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Reach your potential

Your learning journey starts here.  Each year we help hundreds of people get back to work, change career, learn new skills and start new businesses.  You are guided every step of the way by a team of experienced mentors, careers advisors and tutors.

LearningLinks_careeradviceCareers advice

Our careers advisers offer you one-to-one guidance to help you make the right choices about learning, employment and achieving your goals.

This service is free for people aged 18 or over living in the wider Portsmouth region and Isle of Wight.

Our National Careers Service is here for you if you are:

  • A school leaver, in college or university
  • Unemployed
  • Looking for change in career

We can help you:

  • choose a career
  • change careers
  • get back to work

Training: we can help you work out which skills you need

  • Learn more to earn more: progress in your current job
  • Choose training and courses that are right for you
  • Find out about funding to support your learning
  • Improve your reading, writing or maths skills

Get that job: we give you the support you need to succeed

  • Developing your CV
  • Improving your interview and presentation skills
  • Learning about the local employment market

Make an appointment to get one-to-one support with our National Careers Service team or for more information:

info@learninglinks.co.uk  |  02392 496 460 (Portsmouth) | 01983 527 529 (Isle of Wight)

The National Careers Service website has lots of free resources including a free skills check, CV builder and ideas of key jobs for the future.

Breaking out of long-term unemployment

We work with people who have been out of work for 12 months or more.  We understand that being unemployed can wreak havoc on your confidence, sense of self-worth and well-being. Our mentors can help you by preparing you for work and helping you get a job. We place 25 long-term unemployed people on average into work each month.  If you are unemployed, we can help you. This service is free of charge.

The average time people are on our work programme is 6-8 months before they successfully get a job.  We can do the same for you.  When you get in touch, we will assign you a mentor and they work with you, one-on-one, giving you the help and support you need.

Additionally, we organise work experience and employment opportunities with local employers to help you get ahead. We also offer group training in:

• CV and letter writing

• Team building

• Presentation skills

• Interview techniques

• Assisted job search

For more information about our Work Programme, please contact us:

info@learninglinks.co.uk  |  02392 296 460 (Portsmouth)  |01983 527529 (Isle of Wight)

Looking for the ideal candidate?

We work with local employers to help find the right person to fill a specific vacancy. This free-of-charge service can save you and your company time and money as we find the candidates with the appropriate skills, qualifications and values.

For more information, contact our experienced team on:

info@learninglinks.co.uk  |  02392 296 460 (Portsmouth)  |  01983 527529 (Isle of Wight)

LeraningLinks_over50sSupport for over 50s (Isle of Wight)

We support people aged 50 and over, who feel isolated, are unemployed or at risk of redundancy.

If you are looking for employment or simply want to meet people in a friendly and positive environment, please get in touch.  Time and time again, people tell us that they feel very well supported during our workshops, more confident afterwards and ready to take on new challenges.

We also aim to encourage the Isle of Wight’s businesses to become truly age-friendly.

To see our most recent workshop dates, click here.

We offer the following opportunities:

  • Workshops (free of charge)
    • IT in the workplace: build your IT skills
    • Networking
    • Support to set up your own business
  • Volunteering
  • Employment Panel

Workshops and tutor sessions: It’s all about learning new skills, joining in activities and getting out of the house.  If you are unemployed and want to work, we can also help you overcome any barriers you face to employment by meeting training needs and encouraging you to learn new skills.

Come and join us.  Click to download details of our current workshops. You can also find out about our workshops on Facebook.

Volunteering opportunities:  Our volunteers help deliver the tutor sessions and give peer-to-peer support. If you would like to get involved, we give you full training and make sure you have the on-going support you need.  Contact us to learn more – details below.

Employment Panel: This panel meets monthly and is made up of over 50s from all walks of life.  Amongst the panel members are people in work, people who are unemployed, local employers and other members of the community.

The panel members use their experiences, skills and knowledge to identify factors which impact on social isolation and employment for older people on the Isle of Wight. The panel advises, informs and promotes the voice of older people to local employers and groups.

Contact us to learn more:

info@learninglinks.co.uk  |  01983 527529

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Health problems holding you back?

We can help you start your own business.  If you have health problems and have struggled to get or keep a job, this could be for you.  We offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help you start and grow your own business.

With our help, you can achieve an ambition and improve life for you and your family.  To help us deliver this project, we have partnered with Shaping the Future of Portsmouth, an affiliation of business people in the city. Shaping the Future of Portsmouth run business clinics and help mentor our budding entrepreneurs.

Contact us to learn more:

info@learninglinks.co.uk  | 02392 296 460 (Portsmouth) | 01983 527529 (Isle of Wight)

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