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Latest opportunities for Adults (25+) in Plymouth

One of the great things about living in Plymouth is that there are lots of opportunities for people to develop new skills, different training and education options, and lots of ways to gain experience to find your dream job or career. Whether you are thinking about a new career, considering a lifestyle change, or need support more generally, there’s lots of local support on offer. 

Below are some of the latest opportunities – including some great events that you can attend for free! If anything catches your eye, simply get in touch by emailing, or texting 07917 264736.

Upcoming Events

City College Plymouth Open Day

This event will be an opportunity to immerse yourself and enjoy some hands-on experience among state-of-the-art facilities. There will be local employers offering the perfect opportunity to begin networking, and finding out about the companies you might one day wish to join. You can also learn more about the various courses in these areas.

You will also be able to find out about Apprenticeships, Access to Higher Education, university-level study, student support services, funding, careers and more.

When: Saturday 13 May

Where: Kings Road, Devonport

Time: 10am-1pm

Greenlight Training Open Day

Open Days are back! Greenlight Training LTD are hosting an open day as a chance for people to come along, pick up some tools, and learn about trades within the construction industry.

When: Saturday 13 May

Where: Unit 9, Dark Lake View, Plymouth, PL67FB

Time: 10am-1pm

Free webinar: Spotlight on supported internships

The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) is hosting a free webinar for parents and carers of young people preparing for adult life around supported internships and how they can benefit young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

When: Thursday 18 May

Where: Online – link to book here

Time: 10.30am-12noon

Our Efford Community Event

Following on from the success of last years “Our Efford” community event, this June sees it return, for more fun and entertainment as it promotes health and well-being, education, training and employment opportunities across the city.

When: Thursday 1 June

Where: High View School, PL3 6JQ

Time: 11am-3pm

Military Employment Showcase

In collaboration with both Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and the Forces Employment Charity, we will be hosting an event to specifically support service leavers and their families’ to access current and upcoming job vacancies and career opportunities from 15 to 20 Plymouth-based employers.

When: Wednesday 21 June

Where: Stonehouse Barracks (booking is essential for security access) – link to book here

Time: 2-6pm

Arts University Plymouth Open Day

Explore the campus, visit nearby affordable student accommodation and speak with academics and course leaders. You’ll even have the chance to hop on a bus and have a tour of the city!

When: Saturday 24 June

Where: Arts University Plymouth, Tavistock Place – link to book here

Time: 9am-1pm

Building Plymouth Job Shop

Interested in joining construction and the built environment but not sure where to start? Drop into the weekly Building Plymouth Job Shop and find out about the latest skills, training, education, apprenticeships and jobs available locally, and how we can help connect you with local construction sites.

When and where:

Every Tuesday, 12-2pm, Skills Launchpad Plymouth in Barclays, city centre

Military Tuesday

Calling all service leavers, this fortnightly session is all about connecting you with local opportunities for your fresh start. In addition to hosting our sector specialists (see dates and details below), we will also be joined by representatives from The Forces Employment Charity, Armed Forces Champion Mo, and our Skills Launchpad Plymouth team who will be available for a chat and signposting support between 10am-2pm.

What, where and when:

Construction and built environment takeover – Tuesday 13 June, 12-2pm

Health and care takeover – Tuesday 23 and 27 June, 12-2pm

Where: Skills Launchpad Plymouth on the first floor of Barclays, city centre.

Health and Care Job Shop

Whether you have a background in care or a feeling that you may be good at it, dropping into this weekly job shop is a great starting point.

When and where:

Every Thursday, 12-2pm, Skills Launchpad Plymouth in Barclays, city centre

Access Pre-Employability Support

We work with some great organisations that support adults to prepare for work or changing careers, so if you would like some impartial careers advice and guidance, support with your CV, cover letters and/or interview prep, we can help.  

National Careers Service

For help preparing for jobs, you may like to get started by booking a free appointment with the local National Careers Service team. Barbora supports the Skills Launchpad Plymouth team in providing face-to-face support for anyone 19+. She can help you to make decisions on learning, training and work at ALL stages of your career and best of all… it’s FREE!

The Prince’s Trust

From a five-day employability course to 12-week team programmes, how to start your own business and more, if you are aged 25-30 and not in full-time training or employment, the Prince’s Trust can help.

Latest opportunities include:

Get Started with Photography – Taster Day 11 May. Course dates are 15-19 May. For further information, email

Enterprise Programme - Do you have a business idea that with some support could be the start of something? The next course is running online from Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 May. More details here.

Eat That Frog

If you over fifty and feeling a little lost, Eat That Frog is offering a course this May to help you discover your skill set, find out the skills you have that are transferrable, and match them to local job opportunities.

