This is a guide and cannot cover every individual circumstance. You should get more details from the relevant organisations.

  • Training courses

    Training courses
    • If you've not been in work for some time, you may decide the best way to find a job is to take a training course.
    • As there are many training courses available, it's an idea to decide what kind of studying you want to do, why, and what qualifications you want to get from the course. This will ensure you choose the best training course for the job you want.¬† Take a look at our Get Some Ideas¬†pages.
    • You can choose to study or learn:
      • full-time,
      • part-time,
      • through a short course (of a few hours to a few weeks), or
      • for several years.
    • For more information, contact your local Jobcentre Plus.
  • Work based learning for adults in Wales

    • Work Based Learning for Adults in Wales is for people aged 18+ who have been unemployed 6 months or more. Early entry is available to certain groups of people,
    • It provides a programme tailored to meet your individual needs which may include guidance, work experience, training and qualifications.
    • For more information, contact your local Jobcentre Plus office.
  • Jobs Growth Wales

    • Jobs Growth Wales provides unemployed 'job ready' 16-24 year olds with a job opportunity for six months. School leavers are eligible if they are not in education, employment or training.
    • The work is:
      • paid at or above the National Minimum Wage level; and
      • for at least 25 hours per week; and
      • for a minimum of 6 months.
    • For more information, contact your local Jobcentre Plus.
  • Apprenticeship programmes

    • Apprenticeships provide work-based training to young people and adults who want to learn new skills and gain qualifications while working.
    • For more about apprenticeship programmes in Wales, go to, or phone 0800 100 900.
  • Help setting up in self-employment

    • Jobcentre Plus offices sometimes advertise details of self-employment possibilities for unemployed people, including contract work and commission-only vacancies. They may also be able to provide information on starting a small business or arranging a franchise. If you want information, you should speak to your personal adviser.
    • Jobcentre Plus offices can also refer you to your local Enterprise Club. Enterprise Clubs are run by local businesses and can give advice and support to unemployed people who want to start their own business. There is more information about Enterprise Clubs on the DWP website at:

    • In Wales, is a Welsh Government programme designed to help people who wish to start, maintain or expand a business in Wales. You can contact their helpline on 03000 6 03000. Their website is:
    • If you're aged between 18 and 30 and have a business idea, the Prince's Trust may be able to help with advice and funding. The website is:
    • For general advice about starting up in self-employment, see the self employment checklist.

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