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Work Start

A programme to help you if you are unemployed

Work Start, your first step back into work

Work Start is a FREE 52 week programme designed to help those who are unemployed progress into employment, and provide them with the skills and support to remain in employment.

You can access support from a specially qualified keyworkers in Gloucester, Stroud, Cheltenham, Cinderford, Tewkesbury and Cirencester. You will also be supported with travel expenses, training, CV development, interview support and 6 months support once you enter employment.

How it works

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To join the Work Start Programme you will need to be:

  • Currently unemployed or inactive and seeking employment

And meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Lone Parent
  • An older worker (50+)
  • An ex offender
  • Caring responsibilities
  • Physical disability or health condition including sensory impairment
  • Mental health or learning difficulties
  • Ethnic minority
  • Drug/Alcohol dependency
  • Low or no qualifications
  • Language barrier

The Gloucestershire centres:

  • Gloucester – 4th floor, Eastgate House, 121 – 131 Eastgate Street, GL1 1PX
  • Stroud – Subscription rooms
  • Cheltenham – 90 Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham, GL52 2NN
  • Cinderford – Rheola House, Belle Vue Centre, Cinderford GL14 2AB
  • Tewkesbury - Jubilee II Neighbourhood Centre, York Road, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5HU


Get in touch, and we can see if you are eligible for the programme and take it from there. Apply to Workstart today.

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