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Get work ready skills

Get help with 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.

Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust support young people with employability skills to get work ready.

Future Steps – to live, learn and earn (16 – 30 years old)

Online employability course:

  • Tailored support to build confidence and communication skills
  • Employability sessions to help ace that job interview
  • Support includes 1-2-1 Mentor support and CV review

To find out more call or text:

Ashleigh 07425632049 or Mark 07786 381 623

Email or

Team Programme

If you’re unemployed and between 16 and 25, you can meet new people, gain new skills and train on this 12-week Team programme:

  • Take on your own group community project, making a positive difference to the place where you live
  • Take part in an action-packed residential trip
  • Get two weeks’ work experience in something you’re interested in
  • Develop your English and Maths skills
  • As part of the course, we also spend some time developing your interview and CV skills to ensure your confidence is sky-high for when taking the next step

To find out more call:

0800 842 842 or call Jane on 07904 833796


How Life Skills can support you right now

Are you ready to think about the areas you might like to develop further? Inform your CV now.

Youth Employment

Resources for the Class of 2020 - The Young Professional suite of resources includes support from careers experts, youth ambassadors and also youth friendly employers.

Young Devon

Free training for 16-25 year olds: Work-Based Learning developing functional, work-based skills. Learn more about:

  • Your Chosen Career
  • Preparing for Work
  • Skills for Employability
  • Mock Interviews and CVs

Earn a Level 1 Qualification.

Earn up to a Level 2 Maths and English Functional Skills Qualification.

Contact: Text: 07779 578399 Phone: 01626 356720


Discovery College, part of YMCA Plymouth

Duration: 10 Weeks

Requirements: Aged 16-19

Cost: Free

#FUTURES Get your future on-track with the skills and support you need #FUTURES is a different kind of programme, combining practical tasks with fun workshops, aimed at getting you skilled and ready to take that next step.

#FUTURES isn’t just another dull employability programme. This 10 week course will give you the skills you need while having a great time. The programme runs 3 days a week with Monday at the scenic Lopwell Barn where you will take part in team activities, business skills workshops and learn practical skills. Transport is provided to The Barn on a Monday and a minibus will leave and return from Discovery College. On a Thursday and Friday you will be at Discovery College improving your employability skills that will help you land that job or place in further/higher education.


  • Running & Marketing an Event
  • Trips to Local Businesses
  • CV Skills
  • Woodwork
  • Finance skills
  • Team activities & games
  • Qualifications - Level 1 Skills for Employment Training & Personal Development

Visit online

Call: 01752 761012

Argyle Community Trust

Open to all 18 years+ claiming a benefit, Get Set to Shine is a 12 week Employability Programme at Home Park. A great chance to meet people and gain additional qualifications. This tailored programme provides you with a personal mentor who helps you progressing training and employment. An opportunity to improve health, well-being and confidence.

Speak to your Jobcentre Work Coach for more information, eligibility criteria and to be booked a place on to the programme.

Contact Emma Potter or call 01752 562561 ext 4

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.

English & Maths (16-19) - Functional skills / GCSE

If you're aged 16-19 years and you'd like to develop your English or Maths qualifications, please visit Discovery College for support. For further information, visit the website

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

Would you like to build independent life skills?

Young Devon

Free training for 16-25 year olds: Grow in confidence and learn new skills with Young Devon

Independent Life Skills – developing life-based skills

Learn more about:

  • Community Laws
  • Independent Living
  • Environmental Issues
  • Personal Health

Earn an Entry Level 3 Qualification.

Contact: Text: 07779 578399 Phone: 01626 356720


Seadream Education CIC

Seadream Education CIC ​experiential learning​ ​project has secured funding from the European Social Fund to benefit people ​aged 16+​ ​that are connected to ​Plymouth​ and are currently ​not in employment, education or training​.

Seadream activities are designed and delivered by enthusiastic professionals and have elements of environmental stewardship; scientific enquiry; discovery and exploration; ocean literacy; personal development; confidence building, and, employability and teamwork skills. This programme will encourage making connections between opportunities and skill sets in multiple sectors such as science, engineering, business, arts, caring professions, media, marketing and much more.

Project participants will go on professionally planned and guided trips to local venues, revealing opportunities to the many varied, exciting, rewarding and above all achievable life learning, career opportunities, link learning to real-life challenges, and, raise aspirations.

Seadream activities are suitable for all, regardless of gender, ethnic background or social status. Activities will be tailored to suite academic ability, interests, physical ability and setting, providing ample opportunities to stretch the more able individual whilst nurturing the less confident.

This project is fully funded. All activities and resources will be free of charge​ ​to all project participants aged 16 plus that are not in education, training or employment. This is a new and exciting style of project that is based on informal experiential learning.

Please ​contact​ Juliette for further information by email ​ or via the Facebook page: ​

This project is part funded by the ESF and ESFA as a part of the Community Grants Programme

Would you like to be mentored?

Prince’s Trust offers 1:1 Mentoring and Development Awards for young people aged 16-30years.

As part of all of Prince’s Trust programmes (and standalone if needed) they can support young people with 1:1 mentoring for a period of 6 months. Prince’s Trust also have the facility to support young people with small grants (Development Awards) to help them to overcome barriers into work, education or training (e.g. transport to a new job).

Email for more information

Employability skills

Experience Works Experience Works is a programme of employability support and bespoke mentoring, helping 15-24 year olds get into work, training or education. They'll also support this group of people to stick with school or college if they are having difficulties. Covering a wide range of personal development including: self-awareness, job searching, CV writing, basic administration, social media utilisation, effective communication, time management, team work, managing money, essential life skills and, support systems through both theory and practical based learning. Call: 01752 724000, email: or click: here.