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"I have simply learnt so much about myself as a result of this project. I feel so confident. I plan to get more involved with all the local activities from now on and I have got my friends involved as well.  This programme has changed my life in a few short weeks."  Career Orienteer Participant

"We were delighted to be a part of this programme and would very much like to work on further projects with Octopus." Antonia, Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women's Organisation

Inspiring Employability - Career Orienteer

Career Orienteer is our unique and pro-active response to improving back to work support. At the heart of our approach is life-coaching.


For two years (starting from now) Octopus will collaborate with Every Voice in Islington to deliver the 'next generation' of Career Orienteer.  Funded by Trust for London, Career Orienteer2 will see this employability programme, which embeds life and career coaching, cascaded down to and further developed with partners. Once the guidance practitioners engaged are trained and 'ready to go', their goal will be to adopt a job-brokerage model to facilitate the successful transition of some of the hardest to reach residents into sustained employment.

Watch this space for more news!


2013-2015 our Career Orienteer

Octopus collaborated with Islington Council, St Luke's Community Centre and CENTA to deliver the FUSE project (from unemployment to self-employment project). FUSE was funded through the London Council's ESF programme, which was targeted to parents most at risk of the new welfare reform.

  • FUSE: an innovative programme aiming to support unemployed and economically inactive parents, especially those affected by the changes brought about by Welfare Reform, in to self-employment. Pre-start-up support and start-up business support was combined with Octoups's Career Orienteer approach, ensuring that all participants gained access to life and career coaching.  FUSE offered access to a bursary programme 'Firm Futures', which was delivered in collaboration with City firm, Slaughter and May.

"I've found FUSE to be very uplifting and thought provoking in terms of aspirations. I would recommend the workshops and support to anyone looking to develop their aspirations as the holistic approach is a great confidence giver and helps tackle the 'big issues' so that you can reach your goals."  Dwauen

"I feel my progress has gone above and beyond what I even expected. I really feel like I am genuinely being supported, which allows me to fully believe and apply all my energy in starting and developing my new business." Project Participant

Some Facts & Figures

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  • 81% of participants were from a minority ethnic background
  • 79% of participants were women - our target had been a minimum of 51%
  • 60% of participants were classified as 'economically inactive'
  • 47% of participants were single parents
  • 37 of those engaged had been unemployed for 36 months or more




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