Employment Support


Eastbourne Jobs Hub – for people living in Eastbourne, Lewes and up to and including Heathfield and looking for work or careers advice. Based at Eastbourne Library, it is accessible to all. The Jobs Hub can help you search and apply for local jobs vacancies, access careers advice, apprenticeships or volunteering and works in partnership with http://www.lovelocaljobs.com/eastbourne/
They are available face-to-face, on the phone and on the web and are available for all ages to guide you and give you information including, help with your CV and application forms, where to look for work, details about how to start a business, how to volunteer, training or education advice. Eastbourne Library, Grove Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4TL
The opening times are:
Monday to Wednesday 10am – 4.30pm
Thursday 10am – 6.30pm
Friday 10.30am – 4.30pm
Direct line: 01323 464548 Twitter@EBJobsHub

People Matter – provide a personalised service to jobseekers over the course of several hourly sessions. The initial session is spent getting to know the jobseeker, understanding their skills and type of work they are suited for and explaining the further help available. Their highly skilled team of advisers provide help with CV writing, career guidance, business start-up advice, job search, applications and letters to employers. We can also arrange a mock interview with feedback. We offer a wide range of workshops and training opportunities and a popular Job Club. Prospective employers like their service because they find that applicants are job-ready and potentially suitable for employment.
Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm (reception opens to public callers at 10am)
17 Gildredge Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4RU w: www.people-matter.org.uk
t: 01323 431289 e: reception@people-matter.org.uk

National Careers Service (NCS) – provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice.
t: 0800 100 900 (8am – 10pm, 7 days a week).
w: www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Work Trials– is a trial of up to 15 working days in an actual job vacancy with an employer. It is entirely voluntary.You must of been unemployed for 26 weeks or more (although there are some exceptions) and receiving qualifying benefit (for example,job seekers, incapacity benefit or income support) W: www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk

Specialist Employment Support

Youth Employability Service (YES) – advice and guidance for 16-18 year olds in East Sussex. Support with finding college courses, apprenticeships, training or employment. Help with CVs, applying for jobs and apprenticeships, interview skills and looking at education and training opportunities. Their Skills and Employability advisors also support young people to address any barriers they may be facing to progression such as housing, benefits, relationship issues, being a young carer or parent, substance use, offending etc. YES can meet young people at their offices or in the community and deliver 1:1 support over a prolonged period of time. Referrals are accepted from external services or young people and parents/carers. YES East Sussex have a Youth Forum and actively encourage young people to become a part of the Service.
YES also have a dedicated Adviser supporting eligible young people with Special Education Needs. This Adviser encourages schools and colleges to support the transition of students in Year 11-14 with SEN Additional Support Plans.
YES offer a drop in at the Eastbourne Branch:
Wednesday 9.30am-4.30pm and Friday 9.30-16.00
Youth Employability Service, Upperton House, The Avenue, Eastbourne, BN21 3YBTel. 01323 410803. Email YESEastSussex@themytrust.org www.facebook.com/YESEastSussex

ChoicES Supported Employment Service – offer specialist supported employment for Adults with Learning Disabilities. They work with individuals that want to get a job, helping them to overcome barriers that maybe preventing them from accessing work, gain accredited training to support their development and have various projects providing work training opportunities to prepare individuals for the world of work. They offer flexible support for individuals to develop and enhance their skills with a tailor made step by step programme to support them to achieve their full potential in a wide range of voluntary, paid, part-time and full time roles, in a wide range of sectors.
They are a member of the British Association of Supported Employment (BASE) and work to these standards. Organisation: East Sussex County Council (Adult Social Care LD DPS) t: 01424 724970. e: choices@eastsussex.gov.uk

