Supported Employment Service

FoodWorks staff and coffee cart

Supported Employment Service

FoodWorks is part of the Newcastle City Council Supported Employment Service which works with people aged 16 and older who are faced with significant barriers to securing employment. 

The service works with people who have a physical or sensory disability, learning disability, mental health concern or autism and with people who may have experienced homelessness. 

Staff from the Supported Employment Service work with individuals to help identify suitable career goals and the steps needed to achieve these goals. Dedicated Supported Employment Officers work to carefully match the needs of an employer to a person’s skills and aspirations.

The Supported Employment Service can arrange training, work experience and working interviews. Staff will also support people to boost their employability skills, build confidence and help with welfare benefits. When working with the Supported Employment Service people will have a named contact who will provide ongoing support. 

The Supported Employment Service can also help to:   

  • Search for jobs online
  • Prepare for job interviews through individual coaching sessions or group workshops
  • Complete and gain trade specific qualifications, such as food hygiene and some grounds maintenance qualifications
  • Access English, Maths or IT skills training / qualifications

Staff can also provide in work and post-employment support to help people remain in work.