For those who are new to the jobs market or need a refresher after a career break or lengthy service with a previous employer, there are a range of tools available to help with writing a great CV and brushing up on interview skills.
A CV should be concise, well written and carefully proof-read for grammatical or spelling errors to ensure it makes a good first impression on the employer. It should provide an employer with a summary of your skills, achievements and experience. Employers may ask for a CV or an application form, however it’s important to have an up to date CV available either way. Visit the National Careers Service for guidance on CV writing.
Job Centre Plus has a wealth of advice and tips for writing a really strong CV, including classic mistakes to avoid, how to write a CV with no experience, and how far back in their career history one should go.
Employment solutions will be running free virtual Meet the Employer events, for job seekers to discover the kind of skills and experience that matter most to employers. Sign up to the Employment Solutions Newsletter to be alerted to new events.
Across Coventry and Warwickshire, there are a wide range of education providers and partners supporting young people and adults with further education, skills and training courses.
Find courses available at dozens of venues across Coventry, and online, including Accounting & Business, Counselling & Personal Development, ICT, Languages and many more.
Offering entry-level qualifications to degree level stud and located over two campuses, one in the city and the other in Henley. With a choice of part-time and full-time study, there is a course for everyone.
Hereward College provides study programmes, learning experiences, and award-winning work placement opportunities for young people with complex disabilities and learning difficulties. Catering for day and residential learners aged 16 – 25.
UK Learns provides access to quality, certified courses that employers value, aimed at those looking to progress in their career or learn new skills. Many courses are free and offered online, covering a wide range of industry sectors.
NWSLC offers full and part-time, higher education and apprenticeship programmes over five campuses, across North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire.
The College also works with over 600 businesses across a wide range of sectors and design learning programmes to match the employer’s requirements. You can take a look at the Training Solutions for Your Business guide here >
Stratford-upon-Avon College offers entry level to degree level courses for young adults finishing school and adults wanting to get back into education to progress in their career or learn something new. The college is based just outside Stratford town centre and offers a wide range of courses, full and part-time learning and online courses.
Warwickshire College Group comprises seven colleges, at sites across Warwickshire and Worcestershire, with a central base at Royal Leamington Spa College. A wide range of courses and subjects are offered, including adult community learning, degree courses, apprenticeships and distance learning.
The Skills Toolkit provides access to free courses to help job seekers learn new skills and get a job. Course providers include Open University, Google, Amazon and Future Learn and a wide range of courses are available including leadership skills, problem solving, project management, digital skills, coding and more.
Back2Work Complete Training provide pre-employment, online training in Coventry. Back2Work Complete Training work closely with large employers and Job Centres across the UK to give job seekers an effective and free service to support them into employment.
BCTG offers learning initiatives for young people, businesses and individuals. Offering free adult learning programmes, pre-employment courses, construction skills and upskilling for a career change and apprenticeships.
Skills Training UK offers free online courses for adults aged 19+ to help achieve vocational qualifications, improve English and maths skills, or upskilling to advance in their career. Some courses also include employment opportunities for those who successfully complete their course.
Providing free, fully funded courses and specialising in IAG, skills delivery and support for progression into employment, apprenticeships and further learning. Fully funded courses include digital skills, IT skills, computerised accounting, English and maths. Courses are available online or at learning centres across the UK, including Coventry.
Furthermore, many apprenticeships offer a recognised qualifications, boosting future prospects and place the apprentice in a strong position permanent positions become available within the company, for those who perform well and become a valued member of the team. Apprenticeships are a minimum of 12 months in length and some are longer. There are a wide range of apprenticeship providers across Coventry and Warwickshire, many of which are listed below.
There are four types of apprenticeship available in England, including Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2), Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3), Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4 and above) and Degree Apprenticeships (Levels 5 — 7).
Apprenticeships are frequently offered in the following sectors:
The government provides a National Apprenticeship Service, where young people can find details of apprenticeships and apprenticeship providers, together with traineeships, across England, Wales and Scotland.
For those affected by redundancy this service provides a helpline for access to free local support services, including financial, health and wellbeing, legal and careers advice. Tel: 0800 015 0400
TRS is an independent employer led programme, originally initiated by former Secretary of State (BEIS), which is dedicated to supporting the attraction, development and retention of people and skills in UK construction, manufacturing, engineering and technology
The Employment Solutions team and partners work with a wide number of apprenticeship providers across Coventry and Warwickshire. Search the following providers to find available apprenticeships and to register your interest.
If you have been affected by redundancy or you are consider a career change, or if you are considering starting your own business as a result of changes to your situation, there are a number of useful resources to help you decide what steps to take next.
For those who are considering starting a new business, following redundancy, the C&W Chamber Start Up Team can provide free coaching and advice to clients in Coventry & Warwickshire to support individuals to launch their new venture.
This support can help plan and put into motion, certain critical elements, such as free workshops, advice and guidance on aspects involved in setting up a business and one-to-one mentoring from an experienced Business Adviser.
The start-up service is funded by ERDF, Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire’s District & Borough Councils.
If you have recently left education and are looking for advice to decide on your next steps, a range or resources are available to help you.
The National Careers Service is a valuable source of information for education leavers considering their future, and has information and advice for young people aged 16+, 18+, CV and Interview tips, career profiles to help you discover what each job entails, and further education and training links.
Find out what a job involves and whether it’s a good fit for your interests and skills and search over 800 job profiles, using the National Career’s Service online tools.
Completing an assessment of your skills can be useful at the outset of your career and helps to identify transferable skills, find out what motivates and interests you and find out what careers and jobs best match your interests and skills.
Use the National Careers Service Skills Assessment tool to find career suggestions. The assessment takes around 5 to 10 minutes or if you’d rather speak to a Career’s Advisor, call the helpline on 0800 100 900.
The skills health check, provided by the National Career’s Service’ is a set of quizzes and activities designed to help you explore your skills, interests and motivations. Working through the skills health check can help you decide what kind of jobs might be right for you.
The skills health assessments, once complete, generate a report, which can help you identify your personal and work-based skills and could be helpful if you're applying for a job or preparing for an interview. The assessments take between 15 and 30 minutes and there are 10 in total.
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