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Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service are hiring Wholetime Firefighters

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service are holding an inclusive recruitment process in partnership with Futures to hire 40 wholetime firefighters. If you’re looking for a career that serves your community through saving lives look at our latest Wholetime Firefighter vacancy.

As a Firefighter at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, you would be part of one big family. You would be working within a highly skilled team to respond to everything from fires, floods, water rescues and road traffic collisions.

This is the perfect opportunity to enter a career as a Firefighter with routes for progressions and development. For more information, or to apply, visit the Futures website - Futures Advice Skills and Employment Ltd : Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Services - Wholetime Firefighters Job - Permanent - Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom - Public Sector - LPFIRE (

Well for Work

The Well for Work programme from Futures for Business provides support for people with physical or mental health issues, financial struggles, special educational needs or disabilities, substance misuses or language barriers. Helping you to find a job that works for you, gain qualifications to improve your skills (including English and Maths), access wellbeing & therapy services, receive housing support, financial advice and travel assistance.

Call 0800 158 4670, email on or find out more on the Futures for You website.

DWP Employment Support Programmes

There are a range of DWP programmes to help you learn new skills, find the right career for you and mentor you through the process if needed. These can be accessed through your local Jobcentre or online where links are available.

Job Search Help - Digital support for if you're ready to work but need help finding the right job for you.

SWAPs - Sector-based work academy programmes are an opportunity to learn new skills and get experience of working in a particular industry, for example care, construction or warehouse work. The programmes are designed to help jobseekers build confidence, improve job prospects and enhance CVs. Find out more about SWAPs.

NEA - The New Enterprise Allowance scheme aims to support claimants to start their own business or develop your business, if you're already self-employed. Talk to your work coach to find out more. If you don’t have a work coach, find out more about your career options.

WHP - The Work and Health Programme may be able to offer you personalised support if you have a disability which is affecting your ability to find a job or you face other barriers to getting a job. If eligible, you’d be assigned a key worker to give you personalised support based on your needs. If you want to apply for help or find out more, then just get in touch with your local Jobcentre.

IPES - Intensive Personalised Employment Support is one-to-one support and training to help you into work if you have a disability or health condition. Ask your work coach if you’re eligible. If you don’t have a work coach, contact your local Jobcentre Plus and ask to speak to a work coach about Intensive Personalised Employment Support.

Employment and Skills Portal

Nottinghamshire County Council have created an employment and skills portal on their website. Whether you're working, recently furloughed or looking for a new job, COVID-19 is likely to have impacted your working life.

There are several schemes which are providing support to people whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19. So to make things easier, Nottinghamshire County Council have put all the information and support available together in one place, on their employment and skills portal.

BT's Work Ready Programme

BT have partnered with Jobcentre Plus to bring BT's Work Ready programme to young job seekers via a new rolling programme of free webinars. The Work Ready programme boosts opportunities for young people who aren't in employment, education or training and prepares them for the world of work.

Young people aged 18-24 who are signed up to a Jobcentre can register through their local centre for the free sessions, and receive reliable advice from BT's experienced Work Ready team on how to improve their digital and employability skills. Topics covered will include how to be a hit at interviews, CV writing and making the most of life in the digital world.

Further details can be obtained from your local Jobcentre Plus.

New Online Learning Platform -  The Skills Toolkit

The Skills Toolkit is made up of free online courses, tools and resources to help you improve your digital and numeracy skills.

The Skills Toolkit is designed to help people gain new skills while they are staying at home and boost their confidence. The courses have been selected on the advice of experts and leading employers to make sure they meet the needs of business, not just for today but in the future. This is just a first step towards assisting with the longer-term recovery to boost employability across the country, helping people to build up the skills employers need during time spent at home.

Employers are also encouraged to use The Skills Toolkit to help to support and develop furloughed employees who are interested in learning from home.

Kick Off in Business at Home

For the first time, learners can now attend Kick off in Business courses from the comfort of their sofas. The restrictions created by CV19 provide a great opportunity to learn new skills and access valuable advice and information. The booking process is the same. Simply head to Kick off in Business or call on ​0333 005 0344.

The courses are free for anyone aged under 24 in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.  Those under 24 receives a £50 Amazon Gift Card on completion. Following a surge in demand, they are already arranging extra online capacity for our April events. 


The ready4work Job Club

The Ready 4 Work Club is a partnership initiative between the Trent Bridge Community Trust and Metropolitan Housing.

The initial idea was to establish a job club in Cotgrave solely for 16 to 19 year olds who are not in employment, education or training. However, after the success of this the project was widened to include all ages. It is run by a small team of volunteers with a diverse range of experience from science to business sectors. The club also has an employment officer to support you every step of the way into employment.

Cotgrave Wednesdays

The Ready4Work job club takes place every Wednesday (1-3pm) in Studio 1 at Cotgrave Leisure Centre. Cotgrave Ready 4 Work is an open access service designed to help any users gain employment. At the weekly meetings they can get access to the latest vacancies, get support or advice, build or update and share experiences with other people in a similar position. We even make you a cuppa!

Bingham Thursdays

Ready 4 Work Bingham takes place every Thursday (10am-12noon) in the new Methodist Church in Bingham centre, we are upstairs and across the balcony. Please ask at the tea bar if you get lost!

Ready 4 Work is a free service and open to anyone over the age of 16. There is no obligation to use the service. If you are an Employer and have vacancies which you would like to be advertised or would just like to receive further information please contact Mark Clifford by calling 07966 363498 or Phillip Parr 07738 713989 or send an email to

You can also follow Ready 4 Work on Facebook.