About Southwark Works

What we do

Who are we?

Southwark Works is a free employment service for local job seekers and employers. We provide friendly and expert-led support for residents of all ages and backgrounds, creating better work opportunities for everyone in our community.

Assigning you with your own personal adviser, we offer assistance throughout each stage of your career – whether that’s finding your first job or your next role, helping you prepare for an interview or delivering on-the-job guidance.

Working across a wide range of sectors, our highly tailored services have been developed with 15 years of experience and have helped thousands of people reach their personal career goals.

If you live in Southwark and you’re looking for a job or you want to achieve better pay, hours and career prospects, we’d love to welcome you. We look forward to discussing the next phase of your career progression with you.

Who can access our services?

We work with residents of all ages, skillsets and backgrounds. Some people we work with have encountered difficulties finding employment. Others are re-entering the job market for the first time in a while. Whatever your current situation, we’re here to help.

Alongside permanent and part-time jobs, we also have opportunities for volunteering, internships and apprenticeships, allowing you to gain skills and contacts outside of traditional employment routes.

The only criteria you must meet to access our free services is to be a Southwark resident and be eligible to work in the UK.

How do we work with job seekers?

At Southwark Works, we tailor our services to you, meaning you can receive as much or as little support as you like.

Although the way we work depends entirely on the individual, below you’ll find a brief outline of what you can expect from our team.

  • An initial assessment and questionnaire.
  • You’ll be matched with one of our qualified advisers.
  • Get one-on-one support for your employment needs, whether that’s job-searching, updating your CV, finding a better job or enrolling on a training course.

How do we work with employers?

Matching businesses with our large talent pool of local job seekers, we work with employers of any size and in any sector. Offering a free and tailored recruitment service, we can help with anything from producing job descriptions to shortlisting candidates, arranging interview spaces to amending role specifications.

If you’re interested in working with Southwark Works, you can get in touch with a member of our Employer Relationship team to discuss your recruitment needs.

Please note employers suitable for our services must provide good working conditions, pay at least minimum wage and be able to offer future employees an employment contract.

Meet the team

Jayne Couchman

Job Title Programme and Network Coordination Manager

Jayne is responsible for coordinating and managing service delivery for the Southwark Works network including –  office management and provider co-ordination, employer liaison, strategic review and implementation of company policies (Health & Safety, Communication, Equalities, Environmental, Safeguarding, GDPR etc) ensuring continuous improvement to services and auditing our quality standard ISO 9001.

Deborah Robinson

Quality and HR Manager

Deborah is responsible for HR and is our Quality Manager.  Deborah looks after staff and partner inductions;  upskilling staff and partners to ensure they can meet common standards;  production of the Staff Handbook, recruitment processes, holidays and absences, plus staff training/development records. Deborah is also part of the Management team who help to review company policies and review our quality standards.

Jaime Reina

Hanlon Coordinator

Jaime is a new recruit to the team and is responsible for helping the Southwark Works network meet its performance and monitoring objectives, including the day-to-day operation of Hanlon for the provider network and ensuring shared standards in monitoring are achieved.

Sarah Williamson

Southwark Works Office Manager

Sarah is part of the Management team and the go to person for  day to day operational running of the Walworth Road hub office – room bookings, allocation of space etc, Health and Safety in the office; IT queries; plus all facilities issues, including compliance and office risk assessments.  When she has the time, Sarah also likes to work with clients on a one to one basis and is a qualified Employment Adviser.

Elizabeth Mahecha

Employment Adviser

Elizabeth has over 10 years experience of working with people both as an Adviser and as an HR Consultant. She has been working at  Southwark Works for 4 years, supporting people into work and advising people about training and developing new skills. Elizabeth has a Psychology Degree from South America and a Masters Degree from the University of Wales. She is “Always grateful for life – ready to listen and find people’s best potential”.

Nathan Barnes

Employment Adviser Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Team

Nathan is an Employment Adviser on the IOM team – a multi agency team including Probation, Police, Housing and Substance services – supporting those with prolific offending histories.  Nathan helps to change the lives of his clients by supporting them back into training or employment.

Andreia Popa

Employer Relationship Manager

Andreia is an Employer Relationship manager. She works with a wide range of local employers, large and small, offering a free recruitment service and providing screening and interview support for businesses.  She is also a qualified Adviser and works with Southwark Works clients, offering careers advice and helping to prepare them for interviews and advise them on specific job roles.

Agnes Kabuto

Employment Adviser

Agnes is a very experienced Employment Adviser who has been providing information, advice and guidance to unemployed Southwark residents for many years. Agnes is welcoming and empowers people to find paid/unpaid employment and to enhance their skills set through internal and external training.  With her broad range of contacts in the borough, she can help make referrals to many other agencies for specialist advice and is able to promote Southwark Works’ services through her networks.

Julian Wright

Employment Manager, Community Harm & Exploitation Hub (CHEH)

Julian manages the employment support team for the multi agency Community Harm and Exploitation Hub (CHEH), working with young people who are involved in, or at risk of gang violence.

Pilar Maldonado

Social Media Manager & Hanlon Support

Pilar Maldonaldo is our latest recruit to the Southwark Works team. Pilar has a digital marketing background and is supporting Southwark Works with this website and all our social media channels, plus helping out with our client database.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

  • We offer friendly and professional advice on employment and training
  • Help with CV writing, application forms and interview techniques
  • Access to training courses in a range of industries
  • Advice on money management
  • Support to help you progress to better pay, hours and career prospects • Help to business looking to recruit local talent