Life Skills

With thanks to a generous grant from the London Freemasons and supported by Tom Aikens, Caterer.com and CPL Training, we are excited to be launching our new Life Skills Hub programme, aiming to provide essential life skills and long-term support to people facing or experiencing homelessness in London.

The Only A Pavement Away Life Skills Hub is a back-to-work programme designed to support those being rehoused and re-employed on how to live independently, whilst developing their employability skills and giving them the tools they need to get back on their feet.

The Life Skills Hub is a two-week course, with the first week seeing participants learn about:

  • Career options in the hospitality industry
  • Practical hospitality training
  • Budgeting for independent living
  • IT skills
  • CV writing and interview skills
  • Online learning courses and certification provided by CPL Learning

On week two, members go to one of our trusted employers for three days’ work experience. During their placement, they learn about the different options available to them in the hospitality industry and gain valuable practical work experience both front and back of house. Once they have completed the programme, they are provided with vouchers to help them buy home essentials and become fully-fledged members of Only A Pavement Away and are then able to access further support once they have secured employment.

What our members say:

"My whole world has changed in the last week, I have become very busy, working at The Ivy is great, talented staff and I am making friends. I’ve come a long way & I feel very confident I can do this!" - David, Life Skills Hub Graduate.

What our employers say:

"Peter was outstanding. We were unexpectedly incredibly busy throughout his work experience, and he didn’t panic or get flustered he literally rolled up his sleeves and got stuck in doing everything we asked of him and also taking a bit of initiative and did things that obviously needed doing before being asked. He was super friendly and had a really positive attitude in very challenging circumstances". - General Manager, Greene King

The programme began in July 2021, with four courses held over the summer in partnership with our employment partners The Ivy, Gaucho, McMullen’s and the Strand Palace Hotel. Work experience was provided by the abovementioned partners, as well as Corbin and King, PubLove, The Athenaeum, The Culpeper, TRG, Livelyhood, Qoot and Fuller’s. The initial run of courses saw 60% of the participants being offered roles after completing the course. We are sincerely grateful to the generous support of the London Freemasons and Caterer.com who provided the funding and digital equipment for this initial pilot series of courses.

In October 2021, we ran our first Life Skills Hub in partnership with a single employer, Greene King, which saw 80% of participants being offered roles in their venues.

Once participants complete the course, they become fully-fledged members of Only A Pavement Away and are then able to access further support once they have secured employment. We could not have done this without the support of the London Freemasons and Caterer.com who provided the funding and digital equipment for this series of courses.

Lifeskills hub

OUR PLANS FOR 2022

We are now aiming to roll out this programme into five cities across the UK, starting with Birmingham in March 2022 in partnership with Interstate Hotels.

Hi everyone ☺. So many many thanks! I learn more lots staff i learn about waiter and kitchen. You are the best Sarah and everyone from this group. Is one of experience in my life. Is the first time when I have something like this. Thank you for this experience in the restaurant. Is incredible !!!. I like very much. Anon

Thank you to our generous supporters.

Caterer
CPL Training +
London Freemasons
Tom Aikens