London Borough of Croydon

Last update: 7 April 2020

To support you through these challenging times, we will be updating this page regularly with information and advice about jobs and training in Croydon. 

If you can provide support and training

Contact our Economic Development team if you can:

  • support residents with information, advice or guidance about jobs and careers
  • offer training through online courses

Emai: 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 contact:

Careers guidance

National Careers Service has career tools to help you with your choices on careers, training and work.

Success at School have made their Gatsby Career Guides available for free to help parents and remote learning

Global Solution Services

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

0208 665 4296 / 0208 665 4297   

Opportunities to upskill and re-train

Several training providers can support you to upskill and potentially change career. Many have free and online courses to help while most people are in isolation. 

CALAT

CALAT is the home of adult education in Croydon and has been delivering courses to residents for over 70 years. Locations are closed, but staff are on call to give advice.

For more information visit the CALAT website.

Or contact them on: 020 8726 7777.

College and university courses

The following organisations offer courses you can do from home:

Runway Training

Runway Training offers a range of free learning certificates for anyone over 16 years old. Candidates have up to 8 weeks to complete the qualification.

For more information visit the Runway Training website.

Or contact them by:
Phone: 07950 267342 
Email: charlotteallen@runwaytraining.co.uk 

All Inclusive Training

All Inclusive Training is offering free online workshops.

For more information visit the All Inclusive Training website

Or contact them by:
Phone: 020 8253 7062 
Email: info@allinclusivetraining.org

Department for Education

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

The London Learning Consortium (LLC)

The LLC provides a wide range of online courses.

For more information visit the LLC website.

Or contact them by:
Phone: 0208 774 4040 
Email: courses@londonlc.org.uk

Learning Curve Group

Learning Curve Group has over 40 free online courses for anyone over 19 years old. 

For more information visit the Learning Curve Group website.

Or contact them by:
Phone: 01388 436276
Email: stephen.hind@learningcurvegroup.co.uk

Strive Training

Strive Training is offering new home-based learning courses in business admin, customer service and employability. 

For more information visit the Strive Training website.

Or contact them by:
Phone: 0800 180 4841 or 020 8952 4856
Email: strive@strivetraining.co.uk

Training and Recruitment Partnership LTD 

The Training and Recruitment Partnership (TRP) is a local training provider offering a wide range of the courses and apprenticeships. Specialising in many areas, including:

  • business administration
  • customer service
  • team leading
  • coaching & mentoring and management

Check out their webinars and short training sessions on their website.

Or contact them to find out more:
Email: info@trpltd.co.uk
Call: 020 8640 6662

Resolutions Employment Agency (REA)

Resolutions Employment Agency (REA) is offering great discounts on accredited and certified online courses including:

business, leadership, health and safety; care sector and more. 

For more information, visit REA's website.

Or contact them to find out more:
Email: sharon@resolutionsea.co.uk
Call: 020 3468 1115

Jobskilla – free online courses

Jobskilla is offering a range of courses which are free if you are over 19 years old, and in receipt of benefit.

You can get qualifications, from customer service, dementia care to personal development. Find out about their range of course on Jobskilla's website.

You can also call them on: 0330 113 0113 or 07487 707 643.

Google Digital Garage – free online courses to help businesses and careers

Google Digital Garage is offering free online courses designed to help a business or jump-start careers.

You can learn by selecting individual modules, or dive right in and take an entire course.

Visit their website for more details.

Cidori – e-learning CSCS courses

Cidori is running new e-learning CSCS courses with employer and telephone or video interviews.

To find out more, contact them by:
Email: sjones@cidori.co.uk
Call: 07932 402551 

Opportunities for young people

There are a number of great online schemes available for young people aged between 16 to 30 years old.

Prevista – online traineeship

Prevista have introduced an online traineeship for 16 to 24 year-olds (up to 25 with an education health and care plan). Learners complete online digital learning with tutors through remote one to one and group sessions. Students will work towards completing their functional skills and employability award. 

Learners can access laptop loans and help with internet access.

For more information visit the Prevista website.

To find out more, contact them by:
Call: 020 7609 4198 or 07739 176648
Email: LeahF@prevista.co.uk

Groundwork London – guidance on work, training and education

Groundwork London can offer advice and guidance on work, training and education to 16 to 24 year-olds through the YourTime project. They also provide training in sectors such as horticulture, maths and English, customer service, employability and much more. 

To find out more, contact them by calling or texting: 07809 202544

Towards Employment – support for work, apprenticeships and work trails

Towards Employment is a project that supports young people aged 16 to 25 into work, apprenticeships, training and work trials.

To join, send your CV to towardsemployment@merton.gov.uk.

For more information call 07909 893004.

Palace for Life – online mentoring via games on PS4 or Xbox One

Palace for Life is offering an online mentoring programme for 12 – 25 year olds via games on PS4 or Xbox One. You can use 'Palace Pad Chat', which is for anyone who loves gaming and wants to discuss life in isolation with a qualified mentor from Palace for Life Foundation.

Sign up by visiting Place for Life's website.

The Prince's Trust and NatWest – grant for businesses

The Prince's Trust and NatWest have launched a £5 million grant fund for young entrepreneurs with businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The Enterprise Relief Fund aims to help 18-30-year olds keep their businesses afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.

Register interest at Prince Trust website.

Street League

Street League is a leading sports charity which supports unemployed 16-24-year-olds into employment using the power of sport. The current virtual offer includes one to one career support and virtual training

07814 625973

Jessica.gatfield@streetleague.co.uk