We’re helping jobseekers of all ages and backgrounds get the skills and confidence they need to land the job they want – and stand out from the crowd.

Over 3,400 18 to 24-year-olds have completed our Work Ready training programme since 2014 and more than half have gone on to further education, apprenticeships or jobs. This year, we transformed the programme to support jobseekers of all ages and took the usual face-to face training online to overcome Covid-19 restrictions and bring benefit to a larger number of jobseekers.  

In addition to those who attended our Work Ready training programme, over 2,800 people attended live webinars on subjects like how to write a great CV, interview well, and stand out throughout the application and selection process. More than 600 have viewed our webinars with expert partners LinkedIn Learning and Apprentice Nation. Over 850 people joined introductory skills webinars that we ran in partnership with Jobcentre Plus to help them keep up with the surge in demand from new jobseekers.

Drag queen Divina de Campo
Drag queen Divina de Campo

Stand Out Skills

Our research found that by the beginning of 2021, jobseekers had applied unsuccessfully for 14 roles on average during the pandemic year. Four in five of the 2,000 we surveyed said the job search had affected their mental wellbeing. And just 22% were confident their CV and covering letter would stand out from others. 

Through our Stand Out Skills campaign, we’ve provided daily support for jobseekers to help them develop their confidence and enable their skills to stand out at every step of their job search. The campaign reached more than 468,000 people. Presenter Anita Rani, comedian Iain Stirling and drag queen Divina De Campo fronted the 28-day campaign in January and February 2021. It included expert tips, videos, vlogs and webinars on how to shine at every stage of the job search – from polishing CVs and LinkedIn profiles to networking, applications and interviews.