Useful links

Advice, guidance and support

nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk Young people aged 13 to 19 can get careers advice over the phone, via email, forums, webchat and even text.

connexions-gmerseyside.co.uk
 Local independent advice, guidance and support for young people aged 13 to 19

ypas.org.uk
 Young Persons Advisory Service – local advice and support for young people aged 10 to 25

brook.org.uk 
free confidential sexual health advice for people aged under 25

localsolutions.org.uk/projects/Homelessness
support for homeless teenagers

autisminitiatives.org 
support on Autism Spectrum Disorder, transition from School to employment with training

dyslexia-help.org Dyslexia Foundation is a charity which offers specialist support to people with Dyslexia.

Employment

gov.uk/browse/working Government information on employment rights

acas.org.uk
 Independent advice and resolution services to improve relations in the workplace

hse.gov.uk
 Health and Safety Executive – protecting people’s health and safety at work

Equality and diversity

equalityhumanrights.com
 Equality and Human Rights Commission

Finance

gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans
 You can apply for a loan to help with the costs of a college or training course if you’re 24 or older.

Training

apprenticeships.org.uk
 National Apprenticeships Service website

heacademy.ac.uk Everything you need to know about progressing to higher education courses or going to university

skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk The Skills Funding Agency deliver £4.1 billion of skills training through contracts with over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations and employers.

bbc.co.uk/skillswise 
Improve your maths and English skills on this BBC site

Skillscfa.org Skills CFA – national standards body for vocational education in business and administration

habia.org.uk
 National standards body for hair and beauty training

cityandguilds.com
 Awarding organisation for hairdressing and barbering

ediplc.com
 Awarding organisation for childcare, business and administration and functional skills

vtct.org.uk VTCT is the awarding organisation for hairdressing and barbering

ncfe.org.uk Awarding organisation for Childcare, Business and Administration, Customer service and Functional Skills

Travel

merseytravel.gov.uk 
Public travel information for Merseyside

Apprenticeships Traineeships Positive about disabled people - recognition by Jobcentre Plus Investors in People Cache nurturing achievement The matrix Standard Habia member school BIIAB Merseyside Hairdressing Forum VTCT Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation Mode Training Ltd Training Excellence European Social Fund