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

We do not currently have any employment opportunities available, please check back regularly as we will update this page when new opportunities are available.

2. Apprenticeships / Graduate opportunities

We do not currently have any apprenticeship / graduate opportunities available, please check back regularly as we will update this page when new opportunities are available.

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.