It is aimed at those wanting to restart their life, start a new career, and gain support writing CVs, cover letters, searching and applying for jobs and interviews.

Interested? The course runs from 15-26 May, so self-refer now! Here’s the link.

Upskill through training or education

It’s never too late to learn new skills. Whether your motivation is to get a job or start a hobby, Plymouth has lots of providers offering adult education - and the courses are quite often free. 

Courses range from business and coding to hair and beauty, animal care, sport and fitness, cooking, and more. Some can even help you to access university-level study. 

Training delivered in person 

To get started take a look at short courses with Achievement Training, City College Plymouth, On Course South West, WEA and South Devon College, as these are just a few of the providers delivering courses face-to-face throughout the year.

Shekinah can also help with short courses around wellbeing and employability related skills such as English, maths and using computers.

To find out more about their Learning Exchange Programmes, click here. Alternatively, for a safe and friendly place to find out about jobs, courses, and benefits you can drop in and see the team at Bath Street every Friday, 12.30pm-3.30pm

Training delivered online

A number of our partners also offer free online courses, so why not use gain a new qualification or skill from the comfort of your own home?

Courses range from computer essentials, professional development, and digital design and marketing; to business admin, specialist care courses, and interview skills.

Get started with the links below:

Brush up on your English and maths

You may be fed up with being asked about whether you have your English and maths GCSEs, or a functional skill in numeracy and literacy, but the fact is, these skills matter and can really help you to get better jobs and earn more money in the long run. Here in Plymouth there are a number of training providers who can help. Many build it into a full-time study programme, or help you do it alongside an apprenticeship or traineeship, but you can also do your English and/or maths as a standalone course.

If it is maths you need help with, you may have heard of the Multiply project. Across Plymouth through this funding, providers such as The Focus Training Group, Real Ideas, and On Course South West and others are delivering practical maths courses to make maths more fun.

Apply for jobs

There are many reasons why you might be looking for a new job at the moment, but the great news is that there are thousands of jobs available, right now, in Plymouth.

For advice on where to apply and things to consider, click here.

Explore self-employment

Always dreamt of starting your own business? It can be both an exciting adventure and daunting, especially if you have additional barriers to overcome, such as disability or being long-term unemployed.

Outset offers start-up support to include and support everyone, working with people from a range of different backgrounds, and often with different needs. Check out their current webinar listing here.

We have added lots of information and links to support you in setting up your own business in our Resource Bank here and we also suggest checking out the upcoming courses with SMART Skills, the National Careers Service, On Course South West, the Prince’s Trust and City College Plymouth that can help you with starting your own business.

Apply for apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are real jobs with training. They start all year round and are not just for school leavers! 

You learn, gain a nationally recognised qualification, and study from Level 2 right up to degree-level, depending on the role you are working towards.  

If you are worried about the financial side of an Apprenticeship salary, you could be entitled to claim universal credit to top you up, so don’t rule it out as an option. 

In the latest edition of Plymouth’s exclusive apprenticeship bulletin, there are more than 200 apprenticeship vacancies, so there are lots to choose from. Click here to see what’s available.

Access mental health support or boost your confidence


Qwell is a free digital mental health and wellbeing service that is now available to adults in Plymouth. Delivered by mental health provider Kooth, Qwell aims to help people manage their own emotional health and wellbeing, offering everyone aged 18 or over anonymous and confidential support. 

This safe online space, helps adults to access therapeutic activities, with a peer support community, self-help articles and forums and discussion boards moderated by qualified practitioners. Users can also keep an online journal and monitor their wellbeing via an interactive goal tracker. This will be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is also a one-on-one live text chat and messaging counselling service with a team of qualified practitioners. See for yourself, click here for Qwell.

Improving Lives Plymouth

This is a great support organisation offering various peer support groups including one to helppeople manage long term health conditions and one for people with learning disabilities to develop independence in a safe space. Find out more here.

Routes to Grow

Loneliness can affect us all, at any time of our lives. We might live in a busy city or a rural location, on our own or with others and still feel isolated. Routeways has set up a drop-in service to help combat loneliness – a cuppa and some company and a chance to get involved with their lovely garden within Devonport Park. Explore Routes to Grow here.

Andy’s Man Club

Aiming to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health, Andy’s Man Club has created a judgment-free, confidential space where men can be open about the storms in their lives. For information on this free, weekly, peer support group for men, click here.


Headspace is a peer-led mental health support service that is hosted at a different location every night of the week. If you are looking for someone to have a coffee and a chat with, or a 1:1 with a volunteer who has lived experienced, you may like to check this out – information here.

Devon Mind

Do you struggle with anxiety? If so, why not sign up to take part in a session to help with understanding anxiety and to learn tips and tools for managing anxiety with Devon Mind? Do you juggle raising a family and keeping up a home whilst suffering from depression? There is a range of short Zoom workshops on offer that can help you prioritise your mental health. Click here to see what’s coming up.


If you are aged 18+ there is so much to get involved in with Shekinah. They can help with short courses around personal development, handling stress and anger, mentoring and coaching, mental health, sexual health, as well as more employability related skills such as English, maths and using computers.

To find out more about their Learning Exchange Programmes, click here. Alternatively, for a safe and friendly place to find out about jobs, courses, and benefits you can drop in and see the team at Bath Street every Friday, 12.30pm-3.30pm

POP Community Groups 

Have you heard of POP? Their purpose is to build strong grassroots organisations, charities and social enterprises by supporting them to work together and take a lead role in creating change – and they run groups, workshops and activities that you can get involved in.  

Groups for men:

· activities for 50+ men 

· exercise groups 

· mental health support 

Groups for women:

· art and crafts 

· writing 

· exercise 

· dance 

Craft groups:

· knitting 

· art 

· crafts 

Other interests: 

· gardening 

· photography 

· model building 

· games 

 To view upcoming events, click here

Gifted Women 

Women across the UK can be caught up in a cycle of addiction, homelessness and crime, with a lack of opportunities and often a complex history of trauma and abuse at the foundation. Even when working hard to break the cycle, women can struggle to find work and support to reach their full potential.  

Gifted Women works to help women break this cycle, recognising meaningful employment, training and further education as key factors in lasting change.  

Through weekly group work sessions, learn about all aspects of employability, from recruitment to resilience in the workplace and everything in between. With a significant focus on life skills, confidence building, exploring passions and ambitions and discovering the value you have to offer. 

Get in touch to find out more about this programme. 

Art, Craft and Laughter

Life can sometimes be overwhelming and having a space to be able to go, take timeout and breathe might just be what you need.

Art, craft and laughter are offering mental health, wellbeing art and craft groups.

Search ‘Art, craft and laughter’ on Facebook or Instagram.

For more information on accessing mental health support in Plymouth, click here.


Volunteering is a fantastic way to test out different jobs to find out what you prefer, as well as helping you to gain experience and develop soft skills that are useful in all careers. You may also choose to volunteer as a way to give back and share your skills and experience with others.

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer in Plymouth, whether that’s supporting a one-day charity event as a marshall, being a phone friend to help combat loneliness and isolation for the elderly, or caring

for animals. To explore and apply for local opportunities, click here for the Go Volunteering website. Alternatively, click here for more links via our resource bank.

On our news and events page, you will also see regular posts about opportunities we have been made aware of. Right now we are promoting opportunities with YMCA Plymouth and the Natural Grid team

Opportunities in Construction

The construction industry is booming. If you want to find out about the latest skills, training, education, apprenticeships and jobs available locally, your first stop should be the Building Plymouth Job Shop. Based in Barclays, Armada Way, the Job Shop is open to anyone, just drop in on a Tuesday between 12-2pm.

You may also like to look at upcoming short courses and accreditations for new and experienced tradespeople with:

New to construction?
  • Why not check out Greenlight Training or CTSW’s two-week pre-employment courses? Both will give you a great opportunity to develop your skills and get a feel for what you enjoy.

  • Alternatively, the Sherford Training Programme can help you gain a week’s onsite training and experience, and the chance to gain your CSCS card.

Opportunities in health and care

There has never been a more important time for the health and social care sector, and there continues to be a shortage of workers, particularly in the home care sector.

Whether you have a background in care or a feeling that you may be good at it, there are lots of ways to find out more.

  • Drop into our Health and Social Care Job Shop, every Thursday between 12-2pm in Barclays, Armada Way.

  • The Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme (HASSAP) offers free and flexible courses from entry-level to level 5 which are delivered in Plymouth by City College and On Course South West. Choose from online and face-to-face courses including Understanding Autism, Medication Training, Safeguarding Vulnerable People and Counselling Skills.

  • Check out the Council’s Home Care Assistant campaign here and register your interest for a callback.

  • ·Explore the jobs and volunteering opportunities available with Livewell South West here.

  • It’s also worth exploring the e-learning section above, as there are lots of free online courses you can do to develop skills for the health and social care sector.

Find out more…

For information about any of our partner programmes, simply e-mail, or visit sign up as a member and one of the team will contact you.


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