St Mungo's

Homeless Skills and Employment Services

Our skills and employment services offer occupation, training and learning opportunities for homeless people, focusing on meaningful activity, education, vocational training, help with finding employment/self employment as well as support in clients sustaining their employment.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1149085)




  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge




Unemployment is a critical issue among homeless people, and an issue which is increasing. Within St Mungo’s the number of clients who are employed has dropped dramatically – 25 years ago 86% of our clients worked, but today the figure is just 4%. There are a number of key barriers that prevent homeless people from finding employment including lack of skills and education, poor health, negative perceptions and experiences, benefits barriers, and lack of effective mainstream support.


Our skills and employment programme aims to bring an 'employment and training' culture into hostels. By linking this with health and housing support we aim to deliver a joined-up programme that allows for more holistic interventions, addressing the range of complex needs faced by hostel based clients. All clients have an occupational health assessment then move through a programme of activities, basic skills, pre-vocational training and job coaching.