Covid-19:Employment Support

Covid-19: Employment Support

National Support Available

National Careers Service

  • Information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. Find out more.
  • Help to get a job, advice on where to search, how to apply, CVs and interviews. Find out more.
  • Anyone who would like personalised advice can contact the National Careers Service for free, expert advice from a career’s adviser. The service is open from 8am to 10pm seven days a week and can be contacted by calling 0800 100 900, visiting or searching for the National Careers Service on Facebook and Twitter.

Find A Job

The Government’s Find-a-Job service includes thousands of vacancies across the UK, with more added each day across a range of different roles. More than 144,000 employers are already signed up and posting jobs online. Find out more.

Feed The Nation and Deliver To The Nation

Staffline Recruitment and PeoplePlus are supporting supermarkets and supply chains by responding to the increased demand in temporary job requirements. They are responding to this unprecedented challenge in the form of a nationwide recruitment campaign, to support the UK’s essential services, including food supply, retail and delivery.

As part of this campaign certain free training is also available.

Skills Toolkit

The Skills Toolkit is a new online learning platform launched by the Government. It gives people access to free, high quality digital and numeracy courses, to help them build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects. Digital skills are becoming increasingly essential across a vast array of jobs and sectors in the modern workforce, with three quarters (75%) of all job openings requiring at least basic digital skills. Boosting the nation’s digital skills is a first step towards recovery, helping people build up the skills employers need and boosting growth and productivity. Find out more here

Cheshire and Warrington Support Available

New Leaf

As a National Lottery and European funded programme, New Leaf works with multiple partners across Warrington and Cheshire to support residents into work or training, manage their money and benefits, as well as gain much needed confidence.

The New Leaf programme can offer various services:

  • 1-2-1 mentoring
  • Skills building
  • Mental health support

Online Careers Fairs

The Cheshire and Warrington Pledge are working with DWP and JobCentre Plus to host virtual online careers fairs. Each fair will be focused on vacancies and training in a specific area of Cheshire and Warrington.

The latest information and future dates for these fairs can be found here.

Free Training with Coursera

The Cheshire and Warrington LEP working with local partners including Job Centre Plus have partnered with Coursera to provide free, online learning resources to up to 10,000 users across Cheshire and Warrington. There are more than 4,100 courses available to unemployed people living in Cheshire and Warrington.

The Coursera courses are being provided free for unemployed residents to sign up to until the end of September 2020, and must be completed by the end of December 2020.

Please complete this form to register interest in joining the Cheshire and Warrington Coursera

Courses on offer include:

  • Business skills
  • Digital skills including cybersecurity and web design
  • Marketing using digital technologies
  • Skills that employers are looking for (team working, communications skills, etc)
  • Entrepreneurship – starting up your own business
  • Brushing up your skills for jobs where there are growing numbers of vacancies – including IT coding / software development skills and life sciences
  • Preparing yourself for jobs of the future – including advanced manufacturing, cloud computing

Local Authority Support

Cheshire West and Chester

Work Zones are supporting people who are coming out of work as a result of Covid-19 who want to temporarily transfer into a new job in one of the expanding sectors as quickly as possible by job matching them with local employers. If you would like Cheshire West and Chester Council Work Zones to help you transfer into a new role, please complete the details on the job matching register and they will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

For all existing customers of  Work Zones and for any other unemployed resident wanting to access online employment support to get CVs into shape and prepare for interviews, please contact the Work Zones and they will ensure you get the support you need:

Telephone your local Work Zone:

Ellesmere Port Work Zone – 07990 532869

Northwich Work Zone – 07833 236675

Winsford Work Zone – 07766 205389

Chester Work Zone – 07775 717122

For employers looking to recruit, the Work Zones can source potential employees to meet current recruitment demand so please get in touch with your requirements by email:

Cheshire East

Cheshire East Council’s Supported Employment team are providing a job matching service. This is for residents in Cheshire East who are out of work as a result of COVID-19. People looking for work can submit their details via the portal. A member of the team will then contact that person and help them to secure a job opportunity. At the same time local employers who are taking people on can also contact the team.

Cheshire East have a dedicated Coronavirus webpage with information for individuals.

Employment support is also provided by:

Macclesfield Disability Information Bureau

Telephone: 01625 501759 or 01260 295725


Macclesfield DIB  has links with the New Leaf project and the local Job Centres.

Congleton Learning Centre also has excellent links with local Job Centres.

Individuals can call, email or text for careers advice and guidance or any support relating to gaining employment.

Contact details for Careers Advisors:

Cath ( 07588 724932

Lynne ( – 07580 722042

For employers looking to recruit, Cheshire East Council can source potential employees to meet current recruitment demand. Email your requirements to


Warrington’s Employment Development Team (EDT) are supporting people who are coming out of work as a result of COVID-19 who want to temporarily transfer into a new job in one of the expanding sectors as quickly as possible by job matching them with local employers. Warrington’s Employment Development Team can provide all the support you need to enable you to move into employment. They offer a range of services to support you in identifying and developing your job hunting and employability skills and can help with overcoming barriers to employment. Find out more here

This includes:

  • CV writing
  • Completing application forms
  • Interview techniques, including mock interviews
  • Confidence in the workplace
  • Job Searching
  • Work Experience and Placement opportunities.

The team work in partnership with external partners; including local voluntary/community bodies and other statutory organisations to deliver a total package of employment support projects – both employer-led (helping with recruitment drives,                             co-ordinating/hosting open days/interviews) and client-led (a tailored approach according to individual needs and preferences).

The menu of support will enable businesses to thrive ensuring future economic growth for the Warrington community as a whole, in addition to all residents including those from priority groups and target areas to improve employability skills and ultimately gain employment.

The team negotiate with employers, including through the Local Planning Conditions and support them throughout the recruitment process into job opportunities.  The Agreement covers job vacancies, guaranteed interviews, specific/bespoke training needs, skills update, apprenticeships, site visits, work placements/experience opportunities etc.

For all existing partners or for any other unemployed resident wanting to access online employment support to get CVs into shape and prepare for interviews, please contact the team and they will ensure you get the assistance you need. The Employment Development Team staff are available and will be conducting one to one appointments and registrations over the phone and online. Find out more here.

For employers looking to recruit, the Employment Development Team can source potential employees to meet current recruitment demand so please let them know your requirements:

Redundancy support

The team work with employers/organisations who sadly are having to make redundancies to reduce the workforce or are relocating.  This is done in association with DWP and the National Careers Service.  The support offered is the same as above with regard to CV Workshops, Interview Skills and Techniques, including mock interviews and job matching where appropriate.

Find out more

Growth Hub Support Available

There a range of websites where vacancies are listed, including: CV Library, Indeed, Jobsite, Monster,Reed, we have also created our own listings of jobs available in Cheshire and Warrington, view it here. If your business would like to submit a job please email