Finding employment support

Unemployment Support for 16-24s

For individuals aged 16-24 the following programmes offer a range of services to support young people with securing employment and training opportunities in Worcestershire. 

GLP Training

GLP Training provide support for young people aged 16-18 (19-24 with an EHCP) into their journey into working life through their employability study programme, starting September 2021.

The training centre in Worcester city centre boasts an impressive practical learning bay where learners will be taught things such as tiling, plumbing, painting and basic electrical work, as well as offering valuable employability skills to prepare young people for the next step in their journey. Also on offer is Maths and English courses and work experience opportunities to prep and prepare learners for an apprenticeship and or employment.

  • Training/Courses/offered: Employability Programme
  • Ages: 16 – 18 yrs old
  • Location: Worcester

To apply please fill in the 2 Counties Training Form (opens in a new window)

Pershore Riverside 

Pershore Riverside is a programme that uses mentoring to build employability skills in users. The programme includes an induction process (1-2-1) followed by team building exercises. Riverside primarily use water sports as a tool to get individuals out of their comfort zone and identify strengths and weaknesses. Support is tailored to users’ personal goals and future progression. The course ends with a variety of guest speakers and information on other courses available to motivate and captivate individuals progress going forward. 

Worcestershire Apprenticeships 

Worcestershire Apprenticeships are a free apprenticeship hub who provide services for young people, parents and employers to encourage the growth of apprenticeship opportunities and increase the number of young people becoming apprentices in Worcestershire. The Apprenticeships team offer 1-1 support for anyone 16 to 24 years of age but are happy to advise anyone over 25 years. 

Young Solutions 

Young Solutions offer a mentoring programme to increase individual’s confidence to either access employment or education options, offering a supportive ear to discuss your individual situation and help to make the next choice. Young Solutions programme also supports to address issues such as homelessness, drugs and alcohol, mental health and others.


Workpays are a training provider who work working to support young people aged 16 – 24 to deliver a range of bespoke training programmes, which lead to recognised accredited qualifications that support to gain employment. 

Young Adult Learning Worcestershire

Young Adult Learning Worcestershire provides individuals aged 16-24 with pre apprenticeship training programmes (traineeships). Traineeships are work experience focussed and support users by preparing them for their future career. The programmes are 21 hours per week for 26 weeks and will focus on developing generic employability skills that will enhance future applications for Apprenticeships or employment in any occupational area. This will involve 2 or 3 days per week in work experience, and one day per week off-the-job working towards achievement of an employability qualification and English and Maths functional skills qualifications. 


Traineeships are education and training programmes with work experience that are focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for. At its core are work preparation training, English and Maths and a high-quality work experience placement. During the placement skills will be gained to help individuals secure an apprenticeship or to find full-time employment.

A Traineeship also provides the opportunity for users to build their CV and receive interview practice and support. Traineeships in Worcestershire are available with Two Counties Training, Nova Training, Warwickshire Group of Colleges and Kidderminster College. Worcestershire Apprenticeships can also support you in finding a Traineeship. 

Princes Trust 

The Prince’s Trust Employment, Teamwork and Community skills programme offers a qualification through 12 weeks of personal development. The programme aims to: 

  • Build self-esteem 
  • Improve confidence 
  • Make new friends 
  • Develop group and teamwork skills 
  • Participate in work experience 
  • Develop presentation skills 
  • Progression opportunities are available upon completion 

Princes Trust details:


Prospects offer young people the opportunity to achieve Level 1 Certificate in Progression and/or Level 1 Award in Vocational Studies. This is achieved through the delivery of: 

  • Personal development 
  • Preparing for Work 
  • Effective Communication 
  • Work experience 
  • Maths & English 
  • Practical activities 

Upon completion of the programme there is the option to progress to Apprenticeships, Further Education, or Employment.

  • Training/Courses Offered: Employability/ Mentoring 
  • Ages: 16-18
  • Location: Worcester and Redditch 
  • Contact: 01905 743479 |

Malvern Business Academy 

Malvern Business Academy work in conjunction with housing associations to unlock potential and move individuals from benefits into self-sufficiency, either in self- employment, employment or a mixture. The course provides the following qualifications: 

  • BTEC 2 Certificate Understanding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 
  • BTEC 2 Diploma Understanding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award

Malvern Business Academy details:

Nova Training 

Nova Training offer traineeships in the following industries: 

  • Customer Service 
  • Motor Vehicle 
  • Retail 
  • Hair & Beauty 
  • Construction 
  • Business & Administration 
  • Warehousing & Sales 
  • English, Maths & ICT and Work Placements 

All learners regardless of bursary entitlement with be eligible for £150 worth of bonuses throughout the programme based on attendance, qualification achievement and progression. Work experience and placements are a major part of the programme and learners will be on placement by week 2.

Supporting Young People’s Journey to Work

Youth Employment UK, launched a new virtual learning programme for young people. Youth Employment UK are an independent, not for profit social enterprise founded in 2012 to tackle youth unemployment. This free tool will support young people to navigate their next steps and build their futures. 

This programme is aimed at young people 17+, it is their guide to navigating what’s next. Suitable for young people still in education, training, in a first career role or for those unemployed. Whatever their stage this programme will boost their self-awareness, skills, knowledge about the world of work and confidence in their place in it.

The 8 courses in the programme are highly interactive, mixing video, activities and opportunities for self-reflection to help young people discover more about themselves, their needs and how to plan their future.
Young people work through each course at their own pace achieving certificates, progress updates and more. Alongside the new courses is a brand new personal dashboard that helps to create their CV, find opportunities and unlock even more inspiring content. The journey never ends.

Training/Courses offered

  • Young Professional: Explore Programme (14-16 year olds) launching February 2021
  • Virtual Work Experience launching February 2021
  • Young Professional Partner Programme launching March 2021
  • Young Professional Programme for those with additional needs April 2021

Where Can I Find It?

You’ll need to register with Youth Employment UK as a Young Professional at their website Young Professional Training