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Pathways to Health and Social Care supports job-seekers in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire on their pathways into training or employment within the health and social care sector. Working with a dedicated advisor, individuals are fully supported to explore the range of roles and free training available within the sector. The project is open to anyone unemployed and living within Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire, with an interest in training and working within health and social care. There is support available to help people with their job-hunting including CV help and guidance, application forms, interview preparation, training, and links with available job roles. If you want to find out more about the support offered, or if you are an employer looking to take on more staff, please email Pathways to Health and Social Care is part-funded by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF).

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Step Into Work

Step Into Work (Derbyshire) programmes run throughout the year helping prepare unemployed adults to obtain roles in health and social care following completion of a bespoke training course.

Sector Based Work Academies

Sector-based work academies are a way to provide direct employment into the care sector. The scheme can help those who are ready to work, and receiving benefits, to secure employment. They are designed to help care employers meet immediate and future recruitment needs as well as recruiting a workforce with the right skills. Please return to this website later this year for details of when our next academy will be running. A sector-based work academy can last up to six weeks and include the following:

  • Pre-employment training, including CV writing, interview techniques and the workplace environment 
  • Sector-based skills – depending on the available job roles, this will be training based around the organisation

Pre-employment routes

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire, in partnership with Derby College Group, is delivering pre-employment programmes aimed at candidates wishing to embark on a health and social care role. The programme is delivered by experienced health and social care employees and experienced adult tutors from the college. All candidates will be supported by the Pathways into Health and Social Care programme, with a dedicated pathways lead. You will be receive application, interview and CV support, help with confidence and work skills, and be supported with your application, or alternative opportunities dependant on your interests.

NHS Cadets

NHS Cadets, run by St John Ambulance, aims to attract young people to careers in healthcare and to develop their skills to the point where they are self-sufficient in health volunteer opportunities. NHS Cadets assists young people in not only acquiring new skills and knowledge but also gaining hands-on experience in the NHS through a 36-week programme (two hours per week, not including work experience). The programme aims to specifically increase access to careers in the NHS for 14-18-year-olds from groups that have historically been under-represented in volunteer opportunities in the health care system.

Local colleges

A range of specialist courses are run by further education and higher education institutions in Derby and Derbyshire that help prepare students for careers in health and social care.

Work experience

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire can help you gain vital work experience in the health and social care sector. We promote opportunities in the workplace through our partner NHS, local authority and voluntary sector organisations. We can also link you in with interactive and innovative virtual work experience programmes via our partnership with Springpod. Such opportunities will help you develop key skills, gain real-life experience and provide a great addition to the CV.

Schools offer

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire works with schools and colleges throughout Derby and Derbyshire to raise the profile of careers in health and care and explain to young people about the wide variety of roles on offer. No matter what interests and skills the students might have, or whatever their gender or background, there is a job to suit everyone. We are involved in a number of different initiatives. These include staging apprenticeship and recruitments events attended by NHS, local authority and independent sector employers. At the events, students are able to quiz representatives and hear from expert speakers about exciting opportunities. From time to time, we attend specialist sessions within schools and colleges where we can provide bespoke support, such as career choices, interview technique and direct people to work experience and placements. For further information on our schools offer, please contact us.

Our partners


Derbyshire County Council

Derby City Council