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SkillsHouse Support for Unemployed People

SkillsHouse Support for Unemployed People

 All over the world people have lost their jobs, sources of income, or been furloughed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It’s easy for people to feel overwhelmed by uncertainty about when and how the economy will recover or if they will be able to find work. It’s important to know that they are not alone; many people are facing the same insecurity at this time. There is lots of support available locally and online and as a council we are working hard with employers to help them to tell Bradford residents about any vacancies that they have.

The Council working in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions, The University of Bradford, Bradford College, Shipley College, Incommunities, and the Voluntary and Community Sector are joining up their support and training offer for people looking for work through SkillsHouse.

SkillsHouse can provide support, training and guidance for jobseekers to gain a job and develop their careers.  SkillsHouse advisors are still working even if they are not able to meet people face to face.

Anyone looking for work or finding themselves being made redundant can contact one of SkillsHouse friendly advisors for help on 01274 497373 or email

Other Useful Information:

Claiming Benefit

Universal Credit is available for people who lose their job or are on low income.  To claim benefit it is possible to make a claim online. People are able to check if they are eligible for Universal Credit before making a full application on the government website: If someone needs an advance payment, this can also be applied for online.

Other Support Available:

  •  Careers Information. Advice and Guidance for Adults

If someone id aged over 19 and need advice and guidance to help them think their next steps, then you they are able access this through the National Careers Service digital services:

This service offer online information and guidance, a skills assessment and information on more than 800 jobs. This service is also available in other languages.

  • Support for under 19s who are unemployed in Bradford

If someone is aged under 19, they cannot claim benefit expect in exceptional circumstances or if they are estranged from their family.  Bradford’s Connexions service can help young people with advice and guidance and with job and apprenticeship vacancies.  They can contact: 01274 377800 to speak to an Advisor or email

  • Stronger Families Programme

Stronger Families offers support to parents across Bradford who wish to seek work, training or start job searching. They specifically support people who are experiencing difficulties around: finances, debt and housing; parenting; well-being and confidence; domestic abuse; and gaining skills for work. Circumstances mean that they are working in a different way to normal but still can support you using phone, email, video call, postal methods and in some cases through face to face visits. To make a referral or to find out more contact Stronger Families Bradford on 07894 708337 or

  • Council Jobs

For information on vacancies at Bradford Council people can visit out jobs page:

Mental Health and Stress

Mental healthKOOTH (Mental Health Service for young people aged 19 and below)

If you someone is worried about their mental health, or concerned about a friend or family member who is aged under 19, then you can access immediate support through the KOOTH service:


Unemployment is stressful for individual people who lose their jobs and also their families.  If someone needs support, there are a number of helplines and services available. In Bradford they can access the health minds app to help guide and support them and support is also available through the NHS website.