Work experience

We offer a number of ways for those in recovery to gain valuable work experience and help get their lives back on track.

Many people that walk through our doors have recently lost their job or have been unemployed for some time. Getting them into a professional working environment – for some, it’s their first time – helps build their self-esteem and confidence.

"When I first started working I was very self-conscious. Working with SCT helps me look people in the eye and feel comfortable in myself, and makes me feel excited about my future."
Former SCT service user. 

Find out more about our work experience schemes by contacting Brent on 020 7729 2376/2379 or at brent.clark@sct.org.uk 

Our social enterprise cafes, Paper & Cup, offer trainees the chance to serve customers, acquire barista skills and manage budgets to improve their employability.

Read more about Restoration Station, our vintage furniture social enterprise.

Our East London charity shops also take on some of our service users in voluntary roles.  People begin to get back into the world of work again, learn to work as a member as a team, and to rebuild confidence and self-esteem

"What was really good was that there was nothing to hide...by having the experience of work, learning new skills, showing up on time, having responsibility not just for yourself but as part of a team- all those things that really only having a job, even an unpaid one- can teach you."
Former Paper & Cup trainee

Read a feature about our social enterprises in Drink and Drugs News

See how progression changes lives in this feature from The Accidental Hipster - our 50th anniversary magazine

Read about our 50th anniversary in 2015

If you're looking for ways to gain work experience with SCT and are not in recovery, please go to our volunteer page.

Photo c/o James Bellorini.

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