Step Up Wakefield


This is Wakefield Council’s flagship Employment and Skills Service. Our specialist STEP-UP team is here to help whether you are:

  • Looking for Work
  • Changing Careers or working towards promotion
  • Wanting to learn new skills or work towards qualifications

Or whether you are an employer who wants to:

  • Develop and train their existing workforce
  • Support the recruitment of new employees or
  • Help any employees at risk of redundancy to get the best possible support while under notice

Looking for work

Newly redundant or out of work for a while, our STEP-UP team will help you:

  • Build your CV
  • Approach Employers
  • Build confidence to go for an interview
  • Identify any health or other issues you feel stops you getting a job or progressing in work or skills development

Gateway to Employment

If you are over 25 and looking for work, click here for support.

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Employment Hub

We offer personalised support to young people, aged between 15-24 years old, to find training or employment. Click here for support.

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Find a job

Benefits advice

National Careers Service


Career change and progression

Looking to progress with your current employer or want a complete career change? Ask to speak to one of our specialist advisers and we will help you identify and research what you’ll need so that you have the best chance of success.

Are you looking for a promotion at work, wanting to change your career or develop new skills?

Learning for life and work

For those looking to gain basic skills to help in life and or to better prepare you for work, click the links below to see the services and training opportunities available for you to access.

Wakefield Adult Education Service

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Information for Employers

The STEP-UP programme can help directly or advise you where to get more support with:

  • Recruitment – we can advertise your posts and provide a matching service so that you can interview in confidence
  • Redundancy – STEP-UP can help to make this process a little easier by providing a range of tools that can help your redundant workforce get back into alternative employment as soon as possible
  • Improving Skill Levels and Career Progression – let us help you to identify and source the right training for your staff.

For more information, click on the ‘In work skills support’ link below.

Latest News

Wakefield Council’s Strategy to become a Learning City and District

An exciting new strategy to give a major boost to employment and skills across the district has been launched by Wakefield Council and its partners.

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West Yorkshire Combined Authority launch free resources and training

Take a look at these free resources to inspire, inform and empower you to take the next steps after you leave education, whatever they might be.

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Leeds Apprenticeship Festival 2021

The Leeds Apprenticeship Festival is going online this year, so be sure to take part in all of the activities, from the comfort of your own home.

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New adult education courses available online for Wakefield residents

The Adult Education Service is helping residents to gain skills and qualifications to support the district’s economic recovery from the impact of the global pandemic.

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