Yorkshire & the Humber is a large and diverse region, with a population of around 5.4million living in large cities (including Leeds, Sheffield and Hull) alongside rural and coastal areas.
The region is well connected to the rest of the UK and Europe by road, rail, sea and air. These excellent transport links between big cities open up easy access to a range of job opportunities.
Local organisations supporting people to find a job
Here are a selection of local organisations that could help you find a voluntary position in your area. Taking a voluntary position can be a great way to build up your CV and learn new skills.
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Training and Events
North East Yorkshire & Humber
UCNL – University Campus North Lincolnshire
UCNL in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, offers a wide range of Higher Education programmes and has long-established partnerships with University of Lincoln, University of Hull and Sheffield Hallam University. Significant capital investment in UCNL has resulted in an excellent learning environment in a spacious building. This includes library, high quality teaching rooms, informal social learning spaces and state of the art simulation facilities.
Take a look here (external link)
CatZero – Hull
A programme of ongoing support to engage and help you into employment, training or education:
Increase your life skills, self-belief, confidence and motivation;
Gain access to accredited qualifications relevant to employment, which will be presented in a new CV;
Meet potential employers/training providers;
Try new activities such as outdoor pursuits all designed to help increase fitness, motivation and confidence;
Take part in team-building activities and one-to-one meetings and support.
There will also be the opportunity to crew the CatZero 72ft Challenge Yacht. Covid measures in place. Programme open to those in certain postcode areas of Scunthorpe.
Check them out here (external link)
Then speak to your Work Coach to get referred
Move on 40plus – Barton and Scunthorpe
Move on 40+ is one to one support delivered by North Lincolnshire Action Station for those age 40+ to look at barriers to employment and how to address them. Are you aware of your transferable skills that can be used to consider another type of employment? Gain confidence for your journey back to work.
Speak to your Work Coach to get booked into a session.
MC4C – Making Changes for Careers – Hull
Making Changes for Careers is an exciting enterprise programme aimed at young people aged 16-29, living in Hull, who are not in employment, education or training, and would like to start their own business, pursue employment, or further training.
The programme gives young people the opportunity to access training on the ‘Big 13’ Enterprise Skills, Business skills, as well as receive one to one support on their individual goals and needs. Finally they have the chance to access grants from the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank in order to develop their business ideas.
Young people will also have the opportunity to access an experienced business mentor who will be on hand to offer expert advice and guidance.
Speak to your Work Coach to get booked on a session
Hull Youth Hub
A new, dedicated service to support unemployed young people aged 16 to29 years old in Hull was launched in November in partnership with JobcentrePlus Hull and Humber, Goodwin Development Trust, City Health Care Partnership (CHCP), Hull City Council and Humber Learning Consortium, in response to the impact of COVID-19.
A team of specialist employment focussed work coaches, key workers and mental health therapists, are currently offering virtual and telephone support during the lockdown and, when we’re able to do so, will be based in an easily accessible, dedicated HQ support centre. This service is being set-up to help signpost and refer young people onto employment support programmes and help back into work.
Whether you need career advice, help with your CV and interview techniques or support with confidence and anxiety, our specialist advisers can provide you with a personal package you need.
Work coaches at the Hull Jobcentres are now taking referrals for any young person who has found themselves out of work and needing support to access employment.
Please contact your work coach for further details
North Lincolnshire Youth Hub
North Lincolnshire Youth Hub will provide:
100% support for 18 to 24-year-olds, who are looking for change, but may be finding it difficult!
Once aboard, nothing is taboo! You can talk to us about anything: why you should work, where the jobs are, what skills you need, and what employers are looking for. You can share your ideas with others too!
We will guide you in applying for work or training depending on what is most relevant. We will meet 1-1 with you most weeks, and then you can join our sessions to meet others. We might refer you to specialist support as we want to grow your resilience to be able to respond to our dynamic jobs market.
For now, our Youth Hub meets online or via the telephone, so what are you waiting for? Ask your work coach, via your journal or at your 1-1 if you can join the North Lincolnshire Youth Hub! No time like the present, see you soon!
