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.

Brent Start

Brent Start is Brent's Adult Education College. We offer a service to anyone who wants to learn new skills, get into employment, find a better job or to improve their prospects in life.

Courses by category:

  • Arts and media
  • Health and public services
  • Languages (French and Spanish)
  • SfL (ESOL, English and Maths)
  • Skills for Employment

To register visit the Brent Start page on the Brent Council website or call 020 8937 3950

Brent Start has three learning centres located at:

  • Stonebridge Centre - 1 Morland Gardens, Stonebridge, London, NW10, 8DY
    • 020 8937 3950
  • Harlesden Library Plus - Craven Park Road, Harlesden, London, NW10 8SE
    • 020 8937 3940
  • Willesden Green Library - 95 High Road, London, NW10 2SF
    • 020 8937 3990

Eligibility criteria:Brent residents, any age; if 15-18 you must have a parent, guardian or carer to sign a permission form. Referral: Self. 

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Brent Works

The Brent Works Team  are here to support you into meaningful employment, and take the steps needed to get there”

  • One-to-one advice and guidance towards finding work
  • Connects residents to jobs and apprenticeships within Brent and across London
  • Opportunity to work with training providers to upskill and prepare you for employment

To register, visit this website or call 020 8937 6295 located within Brent Civic Centre

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CNWL User Employment Programme

Working closely with HR, Occupational Health and other services and departments across the Trust, CNWL’s Employment Services department set up the UEP to offer:

  • A supported employment service – help in applying for jobs within the Trust and managing the transition into paid employment
  • A work experience programme – placing service users in a range of short-term, unpaid posts. This helps people to re-train, update old skills, gain confidence and a recent work reference. We also offer continuing support to find paid work.

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Crisis Brent

Crisis Brent provides a range of services to help people out of homelessness and towards more stable lives. The organisation supports people to plan their goals and identify steps to achieve them. We work with people to increase their skills, motivation, knowledge and confidence. Our team provides support to access training, volunteering and employment and in-work progression.

Eligibility: Single people who are currently homeless, at risk of homelessness of have experienced homelessness in the last two years.  

Referral: Drop in Monday to Thursday between 10.30am and 12.30pm

Email: enquiries.brent@crisis.org.uk.

Tel: 0208 9652561.

Website (for training and activity schedule and more info).

Address: Unit 2, Ajax Building, 16a St. Thomas’s Road, London NW10 4AJ

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Each Counselling IPS

Project STRIDE is funded by the Big Lottery to support people living in Brent, Ealing and Harrow who are affected by mental health issues, substance misuse or sexual and domestic violence and abuse. Project Stride combines specialist career and personal coaching. We have expertise in supporting people from diverse backgrounds”

We can help you through one-to-one coaching to:

• Develop work related skills – CV, job search, interview preparation
• Improve your digital, literacy and numeracy skills
• Create a personal development plan tailored to your goals
• Develop confidence through a range of workshops
• Access online learning courses.

Free service for black and ethnic minority communities

To register: Contact Stephanie Kennedy skennedy@eachcounselling.org.uk or call 07494 283272

Email: ipsworks@eachcounselling.org.uk / stride@eachcounselling.org.uk or call 020 8961 8623

Design Works Park Parade Harlesden NW10 4HT

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Hestia at Ashford Place

We are a charity, working together with adults and children to change their lives at the times when they most need support. We help people find a permanent home, manage their finances, take care of their health, and access work, training or education, as well as providing emotional and practical support to help people succeed in their daily lives

To register call Leonora Mead on 07875 672460 or send an email to leonora.mead@hestia.org / employmentsupport@hestia.org /

Address: 60 Ashford Rd, NW2 6TU (near Cricklewood Station)

Number: 020 8208 8590 

Email: info@ashfordplace.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: 0345 604 3719 and ask to be put through to your local office, or ring Adel Ali (Wembley) 0208 258 3800, Laila Asghari (Harlesden) 0208 210 8542, Nilu Jain (Kilburn) 02078533515, or Ishrat Butt (Employer Engagement Lead for Brent) 0208 258 3765.

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Our job seeking and employability courses and qualifications will help you prepare for finding a job and find out where to look for a job”

To register: enquiries.harrow@learndirect-centres.co.uk  or call 0345 241 2533                                            

Address: Olympic Office Park, 8 Fulton Road, Wembley, HA9 0NU, near Wembley Stadium Station    

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Learning disability employment and volunteering support

  • 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.

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Making the Leap

Everything we do with our young people is about raising their aspirations and includes developing the key soft skills vital for life and the world of work such as confidence, communication skills, organisational skills, motivation and time keeping. We offer our Fellows ongoing coaching for as long as they need, as well as holistic support such as counselling, to ensure that they are fully equipped for their next step. 70% of Fellows are in a career opportunity within six months, and many of the young adults we have supported over the last year are now working – and thriving- at some of the country’s top companies”

To register, visit the Making the Leap website  or call 07483 126 931/ (available on text and Whatsapp) or 020 8692 1900

Address: 28 Hazel Rd, London, NW10 5PP, near Kensal Green Station

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New Challenge

New Challenge provides a range of services to help you significantly increase your chances of finding sustained employment”

To register: info@newchallenge.org or call 020 8795 3999

Third Floor, Heron House, 109 Wembley Hill Road, HA9 8DA

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Peabody Employment and Training

Peabody support customers on an ESF-funded programme called ‘Love London Working’, and can help with CV-writing, job searches and applications, interview skills, training and anything else needed on their journey to employment.

Eligibility: Over 16,  unemployed and looking for work; working part time and receiving employment benefit; has the right to work in the UK.
Tel: 020 7089 1342, ask for Michelle Halley
Email: employment.training@peabody.org.uk
Website: https://www.peabody.org.uk/community-programmes/employment-and-training
Address:  Old Oak house, 43-45 Erconwald Street, London, W12 0BP or Gatehouse Office (Peabody Estate), St Johns Hill, London, SW11 1TY

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PLIAS Resettlement

PLIAS Resettlement is a community-based not-for-profit organisation and registered charity located in the London Borough of Brent. Our support services are available to residents of the London Boroughs of Brent and Harrow and other boroughs in West London.  PLIAS Resettlement was formed in September 2004 and was officially established in December 2005. Our main objective from the very beginning has been to provide numerous services, primarily targeting offenders and ex-offenders, in order to support their reintegration back into society. PLIAS Resettlement evolved from several years of debate about crime, victims of crime, perpetrators and the life-long cycle of re-offending.

Tel: 020 8838 6800
Email: enquiries@plias.co.uk.
Address: Unit 12 Bridge Park Complex, Harrow Road, London, NW10 0RG

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Reed in Partnership

Opportunities for those aged 18-24, not in education/employment/training

We focus on changing lives by increasing employment opportunities, improving skills, providing youth services that enable personal and social development”

Aged 50+

Expert job support for people aged 50+ who live in London. Our friendly job advisers can help you find and start a role that's right for you. Work Routes 50+ gives you all the support and skills you need to achieve your job goal. Together, we'll create a plan of action that suits your personal needs and work ambitions

To register visit the Reed in Partnership website or call 020 8206 5550

Address: Chandelier Building, 8 Scrubs Lane, Willesden, NW10 6RB, near Willesden Junction Station

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Shaw Trust (Work and Health Programme)

Shaw Trust provides employment services to help people from a diverse range of backgrounds to find and stay in work. We work to equip individuals with the skills they need to develop a successful career

To register visit the Shaw Trust website or referral can be made through your local Job Centre Plus

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Smart Works

Our highly successful, two hour core dressing and interview preparation service achieves consistently high levels of success for our clients, and is at the heart of everything we do.

Eligibility: Any woman who needs our service and has a confirmed job interview in place.
Referral: By referral partner (anyone who supports women who are unemployed).
Contact name: Amy Hughes-Hallett

Tel: 020 8962 6586
Address: Smart Works West London, 1st Floor, St Charles Hospital, London, W10 6DZ

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Twinning Enterprise

At Twining Enterprise we wholeheartedly believe that work is good for mental wellbeing. The right job can have a really positive impact on our mental and physical health. We understand that people with mental health problems face unique work barriers, preventing them from getting into and staying at work. We know that with the right support, people can overcome these barriers and enjoy a healthy working life”

To register: brent@twiningenterprise.org.uk or call 07961 726 010

Address: 84 Uxbridge Rd, London W13 8RA

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Volunteering opportunities in Brent

Call: 0300 365 9920 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)

Drop in sessions: Tuesday 1pm – 3pm at Wembley Library

Email: enquiry@volunteeringbrent.org.uk


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Contact details:

Address: 180 Kilburn Park Road, London, NW6 5FA
Phone: 020 3317 5132

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