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The National Careers Service provides information, confidential and impartial advice to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. 

Skills Health Check is available to help you explore your skills, interests and motivations and help you decide what kind of jobs might be right for you.You’ll be able to download your report once you’ve completed at least one assessment.

Also available is an A-Z Job Profile database to help you find out what a job involves and if it will suit you.

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  • All
  • Employment
  • Finding a Job
  • Redundancy
  • Starting Your Own Business
  • Training & Education
  • Work Pensions & Retirement
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  • All
  • Employment
  • Finding a Job
  • Redundancy
  • Starting Your Own Business
  • Training & Education
  • Work Pensions & Retirement
Work Pensions & Retirement

PLANNING YOUR RETIREMENT INCOME

More than half of people in the UK either aren’t saving at all for their retirement or they aren’t saving nearly enough to give them the standard of living they hope for when they retire. Could you afford to live on only your State Pension. The last thing your retirement …

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Redundancy

WHAT IS REDUNDANCY?

Redundancy is a form of dismissal from your job. It happens when employers need to reduce their workforce. You must be selected for redundancy in a fair way, e.g. because of your level of experience or capability to do the job.

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Employment

EMPLOYMENT TERMS AND RIGHTS

By law, every employee, whether full-time, part-time, agency worker or freelancer, is entitled to a certain set of basic rights and conditions at work. These basic rights are separate from any rights granted by an employment contract.

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Starting Your Own Business

INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A BUSINESS

If you have been made redundant, or cannot find a job after school, university or leaving the Armed Forces, why not consider starting your own business? Starting up a business can provide you with a more rewarding life, but there are no guarantees.

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Training & Education

NATIONAL CAREERS SERVICE

The National Careers Service offers face-to-face help and advice on training, learning and working. Its adviser’s can also help you to understand the job market, search and apply for jobs, find funding to help with learning costs, develop your CV and help you improve your interview and presentation skills.

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Finding a Job

CV WRITING, COVERING LETTER & APPLICATION FORMS

A CV is a short list of facts that allows you to show an employer what skills and experience you have. You also need to think about the covering letter you will send when applying for a job.

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Finding a Job

INTERVIEW SKILLS

An interview is a discussion between you and a potential employer to allow the employer to find out if you can do the job. You can increase your chances of making a good impression by planning ahead on how you will sell yourself during the interview.

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Work Pensions & Retirement

TYPES OF PENSION

There are three main types of pensions, namely State Pension, Personal Pensions and Workplace Pensions. Under Government legislation you may be automatically enrolled in a workplace pension but even if you are you can opt out and make your own pension arrangements or supplement the workplace pension with one or …

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Redundancy

YOUR REDUNDANCY RIGHTS

If you’re being made redundant, you should be eligible for certain rights, including redundancy pay, a period of notice with pay, a consultation with your employer, the option to move into a different job and time off to find a new job.

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Employment

INCOME TAX

Income Tax is a tax on income. Not all income is taxable and you’re only taxed on ‘taxable income’ above a certain level. However there are reliefs and allowances that can reduce the amount of tax you pay and in some cases mean you’ve no tax to pay.

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Starting Your Own Business

WHERE TO START

Thousands of people set up their own businesses every year. Some do it because they want to work for themselves, others because they have a great idea and have spotted a gap in the market.

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Training & Education

TRAINEESHIPS

Government funded traineeships support young people to develop the skills they need to secure and succeed in employment, including apprenticeships. They last between six weeks and six months, and combine work experience with skills training.

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Work Pensions & Retirement

STATE PENSION

The State Pension gives you a regular income for the rest of your life. You can claim it when you reach State Pension age. However, you need to have paid enough National Insurance contributions in order to be paid the full State Pension.

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Redundancy

REDUNDANCY PAY

If your employer operates a Redundancy Scheme you will be entitled to Contractual Redundancy Pay as detailed in your Contract of Employment. Otherwise if you have worked continuously for your employer for at least two years from the age of 16, you are entitled to Statutory Redundancy Pay.

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Employment

WORKPLACE DISPUTES AND GRIEVANCES

Problems with your employer are usually either grievances – when you raise your concerns, problems or complaints with your employer or disciplinaries – when your employer has concerns about your work, conduct or absence.

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Starting Your Own Business

BUSINESS PLAN

A business plan is a written document that describes your business. It covers objectives, strategies, sales, marketing and financial forecasts. You’ll need a business plan if you want to secure investment or a loan from a bank.

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Training & Education

PRINCE’S TRUST

The Prince’s Trust helps 18-30 year olds who have struggled at school, been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. The Trust can also provide financial support to help young people start up a business.

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Finding a Job

ONLINE RECRUITMENT

Many employers now only advertise their vacancies on websites and expect you to apply online. The biggest and most widely recognised on-line websites list thousands of jobs covering all types of vacancies in one place.

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Work Pensions & Retirement

ADDITIONAL STATE PENSION (SECOND STATE PENSION)

The Additional State Pension is paid on top of the basic State Pension and is based on earnings. Known as State Second Pension (S2P) it was originally known as the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme (SERPS).

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Redundancy

AFTER REDUNDANCY

Coping with redundancy can be stressful but there are a number of things that can be done to ease the burden of managing your finances. You may be entitled to certain State Benefits as well as Income Tax rebates.

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