Jobs and Training

Jobs and Training

Are you interested in opportunities for employment and training including apprenticeships as part of the Canada Water Masterplan?

This page outlines our approach, links to training and employment support and current opportunities. Over time as more works come forward there will be a further jobs and training opportunities that can be applied for.

Current Opportunities

1. Employment

Full-time and part-time employment roles

All jobs listed below are based at Canada Water unless noted.

Role: Labourer at Mace

Key Responsibilities:

  • Helping skilled tradespeople with every aspect of the building process
  • Being involved in projects from start to finish • Following all health and safety procedures
  • Mixing and pouring concrete to make foundations, beams or floors
  • Digging trenches for foundations
  • Fixing scaffolding and building frames
  • Laying pavements and resurfacing roads
  • Assisting bricklayers, carpenters and other colleagues on-site, by providing materials
  • Marking out the area for the site using string lines and putting up barriers and safety signs
  • Laying drainage pipes, pavements and manhole covers
  • Operating hand machinery such as drills, pumps and compressors
  • Operating machinery such as excavators and dumper truckers
  • Working outdoors in all weathers.

Qualifications and experience required:

  • Must hold a valid CSCS card
  • Some exposure to a construction environment or experience at a site would be desirable. 

Salary: £11.95 per hour, and the role is self employed
Start date: Ongoing opportunities available.
Duration: Ongoing
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Location: Canada Water, London Borough of Southwark
Requirement: Please note you must be a Southwark resident to apply for this position.
Training: Provided, additional training will be available once trial period successfully completed. 
For full details please click here. 

Application deadline: Ongoing

Role: Social Value Advisor at Wates

Key Responsibilities:

  • Be responsible for coordinating and delivering Social Value activities in line with project KPIs, including managing discreet projects (e.g. careers fairs, work experience).
  • Be responsible for sourcing and training Social Value / Social Enterprise / Work Experience / Safeguarding / D&I / Wellbeing / Charity champions and initiatives at project level
  • Be responsible for data collection, including providing support to site based Social Value Champions, at the beginning and end of Social Value activities. Ensure that all data is recorded and GDPR compliant and support with KPI monitoring.
  • Collate and develop content for social media and website, creating case studies to support the regional Comms plan. Work with the Social Value Manager and collaborate with the Comms team to produce content for internal and external publication.
  • Be responsible for identifying community groups and associations. Work closely with these groups and lead engagement initiatives, empowering community groups to support with co-design. Ensure that stakeholder opinions are taken into consideration to drive or shape key decisions on community projects
  • Communicate the value of engaging in Social Value related initiatives at project level to influence colleagues to participate.
  • Communicate with external delivery partners to maintain and develop the Social Value programmes within the locations of allocated sites/contracts.
  • Communicate with Group Social Value lead and Social Value colleagues across the Group to share and implement best practice in Social Value and to identify opportunities for collaboration when working in similar geographic areas.

Qualifications and experience required:

  • Competitive salary & profit share • Flexible working
  • Car Allowance / Company Car *
  • Travel covered to any of our sites*
  • Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 8% employers contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 26 days holidays + bank holidays and much more…
  • One of the best learning and development programmes which is customizable to support your career progression goals. (c.7000 training sessions delivered year to date across the WATES Group)
  • Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity.

Hours: Monday - Friday (Some out of hours work may be required)
Location: Canada Water Plot A1, London Borough of Southwark
For full details please click here. 

Application deadline: Ongoing until November 2023

Role: Business Administrator at London Works

Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing multiple email inboxes and being the first point of contact for all external queries via email & telephone
  • Meeting and greeting external visitors when working in the office, offering refreshments & handling queries
  • Taking minute notes at all meetings (or audio-typing/scribing the meeting recordings)
  • Creating, managing & maintaining relationships with all candidates and clients (new & existing)
  • Update the Salesforce CRM regularly with candidate/client updates, relevant documents, etc.
  • Formulating, formatting & checking of candidate CVs, job adverts, presentations, business proposals and reports.
  • Manage candidate recruitment process for LW vacancies, sift through CV submissions or CV databases and speak to suitable applicants, organise their registration process & submission to the client, schedule volunteer-led practice interviews & real client interviews, sending offers and providing feedback, completing aftercare with placed candidates.
  • Produce marketing material using Canva or similar for various events & opportunities.
  • Create & implement a digital marketing strategy across all platforms.
  • Obtaining written case studies from placed candidates and/or completing video case studies with them.
  • Host/present at insight events either virtually or at local university campuses, either for generic job fairs/careers events, or specific presentations e.g. promoting the LW flagship under-graduate program
  • Having regular monthly catch ups with the Business Manager to review company performance, internal statistics and upcoming events/vacancies etc.

Qualifications and experience required:

  • 2-3 years experience in an office environment
  • Strong understanding of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Confidence in speaking with clients and senior management
  • Recruitment experience desirable
  • A passion for wanting to make a difference
  • Relationship Management experience
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines

Salary: 28k - 35k depending on experience
Hours: Monday - Friday (Some out of hours work may be required)
Location: Canary Wharf, E14
For full details please click here. 

Application deadline: Ongoing until November 2023

Please note you must be a Southwark resident to apply for the positions above. 

2. Apprenticeships / Graduate opportunities

There is a graduate opportunity with British Land. You can apply for the below role. 

