We work with many local skills providers to help people into work and to increase their skills levels. There is a lot of free help for adults to increase their skill levels through the Skills for Life government offers. The organisations and resources below can help adults with skills, jobs and confidence.

Scroll down to find out more on:

  • Starting a business
  • World of Work Leicestershire guide on skills in demand
  • Opportunities at the East Midlands Gateway
  • Free help and support for skills, jobs and careers
  • Free maths support through the Multiply offer
Start Ups crop

A growing option for all ages is to start a business. This can be easier than you think, why not download our overview summary, created with Leicester Startups, an area community for existing  and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Image courtesy of Leicester Startups

Aselection of the World of Work Guides for Adults

World of Work Leicester and Leicestershire 2023

An area guide for adults, including:

  • Information on different sectors across Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Numbers of people employed in those areas
  • Which jobs are most advertised
  • Skills that employers value
  • Links to find out more about getting into work or changing career 
  • Support to help adults move into learning, training or apprenticeships.

If you work to support adults into employment and would like printed copies of the guide, please email admin@llep.org.uk.

East Midlands Airport image for blog post

One of the  many amazing areas across Leicestershire to work in is the East Midlands Enterprise Gateway, with multiple employers and a wide range of careers. See the video below to find out more!  

Researching Careers at EMEG

The East Midlands Enterprise Gateway, a great place to work!

A range of free services and resources which can help adults of all ages with skills, jobs and careers

See below for a range of  free services and resources that can help people into work, apprenticeships, gaining new skills or a change of career.

There is also a coordinated a cost of living Redundancy and Recruitment Service for Leicester and Leicestershire to support local employers and people, working with the National Careers Service, Jobcentre Plus (DWP), and the Leicester Employment Hub.

Coming soon! Information on how you can tap into free local support to help your maths skills through the Multiply offer.

National Careers Service

Any individual across Leicester and Leicestershire who needs job search support, careers information, guidance, or advice, or help with skills training, can contact Futures, our area National Careers Service provider, who offer FREE careers support from a qualified careers guidance professional. Call: 0116 261 5907 or email NationalCareersServiceNCC@futuresforyou.com

Leicester Employment Hub

The Leicester Employment Hub promotes local job and apprenticeship vacancies and runs and promotes careers and skills support events.

Jobcentre Plus (DWP)

Jobcentre Plus has a number of schemes to help unemployed people into work or training. The new jobhelp website can also help with job searches.

Skills for Life

The Skills for Life campaign aims to support adults to develop their skills by bringing together government backed skills and training opportunities in a new single campaign and website at gov.uk/skillsforlife

Skills Toolkit

There is a FREE DfE online learning platform, The Skills Toolkit, with lots of courses including digital, numeracy and employability or work-readiness courses.

Lifetime Skills Guarantee

An opportunity for adults to gain a new qualification for free, designed to help them to gain in-demand skills and secure great jobs. Almost 400 qualifications are available from April 2021.