Speak to your Work Coach
East Riding Youth Hub ‘No Limits’
No Limits offers support to young people aged 18-24 to access employment and training opportunities across the East Riding of Yorkshire.
It is accessible over the telephone, on line as well as face to face outlets in Bridlington, Goole, Beverley, Hessle and Withernsea.
If you are aged between 18 and 24, live in the East Riding of Yorkshire and are looking for work or support then No Limits is here to help you. You will receive on line and face to face support from a dedicated adviser to help you identify and achieve realistic employment goals and opportunities.
You will work with your adviser to create your own programme of training, tailored to your needs and aims. You will develop a wide range of employability and essential digital skills to give you the chance to progress in the changing world of employment and overcome any specific barriers.
Speak to your Work Coach to get booked in.
HCUK Training – Skills Support for the Unemployed – Humber Region
Skills Support for the unemployed offers individualised plans of learning and training to address any skills gaps so that you can better meet the need of employers in the area.
If you would like further information please contact the team on SSU@hcuktraining.co.uk or telephone 01482 598785
HCUK Training – Skills Support for Redundancy – Humber region
If you are facing redundancy, or have been made redundant within the last three months, HCUK Training can support you to upskill and boost your CV with fully-funded, industry-recognised qualifications and courses.
If you would like further information or a list of the courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07538 113323
Sage Computerised Accounts Level 1 and 2 course in York
If you are over 18 and unemployed then you may be able to access free Computerised Accounts course (Level 1 & 2) using Sage software in York.
The course takes approximately 30 hours to complete with the opportunity for you to continue onto a higher level if you choose to do so. The course takes place place face-to-face in a central York location.
If you are a Jobcentre Plus customer, speak to your Work Coach to check your eligibility and register.
York and North Yorkshire Fuse
Offering support to those whose jobs have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic through a dedicated telephone enquiry service.
Free, impartial and professional careers advice and guidance including practical aspects such as helping people understand their skills, explore job opportunities as well as local labour market information and access to training. More information is available on the Jobs Fuse website (external link) or to access support call 0800 100900.
York Learning – Employment Support courses
York Learning is offering a range of courses to help you move closer to job-search, training, education and employment.
Support is currently provided remotely via Zoom, Skype, telephone, text and email.
To find out more about what courses are available and book your place, visit the York learning website (external link).
Essential Digital Skills
This course is for jobcentre customers in the Goole and Selby area. It enables learners to develop a range of digital skills including:
- Working with digital devices
- Solving basic technical issues
- Safely carrying out online transactions
- The safe viewing and sharing of digital content
- Creating, editing and storing digital media
Job Support Sessions via Skype from York Jobcentre for York and Ryedale
York Jobcentre is running Skype job support sessions every Wednesday looking at different aspects of training and job search. The topics cover areas such as interview tips, job search advice and training. You can also find out about offers out there from employers and partners.
If you are a Jobcentre Plus customer, speak to your Work Coach to register If you are not and would still like know more, you can email the team at York.email@example.com
With support from North Lindsey College (Southbank-Adult skills), a new programme is offering mock interview training. The training focuses on your chosen sector, or be general – depending on what you need.
The interviews last up to an hour, and can be conducted by phone, WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom, or MS Teams.
If you think you could benefit from the training, ask your Work Coach in either Scunthorpe or Barton Jobcentre for a referral.
Yorkshire Employability Project
Providing help with CV, interview skills and job search via FREE workshops & one-to-one support. Must be age 18+ unemployed, living in York and North Yorkshire and have a legal right to work in the UK.
Contact CJ Allison via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07736 946688 for more details or find out about the Yorkshire Employability Programme here (external link).
Learn new skills with Think Employment
Want to learn new employment and vocational skills from home, and live in the Humber region? Then take a look at Think Employment.
They have courses on everything from improving your basic IT skills to Business Administration. Find out more and apply on the Think Employment website (external website).
Employment help in Bridlington
Brid Works is a personalised programme that supports people aged 19 years and over in the Bridlington area to gain the skills required to move into employment, education or training.
Find out more about Brid Works here (external link).
