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Employment and training schemes

​There are many courses, schemes and initiatives aimed at getting you into or back into work.

City of Bristol College

City of Bristol College is one of the region’s leading education providers. As a further and higher education college, it is of the largest further education colleges in the UK. The college offers over 1,000 courses at all levels for 16-19 year olds, adult learners, employers and international students.

University of the West of England

The University of the West of England (UWE) is a modern, growing university in the thriving city of Bristol. UWE is one of Britain’s most popular universities, with more than 30,000 students and 3,000 staff and is the largest provider of higher education in the South West of England. Students come to Bristol UWE from all parts of the UK, as well as a significant and growing number of international students from over 140 countries worldwide.

Your options

If you are unsure on what career path to take, there are several online resources and assessments that can help you to gain a better understanding of what your strengths and interests are. One tool available is through the Gov.UK website. The assessment asks a series of questions and then summarises the areas where your strengths lie and jobs that match these areas.

Professional and career development loans

A professional and career development loan (PCDL) could help you pay for learning that enhances your job skills or career prospects. It’s a bank loan that you pay back once you’ve finished the training.

Considering self-employment

Gov.UK can help you decide if you’ve got what it takes to become self-employed and can offer guidance and information on preparing business plans, developing your business idea, finance and premises.


For help and advice with dealing with redundancy visit the Gov.UK website.

Business Link can also provide information on your rights as an employee being made redundant and coping with redundancy.

ACAS can help employers and employees with redundancy and notice through the recession.

Filton College

FIlton College provides a vast range of further education full-time courses for over 2,500 14-19 year olds in both academic and vocational areas. Over 10,000 adult learners study part-time courses at the college or at over 50 locations within the community that are delivered by a team of community based tutors.

Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is building a dynamic and competitive UK economy by creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this we will foster world-class universities and promote an open global economy.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentres can offer employers a complete recruitment process from the issue of application forms through to candidate sift and shortlist. Jobcentres can also help and advise on employment legislation, training, rates of pay, equal opportunities, specialist types of employment and employing people with disabilities. Jobcentres have the facility to circulate vacancies nationally and internationally if employers are having difficulty filling them locally. Jobcentres can also offer support to employers who are facing redundancies; providing information on local job vacancies, benefit one-to-one, Housing Benefit, Tax Credits, CVs, career advice and one-to-one support for staff.

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