Refer someone to our programmes

Our online referral system for Ready for Work will be updated on 12 November. If you have already referred to our programme online, your access to this system will be temporary suspended. Contact your the Ready for Work manager in your location to reinstate access.

150 agencies in 16 locations refer their clients to our programmes. Whether you work in the homeless sector, probation or another service, your clients can benefit from taking part in Ready for Work across the UK and Ireland.

Of those who take part in our Ready for Work programme:

  • 27% are former rough sleepers

  • 32% have unspent convictions

  • 22% have a former substance dependency

  • 10% have been in care

  • 4% are ex-armed forces

Working in partnership with local referral agencies, our regional programme managers can successfully identify people who want to find work but need the extra support from business to get there.

Ready for Work

Our flagship, structured programme offers 2 days of training, a 2 week work placement with a leading business and post-placement support through coaching, events and drop-in sessions.

Clients who will benefit are actively seeking employment and are enthusiastic about the opportunities that a work placement can bring.

Download our Guide for Referrals to Ready for Work to find out more. Or contact your local Employment Programme Manager to discuss opportunities for referrals further and to gain access to our online referral system.

Get Ready!

Building on the success of Ready for Work, Get Ready! provides opportunities for people at an earlier stage – giving extra support to help clients to begin their journey into employment.

Over a period of about three months, clients will build their knowledge of the workplace, increase their skills and develop a sense of their own employability through a series of workshops, visits and drop-in sessions.

Please note that Get Ready! is currently delivered in Bristol (known locally as Bridge the Gap) only. 

Eligibility criteria

To take part in our programmes, all clients must be:

  • homeless or are at risk of homelessness due to insecure housing arrangements, criminal convictions, leaving care or a number of other factors

  • aged 18 or over

  • eligible to work in the UK

  • able to demonstrate basic communication skills – reading and writing in English

  • risk assessed if they have an unspent conviction