There are a number of ways to access free support and training, help to find a job, or to take the next steps in your career once the current situation changes.

Skills Support to the Workforce ESF - this is for people aged 16 and above who are employed, furloughed, or at risk of redundancy.  If you run a business you can contact this scheme to get free training for yuor staff.  To find out if you are eligible for the free training Call - 0300 330 1520 or Email -  A list of courses is available in a document at the bottom of this page

Skills Support to the Unemployed ESF - this is for people who are unemployed.  To find out if you are eligible for this free training Call Andrew Sale - 07425629929 or Email - A list of courses is available in a document at the bottom of this page

Career Net:  Distance Learning, Employability Programme for Young People (NEET) ESF - this is for young people aged 15-24 who are not currently in education/ training or work and looking for help with developing their skills or finding work.  To find out how to access this free support Email -  A flyer about the scheme is available at the bottom of this page

Many local Further Education Colleges and Training Providers are involved in delivering the schemes above, as well as other online courses for young people and adults, regardless of age, and you can contact them directly.  They are also offering training through Lincolnshire County Council's adult training budget, find out more.

National Careers Service - If you would like advice or guidance about the next steps in your career, or the training that would be most useful to you:
Call for free: 0800 917 9419 (if you are in Lincolnshire or Rutland)
Call for free: 0800 100 900 (if you are in North or North East Lincolnshire)

Universal Credit - To apply for Universal Credit, you need to sign up online: or Contact the Universal Credit helpline: 0800 328 5644


Further Support

A new online learning platform to help boost the nation’s skills while people are staying at home, has been launched by Government. 

Free courses are available through The Skills Toolkit. The new platform gives people access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.

These are the skills which are highly valued by employers and sought after in a wide range of jobs. With more people expected to be working and studying remotely in the coming months, the platform offers a great opportunity to learn new skills to help to get ahead online and gain the knowledge we’ll all need for the future. The platform also offers employees who have been furloughed an opportunity to keep up their skills development while they are at home.

Courses on offer cover a range of levels, from everyday maths and tools for using email and social media more effectively at work to more advanced training. Individuals will be able to access courses helping them to create great online content developed by the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding, to understand the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing from Google Digital Garage and to learn how to code for data analysis from the Open University. All courses are online and flexible, so people can work through them at their own pace. Find out more information here.

Page updated 7th May 2020