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.
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.
- Worcestershire Jobs is an online job search tool for those looking for job opportunities in Worcestershire
- Skills 4 Worcestershire is a careers website designed to provide Worcestershire residents with all the information required to understand the career opportunities available in Worcestershire
- Careers Worcs is a service specifically aimed at supporting 16-24 year olds affected by Covid-19 to navigate current education and training choices
- Job Help is a national service offering 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 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 and seek advice if you have recently been furloughed. One to one advice is also available by calling 0800 100 900
- The Skills Toolkit 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
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
- 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 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.
Additional resources available online
Careers advice, training and volunteering
- Skills 4 Worcestershire 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, the new service specifically aimed at supporting 16-24 year olds affected by Covid-19 to navigate current education and training choices.
- Worcestershire Apprenticeships 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 – 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 - 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 - 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 - A youth charity that helps young people aged 11 to 30 get into jobs, education and training.
Regional job search websites
- Worcestershire Jobs Match 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 Worcestershire County Council maintains an up to date list of apprenticeships, traineeships and job opportunities available at the Council.
- jobhelp 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 - an online learning platform where anyone, anywhere can learn and earn credentials from the world’s top universities and education providers.
- FutureLearn - 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 - a website of free online courses for beginners, helping individuals develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.
- Open Learning - Free courses from The Open University.
To support family learning at home
- Ask a Librarian - Message board from Great School Libraries. Find resources, advice and support.
- BBC Bitesize - Learning resources for children and young people
- BBC Tiny Happy People - BBC resources to help develop your child’s communication skills
- British Science Association - Community group activity packs.
- British Science Week Activity packs - Free activity packs on the theme of ‘Our Diverse Planet’
- CBeebies - Games for kids and early years activities
- Classroom Secrets - Free resources for school closures.
- CLPE - Free resources from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
- Duolingo – Learn a language online for free forever
- Easy Indoor Activities for Kids - 50 ideas for activities at home.
- Family Zone - Useful resources from the National Literacy Trust.
- James Dyson Foundation - 44 engineering and science projects for children aged 7+
- MathsFactor – 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 - Free online learning packages for a range of languages.
- Mystery Science - 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 - Find amazing facts about animals, science, history and geography, along with fun competitions, games and more.
- NewsWise - from the National Literacy Trust. Helping Key Stage 2 children to navigate the news.
- Oxford Owl - Resources to help primary school children learn from home.
- Pobble 365 - Daily images and activities to help with writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- Premier League Primary Stars - Free home learning resources for school closures.
- Scholastic Kids Club - games, activities, competitions and giveaways
- Scholastic Learn at Home - Projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.
- Teacher’s Pet - Free home learning resources available to download.
- Teaching Ideas - Thousands of free classroom activity ideas and downloadable resources.
- Teachit Primary - Home learning resources for EYFS, KS1 & KS2.
- Teachwire - Resources for children in Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4.
- Ted Ed - 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 - Free resources for home learning. Suitable for children of all ages.