Employment, Education & Training

I wanted to learn some new skills and the staff helped me complete course application forms. Now I am studying Oil, Gas and Management at Greenwich School of Management. If I had not found out about this amazing place I would have struggled to fill out the forms in time to enrol for my first course.    

We offer placement opportunities for students and accredited courses and that can offer people a route back into education, vocational training and employment.

Courses are run in partnership with the the Good Things Foundation and Capital Training & Development Network, and we receive placements from partners such as LeSoCo and Goldsmiths University. Placements are assessed by our own in-house NVQ assessors and external assessors.

Customer Service (NVQ level 2)

The Deptford Reach reception area is a great place to learn about customer relationships, presenting a positive impression, resolving problems and processing customer service information.

Catering and hospitality (NVQ level 2)

Students work in the Deptford Reach kitchen project learning about the catering and hospitality industry, including food preparation, cooking and serving food and drink. We also run taster sessions and courses, for example basic food and hygiene level 2.

Advice and Guidance (NVQ level 3)

Students work alongside Deptford Reach’s trained advice workers supporting clients with housing, benefits and other issues. Last year over 17 people completed the courses. While 11 went on to further training or employment as a result.

IT skills

Regular IT skills sessions give people the chance to learn basic word processing and internet skills, plus CV, letter writing and job search skills. We have a fully-equipped IT suite with support from a tutor. Our Digital Skills training helps people receive 1-2-1 support with learning how to use a computer and the internet.


Volunteering is often a great way to begin reintegrating back into the world of work. Our busy centre offers many opportunities to help with administration, customer services, catering, cleaning, gardening, general maintenance, reception duties and advice and guidance. We also offer opportunities for befriending and supporting many of our activities. Many volunteers progress to our NVQ courses. We currently have over 45 active volunteers.


We offer English as a Second Language (ESOL), taught by volunteers and leading to the Deptford Reach Certificate. Our staff speak a number of languages and run various language classes as needed, and also interpret for service users when they come in for help and advice.