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National Careers Week 2024

Start your career journey in Plymouth


Whether you are planning ahead for when you leave education in the summer; are currently seeking opportunities; or are an adult looking for a way to change careers, National Careers Week is a great time to explore your options.

Let's start off with a scene set.

Did you know? 
  • Plymouth is the most significant urban centre south of Bristol with a population of almost 268,000

  • a real economic output of over £5.4 billion 

  • a growing workforce of almost 120,000 people

  • The city has the largest naval base in western Europe

  • is home to the UK’s first National Marine Park

  • Plymouth houses the largest manufacturing sector in southern England

  • we have a growing health sector and have one of only 16 critical care teaching hospitals in the UK based here!!

  • Plymouth has internationally significant expertise in marine autonomy and immersive digital.

  • Plymouth has a lot to be proud of and as we see the economy shifting towards net zero and capitalising on the green industrial revolution, there are some fantastic career opportunities.


What's on?

There's a national campaign including a virtual careers fair.

Check it out here.


We will be sharing insight into Plymouth's key sectors on our

News and Events page here.

We are also showcasing some of these key sectors at Skills Launchpad Plymouth and the Early Careers Fair. Scroll down

to see what's on and when so we can support you to navigate

your next steps.

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  • Localised digital resources: Did you know that Skills Launchpad Plymouth produces free monthly opportunity mailers and an apprenticeship bulletin localised to the city? 

  • Tuesday career drop-in sessions: For anyone interested in the construction and built environment, health and social care, or green economy sectors, you can explore careers on Tuesday between 10am and 3pm. They will also be joined by a Babcock representative between 1.30pm and 3pm, and the National Careers Service will be offering pre-booked careers appointments. 

  • Wednesday career drop-in sessions: For anyone interested in careers in HM armed services, hair and beauty or business services, you can drop in and explore careers on Wednesday between 11am and 2pm. 

  • Thursday Youth Hub opportunities: On Thursday 7 March, young people can pre-book to attend a one-hour in person appointment to help you apply for and interview for jobs and apprenticeships. This is in addition to our weekly Find Your Future drop-in for care experienced young people between 12pm and 3pm. 

  • Friday is a virtual support day: Whilst we are supporting a group with a bespoke careers workshop, we will not be offering walk-in appointments from the first floor of Barclays on Friday 8 March. Do help yourself to localised online resources via our website though.

  • Early Careers Fair, Saturday 9 March, 10am to 2pm: We're joining Building Plymouth, Plymouth Manufacturing Group and local employers and training providers at Home Park on Saturday to showcase career opportunities in construction and the built environment, manufacturing and engineering. No need to book, just head over to Home Park. 

As always, in addition to supporting individuals, we are also happy to help advise concerned parents or carers too. Similarly, if you are someone who needs help to get your head in the right space before you’re ready to take those next important steps, we get it. We are able to signpost you for mental health and wellbeing support too, helping to give you the confidence and reassurance you need to move forward.  

Resource Bank

Your choices at 16 and 18 years old
Advice for further study and training options
Help for finding apprenticeships and job hunting
Gaining more experience

All about you

Mental Heath support
Agencies who can help
Places to go
People to talk to


What skills do you have?
Get skilled up
What do you want to do and how do you get there?

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