Training and skills

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.

Who can use this service

Workwise is an employment service we’re running with St Mungo’s, to help Lambeth tenants affected by Welfare Reform into employment, training or volunteering. Our service is open to tenants:

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

What you need to know

Workwise offers one-to-one coaching in venues across Lambeth, supporting tenants to build and develop their skills and help them to work.

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 can apply for, and help with your job applications and preparation for your interviews.

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

  • accountancy (AAT)
  • construction skills certification scheme (CSCS)
  • health and safety in construction
  • multi-skills
  • building a bike workshop
  • painting and decorating
  • graphic design
  • ESOL, English and mathematics
  • basic IT skills
  • 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

Workwise 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.

Workwise has also worked in partnership with the council to provide some of our tenants' volunteering opportunities.

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 project has 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 Workwise, you give yourself access to expert help and advice that can help you secure jobs. 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, uniforms or obtaining photographic ID.

Annual report

Workwise annual report 2018-19 (

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