Facing the job market together

Getting into employment after a long time out of work can be daunting, especially for families who are experiencing difficulties in other areas of their life. Navigating through the maze of public services can be complex, time-consuming and costly for all involved.

Westminster’s Families and Communities Employment Service was designed in partnership between the council, local job centres and key partners to help provide a solution. The programme provides each resident with a dedicated employment coach who gives them hands-on, one-to-one support built around their needs and circumstances.

For example, John*, 20, was supported by the service to help him move away from gang activity, where he was at serious risk of violence, and into work. The team met regularly with John to talk about his options for exiting the gang and build up his confidence to prepare for interviews. He has since found full-time employment as a decorator.

Another example is Aresma Haile, who cares for her three children and has been out of work for nine years. Through our Families and Communities Employment Service she receives one-on-one interview preparation, assistance with job applications, vacancy alerts and free training.

Aresma says: “I feel more confident now as a person and less stressed about finding jobs and applying for them. My coach emails me vacancies so I am able to apply for these roles straight away, which is really helpful.”

Contact FACES

For more information, please contact us on 020 7641 3336 or email faces@westminster.gov.uk


Getting into employment after a long time out of work can be daunting, especially for families who are experiencing difficulties in other areas of their life. Navigating through the maze of public services can be complex, time-consuming and costly for all involved.

Westminster’s Families and Communities Employment Service was designed in partnership between the council, local job centres and key partners to help provide a solution. The programme provides each resident with a dedicated employment coach who gives them hands-on, one-to-one support built around their needs and circumstances.

For example, John*, 20, was supported by the service to help him move away from gang activity, where he was at serious risk of violence, and into work. The team met regularly with John to talk about his options for exiting the gang and build up his confidence to prepare for interviews. He has since found full-time employment as a decorator.

Another example is Aresma Haile, who cares for her three children and has been out of work for nine years. Through our Families and Communities Employment Service she receives one-on-one interview preparation, assistance with job applications, vacancy alerts and free training.

Aresma says: “I feel more confident now as a person and less stressed about finding jobs and applying for them. My coach emails me vacancies so I am able to apply for these roles straight away, which is really helpful.”

Contact FACES

For more information, please contact us on 020 7641 3336 or email faces@westminster.gov.uk