Autumn Events, Training & Support

News, Business Support October 6, 2023 - Isobel Pickles Autumn Events, Training & Support

After a busy summer season of community events in Vauxhall, autumn is looking like a great time to focus on training and upskilling before the busy Christmas period.

October and November are packed with free and subsidised business events, capacity building, grants, volunteering and training opportunities for you and your staff.

Find information below on everything from night time safety courses, to workshops looking at AI and the future of work, including:

  • Shifting London Learning Programme
  • Lambeth Living Wage Place Initiative
  • Job Design Lab – Exploring the Future of Work
  • Vauxhall City Farm Employability Programme
  • Thinking Beyond the 9-5: Grow Your Night Time Business & Fill Your Venue
  • Safety Training for Night Time Businesses


Don’t see what you’re looking for here? Get in touch with Vauxhall One and let’s talk through the kinds of training that would help you do business better in Vauxhall.



Deadline to apply: 12 noon on Monday 16th October

Applications are now open to The Shifting London Learning Programme, supporting social enterprise leaders across London with access to support, learning and funding.

There are two levels of support available:

Start Up: For leaders in the early stages of setting up a social or environmental impact project, social enterprise or charity with an income of less than £15,000 a year.

Trade Up: For leaders running organisations for at least one year that have an income of over £15,000.

Alongside a comprehensive package of learning and support from the School for Social Entrepreneurs, both programmes come with a grant: £3000 for Start Up and up to £7000 for Trade Up.

There are 80 places in total available, and it’s completely free to take part! The application deadline is noon on 16th October.

Find out more and apply here.



Breakfast Launch: 9-12, Tuesday 17th October

Lambeth Council is on a journey to become a Living Wage Place, a recognition that is awarded to making the Living Wage a norm.

The Living Wage is an hourly wage rate that reflects actual costs of living. Paying the Living Wage improves the employer brand, boosts staff productivity and motivation at work.

Lambeth is offering local businesses that become an accredited London Living Wage employer a three-year business grant. Head here to find out more about how they can support you and apply for a grant.

Lambeth businesses are invited to the Lambeth Living Wage Place & Living Wage Business Grant Breakfast Launch, on Tuesday, 17th October from 9:00 – 12:00, at The Foundry.

Please reserve your space here.



Employer Briefing: Wednesday 18th October

Developments like AI and the green economy are set to fundamentally shift how we all work. Many businesses say they feel unprepared, which creates mounting anxiety that is bad for engagement, health and wellbeing, attrition and productivity.

The Job Design Lab is seeking Vauxhall-based businesses to take part in a free learning programme that helps teams prepare for the future of work. Through four dynamic workshops, leaders and employees will work together to understand the changes and identify opportunities. Read more.

There will be a briefing for potential employer partners (based in Lambeth and Southwark) on Wednesday 18th October, 10am – 11am online.  Please register your interest here.



Starts Tuesday 24th October

The VCF Employability Programme is designed to make a positive impact on the lives of young individuals seeking to enhance their employability skills.

Running on Tuesdays 12.30 – 2.30pm, the course will host a maximum of 15 young people aged 16-25 who are seeking employment, they will take part in an 8-week programme leaving with certifications and skills to prepare them for a future career.

The Farm is looking for volunteers with industry experience who would be confident to lead on any of the following workshops during October and November:

Teamwork: a hands-on activity to exemplify the skills required for successful teamwork and recognise the value

IT Skills: basic intro to emails and Word

Financial Independence: an insight into budgeting and making smart choices with money

CV Writing: what makes a good CV, support to write their own

Interview skills

Job Fair: to give participants an insight into possible job roles and an opportunity to seek talent

Beyond the 8-week course the participants will also have access to a mentor to offer them support throughout their job search and settling into their new role.

If you have the skills and time to support and enrich this programme by enhancing the opportunities for these young people, and could offer your support for any of these sessions or the mentoring programme, please email Charlotte MacDonald.



6-7:30pm, Monday 30th October

Are you in the night-time industry and seeking to elevate your business to new heights? Or are you a daytime business eager to tap into the rewarding opportunities of offering services after 6 pm?

In this dynamic workshop, you’ll explore innovative strategies to grow your night-time business and fill your venue. Whether you’re an established night-time venue or a daytime business venturing into the evening, this workshop is designed to inspire and guide you towards success.

Find out more and book your place here.



Various dates

The Vauxhall Night Time Enterprise Zone team is offering free safety training resources for Lambeth businesses and their staff. These courses are designed to help you respond to a range of risks and keep staff, customers and visitors safe.

Hostile Surveillance Training: for staff who have face-to-face contact with customers. Delivered by Counter Terrorism Protective Security Operations. Find out more and book.

Active Bystander Training: address identity-based violence, respond to danger and support victims. Delivered by Protection Approaches. Find out more and book.

Lambeth Allies Programme: how to create a safe environment for LGBTQ+ people and manage crises. Delivered by LGBT Hero. Your business will be accredited after completing training and you’ll receive visual materials showing your premises are a safe space. Find out more.

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