Skills development is a priority for us and we work closely with local businesses on apprenticeships and work-place training. There are a number of support schemes available to both businesses and the general public including recruitment and training programmes.

For graduate recruitment, Keele University ( and Staffordshire University (  have more than 25,000 students in key subjects like engineering, IT, science, technology and medicine. Our colleges have seen huge investment and play a major role in providing local companies with the right skills. Another 30 universities are within an hour’s drive including world-class institutions in Manchester, Birmingham, Warwick, Nottingham, Liverpool, Sheffield and Leicester.

The LEP runs the Education, Employment and Skills Board which has a role in leading on achieving the objective for a skilled workforce in the area. The board is part of the LEP's ESF delivery programme which is due to run until 2020.

JET (The Jobs, Enterprise and Training Service)

Established in 2008, the Jobs Enterprise and Training service (JET) is an integral part of the City Council's Employment, Learning and Skills division. The JET team have extensive links with employers, specialist training providers, voluntary sector organisations, schools, colleges and health providers, from whom complementary and existing provision can be accessed or additional provision for learning, qualifications or personal support can be purchased on a spot basis.

Although it is based in the City Centre, JET operates outreach services in all communities across the city and offers work-based advice and guidance that is tailored to meet specific needs of each individual.

We also have an employer-facing job brokerage service, which provides recruitment support for local businesses. This team will work with customers who are deemed ‘work ready’ across all JET programmes and will source / match individuals to appropriate local vacancies sourced by a team of Employment Brokers. The team prepare people for employment via delivery of CV construction sessions, application support, interview techniques workshops and mock interviews.

We offer a number of programmes of support to suit your individual needs and circumstances.

National Careers Service

Those who need advice regarding career progression, or progression onto a course can meet with a careers advisor for 1:1 support and advice. They can support with developing a CV, job seeking and enhancing interview skills.

Connecting Choices

This project is to help unemployed people get into volunteering, education, training or employment in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. The Connecting Choices operates as on outreach service in local communities. The programme involves coaching, training, digital skills sessions, financial workshops and webinars and personal development sessions.

Skills Support for Redundancy

The SSR programme provides access to funded skills training, retraining and careers guidance to help get people back into employment. We offer a range of Employability-focussed workshops and regulated qualifications via our internal partners, Learn4Work and Adult and Community Learning.

Positive Directions

Positive Directions can help young people age 15 to 24, who are not in employment, education or training, to acquire new skills and experiences while meeting new people and growing in self-confidence.

To access any of the above programmes please contact the JET team on 01782 231215

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire- The Careers and Enterprise Company

The purpose of the Careers and Enterprise Company Enterprise Adviser Network is to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and the schools and colleges in their area. The network will help stimulate more employer engagement where required by connecting schools and colleges with employers and careers programme providers and supporting them to work together to provide young people with effective and high-quality encounters with the world of work.

Enterprise Coordinators support a group of senior business volunteers, known as Enterprise Advisers, who they match with one of the school or colleges in the network. Enterprise Advisers use their knowledge of the local business landscape to support the head teacher and careers team to develop an effective careers strategy, plan and programme and to create opportunities with their business contacts in the area for their school or college’s students.

Become an enterprise advisor
If you’re interested to get involved in any capacity in supporting the network or school engagement whether as an Enterprise Adviser or supporting with the delivery of careers related activities please email: Paul Williams (Careers Hub Manager)


The Stoke-on-Trent Careers Team work in partnership with local schools and colleges to provide independent Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance to every young person aged 11 and 19 and to 24 years old with a learning difficulty or disability.

The Careers Team can support with:

  • Career choice and planning
  • Qualifications and how to choose the appropriate course
  • College/university/apprenticeship applications
  • Training courses
  • Job applications
  • CVs
  • Employability courses and qualifications
  • Preparing for job interviews

To access support you can contact the team via telephone, text and email.

Telephone: 01782 237747

Text: 07879 115678


Adult Community Learning

Adult Community Learning offers a range of courses to support residents to gain the qualifications they need for employment and for life. The courses help people to improve their confidence and soft skills as well as the qualifications they need to help their CV stand out.

We offer courses in a variety of subjects including:

  • Functional Skills English, maths and ICT
  • ESOL
  • First Aid
  • Digital Skills
  • Photography
  • Art

In addition, 2020 see’s the introduction of our new distance learning qualifications which help to prepare people for work or to help gain new work related skills and qualifications. There are a range of courses available online and the list continues to grow on a regular basis.

For more information about any of the courses we offer, please contact the Engagement Team on

01782 234775, or by email to


Learn4Work is a training provider based in the centre of Stoke- on- Trent and is part of Stoke on Trent City Council’s Employment, Learning and Skills Team. We offer 3 different types of provision; Study Programmes, Traineeships and Apprenticeships.

The Study Programme and Traineeships help young people to get ready for an apprenticeship or a job if they do not have the skills and experience needed. Learn4Work help to prepare learners for the world of work through skills development and a work placement.

Learn4Work tutors support apprentices through their excellent subject knowledge and relevant industry and commercial experience. They support apprentices throughout the duration of their apprenticeship and form strong relationships with both the apprentice and employer. Our achievement rates are higher than the national average and progressions from apprenticeships are high.

For more information contact the team at

Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service

The Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service is being co-ordinated by the National Careers Service and partners across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

The service supports businesses and employees experiencing redundancies as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The service will match those recently made redundant with new work in sectors that are experiencing a surge in employment demand.

Referral process

  • If you have been made redundant or are at risk of redundancy contact us now on 0121 296 5550 or email
  • If you are an employer whose staff are at risk of redundancy, please call 07879 603635
  • If you require support to fill urgent vacancies, please call 07879 603635

Skills Hub

The Skills Hub is funded by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP and has been created to support employers to find the skills and training they need to help them grow and thrive.

The Skills Hub Impartial Skills Brokers help employers to identify their skills needs and signpost them to support available. As part of the package of support, the Skills Hub can offer grant funding for a variety of courses. The 48% match funded grant covers up to £5k of training costs which can be used to cover the cost of bespoke training.

For more information please visit the website below.