Employment & Training

Barking and Dagenham College

At Barking & Dagenham College (BDC) and at the Technical Skills Academy in Barking Town Centre, you will benefit from the very best in education and skills training to make sure that you, or the young person in your family, are ready to take advantage of job opportunities.

Barking & Dagenham College Website

  • Dagenham road
    Romford

    RM7 0XU

  • 020 8090 3020

  • admissions@barkingdagenhamcollege.ac.uk

  • 09:00 - 21:00

Barking Enterprise Centre

Barking Enterprise Centre provides first class business support to entrepreneurs in Barking and Dagenham. Our business counsellors have years of experience and will give you an independent, confidential and honest opinion about your business or business idea and then help you take steps to become successful.

Do You…

  • Want FREE business advice?
  • Want help setting up a new business in Barking & Dagenham
  • Want help in growing your business?
  • Want help in developing your business plan?
  • Want help in raising finance?

For more information, please see our website 

  • 50 Cambridge Road,
    Barking,

    IG11 8FG

  • 020 8227 3030

  • reception@barkingenterprisecentre.co.uk

Barking Job Shop

The Job Shops are a FREE confidential information, advice and guidance service designed to assist local residents with getting back into employment or securing more sustainable employment within the shortest possible time.

This service is available to anyone:

  • Over 16
  • Living in Barking and Dagenham
  • Not in full time education
  • If you have a visa you must have Recourse to Public Funds
  • You must not be registered on the Work Programme (unless living in Council accommodation or applying for council vacancies or with the construction team)

The Job Shops recognise that there are many reasons why people find themselves out of work and understand that clients may need help to identify the best possible way to access employment.

We can provide support on a range of services including:

  • Help to find you the job you want
  • Provide careers advice on a one to one basis
  • Assist you in creating or updating an existing CV
  • Support you with completing job applications
  • Provide access to computers for job searching
  • Develop and enhance your interview skills and techniques
  • Provide better off calculations and in work benefit advice
  • Identify training needs and signpost to relevant provision
  • Stationary and postage for job applicationsFREE computer and internet access for jobFREE telephone, photocopying and scanning facilities for job searching
  • Access to Young London Working vacancies
  • Dedicated apprenticeship team to offer advice and support to securing apprenticeships
  • Dedicated construction team to offer support to those looking for construction work and training
  • Dedicated employer engager liaising with local employers to fill their vacancies
  • Dedicated advisor to help clients to apply for council vacancies with personal statement support

Identification to register

When you register with the Job Shop you will be required to provide ID, please contact us for further details.

You can also register online

 

  • All staff will be able to help you

  • Barking Learning Centre
    2 Town Square
    Barking
    IG11 7NB

  • Barking Job Shop: 020 8724 8870

  • barkingjobshop@lbbd.gov.uk

  • Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Carers of Barking and Dagenham

At Barking and Dagenham Carers we provide advice, information and support for people who care. Whether you are a parent or child, husband or wife, partner, close relative or friend we are here to provide help when you need it.

Carers of Barking and Dagenham aims to assist carers living in Barking and Dagenham to be able to have an improved quality of life by offering services and support to enable them to access services more easily through active participation in the joint planning and monitoring of community carer and service development.

We also have the Memory Lane Resource Centre at 234a Porters Avenue, Dagenham which offers daycare and respite for people with dementia.  Families can self-refer and there is a charge for the services.

Carers website has lots of information on it.

***DID YOU KNOW THAT APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE OUTSIDE OF OFFICE HOURS AT EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS***

The organisation provides the following to support those caring for an adult or child who is ill, suffering from a mental illness or has a disability including:

  • Dementia Service
  • Family Service
  • Welfare Benefits advice
  • Mental Health
  • Support Groups
  • Training
  • Young Carers
  • All staff can help when you call

  • 334 Heathway
    Dagenham

    RM10 8NJ

  • 0208 593 4422

  • carers@carerscentre.org.uk

  • 09:00 - 17:00, Monday - Friday

DABD – employment

DABD offer a range of support to help you with your next steps, whether this is starting a career, returning to work, gaining a qualification, starting an apprenticeship or gaining work experience.

