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The Employment Academy hosts and works alongside a wide range of organisations providing support to those who need it

These partners add their expertise to the services on offer at the Employment Academy:


Thames Reach

Thames Reach is a London-based charity helping homeless and vulnerable people to find decent homes, build supportive relationships and lead fulfilling lives. To support our service users and the wider community back into work, Thames Reach developed the Employment Academy, which opened in early 2013.

Toucan Employment

Toucan is a charity dedicated to supporting people with learning difficulties/disabilities in Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham. They aim to tackle social exclusion by helping their clients to find and retain suitable supported employment.

Southwark Wellbeing Hub

Together UK is a leading national charity supporting people with mental health issues to lead independent, fulfilling lives. The Southwark Wellbeing Hub provides information and support to anyone experiencing problems with their mental wellbeing, helping them – and their friends, families and carers – to navigate local services, groups and activities so that they can find the right support.

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s leading charity supporting disabled people. At the Employment Academy, a team of two provide information, advice and guidance around a range of issues, including benefits, care, mobility, housing and employment.


CityLit has been running short adult education courses in London for almost 100 years. At the Employment Academy, the accredited college teaches computer skills and adult and social care courses.


Pact is a national charity which supports people affected by imprisonment. PACT provide practical and emotional support to prisoners’ children and families, and to prisoners themselves.


One of the world’s leading providers of professional services such as audit and tax, KPMG has generously supported the Employment Academy with in-depth interview training.

McKinsey & Company

The global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company has developed the Work Ready Programme in close co-operation with Thames Reach. This week-long series of sessions is designed to get participants ready for the workplace.

Cardboard Citizens

Cardboard Citizens is a groundbreaking theatre company working with and for homeless people. Its aims to make a positive difference to society and to those living on its margins. At the Employment Academy, they bring their unique approach to teaching maths skills.

National Theatre

The National Theatre is one of the UK’s leading performing arts venues and an established institution in British cultural life. They have teamed up with Thames Reach to bring a production to the stage with the aim of unifying, connecting and empowering diverse communities across the city through the transformative act of creating theatre together.

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