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Redundancy and Retraining

Looking at your options is a great way to start looking at your new career, your new future, the next step. You will need to decide what your expectations are going to be, if you are prepared to compromise and what you are willing to sacrifice to get it.

These are some questions you can ask of yourself – and you have to be honest

  • Are you leader or follower- this will imply whether you have the drive to be managing a team or part of it. Neither answer is wrong but it gives you and idea where you need . It is no point stressing your self out as a manager when you really do not want that level of responsibility.
  • Are your skills practical or are you an academic?
  • Do you need to have more qualifications? you can find out about courses and colleges from your local Jobcentre Plus
  • Are you able to teach others skills?
  • Are you good at net working ? Do you have a large group of friends who you can look to for help with finding a new job?
  • Are you able to move to the other end of the country – do you have family who would be affected?
  • Do you want to serve as an apprentice in an entirely new role?
  • What hours are you looking for flexi, full time, nights?
  • Do you want to start up your own business?

If you have been made redundant and are considering setting up a business venture you can seek advice and help from your local Business Link.

Their helpline is:  0845 600 9 006


If you are a young person between the ages of 18 and 30 you can apply to the Prince’s Trust if you have a business idea which you need help and advice with


If you are a young person aged 16-18 there are a variety of work based training schemes for you such as

  • apprenticeship programmes
  • National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) training in England
  • Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Scotland
  • Entry to employment (e2e) in England
  • Get Ready for Work Programme in Scotland
  • preparatory training

you can access these by contact Young Peoples learning Agency http://www.ypla.gov.uk/

There are specific apprenticeship websites for both young people and adults who would like to learn new skills / retrain / or gain qualifications.

Flexible New Deal

The Flexible New Deal is the updated version of the “New Deal” which comprised of a number of options for people who were out of work and claiming benefits. This updated version superceeds the majority of other new deal schemes and is due to be expanded to cover the whole of UK by October 2010

This updated version is to help you find a job or get the training you need to find a job – this is now a compulsory scheme which means if you meet the criteria you will need to become  actively involved. More details can be found on the www.direct.gov.uk. Website.

There is a multitude of help out there for people who want to work, help with benefits, retraining, job interviews, you will be able to claim the cost of your travel to the interviews allsorts of assistance. However if you are not prepared to even try to help yourself your benefits may be affected.

Work Trials

The government are offering long term unemployed the opportunity to work for certain companies for a 30 day trial period during which time you can give the job a trial and likewise they you, to see if you would like to take the job on a permanent basis. This is a great win, win option you get to see if this is the right course of action for you and likewise the company get the option of having an employee who is committed to the work

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