Merry Christmas


It’s our final blog of the year! Just where has this year gone?!

We’re hibernating over the festive period, with our office closing on Friday 23rd December 2016 at 5pm and reopening on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 8am.

The end of the year for many people is a time of reflection and here at Career Line HQ we thought it would be nice to reflect on our year.  Over the past year we have provided information, advice and guidance over the telephone to 981 people, of which 31% have achieved their goal of gaining employment, education or training.  It’s not just about the employment, training or education goals though. Many people have different goals of gaining confidence or knowing how to start their job search, and we have helped many people achieve these goals too.  Here’s a couple of the lovely comments we’ve received from our customers this year:

“Lauren was very personable and extremely helpful in exploring my options with me, making each step very easy and clear. I found the sessions massively useful as they stopped me procrastinating and played a big part in me taking very focused action. Thanks so much, Lauren!”

”  …. Leaving the army after a full career, then stepping into another career that doesn’t feel quite right in the long term, can have an effect on how you feel and to some extent, how to move forward.  I must have tweaked my CV several times and found it hard to navigate it towards other aspects of my skills set and indeed other career paths, whilst I know what you have done is a key part of your role, words do not express my thanks enough.”

This year we also celebrated our 2nd birthday.  The last two years we have seen a big change in careers advice and guidance and a big change in the local labour market.  In these last two years, we’ve grown our team and started our social media campaign resulting not just in a blog but also daily Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts.  We hope to grow this in the year to come.

We have had such a fantastic year and had the absolute pleasure of giving careers advice and guidance to brilliant people.  We will see you back in January, our next blog will be about reflecting and setting goals for the year ahead. We would like to thank you all for your following and support this year.  From everyone at Career Line we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

-Claire & the rest of Career Line


Further Education Funding


If you are thinking of gaining some further education qualifications it might not be as expensive as you think. You can ask your local college or training provider what help is available, as you may be eligible for different types of assistance. These are some of the schemes that are available.

Many colleges and training providers offer their own schemes so they may differ slightly, but they follow the Governments guidelines.

Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced learner loans are available for individuals aged 19 or above to undertake approved qualifications at Levels 3 to Level 6, at an approved provider in England. Check with your provider and they will be able to provide you with a learning and funding information letter, which will give you the essential information needed to apply.

Advanced Learner Loans Bursary

Apply to your college or training provider – each one has its own application process. How much you get depends on the provider’s scheme and your circumstances. You may receive help for travel or equipment.


If you have childcare responsibilities and no one can help whilst you attend your course, then depending on your circumstances you may be able to receive childcare assistance.

Generally there are two schemes. If you are 20 years or over you may be eligible or if 19 you could apply to Care to Learn.

College – Discretionary Learner Support Funds

If you are studying a level 1 or 2 course, and depending on your financial situation and how far you travel, your provider may have discretionary funds that you can apply for. They are usually for travel support but sometimes can be used for equipment.

-Mike, Careers Adviser