Employment services

Our focus is always on the needs of those we work with: learners, job-seekers and employers. We build strong relationships with our clients and partners, offering flexibility to your unique circumstances and emphasising face-to-face contact whenever we can.

Our services include:


to get people ready for work or apprenticeships

Information, advice and guidance

in prisons and in the community

Vocational and skills training

programmes and courses




and business start-up support

Employment opportunities

through our social enterprises


training from 2020

Our impact

In 2018/19:

Who we help

We support learners and job-seekers who are in prison, ex-offenders, and people in substance misuse recovery. We also work with young people at risk of offending and other groups in society who are unemployed or not in education, employment or training. 

Looking for information to help get your career on-track?

How we help

Collaborate with us

Get in touch to explore how we can work together to deliver employability services - contact Asi Panditharatna, Director of Employment Services on 07771 353479 or at Asi.Panditharatna@forwardtrust.org.uk

Asi Panditharatna Director of Employment Services
Asi Panditharatna Asi joined The Forward Trust in June 2018. Asi has over 20 years’ experience as a manager and leader in the post 16 skills, apprenticeships, training and employability industry. Prior to joining Forward Asi was Director of Apprenticeships and Employability at Catch22 where he secured its first ever Ofsted Grade Good in apprenticeships and skills, as well as securing its first apprenticeship levy customers.  Asi was a member of the Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Task Force that developed the inaugural skills strategy for London.  Asi is a member of the AELP London Advisory Board and former chair of the ERSA Youth Employability Forum. In his spare time Asi is a School Governor with lead responsibility for Special Education Needs and supports community initiatives in Sri-Lanka and Bangladesh.

Director of Employment Services

Awards and accreditation