Help to make a move into work or training...

This is the place to find what you need to know about getting a job or finding some useful training. There are lots of people who can give you good advice so these pages are just to get you started.

Where to start

If you want to look for a job there are lots of resources to help you get started.

  • You can visit Prospects office in either Loughborough (01509 214002) or Hinckley (01455 632719) or contact them to find out the nearest outreach centre to you so that you can talk to a Personal Adviser.
  • If you live near to Leicester you can visit Connexions in Charles Street where you can see a Personal Adviser by appointment in the morning or drop-in in the afternoon.
  • Job Centre Plus.
  • Notice boards at school, college, youth club or outside work places and in shop windows.
  • The Internet.
  • Employment agencies.
  • Local and national newspapers.
  • Friends and family.

Local newspapers

  • Leicester Mercury –Wednesdays
  • Ashby, Coalville and Swadlincote Times-Thursdays
  • HinckleyTimes- Thursday
  • Loughborough Echo-Friday
  • NottinghamPost-Wednesday
  • Harborough Mail-Thursday
  • Melton Times-Thursday
  • Grantham Journal-Friday

Hidden vacancies

Many jobs are never advertised as they are filled by people who have already written in to the employer, know someone who works at the company, knocked on the door at the right time or was filled by an agency.

What can you do to make sure you find out about these jobs?

  • Network - talk to family and friends let them know that you are looking for work. Use Facebook.
  • Send Speculative Letters - Target companies you would like to work for and send them a letter introducing yourself, there is an example of a speculative letter on this website
  • Knock on doors - Take your CV, dress smartly and visit employers you would like to work for. Ask politely if they have any vacancies coming up and if you could leave your details
  • Sign up with employment agencies - Think about what work you would like to do and find agencies that offer that type of work. Agency work is usually temporary and so you will not often get training, however you will get valuable work experience and possibly a reference. Some employers take on their temps as permanent employees if they prove themselves to be good workers

If you are doing all these things, brilliant, but if you are still not getting work what else can you do to improve your chances?

Unpaid experience


Volunteering is fun and flexible, it can offer you work experience in an area of interest and can lead to paid work. Volunteering is a great thing to add to your CV.

Contact Voluntary Action Leicester Shire, Newarke Street Leicester or visit their website They have loads of opportunities during the day, evenings and weekends and all over the county and city. Some opportunities will pay transport costs or give you meals whilst on duty.

Work Experience

If you are not sure what you would like to do you could try your ideas out first on work experience. You can ask your Social Worker to refer you or visit this website Whilst on work experience you will have a work place mentor who can help and advise you about the work you are doing and after the work experience you will be able to access help from industry experts to improve your CV and practise for interviews.

Princes Trust Team Programme

If you are not sure you are ready for work and could do with improving your confidence, communication or practical skills then the Princes Trust Team Programme could be just what you need. It is for 16-21 year olds, lasts for 13 weeks and involves a residential week.

Teams operate all over the county and there are two in the City. Teams are made up of no more than 16 people and have two leaders to make sure everyone gets involved. If you are claiming benefits they are not affected by attending the programme. For more information and dates of the next programme near to you visit or ask your social worker or Prospects Personal Adviser for more information.


There are two levels of apprenticeship.

Intermediate (level 2) where you would normally need some GCSEs at grade D or E or an equivalent qualification.

Advanced (level 3) where you would normally need 5 GCSEs grades A*-C or an equivalent qualification.

Some young people go to college for a year and then look for an apprenticeship.

If you like the idea of earning whilst continuing to learn then an apprenticeship may be just right for you. You can become an apprentice if you are:-

  • Able to achieve at least a level 2 qualification
  • Aged 16 or above and not in full time education

Apprenticeships include training at a place of work and time away from the work place to study for qualifications relevant to the job. This training is paid for by the Government if you are under 19. As an apprentice you will be paid a minimum of £2.65 per hour. Talk to your social worker about help with expenses if you would like to be an apprentice but feel you could not afford to live on the pay, help is at hand.

Getting an apprenticeship

Some employers put you on an apprenticeship once you have been working for them for a while and they can see that you are committed to the job and want to learn more about it. In this case being an apprentice would not mean less pay than you had before.

Some apprenticeships are advertised in the same way as jobs and you apply just the same. Some are advertised through colleges or training providers, but most are advertised on the apprenticeship website.

You can register on this website and once all your details are recorded you can be sent texts or e mails when suitable opportunities are advertised. You can ask your Personal Adviser (01455 632719 or 01509 214002) for help with registering as it does take a while. Having your CV up to date and ready to use will make the registration much easier.

You can find further guidance on apprenticeships on the Virtual School pages.

Click here if you are going into further education or training

Click here if you are going into higher education