When you sign up for one of our programmes, support for your individual goal can include:

  • A dedicated advisor
  • Confidence and motivation support
  • Ongoing support to find work
  • Access to qualifications
  • Industry specific training opportunities
  • Opportunities for work placements
  • Tailored CV and CV training
  • Access to exclusive vacancies
  • Help with application forms and accessing the internet
  • Access to apprenticeships

 

  • Education, Skills and Employment

  • 42 - 48 Parsloes Avenue
    Dagenham
    Essex
    RM9 5NU

  • 0208 215 9770

  • ese@dabd.org.uk

  • 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday

Dagenham Job Shop

The Job Shops are a FREE confidential information, advice and guidance service designed to assist local residents with getting back into employment or securing more sustainable employment within the shortest possible time.

The Job Shops recognise that there are many reasons why people find themselves out of work and understand that clients may need help to identify the best possible way to access employment.

We can provide support on a range of services including:

  • Help to find you the job you want
  • Provide careers advice on a one to one basis
  • Assist you in creating or updating an existing CV
  • Support you with completing job applications
  • Provide access to computers for job searching
  • Develop and enhance your interview skills and techniques
  • Provide better off calculations and in work benefit advice
  • Identify training needs and signpost to relevant provision
  • Stationary and postage for job applications
  • FREE computer and internet access for job searching
  • FREE telephone, photocopying and scanning facilities for job searching
  • Access to Young London Working vacancies
  • Dedicated apprenticeship team to offer advice and support to securing apprenticeships
  • Dedicated construction team to offer support to those looking for construction work and training
  • Dedicated employer engager liaising with local employers to fill their vacancies
  • Dedicated advisor to help clients to apply for council vacancies with personal statement support

Criteria to register

The criteria to be eligible to register with the Job Shop are as follows:

  • You must be a Barking and Dagenham resident
  • You are not working more than 16 hours per week
  • You must not be a full-time student
  • If you have a visa you must have Recourse to Public Funds
  • You must not be registered on the Work Programme (unless living in Council accommodation or applying for vacancies with the construction team)

When you register with the Job Shop you will be required to provide ID, please contact us for further details. You can also register online

 

  • All staff can offer help

  • Dagenham Library
    1 Church Elm Lane
    Dagenham
    RM10 9QS

  • 020 8724 8877

  • dagenhamjobshop@lbbd.gov.uk

  • Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

DigiLab

DigiLab is a community based hub for creative coders and makers to meet, share skills and collaborate on projects.   It’s an exciting new initiative in Barking & Dagenham which is open to anyone over 8 years old.  

No previous knowledge is required, we provide children, young people and adults with the chance to explore new types of technology; electronics, coding, 3D printing and 3D design. 

You can just pop into the DigiLab (see opening times and address below) and the support workers will connect you into their resources.  There are also specific classes and workshops and you can find out more by contacting one of the team.

  • Seun Oshinaike (or speak to any of the team at the Hub)

  • Barking Learning Centre
    2 Town Square
    Barkign
    IG11 7NB

  • 07762 801640

  • digilab@brightersteppings.co.uk

  • Monday - Thursday 3pm - 6pm
    Sat 11am - 5pm

Excel Women’s Centre

Barking & Dagenham Somali Women’s Association delivers a range of services at their Excel Women’s Centre. They are a locally based health, well being, training and employability organisation committed to providing support to women and their families in Barking & Dagenham (and surrounding boroughs).

Promoting independence community cohesion and integration to the wider society they offer;

  • Women’s Wellness Café
  • Coffee morning
  • ESOL and IT Classes
  • Parents and Carers Support group
  • Job Club for women
  • HuG Club for women
  • Health & Wellness Workshops
  • Online learning for women
  • Youth activities / mentoring
  • Online learning
  • Homework club
  • Art and Craft session
  • Sewing Sisters Club every Friday 10 am -1 pm for women ONLY.

They are also a Resident Focus Point for residents of Barking & Dagenham.

The centre has 10 local volunteers  who between them speak 7 community languages. More on their website

  • Zahra Ibrahim

  • 13 London Road,
    Barking,
    Essex,
    IG11 8AA.

  • 02085943730

  • Monday - Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Growing Communities Dagenham Farm

Growing Communities Dagenham Farm is a working organic farm in the heart of Dagenham. We grow fresh veg including tomatoes, cucumbers, salad leaves and strawberries (in season).

We encourage local residents to come to the farm to find out more about food growing – to learn new skills, brush up old ones and meet other local residents – you can also buy fresh produce.

You can drop into our Open Farm Sunday sessions any Sunday from May to November between 11am and 3pm to buy fresh produce or to try your hand at food growing. You can also come along to our Wednesday volunteer sessions from 10am-3pm. We ask new volunteers to come along at 11am sharp on a Wednesday for an induction and intro to the farm. There are a variety of tasks and also a delicious free volunteer lunch every Wednesday.

