Employment support

Are you looking for work or a change of career?

We offer a wide range of short courses to help you get back into employment.

These courses will help you gain essential skills and qualifications for work, but also look at what you have already achieved and what you would like to do in the future. You will develop the confidence to find work and make sure you know the best way to keep a job.

These courses are available throughout the year and include the following:

  • Build your CV
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Find out what employers are looking for
  • Gain knowledge and skills for work
  • Improve your confidence
  • Get help with completing application forms and covering letters
  • Improve your interview techniques
  • Improve your time management and team working skills

As well as courses and training to help you get a job, we can also offer one-to-one employment support with our Steps into Work coaches. A coach can help find employment suitable for you by offering job opportunities with local employers.

Job skills workshop

“I have the skills and experience but I’m not getting replies to my job applications.”

“I keep going for interviews but not getting the job.”

“The job market has changed since I last worked, I’m not sure what employers want now.”

If this seems familiar and you are already confident with ICT and have good written communication skills, this course can help you to get that job. The course offers advice on making your application stand out, creating the perfect cover letter and writing successful CVs that get you the interview. It will also give you an employer’s perspective into the process and help you present yourself effectively at interview.

  • City & Guilds qualification in Employability
  • 1 day per week over 5 weeks

Rock into work

What skills do employers look for? For many jobs good teamwork, time management and communication skills are essential skills.

Rock into Work courses help you to develop these employability and customer service skills and to have the confidence to demonstrate them to an employer. You will also improve your interview skills, write or update your CV and gain a clearer understanding of workplace practices and procedures.

  • City & Guilds Customer Service & Employability qualifications
  • 2½ days per week over 5 weeks

Job club

We also run regular job clubs. No need to book, just come along to one of the sessions. These clubs offer employment support and advice, help with CVs and interviews, as well as access to Universal Job Match and other job search websites. The clubs run all year, apart from bank holidays.

Please contact us for more details.

Steps into work

Our work coaches can help you get into work.

The Steps into Work team provides:

  • On-going one-to-one support and group workshops
  • CV advice and support
  • Help to identify relevant job opportunities
  • Help completing job applications
  • Interview preparation
  • Help to identify suitable training
  • Support to keep the job

To receive added support from one of our experienced work coaches, candidates need to be unemployed or economically inactive and be:

  • a Waltham Forest Resident
  • able to provide proof of being eligible to work within the UK
  • 18-25 years of age and 6 months or more unemployed or 25+ years of age and 12 months or more unemployed

Steps into Work is funded by the European Social Fund

How to enrol

To join any of the courses above you must attend one of our information and assessment sessions held throughout the year. Before you start we’ll check which skills you already have so we can recommend the courses that are right for you.

You can also inform your Job Centre Work Coach which course you would like to attend and discuss options with them. The advisor will then refer you to the course.