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Your Next Steps: Career Advice and Guidance

As part of our commitment to every learner, Skills and Learning offer a high quality, impartial, relevant and confidential Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Service. Our team, in partnership with the National Careers Service will work with you, to understand your learning and career goals and to support you in reaching your potential.

We offer free careers and learning advice to all our learners, regardless of your starting point. You will also receive an Action Plan you help you keep on track. We can support you in finding a job, progress at work or just to take the “Next Steps” in your learning journey.

Why book?

Appointments face-to-face or over the phone

Our Information and Guidance Advisors are able to make appointments over the phone or through Teams. To book an appointment, use our online booking tool or call us on 01202 123444.

Impartial advice

We and our partners are proud to be Matrix accredited. The Matrix Standard is the Department for Education’s (DfE) standard for ensuring the quality of the delivery of high-quality information, advice and guidance. This means we provide, impartial and accurate advice. Our careers team will take your goals and needs in to account and give advice best suited to you.

Bespoke advice

We and our partners understand there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach for advice and guidance. That is why we promise to take the time to listen to your goals and ambitions, to support you in taking your “Next Steps”.

Developing Work Skills Courses

We offer many courses to help you build on your employability skills. Whether you need a short course to help you write a CV, or a more in-depth programme to improve your chances of finding a new job, we have a course for you.

Some of our courses…

What else do we offer?

It’s not just all about careers appointments. We also offer:

  • Traineeships – A traineeship is a skills development programme for 16 – 24-year-olds that includes a work placement
  • SWAPS (Sector Based Work Academy Programmes) -working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, SWAPs are short courses that prepare you to work for a specific employer with whom you are then guaranteed an interview. If you are unemployed and interested in joining a SWAP, please contact your Jobcentre Plus Work Coach.
  • Apprenticeships – employment which combines practical training with study for a recognised qualification. Find out more about our apprenticeship opportunities here.
  • Daytime, evening and weekend courses in over 50 subjects to support you in your education and training – search all our courses here.