We have a range of tasks available suitable for all abilities and levels of fitness.  We accept volunteers of any age –however any volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Adult volunteers must be capable of working unsupervised for periods of time.

As well as selling produce at the farm on Sundays between May and November – we also run a farm produce stall at Dagenham East station on Thursday evenings 5pm-7pm (starting from 7th June). 

  • Kerry Rankine

  • Dagenham Farm, Luke Allsopp Square
    Central Park Nursery
    Rainham Road North
    RM10 7EJ

  • 020 8592 3130

  • Dagenhamfarm@growingcommunities.org

  • Wednesday 10am - 3pm
    Sunday (May - November) 11am - 3pm

Job Centre Plus Barking

For a new beginning with real opportunities, your local Jobs and Benefits office / JobCentre is the place to start.

We will help you find a job that is right for you whether you are looking for your first job or want to get back into work.

We offer a number of services and programmes to help jobseekers, particularly people who are unemployed, individuals with disabilities and others who may need extra help in finding work.

 

 

  • Any adviser can help you

  • Phoenix House
    12-14 Wakering Road
    Barking
    IG11 8QP

  • 020 8258 8670

  • contact-us@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
    Wednesday 10.00 - 5.00pm

Job Centre Plus Dagenham

For a new beginning with real opportunities, your local Jobs and Benefits office / JobCentre is the place to start.

We will help you find a job that is right for you whether you are looking for your first job or want to get back into work.

We offer a number of services and programmes to help jobseekers, particularly people who are unemployed, individuals with disabilities and others who may need extra help in finding work.

 

  • Any adviser can help you

  • Chequers Lane
    Dagenham

    RM9 6PS

  • 020 8210 4880

  • contact-us@jobcentreplus.gsi.gov.uk

  • Monday, Tues, Thursday & Friday 9am to 5.00pm
    Wednesday 10.00 to 5.00pm

L & Q Foundation – employment support

L & Q offers FREE confidential information, advice and guidance service designed to assist local residents with getting back into employment or securing more sustainable employment with.

We can provide support on a range of services including:

  • Help to find you the job you want
  • Provide careers advice on a one to one basis
  • Assist you in creating or updating an existing CV
  • Support you with completing job applications
  • Provide access to computers for job searching
  • Develop and enhance your interview skills and techniques
  • Provide better off calculations and in work benefit advice
  • Identify training needs and signpost to relevant provision
  • Stationary and postage for job applications
  • FREE computer and internet access for job searching
  • FREE telephone, photocopying and scanning facilities for job searching
  • Access to Young London Working vacancies
  • Dedicated employer engager liaising with local employers to fill their vacancies
  • Dedicated advisor to help clients to apply for council vacancies with personal statement support

Criteria to register

The criteria to be eligible to register with L & Q are as follows:

  • You are not working more than 16 hours per week
  • You must not be a full-time student
  • If you have a visa you must have Recourse to Public Funds
  • You must not be registered on the Work Programme
  • James Briggs

  • Starting Point
    16 Pickering Road
    Barking
    IG11 8PG

  • 0208 522 5889

  • james.briggs@east-thames.co.uk

  • 09:00 - 17:00, Monday - Friday.

LBBD Children’s Centres

Children’s Centres in Barking & Dagenham providing a range of services for local people.  Support available includes;

  • Employment and training support
  • Volunteering
  • Advice on welfare benefits
  • Money management
  • Health services; health checks, ante-natal/post natal, child health clinics
  • Support for families; parenting, activities, speech & language
  • Support re domestic violence
  • Childcare
  • Food support
  • Breastfeeding and Infant feeding advice
  • Healthy Lifestyle Groups
  • Smoking Cessation services
  • Talking Therapies

Even if you don’t have children, don’t worry, you can still access employment and welfare benefits advice at any Children’s Centre. Find a Children’s Centre  near you.

  • 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday

Maximus UK

The programme provides tailored, community-based employment, health and wellbeing support across East and South East London.

We support disabled people, those with a health condition, the long-term unemployed, and other disadvantaged groups to develop their skills and enter and progress in work.

Key Workers and Health Qualified Key Workers will support those with complex disabilities and health needs, to provide the right balance of health, wellbeing and employment support.

Referral:  Referral to the programme is based on individual assessments completed by a JobCentre Plus Work Coach.

