Careers support: Where to go if you need support

As well as contacting your teachers at school there are plenty of other organisations dedicated to helping people with their careers – this can be support in deciding what kind of career you want and figuring out what qualifications and experience you need to gain and how to do that. It could also be support in writing your CV once you’ve found a job to apply or even having someone proof read your job application. The support you can receive is endless – it’s all about knowing where to look! Below there area number of organisations you can contact and of course if you need to talk through any of these please do speak to your school or contact us.

Aspiring apprentices

The government has announced a range of incentives to help more companies create and employ more apprenticeships. Lots of colleges and training providers do a matching service so it’s well worth registering your interest with them.

As an apprentice you’ll combine earning and learning by working for an employer and studying for an industry relevant qualification (minimum 12 months).

If you are thinking about becoming an apprentice you can search for opportunities on the apprenticeship website:

It’s also a good idea to talk to your local college or training providers so they can tell you more about the employers they work with.

You can access employment with training from job sites:

Local provision from Prospects,Workpays and Pet-Xi

Support to find a job, including help with completing application forms, interview practice and detail of local vacancies is available locally at:


Training opportunities

Age 16-24

4 Steps to Progress – NEET and project delivered byWorkpays

4 Steps to progress is designed to support an individual through a range of qualifications and provide them with skills, competency and knowledge to enable them to move onto a positive destination. This programme is for people age 16-24 years old who are not in education, employment or training

Age 15-24

Positive Futures – Pet-Xi

PET-Xi’s barrier breaking ‘Positive Futures’ programme has been developed to help15-24 year olds not currently in education, employment or training - or at risk of becoming so.

We provide a high level of personal attention, mentoring and motivational support. Through our personal mentoring approach and comprehensive programme, they have the opportunity to gain qualifications and employability skills with the overall aim of helping them to progress into a positive destination.

Participants in the programme can receive support with important areas like how to go about applying for a job, CV and cover-letter writing and perfecting their interview skills as well as help with building confidence and skills for work.

Job search

The job centre has dedicated Work coaches (Youth Employability Coaches) focused on helping young people find work. You will need to be registered at the job centre to access this facility. Your local job centre will be able to help you or look on:

Find your local job centre

Building Better Opportunities Progress project will support with job hunting. Groundwork is working across Coventry and Warwickshire to deliver ‘Progress’, a tailored programme of coaching and support to help NEET young people access training and employment opportunities. Progress is targeted at those who are the furthest away from getting work, training or back into education. The programme provides up to 12 months of personalised, one-to-one support to young people who are most in need of a helping hand to get them on the path to a successful future.

For support to find a job, including help with completing application forms, interview practice and access to local vacancies, visit:


Work placements and internships

Work placements are a great way to get a feel for a job or a company and also give your CV a boost. Movement to Work offer work experience with some leading large employers like BT, Marks and Spencers, The Army and many more:


Work experience placements

Warwickshire County Council offers multiple work experience opportunities across the organisation, including ICT, Legal Services, Marketing and Communications, Country Parks, and much more.The work experience programme is designed to offer each participant an opportunity to develop themselves as well as finding out more about the council and the type of work the it does.

Toolshed work and study programme now running in Warwickshire.
Toolshed's work and study programme is for16-24 year olds and consists of a work placement of the young person's choice and one-to-one tutoring for English, Maths, ICT & Employability.

Toolshed has an extensive database of employers and they work hard to find the most compatible placement approaching employers on the student's behalf. The programme is a year long, if a student is invited on to the programme they can start at any point in the year.

You can explore internships and work experience opportunities in Warwickshire through:

For more information on Toolshed contact or by calling07873 840257.

Specific health opportunities can be found via the following link:

SEND opportunities

You may be interested in finding out more information regarding your next steps. Your local college can provide advice and guidance. To find out your nearest college and for more information visit:

Hereward College provides study programmes, learning experiences, and award winning work placement opportunities for young people (age 16-25) with complex disabilities and learning difficulties. We specialise in supporting day and residential learners who have a range of needs including autism, physical difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, and complex disabilities.


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