Skills to Survive, Skills to Thrive Courses
Learning Curve Group are running free level 2 courses, during lockdown.
There is a great range of courses you can do in the safety of your own home.
This training is helpful if you have recently lost your job and are looking to retrain or if you want to gather new skills during lockdown.
To enrol on a course – click the link here (external link)
Inspire_SY Padlet – Sheffield
The Virtual Youth Hub is a central platform for young people to visit for information, advice and guidance about their next steps in learning, training and work.
The Padlet offers self-help and guidance for all things careers, education and employability.
Inspire_SY can also be accessed via social media sites: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
Register to receive up-to-the-minute notifications about job vacancies, training & activities happening in Sheffield & the surrounding areas of South Yorkshire.
For more information click here (external link)
Employment support in Sheffield
The Endorphins group are looking to support unemployed people who live in Sheffield into work.
Working in partnership with Sheffield City Council, the team is there to provide free and friendly advice.
Find out more about the Endorphins Group here (external link).
Morgan Sindall Mentoring Circles for all ages – Wakefield
Mentoring Circles for all ages keen to get support and employability advice from a real employer.
Morgan Sindall will be running 2 virtual Mentoring Circle sessions via Microsoft Teams for those who are keen to meet and be mentored by an employer to help them with their job search skills e.g. CV writing & preparing for virtual job interviews.
Speak to your Work Coach to be referred
Standguide – Professionals, Executives and Managerial Support – Wakefield
Standguide are offering support for Professionals, Executives and Managers.
This is a 5 day virtual training course aimed towards candidates with management-level experience to move rapidly back into employment after Coronavirus-related sector closures.
Training content will be based around identifying transferable skills and realistic job goals in the new, post-COVID labour market as well as understanding COVID-resilient key sectors, with added COVID safety awareness to ensure claimants feel confident about being able to safely return to work. Claimants will leave provision with new, realistic job goals.
Speak to your Work Coach to check eligibility and being referred.
Keighley Youth Hub – Keighley College Campus
– Aged 18 to 24 years old
What the Provision Offers
Keighley Youth Hub hosted by Keighley College offers a range of individually focused activities to support individuals on their journey towards employment including
- Access to Steps 2 Employment
- Skills House Support
- One Work Force
- Employability skills
- IT support
- Confidence Building
As the hub develops there will be support available from other organisations that support young people.
Email email@example.com for more information or speak to your Work Coach
Skills House Partnership – Bradford
- Aged over 16
- In receipt of benefits
- Bradford District resident and looking for work
What the Provision Offers
The Skills House Partnership offers a range of individually focused activities including:
- Advice & Support
- Access to Information
- Interview Preparation
- Help with CV’s & Job Applications
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and speak to your Work Coach
Wakefield Employment Hub – 16 to 25 year old
Virtual ongoing sessions via Whatsapp video calls (free & easy to download) as follows –
• Mondays- Hemsworth area customers 10am-12pm. One session at 10am and one at 11am.
• Tuesdays- Castleford area customers 1pm-3pm. One session at 1pm and one at 2pm.
• Thursday- Wakefield area customers 1pm-3pm One session at 1pm and one at 2pm.
• Fridays- Pontefract area customers 10am-12pm One session at 10am and one at 11am
For young people aged 16-25 who are looking for support to find training, employment or access to apprenticeships.
Free tailored support including:
• Impartial advice and guidance around careers
• Support with CV writing
• Support with interview preparation
• Support with employability skills and confidence building
• Accessing training, apprenticeships, internships and employment
Speak to your Work Coach to get booked on a session
Spear Programme for 16 to 24 year olds – Leeds
Help for young people aged 16-24 who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have challenging circumstances in their lives, such as low confidence, self-esteem, mental health, criminal records, grown up in care or have dropped out of school with little or no qualifications.
You will receive:
- Kick start their career and find long-term employment
- Coaching to overcome challenging attitudes and behaviours
- Practical training such as writing a good CV and mock interview practice
- 6 intensive weeks of three group sessions and one 1-1 session (virtually)
- 1 year of follow up support on completion of the programme
Steps Ahead Mentoring by CIPD
Steps Ahead is a free mentoring programme supporting young people (aged 18-24).
