The following agencies may be of help to anyone who is currently unemployed and looking for help and support to find work
Employment and training skills for young people. Core employability programmes equip individuals facing barrriers to work with the skills and confidence they need, to sustain in work or training. Digital skills programmes are designed to provide opportunities for people from excluded groups to get working in digital or tech enabled roles. Social action programmes enable young people to come together to meet new people and learn new skills whilst doing something positive for their local community.
CAP Job Clubs (Christians Against Poverty)
Your local CAP Job Club is a friendly place where you'll get practical help and gain the tools you need to find work. Job Clubs meet weekly and you'll follow an eight week course which will include writing a CV and brushing up on interview skills. Services are free and available to anyone irrespective of their religion or beliefs.
Job Centre Guide
Your independent guide to benefits and services, FREE CV advice and jobs searching.
Salvation Army Employment Plus (E+)
Employment Plus (E+) Local is a church-led initiative providing a local centre where people experiencing unemployment can find information and guidance on their journey into employment within a supportive environment.Attending an E+ Local is entirely voluntary and the service is available to any person who is looking for work. People may attend / join at any time when the E+ Local is open.Activities at an E+ Local deliver back-to-work support and provide computers and internet facilities to assist job searches and the Government’s digital inclusion strategy.
Those engaging with the Employment Plus local will benefit from support such as: assisted job searches, digital inclusion, benefits advice and support, a listening ear, access to the internet and support for skills and confidence in using it.
020 7288 1770
UK charity that exists to give women the confidence they need to reach their full potential, secure employment, and change the trajectory of their lives.
The women who go to Smart Works need to be referred by Job Centres or charities to make use of their services. Each client receives a bespoke dressing consultation with two trained volunteers, to find a beautiful and high-quality interview outfit that will fill her with confidence. This is free of charge and the clothes are hers to keep. This is followed by a one-to-one coaching session with an expert interview coach, where each client receives valuable interview preparation, unlocking her potential and enabling her to succeed at interview.Once a woman gets the job, she is welcomed back for a Second Dressing and receives a capsule working wardrobe to last until her first pay cheque. In London, clients can join the Smart Works Network, which meets monthly for tailored sessions that set them up for professional success.Smart Works have a number of centres throughout the country.
They also run a Virtual Service where clients benefit from online interview coaching, a virtual dressing consultation and a bespoke parcel of workwear items sent in the post. This means we can help any woman, regardless of their physical location. They have also launched a brand new programme – Career Coaching – which helps unemployed women secure a job interview. In each session, trained coaches work with clients to identify tangible next steps to maximise their chances of securing an interview. This acts as a step before our core interview preparation service.
Springboard supports the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry and those seeking employment within it with three key aims: to advance the life and education of those under the age of 25, through the provision of advice, training and skills courses, relieving poverty and unemployment by assisting people to secure jobs in the hospitality sector, tackle ongoing problems the industry faces including staff and skills shortages and misrepresentation about what a fulfilling career they offer. They work nationally across UK and Ireland and run employbbility training programmes leading to workplace opportunties, employment, further education and apprenticeship, and specialist careers resources and advice.
Suited & Booted London
Clients are referred by public agencies and charities such as Jobcentres Plus, the NHS, Crisis and London Probation when they have the offer of a job interview or work placement.The first 30 seconds of an interview are crucial as employers make up their minds about potential candidates very quickly. Getting appearance and presentation right are vital to be seriously considered for the job.
They provide a welcoming, friendly environment where clients come in for a dressing session as well as some thoughtful advice, interview training and support.When clients come in to be fitted, volunteers help them find a good quality suit that fits well and looks great. Clients and volunteers also work together to find the right accessories such as ties, cufflinks and shoes. Our clients keep their suit and accessories. We can also assist when they get their new job by providing a few extras, such as shirts and ties, to support their working wardrobe.
Suited For Success (Birmingham area)
0121 236 7770
Suited for Success is a registered UK charity based in heart of Birmingham. We provide FREE high-quality interview clothes, styling and interview preparation skills for unemployed men and women who have a confirmed job interview. Gently worn suits and smart workwear is donated by professional men and women in corporate companies, law firms, banks, offices and businesses across the city. The suits are given to our clients 'FREE of charge' to wear to a job interview.
Both men and women can be referred. Their criteria is that people are currently unemployed and have confirmation of a guaranteed job interview. All clients are given a one to one appointment to receive interview coaching and are dressed and styled by their volunteers ready to give a great first impression in their job interview. They work on a referral appointment basis only with referrals from Job Centres and charities.
The Prince's Trust
0800 842 842
Support for 16 to 30 year olds to gain skills and work experience, guidance on CV and interview techniques, help with starting your own business with support to create a business plan with the help of a mentor.
Turn 2 Us: Looking for Work
If you are unemployed (or working less than 16 hours a week), and looking for work, there may be benefits, grants, or other financial support available to you.
The UK's only employment charity solely for women with convictions from CVs and interview practice to help disclosing your conviction and boosting your confidence, they are there to help.
Youth Employment UK
An independent, not for profit, social enterprise founded in 2012 to tackle youth unemployment. Run a wide range of services including supporting young people with skills and careers support they need to progress, connecting young people to Youth Friendly Employers. Skills and Careers Hub provides 11-30 year olds with free resources, advice and guidance.
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