Reformed East Sussex C.I.C – a Community Interest Company that provides innovative solutions to the problems of social exclusion, specialising in the issues faced by offenders and recovering addicts when looking for employment. Support is provided by a worker, who are “experts by experience” and services are aimed at people who are in recovery and/or have been subject to the criminal justice system. Reformed currently provides support to members of these groups to either find employment and/or increase their employability. Reformed offers accredited training, working with clients on their presentation, interview skills and developing their CV. Reformed also sources opportunities with local businesses for clients – these are often voluntary in the first instance and will give clients a chance to build their self-esteem, work based skills and become used to being back in a place of employment, or for some, being in a workplace for the first time.
Contact Charmaine Sewell or David Balmer Reformed at 97-99 Seaside Road Eastbourne East Sussex BN21 3PL e: reformed.eastsussex@gmail.com t: 01323 419514 or 07568 405467 w: www.reformedeastsussex.co.uk
Enham Trust – help for people living with a disability and looking for work. They offer people living with a disability the opportunity to attend a learning programme providing tailored support, advice and skills to help people prepare, find and stay in work. The level and intensity of support will be determined working together with the client. The starting point will include: Access to qualifications & courses, Hands-on help with cv-writing, Support with building your CV, Group & individual mentoring sessions, Help with focused job searching, Interview practise sessions
If you’re living with a disability and looking for work t: 08451 307 504 e: info@enhamtrust.org.uk

Tomorrows People Trust – a national employment charity that provides intensive and personalised support for young people who have not made a successful transition into the work place, for adults who face complex barriers to getting and keeping a job and for students who are at risk of under-performing at school. w: www.tomorrows-people.org.uk/ t: 020 3405 3360 e: info@tomorrows-people.co.uk
East Sussex Employment Service – specialist provider of supported employment and vocational advice. Works with clients who have a diagnosed mental health condition. t: 01323 340151 w: www.southdownhousing.org/mental-health-recovery/what- employment-support

Wayfinder Woman – a volunteer led, female focused social enterprise set up to support women at work. They provide free or low cost advice, support and training whatever your age, background or employment status. They’ll help you overcome the barriers that are preventing you from becoming who you want to be and if you’re an employer, we’re here to help you be the best you can be in supporting and encouraging women to bring their best to the world of work.
E: office@wayfinderwoman.com w: www.wayfinderwoman.com

No Desire to Retire – website helping the over 50’s to find work. You can create a profile to showcase your experiences and match your skills with UK employers looking for mature staff like you! w: www.nodesiretoretire.com

Fit for Work – a voluntary service that offers access to occupational health advice and support. T: 0800 032 6235 w: www.fitforwork.org

Employability Training Providers

Sussex Downs College – the college offers many courses including skills to enter the workplace or further education. More details can be found on their website www.sussexdowns.ac.uk or by calling 030 300 39300

Re:Enterprise – based at Sussex Downs College in Lewes Re:Enterprise allows young people aged between 16 – 24 in East Sussex to learn practical skills and improve employability skills. The course runs from 10 weeks in their workshop and out in the local community. It includes using woodworking tools, learning about recycling, health and safety, life skills, confidence building and understanding how to undertake an enterprise project. Students will learn how to make a range of wooden products either from new or recycled materials which will then be sold to the local public. Contact them via their website http://www.sussexdowns.ac.uk/courses/re-engagement-programmes/re-enterprise/

Young Parents – designed for mums and dads aged 16 to 24, this programme is designed to engage and support young parents and parents to be. It is based in a nurturing environment within the college and provides young parents a supportive network along with an opportunity to explore your future progression into mainstream college courses, volunteering and employment with training. The course will enable you to complete a Level 1 Qualification and have the opportunity to develop Maths and English Skills. The day-to-day course will work with you on a range of activities to improve your confidence and knowledge on how to progress into employment or your chosen path. Courses start in September, November and February. Contact them via their website http://www.sussexdowns.ac.uk/courses/re-engagement-programmes/young-parents-2/

Crossland & Dudson Training Ltd – offering a range of courses including IT, Employability and Functional Skills English and Maths. Their in house courses are free of charge. Courses for Learners aged 16+ can lead to nationally recognized qualifications. Delivering Family Learning courses on behalf of East Sussex County Council. They are happy to consider any Learning or Training needs and are offering new courses all the time.
They are also known as The Apprenticeship People. They pride themselves on helping people start their careers with Apprenticeships in IT, Child Care, Business Admin, Customer Service and Health and Social Care. Usually or can be referred to by the Jobcentre Plus
t: 01323 720072
e: info@cdtraining.co.uk
w: www.cdtraining.co.uk

