Whatever barriers to work you face - lack of confidence or experience, a family history of unemployment, alcohol or drugs, or a criminal record - we can help.
Back to Work
Support to gain new skills and find work
We run programmes around the country to give you the help and support you need to find work if you are unemployed, including accessing training and managing your money.Find out more
If you are a parent looking for work you can get one-to-one support in the Children’s Centre in Hastings from an expert employment adviser who understands what working parents need.
If you are resident in the North Prospect area of Plymouth you can get help and advice to manage your money, reschedule debts and look for work.
If you are unemployed and live in Bristol, you can get one-to-one support and advice to help you find a job or start training that will lead to work.
If you live in Lambeth and are out of work but not on the Work Programme, you can get one-to-one guidance from our advisers in the community and be trained in jobsearch as part of a group.
Getting Families Ready for Work
Supporting families into work
We have established a two-year pilot project on one Kent estate, where our advisers work intensively with entire unemployed families.Find out more
We are testing our family employment initiative on the Park Wood Estate in Maidstone. The estate houses some of Kent’s most vulnerable families, and there is a widespread culture of worklessness.
Our staff are working intensively with all the generations in a number of families, unravelling the root problems preventing family members from accessing support to find work.
We have a base in the centre of the estate, and strong partnerships with other services supporting families.
Where is it?
Getting Families Ready for Work is available in:
Getting Out to Work
Help to find work after prison
Getting Out to Work provides intensive employment support to men and women to help them keep their lives on track after time in prison.Find out more
Coming out of prison can leave you with all sorts of problems that may seem overwhelming. Drugs or alcohol, lack of confidence and motivation, housing issues and debt.
We will give you all the help you need. You will have an individual action plan and as well as intensive, one-to-one support, you will get practical help to find suitable jobs, complete any vocational training you need and prepare for interviews.
Your adviser will help communicate with a potential employer to iron out any difficulties and we will keep in touch, supporting you once you begin a new job so that you make a success of it.
Where is it?
Getting Out to Work is available in:
Health and Work
Job advice in the GP surgery
Tomorrow's People was the first organisation anywhere in Britain to put employment advisers in GP's surgeries and health centres.Find out more
The groundbreaking programme started with the James Wigg practice in north London. Dr Roy Macgregor saw that some of his patients were stuck in a vicious circle of unemployment and depression, having a major impact on their health.
He realised that some people signed off work through ill health would benefit from advice in the surgery to help them back to work.
An employment adviser, Faruk Noor, worked in the surgery every day, successfully reaching a group of patients on benefits with employment advice in a familiar setting.
Where is it?
Health and Work is available in:
The Work Programme
Personal support for long-term unemployed
We deliver the Work Programme, the Government's major programme to support people who are long-term unemployed, or at risk of becoming so.Find out more
The Work Programme is for you if you need intensive support to find work, either because you have been out of work for a year, or if you have other needs, for example, you have been in prison.
You will get the help that is right for you, for example one-to-one support, mentoring, vocational training, work placements and aftercare.
You can only be referred to the support Work Programme provides through Jobcentre Plus - you cannot refer yourself.
The Work Programme replaces previous welfare-to-work programmes such as the New Deal, Employment Zones and Flexible New Deal.
Nicola Collard says her dad left home when she was too young to remember him. She was bullied at school for being overweight and went to five different schools in four years.
As a teenager she met a man who started her on crack cocaine, and a career of crime to fund her habit followed.
While trying to wean herself off drugs, she heard about Tomorrow’s People and successfully applied to join a Working It Out course in Plymouth.
In her own words: “It helped me so much. When I was given the team leader role it gave me a real confidence boost.”
Nicola recently achieved the major milestone of being clean of drugs for a year. She joined Ocean Quay, a drugs rehabilitation centre, as a temporary volunteer, and so impressed her employers they asked her to stay on.
She now mentors prison leavers helping them back in to a positive routine. After 20 years, she also traced her father and is establishing a relationship with him for the first time.
Nigel Birt worked as a chef and commis-chef for more than 20 years. He worked for leading employers, but could never hold down a job because of his recurring, and serious, addiction problems.
When he started with Tomorrow’s People his aim was to become free of drugs and to keep a job long-term. Working alongside the Bristol Drugs Project, Tomorrow’s People helped to put together a CV, bought Nigel a suit and covered travel costs for him to attend interviews.
Finally the chance came to take part in a five-day work trial. He was on the 7am bus, and he got the job.
It led to a full-time position with an employer, Sodexo, who is committed to helping him gain qualifications to back up his extensive experience.
His employer says: “Nigel has been a great addition to our team and we look forward to developing his career here.”
Since getting work Nigel has been able to rent a flat, giving him a secure base. He has a place for his son and he is able to help care for his father, who had been ill.
A year on, he says, "My job is still going really well. I now run the kitchen and I am hoping to move further on up in the future. I have completed my NVQ and hopefully will be starting my level 3 pretty soon."
Depression and substance misuse marked the young Garry Birchall’s life. In March 2010, aged just 22, he was in complete despair and felt he had little to live for.
This background explains why, when Garry joined a Tomorrow’s People Working It Out programme in Merseyside, he seemed shy and preferred to stay on the edges of the group.
But the supportive atmosphere of the programme was the change Garry needed. He began to contribute a lot to group sessions, and became well respected by the others on the programme.
He completed several sessions designed to build up his confidence and skills, including drug and alcohol awareness, healthy eating, interview techniques and money management.
Garry had left school with no qualifications, but he achieved several certificates to boost his CV, including Health and Safety and First Aid.
Garry became interested in becoming a youth worker himself, and we helped him get a placement with the Fairbridge organisation, leading outdoor activities for disadvantaged young people.
His tutor says: “He went on leaps and bounds. He wanted to become a youth trainer and he just went for it. I can’t speak more highly of Garry, he is one of the nicest kids I have ever met.”
Garry’s motivation and determination paid off – he has his own accommodation and now, aged 23, is in full-time employment in Liverpool as a Youth Development Officer.
Shane Challenger grew up in an unstable and violent environment and was regularly beaten by his alcoholic father.
He ran away, becoming addicted to heroin by the age of 14. By the age of 38, he had spent 15 years of his life in prison.
In 2005 he began to turn a corner. He developed a relationship with his 11-year-old son and his mum agreed to give him a home and a second chance.
Shane began to fully engage with probation programmes, including anger management and relapse prevention.
He made so much progress the Probation Service asked him to give talks to police, judges and prison officers.
Finding work was the final hurdle, and at this point he came to Tomorrow’s People.
Tomorrow’s People first built on his skills by suggesting he work as a mentor for those leaving prison.
He began to mentor young offenders. This gave him confidence to begin his job search and he persisted until he gained a full-time job with Rentokil.
His Tomorrow’s People Adviser says: “Shane’s journey from offender and drug addict to employee and role model father is truly inspiring.”