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 1-1 interview and placement interviews. The team at The Source can also support you with applications for vacancies, interviews and CV tips/preparation and guidance through skills revision and tests.

Our 1-1 placement interviews run daily 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 involved in delivering your apprenticeship. During the session, you will be able to access the following support:

  • An overview of the entry requirements and eligibility for available programmes.
  • A one-to-one chat with a learner engagement advisor who will talk to you about the job you have applied for.
  • An assessment of Maths and English to determine the skills that you already have.
  • Direct access to over 75 employers who are looking to recruit at the moment. 

When joining us for this 1-1 interview you will receive careers advice, which may result in recommendations to attend one of our sector-based recruitment academies in Business Admin, Warehousing, Hospitality or Customer Service.

To apply for a vacancy and receive a call back by one of our advisors within 24 hours contact 01142635600

For more information contact our learner placement team at



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 >>>

For more information contact our Community Team here >>>

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 >>>