Want to Join the Workshop?

Watford Workshop - Join Us

You can join the Workshop via 3 routes.

Transitional Employment Support Grant (TESG)

Job Centre Plus (JCP) offer a supported employment scheme for people with disabilities who face barriers to finding and keeping a job. TESG is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (JobCentre Plus) via Access To Work.

In accordance with our equal opportunities policy, we ensure people have equal access to training and development opportunities within our Workshop and the appropriate support, thus enabling individuals to realise their full potential and where possible, to progress into mainstream employment.

For further details of the TESG programme contact the Disability Employment Advisor at your local JobCentre Plus.

Adult Care Services

Adult Care Services (ACS) is part of Hertfordshire County Council. We have a number of sessions per week available for service users from the ACS teams to undertake work based skills training. Experience shows that service users undertaking such opportunities at Watford Workshop benefit from spending time within a work environment, as well as the social contact while working and during their breaks.

Full account of each service user’s capabilities is taken when assigning tasks. We provide task-specific training within a work environment and can be complemented by more specific training such as numeracy, literacy, IT, food hygiene and cooking skills (see Training & Development section for all courses available). This type of training is provided in one-to-one sessions or small groups.

Watford Workshop is suitable for ACS service users including those with Direct Payments, Personal Budgets and Personal Care Packages who wish to attend up to nine half-day sessions per week and experience the world of work and who will enjoy working alongside others on a variety of tasks.

Contact Us Direct

If you don’t feel that the other routes relate to you because you are already in employment or do not have a disability, we may have a position to suit you, especially if you have practical skills.

Email your CV to Hassan at hassan@watfordworkshop.co.uk and we will be in touch.

Need advice?

If you need help or advice on which programme is right for you, then call or email us and one of the team would be happy to help.

Initial Assessment

Prior to attending, during an informal interview process, individual needs are assessed so we can ensure we can fully support you. Tasks are assigned according to capabilities. For paid employees the Government Access to Work Scheme may provide help with travel expenses, specialist equipment and / or signing interpreters. It can even help with the cost of providing a support worker.

Watford Workshop Initial Assessment

A Day in the Life of the Workshop

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Opening

The Workshop is open from 8.30am until 4pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30pm to 1pm on Friday’s.

A typical day will involve working on a variety of projects that suit your abilities with Team Leader’s on hand to provide training and help. We will provide you with a “buddy” so you have a friend to show you the ropes and help you to settle in and make friends.

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Social

We recognise the importance of making friends.

We have a morning tea break and a hot lunch can be provided for a small charge. These breaks give everyone plenty of time to get to know each other.

We regularly have social events such as bowling, meals, quiz nights and pub nights which are a great opportunity to get to know people better and make new friends to increase your social circle outside of organised activities.

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Education & Training

On-going skills training, development and assistance is provided to enable our people to progress. As well as having our own in-house training facilities, we can sign post you to local colleges and learning centres for more specialised training. We also work in partnership with relevant agencies in order to help individuals find work with mainstream employers.

We can also provide additional Independence and Life Skills training to further support our people in every aspect of their lives and reach their full potential. (see Training & Development for more details).

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