Support for Jobseekers

We’re working with partners across the city to support those whose job or employment prospects have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

We know that people may need help to look for work or develop skills, so we’ve prepared the following for jobseekers.

Support for people looking for employment and training

We understand that changes in employment may affect your financial situation. Whilst you look for work, you may also be able to access benefits and other financial support.

To make a new benefit claim or change an existing claim, contact Jobcentre Plus.

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Looking for work

Not all job vacancies are advertised in the same place. The national Find a Job website allows you to search for jobs based on key words and location.

You can also visit Job Help from Jobcentre plus for hints and tips on applying for jobs and ideas about jobs you may never have thought of. Their Latest Jobs page lists some of the national recruitment exercises currently taking place and you can search for vacancies by sector.

It’s also worth visiting online recruitment pages like Indeed or the careers and vacancies pages on companies’ websites.

For immediate vacancies in York and the surrounding area, try Facebook groups such as Jobs In York and York Hospitality Exchange.

Local recruitment agencies, such as Work with York can offer tailored support, helping to match you with particular roles or sectors. Not all agencies cover all sectors so it’s best to visit their websites for more information.

Apprenticeships are also a great way to begin or progress your career. They allow you to learn while you earn at all levels. You can search for current vacancies on the national Find an apprenticeship website.

Local employers are currently offering a range of 6 month paid job placements under the Government’s Kickstart scheme. If you’re aged 16-24, claiming universal credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, talk to your Jobcentre work coach for more information.

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Careers advice

If you have lost or are worried about losing your job, Jobs Fuse can offer free, impartial and professional advice.

For support to explore careers, undertake a skills assessment, find courses and training and get help to find a job, visit the National Careers Service or call 0800 100 900.

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Employability skills

It may have been a while since you needed to look for work. Whether it’s help to build confidence, update your CV, write applications or prepare for interviews, there is a range of free support available in York.


Part-funded by the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership through European Social Funding, dedicated support is provided at a local level by City of York Council and York Learning.

If you’re aged 15 to 24 and currently unemployed or in full time education, our free FutureGoals support is here to help. Please tell us a bit about yourself by completing this enquiry form and one of our Advisers will be in touch.

Contact FutureGoals

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One-to-One advice and online workshops

For those aged 19 or older, York Learning’s employability team is offering FREE workshops to take you through the process of applying for work, getting a job, and thriving in it. These workshops take place once a month and are supported by our experienced and qualified advisors.

To find out more or to access a FREE individual virtual careers appointment, complete the York Learning contact form.

JETS (Job Entry Targeted Support)

If you’ve been out of work for three months, the national Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) scheme may be able to help. Through the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) you will have access to tailored, flexible support to quickly get back into employment. There will be a range of help, including specialist advice on how people can move into growing sectors, as well as CV and interview coaching.

The programme will also give job hunters the boost they need to return to employment through an action plan agreed with their personal Work Coach, peer support and opportunities to build their skills.

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Maths, English and Digital skills

If you’re aged 19 or older, York Learning can help you gain confidence and skills in maths, English and computing, through accredited programmes. To find out more including, whether you could train for free, complete the York Learning contact form.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

York Learning also offers specialised ESOL classes for people with English as a Second or Other Language. Help with grammar, vocabulary and confidence in the language is FREE if you’re on a low income. Visit the York Learning website to book an ESOL assessment.

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