New return to work advice for carers

Friday, 01 October 2010

New return to work advice for carers

The Government’s adult careers service Next Step is now providing a new online service, helping adults make choices about which skills and courses are best suited to them.

The website includes advice for carers seeking to return to work:

It is part of a wider support programme, which also includes face to face and telephone services, offering advice to people looking to improve their careers and employment prospects.

Next Step offers independent and impartial help and advice about careers, skills and the labour market. It provides information about courses and financial support, data on labour market trends, and detailed information about occupations.

The website will include a section called ‘My Next Step’ where people can access a personal record of the qualifications they have achieved, their CV and organise their plans for learning and career development.

The website will also include a skills assessment tool to help people identify their strengths and skills gaps, and decide what kind of skills or courses they need to gain to achieve their career goals.

These resources will also be available by telephone and face to face, with additional expert guidance from professional careers advisers.


1.  Next Step has over 400 locations across England, a national freephone telephone service (0800 100 900 available between 8am-10pm 7 days a week) and an interactive web service.

2. The service has over 3000 careers advisors in place to help across the 400 locations.

3. Next Step is available to all adults aged 19 and over, (or 18 and over if a Jobcentre Plus customer) in England. Careers services in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are the responsibility of the Devolved Administrations.