TAKE ONE – local people looking for local jobs right now! 

When we launched our Take One initiative back in 2013, we were asking employers to help young people take up an apprenticeship or find a job. With your help over 100 young people went into apprenticeships. Over the past 4 years we have widened Take One to also include adults as part of our partnership work with local work preparation organisations.

Under Take One, we are currently offering two options:

– To take on someone for an unpaid work trial (30 hours over one week) and to give them a job interview at the end of the week


– To interview this person for a job opportunity that you might have right now

If you would like to recruit a local person and help someone that has been out of work for a while, please contact Diana Sterck on 020 8944 5501 or email diana.sterck@mertonchamber.co.uk

Here is a sample of the people we are looking to help into work and who are immediately available:

R……. is looking for an apprenticeship opportunity, possibly in the creative sector but willing to try different opportunities.

J…. would like to work as part of a team and is particularly interested in warehousing, packing and logistics type roles.

R….. is good at relating to people and is really keen to use his “all things computer” skills. He has a keen sense of humour and the ability to work on his own initiative and prioritise workloads.

V……. would love to work full time, preferably within a 5 mile distance of her home town, Mitcham. Describing herself, V says she picks things up quickly, she’s reliable, she gets on with people, is a team player and able to prioritise what she does.
Ideally she would be looking for work in an administrative role – having a background in the charitable sector, security and policing. She has also worked as a private nanny so has experience of working with children.

E…. has a background in IT and in hospitality. He would like to work full time and Wimbledon would be a very suitable location for him as he lives right by a tram stop. He has good customer service skills, good knowledge of computer hardware and software and is able to analyse problems and deal with customer concerns.

Z….. is looking for part time work. She is very personable and is really interested in retail or customer service type roles. Her experience is in shops and working with chocolate displays, orders and customer enquiries. She is able to work on her own as well as part of a team – she is also multi-lingual –speaking fluent Croatian, English as well as low level Japanese, Russian and Italian.

J….is interested in full and part time work. A very personable individual who is happy to travel,  with experience in retail and hospitality as well as being into hairdressing. With a passion for delivering outstanding customer service he would be suitable for a variety of different roles.

D…… is currently working as a volunteer with a local solicitors and has a background in paralegal work, an area of work she is very interested in. Ideally she would like to work between 12-15 hours per week.

B……. is a very enthusiastic and determined person who always strives to do her best. She has undertaken a number of voluntary jobs and would be interested in an apprenticeship where she could use her digital skills – such as You Tube channels and social media platforms.

E…. has a degree level qualification in business management. He is currently doing volunteering but has worked previously in charity fundraising and on line marketing. He is highly motivated and is interested in working in an administrative role in marketing and any customer orientated role.

South London Partnership

The South London Partnership is a sub-regional collaboration of five London boroughs: Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton.

Working together and with partners in and beyond our area, SLP champions and seeks to build on the many strengths of South London.

They are ambitious for our future – for the opportunities it can offer people and businesses and for the contribution we can make to London and the whole of the UK.

Building on many years of collaborative working, SLP focuses on issues where working together can add value to what individual boroughs could achieve on their own.

Securing the skills to support residents into sustainable employment and to support the growth aspirations of existing and future businesses in South London is a key priority for SLP

Take a look here at the South London Partnerships website which includes the new “Skills for South Londoners” Strategy here

London Borough of Merton – Apprenticeship

Position: CHAS (Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme) Customer Service Apprentice – Ref: 5402
Borough: Merton
Grade: Other
Area: Morden
Location: Merton Civic Centre
Salary Range: £15,000 – £19,999
Number of hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Please click here to view and apply for this opportunity.

Closing date: 12 November 2018


Please let us know if you have any Apprenticeship opportunities available.  Email info@mertonchamber.co.uk with the details
















For help and more information from Merton Chamber about possible Apprenticehip opportunities in the borough please contact us on 020 8944 5501 or info@mertonchamber.co.uk



Accountancy Assistant (Tax Compliance Officer) – Ref: 5356

Position: Accountancy Assistant (Tax Compliance Officer) – Ref: 5356
Borough: Merton
Grade: ME8, ME9, ME10
Area: Morden
Location: Merton Civic Centre
Salary Range: £25,000 – £29,999, £20,000 – £24,999, £30,000 – £34,999
Number of hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent

Please click here to view and apply for this opportunity.

Closing date: 10 Sept 2018 at 12pm

Head of Marketing and Communications at New Wimbledon Theatre.
Salary £33k to £35k

Leading on all marketing and communications to drive ticket sales and revenue for Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), New Wimbledon Theatre’s new Head of Marketing and Communications will lead the strategic direction and decision making for the Marketing and Communications team, managing and inspiring them to exceed expectations.

Reporting to the Theatre Director and working with colleagues across ATG, the new Head of Marketing and Communications will instil a culture of effectiveness to constantly improve marketing intelligence that drives audience growth.

This is a critical role in one of ATG’s flagship theatres and is pivotal to New Wimbledon Theatre’s long-term growth strategy.

The team at Wimbledon includes a Communications Manager and two Assistants.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Nick Parr, Theatre Director at nickparr@theambassadors.com

Closing date Friday 21 September 2018
Interviews will be held in Wimbledon on Wednesday 10 October 2018, with second interviews the following week if required.

Closing Date 21-09-2018 at 18:00

Click here to view and apply for this job




For help and more information from Merton Chamber about possible job opportunities in the borough please contact us on 020 8944 5501 or info@mertonchamber.co.uk





Sustainable Merton Trustee:  Give something back and become a trustee. As part of our Merton Giving initiative we are encouraging local business people to get involved in local charities by becoming a trustee. If you are passionate about something and also want to develop your CV it can be a perfect combination. A local charity called Sustainable Merton – made up of lots of people who are passionate about the local environment – from plastic waste, to better air quality, sustainable energy and food production and food waste is currently looking for new trustees. If you are interested email info@sustainablemerton.org. They are looking for CVs to be in by 5th October and will have a group meeting on 15th October in South Wimbledon. All the meetings are in the evening so it won’t interfere with the day job! It’s fun, rewarding and all for a good cause! #mertongiving

Sustainable Merton Trustee Ad – Sept 2018 (1)

Sustainable Merton Trustee Job Description – Sept 2018

For help and more information from Merton Chamber about possible volunteering opportunities in the borough please contact us on 020 8944 5501 or info@mertonchamber.co.uk

“Lorraine McReight has been a full-time, self-employed therapist since 1995, and was saddened by the number of competent therapists she had met over the years who had been unable to make a living from their passion in hypnotherapy. So, she decided to set up a small business, London Hypnotherapy, running interactive classes with therapists who wanted to become full-time, successful practitioners. Her practice soon grew and expanded, which was great. However, Lorraine found herself swamped with all the admin involved, and it soon became clear that she needed some administrative support.

This is where Merton Chamber’s Take One’s Service came in. Lorraine approached Linda King, the Take One Manager, at a Chamber networking event, and they talked about how she could go about recruiting someone. Linda helped with advertising the job description, and put forward a suitable candidate called Abby Robb who had the right skillset and matched the job description. Lorraine interviewed Abby and decided to appoint her for 10 hours a week in the first instance. Lorraine says ‘it is likely the hours will increase as the business grows’.” Lorraine McReight

London Hypnotherapy Academy

“I spoke to Linda at the Chamber and she gave me advice about taking on an apprentice. I was interested at the time in taking on a young person and offering them the opportunity to gain experience within the recruitment industry. Rhian has been with us since July 2015, and she’s grown a huge amount and has recently won the Capital Training Group Apprentice of the Year. She has been a great addition to the business, providing a different viewpoint and a fresh approach to tasks. She has grasped the recruitment process and has made several placements contributing to our annual turnover. I would recommend that any business, regardless of their size or turnover, should seriously consider the benefit and reward that taking on an apprentice can provide.” Julie Rose

Rhodium Consulting

Inspired to Take One?

 In the first instance, call our business advisers on 020 8944 5501