London Borough of Croydon

Last update: 22 July 2020

 

Welcome to the London Borough of Croydon Employment and Skills Page. A one stop shop of information and advice for residents to support your journey in seeking work or training.

If you are an employer or an organisation that can provide support and training, please contact our Economic Development Team

Email: economicdevelopment@croydon.gov.uk.

Get help finding a job

Croydon Works is a free to use recruitment and job brokerage service dedicated to supporting the residents of Croydon to find employment and training. Although the drop-in centre is currently closed, the team are working remotely and are taking online registrations to support residents during this difficult time.

Many employers are still recruiting – register for regular updates.

The service offers support including help to find a job, in-work progression, work experience, apprenticeships and bespoke training.

Visit the website for the latest job vacancies or T: 020 8255 2724 / 0208 255 2725 E: info@croydonworks.co.uk

Department for Work and Pensions has a central ‘Find a Job’ page which currently has more than 10,000 vacancies across London.

They have also published a local page for South London where you can find updates about local events, support and job vacancies, as well as a link to your local Jobcentre Plus Twitter account. The “Job Help” page has lots of great information with job seeking tips and the “Events in your area” page gives you access to events such as job fairs and is updated on a weekly basis.

For Civil service jobs, head to the Civil Service Jobs Page where there are more than 400 jobs currently advertised within 10 miles of Croydon.

If you’re a twitter user, you might find it helpful to follow @JCPinSthLondon @JCPJobsPlusMore and @JCPLonAirports.

Careers guidance

If you’re interested in retraining, but need advice about where to go and how to do it, then the National Careers Service has some really good resources including 1:1 session, webinars and other career tools to help you with your choice.

Locally GSS (Global Solution Services) provide a wide range of careers support services to help get people back on track. This includes telephone and virtual support as well as webinars covering anything from CVs and job search to health and wellbeing. For more information  

training@globalsolutionservices.co.uk / info@globalsolutionservices.co.uk or T: 0208 665 4296 / 0208 665 4297   

Further afield CareerBuilder has the largest online job site in the UK and works with more than 300,000 employers around the world and 24 million hits per month, is a popular choice for job search and career building.

The Department for Education has launched The Skills Toolkit which offers a range of free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills.

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 years. For inspiration about finding an apprenticeship at the Council or with a local employer, visit the Croydon Apprenticeship Academy, read our success stories, meet our partners and contact us today. E: Katie.compton@croydon.gov.uk

Inspire Me!

There are a number of websites which give more information and advice on careers in specific industries, particularly where there are skills shortages and where job vacancies continue to be advertised.

Health Care – if you’re interested in becoming one of our national heroes, then then the Department of Health has a range of information and advice on their Careers pages and Croydon University Hospital.

Construction – if you’re interested in construction, anything from a bathroom fitter to an architect, head to GoConstruct which showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment.

Police - Lots of information here about joining the Metropolitan Police Authority

 

Opportunities to Upskill and Re-train

We have excellent colleges and training providers in the London Borough of Croydon. All of whom have adapted during the COVID-19 crisis to offer a blend of home and site based learning.

They can all of advice on the best courses available to suit your needs and there is a good spirit of cooperation across the sector in Croydon so if you can’t find what you are looking for with a particular provider, they will signpost you to the most suitable training provision elsewhere in the borough.

Many of our providers have free and online courses and can also offer advice about funding options available to residents that wish to take longer career choices. 

 

Adult Education

CALAT is the home of adult education in the London Borough of Croydon and has been delivering courses to residents for over 70 years. There are 3 main campuses in Central Croydon, Thornton Heath and New Addington. T: 020 8726 7777 E:

Colleges

Croydon College is the largest Further Education College in the London Borough of Croydon and offers a wide range of courses from entry level to higher education and degree courses. The college works with over 1000 employers and in their most recent report from Government inspectors Ofsted recognised Croydon College as a ‘Good’ college overall, with ‘Outstanding’ features. T:  020 8686 5700 E: info@croydon.ac.uk

 

John Ruskin College is now merged with East Surrey College, Reigate School of Art under the umbrella of Orbital South Colleges. The college offers extensive and close working relationships with employers in the local areas and wider to collaborate on curriculum development and student employment. T: 020 8651 1131 E: clientservices@johnruskin.ac.uk 

Both colleges have a wide range of career and training opportunities and access for employers to talented, well-trained potential employees.

The both offer a comprehensive range of core skills, technical and professional qualifications and courses, as well as Apprenticeships ranging from Entry Level up to Degree Level courses including Degree Apprenticeships.

Universities

London South Bank University is a prestigious university in Elephant and Castle, London Borough of Southwark, near the South Bank of the River Thames, from which it takes its name. The University has applied for planning permission to turn Electric House in Wellesley Road, Croydon into its new campus to offer degrees including nursing, accounting and business management from September 2021. From an initial 500 students, the university hopes to grow its student base in Croydon to 8000 over the coming years and expand its curriculum offer in line with its current offer and to reflect the needs of students and employers.

