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Pathways into employment

Most children and young people will cope well with transition through each phase of their educational journey and will move successfully into paid employment as they reach adulthood.

For some young people, the journey is more difficult as they may face barriers which disrupt their learning and attendance in education. They may require additional help and support in order to enable them to achieve their goals and aspirations.

There is also help and support available for adults who may be looking to change careers, get back into work, or looking for new opportunities through volunteering.

The Stepping Stones to Employment Model may help you or the person that you are supporting to navigate your way through the different provision and services that are available in Swindon who can help you move closer to employment, education or training.

The model is split into 5 sections:

  • Early Engagement
  • Getting into Education
  • Getting ready for Work
  • Getting into Work
  • Support to Stay in Work

It recognises that people are at different stages in their journey towards education, employment or training and provides information on the provision and services that are available to support you, wherever you are in that journey.

For those aged 16 or 17 years, please use this form to let us know whether you are in Education, Employment or Training (EET) or Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET): Notify SBC of your current EET status and if you need further support we will be in touch with you.

Youth Education, Employment and Training Hub

Swindon Borough Council are currently piloting a Youth Education, Employment and Training (YEET) Hub. This will provide a ‘one stop shop’ for young people who are not in education, employment or training or at risk of losing their employment, education or training provision. A number of partners are involved in this project including the Job Centre Plus (DWP), National Careers Service, Building Bridges, Supported Employment Service, Stonewater and local education and training providers and employers.

The official launch of the YEET Hub took place through our Learn Live event on Tuesday 20th October 2020. Don’t worry if you missed the event you can still view all of the content via the following link until October 2021: Swindon Youth Education, Employment and Training Hub

The YEET Hub provides a range of services, information and resources including face to face appointments (COVID permitting) and online support and information for anyone aged 16+ who is not in education, employment or training.

National Careers Service webinars

To provide some additional support to job seekers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the National Careers Service are running a series of free webinars throughout November 2020. More information, including a link to register for the events, is available from National Careers Service webinars.  

Support and provision available

This section provides examples and information on the types of support and provision that are available to all young people to enable them to succeed in life and work. To see a full list of support and provision, please follow this link: Skills, training, employment and volunteering

Swindon Borough Council does not endorse provision by sharing it on the Local Offer – we provide this service for your information and to bring together information on different provision so it is more accessible.

Whilst much of the provision is free, there may some costs associated with some of the provision that is listed.

There are a range of options to support you into education, employment or training which are outlined below:

Early engagement

This provides a range of training and support for young people who are not currently in education, employment or training and need some extra support to get them ready for education or employment. This type of support is available from the following providers:

Getting into education

Entry level courses up to higher education level study programmes and courses in a wide range of subjects. This type of support is available from the following providers:

Getting ready for employment

A range of employability and work skills training, vocational qualifications, volunteering, work experience, work based training, traineeships and supported employment. This type of support is available from the following providers:

Getting into employment

This includes apprenticeships, paid employment and self-employment. This type of support is available from the following providers:

Support to stay in work

A range of in-work support is available, including job coaching, access to work and upskilling/reskilling. This type of support is available from the following providers:

You can also view the skills, training, employment and volunteering section of the service directory for details of other opportunities and support available.

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