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Finding a job in East Midlands

East Midlands river and hills

The East Midlands, with a population of around 4.8 million, is the eighth largest region in England and includes Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire (including Rutland), Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

The main employment sectors are manufacturing, logistics, retail, adult health and social care. The East Midlands also has one of England’s most important farming sectors, supplying fruit and vegetables to local industries for freezing, canning and jam-making. Stilton cheese and world-famous Melton Mowbray pork pies are manufactured in Leicestershire.

Local organisations supporting people to find a job

In the East Midlands there are many organisations offering online support to help if you are new to the job market, considering a change of career, need help with writing a CV or with interview preparation. If you are out of work and claiming benefits, you can also contact your local Jobcentre work coach for help and advice.

The Youth Employability Support (Yes) Project supports 15-24 years old to take steps towards employment, education and training. The Bridge (East Midlands) website is one of nine local organisations delivering the YES Project across Leicester City and Leicestershire. They offer a range of activities and support services which will help young people to:

  • Believe in themselves
  • Achieve qualifications and learn new skills
  • Prepare for work

Leicestershire Cares helps care leavers, schools, school leavers and ex-offenders to gain work experience and training to overcome barriers to employment. Check out the Leicestershire Cares website for more information.

Leicester Employment Hub provides employment and apprenticeship advice and support for jobseekers. Go to their website for more information about the help available.

The Leicestershire Adult Learning website offers online courses and resources available to support your mental wellbeing and career prospects. Visit the site for tips on self-care, links to your local community support, careers advice, online languages and IT courses, family learning activities, resources for adults with learning difficulties, and much more.

The East Midlands Airport Academy website – Offers training courses at East Midlands Airport and SEGRO Park.

Follow your local Jobcentre on Twitter

Keep up to date with jobs, events, career advice and opportunities in your local area. ‘Job hours’ run regularly and are a great place to hear from employers recruiting in your area.