External employment services in Brent

These services each specialise in a particular area of employment support and have their own referral systems. They include employment and volunteering support for people with learning disabilities.


For full information about eligibility and referrals, see the links below.

Ashford Place

Ashford Place offers independent advice and guidance on topics including welfare benefits as well as careers advice, CV workshops, job preparation, work placements and in-job support. Eligibility: Age 16-65, looking for employment. Referral: Self or by treatment team. Contact: Tel: 020 8208 8590 Email : info@ashfordplace.org.uk Website: http://www.ashfordplace.org.uk/ Address: 60 Ashford Place, Cricklewood, NW2 6TU Brent Active Citizens helps develop, support and promote volunteering in Brent. Its Brent's Working project provides free training, placements, CV writing and job search support. Eligibility: Brent residents, any age; if 15-18 you must have a parent, guardian or carer to sign a permission form.

Referral: Self.
Contact:020 8208 8590
Email : info@ashfordplace.org.uk
Website: http://www.ashfordplace.org.uk/
Address: 60 Ashford Place, Cricklewood, NW2 6TU

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Brent Start

Brent Start offers:

  • courses including beauty, health and social care, business and ICT and languages;
  • vocational training including accounting and IT;
  • skills for life; and
  • traineeships for people aged 19-24.

Eligibility: Brent residents, any age; if 15-18 you must have a parent, guardian or carer to sign a permission form. Referral: Self. Contact: Tel: 020 8937 3950 (Stonebridge Centre), 020 8937 3940 (Harlesden Library Plus), 020 8937 3990 (Carlton Centre) Website: http://www.brent.gov.uk/brentstart

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Business in the Community

Business in the Community Ready for Work works with companies to offer pre-placement training (employability and workplace skills), unpaid work placements, and job coaches and a job club to give support after placement. Eligibility: People who are, or are at risk of becoming, homeless. If at risk, they must have other significant barriers to work. Referral: Self, online (ring or email for a login).


Tel: 020 7566 6646

Website: http://www.bitc.org.uk/london/what-we-offer/ready-work-london  (for information), https://rfw.baoh.org/ (for referral referral) Email: Sarah.Sebty@bitc.org.uk or Lauren.OLeary@bitc.org.uk

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Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus offers one-to-one job search support for a year. Eligibility: Unemployed and looking for employment.

Referral: Self-referral.

Contact: Tel: 0845 604 3719 and ask to be put through to your local office, or ring Shahin Saiyed (Wembley) 020 8258 3801, Naeva Ellis (Harlesden) 020 8210 8524, Kay Smith (Kilburn) 020 7853 3640 or Devika Patel (Willesden) 020 8258 6743.
Website: https://www.gov.uk/

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Learning disability employment and volunteering support

  • Choices4all, which offers training in catering and hospitality, life skills, literacy, numeracy and IT, employability skills and independence. Eligibility: Age 18 or over. Will need a passport or birth certificate; letter confirming eligibility for Income Support or Incapacity Benefit; 139A assessment form; statement of Special Educational Needs and (if over 25) a personal budget. Referral: Anyone, by phone. Contact: Tel: Rachel on 020 8424 0848 for further information and referrals.
  • Toucan, which supports people to find and keep appropriate jobs. Eligibility: People with mild to moderate learning disabilities. Referral: Anyone, by email. Contact: Tel: Taylor Huxster on 020 8453 7160 Email: taylor@toucanemployment Address: Rm 303, Dephna House, 119 Neasden Lane, London NW10 1PH
  • Langdon, which helps with writing CVs, approaches employers and sets up work placements or jobs. Cost: £50 per day, one day a week for 26 weeks. Eligibility: People with mild to moderate learning disabilities who are nearly ready for work and live in Edgware, Borehamwood or Hendon. Referral: Anyone, by phone. Contact: Tel: Stuart Rotherham on 0845 600 6562 ext 1209 or mobile 07846 042 239.
  • People with learning disabilities can also get help from Jobcentre Plus, which can additionally put them in contact with:
    • Remploy, which offers support with searching and applying for jobs, work trials or training to build employment skills. A job coach will provide support and guidance after you start work. To be eligible you need to be aged 16-25 and have a Statement of Educational Needs (SEN) or equivalent.
    • Shaw Trust, which supports unemployed people develop skills for work, including coaching and job search help.
  • Educational support from the CNWL Recovery and Wellbeing College, the College of North West London and the City Lit.

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Lift provides training and pre-employment services including: online job searching; writing a structured CV; filling out application forms; linking you with local employers offering work placements and paid employment; and A Chance 2 Work, their training programme. Eligibility: Brent residents who are unemployed and vulnerable. Referral: Drop in or get in touch with one of the people below. Contact Colette P Farrell (employment director), Calvin Whyte or Carl Jorgensen (advisors): Tel: 020 8965 2561 Website: http://www.liftpeople.org.uk Email: info@liftpeople.org.uk Address: Unit 2, Ajax House, 16a St. Thomas’s Road, London NW10 4AJ

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Leap offers a two-week course of support and training, access to vacancies, apprenticeships, volunteering opportunities, two years' follow-up after work placement, IT and numeracy classes, counselling and carer advice.

Eligibility: Unemployed, aged 16-24, with good spoken English. Available between 09:30 and 17:00 for the two-week course.
Referral: Phone or drop in between 09:00-12:00 with proof of identity and address.
Contact: Tel: 020 8962 1900
Website: http://www.makingtheleap.org.uk/
Address: Harriet Tubman House, Kensal Green, London NW10 5PP

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Contact details:

Address: 44 Wicklow Street London WC1X 9HL
Phone: 020 3317 5132

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