Priority 5 - Borough Employment Programme

ESF Priority Axis 1
Inclusive Labour Markets
P1.1 Access to Employment for Job-Seekers and Inactive people.


•Improving the employability and skills of long-term unemployed (35%) and economically inactive (65%) residents so they can compete effectively in the labour market.

•Improving access to employment for individuals who are far from the labour market and need assistance to overcome barriers.

•Providing tailored support to improve job readiness and sustainability in employment.

•Encouraging economically inactive residents to participate in the labour market and improve their employability.

Supporting participants through a menu of work readiness support to address issues that present barriers to them entering work, underpinned by functional skills and ICT training at the appropriate levels:

  • Motivational training, work preparation, pre-employment training and work tasters.
  • Customised sector based  training, work trials, pre-apprenticeship training

For more information, please see their website.

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Supporting participants through personalised and tailored support to help them into and sustain employment. Delivered by REED in Partnership:

  • 1-2-1 expert adviser guidance
  • Mentoring
  • High quality skills training
  • Job brokerage
  • Access to exclusive vacancies
  • CV help & interview preparation
  • Financial support with travel and work clothes

For more information, please see their website.


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Employability support and training project, delivered by Prevista.

  • Flexible 6 step plan of activities to prepare and support participants in sustained employment or an Apprenticeship.
  • Progression pathways to improve employability and skills including basic skills, work experience and employability provision.
  • One to one support from an adviser structured around a personalised individual needs assessment and action plan.

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  • Deliver integrated employment support with talking therapies to help residents find sustainable work in their chosen field of employment, improve quality of residents’ lives and enabling them to be more independent. 
  • One of four pilots across England testing how well an employment support intervention called Individual Placement Support (IPS) works for people with mental health needs such as anxiety and depression.
  • IPS has a good evidence base showing it is very effective for people with severe and enduring mental health problems. 
  • Delivered in the London Boroughs of: Barnet, Hounslow, Harrow, Ealing, Hillingdon, Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Referrals received from JC+, talking therapy services, social workers, GPs and other professionals
  • Target Groups include Women, people aged over 50, BAME, Disabled and Lone parents

Mental health Trailblazer delivery

  • One to one support from an adviser structured around a personalised individual needs assessment and action plan

  • Support to improve confidence and motivation to work

  • Provision of careers advice and guidance

  • How to write a great CV/fill out application forms

  • Teaching effective job searching approaches

  • Improving interview and presentation techniques

  • Helping prepare for those all-important first days back at work

For more information, please see their website.

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