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Southwark Works is a free employment support service for anyone living within the London borough of Southwark.

We’re proud to work with residents of all ages, experiences and backgrounds, offering high quality, one-to-one support.

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Southwark Works is an employment support service for residents of the London Borough of Southwark.

To check whether you’re a Southwark resident, please enter your postcode below.

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You are not eligible for our employment support services but we have compiled a list of national and local resources that may be helpful.

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The Southwark Works office is  currently closed until 4 January 2022.

You can still leave a message for us  us on 02077408200 or freephone 08000520540 or by email  info@southwarkworks.org.uk

and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We offer a range of free professional services, including:

  • Friendly and personalised employment advice. 
  • Help with CV writing, application forms and interview techniques. 
  • Access to training courses, apprenticeships, volunteer positions and internships across diverse industry sectors. 
  • Online resources to improve your skill set. 
  • Referrals to money management and benefit maximisation organisations.
  • Help for businesses looking to recruit local talent.

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Network providers

Southwark Works is a network of employment support organisations who have come together to help you find the right (or a better) job.  All the organisations listed here make up the Southwark Works network and depending on their area of expertise, will support you no matter what your particular challenge or issue may be.

We are always keen to talk to any employers or other support organisations. Please register your interest today, and a member of our team will be in touch.

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Employability Workshop Inspire Lewisham

  • Date: 19/01/2022
  • SE146AW

Employability Workshop

Wed, 19 January 202210:00 – 13:00

Location: Goldsmiths Caroline Graveson Building, SE146AW

The employability Workshop will help you gain skills and confidence for your placement applications, the outline of the workshop will be as follows:

Presenting Yourself:

  • The Line of Formal & Informal: Discussing ways of talking to future employers that bridges the gap between formal and informal

Preparation and Research:

  • Research tips, and what to look for:
  • Who are the people who makes up the company, what are their linked in profiles?
  • What is their career trajectory?
  • Where else have they worked?
  • Values. Mission – knowing the difference
  • What are the foundations of the business?
  • What are they focused on right now?
  • The more you research, the more you will question
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, if something doesn’t make sense
  • What are the company’s strengths and weaknesses?

Exercise (20min)

Partner up. Give each group the participants a company with values, mission, some info from Newspapers. A job description, and now they have to come up with questions they want to know about the company to ask in their interview, and answer if they think they will be a “good fit” for this company. Also, relay their own concern as to why or why not, this might be a good place to work?

Exercise 1: 20 Minutes

Skills Mapping- Map their skills, where are their “strengths,” where are their “Challenges”

  • How to Match Skills to descriptions- Breaking down industry Lingo
  • How to counter- balance “experience” with “lived experience”

Exercise 2: 20 Minutes

Partner presentations. After doing the skills session, the partners will then go through different job outlines and they will help each other find why they are suitable for each position. Then the duo must present why and how their partner has the lived experience to qualify for a position from the job description.

Nailing the Interview 15 Min

  • Job descriptions, knowing what each position does
  • Understanding Industry Terminology- what terms we know and don’t know
  • The Art of Asking Questions: How to get a feel of what work would be like

Communication 15 Minutes

  • Verbal VS. Nonverbal Communication
  • Don’t read too much into It.
  • Look for signals of engaged speaking and engaged listening. When is the time to speak up, and when is the time to stop speaking?
  • How will you show you are listening?
  • Don’t be off put if someone listens differently from you.
  • Exercise: Final Reflections 10 Minutes
  • Go back to one of the first exercises and see if anyone feels more comfortable in going on interviews, or engaging in the workplace
  • Creating a plan: What positions might they want to apply for? What are they going to do after this workshop?

Register for Free on Eventbrite here

 

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COVID-19 advice and support

For many job seekers, 2020 has been a challenging year. We are here to support you through this difficult time with our range of specialist services. 

Whether helping find the right job for you or providing free resources to boost your skillset, we can work with you on a one-to-one basis so you can access and apply for new and exciting job opportunities. 

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What we believe in

We aim to help as many Southwark residents as possible achieve better pay, hours and career prospects. Behind our mission and the work we do, are three key values.

1

We believe in a personalised approach
Every job seeker has their own unique experience and ambitions. That’s why we offer tailored, one-to-one services. Matching you with one of our qualified advisers allows us to best serve you by getting to know your specific requirements better.

Working in the borough for the past 15 years, we know this approach works as we’ve successfully connected thousands of people with jobs, helping them realise their career goals.

2

Our services are available to everyone in the community
We believe that any Southwark resident who wants employment support is entitled to our advice and assistance. We work with local people from all age groups and backgrounds and cater to any level of work experience. Whether you’d like to find a new role, get back into the job market or progress in your career, our friendly team is here to help.

3

We are committed to equal opportunities.
Everyone in our community should be treated equally in all areas of life, including the workplace. We work with equal opportunities partners to ensure all employees and job applicants have the same chance of following their chosen career path.