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Worcestershire Libraries are committed to supporting people across the county who are currently job seeking. Working with key partners and national service providers we aim to raise aspirations, improve skills levels and help people find employment.

Get Job Savvy with a tailored package of learning and job seeking support

Our Employability Support offer is a tailored package of learning and development designed to help people currently looking for work.

An initial one to one telephone appointment with an advisor will provide you with an opportunity to discuss your job seeking and training needs and help you develop an action plan for job seeking success.

We will identify available training opportunities and get you booked in for one of the many FREE adult learning courses currently available.

To find out more visit Employability support & job clubs

Looking for work?

Being unemployed can be a difficult and stressful time but there is support out there to help you find your next job. Here are some links to local and national websites that provide career and job support.

Thinking of starting up a new business?

Business support for entrepreneurs and business start-ups is now available through Worcestershire Libraries, the home of Business and IP Centre, Worcestershire.

If you have a bright idea for a new business, we can help you turn it into reality.

Visit BIPC Worcestershire to explore the range of support available including:

  • free business webinars (open in new window)
  • one-to-one support from a business advisor
  • online reference information to help your business research
  • specialist business titles to help expand your knowledge and inspire
  • business facilities available through libraries

Enrol on an adult learning course

Adult Learning Worcestershire (opens in a new window)provide online courses that focus on building skills for the workplace and support those who lack confidence with job applications and interviews. 

Delivered through Zoom by local tutors, the courses support your job seeking journey; how to perform job searches online, submit successful job applications, update or create a CV and improve interview technique.

Visit Adult and family learning courses (opens in a new window)

Additional resources available online

Careers advice, training and volunteering

  • Skills 4 Worcestershire (opens in a new window) A careers website designed to provide young people, parents and schools with all the information required to understand the career opportunities and pathways available in Worcestershire. Home of Careers Worcs (opens in a new window), the new service specifically aimed at supporting 16-24 year olds affected by Covid-19 to navigate current education and training choices.
  • Worcestershire Apprenticeships (opens in a new window) Supporting young people who want Traineeships or Apprenticeships and employers who may be considering an apprentice for their business. We can help by providing you with impartial information, advice, guidance and support. Website includes live vacancies within Worcestershire.
  • Building Better Opportunities project – YMCA Worcestershire (opens in a new window) – Tailored 1-1 support for anyone 16+ who is unemployed and looking to find work. Helping people remove barriers that are preventing them from accessing employment, education or training.
  • BARN (opens in a new window) - Bromsgrove and Redditch Network supports volunteers and community organisations.  Volunteering can be a useful first step to gaining work experience, learning new skills and improving your CV. Register your interest in volunteering via BARN and access volunteering opportunities in the local area.
  • Heart of Worcestershire College (opens in a new window) - The largest further education college in Worcestershire County; with campuses in Bromsgrove, Redditch, Worcester and Malvern.  HOW provide higher education, apprenticeships and careers advice.
  • The Prince's Trust (opens in a new window) - A youth charity that helps young people aged 11 to 30 get into jobs, education and training.

Regional job search websites

  • Worcestershire Jobs Match (opens in a new window) Set up by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP), Worcestershire Jobs Match works with partners to match those recently made redundant due to COVID-19 with new work in sectors experiencing a surge in employment demand such as food retail, agriculture, logistics, care, and many more. It also aims to support self-employed people who have registered a significant drop in work, to redeployment in industries where immediate recruitment is needed.
  • Worcestershire County Council Jobs and Careers (opens in a new window) Worcestershire County Council maintains an up to date list of apprenticeships, traineeships and job opportunities available at the Council.
  • jobhelp (opens in a new window) offers essential advice to those looking for work, on which sectors are recruiting now, how to make the best of transferable skills and how to secure a new role.

Free Online courses 

To support family learning at home