Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College work together with Job centre plus and local businesses to create the best opportunities for people who are unemployed to improve their skill set and get back in to work while helping businesses grow and develop a qualified team.

What is a sector Based work academy?

A sector based work academy is a sector specific course that can be anything from 2-6 weeks long individually designed with each employer to provide important skill specific training and job opportunities to people who are unemployed and claiming benefits. Participants will remain on benefit throughout the sector-based work academy and Jobcentre plus will pay any travel costs during the training and placement. Meaning there is no direct cost to an employer as the costs are covered by government funding.

What does a Sector Based work academy consist of?

A Sector Based work academy has 3 main components.

  • Pre-employment training: This will be relevant to the needs of the business and sector ensuring that the people looking for employment have the essential skills to succeed in the workplace. The training is fully funded by the skills funding agency and delivered by our qualified tutors.
  • A work experience placement: This is of great benefit to both the individual and a business allowing the individual to develop their skills and have the opportunity to work in the real environment treated as a regular employee and to ensure they are suited for that specific work environment
  • A guaranteed job interview:  This will be given to each participant on completion of the course for vacancies within the company providing each individual with valuable interview experience and the opportunity of full time employment.

The Key feature of sector-based work academies is that they offer a flexible approach to speciality sector training and can be adapted to meet the needs of each business. We would work with each employer to help identify their recruitment needs and ensure the best suitable training is provided to their potential future employees. 

What are the Benefits for employers?

Each Sector-based work academy is designed to help meet the employers’ specific, immediate and future recruitment needs as well as to recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow their business. They also help by reducing the risks within the overall process of recruiting new employees.


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See how Imperial College NHS Health Care Trust and the Spirit Pub Company are benefiting from the Sector Based work academy.

Paul Scott from the National Employer and Partnership Team at the Department for Work & Pensions highlights the College’s role in Sector Based work academies:

“Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College have played a pivotal role in the delivery of Hospitality Sector Based Work Academies, creating opportunities and changing lives for unemployed candidates who have developed careers in Pubs and Restaurants across London. Their approach is positive, flexible and supportive.”