Bexley Business and Employment

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How it works

This programme is designed to provide a package of support if you are unemployed or under-employed, by offering access to local employment opportunities, support to gain employability skills and help to overcome barriers to work. You will be supported with a job search and have access to a client advisor who will assist you to achieve your goals through careers information, advice, and guidance (IAG).

We have two centres based at either end of Erith High Street. Atrium Court (next to the library) and Erith Riverside Centre (beneath the shopping centre’s glass walkway).

The programme consists of the following activities:

Welcome meeting

A meeting where you will be informed of the various services available. You will also be asked to complete a support questionnaire that will assist our advisors with recommending services.

First Appointment - Assessment

A one-to-one assessment with an advisor to assess your skills levels, employment history, transferable skills, and career goals.

One to One

A one-to-one Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) appointment with a qualified careers adviser tailored to meet your individual needs, offering advice relating to job search, CV writing, application forms and interview skills.

Supported Job Search

A regular job club providing the opportunity to job search with support if required. Please call 020 3045 3800 to book your time slot.

​Referrals to Specialist Support

We have an extensive list of partners and actively keep up to date with local offers. We can refer to other organisations that specialise in supporting people with issues such as drug and alcohol dependency, mental health, fitness, and wellbeing. Referrals to these specialist providers are discussed discretely in one-to-one appointments.

In-Work Support

Should you need a little help once you find work, we are able to support you to help you stay employed. You will still be able to have contact with your advisor to get advice when you need it or to continue to use our job search facilities should you wish to progress your career, find alternative employment or training.

Our Partners

Aim4Work (Shaw Trust)

Aim4Work is a specialist employability programme for people with common mental health conditions living in Bexley.

Aim4Work is jointly funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund under the Building Better Opportunities programme and forms part of their commitment to invest in local projects to tackle the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion and drive jobs and growth.

If you are:

  • aged 25 or over, and;
  • not working, but want to, and;
  • living with a common mental health problem (examples include anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder)

Then Aim4Work can help you with:

  • one-to-one advice and guidance
  • access to employability skills workshops
  • referrals to work-related training
  • referrals to local health management services
  • support in securing a voluntary work opportunity to gain work experience and confidence
  • access to local job opportunities through the LEC Bexley business support service
  • in-work support to help you sustain employment

To access Aim4Work and receive help to look for work, call Shaw Trust free on 0800 389 0177 or email aim4work@shaw-trust.org.uk to receive an eligibility check and first appointment.

We deliver Aim4Work in Bexley on behalf of Shaw Trust.

Shaw Trust is a national charity working to create brighter futures for the people and communities they serve. They provide employment opportunities, skills development training and health and well-being services across the UK.

London Borough of Bexley offer

Our LBB offer is available to Bexley residents who have:

  • the right to work in the UK, and;
  • access to public funds

And who are:

  • unemployed and looking for work
  • underemployed and looking to improve their employment position (examples of underemployment include those working part-time and wanting more hours, those on low pay who need to increase earnings to reduce benefit dependency, those with high skill qualifications working in low skill jobs)

Then LBB offer can help you with:

  • one-to-one advice and guidance
  • access to employability skills workshops
  • advice on self-employment
  • referrals to work-related training
  • referrals to local health management services
  • support in securing a voluntary work opportunity to gain work experience and confidence
  • access to local job opportunities through our business support service

To access our LBB offer, call 020 3045 3800 and ask to book on to a Welcome Workshop. Please remember to bring evidence that you live in the borough and any other required documentation. This offer is funded by the London Borough of Bexley.

Bexley Twofold

Employment support for Bexley residents with a learning disability.

Work Routes (Reed in Partnership)

Work Routes is a specialist employability programme for families with additional needs living in Bexley.

If you are:

  • aged 16 or over, and;
  • unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours per week, and;
  • are part of a family with at least one other person, and;
  • are ready to think about work

Then Work Routes can help you with:

  • one-to-one advice and guidance
  • creating a CV to look for work
  • a better-off calculation to identify how much you would need to earn to be better off in work
  • access to employability skills workshops
  • support in securing a voluntary work opportunity to gain work experience and confidence
  • access to local job opportunities through the LEC Bexley business support service

​To access Work Routes and receive help to look for work, call us and ask to speak to a Work Routes Advisor at our Atrium Court Centre.

We deliver Work Routes in Bexley on behalf of Reed in Partnership. Contact us on 020 3045 3800. Work Routes is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund.

Reed in Partnership exists to change people’s lives for the better. As a public service provider, their mission is to be the partner of choice for developing people and their communities. They support individuals, businesses, families, and communities to prosper - often under challenging circumstances.

Work and Health Programme (Maximus UK)

The Local London Work and Health Programme can help maximise your potential and find the right job for you.

We will get to know you and identify your skills, support needs and job aspirations so that we can provide you with the right support to achieve your employment goals.

We will help you:

  • improve your health and wellbeing
  • develop your work skills and gain experience
  • boost your confidence and do well at interview
  • find a job that is right for you or explore self-employment
  • success and progress in your new job

You can get support if you are of working age and live in Bexley, Barking & Dagenham, Bromley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, or Waltham Forest and are:

  • disabled and have a health condition or dependency on drugs or alcohol
  • unemployed for two years or more
  • a veteran, in the reserves or a member of the Armed Forces
  • an offender or ex-offender
  • a carer, ex-carer, or care leaver
  • a victim of domestic violence, homeless or a refugee
  • a young person involved in gangs 

​If you want to know more, speak to your Jobcentre Plus Work Coach or call our employment support team on 020 3045 3800 and ask to speak to a Work and Health Programme Advisor. 

Local London is a sub-regional partnership of nine boroughs responsible for commissioning the UK Government’s Work and Health Programme in East and South East London and has commissioned Maximus UK to deliver the programme. We deliver the Work and Health Programme in Bexley on behalf of Maximus. The programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Work & Health Programme Job Entry: Targeted Support (JETS), Maximus UK

The Work and Health Programme Job Entry: Targeted Support service helps individuals in London who’ve worked in industries heavily impacted by the pandemic to upskill and empower them to seek sustainable employment in growing sectors.

You are eligible to access this support if you are:

  • aged 18 plus
  • living in one of the following boroughs: Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Enfield, Newham, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, Waltham Forest or Havering
  • unemployed and have been receiving benefits for more than 13 weeks
  • trying to find work and need employment support

The support you will get:

  • light-touch, flexible and online support for six months from our recruitment advisors, including:
    • information, advice and guidance
    • coaching and resilience building
    • mental wellbeing support
    • careers guidance
    • creating a CV
    • interview coaching
    • industry sector training
    • accredited training (via Community Partnership Network)
  • access to vacancies with local and national employers who work with our dedicated business account managers

We deliver this programme remotely as well as face to face in Bexley on behalf of Maximus UK.  It is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund.

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