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Your Next Steps

As part of our commitment to every learner, Skills & Learning offer a high quality, impartial, relevant and current Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance Service.

To book a free, tailored one to one telephone advice and guidance appointment on courses, next steps, returning to work or further education please use our online booking system here. We also have lots of information at the bottom of this page which you may find useful for your own research purposes.

The Your Next Steps Service offers every learner tailored advice sessions throughout their learning journey. This ensures that:

1.  Advice is given at the right time

2. Advice offers current and relevant information

3. Skills and Learning staff are always updating their information

To offer learners the best advice on real opportunities we work with local employers and partners to provide: 

Up to date choices from a range of local learning providers

Career and volunteering exploration

Signposting to other agencies to support progression and /or finding work.

The Your Next Steps team will give each learner the chance to meet at the beginning, middle and end of their course to create a relevant Next Steps plan to enable the learner to

  Set their own realistic goals and progression path

  Develop a specific learner journey to meet their own needs

  Take into consideration any special requirements and gain additional support if required

We also signpost learners to local careers events opening up the opportunity to meet with local employers.


As part of the Your Next Steps process we will ask learners for feedback on the advice service they have received. This helps us to improve our service and give future learners the best possible outcomes.

Information gathered in Your Next Steps meetings will be shared with appropriate staff or partners, only with the permission of the individual and in accordance with BCP Council General Data Protection Regulation policy. Meeting notes may be kept for up to 3 years by Skills & Learning or longer as stipulated by the Funding Agency.

Feedback about the Your Next Steps Service, including complaints, should be addressed to the Feedback Officer at or via the feedback page on the BCP Council website.

Should you wish to book a free one to one advice session please use our online booking system here. 

We offer information on:

Learning With Us
Learning – Other Local Colleges:

To find out about other local colleges click on the links below:

Learning – Finance:

To find out about advanced learner loans & student loans click on the links below:

Learning – Apprenticeships:

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a paid job with study, and are offered at a number of levels from Intermediate (Level 2) to Degree (Level 6). To find out more about Apprenticeships click here.

Work – Your Road to Work

It is more important than ever to have excellent employability skills and here at Skills & Learning we understand just how important they are. Our Road to Work courses allow you to pick-and-mix the right package of learning for you, including First Aid at Work and Food Safety as well as sessions to help you with your interview and communication skills. Click here more more information. 

To look for jobs, or to upload your CV for Job Centre Plus, log into Universal Job Match

At the Skills & Learning online Job Club you will find a growing number of resources, activities and links in order to support you in finding employment opportunities across the county and successfully applying for them.  Please take some time to look around our virtual Job Club and see what is most useful for you in order to help you achieve your goals here.

Skills & Learning also offers 1:1 appointments with our accredited staff. Click here to book an appointment.

Work – Volunteering:

Volunteering is an excellent way of gaining new skills and up-to-date experience whilst helping out in your local community.

To find out about Volunteering opportunities click on the links below:

Careers – Information, advice and guidance:

Here at Skills & Learning we recognise the importance of good quality and impartial, Matrix accredited information, advice and guidance and always recommend that you book an appointment with a Matrix accredited advisor to help ensure you make the best decision about your future.

 The National Careers Service can help you make career choices, get a job and progress your career. By visiting their website you can:

  • Learn more about your skills and match them to potential new careers.
  • Choose from over 800 career profiles to discover what each job involves.  Careerometer also explores jobs; pay and future projections.
  • Look for online learning opportunities and training courses local to you.

Alternatively you can call them on 0800 100900.

Skills & Learning also offers 1:1 appointments with our accredited staff. Click here to book an appointment.

 If you are thinking about a career transition (moving into another role or industry) you may find these online tools helpful in identifying which job roles your skills and experience apply to:

Our Fresh Start courses also help with Career Transitions.

If you are thinking about studying again why not use our online Student Success Toolbox to help you decide if you are ready?



To find out about careers in the NHS click on the links below:


To find out about careers in Construction click on the links below:


To find out about careers in Hospitality click on the links below:


To find out about careers in Engineering click on the links below: