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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.

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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

Access points

The following is a list of all the access points we currently have running. There's no need to make an appointment, you can just drop in. A careers coach will be available to support you on the following days and times:

  • Alfreton Adult Education Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BD: every Tuesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm with Jemma Wharmby
  • Belper Library, Derwent Street, Belper, DE56 1UQ: bookable appointments available every Tuesday from 10am to 12.30pm with Katie Tidmarsh
  • Bolsover Adult Education Centre, Castle Street, Bolsover, Chesterfield, S44 6PP: on the first Monday of the month from 10am to midday with Wendy Leigh
  • Chesterfield Library, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield S40 1QN: every Tuesday from 9:30am to midday with Wendy Leigh
  • Matlock Adult Education Centre, The Ritz, Steep Turnpike, Matlock, DE4 3DP: on the first and third Monday of the month (term-time only) from 1pm to 3pm with Katie Tidmarsh
  • Shirebrook Hole In The Wall, Carter Lane, Shirebrook, Mansfield, NG20 8PE: bookable appointments available on Tuesday’s from 10am to midday with Becky Stancill

Advice and support

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

  • advice and information on courses or training including how to get funding and further opportunities
  • exploring volunteering and work experience opportunities 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 to gain the attention of employers
  • how to write a CV or update an existing one
  • tips on finding a new job, such as making the most of the government's 'find a job service, using social media and exploring the hidden labour market
  • advice for writing 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.

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

You can also sign up for our careers service newsletters.

Alfreton, Clay Cross, Heanor and Chesterfield

Contact Jemma Wharmby

Belper, Matlock and Ashbourne

Contact Katie Tidmarsh, careers coach:

Buxton, Glossop and New Mills

Contact Sarah Kelly, careers coach:

Chesterfield, Staveley, Bolsover, Dronfield and Eckington

Contact Wendy Leigh, careers coach:

Heanor, Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Swadlincote

Contact Sarah Groom, careers coach:


Contact Becky Stancill:


Contact Louise Wilson, Adult Careers Manager: