Pre-employment courses

Pre employment courses are for young people who need to improve their skills, or explore what sort of jobs interest them, before they apply for work or an apprenticeship. Most courses do not ask for any qualifications or experience. Courses in and around Westminster are listed below. 

1. Art, design, media, and performing arts

Work Ready programme at the London Technical Fashion Academy

This 6-week course at Hackney Community College prepares young people for an apprenticeship programme with fashion manufacturing companies. Read more about the Work Ready programme.

 

2. Business and finance

Work study programme with Just IT

Just IT offers business admin pre-apprenticeship courses near Aldgate tube station. For further details and to apply email umarj@justit.co.uk or call Umar Javed on 020 3540 6881.

Route into Work at the London Transport Museum

This 3-day course for 16 to 24 year-olds includes Level 1 Business and Customer Awareness qualification. Lunch is provided and you get your travel costs are reimbursed. Read more about the route into work programme.

Get Into Fashion Admin with the Prince's Trust

Meet new people and improve your skills by carrying out tasks like filing, working on databases and on reception.

Get support from mentors to take your next step. For 16-25 year-olds who are not in employment, education or training. Travel costs and lunch provided and benefits will not be affected. Course runs from 2 to 19 May with an information day on 26 April, based near Mornington Crescent tube. Find out more.

Get Into Customer Service with the Prince's Trust and HSBC

Meet new people and learn new skills such as communication and IT. Get support from mentors to take your next step. For 16-25 year-olds who are not in employment, education or training.

Travel costs and lunch provided and benefits will not be affected. Course runs from 5 to 23 June with an information day on 10 May, based near Monument tube. Find out more.

 

 

 

 

3. Construction

4. Health and social care

Adult Social Care training with CITE

3-week healthcare training near Euston. Gain a BTEC qualification and help with the job applications. To apply, you must be 19 or over and claiming benefits. Find out more about this adult social care training course.

5. Hospitality and catering

Recruit London

Hospitality jobs for unemployed Westminster residents including job-specific pre-employment training with guaranteed interviews, followed by 6 months support in work.

Apply for hospitality jobs

Get into hospitality

Meet new people and gain practical experience in room service, housekeeping, concierge, events and food services and get support from mentors.

For 16 to 25-year-olds not in employment, education or training. Travel costs and lunch are provided and benefits will not be affected. From 6 February to 3 March with a taster day on 2 February, based near Hyde Park Corner. More details at the Prince's Trust website.

 

6. IT

Work study programme with Just IT

Just IT offers IT pre-apprenticeship courses near Aldgate tube station. For further details and to apply email umarj@justit.co.uk or call Umar Javed on 020 3540 6881.

 

7. Retail

Recruit London

Retail jobs for unemployed Westminster residents including job-specific pre-employment training with guaranteed interviews, followed by 6 months support in work. 

Apply for retail jobs

 

8. Security

Security courses at City of Westminster College

Find a security course at City of Westminster College including door supervision (4 weeks), CCTV (2 weeks) and close protection (7 weeks). To apply, ask your Jobcentre Plus work coach to call 020 7258 2711.

 

9. Sport and fitness

YMCA Club

7 week employability and mentoring programme led by athletes focusing on physical activity and nutrition. The course runs for 2 days per week, taster session on 21 March, course starts on 27 March at YMCA Tottenham Court Road.

Find out more.

Street league employability programme

Street league employability programme uses football to help 16 to 24-year-olds develop employability skills. It includes football training every day, a free training kit, 10-week personal development academy, 14 week progression academy with maths, English and work preparation and work placement. Based near Russell Square.

London Basketball Association (LBA)

The LBA will be documenting basketball league games on a weekly basis and need a camera crew to help. They are looking for 6 enthusiastic people with an interest in media. 

The project will involve filming and streaming entire games, photographing the events, carrying out interviews, and post-production editing.

Apply to the LBA

Football with the Prince’s Trust and QPR

Meet new people and improve your skills by working on a group challenge like learning how to deliver a coaching session to a group.

Get support from mentors to take your next step. For 16-25 year-olds who are not in employment, education or training. Travel costs and lunch provided and benefits will not be affected.

Course runs from 24 to 28 April with a taster day on 19 April, based near White City station.

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10. Other courses

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust offers many courses to help you develop new skills and build your confidence.

English for work with City of Westminster College

2-week course including reading and writing, speaking and listening, jobsearch support and work placement opportunities. Aimed at EU nations. For further information or to apply, call 020 7258 2711.

Spear Course

Spear Course offers 6-week courses including help with job applications and customer service qualification in centres across London including Camden, Chelsea and Shepherds Bush. The course is for 16 to 24 year-olds with start dates throughout the year.

Learn2Earn with Blenheim CDP & Octavia Foundation

This 12-week course for Westminster residents aims to improve confidence and provide volunteering opportunities while improving employability skills. It runs on Tuesday to Thursday in Ladbroke Grove. For more information contact learn2earn@blenheimcdp.org.uk or call 020 8960 5599.

Youth employment skills

Pre-employment training for 18 to 24 year old Londoners who are of black, mixed, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Arab, Gypsy or Irish Traveller ethnicity or have experienced issues with mental health, drugs and alcohol, or homelessness. Trainees have their own adviser, a personal training and support plan and receive financial support for travel, work clothes and childcare.

Last updated 29 March 2017