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Local study programmes offering employability support

If you do not feel ready for an employer based programme but would like opportunities to continue to study, whilst developing employability skills then a study programme may be right for you. 

Below is an outline of some of the local options:

Kingston Adult Education - Steps to Employment 

The course includes lots of practical skills like employability skills, money management, health issues, putting a CV together, job interview practice and also other activities like visits to local employers, job fairs and visiting speakers from local employers.  Work experience is also arranged.  The programme also offers Maths and English from Entry levels to GCSE.

Steps to Employment on the Kingston Council website (opens a new window)


Harlequins HITZ Programme

This programe is offered by Harlequins Rugby Club and SCL Education Group.

Harlequins HITZ Programme is an education and sporting programme for 16 to 24 year olds where you can:

  • Play sports; Have Fun, Get Fitter, Make New Friends
  • Improve your Maths and English
  • Gain nationally recognised qualifications
  • Learn new skills to become more work ready
  • Learn how to cook and eat more healthily
  • Improve your communication skills and confidence

Harlequin Hitz Programme on the SCL Education Group website (opens a new window)

MIT Skills 

MIT Skills offer study programmes in carpentry and plumbing.  These programmes provide a level 2 recognised qualification and will help the young person develop the basic skill needed to apply for apprenticeships in these areas. 

MIT Skills on the MIT website (opens a new window) 

Orchard Hill  - WorkStart Courses

If you are looking for a way to kick start your career then this course is for you. WorkStart gives you the opportunity to gain work experience and qualifications. You will be able to work one-to-one with Job Coaches to get you on track to achieving your ambitions.

WorkStart is broken down into three pathways: Traineeship, Into Work – Work Experience and Into Work – Outreach. The aim of the courses is to enable young people to gain qualifications, experience and employment, and our pathways provide a tailored approach to our students.

Orchard Hill WorkStart on the WorkStart website (opens a new window) 

Richmond College

Richmond College has a wide range of supported learning courses that provide options to develop employability skills, including a pre supported internship course and other courses with supported work experience opportunities.

Richmond College supported learning on the Richmond College website (opens a new window) 

Kingston College 

Kingston College offer an employability and social skills course which is suited to learners working at entry level 2 and above. 

Kingston College employability and social skills course on the Kingston College website (opens a new window) 

West Thames College

Progression to Work is an entry level programme that has been designed to meet the needs of young adults with learning difficulties. It consists of a selection of modules designed to enable students to leave college and enter the world of work, voluntary, supported or paid employment. 

Progression to Work programme on the West Thames College website (opens a new window)  


The London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy (LHAA)

Level 1 Study programme covering Hair, Beauty and Barbering (pdf)

The London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy website (opens a new window

Pick Up Academy

Provides a full time football academy/education programme for young adults aged 16 to 18 years (pdf)


Pick Up Academy website (opens a new window) ​