Free Resources

Here you can find some free resources to help you with your future
Employment Resources

Job Search Websites

The Job Centre online can be found here – https://www.jobcentreonline.com

Apply Direct is a website with a search facility straight to the employers who advertise, so no agency to go through – ApplyDirect

Civil Service Job Searchhttps://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi

The National Careers Service help you to choose or change career, skills tests, course search, job search advice, personalised help from careers advisers – National Careers Service

Agency Workers regulation and guidance PDF – Agency Worker Regulations

Self-Employment Resources

Types of self-employment.  The different types of business you can set up – https://www.gov.uk/set-up-business

Guidance on setting up a private Limited Company in the UKhttps://www.gov.uk/limited-company-formation

Setting up a private Ltd company online is easy to do and for a cost that is much less than you probably expected.  There are a number of online organisations that you can do this with, such as https://www.companiesmadesimple.com/

Differences between a sole trader and a private Ltd company.  There are several differences between choosing to be a Sole Trader or a Ltd company, which are outlined here: https://www.companiesmadesimple.com/sole-trader-v-limited-company.html

Startups is an excellent website for anyone considering starting up in business.  There is a wealth of information on the website and it has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2000 – https://startups.co.uk

Start Up Donut is another great site for business start-up information and resources – https://www.startupdonut.co.uk/

The Great British Business Show Packed full of the very best speakers, features, innovations, education and opportunities in the business world; the event is dedicated to guiding start-ups, SMEs and large corporations on their business journey. Attracting 25,000 businesses to London twice a year, the show is completely free to attend and provides world-class expertise on everything needed to improve, evolve or expand a business in any department or industry – http://www.greatbritishbusinessshow.co.uk/

Personal Development Resources

Your rights for training and study at workhttps://www.gov.uk/training-study-work-your-rights

Finding training courses online

www.findcourses.co.uk

www.skillstraininguk.com

Alison is a leading provider of free online training courses – https://alison.com/

The Virtual College has a wealth of online courses – https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/courses

The Open University is a great place to study whilst still at work and take qualifications with you when you leave – http://www.open.ac.uk

Financial Resources

www.thesalarycalculator.co.uk

Perhaps you’re thinking of applying for a job and you want to know what difference the change in pay will make to you, which could be affected by any pension you receive. Maybe you want to know what salary will support your intended lifestyle. The tax calculator will help you see how the government’s deductions impact what you get to take home.

Business start-up loans provided by a government scheme – https://www.startuploans.co.uk/

Grants and bursaries for adult learners are explained on the government website – https://www.gov.uk/grant-bursary-adult-learners

Professional career development loans are explained on the government website – https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans

Discretionary Learner Support is explained on the government website – https://www.gov.uk/discretionary-learner-support

The Money Advice Service explains how and where you can get free financial help and information – https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/free-financial-advice-your-options

The Citizens Advice Bureau explains about obtaining financial advice with debts – https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money/getting-financial-advice/

Planning your retirement income is explained on the government website – https://www.gov.uk/plan-retirement-income/get-financial-advice

Volunteering Resources

By volunteering, you can gain experience for you CV that you may feel you are lacking.  Almost all voluntary organisations have full-time paid employed roles, so you by starting as a volunteer, you could gain credibility, create an impression and eventually land a full-time job from it.  Voluntary work is a great way to add to your skills and work experience; it also shows you in a positive light for being willing to give up some time for free.

The following organisations have voluntary roles that we be ideal for anyone leaving the police service as a way of enhancing your prospects.

Crimestoppers

There are many good reasons to volunteer for Crimestoppers. It will empower you to take action against crime in communities, it will offer you the opportunity to develop skills, it will allow you to get involved in a variety of activities and you’ll get to meet and network with other community-minded volunteers.

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/get-involved/volunteer-for-crimestoppers/current-volunteering-roles/

UN Volunteers

NV is active in around 130 countries every year. With Field Presences in over 80 countries, UNV is represented worldwide. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP Executive Board.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.

UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. With Field Presences in over 80 countries, UNV is represented worldwide. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP Executive Board.

https://www.unv.org/

Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters develop and deliver high impact volunteer-led solutions across the UK in response to some of the most difficult challenges facing individuals and their communities today. They engage more than 30,000 volunteers and 90,000 beneficiaries every year through 180 active programmes across the UK.

https://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/

The Conservation Volunteers

TCV works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone – communities where activities have a lasting impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.

Whether improving wellbeing, conserving a well-loved outdoor space or bringing people together to promote social cohesion, combat loneliness or enhance employment prospects, TCV works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real-life challenges they face.

https://www.tcv.org.uk/

Do-it

The UK’s national volunteering database, Do-it.org makes it easy for anyone to volunteer in their community.

https://do-it.org/

Royal Voluntary Service

More than 25,000 dedicated community volunteers deliver services and activities that help older people live the life they want to. They make a massive difference within their communities and are committed to helping older people to have independent and fulfilled lives. Whether it’s taking an older person to the shops, delivering books or even walking their dog – you can help.

https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/volunteer

Reach Volunteering

Promotes the benefits of skills-based volunteering, attracting prospective volunteers and encouraging non-profits to engage skilled volunteers in their work.  Reach enables professionals and non-profits to find their ideal volunteering match, supporting the process to increase the impact of each volunteer placement.

They cover trusteeship, mentoring, advisory, operational roles, short term projects – in fact any type of volunteering that requires professional expertise. Professionals are keen to volunteer their expertise for many reasons such as making a difference to a cause they care about, developing new skills or finding purpose in retirement. Whatever the motivation, volunteering is proven to increase wellbeing amongst volunteers.

https://reachvolunteering.org.uk/

Victim Support

Victim Support’s specialist teams deliver tailored support to help people recover from the effects of crime and traumatic events. They speak up for victims’ rights, ensuring their needs are met in the criminal justice system.

https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/