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Employment can improve your physical and mental wellbeing and there are different ways to help you along your way to employment.

National Careers Service

Gives free and fair information, advice and help about career opportunities, learning and employment.

Derbyshire residents aged 19 years and over, and those aged 18 who are not currently in education, employment or training, can take part in this service.

Below are examples of just some of the advice and support that you can receive at a session:

  • advice and information on courses or training - this can include how to get funding and what further opportunities there may be exploring such as, volunteering and work experience opportunities on offer across the county.
  • careers planning including help to understand the current labour market, finding the skills you already have, new career paths and ways into employment.
  • how to write covering letters that will gain the attention of prospective employers
  • how to write a CV or update an existing one.
  • helpful tips on finding new employment such as making the most of 'Find a Job', using social media and exploring the hidden labour market.
  • guidance on how to write an application form and relating it to a possible interview
  • help with interview skills, including tips on preparing and planning for the types of interview and questions to expect.

For more information visit the National Careers Service information online.

Disability Employment Service

If you have a disability or long term health condition, the Disability Employment Service can support you to secure employment.

The service helps you find the right training and volunteer opportunities for you, as well as paid employment. 

Once you have got a job you can access advice about reasonable adjustments and other in-work support.

For more information email the disability employment service    

Building Better Opportunities

A support programme for you if you are not in any paid employment and aged over 16 (or aged 15 if not in employment, education, or training).

The programme aims to help you become more socially connected and to help remove barriers you might have when trying to access training or employment.

The programme is funded jointly until April 2022 by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund operating and has three parts:

Towards Work 

Can support you if you want to access training or employment but have barriers preventing you from moving forward. Examples of barriers could be mental health, disability, low skills, criminal record and childcare.

You will get personalised one to one support to help you move closer to work, education or training for 12 months, including 3 months in-work support.

You can get support with the costs of travel, childcare, qualifications and other barriers if identified in your needs assessment.

For more information visit Towards Work online

Opportunity and Change 

 Can support you if you have complex barriers, which are preventing you from achieving stability and gaining employment.

Complex barriers include homelessness, or being vulnerably housed, having mental health issues, substance misuse issues, offending or ex-offending past. You will need to have at least 2 complex needs to be eligible).

  • You will get personalised one to one support with work for 12 to 18 months
  • You can get support with the costs of travel, childcare etc. if identified in your needs assessment as a barrier

For more information visit Opportunity and Change online

Money Sorted

Can support you if you need help with your financial situation and would benefit from independent support with your money management and other barriers around this.  

  • You will get personalised one to one support with work for 6 months
  • You can get support with the costs of travel, childcare etc. if identified within your needs assessment as a barrier

For more information visit Money Sorted online