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Careers service

We give free and impartial information, advice and guidance about career opportunities, learning and employment to any Derbyshire residents aged 19 years and over and to those aged 18 who are not currently in education, employment or training.

The advice is government funded through the National Careers Service and provided by highly qualified staff. These career coaches are friendly, supportive and knowledgeable about all local learning and work opportunities.

Register your interest or request a call back

Careers help is still available

We've extended our support during the coronavirus pandemic to help employers who are recruiting to essential roles. And we're helping those who are unemployed or furloughed through use of the government's skills toolkit. This has free courses for all abilities to help develop workplace and digital skills.

As well as our usual face-to-face appointments, drop in sessions or group workshops, we can give advice and support in the following ways:

  • telephone
  • video calls
  • text
  • email

The following is a list of all the Access Points we currently have running. There is no requirement to make an appointment just drop in. A careers coach will be available to support you at the locations listed on the following days and times:

  • Alfreton Adult Education Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BD: every Monday from 10am to midday. Careers Coach: Wendy Leigh
  • Belper Library, Derwent Street, Belper, DE56 1UQ: fourth Monday of the month from 1pm to 4pm. Careers Coach: Katie Tidmarsh
  • Chesterfield Library, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield S40 1QN: every Tuesday from 9:30am to midday. Careers Coach: Wendy Leigh
  • Hunloke Adult Education Centre, Church Street South, Chesterfield, S40 2TF: every Monday from 1:30pm to 4pm. Careers Coach: Wendy Leigh
  • Matlock Adult Education Centre, The Ritz, Steep Turnpike, Matlock, DE4 3DP: every first Monday of the month from 1pm to 4pm - Careers Coach: Katie Tidmarsh
  • Shirebrook Hole In The Wall, Carter Lane, Shirebrook, Mansfield, NG20 8PE: every Tuesday from 10am to midday - Careers Coach: Becky Stancill

These are some of the sorts of advice and support we can give at a first session:

  • advice and information on courses or training - this can include how to get funding and what further opportunities there may be
  • exploring volunteering and work experience opportunities on offer across the county
  • careers planning including help to understand the current labour market, identifying the skills you already have, new career paths and routes into employment
  • how to write covering letters that will gain the attention of prospective employers
  • how to write a CV or update an existing one
  • helpful tips on finding new employment such as making the most of Find a Job, using social media and exploring the hidden labour market
  • guidance on how to write an application form and relating it to a possible interview
  • guidance on interview skills including tips on preparation and planning, types of interview and questions to expect

Everyone is offered further, personalised support after their initial appointment.

Please get in touch with your local careers coach to find out more.

Buxton, Glossop and New Mills

Contact Sarah Kelly, careers coach:

Belper, Matlock and Ashbourne

Contact Katie Tidmarsh, careers coach:

Bolsover, Clay Cross and Shirebrook

Contact Becky Stancill:

Chesterfield, Staveley, Alfreton, Dronfield and Eckington

Contact Wendy Leigh, careers coach:

Heanor, Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Swadlincote

Contact Sarah Groom, careers coach:


Contact Louise Wilson, team leader/careers coach: