Professional and Education

Work Hounslow – Apprenticeships

Work Hounslow is part of the Hounslow Council which helps people find jobs. They also provide information for apprenticeships for young people who want to start on the career ladder with a salary while receiving training for that job. Training ranges from GCSE level up to degree level training with qualified specialists in that industry sector.

Aimed for anyone aged 16+ there is wide range of industries to work and many employers pay more than the £3.70 minimum wage.

Work Hounslow aims to provide people with information on apprenticeship providers and opportunities in the area. Contact them today for more information via

Telephone: 020 8583 6174

Email: [email protected]

West Thames College – Advanced Learner loan & loan bursary

Advanced Learner Loan

It is possible to receive financial support to help with costs of studying at college or training if you are aged 19 and above on your first day of a level 3 or higher course. The loan is paid directly to your college and your loan can be set by you if the loan is a minimum of £300.

This is loan is available across the United Kingdom and some UK nationals in the EU.

West Thames courses eligible for the advanced learner loan are:

  • Access to Higher Education Diplomas
  • Most BTEC Level 3 programmes (Certificates/Diploma/Extended Diploma)
  • CELTA
  • VICT Level 3 Certificates/Diplomas
  • NVQ Level 3 or 4

To apply visit

Website: www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

Loan Bursary

The loan bursary is designed to help those who receive the Advanced Learner Loan and require additional support. The bursary particularly aims to benefit disadvantaged and vulnerable students and is available to anyone eligible to study at West Thames College or any of the college’s contracted partners.

The four key components to the loan bursary are

  • Additional Learning Support (ALS)
  • Financial Support
  • Childcare
  • Residential support

Like the Advanced Learner Loan students need to be aged 19 or higher on the start of their course.

To apply or receive further information on the Loan Bursary contact either:

Isleworth Campus

Telephone: 020 8326 2412

Email: [email protected]

Or

Feltham Skills & Logistics Centre

Telephone: 020 8362 2130

The Citizens Trust

The Citizens Trust is a service designed to offer practical help for those that are unemployed or inactive and looking to gain employment. Their services include

  • One-to-one employment advice and guidance
  • Introductions to local employers offering employment opportunities
  • Introductions to further learning opportunities
  • Ongoing in-work support
  • Specialist advice and guidance in family matters

Use the following details to contact or join the service

Website: www.thecitizenstrust.org.uk

Telephone: 020 8566 1206

Email: [email protected]

Smart Works

Smart Works is an interview specialist service for women. The service provides helpful tips and information for women with an upcoming confirmed interview and will help them with picking professional work attire. Each session lasts 2 hours and will be designed to help you calm any worries you may have, leaving you in a confident and professional mindset before the interview.

Smart works has many high-quality clothes and accessories that have either been donated from professional women or provided by partnered retailers and is yours to keep and is entirely free!

In 2015 Smart Works trained and dressed 2000 women from every Borough in London with 57% getting the job.

For more information contact Smart Works via

Website: www.smartworks.org.uk

Telephone (North London): 020 7288 1770

Telephone (West London): 020 8962 6586