Careers and Training

Upcoming Events

On behalf of the National Careers Service, Global Solution Services are running CV webinars, along with Interview skills and Job-searching techniques which includes valuable information on LinkedIn and social media searching as well as up to date live job information for all customers every

Tuesday and Thursday which you can book directly on.


GSS are hosting a number of webinars, for more info please see below



National Careers Services also has Telephone Careers support for those who would like to talk to them about Career opportunities as well as a shorter Response Support which will specifically be for anyone who doesn’t quite need a full Careers session but just wants to talk to them about their current situation, ideas on what to do next, a person to talk to about how they are feeling now and what direction they may take when Covid-19 is over.

For information on any of the above services please call either 0208 665 4296, 0208 665 4297, or 07711 090 111, or email via


Careers, Information, Advice, and Guidance

Thinking about your future? Not sure what you want job you want?  The links below can help you navigate through different career pathways and plot a route to help you get the job you want.


Full-time education – school, college or home education

The government has raised the age for all young people in England to stay in education or training until they turn 18. Young people will need to choose one of the following options after they turn 16:14 to 19 education, employment, and skills

  • an apprenticeship
  • part-time education or training if they’re employed, self-employed or volunteering full-time (defined as 20 hours or more a week)

Locally, further information can be obtained from the Quad on 020 8770 5754.

Alternatively, please follow the link here for the 16+ Route Planner released by Surrey County Council for more in-depth guidance.


The Young Enterprise Programme

The Young Enterprise Programme is a year-long enrichment programme for Year 9 – 12 students. The programme enables entrepreneurial students to create and run a student company. Students will plan, design, and then sell their product or service online through the Young Enterprise Market Place and at trade faires.

The programme supports the Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career guidance, designed to cater to each student’s needs through personal guidance, and by offering a stable careers programme which allows students to learn from career and labour market information, the link between curriculum learning and careers, experience workplaces and encounters with employers and employees, as well as encountering the benefits of further and higher education.

If you are a school or young person and would like to take part, please contact Michael Anderson on 07500 010 681. For information on 2020’s competition, please see the article here.


Volunteering is a great way to gain vital work experience and develop the skills and behaviours employers are looking for.  It also helps build confidence and increases your network of support whilst making a difference to the people and the environment around you.


You can support the NHS through local volunteering opportunities. For further information, please visit their website here.


Community Action Sutton is here to help support, develop and promote the voluntary sector in Sutton. For further information, please visit their website here.


Voltuneer Centre Sutton are here to help you find your perfect volunteering role. For further information, please visit their website here.


London Borough of Sutton Careers

For current vacancies at Sutton Council, please visit the Council website Jobs and careers page here.


London Enterprise Adviser Network


Calling all Sutton business leaders.

Help give Sutton’s young people the careers advice they need!


Sutton Council is pleased to be working with employment specialists Reed in Partnership to

deliver an initiative that connects students with business leaders in

order to boost their future Prospects.


Businesses are being invited to get involved with LEAN – the London Enterprise Adviser

Network – to support local regeneration and ensure that Sutton’s young people have

opportunities to learn about the world of work through a comprehensive and quality careers


Photo: Eleanor Bentall Tel: +44 7768 377413

Why the Enterprise Adviser Network is important?

Did you know that 66% of businesses want to recruit people with work experience, yet only

38% offer it? Or that a huge 82% of teachers think that better careers and business

guidance is needed in schools?


LEAN is looking for senior business employees who are willing to volunteer a small amount

of their time to become an Enterprise Adviser (EA).


As an EA, you will work with a school or college’s Careers Leader to create links with

business so that students have access to relevant and impactful careers advice. You’ll help

the school to develop a careers support plan to help students to make informed decisions

about their future.


Reed in Partnership’s team of Enterprise Coordinators will provide you with specialist

training and offer you continued support in your role.

Businesses who are interested in joining the London Enterprise Adviser Network can find out

more and register here.

Photo: Eleanor Bentall Tel: +44 7768 377413

The London Enterprise Adviser Network is funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company

and the Greater London Authority.


In Central, South & West London the Network is delivered by Reed in Partnership on behalf

of Team London, the Mayor of London’s volunteering team, and the Careers & Enterprise



The London Enterprise Adviser Network – Expansion into SEND Schools

The London Enterprise Adviser Network (LEAN) matches senior business volunteers with careers leaders in schools and colleges. They work together to embed a careers education into the curriculum. A key part of this is getting businesses into schools and students to experience the workplace. We want all young Londoners, regardless of their circumstances to be aware of the world of work and make informed decisions about their future.

The London Enterprise Adviser Network is part of a national programme, working with over 4000 educational institutions across England. In London we want to contract a specialist organisation to extend the network into London’s SEND schools and make the appropriate adaptations. This contract is due to start in September 2020 for an initial period of 12 months with a value up to £170K. Unfortunately, due to the current Covid19 situation we anticipate the tender process will be live for a (shorter than usual) 2- 3 week period. To compensate for this we will be sending out more detailed information in the coming weeks so you have more information/time to evaluate the opportunity and consider your submission.

If you are interested in finding out more please email expressing your interest.

Core Services


Sutton College

The Sutton College Advice Service offers confidential and impartial advice & guidance to help you
plan your future learning and work.

