Paddington Central | Bright Lights Virtual Employment Programme

Paddington Central is launching a free employment revival training programme to help jobseekers in the borough of Westminster to refresh and develop the skills needed to help them find work.

To book your place, contact Claire Fuller, Recruitment Manager for The Launch Group on 0191 216 8456 or

The Bright Lights Virtual Employment Programme will start on 26 April for two weeks and is aimed at anyone who is currently unemployed, at risk of redundancy or on furlough with an uncertain future – either as a result of the pandemic, or due to other circumstances.

The training will be delivered via a virtual classroom and will include sessions to help recruits to develop their CV, build interview and employability skills, prepare for new recruitment practices, and develop digital communication skills. The programme will also provide job application support, the chance to hear from a variety of employers about their recruitment processes, information on local employment opportunities, and access to a personal mentor.

Participants will have guaranteed interviews upon completion of the course across a range of companies delivering services at Paddington Central.  Those who complete the course will also receive ongoing support for up to six months, tailored to their specific needs and ambitions.

The virtual training programme is being funded by Paddington Central owner, British Land, as part of its ongoing commitment to the local community, in partnership with The Launch Group. It forms part of British Land’s wider Bright Lights skills and employment initiative which helps people of all ages and abilities discover their potential through training, work placements, graduate schemes, internships, and apprenticeships.

More information on the Bright Light scheme is available in this download.

Amir Trabelsi 

Bright Lights, Starting out in Building Services Graduate - 2019

Amir is a graduate of our 2019 Starting out in Building Services Pre employment programme. On completion of the programme, Amir secured employment with our on site Security team Axis.

Why did you choose the Starting out in building services programme?
I chose the Bright Lights Programme to enable to me find a job and build a career by developing all the skills needed and gain important qualifications such as First Aid , Customer Service and conflict management

What are the benefits/impact the programme had on your life/career goals?
The main benefit is building a life long career in the security industry and making new friends.

Why would you recommend the programme to others?
I recommend it to others because it gives a wide range of opportunities available in different sectors such as Security, Engineering and Reception. I have been given support all through my journey that has helped me develop and progress into a better person and a better Security operative.

What’s the best thing about working at Paddington Central?
Paddington Central is a great environment to work in, very professional employees and great people to work with.  Every day is different and always new challenges to overcome. Pre-covid Paddington Central was a very lively entertaining place where lots of different types of people visited. Meeting new people from different backgrounds and being able to help them is a good thing. 

David Billings, Head of Security, Axis Security.

It is over a  year now since Amir joined us at Paddington Central. It has been a very good year for Amir, he has excelled in all aspects of his job description. Amir has become a very strong member of the team and is at the stage where he is pushing for the next step. Ever since Amir joined he has been thrown into the deep end and has never been scared off a challenge. Most recently Amir was due in for work as a Security Officer but due to unforeseen circumstances Amir was stepped up to cover the OOH Supervisor role. I personally briefed him on an issue we were facing with vandalism from the previous morning, 20 minutes into his shift Amir spotted something on CCTV. It was later revealed that Amir had caught the person who had vandalised 2 locations at Paddington and subsequently prevented another incident. This sort of vigilance is what we look for and it is a great example to the team. I will continue supporting Amir through his development and I am looking forward to seeing where next year will take him.

To find out more about the course, or to book a place, contact Claire Fuller, recruitment manager for The Launch Group on 0191 216 8456 or


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