The programme offers one-to-one mentoring support from people who are experts in recruiting, developing and retaining employees in organisations.
Mentors volunteer their unique insight and knowledge of the world of work to equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to thrive in employment.
Sessions take place remotely (over telephone, email and/or video conferencing) and are flexible to your needs and aspirations.
Register by visiting the website here (external link)
Fast Futures by Avado Learning
Work-ready skills. We believe everyone should have the same opportunity to shape their future, regardless of their race, gender, or background. The fully-funded Fast Futures programme is designed to do just that – giving you the skills and mentoring you need to kick-start your career. If you’re aged 18 to22 and have 12 hours a week to spare, we want you to apply for a place. In just 12 weeks you’ll learn the practical, business-focused skills that employers actually need. You’ll dive into data, marketing, finance, and discover why teamwork really does make the dream work.
To apply register on the website here (external link)
Anxiety and Employment Support Workshops – Turning Point, Wakefield
Turning Point Talking Therapies have launched a 2-part workshop series.
In the current pandemic and with widespread impact on the economic and employment market, Turning Point know now, more than ever, individuals will need support with mental health and getting back into the job market following furlough, redundancies and closures.
Their new 2-part series is designed to provide you with techniques to assist you in taking positive steps towards dealing with anxiety and worry, as well as offering support and advice with application and interview processes when applying for work.
Find out more and refer yourself on the Turning Point website (external link).
Employment workshops – Bradford & Keighley
Every Wednesday afternoon between 1-2pm, Cellar Trust are holding free online employment workshops delivered via Zoom.
This includes advice and information on Mental Health and employment, CV writing, application forms, cover letters and interviews. Limited spaces available and booking required.
To apply, telephone 01274 588002 or Email email@example.com
Want to [re]boot your career?
Boost your skills during lock-down through a range of FREE courses with Leeds Trinity University and West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges.
Suitable for customers 18+ who are employed, furloughed, at risk of or facing redundancy and live in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds.
Visit the Future Goals website (external link) to find out more about training and sector vlogs from people working in the local area.
Wakefield College – Online Short Courses
Wakefield College has developed a brand new online learning platform for Jobcentre Plus customers to access short courses at home.
This new platform will be updated by the College regularly and is very user friendly, almost like a Social Media account. Ted Talks and interactive videos will be added to the learning, there are sections to make notes and ask questions.
There are some great courses all fully funded for customers claiming benefits. The accredited qualifications will make a good addition to your CV if you are close to finding a job and there is a selection of courses for you if need health and wellbeing support.
If you are a Jobcentre Plus customer, speak to your Work Coach to register
Upskill and Reskill
Free industry-focused adult courses for unemployed people available online.
Each of the courses are free for unemployed people and are delivered across Keighley College, Leeds City College and Harrogate College. Each college recognises the changing nature of the work climate, economic pressures and increased industry demands and can help you better prepare for emerging work with their adult education. Upskill or reskill and gain a new qualification to kick-start a career change with their extensive employer-focused courses.
Apply for courses online (external link).
Get help with your CV
If you are out of work, Learning Partnerships Leeds are running online CV workshops to help you create and update your CV and cover letter as well as applications and interviews.
Contact them by emailing info@learning partnerships.org.uk or call 07581 011349
Prep for virtual interviews
Need help preparing for virtual interviews? The Works Better 15-25 Team can help you with this and support you on the next steps of your career.
Find out more about virtual interview training (external link.)
Who moved my cheese – Skillsmax
Who Moved my Cheese is an active participation and move into work programme open to all self-employed claimants who have become unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme is:
- Designed to be flexible and effective, suitable for those with a desire to make changes in their lives in terms of returning to work.
- Sensitive to those who have worked for many years only to hit this roadblock.
- Able to work with those who decide not to return to self- employment post COVID-19.
Find out more on the Skillsmax website (external link) or sign up by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 464 7042
Follow your local Jobcentre on Twitter
Keep up to date with jobs, events, career advice and opportunities in your local area. ‘Job hours’ run regularly and are a great place to hear from employers recruiting in your area.