The Advice service can help you with:
♦ career choices, action planning and progression routes.
♦ get advice about new learning options
♦ gain information about Labour Market opportunities.
♦ create and tailor your CV to suitable employment (fees apply if you are not a learner at Sutton

We can also help with advice if your job or career has been affected by the Covid-19 situation too.
Sutton College also provide courses to help craft students take their skills and turn it into a business!
Learn how to cost, price, market, monetise and develop your skills on our Entrepreneur courses.
Courses are free for eligible students


National Careers Service

In London, the National Careers Service is delivered by Prospects.

The National Careers Service is the publicly funded careers service for adults and young people (aged 13 or over) in England.

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance on learning, training, career choice, career development, job search and the labour market, delivered by qualified, impartial careers advisers. It can be accessed online, by telephone and face-to-face (for people aged 19 and over).

To book an appointment in Sutton, please call the National Careers Service London Contact Centre on 0203 714 8350.


Global Solution Services UK Ltd

GSS is a Careers & Training organisation who offer funded support to learners, through National Careers Service delivery, and also Adult Community Learning.  They are now delivering a range of 1-2-1 Careers Advice and group Webinars remotely. They have a team of qualified Career Advisors, who can support customers with a range of things including:

  • CV advice and guidance
  • Skills analysis
  • Labour Market Information
  • Exploring and researching job goals and industries
  • Considering relevant training / development opportunities
  • Diversifying Job Search methods
  • Guidance on completing Application Forms
  • Interview guidance
  • Mock Interviews
  • Self-Employment advice
  • Confidence building
  • Options following Redundancy

You can find their distance learning opportunities on our page here.

For more information please contact: / /

020 8665 4259 / 07921 036 927


Options - London

Friendly, experienced career management support for adults. Professional information, advice and guidance for:

  • Professionals who have been made redundant
  • Returners seeking to restart their career after a career break
  • Adults at all skill levels looking for guidance on career management: exploring skills, aspirations, jobs, training and education options
  • Assisting with career guidance, tailoring targeted CV’s and job applications and honing effective interview skills.

Level 7 career development professional.

Scale of fees available for low-income clients.

Sheila Heard

Tel 07866 257421/ 020 86424431


Metropolitan Thames Valley

Areas covered: Sutton

Aim: To work with customers, assessing their training and personal needs. Tackling barriers to employment, understanding their career goals, leading to the development of individual action plans and support programmes to assist them into employment. Please click here for a handy summary flier.


Individuals must be over the age of 16

Residing in the borough of Sutton

Currently not in any form of employment

The right to work in the UK (must provide evidence)

Love London Working (LLW)

LLW is a training and employment project part funded by the European Social Fund and delivered by a partnership of 13 social housing providers each with a significant presence in London.

Career services


Zety CV Builder

Zety host a powerful online CV building platform, along with blogs and posts about how to get the most out of your CV.


Tips & Advice for 2020


University of York

The University of York have put together an insightful guide for aspiring senior managers, showing the best practices when writing a career development plan. The guide covers:

  • Why having a career development plan is important and how it can help a person accelerate and excel in life and their chosen field.
  • How to craft a career development plan, including practical tips and advice for both employees and managers on writing a plan, setting clear objectives, improving productivity, as well as knowledge transfer and retention.
  • For managers – how to talk to your employees about their career goals and find learning opportunities, and how to put all these into a career development plan that will help support and achieve these goals.
  • Other useful resources and FAQs.

Career Pilot

This website helps young people, parents, and carers to:

  • Plan study & work
  • Inform choices at 14, 16 and 18
  • Identify routes to different qualifications and job sectors using career tools to help you decide.

Youth Employment

Youth Employment UK helps young people and support all those working in the youth employment space.


Start Profile

Start is a free, online careers platform, designed to connect people aged 11-18 with their future career potential.


Talking Jobs

Talking Jobs is about broadening young people’s horizons through exploration and discussion in an open ended way.

Stereotypes and unconscious bias inform how we see ourselves and others influencing the decisions we all make.


PLANit Global

PLANit Global is an interactive digital careers platform that connects businesses, schools and local people. Nurturing the workforce and management of the future is key to the success of the economy, locally and nationally.


Creative Choices

This is an independent charity that provides careers advice and guidance, promotes apprenticeships, and delivers activities for young people in Creative Industries.



icould provide career inspiration and information for young people showing what is possible in work and offer different ways to think about careers through  personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.


All About School Leavers

AllAboutSchoolLeavers help school leavers get jobs and understand the career paths available to them.


Health Careers

This site provides help and information to people who are interested in working in the NHS and other health employers in any one of the 350 careers on offer.


Not Going To Uni

This site helps school & college leavers make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university such as apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and jobs




vInspired is the UK’s leading volunteering charity for 14 – 25 year olds. vInspired helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.


Do-it lists over 1 million volunteering opportunities nationally enabling 200,000 people every month to donate their time and build their skills, Do-it ensures that almost 60,000 organisations find the help they need to provide vital services to the community.

Specialist recruitment sites for school leavers


Future Talent

Future Talent specifically designed to be a resource for school and college leavers looking for their next step whether that is an apprenticeship, school leaver programme, entry level job, further study, or a sponsored learning programme.


Get My First Job

GetMyFirstJob offers a new way to find apprenticeships and opportunities to get ahead. It’s not just a search tool as it connects applicants with the job vacancies, employers and training providers.


Working Chance

Working Chance is a recruitment consultancy supporting women aged 18-25, who are leaving the criminal justice or the care systems, into great jobs with mainstream employers.


Go Think Big is an online digital hub, providing information on work experience opportunities, valuable career advice, and apprenticeship opportunities.