Support for employment

Support with employment

We work with many organisations that offer employment support services to residents across Lewisham. They offer one to one advice and support plus training opportunities for people in work and for those who are unemployed.

Step Up Employment Support

Step Up is a service helping people in low paid jobs learn new skills and find better work with better pay.

The aim of the service is to help people earn at least the London Living Wage and find roles that offer greater job satisfaction and scope for future development.

The service is open to people who earn less than £10.55 per hour.

Registered clients can get help with contacting potential new employers, completing job applications, and can access one-to-one career support and financial advice. Step Up members can also get support with key skills training in subjects such as ESOL, reading and writing, maths, and IT – in order to improve their chances of securing a new position.

To register as a member please visit: or email:

Alternatively, please call 07760 615 331 or 07958 335 234.

Pecan – Support if you’re unemployed

Pecan is a community development charity based in Peckham. They work with South East London communities to help people find a way through seemingly impossible barriers to a better future.

Over the past 25 years, they have seen 27,000 clients flourish through their programs, including: ex-offenders and their families, refugees and asylum seekers, young people and the long-term unemployed. They advocate for those they work with, challenging inequality and injustice at a local and national level to provide hope and belief in a better a future for our community. 

Email or call 020 7732 0007 for more information and support

The National Careers Service – Furloughed Workers

The London National Careers Service have a team of careers advisers trained specifically to support furloughed workers. They have developed their website to provide support to furloughed workers and developed specific resources.

The National Careers Service Advisers will provide an action plan, summarising the session and containing any useful information, links and websites. They will assist people to:

  • Provide them with website details with substantive information and guidance for furloughed workers
  • Identify skills gaps and transferable skills
  • Look at customer goals, such as improving skills and identifying potential free online courses
  • Webinars and videos

Call 0800 100 900 or find out more on their website here

Lewisham Construction Hub
Offers careers advice, training, apprenticeships, jobs in the construction industry.
Email Lewisham Construction Hub or call 020 8314 7748.

St Giles’ Trust – Pathways
Provides customised employment support to disadvantaged people who are unemployed.
Eligibility: Unemployed
Email St Giles’ Trust or call 020 7708 8000.

South London and Maudsley Career Management Service – Work Well
Provides customised support to people suffering from mild mental health difficulties.
Eligibility: 25+ years old, experience of mental health difficulties, unemployed
Email Work Well or call 020 3228 2014.

New Cross Gate Trust

Career coaching and CV and Interview support and advice.

Eligibility: Unemployed

Email Elisha McQueen.

SLAM Career Management Service

Supports people who are accessing therapy to improve their career management skills.

Please call 0203 228 3221.

National Careers Service

Provides access to free, impartial, professional advice on careers, skills and the job market.

Call Lisa on 0203 714 8350.

Step Up

Employment support for people in low paid work.

Call 0203 691 5117 or register here.