Are you a young person looking for work?

Browse the information in this section to find information on apprenticeships, training programmes and self employment opportunities.

Careers Advice

Directgov can provide you with advice on writing your CV, applying for jobs and preparing for interviews. For more information please click here.

Training Opportunities


Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years-old whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. Apprenticeship schemes include:

  • Agriculture, horticulture and animal care
  • Arts, media and publishing
  • Business administration and law
  • Construction, planning and the built environment
  • Education and training
  • Engineering and manufacturing technologies
  • Health, public services and care
  • Information and communication technology
  • Leisure, tourism and travel
  • Retail and commercial enterprise

Key benefits of an apprenticeship include earning a wage, receiving training and gaining qualifications. For more information about the schemes available please click here.

You can also search for live apprenticeship vacancies by clicking here.

Training Schemes


The Prince’s Trust offers a range of free training schemes that will give you the motivation, skills and experience required to get a job. For more information please click here.

Work Placements

Getting some hands-on experience in the workplace can really improve your chances when applying for jobs. For more information on finding a placement please click here.


Volunteering gives you a chance to make a difference to others and to your community. Also many volunteers find that their work increases their confidence, teaches them new skills and gives a boost to their education and employment prospects. For more information please click here.

Vinspired match 16-25 year olds with volunteering opportunities in their local area. For more information please click here.


If you are prepared to live away from home you could volunteer full time through an organisation like Community Service Volunteers. You should expect to work up to 40 hours per week, which may include weekends. If you volunteer with CSV you will receive an allowance, and food and accommodation will be free. For more information please click here.


Self Employment


The Prince’s Trust Business Programme helps people to explore and test their business ideas, write business plans and start their own businesses or achieve alternative goals in education, training or work. If you are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week you may be eligible for the Business Programme. To check your eligibility please click here.

Business Link can provide you with practical advice for starting your own business, including information on VAT, employing staff and registering your business. For more information please click here.


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