 

  • Kay Tracey

  • 7 Western Road
    Lambourne House
    Romford
    RM1 3LD

  • 01708 629208

  • ktracey@maximusuk.co.uk

  • Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Osborne Partnership (learning disability specialists)

The Osborne Partnership offers a range of activities and training for adults (18+) with learning disabilities.   This includes work training, interest groups and social activities.

The centre is open 9:30 – 15:30

There is a daily charge for activities.

Training & programmes include:

  • Gardening
  • Preparation for work training
  • Get out – Get Active programme
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Cookery
  • Grow – horticultural and woodworking programme
  • ICT
  • Out and About
  • My Style and Me
  • TOP-s Textile Recycling
  • Useful Skills programme
  • Adult learning disabilities
  • Charity shop

There is also a drop in café every day between 09:30 – 14:00

http://www.osbornepartnership.org/contact.php

 

  • Jackie Golds

  • Osborne Centre
    Osborne Square
    Dagenham
    RM9 5AU

  • 0208 592 5742

  • Office hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7.30am - 4.00pm

    Opening hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9.30am - 3.30pm

Ripple Road Job Shop

 The Job Shops are a FREE confidential information, advice and guidance service designed to assist local residents with getting back into employment or securing more sustainable employment within the shortest possible time.

The Job Shops recognise that there are many reasons why people find themselves out of work and understand that clients may need help to identify the best possible way to access employment.

We can provide support on a range of services including:

  • Help to find you the job you want
  • Provide careers advice on a one to one basis
  • Assist you in creating or updating an existing CV
  • Support you with completing job applications
  • Provide access to computers for job searching
  • Develop and enhance your interview skills and techniques
  • Provide better off calculations and in work benefit advice
  • Identify training needs and signpost to relevant provision
  • Stationary and postage for job applications
  • FREE computer and internet access for job searching
  • FREE telephone, photocopying and scanning facilities for job searching
  • Access to Young London Working vacancies
  • Dedicated apprenticeship team to offer advice and support to securing apprenticeships
  • Dedicated construction team to offer support to those looking for construction work and training
  • Dedicated employer engager liaising with local employers to fill their vacancies
  • Dedicated advisor to help clients to apply for council vacancies with personal statement support

Criteria to register

The criteria to be eligible to register with the Job Shop are as follows:

  • You must be a Barking and Dagenham resident
  • You are not working more than 16 hours per week
  • You must not be a full-time student
  • If you have a visa you must have Recourse to Public Funds
  • You must not be registered on the Work Programme (unless living in Council accommodation or applying for vacancies with the construction team)

When you register with the Job Shop you will be required to provide ID, please contact us for further details. You can also register online

 

 

 

 

 

  • All staff can help

  • 127 Ripple Road
    Barking

    IG11 7PB

  • 0208 724 2809

  • Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

RISE Project: employment support for refugees

Renaisi are running this project that offers support for refugees with:

  • free english lessons
  • support from a friendly advisor
  • fun events and social activities
  • social opportunities
  • help with benefits and housing
  • mentoring support to sustain employment
  • employment support
  • help with other issues or problems

For more information – see the RISE website

  • All staff can help

  • Redbridge CVS
    103 Cranbrook Road
    Ilford
    IG1 4PU

  • 020 8514 9912

  • dipa1@redbridgecvs.net

  • Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Shpresa Programme

Shpresa is an organisation that offers a range of services for families across Barking & Dagenham.  This includes;

For Families: we offer support groups, parenting classes (this includes Strengthening Families & Triple P programmes), English classes (formal & informal) and we have our own food bank.  

Cultural Activities: at our Gascoigne School (see below) sessions we offer traditional dancing and mother tongue (Albanian) classes.

Children & Young People: we have sports activities including:

  • Dancing
  • Kickboxing
  • Football
  • Self defense

Shpresa also offers services for looked after children and professionals can refer directly.

Training: we provide Teaching Assistant training (Level 1, 2, 3) and also Health & Social Care qualifications. Supporting people into employment.

Volunteering: we provide many opportunities for people to volunteer with us. This is particularly useful for people who are keen to move into employment.

Shpresa also has a specialist advice support at their offices in E13 on a Friday.

Our services are open to anyone and we are also have specialist support for Albanian speaking residents.  Why not pop along to our sessions at Gascoigne School, Barking on Thursday 5pm – 7pm or Mayfield School, Dagenham on Sundays 10am – 1pm.

  • Luljeta Nuzi

  • 30 Avenons Road
    London

    E13 8HT

  • 020 7511 1586

  • 0757 8256413

  • shpresaprogramme@yahoo.co.uk

  • Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm

Street League

We support young people into EET through tailored workshops including interview skills and prep, workplace behavior, dealing with stress, cv and cover letter development.

