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Guidance Providers

General adult

Careers Wales
Careers Wales is the national brand for the new all age careers information, advice and guidance services. Links to local careers companies.
Careers Scotland
Careers Scotland provides careers information, advice and guidance to Scots of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances. Services are fully web-enabled, offering round the clock access through this website.
EGSA - connecting adults to learning (NI)
EGSA provides services for adult learners, learning advisers, providers, employers and for anyone involved in or interested in improving access to learning for adults in Northern Ireland.
JobCentre Online
JobCentreOnline is the public Employment Service website in Northern Ireland. Contains all current vacancies and work-related social security benefits.
Jobcentre Plus
Information on finding a job, claiming benefits and schemes such as New Deal.
Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS)
The Career Development Service at LSIS encourages staff within the FE sector to take responsibility for managing their own careers, helping individuals to recognise the opportunities open to them.
nextstep Providers in England
nextstep promotes learning and work to all adults aged 20 and over and services are available throughout England. This website tells you what you can expect from the nextstep information and advice service.
NI Choices - Guide to Courses in Northern Ireland
NI Choices provides impartial information on over 11,000 courses available in Northern Ireland offered by over 380 learning providers including colleges, universities, community based organisations and commercial training companies.
Prospects provides careers information and guidance to graduates. Offers CV surgery, email a careers consultant and live online chat events.
Skillset - Sector Skills Council for the Audio Visual Industries
Skillset's careers service offers free media careers helplines; free email advice services for clients and for careers advisors and face-to-face IAG sessions with a media careers advisor.
UK jobs, careers, qualifications, training and employment.

Disability specialist services

Aimed at young adults with learning disabilities from minority communities.
Disability Information Services
Comprehensive national database of disability information including support services, products and activities for disabled people.
Mencap is the UK's leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers.
Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities
Promotes opportunities for young people and adults with any kind of disability in post-16 education, training and employment across the UK.
Northern Ireland:

Other specialist services

Age UK
Age UK supports people in later life. They have a network of local groups and provide support with work and learning.
Apex Trust
Apex Charitable Trust seeks to help people with criminal records to obtain appropriate jobs or self-employment by providing them with the skills they need in the labour market and by working with employers to break down the barriers to their employment.
back on course
Free information, advice and guidance service for those who have left university early. Provides early leavers a chance to reflect on their experiences, access careers advice and practical support for returning to their original institution, applying for another course or institution, or following another path.
Campaign Against Age Discrimination in Employment
Information on age discrimination.
Civvy Street
Support for vulnerable clients who are Service leavers and members of the ex-Services community (inc Reservist) and their dependants. Also assists organisations and individuals working for this client group.
Commission for Racial Equality
The CRE tackles racial discrimination and promote racial equality.
Equal Opportunities Commission
Promotes equal opportunities.
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Promotes equal opportunities.
Work life balance website.
The National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders specialises in providing services for people who need extra support to find and hold down a job.
Northern Ireland (NIACRO):
Scotland (SACRO):
Helps people aged over 50 to set up in business.
Refugee Council - Careers Guidance and Vocational Services
The Refugee Council's Training and Employment Section offers free, confidential and impartial careers advice and guidance for asylum seekers and refugees.
Refugee Education and Training Advisory Service (RETAS)
RETAS is a division of Education Action International. RETAS facilitates access to education, employment and training opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers.
Third Age Foundation
Third Age helps disadvantaged people (40+) find a new direction and skills.
National Association of Ex-Offenders works for serving prisoners and ex-offenders so they can rebuild their lives.

Young people

14-19 Learning
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has developed a 14-19 learning website providing information and guidance on a range of topics from qualifications and the exams process to teaching the new advanced levels, using GCSEs in vocational subjects and exam invigilation. Primarily aimed at curriculum managers and teachers, the 14-19 website also has areas that will be useful to students, parents, employers and careers advisers.
After 16 - What's New
For teenagers and young people in the UK who have an impairment or disability and are wondering what opportunities and services there should be when they leave school.
Aim Higher
Aim Higher is designed to help young people make important choices about college or university and about getting the job or career they want.
Northern Ireland:
Connexions Direct
Connexions Direct gives information and advice on issues relating to health, housing, relationships with family and friends, career and learning options, money.
Modern Apprenticeships
Information about Modern Apprenticeships.
Northern Ireland:
Plan IT
Information for young people in Scotland on school, college and university as well as general information on career choices and jobs.
Explains different school subjects and the careers they can lead to.
Young People's Gateway
The Department for Education and Skills site for young people.
Young Scot
Useful tips on schools, qualifications, university and disability in education.
Youth Information
A National Youth Agency resource including information on careers, education, basic skills, training, looking for a job.

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