Resources and Support

There are resources and support available to help you at whatever stage you are at in your search for a job. Check out the below programmes which can help you to build up your skills, gain qualifications and ultimately enter employment, or even to help you to become self employed!

Helping Improve Rural Employability

Harborough District Council has partnered with the RCC to launch a brand-new project; Helping Improve Rural Employability (HIRE). HIRE has been created to offer employability support to those who are long term unemployed and are living within the Harborough district.

Individuals are encouraged to take their first steps toward employment such as job search, training or volunteering. They are provided with free regular one to one mentoring and can be supported with job applications and creating their CV.

This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP)

Check out the LLEP World of Work videos which are full of local information about the world of work in Leicester and Leicestershire.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service offers free impartial information, advice and guidance to help you move on in work and life from professional Careers Advisers. They can support anyone, aged 19 or above – whether you are unemployed or in work.

Visit their website for:

  • Skills assessment – Learn more about your skills and match them to potential new careers
  • Explore careers – Choose from over 800 career profiles to discover what each job involves.
  • Find a course – Look for online learning opportunities and training courses local to you.

Bookings for Telephone/ virtual 1-1 Sessions

Bookings for face to face sessions  

  • Personalised 1-1 sessions depending on what the customer requires- CVs, interview tips, where to look for employment, course and training info etc.

Employability Workshop – CV workshop

Phone: 0800 917 9419


Futures delivers the National Careers Service in the East Midlands and East of England.

Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service

The Skills for Work area within Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service (LASALS) offers a range of courses to improve individuals’ job prospects.

The courses are designed for adults who are looking for work, looking to progress in a current career or thinking of a career change. LASALS also offers an Access to Higher Education programme for people interested in going to University. Learners and their aspirations are supported whether they have no experience or want to build on existing skills (up to level 3).

LASALS offers careers information, advice, and guidance from qualified and experienced advisers. Helping their learners to make informed choices and decisions regarding their future career pathways and progression.

Check our their videos to find out more:

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Apprenticeships are a great option for people of all ages. They give you the ability to learn and earn at the same time, as well as giving you invaluable on the job experience. You can now find apprenticeships across a range of sectors and at varying levels. So, whether you have just left school, university, another job or have been out of work for a while, an apprenticeship could be a great option for you.

Search for local Apprenticeship opportunities.

Find out more about apprenticeships.

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Leicestershire Cares

Leicestershire Cares is very active in getting individuals work ready and back into the workplace. This includes young people with care experience, homeless young people and ex-offenders.
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All About School Leavers

At AllAboutSchoolLeavers they help school leavers to get jobs and understand the career paths available to them. Use their website to find information on the different levels of apprenticeship—Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree—as well as the latest school leaver job news and advice to help guide you on your career journey.

Job Centre Plus

If you are a job seeker you will already be using the Job Centre however make sure you follow them on Twitter for job search on the go!

Follow their dedicated social media feed for the area for jobs, events (including virtual job fairs) and essential careers advice! They are live on social Monday – Friday, 9 – 5pm.

The Construction Leadership Council’s Talent Retention Scheme

The Construction Leadership Council’s Talent Retention Scheme helps talented individuals showcase their experience and expertise, while helping  businesses find the skills they need.

  • Works by promoting you directly, through your online profile and CV, to interested organisations, both regionally and nationally
  • Dedicated resourcing portal providing direct contact between companies and individuals
  • Automated job alerts and saved searches to keep in touch with any new opportunities
  • A 24/7 presence providing local exposure to interested companies with visibility and access to their vacancies
  • Simple, easy to use system with tracking and management of your applications and any expressions of interest you receive
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Prince’s Trust

The Princes Trust is open to 16-30 year olds and offers the one-to-one support, advice and guidance you need to develop your confidence and gain skills.

Enterprise programme – Find funding and mentors to help you become your own boss, doing something you’re passionate about.

Team Programme – Have an adventure away from home, where you’ll find out what you’re really capable of.

Help Getting a Job – Want to work out what you’re passionate about and gain confidence to start your career? On the Princes Trust free courses you’ll get the chance to wow potential employers and learn from people who’ve already worked their way up at companies like ASOS, Sony, the NHS and Gap.

Coronavirus Support Hub – Find advice and guidance to help you develop your confidence and skills, as you explore your next steps for finding a job or becoming self-employed.

Get Into – ​​​​​​​For those aged 16 to 30 and are looking for ‘on the job’ experience and training.

Get Started – If you’re 16-25 and out of work, education or training, the ‘Get Started’ programme will give you the chance to take part in a week of activities with help from inspirational experts.

Read success stories:

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Go Construct

If you are interested in a career in construction, use the Go Construct website to find advice on careers in the sector, which jobs may be best suited to you and how to apply for careers in construction.

Active Together

Looking for a job or volunteering opportunity in the sport and well-being sector? Active Together have a wealth of information for anyone wanting to find out more about working in the sport sector with a focus on Leicester and Leicestershire.

EX-offenders can access help and support to improve their future job and life prospects as part of a new initiative launched in Leicestershire. 

The Fair-Chance Recruitment Empowering Employment Charter (#FREE) will involve working with people who want to put their criminal activity of the past behind them and help reintegrate them into the jobs market and steer them towards meaningful employment.

Visit their dedicated web page which details providers, employers and opportunities specifically for ex-offenders. The initiative will also deliver events aimed at raising the profile of ex-offenders to employers, and it will work with employers across the city and county to support people with a criminal past back into employment, apprenticeships and practical work experience.

Courses and Qualifications

Many of the above programmes can help you to access funded courses and qualifications. Find other free courses and qualifications here.

Citizens Advice

If you have any queries about:

  • benefits
  • work
  • debt and money
  • housing
  • health
  • immigration
  • law and courts

or other topics, please do get in touch with Citizens Advice.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, or if you are not sure what the best option is for you, then please get in touch and the team can help you.