Employability and careers services


For over 20 years, the Careers team at Education Development Trust has been supporting the development of employability skills for young people and adults, as well supporting individuals to move into the workplace. We deliver a range of employability support programmes across England, working in partnership with employers, funders, delivery partners and stakeholders to design and deliver campaigns that help people access the most relevant and bespoke support on their journey to meaningful work.

Our work supports a wide range of individuals seeking to return to employment, including those who are furthest from the labour market and those who have been unemployed for significant periods of time. Our dedicated teams help individuals to identify and address barriers which may be preventing them from entering employment, and to recognise and develop their existing skills. Where needed, we also help people develop new skills and build their experience, including by helping them to find suitable work placements, training or volunteering opportunities. Employability also forms a key component of the careers services that we provide in schools.

Our work is tailored to the needs of each individual, and is underpinned by high-quality information, advice and guidance, including our expert labour market intelligence. Through this, we enable people to take advantage of the opportunities available to them and help them change their lives for the better.


Making a Difference 


As part of our expanding portfolio of contracts within Careers, we are delivering the Making a Difference programme in the Coast to Capital region of England (predominantly in the East Surrey and West Sussex areas, including Croydon and Newhaven).

The Making a Difference programme is designed to support 6,000 unemployed or economically inactive participants in the Coast to Capital area, helping them to become either job-search ready or move into paid employment. Through Making a Difference, each participant will be supported by an employment coach, who will provide careers support, coaching and mentoring to help customers to make progress towards their learning and employment goals.

Our programme teams also work with local employers to provide access to a wide variety of employer-led activities, such as job tasters, conferences and jobs fairs, all to support each participant in getting closer to the job market.

Making a Difference is a three-year European Social Fund match funded programme, which launched on 1st October 2020. As we work with people in a whole host of different situations, we also have a flexible fund to offer financial support to select participants (for example, those with childcare needs).

To find out more, follow the Making a Difference programme on Twitter (@Employ_Support) or Facebook (facebook.com/EmploySupport). You can also contact the Making a Difference team on 01329 559177 or via mades@educationdevelopmenttrust.com.


North East Ambition


From December 2020, we will also be delivering the North East Ambition Programme in the North East region of England.  

This three-year programme is designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and micro businesses across the North East to link more effectively with local and national skills initiatives. The programme is a partnership between Education Development Trust and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, building upon the latter’s successful North East Ambition pilot. This is a European Social Fund match funded programme, which will run until December 2023, and is designed for businesses with fewer than 250 employees based in the North East (Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham).

Each SME that engages in the programme will be supported by a dedicated Skills Facilitator, who will undertake a needs analysis to determine the specific requirements of each business, and develop an action plan to best support them in addressing current and future skills gaps – and identifying and brokering the right solutions for their specific needs. Within the programme, businesses will receive impartial advice and guidance on available skills initiatives and government support, as well as help in connecting with other small businesses, where useful.

To find out more about the North East Ambition programme, or how its services could benefit your business, please call the team on 0191 337070 or email neambition@educationdevelopmenttrust.com.