This handy guide provides top tips on taking your next steps into employment, education or training. In this article we explore:

Education & Training
Additional Support for Young People


Job Searching

Job searching is the first component to securing your first job. That’s why it’s important you know where to search:
Indeed – Is a free resource that allows you to search and apply for jobs listed. You are also able to search by area and upload CVs to application forms. We use Indeed at YES to produce the weekly Jobs & Apprenticeships List.
Charity Job – Search through 2,000+ jobs, volunteering opportunities and courses to find something right for you.
Love Local JobsGet local jobs, advice and inspiration – upload CV’s, receive job notifications.

CV Tools & Tips

CVs are needed for most job applications and it’s important your CV stands out. CXK has put together How to Write a Good CV which breaks it down into 7 manageable sections. It’s important you use Action Verbs when creating your CV, here are 139 Action Verbs to Make Your CV Stand Out. We’ve also got CV Advice – Top Tips if you’d like further guidance with your CV.

We’ve found a video on how to write a CV if you learn better from video content.


Volunteering is a fantastic way to develop skills and experience for your first job. 3VA is an organisation that empowers, supports and develops social and voluntary action in East Sussex covering Eastbourne, Lewes District and Wealden. HVA is working to improve the quality of life for people in Hastings and offer various volunteering opportunities.

Career Quizzes

Do you know what career you’re interested in? If you do, do you know how to achieve it? If the answers no, that’s okay! Here are some useful tools to get some career inspiration and to find out how to achieve your career goals. You can Explore Careers to find out the average salary, typical working hours, how to become, what it takes, what you’ll do and career paths & progression of many different jobs. You can also use Prospects – Job Profiles to find similar information. Both are useful tools and should be used in conjunction for best outcomes.

Interview Preparation

Once you’ve secured an interview, it’s very important that you’re prepared! That’s why CXK have put together some Typical Interview Questions you may be asked, and how to best answer them. We’ve also got some further Interview Advice that we recommend, it looks at the entire interview process as a whole.

Education & Training


Many Young People consider college as an option, that’s why we’ve put together a list of all local colleges in and around East Sussex:
Ashford College is a further education College that’s run by the EKC Group and is based in Ashford.
Bexhill College is a 6th form college offering a wide range of A-Levels, Btecs, Level 2s and GCSEs. They’re based in Bexhill-on-Sea.
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) – Is a coeducational academy based in Brighton, this includes a College too.
BHASVIC is a 6th Form College which offer a range of courses and they’re based in Brighton.
Dv8 is a specialist college offering young people personalised, industry-led training in creative sectors. They’re based in both Bexhill & Brighton.
East Sussex College Group (ESCG) is a merger between Sussex Coast & Sussex Downs Colleges. ESCG are based in Eastbourne, Hastings, Newhaven & Lewes.
Great Brighton Metropolitan College offers a variety of courses and qualifications including apprenticeships. They’re based in Brighton, Shoreham & Worthing.
Plumpton College is a further & higher education college, with courses in a variety of land-based and related subjects. They’re based in Lewes.
Varndean College is a 6th form college that offers advanced and pre-advanced academic and vocational courses. They’re based in Brighton.
West Kent College offers numerous courses and qualifications, including A-Levels, vocational courses and degree level programmes. They’re based in Tonbridge.

Alternative Provision

You may wish to consider alternative provision too, we’ve put together a list you may find useful:
Crossland & Dudson offer apprenticeships to all ages. This includes L3 ICT, L3 Childcare, L2 Childcare and more.
Discovery College offers a range of free courses to young people aged 12-20 across different venues and online.
Heathercroft Training Academy offers apprenticeships and traineeships courses and they’re based in Eastbourne.
National Citizen Service run fun and engaging programmes for young people aged 16-17, to help improve employability and gain lifelong skills during summer holidays and autumn half terms.
Prince’s Trust work with young people to empower them to get into jobs, education and training.
UK Unsigned offer traineeships and work placements, based in Brighton. They offer courses in Music, Maths, English & Employability skills.
Wealden Works give an opportunity for 40 young aged 16-24 in the Wealden area each year, who do not benefit from contacts with the business world and other support networks, to take an important step on their personal journey into employment & contributing citizenship.


Apprenticeships are a great way to develop practical skills in the workplace whilst continuing education. You’ll be in a full-time paid job but, you’ll also be allowed at least 20% of your working week to study. Go to the Become an Apprentice to find out more.

Once you’ve researched apprenticeships, and you’re certain you’d like to become an Apprentice, you can follow the step-by-step video we put together explaining how to search for an Apprenticeship on any device using the Find an Apprenticeship website.


If you like the idea of an Apprenticeship but feel like you need some more experience first, another option is Traineeships. They’re skill development programme that includes a work placement and Traineeships can last from 6 weeks up to a full year. You can find out more on the GOV.UK website.


T-Levels are a new exciting option to consider too! Similar to Apprenticeships, both offer a combination of studies and work placements but, the difference is that T-Levels are based in a classroom 80% of the time with 20% being work placements. Go to the T-Levels website to find out more.

Additional Support for Young People

Support Services

We work in unison with other organisations to provide the best employment, education and training support possible. Below are some support services that do not focus solely on Employment, Education & Training:

e-motion Counselling offers private and confidential written messages between you and your councillor every week. Or, drop-in every Wednesday from 5 pm – 7 pm if you prefer brief support.
i-Rock has introduced new virtual drop-in services but, they’re also offering a limited number of face to face appointments. i-Rock offer support and advice to young people on a range of topics.
Young Minds supports young people who are suffering from mental health.
LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering information, advice and support for LGBT communities.
NSPCC work with children and young people to prevent and support victims of abuse.

Funding for Young People

It’s also important to consider any funding you might be eligible for to support you as a young person. The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a great way to help with your education-related costs, all the way up until you’re 19. You can also use Grant Search to do exactly that, search for grants that you might be eligible for! Money-Saving Expert also has an Education Grants & Courses page which is full of useful information.

Travel Guidance

For some Young People, travel can be intimidating and stressful. If you stack this on top of other stresses, for example, an interview or your first day in a new job/college, it becomes extremely overwhelming. That’s why it’s important you have the best tools at your disposal to support your travels.

Google Maps is a very useful tool no matter which method of travel you use, especially if you’re travelling somewhere for the first time!

If you travel via bus, you can use the Stagecoach website to check times, prices and types of tickets! If you travel via train, you can use trainline to check times, tickets and hunt for savings! You can even get virtual tickets now, this is especially useful if you lose things easily!


YES is a free service that offers support and guidance to young people in the East Sussex area aged 16-18 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), or are at risk of being NEET. Visit the YES page for more information about the support available