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Looking for work - general advice and support
Getting to Work
Training and Education
Disabled People Disability and health Related Work Support
Criminal Records and Declaring Convictions.
Children Related Work Issues
Self-Employment – Start your own Business
Work related problems

Looking for work - general advice and support

For advice and information on careers and job search, please visit the DirectGov website:

Employment - Directgov Please visit their website:

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First time in the job market - Directgov Please visit their website:

Help and advice looking for work - Jobcentre Plus can give you help and advice if you are out of work and are looking for employment whether it's part-time, full-time or seasonal. Offices are located across Nottinghamshire. Please visit their website:

Contact details for Nottinghamshire Job centres.

Citizens Advice provides free confidential and independent advice about employment and other problems. Please visit their website:

There are offices throughout the County.

Bassetlaw tel: 01909 476049
Mansfield tel: 01623 627 163
Newark tel: 01636 704 391
Nottingham tel: 0115 9388050.

Local Job Seeking Support

A number of community based centres across Nottinghamshire offer a full service of job search, general benefit advice and training within local communities.

There are a number of Nottinghamshire work clubs which provide self help and peer support to people looking for work, with support from Nottinghamshire County Council.

Useful links - websites recommended for job seekers

Free help with job applications, internet access if receiving Job Seekers Allowance for 6 months. Contact your local Job Centre website:

The National Careers Service is an adult careers advice service. Advisors provide free advice on careers and skills over the phone or face-to-face tel: 0800 100 900 lines open 8am to 10pm seven days a week.>

Workinglinks provide courses, free training sessions tailored to suit the individual and internet access to complete job applications. Tel: 0115 924 1229, website:

What Libraries can offer

PC and internet access - Nottinghamshire Libraries offer free PCs and internet access in 30 minute slots for up to three hours per day. All PCs are connected to printers and offer software such as Word, Powerpoint and Publisher.

Try IT sessions for IT beginners which are free, one-to-one and will suit your interests.

Newspapers and a wide choice of reading for jobseeking and leisure.

Find a library near you

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Getting to Work

Wheels to Work project

This organisation works with individuals to address transport barriers for those living or working in rural areas. They can provide anything from bus passes to moped loan for up to six months.

Contact tel: 01623 727620 for further details.

Free Bus travel in Nottinghamshire

Available for over 60s and disabled people for off peak travel.

The national concessionary pass allows you to enjoy free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England. The national free entitlement operates between 9.30 and 23.00 Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays.

For Nottinghamshire residents the scheme offers some additional benefits over and above those of the national entitlement.

Car Share schemes within Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire County Council's, buses, planes, trains and trams pages provide you with everything you need to know about getting around Nottinghamshire.

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Training and Education

Apprenticeships Please visit their website:

Work trials/Employment on trial - try out a job but carry on receiving benefits. Contact your local Job Centre to find out more website:

Flexible training - Learn Direct offers a full range of training which can be accessed on a flexible basis. Many courses are computer based and self lead. Some of the courses may be free or have a reduction if individuals are on a means tested benefit or collect vouchers through completing Literacy and Numeracy tests too.

Please visit their website: or tel: 0800 101901 for details of courses available and office locations.

Local colleges

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Local colleges offer a full range of vocational and non vocational courses. For more details contact them direct:

New College Nottingham tel: 0115 9100100
West Notts College tel: 0808 1003626
North Notts College tel: 01909 504504
South Nottingham College tel: 0115 914 6414
Portland College tel: 01623 499111 offer a wide range of courses for people with disabilities.

Education and Learning - Directgov Please visit their website:

Find a Course - Directgov Please visit their website:

Help with the costs of learning - Directgov Please visit their website:

16-19 bursary fund

If you're aged between 16 and 19 and think you might struggle with the costs of full-time education or training you may be eligible for a bursary. Students in the following groups may receive the maximum bursary of 1,200 a year:

  • young people in care
  • care leavers
  • young people claiming income support in their own name
  • disabled young people who receive both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance in their own name.

Adult and Community Learning Service The ACLS provides a wide range of learning programmes and activities throughout Nottinghamshire.

Universities Nottinghamshire has two Universities, The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University. Both offer a range of opportunities for those in or out of employment.  Please visit their websites at: and

Open University Please visit their website at:

Literacy and Numeracy and English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL)

Volunteering Gain experience and build up your CV whilst you're looking for work. You can search for local volunteering opportunities online website:

Your local Council for Voluntary Service can match you with local volunteering opportunities.

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Disabled People Disability and Health Related Work Support

These services offer help and support to anyone with a disability or health problem who are looking to return to work or move into training.

Supported Employment offers support to disabled people facing complex barriers into getting and keeping employment. If interested contact the Disability Employment Adviser at local Jobcentres. Read more about Supported Employment.

Work Choice helps people with disabilities whose needs cannot be met through other work programmes, Access to Work or workplace adjustments. This might be because you need more specialised support to find employment or keep a job once you have started work. If Work Choice is for you it will be tailored to meet your individual needs. It will focus on helping you achieve your full potential and moving towards being more independent. Read more about Work Choice.

Access to Work
A service provided to disabled customers returning to work to help address any barriers eg financial support for taxis when public transport can not be used. It can also provide financial support to employers to adapt premises or equipment for employees with disabilities. Contact Jobcentre Plus on  tel: 0115 898 5700 website:

Disability Employment Advisers
Specialist advisers in the local Jobcentres who work with customers with disabilities to help and support them in the best route to moving into work. Appointments can be made for a one to one private interview to discuss options website:

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Criminal Records and Declaring Convictions

Nottinghamshire Probation Access Team

A team that works with ex-offenders to help and support individuals back into work.

Please visit their website:

Contact the Mansfield office tel: 01623 468850 or the Nottingham office tel: 0115 908 2900.

The Probation Service also offers a mentoring service. Mentors befriend offenders, providing personal support. They help with education activities and referrals for training and employment skills. If an offender moves into employment, they assist in overcoming the changes in lifestyle that working may bring. For more information contact Mark Taylor on tel: 07921 295023.

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Children Related Work Issues

These services are available to anyone who has children of school age whether on benefits or not.

Children's Centres

Sure Start centres are located throughout Nottinghamshire. They provide a full range of support for people with children under the age of 5.

Extended Schools

Some schools provide 'a wrap around care' for children of school age to enable parents to work outside of school hours. There may be a fee for these services. This is often not at every school, but the family of schools will provide a full service.

Contact your local school for more details.

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Self-Employment - Start your own Business

Business Advice can be obtained throughout Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire Libraries offer a choice of books about Employment Law, Health and Safety, Management and other subjects. Ask at your local library.

Business Link start up services are provided by Nottinghamshire Business Venture (NBV). NBV’s team of experienced Business Advisers offer a professionally delivered business advisory service, accessible to all and tailored to individual needs. To arrange a free, confidential appointment a professional business adviser please call NBV on tel: 0115 970 5550

Please visit their website:

The main point of contact for advice, guidance and public sector business support is Business Link. As the Business Link website contains a significant amount of information to help businesses, it's recommended that all businesses who are in need of help contact Business Link via the website: or call them on tel: 0845 058 6644.

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce make starting a business so much easier with real and practical help. Please visit their website:

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Work related problems

The ACAS helpline provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace tel: 08457 474747, text relay service: 18001 08457 474747, website:

The Equality and Human Rights Commission are an independent body working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and build good relations, tel: 0845 604 6611, website:

Pay Work and Rights - a confidential helpline providing help and advice on government-enforced employment rights tel: 0800 917 2368, text phone: 0800 121 4042, website:

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