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The National Careers Service – open and available to individuals and employers

30 June 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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The National Careers Service – open and available to individuals and employers

We understand that now is a challenging time for many individuals and employers because of the impact coronavirus has had on the world of work.

The National Careers Service has adapted the way it delivers its service to continue to provide uninterrupted support, offering free and impartial careers information, advice and guidance to anyone aged 13 or over who lives in England, throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The service motivates and inspires people at every stage of their working life, including those joining the world of work for the first time; providing the right support at the right time and helping people to take their next step. Through online tools, webchats, and telephone appointments, we help people to improve their job prospects and take control of their careers.

We can help in the following ways:

       Identifying skills and strengths

       Exploring career options

       CV advice and guidance

       Interview hints and tips

       Exploring training and volunteering opportunities.


The National Careers Service website offers plenty of free online resources including:


       Job profiles detailing over 800 different jobs including entry requirements, skills needs and salary expectations

       ‘Skills assessment’ tools to help you identify your current skills and strengths and, based on that, careers you may be interested in

       ‘Find a course’ search tool to help you find training or learning that is right for you. The course search contains 150,000 courses from over 800 colleges and training providers and carries information about success rates, learner and employer satisfaction.


Quote from a National Careers Service customer:

I have found the services of the National Careers Service, and in particular my adviser Sam, invaluable over the past few weeks. Sam has assisted me with my CV, helping me to make it stand out to employers and tailor it to different job adverts. Furthermore, she has created a methodical action plan containing job-searching websites and advice which will enable me to widen my horizons. Sam has made time for me at the earliest opportunity and given thorough advice.” 


Support for employers


Our professional careers advisers work with employers to support with a service tailored to the specific requirements of each organisation. During the coronavirus pandemic we understand that organisations may be faced with different challenges and we adapted our service in order to help businesses to meet these.


We can connect employers who have urgent vacancies with local job seekers who are available to start work immediately. We work with employers who are facing redundancies, tailoring our service to their needs. We can help those whose jobs are at risk to enter new jobs, review training needs and identify their transferable skills.


Our support can take many forms depending on the exact requirements of the employer and their staff. It is a collective approach which often engages with multiple local support agencies.


Lenzing Fibers Grimsby Ltd is an international fibres manufacturer with a base in Lincolnshire and has used the National Careers Service to advertise several roles they were looking to fill.

Sue Parkington, Human Resources Officer at Lenzing Fibers said: “We found out about the service through social media and began advertising our roles free of charge.

The process of accessing the service was really easy and straightforward and it gave us the chance to advertise our vacancies on new platforms and link with careers advisers who were directly connected to job seekers in the local area.

We would recommend the National Careers Service for other employers who have vacancies and would benefit from a free way to share the roles they have on offer.”


To make an appointment with a careers adviser call our freephone number 0800 100 900. Lines are open 7 days a week from 8am – 10pm.


You can also access the National Careers Service the following ways: