Support into work
Our approach to supporting tenants into employment and training
We offer a free employment and training service, open to all Octavia tenants as well as other residents aged 16 and over, who live in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Brent or Hammersmith and Fulham.
We tailor our service to your needs and our aim is to build relationships and support people over long periods of time. We can provide help with:
- one-to-one mentoring and support during your job search
- finding work placements, training courses and volunteering opportunities.
- creating or updating your CV and preparing for interviews
- completing application forms
- free internet access to jobsites
Apprenticships and paid internships
Octavia has a range of apprenticeships and internships. People who are unemployed and not in full-time education can apply to join our annual apprenticeship scheme. Those who have completed a degree can apply to join our internship scheme. Subject to funding every year, these schemes offer people the chance to work with Octavia and study or train at the same time.
We have kick-started a lot of careers into different industries and professions since the schemes began. We offer support and guidance along the way.
What you can expect from our service
To be eligible for employment and training support, you must be:
- Aged 16-65 years
- Unemployed or working up to 16 hours per week
- A British citizen or have the right to work in the UK
What will happen after you ask for support with employment and training?
A member of the Octavia Foundation’s employment support team will arrange to meet with you to discuss your goals and aspirations, before developing a personalised action plan to help you to achieve them.
We also deliver drop in sessions across the community, to find out more visit the Octavia Foundation website.
Making sure that we are succeeding
Our employment and training service is responsive and aims to reflect the needs of the people we support. We regularly seek feedback through case studies, questionnaires and evaluations as a means to help us to improve our service.