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Jobcentre Plus support

Support from Jobcentre Plus can help you prepare for, find and stay in work. Services include help with jobsearch and benefits, training programmes, work experience schemes and combining work and caring responsibilities.

What your local Jobcentre Plus can do for you

Whatever your individual circumstances, Jobcentre Plus offers a wide range of services (external website):

  • Help to prepare for work, including training, guidance, work placement programmes, work experience, volunteering and job trialling schemes
  • Job search help, including advice on creating or improving your CV, help with interview techniques and customer areas with computers you can use to apply for jobs
  • Help with starting your own business
  • Help to stay in work and progress in your job, including options for combining work with looking after children or caring responsibilities, keeping some benefits once you start working and guidance on how to earn more money.

You may also be able to have a dedicated work coach who you meet regularly to discuss your career goals, and what support you might need to achieve your goals.

Find your local Jobcentre Plus

You can find your local Jobcentre Plus office at Jobcentre Plus local office search (external website).

Follow your local Jobcentre Plus on Twitter

If you would like regular updates about jobs, events, career advice and opportunities in your area, you can follow your local Jobcentre Plus on Twitter.

‘Job hours’ run regularly and are a great place to hear from employers recruiting in your area. Find and follow your local Jobcentre Plus on Twitter at DWP official social media accounts (external website).

Other useful links

As well as all the help your local Jobcentre Plus can provide, there’s lots of other support online, whether you are looking for a job right now, wanting to find out which benefits you are entitled to, or if you want to boost your skills.

In fact, if you have a work coach you could discuss some of these options and use them at home after you’ve visited your Jobcentre Plus.

Find a Job

To help you search for a job Find a Job (external website) has loads of roles and opportunities in your local area. 

Benefits and support

Understanding which benefits you’re entitled to while you’re looking for work is important. Understanding Universal Credit (external website) has all the information you need.

Skills for Life courses

Skills for Life (external website) provides a wide variety of free training courses and toolkits to boost your CV and help you find a job in several careers.

Level 3 qualifications

Find a list of colleges and training providers offering free places on level 3 courses (external website). Learn new skills, work on the job, and gain an A-level qualification (or equivalent) to help you start a career.

Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps (external website) offer free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks designed to get you ready for a career.

National Careers Service

Explore free online courses to help amplify your skills and knowledge, in a range of areas. Taking an online course could help you find a job, or progress your current role, as well as finding new opportunities and boosting your CV. Find a course at National Careers Service (external website).

Skills assessment

To help you find a job matched to your current skills, why not take a free skills assessment (external website)?

The assessment consists of easy questions related to previous experience and interests. The results may help identify your transferrable skills and you can discuss these in your Jobcentre Plus appointments.