What Support is Available for People Who Have Never Worked?

Written by Luke Kitchen
Last updated March 7, 2022

Many schemes and services offer support for people who have never worked before. This might be a daunting prospect, but with the right support and guidance, it can be a lot easier than you think!

So, if you’re looking to find a job or start your own career path, we’re here to share some useful information about the support that’s available for people who have never worked.

In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of support that are on offer and how they can help you find work or begin a new career.

What Skills Can You Offer?

When starting work for the first time, or after long-term unemployment, employers will want to know how you filled your time while you weren’t working. For many people, this will involve raising a family. And while you may not have been working in a regular “job”, raising a family is a full-time job in itself. It also helps develop a range of valuable skills that transfer to any number of positions.

As such, it’s important to emphasise the skills you have learned in your time not working. This may seem difficult, but employers are looking for candidates who can bring value to their business. This value is represented in the skills you have to offer. 

Types of Support Available

We’ve outlined the main support outlets that are available to people who have never worked to give you a better idea of what’s available to you. 

1. Job Schemes

The first type of support is job schemes. These are government-funded programmes that provide training and work experience for people looking for their first job. Job schemes can be a great way to gain new skills and make valuable connections in the workforce. There are also many careers advice services available in the UK. These organisations can help you find the right job for you and provide advice on how to get started in your new career.

Check out our NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) Hub for more information.

2. Careers Advice Services

If you’re looking for a new career, careers advice services can be a great resource. Various organisations have been set up to help you find the right job for you and provide advice on how to get started in your new career. They can also help you with CV writing, job interviews, and other aspects of finding employment.

The government’s ‘Work and Health Programme‘ also offers personalised support to help you overcome any barriers to employment. This includes helping you update your CV, providing interview coaching, and supporting you to access the right training for your new career.

3. Mentoring Programmes

Mentoring programmes can be a great way to get support from someone who has been in your position before. They can offer advice and guidance on finding work and succeeding in your new career.

4. Online Resources

Websites, such as Embracing Future Potential, offer a wealth of information and resources for people who are looking for new opportunities. These websites can be a great place to start if you’re unsure where to begin your search for support.

5. Training Opportunities

Many organisations offer training courses to help people gain new skills and qualifications. These courses can be a great way to learn new things and improve employability. Training opportunities can also be a great way to try out different careers and see what fits best for you.

Additionally, volunteering can be another way to build experience and ease your way into a career. It can also boost your CV, making you more employable when you’re ready to start looking for a job.

6. Support Groups

There are also many support groups available, both online and in person. These groups can provide emotional support and practical advice on finding work or beginning a new career. They can be a great place to meet new people and get advice from others who have been in the same situation as you.

7. Additional Support If You Have a Disability

If you have a disability, many organisations can offer support to help you find work. These organisations can provide advice and assistance with job searches, CV writing, and interview preparation. They can also offer support in the workplace, such as workplace adaptations and access to training. 

Take a look at our sister site Careers with Disabilities for resources and information specially tailored to your needs as a disabled jobseeker.


In conclusion, there are many different types of support available for people who have never worked before. With the right support, it is possible to find work or begin a new career. We hope this blog post has been helpful and provided some useful information on the available different types of support. 

Take a look at our NEET Support Hub for more information on kickstarting your career. When you’re ready to begin your job search, our live jobs board is on hand for specialist opportunities catered to your needs!

Have a question? Feel free to get in touch. And finally, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter below for all the latest news and NEET job opportunities from Refreshing a Career.

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 27 2024
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