Courses focus on training to ensure people are well positioned and qualified to enter the construction industry
Helping people re-engage with the community, Bounce Back acts as a bridge between prison and full time employment. It gives people a chance to see a career path, gain confidence, obtain a reference to move on or, in some cases, stay with the Bounce Back team in the social enterprise.
Bounce Back Foundation
POP Brixton, Unit L05
49 Brixton Station Road
020 7735 1256
The Marylebone Project delivers education, employment and training opportunities and meaningful activities in order to support service users into independent living.
Service users are often affected by substance misuse, unemployment, domestic violence and mental health issues. The Marylebone project aims to support users with self-esteem, employment and independent living, by providing shelter, emotional support, education opportunities, spiritual space, and events in a welcoming and secure environment.
1-5 Cosway Street
020 7262 3818
The Passage runs London’s largest voluntary sector resource centre for homeless and vulnerable people. The Employment, Training and Welfare Rights Team helps find employment for clients who are often far from the labour market. The Passage helps them at every stage of their journey.back to work.
020 7592 1850
St Vincent's Centre
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust's Individual Placement and Support Service has trained employment specialists, based in mental health and addiction teams, working in partnership with the clinical team to help you manage your health in the workplace. The service is for anyone accessing the treatment teams where employment specialists are based, who would like support to get paid, ongoing employment, or to stay in a paid job.
The service builds relationships with local employment services and employers to gain access to the ‘hidden’ labour market.
40-48 Hanson Street
020 7612 1621
Communities Into Training and Employment (CITE) helps people to gain employment or to increase their employability as they progress towards employment.. It runs free accredited training courses in partnership with recruiting employers, targeting lots of different job vacancies. It has opportunities for people wishing to work in the health and social care sector. Courses are synchronized with the company recruitment process and training covers the key skills required for the job.
It also helps people to continue to develop their skills in the workplace and to progress to their next job. All of our services are driven and structured with job retention and job progression goals in mind, so we have two customers: the individual and the recruiting employer.
020 3002 8149
Communities Into Training and Employment (CITE)
Chinese Community Centre
9 Tavistock Place
Inspired offers support to people with on-going personality related difficulties to help them access social activities, voluntary work, education, training, employment and groups.
Inspired supports people aged 18 and over who live in Westminster or who are registered with a GP in the borough.
Support is based around the following themes:
13A Great Chapel Street
020 7428 4145
IntoWork supports young people and adults to obtain employment or training. You can drop-in and search for jobs and get help applying for them. It also runs courses to boost both your confidence, and improve your CV. With jobs updated daily, IntoWork can help find the vacancy that works for you.
There is also a four week women’s empowerment programme, intended to provide a safe space for local women to build confidence and develop their goals. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the dates of the next course.
020 7792 9189
The Venture Centre
Drop in 10am to 5.30pm
103 Wornington Road
Al Hasaniya Women’s Centre
Employment support for Arabic speaking women, Mondays 10am to midday
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