Education, training and employment

We help put young people on the path to lasting employment through employability programmes, functional skills training and other learning initiatives.

Our qualified trainers support young people throughout their individual journeys.

Much of what we offer is available to all unemployed young people, not just those in Centrepoint accommodation.

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What we offer

Support from our Jobs and Education Team

Our Jobs and Education Team assist young people in making appropriate, informed and well thought through career decisions. 

We identify strengths and learning needs, and put young people's needs at the centre of all the training we provide. From initial assessments to personalised support and progression routes, we're focused on helping young people achieve their individual goals.

Last year, 65% of Centrepoint young people progressed into either jobs, education or training, meaning they can take the next step in their journey to independence.

How we work with employers

What we do would not be possible without our fantastic employment partners offering opportunities to young people.

If you would like to get involved, help unlock young people’s talent by offering job opportunities, work experience, internships or apprenticeships, or want to find out more, please contact the Centrepoint Works team at

All about our offer

Work experience placements: Get Set Go

Our Get Set Go programme is a work-focused scheme providing unemployed young people aged 16-24 with a package of tailored support to develop their skills and confidence.

Benefits for young people

Our programme connects young people with employers from the outset. The scheme is a blend of:

  • individual interventions
  • small group work
  • an industry placement

Young people enrol in Get Set Go knowing that the types of companies they would like to forge a career with endorse the scheme. They gain relevant experience and learn up-to-date skills.

Benefits for employers

The Get Set Go programme provides an opportunity for employers to bring in new talent to see if they would be suitable for an apprenticeship or employment.

How you can get involved

We are looking for employers who want to work with us to co-design a high-quality work experience placement.

We want to be able to offer young people work experience placements giving them insight into job roles, your organisation and sector.

The placements should be for at least 30 hours.

At the end of the placement, we ask you to consider all young people for an apprenticeship, or give them the opportunity to apply for vacancies within your organisation. If this is not an option, we ask that you give them a feedback interview and a character reference as a minimum.

If you would like to support us, please email us at

Shorter work experience placements

We can also consider shorter placements, for young people who want to gain work experience without completing Get Set Go. If you can support us by providing any work placement opportunity for a young person please email us at

Vocational courses

We offer a wide range of courses which help young people prepare for the world of work:

  • Deciding the right job for you
  • CV writing
  • Working with colleagues
  • Confidence building

And also help them develop skills in specific work places:

  • Hospitality and catering
  • Warehousing and storage
  • Construction

Maths and English courses

We offer young people courses that allow them to learn at their own pace, with the support of our trainers. The functional skills courses provide practical uses of English and Maths. They help build young people’s confidence in learning and prepare them for the next step in their learning, lives and careers. 

We offer NCFE Functional Skills qualifications in:

  • English Entry Level 1/2/3 and Level 1/2
  • Maths Entry Level 1/2/3 and Level 1/2

Digital skills

Understanding digital technology and communication is vital to stay connected in work and life.

We offer:

  • Essential Digital Skills qualifications (EDSQ)
  • Digital Skills for Work and Life

Enrichment activities

We provide innovative and engaging enrichment activities that support young people in developing their character, resilience and motivation, encouraging them to pursue their goals. With the support of employers, we can develop a wide range of activities including:

  • Business carousels
  • External speakers
  • Site visits
  • Mock interviews

Providing young people with the opportunity to meet and speak to employers and employees is a really important step in preparing them for the world of work.

If you enjoy hands on practical activities and can spare some time to support young people, please email us at


We employ young people into suitable roles within Centrepoint that can provide worthwhile qualifications and real on-the-job experience, alongside a living wage. At the moment we have apprentices working in:

  • Independent Living team
  • Procurement and Contracts team
  • Bursaries team


  • Education, Employment and Training Bursary - to cover the costs of essentials needed to access education, employment and training including; laptops, course fees or uniform.
  • Childcare Bursary - to cover the cost of childcare while you’re in education, employment or training.
  • ID Bursary - to cover the cost of identification needed for a job or training course.
  • Garrett University Bursary - to provide a laptop if you need one and funding throughout your time at university that can be used for text books or travel.
  • Refugee Bursary - to support refugees or asylum seekers in Education, Employment or Training (EET), or 100% of the cost of visa or citizenships applications if you are a refugee.
  • Learning Travel Bursary - if you live in Centrepoint accommodation, ask your key worker about this bursary for journeys to work, education or training.


For our policies include safeguarding, equality and diversity, prevent and health and safety

Awarding organisations

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National Open College Network

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NOCN Group is an educational charity whose core aims are to help learners reach their potential and organisations thrive.

NOCN are the only awarding body in the UK which specialises in productivity and focus on increasing the UK's competitiveness globally. As the second-largest awarding organisation in the UK construction sector, they are committed to working for a better future for UK construction.

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An educational charity delivering a fairer and more inclusive society through education. And aiming for a world where everyone has the opportunity, means and motivation to access the highest quality learning experiences.

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AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group

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AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group is a leading Awarding (AO) and End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) offering award winning qualifications and nominated end-point assessment services.