HOME (Helen Owen Marketing Enterprises) – provides work experience and training in a working environment for people who are struggling to find work.
m: 07720 854185, e: info@helenowen.me.uk, w: www.helenowen.org

The Learning Centre in Eastbourne Library – provides English, Maths and IT qualifications. You can start as soon as you want with a plan of learning tailored to your needs.
t: 0345 6080196
w: https://new.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/locations/eastbourne/

Street Learning – free courses for all Wealden and Eastbourne residents aged 19 and over. Various locations across the two districts.
w. www.wealden.gov.uk/streetlearning

Training Now! – offers a range of free training courses to those over 19 and claiming Employment Support Allowance. Also Street learning for those living in the Wealden Area.
t: 01323 887199
e: hello@nowcharity.org.uk
w: www.nowcharity.org.uk

Princes Trust – help with employment training and starting a business. For more information about Princes Trust initiatives locally visit www.princes-trust.org.uk

Team (Princes Trust) – Are you aged 16-25 and wanting to boost your confidence and employability? Our 12-week personal development programme, delivered in partnership with Sussex Downs College, will help you to meet new people, gain practical skills and experience and secure qualifications. Working with up to 14 other young people over 12 weeks, you’ll kick start with a residential trip to get to know everyone a bit better.
Later down the line, you’ll also make a difference in your community by taking on your own project. From regenerating a garden to creating a short film to inspire people to make a change, you’ll do everything from planning, fundraising and rolling up your sleeves to get the job done.
In addition to this, we’ll help you with your CV and interview skills to help you get ahead. Gaining a nationally-recognised qualification along the way, you can put your new talents to the test in a two-week work experience placement.
It sounds like a long time, but it flies by. You won’t believe it’s you sharing your journey at the final presentation. Everything is geared towards giving you the best chance to move into work, education or training. The course runs from 25th September to 15th December 2017. Call 0800 842842 or text 07983 385418 for more information

Project SEARCH – is a supported employment initiative for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Project SEARCH is a joint project between a local authority, a local college or school and a host employer. One of Project SEARCH’s most unique attributes is its emphasis on collaboration. Project SEARCH is driven by partnerships and a network of tutors, job coaches and job developers and business leaders that play an integral role in executing our goal of obtaining paid employment for individual with disabilities.
For further information contact: Stacey Beard, Project SEARCH Programme Co-ordinator Tel: 01323 43 56 02 or Email: ProjectSearch@sussexdowns.ac.uk

Advice for Entrepreneurs

People Matter (see above)

Wayfinder Woman (see above)
Business East Sussex – One-stop shop for free one-to-one business advice in East Sussex. t: 0844 415 2260
e: info@businesseastsussex.org.uk
w: www.businesseastsussex.org.uk

EDEAL – Free Business start-up workshops, 1-2-1 business advice to new and existing businesses, online business plan reviews and social media training. t: 01323 641144
e: info@edeal.org.uk w: www.edeal.org.uk

Let’s Do Business – Free business start-ups workshops.
t: 0844 415 2272
e: info@ldbgroup.co.uk w: www.letsdobusinessgroup.co.uk

Princes Trust – help with employment training and starting a business for young people up to the age of 30. For more information about Princes Trust initiatives locally visit www.princes-trust.org.uk

Further Information:

Eastbourne Jobcentre Plus
t: 0345 604 3719 w: www.gov.uk/browse/working/finding-job
Eastbourne Borough Council Directory of Employment Support – the directory lists organisations who offer support and advice on finding employment, training, and starting a business. In fact, anyone looking for work
W: http://www.eastbourne.gov.uk/residents/jobs/help/
Eastbourne Borough Council, 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4TW
T: 01323 410000

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