National Careers Service

The Vedas Group are proud to be a National Careers service delivery centre, providing advice and guidance throughout East Lancashire. We can help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.

How we can help you

We know that everyone has the ability and potential to develop and grow in their lives and careers. We also understand that sometimes things get in the way and can hold you back. Our aim is to:

  • help you with careers decisions and planning
  • support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
  • motivate you to implement your plan of action
  • enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools

Career tools

The National Careers Service provides you with all the tools you need to make the right choices about your future. Read on and see which might be most useful for you. You can permanently store your results and records from all of these tools in a Lifelong Learning Account. Registration is free and only takes a few minutes. You need to be aged 13 or over to open a Lifelong Learning Account.

Skills Health Check Tool

If you want to find out more about your strengths and personality type, and how they might help you perform well in certain types of jobs, try our Skills Health Check Tool. These are a set of online quizzes. They help you to work out what you're good at, what you like doing and how you like working. They can take a few hours to complete, but you don’t have to do it all at once. You can save where you’re up to and come back to it. At the end of the Skills Health Check you’ll get a report summarising your results. This also includes suggestions on job areas that might suit you - then you can browse through job profiles in that area.

Action Plan Tool

Do you know which job you’re aiming for? Are you still deciding? Having a plan will help you to get there. Our Action Plan Tool will help you create a step-by-step approach to keep you on track and working towards your goal.

CV Builder

A professional CV that’s well presented, sells your skills and achievements in a persuasive way, and targeted at the right employers, could be the difference between getting interviews and getting passed over. Our CV Builder and CV and covering letter advice sections can help you. They have useful advice whether you’re writing your first CV or making the final tweaks to an existing one. In order to use the CV Builder you need to open a Lifelong Learning Account (please see above). You need to be aged 13 or over to open a Lifelong Learning Account.

Learning Record

If you want a way of keeping track of your learning, a Learning Record is where you can store details of courses you’ve done. This could be useful when you’re job hunting. It will clearly show employers the skills and knowledge you’ve got.

My Funding Information

If it's financial help for your learning that you’re looking for, the Your Funding Information section can help. Here you can keep track of what contributions the government has made towards your learning. You can also view how much you’ve put towards it, and you can save details of any funding searches you’ve done.

Remember, you can permanently store your results and records from all of these tools in a Lifelong Learning Account. Registration is free and only takes a few minutes. You need to be aged 13 or over to open a Lifelong Learning Account

Job profiles

We’ve got almost 800 job profiles. Each of these describes the essential information about each job, including:

  • what the work is like
  • what the typical hours are
  • how much you usually get paid
  • which qualifications you need to get in and to get on
  • who the main types of employers are
  • links for further information

Job market information

Our job market information section includes details about skills shortages, important industries in each region and what you can expect to earn in different job sectors. You can use the information to help you make decisions about your next career and training moves.

The details have been put together from research and reports from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, the Office for National Statistics and Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Changing or choosing your career

There’s lots to take into account when choosing your first job or changing career. After all, it’s a big step, and everyone has their own individual circumstances, skills and ambitions.

Visit National Careers Service to find out more.