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The traineeship programme will run for 12 months from July 2024, split between classroom training and two six-month work placements at a Thames Reach project, such as a hostel or a day centre.

People with a previous history of homelessness are particularly encouraged to apply — 21% of our current staff have previously experienced homelessness, and many started out on their career through the traineeship programme. People with little or no experience of the homelessness sector are also encouraged to apply. Passion, commitment and empathy towards the people using our services, along with good administration skills, are required to succeed on the programme, which has been successfully starting people off on new careers for many years now.

The programme provides a career pathway into the homelessness sector, offering participants the opportunity to gain the skills and experience needed to work for Thames Reach and within the sector more broadly. In previous years, 80% of those who enrolled have gone on to secure permanent jobs in the homelessness sector.

You can also learn more by reading our interview with previous graduate Ross, who is now a lead worker within Thames Reach’s South East Regional Outreach team. You can also read Laura’s account of a day in the life of a trainee.

Applications for the 2024 Traineeship programme are now open until 6 May, with interviews taking place on 21-23 May. Placements will start from 8 July. If you wish to apply for the programme, please visit:—0424