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Help to find a job and vocational skills

Local organisations who can support residents with advice, support and training to help people enter work

East Midlands Chamber provide support for unemployed people from their Glossop office and in Buxton. Contact 01457 857708. Programmes include:

  • Employ Local - for individuals who are near to the job market, but need help with applications, jobsearch support and advice
  • Workchoice: for individuals who have some kind of disability including depression & mental ill-health.
  • Inspire Local: for individuals who are claiming ESA or are 50+ years old. 

Zink Employability is part of High Peak Foodbank and provides support for unemployed people. Contact  01298 214926 paul@zink.org.uk . Programmes include:

  • Building Better Opportunities/Towards Work: For people unemployed over four weeks in Buxton/South High Peak. Includes  work coaching, practical help and advice, work experience and microjobs (a few hours of paid work per week to gain experience and a reference)
  • Inspire Local: for individuals who are claiming ESA or are 50+ years old.
  • RISE: For people in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction across the High Peak. Includes work coaching, practical help and advice, work experience and microjobs

The Bureau, formerly known as Glossop Volunteer centre, provides support for unemployed people in Glossopdale area. Contact work or life skills coach on 01457 865722.  Programmes include:

  • Building Better Opportunities/Towards Work: For people unemployed over four weeks in Buxton/South High Peak. Includes  work coaching, practical help and advice, work experience and microjobs (a few hours of paid work per week to gain experience and a reference)
  • Life Skills:  for people in Glossop or New Mills who need extra support - due to mental health, drug/alcohol problems, learning disabilities or who face barriers to work due to housing or  self-confidence

Buxton & Leek College is the principle Further Education skills provider in the High Peak and deliver over 220 courses in 21 subject areas including vocational and leisure skills and apprenticeships. Contact 0800 074 0099 enquiries@blc.ac.uk Specific programmes to support unemployed people include:

  • Independence & Living Skills: For people with learning disabilities to improve independence, social and life skills, employability, maths and English as well as developing your vocational awareness by participating in work experience and enterprise activities.
  • Working towards Independence: for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities who would like to develop skills that will prepare them for going into a job. Includes work tasters in woodwork, horticulture, catering and craft as well as literacy and numeracy support.
  • Developing Skills: for people under 18 who didn't gain GCSEs or were disengaged with school. Includes a strong vocational element in a range of skills (such as health & Beauty, childcare, sport, IT, motor vehicle, engineering and carpentry) employability skills, work placements and support with literacy & numeracy
  • Access to Higher Education: for adults 19+ to gain confidence and skills to take that next step to start a degree or equivalent 

Derbyshire County Council deliver training via their network of Adult Education centres and also deliver programmes to support people access work. Including:

  • Disability Employment Service: supports disabled people to find training, work experience, voluntary work and paid employment including advice on support in the workplace, such as equipment etc. Contact 01629 532441 disabilityemploymentservice@derbyshire.gov.uk
  • Adult careers advice: including CV workshops, interview skills and one-to-one sessions.  Delivered Mondays between 3pm- 5pm at Glossop Adult Education centre, Talbot Street, Glossop SK13 7DG and Thursdays between 4pm and 6pm at Fairfield Adult education centre, Victoria Park Road, SK17 7PE. Contact Sarah Kelly, email: sarah.kelly@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 07967 391263
  • Young persons service: for 16-19 year olds - including support for those not in employment, education or training (NEET) Contact  Derbyshire Youth Inc

Beardwood Natural Living Project provides support for people in recovery from drug and alcohol dependence through gaining skills in farming, conservation and rural crafts. Based in Furness Vale, High Peak. Lunch is provided and transport is available.

Derventio Housing deliver two programmes across the High Peak which are primarily delivered on 1-2-1 basis in locations close to participants. Two mentors are based in Glossop. Contact 07985 555067 to arrange appointment.

  • Talent Match: for young people aged 18-24 who have been unemployed/out of education for 12 months plus. Includes one-to-one mentoring, practical advice, work experience & training.
  • Opportunity and Change: For unemployed people with multiple challenges e.g. homelessness, mental ill health, drug/alcohol problems, repeat offending and domestic abuse

Other support

  • Universal Jobmatch service - jobseekers can match their CV and skills to jobs posted by companies.
  • Buxton Jobcentre Plus - 84-86 Spring Gardens, Buxton SK17 6BU- for information about jobfairs, recruitment days and training courses in Buxton on 01298 306929. Please note that questions about your benefit claim/payments cannot be answered on this number and should be directed to 0345 608 3719.
  • Glossop Jobcentre Plus -  28 Howard St, Glossop SK13 7DD - for information about jobfairs, recruitment days and training courses in Glossop on 01457 726785. Please note that questions about your benefit claim/payments cannot be answered on this number and should be directed to 0345 608 3719.
  • Gap Personnel- Buxton branch for industrial recruitment 2 Hardwick Street, Buxton 01298 77797
  • Wheels to work provide help when transport difficulties are stopping you get to work, training or college - includes financial help and access to mopeds, new, reconditioned and electric bicycles.