Help with applications, daily sports and fitness activities with our trained football and dance coaches. Opportunity for up to 100-hour work experience with one of our great partners, such as Barclays, Jewson, Debenhams, Hilton and Hyundai.

Plus travel expenses paid and after 2 weeks of attendance £50 worth of free Nike sportswear.

  • Tiersha Carter

  • Dagenham Rugby Union Football Club
    Central Park
    Dagenham
    RM10 7AU

  • 07580 995477

  • Tiersha.carter@streetleague.co.uk

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am - 2pm.

The Adult College of Barking and Dagenham

The Adult College has been providing courses to the local community for over 30 years.

We are committed to support every adult in Barking & Dagenham to further their learning through vibrant and innovative programmes.

  • Our free Skills for Life programme and low cost courses, help those without qualifications to progress towards Level Two courses and gain nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Our wide range of vocational (on the job) programmes offer qualifications that will build your skills and improve your job prospects.
  • Returning to learning could be the first step in achieving your goals and ambitions.  Learning does not have to be about getting a qualification

There’s great satisfaction from getting to grips with something new, and proving to yourself that you can do it!  You don’t need to make a huge time commitment to learn something new.  Many of our courses are only one or two hours long per week.

If you want to join 4000 learner who already study with us each year, now is your chance. Our expert staff are on hand to support you with your learning aims, whether you are a complete beginner or a more confident and experienced learner.    More on the website

 

 

  • 127 Ripple Road
    Barking

    IG11 7PB

  • 020 8270 4722

  • adultcollegeenquries@lbbd.gov.uk

  • Monday to Thursday (term time) - 8:30am to 8pm

    Friday - 8:30am to 5:00pm

The Princes Trust Team Programme

TEAM is self-development course that aims to get young people into work, training & education whilst, more importantly, building on personal skills such as team working, communication and confidence. The course is for 16-25 year olds.

The course runs 5 days a week for 12 weeks and young people are expected to take part in a 5 day residential trip away, work within the community and a 2 week work placement. Students also take part in a career plan week, fundraising week and a first aid course.

All we ask is that students have a minimal English Level.

 

  • Charlie Pearce

  • Technical Skills Academy
    1 Short Blue Place
    Barking
    IG11 8FJ

  • 07734 962189 (work hours)

  • 020 8090 3020

  • charlie.pearce@bdc.ac.uk

  • Monday - Friday 9.30am - 3.30pm

Vocational Support Service

We enable people with a mental health problem to access employment, training, education and volunteering activities through various forms of support. The service also has peer led activities which can assist in reducing social isolation.

Employment Support:  We assist people to find paid employment, unpaid voluntary work and to assist people in retaining their jobs.  This includes support via a Community Links/Employment advisor who will work with people on a 1:2:1 basis to provide individual tailored support to enable them to overcome barriers and achieve their desired goals.

We will work with individuals to identify relevant pre-employment and job skills training, create or update an existing CV, support people in completing job application forms and interview skills, techniques.

We will also support people in work to retain employment (job retention). Peer Led Support Individuals to identify goals, take positive steps in their recovery, gain confidence and build on self-esteem as well as develop meaningful relationships and provide career pathways.

We train individuals to become peer supporters so they are able to facilitate peer led social activities within the local community.

Eligibility (who can access the Service):

  • People who live in Barking and Dagenham
  • People who are eligible to use mental health services

 

  • All staff can help

  • Dagenham Library
    1 Church Elm Lane
    Dagenham
    RM10 9QS

  • 020 8724 8852

  • 0797 1111478

  • claire.stritton@lbbd.gov.uk

  • 09:00 - 17:00, Monday - Friday

Young People Advisers (careers)

The young people’s education, training and employment services offer a variety of information and activities.  You can contact them via the telephone numbers detailed below.

They can offer:

  • careers advice
  • one-to-one meetings and CV writing with trained centre staff
  • work experience
  • apprenticeships
  • traineeships
  • supported internships
  • college courses
  • university and job applications
  • Paul Temme or Jean Bradford or Lisa Holmes

  • Paul Temme 020 8724 3763 or Jean Bradford 020 8724 3764 or Lisa Holmes 020 8724 2629

  • paul.temme@lbbd.gov.uk - jean.bradford@lbbd.gov.uk - lisa.holmes@lbbd.gov.uk

  • Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm