User Employment Programme

What is the User Employment Programme (UEP)?

In 2004 CNWL made a commitment to becoming an exemplary employer (one that sets a good example for other employers) for people recovering from mental health problems and addictions.

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, and
  • 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

What are the benefits of completing a work experience placement?

Service users consistently tell us how much they value having support to access both paid posts and work placements within the Trust. Completing a work placement can provide a range of benefits, helping you progress in your chosen career, such as:

  • Practical experience in the industry you wish to work in
  • Employer contacts which can improve your job-seeking prospects
  • A recent work reference
  • Experience of teamwork and an opportunity to further develop your interpersonal skills
  • Greater awareness of current developments in your chosen industry/role

Here's what some people have said about their experiences with the UEP:

 “It felt like a real job not just a placement.”

“Eight months later after my placement I now work 30 hours in a paid job which I enjoy, and I am happy. I never thought it would be possible. My heartfelt thanks to my ES, the UEP and the Drug and Alcohol Team. I will never forget the enormous help and support from you all.”

“It felt like an important step for me. The placement has helped me get my confidence back.”

Contact details:

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

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