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Training and Employment

Pre - employment support

Achieving for Children offer a range of support for young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), and provide opportunities to take part in workshops, gain transferrable skills, build up a CV, and more. 

Below is information on the current pre-employment programmes we are running and how you can get involved. For any queries, please email

Positive Directions

This is a programme for young people aged 16-24 who are not in employment, education or training (NEET).  The content is bespoke to the individual, dependant on their aspirations and future plans, but can include:

  • Mentoring
  • Careers guidance
  • Support to prepare for and undertake maths and English functional skills tests
  • Certificated online courses in a range of sector areas
  • Small group or individual employability workshops 

To take part you need to be:

  • Aged 16 to 24 years old
  • Living in Kingston, Richmond, Sutton, Merton or another London postcode
  • Not currently in employment, education or training

Positive Directions - Training and Career Advice for 16 - 24 year olds (pdf)


Head2Work is a skills training programme for young people, aged 18 to 24, living in Croydon, Sutton, Kingston, Merton or Richmond who are not currently in employment, education or training. We can support you to get on a career pathway that’s right for you and help you feel empowered, to realise your potential and achieve your goals.

This includes:

  • Free skills development and training courses to help you build industry-specific skills.
  • 1-2-1 mentorship with business mentors and employers to help you gain the confidence you need to stand out and succeed.
  • Support to undertake, develop and complete a social action project.
  • Support into education, employment or training, whatever the right path for you.

To take part you need to be:

  • Aged 18 to 24 years old
  • Live in Croydon, Sutton, Kingston and Merton, Richmond
  • Not currently in employment, education or training 

Head2Work Flyer (opens a new window)

Youth Employment Skills (YES)

The service provides personal support for Richmond and Kingston residents aged 16 to 24 with Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND), who are Not in Employment Education or Training (NEET) and have social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs.

Young people using the service receive support from a Caseworker who provides information, advice and guidance including:

  • Confidence-building activities
  • Life skills support
  • Employability skills training
  • Access to meaningful work experience, volunteering and links to local employment and training opportunities.

The service is provided through a mix of one-to-one and group support.

This is a London wide programme so if you live outside of the Kingston and Richmond boroughs but would like to access this support please contact REED In Partnership 


YES Programme Flyer (opens a new window)

YES Programme - Information for referrers (opens a new window)


Achieving for Children is a gateway employer for the Kickstart Scheme. Kickstart jobs are 6 month long paid employment placements for young people. 

To apply for a Kickstart job, speak to your JobCentrePlus work coach to discuss your options. 

For more information, you can speak to a Kickstart representative by emailing: 

How to get a Kickstart job (opens a new window)

If you or someone you know would like to benefit from this free training and support, through Positive Directions or Head2Work, please contact:

Sharon Pratt

Vocational Development and ESF Co-ordinator/Mentor

Education Business Partnership

Mobile: 07826 533884