 

Spurgeons College was established in 1856 as a Pastors’ College. It is a Christ-Centred, evangelical college in the Baptist tradition, engaged in biblical and theological education. It trains men and women for Christian mission, ministry and leadership in the contemporary world. It offers a range of undergraduate and post graduate courses including in counselling and pastoral supervision.

 

University Centre Croydon is Croydon College’s bespoke centre for the delivery of higher education courses. It offers a range of undergraduate degree programmes delivered by educational professionals and subject experts. The courses are focused on developing academic skills whilst enhancing your employability prospects. Courses range from public health and social care to criminology and Business.

Independent Training Providers

The London Borough of Croydon has a wide range of Independent Training Providers that can offer anything from free, short, online courses to higher level diplomas and degree apprenticeships.

 

All Inclusive Training is an award-winning social enterprise organisation providing support and training particularly to those on a low income wanting to upskill and progress in employment. They are specialists in Finance, Business and Accountancy and have over 60 years’ experience. T: 020 8253 7062 E: info@allinclusivetraining.org.

Cidori is work directly with businesses to train residents directly into employment opportunities. They are currently running a range of courses online including Basics of starting work in the construction industry, Health & safety and its principles, Accidents at work, Site safety & working at heights, Improving your CV, Preparing for an interview. E: sjones@cidori.co.uk or T: 07932 402551

 

Groundwork London have a Croydon base where they can offer advice and guidance on work, training and education to all ages and they work closely with employers to create pathways directly into employment. T:  07809 202544 E: london@groundwork.org.uk

 

JACE Training is an established independent Training Provider with a dedicated and experienced team of Assessors and Trainers delivering Study Programmes, Traineeships and Apprenticeships in a wide range of vocations for all ages. They also directly employ apprentices. T: 020 8773 8146 E: info@jace-training.co.uk

 

Jobskilla is a free online platform designed to bridge the gap between unemployed people, funded training and support providers and advisers. They are currently offering a range of courses which are free if you are over 19 years old, and in receipt of benefit ranging from customer service to dementia care. T: 0330 113 0113 or 07487 707 643. 

 

Just IT was launched in 2001 and provides an end to end service from learners into employment in IT, Digital and Development. The programmes are blended the soft and technical skills required in the modern tech industry. They offer job guarantees on many of their courses. They Apprenticeships, Training Courses and a Recruitment Service.

 

Learning Curve Group is a national training and education specialist who work with further education providers, employers and learners. They current have more than 40 free online courses for anyone over 19 years old. T: 01388 436276 E: stephen.hind@learningcurvegroup.co.uk

 

Let Me Play provide alternative education, apprenticeship and upskilling programmes across an array of industries including diversity, safeguarding, education, digital, mental health, business, It and sports. They have a unique style for engaging people in education through support and creative industries. T: (0)20 3475 7511 E: info@letmeplay.co.uk

 

London Learning Consortium is a Community Interest Company that works across London and the South East delivering skills and education programmes ourselves and in partnership with Voluntary and Community Sector learning providers and other learning and skills delivery organisations. They provide a wide range of training courses, including many online. T: 0208 774 4040 E: courses@londonlc.org.uk

 

Resolutions Employment Agency (REA) is offering discounts on accredited and certified online courses including business, leadership, health and safety; care sector and more. T: 020 3468 1115 E: sharon@resolutionsea.co.uk

 

Runway Training are a specialist provider of Online Functional Skills and Leadership & Management training. They delivering nationwide and support thousands of learners every year to achieve nationally recognised qualifications. They currently have a number of free learning certificates for anyone over 16 years old. T: 07950 267342 
E: charlotteallen@runwaytraining.co.uk

 

Strive Training is a well-established independent training provider and offers a good range of home-based learning courses in areas such as business management, leadership, customer service, childcare, education and employability. They have a 95%+ success rate.

T: 0800 180 4841 or 020 8952 4856 E: strive@strivetraining.co.uk

 

Sutton and District Training Limited provide flexible training which develops the skills and confidence of adults and young people. Specialisms include: Performing Arts, Plumbing, Construction-Multi Skills, Health & Social Care, Hair & Beauty, Hairdressing & Barbering, ESOL skills for life, Games Design with Esports, Customer Service, Business & Enterprise, Skills for Business, Apprenticeships, Industry Placements, Work Experience, Functional Skills and GCSE English & Maths. T: 020 8687 5225 E: enquiries@suttondistrict.co.uk

 

London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy is a dynamic and innovative vocational training organisation that specialises in high quality hairdressing training. The LHAA offers NVQs and Apprenticeships at our state of the art hairdressing academies based in Borehamwood (Hertfordshire), Camden (London), Chiswick (West London), Croydon (South London) and Loughton (Essex). T: 020 8953 9344 E: enquiries@lhaa.co.uk

 

 

Training and Recruitment Partnership (TRP) is a local training provider offering a wide range of the courses and apprenticeships. Specialising in business administration, customer service, team leading, coaching, mentoring and management. T: 020 8640 6662
E: info@trpltd.co.uk


Online Resources

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