The Employment and Skills Pod is a free service available to all residents of Bath and North East Somerset Council who wish to get back to work, change careers or up-skill in their current jobs. The Pod is made up of a partnership of leading engagement services in the county that support residents who may have been made redundant due to the impact of Covid-19 pandemic, as well as those that are short or long term unemployed, require upskilling so as to keep their jobs, or are looking to change careers.

To book your 1-2-1 job coaching session please ring 0300-247-0050 between Monday-Friday or email EmploymentSkills_Pod@bathnes.gov.uk.


Free Business Support: we are also offering a business support service aimed at helping local employers and small businesses with any issues around employment and skills. Whether you are a new start-up or an existing business that may have been struggling post pandemic, we can assist with a variety of issues and help your business move forward.

  • Help with recruitment and staff development
  • Finding tailored solutions to improve and upskill your workforce
  • Linking you to the latest opportunities, resources and expert support
  • Redundancy and furlough issues
  • Work Placements & Apprenticeships

For further information, please contact Sandy_Corke@bathnes.gov.uk

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Below are some of our partnership organisations:

  • Bath College offers free courses for those who want to improve their chances to find work, support their families or live independently.
  • Citizens Advice Bath & North East Somerset (CAB) provides free, impartial advice and information on a range of issues. CAB can help with most everyday problems from employment to housing and debt.
  • Clean Slate offers free support and training to people who want to stretch their budget, find better work or access help online.
  • Cool Ventures provides free training, support and advice to help local people to set up and run successful businesses. Support is delivered through a programme of practical webinars covering key topics as well as 1-2-1 sessions.
  • DHI as part of West of England Works, DHI works with people who have a history of substance misuse and other significant barriers to employment. They offer tailored 1-2-1 support to enable residents to gain the skills and confidence to find work independently.
  • Future Bright helps local people develop their skills, increase their income and progress in their career. Future Bright offers 1-2-1 careers coaching to plan residents’ next steps and open opportunities for funded training courses and equipment.
  • Julian House Employment as part of West of England Works, Julian House offers 1-2-1 support to residents to enable them to address barriers that hold them back. Julian House supports people aged 16+ to access education, training and employment.
  • National Careers Service (NCS) provides fully funded, impartial careers information to support adults into work or learning. NCS advisers are professionally qualified and provide personalised support to help residents make informed career decisions.
  • Restore Trust helps residents with multiple barriers seeking a way back into work through training and mentoring.
  • Salvation Army Employment Plus provides 1-2-1 tailored support to reduce the barriers for individuals getting back to work. This includes all aspects employability, wellbeing and lifestyle support, together with further training.
  • Women’s Work Lab (WWL) supports mums in receipt of benefits looking to get back into work. Over a 12-week period, the programme combines face-to-face expert training that fits around the school run with a formal work placement at a well-respected Bath-based employer.
  • Youth Connect provides a range of Young People’s programs including youth work, 1-1 targeted support, alternative education and Employability support.