London Borough of Croydon

Local support and organisations

Cherry Orchard Day Centre

Eligibility: For adults with learning disabilities that qualify for a day service.

The garden centre provides work experience for service users with learning disabilities and trainees help run the business.

Day places in the garden centre can also be combined with a place at the Cherry Orchard day centre or one of our resource bases. For further information visit

Gateway Enablement and Employment Support Service

The Gateway Enablement and Employment Support Service (GEESS) is a dedicated team for the Croydon borough supporting disabled and vulnerable residents, over the age of 16, who wish to find paid employment or consider self-employment.

For further information, go to the Croydon Local Offer.

Croydon Supported Employment Service

Support for people with mental health problems in finding and keeping paid employment. Includes help with CVs, preparing for interviews and attending interviews with the individual.

For more information visit

Jobcentre Plus

A work coach can help you find a job or gain new skills and tell you about disability confident employers in your area. They can also refer you to a specialist work psychologist, if appropriate, or carry out an ‘employment assessment’, asking you about your skills and experience and the kind of jobs you’re interested in.

Tel: 0345 604 3719

You can use the 0845 code to call these 0345 numbers. Check with your phone company which code is cheaper for you.

Mind Employment Support

Helps people with mental health problems to find work and live independently.

Tel: 020 8253 8203 /4 /7


South London and Maudsley (SLAM) Career Management Service

Supports people with mental health problems to access paid work, education, training and volunteering opportunities.

Maudsley Hospital, Ground Floor, Main Entrance Building, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ

Tel: 0203 228 3221


Apprenticeships and traineeships

What an apprenticeship involves

Anyone in England can apply for an apprenticeship if they are 16 or over, eligible to work in England, not in full-time education. As an apprentice you will normally work full-time with a local employer learning about the job and earning a wage. On most programmes you will attend college for one day a week over two or three years depending on the vocational area that you want to work in.

What a traineeship involves

A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for. It will include work preparation training, English and maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement. Traineeships are for young people aged 16 to 23 inclusive, or those with a Learning Difficulty Assessment up to academic age 25, who are motivated to work but who have been unsuccessful in securing an apprenticeship or other job due to a lack of skills and/or experience.

More information can be found at You can register for free on the National Apprenticeship Service website, to apply for traineeship opportunities and to receive alerts.

The leaflet below provides further information on support for employment, the Jobcentre Plus programmes and colleges offering apprenticeships and traineeships. It also provides information for those who would like to run their own business.


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