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National Careers Service

Telephone: 0151 600 7861

Support availableTraining opportunitiesEligibility
  • careers advice and guidance
  • skills assessments
  • job searching
  • CV and covering letter writing
  • writing application forms
  • interview preparation and techniques
None currently offered, but individuals can be signposted
to an alternative provision if appropriate.
This service is available to adults aged 19 years and above and 18-year olds who are not in employment, education or training


Jigsaw Employment Team (JET)

Contact name: Tracy Townson
Telephone: 0300 111 1133

Support availableTraining opportunitiesEligibility
  • job searching
  • CV and covering letter writing
  • writing application forms
  • interview preparation and technique
  • careers advice and guidance
  • virtual work clubs
  • start-up business support

Online accredited courses are available, such as Level 2 Food Hygiene, Health and Safety and First Aid.

Funding is also available for other courses or training opportunities. 

This service is available to both Jigsaw Homes tenants and the wider community.

Individuals need to be aged 16 years and above and be either employed or


Maximus Education, Training and Employment Service

Telephone: 0300 456 8152 

Support availableTraining opportunitiesEligibility
  • help for men for up to three months
  • improving skills and confidence
  • job searching
  • undertaking work placements, training, qualifications and employment 
  • disclosure advice
  • specialist support for specific convictions
  • eligibility checks and paperwork

Support is provided to access training opportunities. 

Maximus can support men aged 18+ who:

  • are under supervision by the Probation Service 
  • live in London, the North West, Wales, or the West Midlands 
  • require support with education, training and employment


Lancashire Adult Learning

Telephone: 0333 003 1717

Lancashire Adult Learning online contact form

Support availableTraining opportunitiesEligibility
  • one to one telephone or online support with a teacher within 24 hours
  • job searching
  • CV and covering letter writing
  • writing application forms
  • interview preparation and techniques 
  • IT skills

We also have a number of live accredited and informal online courses to support the
journey to employment, upskilling or retraining

All courses are fully funded for all participants until further notice

This service is available to individuals aged 19 years and above, however please note that some courses have
minimum entry requirements.

Please check the Lancashire Adult Learning website for
more information. 


Progress Futures

Contact name: Katie Hockley
Telephone: 07976 917 579

Support availableTraining opportunitiesEligibility
  • one to one weekly, fortnightly, or monthly support via telephone, email, text, online or face to face (key worker discretion and social distancing guidelines apply)
  • individualised action plans that assess need and barriers to employment
  • zoom job clubs
  • information, advice and guidance on benefits, housing, training and more
  • specialist advice from our financial inclusion team
  • work experience, volunteering placements and apprenticeships
  • discretionary financial support for childcare, interview clothing and
    travel costs
  • job searching
  • CV and covering letter writing
  • writing application forms
  • interview preparation 

Accredited courses available.

Information on informal health and wellbeing and employment courses provided.

Funding is also available for other courses or training opportunities. Please contact
the Progress Futures team for more

Individuals must be unemployed, be on zero-hour contract or be inactive (not
claiming benefits and not working).

Individuals must also have one of the following objectives: Employment, education/training, volunteering


Runshaw College

Telephone: 01772 643005

Runshaw College online contact form

Support availableTraining opportunitiesEligibility

The Apprenticeships Team are engaging with employers regularly to source new training and employment opportunities including apprenticeship vacancies in a range of sectors. These vacancies are advertised on the Runshaw College website for anyone looking to use this as an opportunity to access the career ladder or look for a career change
whilst achieving qualifications. 

View apprenticeship vacancies on the Runshaw College website.

Runshaw College offer a great selection of courses including:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Maths, English and Digital Skills Courses
  • Access Courses
  • Further Education and Professional Courses
  • University Courses

The apprenticeship vacancies are open to any age group, however please read the job requirements for more

Some of Runshaw College's courses are restricted to certain age groups and some have minimum entry requirements



Ingeus - Work and Health Programme North West

View more information on the Work and Health Programme.

Support availableTraining opportunitiesEligibility
  • a dedicated Key Worker for the duration of the programme
  • access to support from a regional team of Health Practitioners and Educators who can provide advice and deliver sessions on aspects of mental and physical health where it might not be available locally, or there is a long waiting list
  • access to a diverse range of support services that can help address concerns with health, life, skills and work
  • specialist support where required, for example translation or signing services
  • help with housing,money, relationships,skills and training, mental health, physical health, addiction and more
  • assistance with joining a group or picking up an old or new hobby.

