Find a job

Where should I look for a job? What support can the Skills Launchpad offer?

There are many reasons why you might be looking for a new job right now from uncertainty about the future of your current job or apprenticeship to being made redundant, leaving school, college or university, with or without hoped for results, as well as lockdown giving you time to think about what you really want to do. 

Covid-19 has changed the way we live and work with growing uncertainty on how this will affect us individually, as communities and as a city.  The great news is that there are jobs available right now in Plymouth. 

We can help you access impartial careers advice and guidance to help plan out your next steps. This could involve training or further study, or a fresh CV and some interview preparation to put you in the best position for employment. 

Through the Skills Launchpad we aim to help you to develop the skills you may need to apply for and fill these current jobs and apprenticeships, and also look ahead to Plymouth’s future jobs which will be created as our local businesses work hard to recover and the city’s investment and recovery programme takes effect.

Find advice and guidance here:

Understanding the changing jobs market

Coronavirus: Seven tips for job hunters As coronavirus puts huge strain on the jobs market, four experts offer advice for finding work Watch the video here

What jobs are available post-lockdown?

10 firms in Plymouth that have smashed it during the lockdown

Speak to a careers advisor

Call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 for help to identify skills that could be useful in a range of different roles.

Job websites

The good news is that there’s a wealth of job sites out there where you can search for jobs, register online for alerts about jobs that you may be interested in applying for and some give you the option to upload your CV to be matched.

Find a Job is the Government’s Job search site, you can follow @JCPinPlymouth on Twitter for sharing jobs, events, job search and careers advice for Plymouth.

On Job Help you will find lists of the national recruitment exercises that are underway to fill vacancies across a wide range of sectors, including the NHS, care, retail, food production and logistics.

The imployable App helps you build your digital CV, identify the career you want, see how you fit and what you need to break into that career. You can get access to the qualifications and experience you need, and once you are ready you can use the inbuilt job board to apply for jobs that suit you. The app is packed with coaching videos and support features for job seekers.

Other job sites includes:

Local job news, websites and support

Plymouth Jobs is the largest jobs listing board and Facebook jobs page in Plymouth, focusing on advertising the best local jobs and opportunities.

Plymouth Live latest news about jobs.

Prince’s Trust – for those aged 16-25 years

Sector specific job websites

There are job sites which focus on particular sectors where you can search for specific jobs, register online for alerts about jobs that you may be interested in applying for and some give you the option to upload your CV to be matched.




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Public Relations

Public Sector


Finding graduate and intern jobs

All careers are built up in steps and this page on Target Jobs covers the first stages in choosing a graduate career and seeking out your first job after graduation.

It’s all about getting ideas about jobs by knowing your career options, exploring your skills and understanding your motivation, and then, of course, knowing where to look for graduate opportunities. Dip in, whatever stage you’re at.

Even if you feel you’re up against a wall having left graduate job hunting and career plans a little late or are struggling to find your next step due to the economic impact of Covid-19, covering the basics is the best way to boost your confidence and get back on track.

If you have recently graduated, you can find opportunities on these graduate specific job sites.

Finding jobs for military service leavers and veterans

These websites promote the wide support available for finding ex forces jobs and careers advice, with job opportunities from employers who value ex-military recruitment.

National Careers Service guidance

How to find job vacancies

How to get a job through networking

Recruitment Agencies

Recruitment agencies help organisations find the right people to fill their vacancies. They can help you to get full-time, part-time and temporary work.

Recruitment consultants can match you to job roles. Agencies are useful for connecting you with jobs that are not advertised online or in the press. Some agencies specialise in particular industries, for instance healthcare or engineering. It's worth checking their website first to see what kind of jobs they advertise, then register online and call ahead if you wish to speak with an advisor and to book an appointment. You can register with more than one agency at a time. This increases your chances of finding a job.

Download the local recruitment agency list here

Useful links to support you finding a job with Skills Launchpad Plymouth

Make sure you feel ready to get back out there – check out the support available if you are feeling anxious, confused, lost or overwhelmed Make an informed choice locally. Find out about Plymouth’s current employment picture and learn about our industry sectors which are growing fast creating new job opportunities now and in the future Too much choice out there? You can always learn more about your career options Get your own free impartial 1-1 Careers and Skills Plan with National Careers Service at Consider earning while you learn through an apprenticeship Develop yourself through further study and training opportunities Get work ready skills to help for job hunting including CV writing, applying for jobs and preparing for interviews. Polish up your Maths, English and digital skills Gain work experience to help build your confidence and new skills for applying for jobs Consider becoming a volunteer to gain valuable new skills and experience Access help for starting your own business and work for yourself

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