It's never too late to learn and pick up the skills you need to get a job.
Training courses and skills sessions
Thurrock Adult Community College runs courses all year round. If you receive an income-based benefit, you may get a reduction in the course fees. Some courses are even free for anyone.
South Essex College runs courses to help unemployed adults into work, including 'iLearn' courses on subjects such as accounting, childcare, forklift truck operations, health and social care, hospitality, office skills and security.
Free computer sessions at Thurrock libraries can help you get back into work. You can also get help with writing a CV, searching for vacancies and applying for jobs.
Skills Training UK runs a programme for adults who want to improve their English and IT skills and need support to find work.
Gingerbread is a charity that works with single parents to help them develop the skills and confidence they need to get back into work.
OnTrack is a programme for 16 to 29 year-olds, living in Thurrock and not in employment. If offers access to a personal careers adviser, support with CV writing and interviews, and help to find job and training opportunities.
Careers and skills advice
TCHC (The Consultancy Home Counties) – part of the National Careers Service network – offers free careers and skills advice, including help with job profiles, job hunting, CVs and interviews.
Choosing between employment and further education
The advantages of starting employment rather than going into further education include:
- financial independence
- regular pay, no student debt
- no more full-time study
- the chance to work towards relevant, job-related qualifications
- the security of having a job now, rather than the chance of a better one in the future
- the chance to get established early in your chosen career
- it may take longer to qualify in a job
- you may end up earning less than a graduate over your working life
- you may not be able to reach the same level in your job as someone with a degree
- you may still need to study after work to get qualifications to progress in your career
- a degree or diploma is needed to enter some professions
More help and advice
If you are aged 16 to 19 years-old, or up to 25 years-old with special educational needs, go to pages on career support for young people.
If you are 20 years-old or older, contact the National Careers Service.