Role: Graduate Surveyor

Description of the role:

This is an exciting opportunity for you to join a FTSE UK Real Estate Investment Trust focussed on high quality Retail, Offices, Residential, Logistics and Life Science. You will play an active part in creating places that meet the needs of our customers. You will take part in four rotations across the following areas:

  • Leasing - Learn how to identify and engage with prospective new customers. This dynamic team are the principal customer facing team in the business and are responsible for ensuring our product evolves to anticipate our customers' future needs.
  • Property Management - Spend time with our Property Management team who have unrivalled experience in operational and facilities management, building systems and surveying.
  • Analysis - Our analysis team provide an interface between Finance and the rest of the business. This team will focus on supporting development, investment, and leasing, in addition to reporting and corporate forecasting.
  • Valuations - A short secondment with one of our external valuation partners to provide you with an in depth understanding of real estate valuations.

Throughout your rotations, you will have a dedicated APC Mentor to talk you through your APC journey and be on hand to answer any queries. Additionally, you will be welcomed into our NextGen committee, who focus supporting new talent and ensuring you have the right platform for success.


  • Completed or due to complete a RICS accredited degree
  • Strong numeracy and analytical skills
  • Results oriented with strong commercial acumen
  • Willing and eager to learn 
  • Collaborative, team oriented with a positive and open approach
  • Proactive individuals with an ability to think on their feet and take on responsibility
  • A strong understanding of and passion for the property industry

Start date: January 2024

Hours: Full time

Location: Marble Arch, London

For full details please click here. 

CV's to be emailed to [email protected]

3. Training and mentoring

If you’re thinking about a career in construction but aren’t sure where to start, then we would encourage you to get in touch with the Southwark Construction Skills Centre to explore training opportunities and careers advice. Here you can also apply for your Construction Skills Certification Scheme card which enables you to go on site.

If you’re aged 16-25 and are interested in a career in construction, or know someone who might be, please contact Wendy Heller ([email protected]) or visit the Construction Youth Trust (CYT) website and sign up to their newsletter to receive information about their upcoming training courses and programmes in Bermondsey.


Free pre-employment training with Southwark Construction Skills Centre to prepare you for upcoming construction jobs in Canada Water
The Southwark Construction Skills Centre, now in Canada Water on the former Hawker House site, is offering FREE pre-employment training courses for Southwark residents to prepare candidates to apply for construction roles as part of the Canada Water development.  The two week programmes will give you basic construction skills and experience to help you get on site including a CSCSC card and Level 1 Health and Safety. 
For more information and how to book your place please click here. Alternatively, please call 020 3621 1940, email [email protected], or drop by the site on Surrey Quays Rd between 8:30-17:30 Monday to Friday. 

Benefits and Welfare Support Clinics

For those who may need welfare and benefits support whilst seeking new job opportunities, local charity, Big Local Works, runs a weekly one-to-one benefits and welfare support clinic in Canada Water. The clinic is run from Thrive’ and complements its existing business support and advice services.

Appointments will focus on helping clients receive the right benefits and improving financial security. Advisors can also help clients to identify alternative options such as employment and training programmes, many of which are run from The Blue (click here for more information on employment training programmes that Big Local Works runs).

Specifically, Big Local Works advisors can assist with:

  • Form filling for benefits/universal credit applications – including helping you to build the understanding, confidence and abilities to manage this yourself moving forward
  • Benefit checks (making sure people are in receipt of the right amounts)
  • Accompanying you at assessment centres and when decisions are wrong filling in appeal forms
  • Attending appeal hearings, something which Big Local Works specialises in
  • Helping to identify support and training opportunities to support clients into employment

The weekly clinics take place every Wednesday from 10am-4pm at Thrive, Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, SE16 7LL. To book an appointment, email [email protected] or phone 07526 84770. For more information, you can also visit their website here.

4. Business and enterprise

Business and start-up support and low-cost worker and maker space at Thrive

Do you have a business idea but not sure where to start? Are you self-employed or working from home and need low-cost workspace?

We’ve partnered with local charity Tree Shepherd to create Thrive, a community business hub based in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. The project offers free start-up and business advice, support and training, as well as providing low-cost flexible co-working and maker space. The project is part of our commitment to supporting local residents and businesses to access the potential opportunities generated by the masterplan.

Find out more about what’s on offer on Tree Shepherd’s website here or call 020 3948 3020. Its current opening times are Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm.

Our Commitment to Providing Jobs and Training Opportunities

We want to get local people – those living nearest to the masterplan area and in wider Southwark – into meaningful, sustained employment as part of the Masterplan.

We expect over a thousand construction jobs including apprenticeships, to be generated by the development throughout the 15 years, and upon completion, we anticipate that there will be around c.20,000 people working in the new offices, retail and operations of the new town centre.

Our plan to get local people into work starts with the opportunities generated by the construction, so over the next year:

We are working with our supply chain – the construction contractors and their sub-contractors – to identify and promote these opportunities, including apprenticeships and delivering pre-employment training linked to specific opportunities. Our current contractors include Mace Group, Galldris, Keltbray and Wates.

  • All of our contractors are required to develop a plan outlining how they will recruit and support local residents into the roles created
  • We anticipate a range of opportunities becoming available across different project elements and skill levels and including labouring, skilled trades and office based.
  • We expect to share more information on the roles and training opportunities over the coming months as the main contractors start on site.

Progress to so far:

  • We have been underway with our preparatory works, getting the site ready ahead of the construction of the first buildings and spaces. We also recently finished internal and external restoration works to the Grade II listed former Dock Offices, which will provide a new office for the British Land team.
  • We are now starting the construction of the first buildings on site. If there are any live opportunities from these contracts, you will be able to find them below. You can also go to their websites directly to register for opportunities.
  • We have already established a partnership with Construction Youth Trust and the Southwark Construction Skills Centre to help local people get the skills and knowledge to get on site – for contact details see below.

All phase 1 construction jobs are paid at least London Living Wage.

Register for updates and information

Please sign up to the project mailing list by contacting [email protected] and note your interest in construction employment to be notified of upcoming opportunities.