How to improve your employability skills

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Searching for a job involves more than just sending your CV to employers. You also need to make sure you’re a good fit for the job, can sell yourself to the hiring manager, and are well-prepared to answer interview questions.

You may ask yourself many questions such as:

  • Do I have the right skills?
  • Can I communicate effectively?
  • Is my CV good enough?
  • What will I be asked at an interview?
  • What do I need to do to improve and get a better job
  • How do I use the internet to job search?

If you are asking yourself these questions, then we can help you. Explore our vast range of workshops and employability courses that we guarantee will improve your chances of gaining the perfect job for you.

Employment support programmes

Local London – Bexley Works

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Our Local London Bexley Works programme supports people who are economically inactive (not job searched in the last 4 weeks and ready to work in the next 2 weeks) and who need support to help move them into sustained employment or to become economically active.

People can access support to:

  • receive employment advice from an adult career’s advisor
  • take part in work clubs and employability workshops
  • find the right vacancies locally and outside of Bexley
  • assess training needs and get help to access courses

To access Local London Bexley Works, call 020 3045 3800 and ask to book on to a Welcome Workshop.

Maximus - Work & Health Programme, Local London Work and Health Programme Pioneer, Restart Scheme

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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 Work and Health Programme Pioneer (Maximus UK)

Need help finding work? Local London Work and Health Programme Pioneer provides specialist employment support for people in London who are not in work.

This programme can help you:

  • create a CV
  • be more confident
  • Learn new skills
  • find a new job or self-employment

Find out if you are eligible to apply

Eligibility criteria apply. WHP Pioneer is the latest phase of Universal Support. It is
delivered by Maximus for Local London, on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Restart Scheme (Maximus UK)

The Restart Scheme, delivered on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, is a government initiative supporting people who have spent 9 months or more claiming Universal Credit or Jobseeker’s Allowance and are, at the point of referral, in the Intensive Work Search Regime, to help them get back into work.

As well as employment support, the scheme will help people to access accredited training, mental health services, drug and alcohol support, debt advice, and housing support.

Bexley Twofold - Supported Employment

Bexley Two Fold

Bexley Twofold is the job search, training, and supported employment service for residents in Bexley, with learning disabilities who have a need for support to access training and employment opportunities.

Our aim is to help service users find and sustain paid employment.

We help people over the age of 18 and create an individual journey for each service user and will amend support to suit the needs of the individual.

Works4Me - are you a Bexley resident living with autism and looking for work?

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The Works4Me programme can help you with finding and sustaining paid employment.

We can help you with:

  • one to one job search support
  • advice around finding and retaining work
  • access to employability workshops and support with interviews
  • in-work support when you start your new job

To be eligible for this programme of support, you must:

  • be a Bexley resident aged 18+
  • have a diagnosis of ASD
  • committed to finding and retaining paid work, or;
  • already be in paid work and need support to stay in your role

To find out more, call 07592 133867 to talk to a Employment Work Coach or email works4me@re-instate.co.uk and we will get back to you. 

CareerActive - Bexley Libraries

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Whether you’re looking for your first job, planning a change of career or returning to work after a break, CareerActive will give you access to brilliant advice and information, accessible 24/7 over the internet, free with your Bexley Library card.

Bexley CareerActive

CareerActive, packed with interactive tools and e-learning content can help you find a job and keep a job.

  • Quick and convenient (available 24/7)
  • Structured with key actions and links to related content
  • Updated videos from employers and recruiters
  • CV builder and interview simulator
  • eLearning resources including coaching hub
  • Career Pathways videos on different job types
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Getting to grips with the essentials

Need a good CV?

Need a good CV?

See what it takes

 

Application form

Application forms and how to complete them

Tips and tricks

Job interview preparation

Job interview preparation

Are you ready?

Could you volunteer in Bexley?

Volunteering provides endless ways for you to be active in your community and give something back. It is also a great way to learn new skills and boost your confidence that could help you into work.

For more information contact BVSC:

register now to BBE portal

How do I register with BBE?

There are several ways you can register with our employment service, phone 020 3045 3800, register now or email contactBBE@bexley.gov.uk

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