Careers advice, training and employment

Jobcentre Plus

Boy buying crips in a shopJobcentre Plus Disability Employment Advisers (DEA) support residents to find a job and provide information on a range of services. Each DEA helps clients with complex employment situations if:

  • they have a disability or health condition
  • they may need additional help with development
  • they may need additional help with finding and retaining employment

DEAs will establish a close working relationship with the customer to decide the best way forward and gain the customer’s commitment to the decision.

You can request support from the DEA by email or telephone, or at Barking or Dagenham Jobcentre Plus.

Job Shops

Barking and Dagenham Job Shops provide support finding work for residents within the borough.


Apprenticeships are work-based learning programmes where people earn a wage and gain on-the-job experience and skills that lead to nationally recognised qualifications. We are committed to creating apprenticeships opportunities for our residents. There are a variety of different apprenticeships available. You can find out more by speaking to your careers adviser at school or college.


Barking and Dagenham provides a variety of exciting volunteering opportunities in the Council and local community. Contact our Volunteering Team for more information.

Work clubs

We run work clubs for our residents through our children’s centres.

Young people’s education, training and employment services

Our Integrated Youth Service offer careers advice, guidance and information to young people age 16 to 19 (up to 25 with learning difficulties or disabilities) at Barking Learning Centre and Dagenham Library. Find out more in one of our drop-in sessions.

Disablement Association of Barking and Dagenham (DABD)

DABD offers support to find employment, provide training and identify volunteering opportunities.

Talent Match

Talent Match London has been designed to provide not only the skills, but the confidence, resilience, networks, and the sustained backing that young people might need as they set out to navigate fulfilling career pathways.

Talent Match London

020 7549 8800


Mencap provides job and training services that enable people with learning disability to find paid employment.

National Careers Service

National careers Service

0800 100 900

Further career advice, training and employment services

Access to Work

Access to Work grants may be available if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you to start working, stay in work or move into self-employment or start a business.