Referrals for the Employability and Independence Programme September 2024 are Open.

The Deadline for applications is 17th June 2024

Luminary provides training, employment and community to women who have been classified as experiencing "multiple disadvantages", including gender based violence.

By enrolling on our 24 month programme women will have a safe and trauma informed space to train, alongside holistic one-to-one support from an allocated Luminary support worker, reaching their employment goals and gaining independence.

Please see an outline for each of the four phases of our programme below and download our Programme flyer for a flowchart of the Luminary Employability Journey.

To be considered for the programme, we require a referral from a professional who is currently working with the applicant alongside the trainee application. All eligible applicants will also need to attend an informal interview for one of our 28 spaces.

Applying for this programme is a commitment to finding employment and gaining independence: attendance is incredibly important. Please bear this in mind when applying and making referrals. We take new intakes every 6 months


Referral Eligibility Requirements: Please Read Carefully

Please use your discretion with this criteria and ask us any questions you have if you believe a client fits our project.

  • Female

  • Experience of Violence Against Women and Girls (including, not exclusive to, Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Prostitution, Trafficking, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking and Harrassment)

  • Experience of homelessness, the criminal justice system, adverse mental health, the social care system or similar disadvantage

  • Has full Right to Work in the UK (this needs to be evidenced. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applicants with Limited Right to Work in the UK)

  • Unemployed or Underemployed and on a persistently low income

  • Aged 21+ (must be of working age and keen to find employment)

  • Can read and write to ESOL level 1

  • Educated no higher than GCSE

  • Physically able to complete practical training (including standing to bake, using steps, carrying equipment unaided)

  • Engaged with drug and alcohol interventions for at least 6 months*

  • Engaged with mental health support for at least 6 months*

* If applicable/appropriate


All training takes place on-site in our training room in Camden, London.



Trainees will:

  • Learn to bake to a high level, ready for a professional kitchen

  • Complete their Level 2 in Food Hygiene for Catering

  • Participate in Holistic Self Development Sessions

  • Receive personal support from a Luminary support worker

Training sessions:

  • 1 day per week with a maximum of 7 or 8 women in each cohort (no childcare is available, this will need to be organised before starting training)

  • Travel can be reimbursed up to a certain amount depending on London Travel Zones with a valid receipt. This amount will be agreed before training commences.



Trainees will then go on to Employability and Independence workshops alongside looking for paid work, participating in work experience and one-to-one support. Trainees will become a Graduate at the end of Phase 2. Graduation ceremonies are held every summer.

Trainees will:

  • Participate in employability workshops for half a day per week

  • Participate in holistic support and 1-1’s to pursue employment and independence goals

  • Receive personal support from a Luminary support worker

Training sessions:

  • 1 group session per week for 2.5 hours with (no childcare is available, this will need to be organised)

  • Travel will continue to be reimbursed with a valid receipt



Graduates will continue to get one-to-one support from Luminary Support Workers alongside sessions with professional mentors. They will work through helpful resources and specific topics and tasks to help each woman reach her goals and secure work.



Luminary Support Workers and team will continue to offer specific support to each individual, supporting her to feel confident in her independence and employment before the programme finishes.



Women who have trained with Luminary will always be welcome at Luminary. We will continue to offer work and wellbeing opportunities but no longer offer 1-1 support.


Want to find out more?

  • Attend one of our Taster Workshops. Each term Luminary hosts a taster workshop at our training site in Camden for referral partners and eligible women interested in applying for our programme.

  • Invite Luminary to your service to speak to your team or service users about the programme.

  • Send us a question or request a phone call to discuss referral pathways and eligibility.


Email us on for all of the above and request to be added to our Referral Partners Mailing List for updates about programme recruitment, Taster Workshops and more.