Support with work and training
The right job can make all the difference when it comes to making ends meet.
Help finding a job
Help finding a job: links to job search websites, including working with us, plus advice from GOV.UK.
Use the ‘Find a job’ service to search and apply for full or part-time jobs.
Apply online for council and school jobs
Jobs from a variety of employers including:
- Luton Council
- Luton Culture
- Active Luton
- Luton Youth Offending Service
- some schools based within Luton and Central Bedfordshire
Connect2Luton: has access to all general temporary agency roles at Luton Council before they go to external agencies.
There are opportunities for gaining new skills and qualifications to help boost your CV and job applications.
Luton Adult Learning
Luton Adult Learning is your community learning provider.
Whether you are looking to find an apprenticeship, a new job, gain a promotion, have the knowledge and understanding to support your children at school, work with your local community, develop a hobby or improve your confidence they have something for you.
Improve your skills
Luton Adult Learning Passport to Employment is a series of employability workshops that will help you design an outstanding CV, prepare for interviews and help you improve your confidence.
The National Careers Service can help you to make decisions on learning, training and work at all stages in your career.
- Skills assessment: learn more about your skills and match them to potential new careers.
- Find a course: look for learning and training opportunities local to you.
- Free courses to help develop your digital and numeracy skills for work on ‘The Skills Toolkit’.
The Department for Education’s Skills for Life website can help you find new learning opportunities and qualifications to improve your chances of finding work.
Prince's Trust training programmes
Training programmes from the Prince's Trust help young people gain the skills they need for employment.
Join a free programme to develop your skills and confidence to find a job or start a business.
Help with learning costs
There are different types of funding:
- Grants and bursaries - these do not have to be paid back
- 16 to 19 Bursary Fund you could get a bursary to help with education-related costs if you’re aged 16 to 19
- Learner Support - for people 19 or over
- Advanced Learning Loans - for people 24 or over
- Loans for work-related training from your employer - ask your employer
The National Careers Service (NCS) provides careers information, advice and guidance. They can help you to make decisions on learning, training and work at all stages in your career.
- Explore careers, find out what a job involves and if it’s right for you.
- Making career choices, whether you're starting your career, changing jobs or working out your next step, get advice to make the right choice for you.
- Getting a job, be successful in the recruitment process with tips on great CVs, interviews and graduate scheme applications.
- Progressing your career, move up in your career by developing new skills. Find opportunities like volunteering and online learning.
Apprenticeships are now widely recognised. They are an opportunity to learn while you earn and improve your career prospects.
Becoming an apprentice, find out how apprenticeships work, what you’ll get and how to apply.
Apprenticeship opportunities in Luton
Universal Credit and work
You may still be able to receive Universal Credit payments when you start work or increase your earnings. You will continue to receive Universal Credit until your earnings are high enough, at which point your payments will stop. That amount will depend on your circumstances.
Paying for childcare
If you need help with the cost of childcare, there are various options available. You can also use the government’s childcare calculator to see what you might be entitled to.
Childcare Choices also provides information about all the schemes available to help with childcare costs, including for school age children, before and after school and in the holidays.
- Access to Work: get support if you have a disability or health condition
- Benefits and financial support if you're looking for work
- Finding a job
- Help with moving from benefits to work
- Looking for work if you're disabled
- Redundancy pay calculator