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Get work ready skills

Get help for job hunting including CV writing, applying for jobs and preparing for interviews. Polish up your maths, English and digital skills.

Would you like support with your CV and advice for preparing for interview?

As you may know, a CV is a short, written summary of your skills, achievements and experience. You often use it in the first stage of applying for jobs. Employers may ask for a CV instead of an application form but it’s important to adapt to each job description.

There is help available so that you can create a CV that stands out and gets you through to the interview stage.

National Careers Service

On this page, there is lots of free advice including; writing your CV, completing an application form, preparing for interviews and job hunting.

Skills to Succeed Academy

The Skills to Succeed Academy is a free online employability training programme developed by Accenture. Created specifically to meet the needs of jobseekers, the Skills to Succeed Academy offers bite size, interactive online training modules to prepare Learners for the entire journey of choosing the right career, finding a job and succeeding in the work place.

JCP Plymouth

If you are a claimant, ask your Work Coach for help with your CV and they will be happy to support.

CSW Group

CSW can support young people who are not in education, employment or training with information on CVs and interview techniques.

Live West

Navigate your way - are you 19 years old or over and living in Plymouth? Are you thinking about changing your job, progressing your career, getting into work or just curious about the world of work? Navigate Your Way may be for you. You will be able to:

  • Undertake a skills audit
  • Identify progression route in your current role
  • Explore what may be holding you back from the world of work
  • Support to prepare a plan to achieve your work goal
  • Coaching support throughout
  • Possible progression to on-line courses now (many are free)

If you are interested, e-mail

Plymouth Community Homes

Learn for Free is a free training programme for PCH residents – Get Skilled - Get Involved – Get Together.

Seetec Pluss

Seetec Pluss provide support for every aspect of the job application process. Whether you are new to the world of work and you're feeling apprehensive, or you haven't applied for a job in a number of years, so would like some up to date guidance, we've got something for everyone.

We help people to identify their goals, search for jobs, build confidence, create winning CVs and prepare for interview. We also offer specialist support for people with a learning disability, Autism, and for people trying to overcome life's additional barriers - from support with mental health, health and wellbeing to housing, benefits or debt. We are here every step of the way.

Help with your English, maths or digital skills?

Don’t worry! There’s lot of help in Plymouth and online to get the job or apprenticeship you really want.

English and maths (or literacy and numeracy) are essential skills that most employers want you to be able to demonstrate or have qualifications in.

It’s also useful to be able to use a computer and digital skills confidently. Since lockdown, the world of work has been online more than ever before. Digital skills can be anything from using social media and staying safe online to coding, programming or digital marketing.

If these are skills you would like to work on, refresh or start over, then no worries, that’s all possible.

There are all sorts of options from one-to-one coaching, through to online learning courses; something to suit everyone. Take a look here:

The Skills Tool-Kit – get started

Digital and numeracy skills are highly valued by employers, and can help you progress in work and boost job prospects. Find free, high quality digital and numeracy courses at

BT Skills for Tomorrow

Learn digital skills to help you in all areas of life – home and work life.

English or literacy skills

To develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and to work towards a Functional English or English GCSE qualification find out more how City College Plymouth can help.

Functional Skills qualifications are recognised by employers and show what your maths and English skills are. Many Apprentice programmes will expect that you complete Functional Skills or already have them. If you do not already have a GCSE grade 4 / C or above in maths or English achieving Functional Skills now will make you more employable.

For many people Functional Skills are a good way to start learning again and can be the first steps towards achieving other qualifications.

Employment support and skills development for speakers of other languages

Trying to get a job in a new country can be a daunting task. Odils offers support to second language speakers in Plymouth to help them build their employment skills and apply for jobs through a number of mentoring projects. Please contact Odils directly to find the best project for you


Looking to train or upskill in IT and Cyber? It can be free!

BluescreenIT run two specifically designed boot camps to upskill recipients. Each learner will access up to date knowledge and information in the latest technologies, delivered within real world environments.

Call: 01752 724000 Email: Click for more information.

Digital Skills

Total beginner? No problem! Digital skills courses from On Course SW here.

Employability/ work ready skills

Employability skills with Gifted Women: Unlocking the door to employment for women rebuilding their lives after addiction, homelessness, or going through the criminal justice system.