Supporting you (back) into work with skills and qualifications

Opportunities to start and change your career

If you are are a jobseeker or unemployed we provide a range of short courses and programmes to help you (back) into employment across a wide range of industries.

Many of our courses are delivered remotely, and offer skills for work together with support for writing your CV and interview techniques to help you successfully progress.

Shaw Trust Academies

The Academies are here to support you in reskilling, or upskilling, in your career. Each Academy offers a different programme and operate on a national or regional basis depending on the needs of the sector or regional demands. Shaw Trust’s experienced staff can provide support that might include the following, depending on the Academy chosen:

  • Career planning and guidance.
  • Signposting to training.
  • Work experience.
  • Support for your mental health and wellbeing.
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Connecting Choices

Our Connecting Choices programme provides support for those furthest from the job market in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

We support disadvantaged people by opening doors to opportunity and breaking down barriers into training, education, volunteering and work through personalised coaching sessions based on your needs.

Meet some of the people we have supported

Our courses and programmes support people to gain skills and qualifications to progress into employment.

We make it personal, putting care into developing and progressing careers.

Paula lost her job due to Covid-19 and after completing a customer service course was offered a supervisory role in retail.
Read Paula's Story
Unemployed for four years, with the support of one our programmes Ryan has started his career in Health and Social Care.
Read Ryan's Story
Our projects supporting unemployed people and jobseekers to progress into work are funded by European Social Fund, Education and Skills Funding Agency and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Contact us

Please complete the form below and one of our team will get in touch with you to discuss further.

Alternatively please contact us at or 01245 254 875.

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