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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.

Staffordshire Moorlands Work Clubs

If you live in the Moorlands and are looking for Work, information on local training courses, support with job applications, universal job-match or developing a CV, then drop in to get free advice & support at one of the local work clubs which are run every week 10am-12.00pm at

  • Leek: Wednesdays - Haregate Community Centre, Queens Drive, ST13 6DJ
  • Biddulph: Thursdays - The Learning Curve, St Johns Road, ST8 6LL
  • Cheadle: Fridays - Cheadle Fire Station, Ashbourne Road, ST10 1HF

Further information: Contact Your Housing Group - Louise Harley Tel:07766991305 or James Coates Tel: 07795471359

Staffordshire Moorlands online work club  is a Facebook page for anyone within the Staffordshire Moorlands who is looking for work or information on local training courses and CV writing.

YMCA Connecting Choices  provides Moorlands residents aged 19+ with support such as coaching, job search support and access to specialist services to help progress into training, education, volunteering and work.

Royal Association for Deaf- Connecting Choices provides specialist employment advisors to support to Deaf unemployed adults (aged 18+). Support includes CV, apprenticeships, career guidance. Contact SMS: 07851 423 866 Voice Phone: 0300 688 2525 Email:

Mencap - Connecting Choices provide support to people 19+ with mental health or learning disability to help access work. Contact

SOVA - Connecting Choices provides support to Moorlands ex-offenders 16+ to help access and sustain work. Support includes access to CERTA accredited training, group and one-to-one support.

Genius Within provides specialist support for unemployed (and employed) people with literacy difficulties associated with dyslexia, ADHD, Autism spectrum conditions and for others with neurodiversity. Support includes practical help to improve abilities, build confidence and job search support as well as advising on technology and support within the workplace. Contact Remi Chappell  Mob: 07930 505646; Nicola Maguire-Alcock Mob: 07512 139120

Buxton & Leek College is the principle Further Education skills provider in the Moorlands and deliver over 220 courses in 21 subject areas including vocational and leisure skills and apprenticeships. The Leek campus has a specialism in engineering and creative sector. Contact 0800 074 0099 Specific programmes include:

  • Employability Skills for adults - Free 10 hour programmes to include: Help with CV writing; application completion, interview techniques and build your confidence when looking for employment.
  • 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
  • Functional Skills- Maths, English & IT. Free 10-hour introductory course  
  • Access to Higher Education: for adults 19+ to gain confidence and skills to take that next step to start a degree or equivalent 
  • Family Learning: Free courses for those who wish help with their own maths and English skills to support your children with homework tasks.

Staffordshire Wheels to Work are able to offer you moped loans, interest free loans for a bicycle, personal travel plans and travel vouchers for Staffordshire residents (16+) who face difficulties accessing work due to transport. Tel: 01785 276730

Staffordshire Start-up Programme aims to support people who were furloughed, made redundant or their job may be at risk to start-up a business. This programme will provide online sessions offering support and advice on a range of issues including: help overcome perceived barriers on self-employment, international trade, routes to market, sector specific sessions and one-to-one sessions.
If you or anyone you know has ever dreamed of starting a business, or have an idea for new product, speak to our start-up business advisor now by calling 01782 202222 or emailing

Other support

The National Careers Service can provide you with information, advice and guidance on skills, learning and work including telephone or face to face advice.

Find an Apprenticeship is the national government website advertising apprenticeships. It is possible to register and receive alerts based on your selected criteria.

Find a Job is the national government website advertising vacancies (and replaces Universal jobmatch). You can create an account, upload your CV, create job alerts and use it to discuss your work search activity if in receipt of benefits.

Contact your Local Jobcentre for information about jobfairs, recruitment days and training courses. Tel 0800 169 0190. Please note that questions about your benefit claim/payments cannot be answered on this number and should be directed to 0800 169 0310 (textphone 0345 608 8551).

  • Kidsgrove Jobcentre, The Avenue, Kidsgrove, ST7 1AH (for Biddulph, Knypersley, Brown Lees, Gillow Heath & Mow Cop residents)
  • Longton Jobcentre, 83-87 The Strand, Longton, Stoke on Trent ST3 2PF (for Blythe Bridge & Forsbrook residents)
  • Hanley Jobcentre, H91 Upper Huntbach Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 2BX (for all other locations including Leek, Cheadle, Brown Edge & rural areas)