Learning, Skills & Employability
Aspire, Upskill, Empower
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.
Book a place on a FREE job seeking and skills webinar
Worcestershire Libraries run monthly interactive webinars providing advice and guidance on a range of topics relating to job seeking, training and volunteering. Book online (opens in a new window)
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)
Explore opportunities for starting up a new business
Worcestershire Libraries provide online business support to entrepreneurs and business start-ups. Book a FREE business webinar, explore online reference information, download specialist business titles from our digital library and explore trusted third-party resources to help your business prosper. To learn more visit Business Support
Looking for work? Try Job Help
Job Help (opens in a new window) offers essential advice to those looking for work. Find out which sectors are recruiting now, how to make the best of transferable skills and how to secure a new role.
National Careers Service
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you with your career, learning and training choices. Find out which careers might be right for you by completing a skills assessment (opens in a new window) and seek advice if you have recently been furloughed. One to one advice is also available by calling 0800 100 900 or visit the National Careers Advice website (opens in a new window)
The Skills Toolkit
The Skills Toolkit (opens in a new window) is a new national service providing FREE high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help learners build their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects. Certificates are awarded once a course is successfully completed. The Skills Toolkit is not just for job seekers but a useful tool for anyone wanting to improve their digital knowledge and confidence online.
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
- Coursera (opens in a new window) - an online learning platform where anyone, anywhere can learn and earn credentials from the world’s top universities and education providers.
- FutureLearn (opens in a new window) - an online learning platform, offering a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions around the world, delivered one step at a time, and accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.
- Learn My Way (opens in a new window) - a website of free online courses for beginners, helping individuals develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.
- Open Learning (opens in a new window) - Free courses from The Open University.
To support family learning at home
- Ask a Librarian (opens in a new window) - Message board from Great School Libraries. Find resources, advice and support.
- BBC Bitesize (opens in a new window) - Learning resources for children and young people
- BBC Tiny Happy People (opens in a new window) - BBC resources to help develop your child’s communication skills
- British Science Association (opens in a new window) - Community group activity packs.
- British Science Week Activity packs (opens in a new window) - Free activity packs on the theme of ‘Our Diverse Planet’
- CBeebies (opens in a new window) - Games for kids and early years activities
- Classroom Secrets (opens in a new window) - Free resources for school closures.
- CLPE (opens in a new window) - Free resources from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
- Duolingo (opens in a new window) – Learn a language online for free forever
- Easy Indoor Activities for Kids (opens in a new window) - 50 ideas for activities at home.
- Family Zone (opens in a new window) - Useful resources from the National Literacy Trust.
- James Dyson Foundation (opens in a new window) - 44 engineering and science projects for children aged 7+
- MathsFactor (opens in a new window) – Carol Vorderman's maths site for 4-11 year olds. Kids can watch her maths videos, play games and practise. Free whilst schools are closed.
- Memrise (opens in a new window) - Free online learning packages for a range of languages.
- Mystery Science (opens in a new window) - offers open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. The hook, visuals, and activity have all been prepared for you.
- National Geographic Kids (opens in a new window) - Find amazing facts about animals, science, history and geography, along with fun competitions, games and more.
- NewsWise (opens in a new window) - from the National Literacy Trust. Helping Key Stage 2 children to navigate the news.
- Oxford Owl (opens in a new window) - Resources to help primary school children learn from home.
- Pobble 365 (opens in a new window) - Daily images and activities to help with writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- Premier League Primary Stars (opens in a new window) - Free home learning resources for school closures.
- Scholastic Kids Club (opens in a new window) - games, activities, competitions and giveaways
- Scholastic Learn at Home (opens in a new window) - Projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.
- Teacher’s Pet: (opens in a new window) - Free home learning resources available to download.
- Teaching Ideas (opens in a new window) - Thousands of free classroom activity ideas and downloadable resources.
- Teachit Primary (opens in a new window) - Home learning resources for EYFS, KS1 & KS2.
- Teachwire (opens in a new window) - Resources for children in Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4.
- Ted Ed (opens in a new window) - TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free.
- Twinkl (opens in a new window) - Free resources for home learning. Suitable for children of all ages.