Ingeus uses its relationships with Colleges and Training Providers to access externally funded training courses where they would benefit an individual's progression towards and into work.

Ingeus also holds a discretionary fund to help Work and Health Programme participants to overcome their barriers to starting work. This can include paying for training or license acquisition courses where external funding is not available.

The individual should be unemployed, but with the ambition to find paid work within the next 12 months.

They should also be a representative of one or more of the following groups to be eligible:

  • having a physical or mental health condition or disability that is affecting day-to-day activities
  • ex-offender
  • carer
  • ex-carer
  • care leaver
  • history of drug/alcohol dependency
  • homeless
  • veteran of the Armed Forces
  • Armed Forces Reservist
  • spouse or partner of a current or Veteran Armed Forces member
  • refugee
  • Young person in a gang
  • victim of domestic abuse



Invest in Youth Programme (15- 24 years old)
Contact name: Shirley Blackledge
Telephone: 07860 839313

Age of Opportunity (50+ years old)
Contact name: Vivienne Horrocks
Telephone: 07739952221

Support availableTraining opportunitiesEligibility
  • one to one mentoring service for individuals who are not ready to find a job straight away
  • travel support
  • interview skills
  • CV writing 
  • job searching
  • benefit support
  • mental health support sessions
  • money management
  • domestic abuse support

No specific training is offered; however,  Groundwork have a great relationship with a number of training providers across Lancashire and they can signpost accordingly.

Groundwork is operating 2 programmes, which are open to the following age groups:

  • Invest in Youth: 15-24 years old
  • Age of Opportunity: 50+ years old


Lancashire Women

Contact name: Jill Lunt
Email Address:
Telephone: 07878101134

Support availableTraining opportunitiesEligibility
  • individualised and holistic support
  • financial capabilities support
  • emotional support
  • confidence building
  • interview skills
  • CV writing
  • job searching

No specific training is offered; however, Lancashire Women have a great relationship with a number of training providers across Lancashire and they can signpost accordingly.

Funding is available for training, however eligibility for this depends on the circumstances and cost

Lancashire Women is operating the Changing Futures programme.

Participants must be:

  • women
  • aged 18 years and above
  • not in work
  • looking for employment
  • wanting to access education or training


Job Centre Plus Rapid Response Service


Support availableTraining opportunitiesEligibility
  • CV writing
  • job searching
  • finding information on benefits
  • organising work trials (eligibility criteria apply)
  • extra help at work for those who are disabled, for example Access to Work.
You may also be able to get help with costs, such as:
  • travel to work expenses
  • childcare
  • tools or equipment
  • vocational training - you must be in your notice period to be considered

No specific training is offered; however, the Rapid Response Service can help individuals find the right training and learn new skills.

  • individuals must suspect that they are going to be made redundant
  • participants can be in their notice period
  • in Lancashire and Cumbria, individuals are eligible for this support up to 20 weeks after they have been made redundant (this offer is under constant review and subject to change)


The Growth Company's Intensive Personalised Employment Support Programme

Telephone: 0151 556 9250

Support availableTraining opportunitiesEligibility
  • 15 month support programme
  • person centred approach to finding employment
  • suits participants with disabilities and other difficulties which prevent them finding employment
  • advice and guidance provided to help individiuals find sustainable employment
Participants can be signposted to alternative provision as appropriate.  Depending on the type of course and qualification and the specific needs of the participant, funding is available for training. This service is available to adults aged 18 years and above who have a disability, suffer from poor mental health or who have a learning disability. 


Citizens Advice Lancashire - Help to Claim

Telephone: 0800 144 8444

Support availableTraining opportunitiesEligibility
Support to claim Universal Credit, up to and including first payment.Not Applicable None


Citizens Advice Lancashire

Telephone: 0344 245 1294

Citizens Advice online contact form

Support availableTraining opportunitiesEligibility
  • benefits checks
  • advice and support with benefits applications
  • advice and support with benefit issues and claims (including Universal Credit after first payment)
  • support around debt, housing, relationships and legal issues
Not Applicable None



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