Shaw Trust's Covid-19 Recovery Academy

Covid Recovery Academy to support you back into work in the South East

Change your future with Shaw Trust's Covid-19 Recovery Academy

Has your work been impacted by Covid-19?

If you are unemployed, Shaw Trust’s Covid-19 Recovery Academy can support with fully-funded dedicated training and skills delivered over a four-week programme. We work with local employers to identify their needs to support you into sustainable and fulfilling employment.

The Academy works in partnership with the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) and Essex County Council and can support you if you live in the following regions: East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

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Funded by South East Local Enterprise partnership
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The programme

The four-week intensive programme will support you with the following:

  • Initial and ongoing career’s information, advice, and guidance 
  • Wrap around well being support and additional signposting to support agencies in relation to your particular barriers and needs 
  • Support with your CV and interview skills 
  • Personalised coaching 
  • Personal development for wellness online course 
  • Maths and English assessments to further support your development 
  • Training (both accredited and non-accredited) in your chosen field 
  • Work experience/placement in your chosen industry 

Training in priority sectors such as:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Construction
  • Customer Service
  • Digital Skills
  • Logistics and Manufacturing
  • Warehousing and Storage
  • Food Production
Geographical areas within the Southwest

What is Shaw Trust's Covid-19 Recovery Academy?

The Covid-19 Recovery Academy seeks to help those whose jobs have been impacted by Covid-19 – either through redundancy, recent unemployment or unable to retrain due to Covid.  We will support with training and skills to enter the workforce, whether it is a first job or a new career.

Signing up to Shaw Trust’s Covid-19 Recovery Academy will give you the opportunity to gain qualifications, receive support based on your needs and learn new skills, as well as open doors to employment and progression opportunities. We are working closely with local employers to secure both work placements and permanent employment opportunities.

The Covid-19 Recovery Academy seeks to help those whose jobs have been impacted by Covid-19 – either through redundancy, recent unemployment or unable to re-train due to Covid. 

We can support any age, ability and backgroundto start or change your future.

You will have dedicated support and gain qualifications and work experience within your chosen filed and depending on local area employment needs. This will include:

  • Induction with Career Information, Advice and Guidance 
  • Personalised wellbeing support bespoke to your individual needs 
  • CV development 
  • Interview Skills 
  • Coaching and life skills 
  • Digital skills 
  • Agreed sector to retrain as per career aspirations 
  • One-week accredited training or one-week non-accredited training 
  • One-week work experience/employability skills 
  • Support provided is bespoke to you and your needs.
  • Clear pathways of progression based on your interests.
  • We work in partnership, not in competition, opening up a variety of opportunities for you to progress into.
  • We provide a wraparound service of support with care, compassion and understanding.
  • Our staff are dedicated and highly-skilled in employability and learning and skills pathways.

To be able to access this serviceyou must be: 

  • Unemployed.
  • Not in full or part time education, employment or training.
  • legal resident of the UK.
  • Aged 16 years + 

If you are interested and feel you meet the above eligibility criteria, please download and complete the application form. You can attach this to the contact form below, or send it directly to

For an informal discussion about joining the Academy please contact Jo McKechnie on 07850 775 035 or send an email to

South East LEP COVID-19 Recovery Funds

As part of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (SELEP) focus to support businesses and skills in 2021, the LEP has made available £4.4m for its new COVID-19 Recovery Funds.

The funding focuses on support for businesses recovering from the impacts of the pandemic, and to support investment in skills in response to the employment crisis experienced in 2020/21 as a result of COVID-19.

The South East LEP has created the £2.4m COVID-19 Business Support Fund and the £2m Skills COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

About the South East LEP 

SELEP is a genuine partnership for growth between business, government and education. We put the role of enterprise – as the driving motor of the economy – at the heart of everything we do; and we work in partnership with central government and its key agencies to pursue and attract major investment into the South East to deliver significant economic growth. 

One of 38 LEPs established by the government, our role is to forge a partnership which properly understands the economic challenges and opportunities of our area, encourage an environment which delivers prosperity and to be directly accountable to local people and local businesses. LEPs decide what the priorities should be for investment in roads, buildings, and facilities in the area as part of an integrated approach to growth and infrastructure delivery. 

We represent the largest LEP area in England outside London, in terms of population and economic output, and cover an area encompassing the local authority areas of East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock. Head to to find out more. 

Essex County Council

Essex County Council have also made a substantial contribution towards the funding of this project.

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Contact and referral

Please download and complete the application form above and send the form directly to

For further information please contact Jo McKechnie on 07850 775 035, or complete the form below.

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