If you're a Lambeth Council tenant and are currently looking for employment, training opportunities, flexible work to fit around your family commitments or an apprenticeship, we can help you.

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Who can use this service

Work Wise is an employment service we’re running with St Mungo’s, funded by the Department of Works and Pensions, to help Lambeth Housing tenants into employment, training or volunteering.

Our service is open to tenants:

  • whose Housing Benefit has been reduced due to having a spare bedroom
  • who receive Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Income Support, Universal Credit or are Benefit Capped.

What you need to know...

Support we provide

Work Wise offers one to one coaching in venues across Lambeth, supporting tenants build and develop their skills and can help you into work through a variety of ways.

Everyone who initially registers for the service gets a personal work coordinator who will meet with you, provide personalised support, advise you of any jobs you might want to apply for and also help you with your job applications and preparation for your interviews.

In some cases, Work Wise may be able to offer you free and part funded training in areas such as:

  • accountancy (AAT)
  • construction skills certification scheme (CSCS)
  • multi-skills
  • building a bike workshop
  • painting and decorating
  • basic IT skills
  • health and safety in construction
  • graphic design
  • retail and customer service
  • SIA (security guard licence, door supervision, CCTV)
  • food safety awareness
  • manual handling
  • asbestos awareness and many more.

Volunteering and working with employers

Work Wise can also support you into brokered and ‘ring fenced’ opportunities for tenants registered with St Mungo’s.

You'll have the opportunity to be put forward for short term paid and unpaid work placements (in some cases leading to permanent employment) in fields such administration, facilities, reception and on site experience in painting and decorating.

Work Wise has also worked in partnership with the council to provide some of our tenants volunteering opportunities in housing.

Voluntary work is an excellent way to develop new skills and build confidence. If you’ve not worked for a long time, volunteering can help to show recent work experience to include on your CV.

The above have been developed to help our tenants to gain exposure in the workplace or achieve qualifications to increase your chances of obtaining employment.

By registering with Work Wise, you give yourself access to expert help and advice that can help you secure jobs and if you secure an interview, we may be able to refer to get high quality interview clothing at no cost.

In work support

If you secure employment, we may be able to provide you with support to help you transition into work smoothly.

This support may include help towards your travel or assistance toward work equipment or uniforms.

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Contact us

  • Work Wise team: 020 7926 5972
  • Employment coordinator: 020 7926 9311