Helping you into training and employment

We know the Covid-19 pandemic had an impact on secure employment in our local communities. That's why we've been working with partners across the region to support unemployed residents, especially those facing barriers to find a job.

We've also got a brand new initiative called ReNEW, for people living in Newark, Bilsthorpe, Clipstone, Edwinstowe, Ollerton and Boughton, offering personalised guidance, support and FREE courses!

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We continue to support residents in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham, Derby and Derbyshire into training and employment, so if you're aged 16 or over, unemployed, or looking for work, you can get support you and help with:

  • Careers advice and career change
  • Work preparation
  • Writing or updating your CV
  • Job application advice and help with application forms
  • Interview skills
  • Self-employment
  • Volunteering
  • Work placements
  • Apprenticeships
  • Information about courses and learning opportunities
  • Development of new skills
  • Qualifications in maths and English
  • Qualifications in IT

We can even help you with the costs of starting a new job.

We've also got a brand new initiative called ReNEW, for people living in Newark, Bilsthorpe, Clipstone, Edwinstowe, Ollerton and Boughton, offering personalised guidance, support and FREE courses!

Job Clubs

Did you know that some of our libraries host regular Job Clubs?

Our libraries provide a range of facilities and support to help job seekers to find work and improve employment skills, including bookable PCs and free Wi-Fi accessed using your library card. You can also access free support and advice at our Job Clubs.

Find your local Job Club


If you're aged between 16 and 24 (or 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan), have little to no work experience, and are currently unemployed, you could be eligible for a Traineeship. Traineeships are a great way to gain high quality experience in an industry that you are interested in. A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a significant work experience placement and contains vital training and study to support you to develop your employability skills and ensure you are ready for the world of work or further study, such as moving into an apprenticeship.

Find out more on our Traineeships page.

Multiply your skills and confidence

Sometimes, we forget how much maths is involved in our daily lives. From work, household budgeting to helping kids with their homework - our FREE, informal courses can help you grow your confidence with numbers.

Find out more and browse Multiply courses.

Thinking about a career in IT?

Join our FREE Skills Bootcamp!

Our Skills Bootcamp in User Experience/User Interface (UX/UI), run over 12 weeks. Along the way you will benefit from support in finding employment in the sector, and at the end you will receive a Level 3 qualification, recognised by employers - a great addition to your CV!  This Bootcamp is FREE to all adults over the age of 19* - employed or unemployed.

There are no entry requirements or experience necessary, plus you'll get FREE specialist support into IT/Software careers.

New courses for Autumn 2023

Our inspiring new course guide for September - December 2023 is packed with opportunities featuring hundreds of courses for work, life and leisure. 

Courses are low cost or FREE* and held at your local library or community venue, and because we want to make sure as many people as possible can access our fantastic courses, we also offer many courses online, so you can join from the comfort of your own home, via Zoom.

Courses include maths, English and ESOLwork skills courses, and Level 1, 2 and 3 accredited qualifications that are recognised by employers.

Browse courses by category.

*certain eligibility criteria apply.

Distance Learning

We understand that you may need a learning arrangement that is more flexible than some of our courses run on set days and times,  which is why some of our courses are offered on a distance learning basis. 

Find out more about distance learning with Inspire.

Find out more

To find out how Inspire Learning can help you into training and employment, call 01623 677 200 or email 

You can also get in touch with our Employability Advisor, Sue McDonald by calling on 07917 827 802.