Careers Advice Sheffield

Career Advice

Placement Selection Sessions

If you’re thinking about applying for an apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship programme or want to discuss your career options if you are recently unemployed, we have a dedicated team to support you with information, advice and guidance in our placement selection sessions. The team at The Source can also support you with applications for vacancies, interview and CV tips/preparation and guidance through skills revision and tests.

Our placement selection sessions run twice weekly and are designed to clearly explain the progression routes available to you, to provide an opportunity to talk through your career goals and to meet the team. During the session, you will be able to access the following support:

  • An overview of all programmes on offer at The Source.
  • An overview of the entry requirements and eligibility for available programmes.
  • A one-to-one chat with a learner engagement advisor.
  • An assessment of maths and English to determine the skills that you already have.
  • Direct access to fundable training and support to find work.

When joining us for a placement selection session you will receive impartial advice, which may result in recommendations to pursue alternative progression routes and providers if we feel that is the best option for you. We will also provide information on where you can find additional support if you need specialist guidance that we are unable to provide.

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Pre-Apprenticeship Programmes

If you’re looking to begin an apprenticeship but you feel like you don’t have the right skills or qualifications yet, we can support you with one of our pre-apprenticeship programmes.

Our range of pre-apprenticeship programmes and employability support can help to develop the skills and confidence you need to progress on to the next steps of your career. This might mean doing a traineeship or getting support from our Steps to Work programme to develop your skills in areas such as English, Maths, IT and CV Writing.


A traineeship is an employability programme which gives young people aged 16 - 18 an opportunity to gain real work experience, job skills and improve maths and English if needed. The programme can last up to a maximum of 6 months, but typically last for 12 weeks with the content tailored to your individual needs. If you’re aged between 19 - 24 and in receipt of an Educational Health Care Plan, you may also be eligible for a Traineeship.

What’s Involved?

Work Placement

You will take part in a work placement for approximately 8 weeks which will usually take place over 3 days per week.

This placement will be in your chosen sector and it will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for the job, as well as improving your CV.

Functional Skills

You will have the opportunity to work towards and achieve a Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills in maths and English.


The programme provides you with training in your chosen area of work as well as training in employability skills and interview techniques.

We will also support you in applying for vacancies when you’re ready.

Read about Tom's traineeship experience here >>>

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Steps to Work

Grow your skills and confidence with the Steps to Work programme. We can support you each step of the way, building a programme that suits your needs and skills.

Programme Content

Support into Work or an Apprenticeship

With the Steps to Work programme, we will develop an action plan to suit your needs. You can also attend job clubs, where you can search and apply for jobs and apprenticeships.

Advice and Guidance

Receive full advice and guidance before, during and after the programme. You will also be given support to update your CV.

Maths, English and ICT

Get support with improving your maths, English and ICT skills.


The programme provides training in employability, sector specific training, customer service and interview techniques.


Gain relevant qualifications to the sector you want to work in such as:

  • Level 1 Retail Knowledge

  • Level 1 Business Admin

  • Level 1 Work Skills

  • Levels 1 + 2 Customer Service

  • Functional Skills Maths and English

  • Other sector specific training and qualifications

Read about Petra's Steps to Work experience here >>>

For more information contact our Community Team here >>>

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