Employment & Training

Search through our directory and guides to learn about gaining new skills and qualifications. There are many government run initiatives, as well as publicly funded courses that can improve your prospects. Find out about scholarships and part-time schemes.

Shaw Trust is a national charity, which has been founded in 1982 and from then onwards we are aiming to create brighter futures for the communities and people we serve. 

We provide employment opportunities, health and well-being services across the UK and skills development training. Alongside, we both operate charitable retail shops and social enterprises. 

Furthermore, the Shaw Education Trust runs a diverse chain of academy schools. 


Every day tens of thousands of people go to work because of us; and thousands of companies thrive because of the people we find them.

Throughout our 60 year history in the UK alone, we've led the way in the world of work. Few companies can match Manpower's history, and we're proud to remain the global leader in contingent and permanent recruitment workforce solutions to this day.


Free and impartial government guidance to help you understand what you can do with your pension pot.

Call to book a free appointment. Speak to us about the different ways you can take your pension money.

Our pension specialists are impartial – they don’t recommend products or companies and won’t tell you how to invest your money.

Have your appointment over the phone or in person somewhere local to you.

+44 (0) 0800 138 3944

Adecco allows job seekers to search vacancies, and employers to advertise vacancies. This includes full-time, part-time, permanent and temp jobs. 

If you’re looking for a job, we can help you get in the door at some incredible companies. Need to hire good people? We know thousands. Let us introduce you. No matter where you are, we can help you get where you want to go in your career.

Every job and every job seeker is different. Regardless of your background or your situation, we connect all types of workers with awesome opportunities.

+44 (0) 120 6561 295

Discover your talent. If you are 18-24 and unemployed for more that 12 months, we'll give you the support of an expeienced and dedicated Talent Match Mentor who'll help you get to where you need to be.

There is no catch. Talent Match is completly free and won't effect your benefit entitlement. 

Skills & Learning is the largest provider of quality job clubs in the county and we are proud to support many more people with their pre – employment needs at locations throughout Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. Whether you have been mandated to attend or just want to pop in to update you CV, you will find a warm welcome at our friendly and relaxed job clubs.

Job clubs around the UK are promoting employment opportunities to those who are currently unemployed. It aims at helping and providing opportunities to people of all ages from an unemployed student to someone who is a middle age. Job clubs are a charity organization who aim to tackle unemployment. Most counties in the UK have job clubs that are boosting employement among the new generation.

Employment is the key to living a secure life for both a family and as a singlr individual. A university degree should not be the deciding factor to getting employed. There are many job clubs and various other organisations that provide support and help one to find a job opportunity suited for him or her. There are organisations that provide you with CV support which and important guidelines in order to erdaicate unemployment. Below is a listing of various job clubs.

Smart Works is a charity focused on helping out-of-work women on low incomes get back into the workforce. We provide interview coaching, high quality interview clothes and styling advice.  We help women to feel confident, look fabulous, succeed at their job interview and move on with their life.   Smart Works Reading was set-up in October 2015 to target the unemployment in the Thames Valley area.


Client Profile

Women come to Smart Works when they have a job interview lined up, but have not been successful in securing employment.  (Oct 2015 – May 2016)

•             40% are lone parents

•             31% have applied for 50 - 100 + jobs

•             18% have been unemployed for more than 5 years.


Our Approach

We help the client with their interview skills and techniques and then style them in a complete outfit including accessories such as tights, bags, make-up etc., appropriate for the job they’re hoping to secure.  When the client secures the job they come back to Smart Works and we provide them with a capsule wardrobe to wear to work.



The M3 Job Club has been in operation since April 2011 and has two simple aims:

Vision: To become a recognised community service offering a talent resource for local business to increase employment opportunities and connect members to business. Our philosophy: We take a business-led, coaching style approach to guide members who already have enough people telling them what to do, to help them retake control of their situation.

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