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Helping you get on in work and life

The National Careers Service offers fully-funded, personalised careers information, advice and guidance services to help you make decisions about careers, courses and work. Whatever stage you have reached in your career our qualified careers advisers are here to help. 

We continue to support customers who have been affected by COVID-19 through a range of accessible delivery including one-to-one sessions via telephone, webinars and other digital channels.

Adviza is the Prime Contractor for the South West and Oxfordshire Region covering Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Bath, Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

Thank you for the webinar held earlier today it was most appreciated. It is an excellent concept and forum. It allows us to focus in on companies that are recruiting. Please keep doing it - a breath of fresh air - excellent!! Adult customer being made redundant

What we offer

We provide free personalised information, advice and guidance to help you get into work or progress in your career. We do this by helping you: 

  • Explore your career options
  • Understand the local job market
  • Develop or enhance your CV
  • Search and apply for local jobs
  • Identify local opportunities including volunteering
  • Develop your interview skills
  • Apply for training and online learning
  • Build your confidence.

Our careers advisers can help you plan for your future, be more confident about your skills and more prepared to deal with changes you can’t predict.

The National Careers Service website offers online tools such as skills assessments to match your skills to jobs that might suit you, as well as a careers advice section with advice on CVs and interview techniques and how to look for jobs. 

The Skills Toolkit is a new online platform, giving you easy access to free, high quality digital and numeracy courses to help you build up your skills, progress in work and boost your job prospects. The platform offers a range of courses at all levels, from introductory to advanced and it’s open to everyone.

We run webinars for job seekers on a range of topics including CVs, interviews and transferable skills. You'll find details of our latest sessions below:

South West Webinars January 2021
Gloucestershire Webinars January 2021
Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Webinars January 2021

We provide local labour market information for the South West and Oxfordshire to include data on local employers, growth sectors, apprenticeships, average salaries and qualification levels.

I have accepted a new job! Your advice was brilliant in helping me tailor my CV, application to the job at hand and also how to get round certain bits at interview! Customer in Oxfordshire

Who it's for

Our Helpline is available by phone, online, email and text for anyone aged 13 and over.

Adults aged 19+ (or aged 18 if not in education, employment or training) needing more support may be eligible for a free, appointment via telephone or online.

I managed to gain some confidence, which I lacked before our meeting. Thanks to you I am to change my career after three years of fruitless search. I have happily found the job I wanted and being offered a new exciting opportunity. Customer in Oxfordshire

We also help local employers making redundancies to support their staff and ensure a smooth transition into new work. Find out more about our Regional Redeployment Service in association with local LEPs.

Contact us

Call 0800 100 900 (Monday to Friday: 8am-8pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm) to speak to an adviser, visit our website and connect with us on social media: Twitter and Facebook

You can also speak to an adviser on our webchat by clicking the logo below:

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