Education and careersLast updated: 15 June 2012 11:36 UK
Looking for help on producing your CV? Or perhaps you are looking for an evening or full-time course? Portsmouth Library Service can help you find information on a wide range of education and careers interests. All branches hold local school, college and university brochures and contacts, as well as books on careers, job applications and qualifications. And each branch takes the Portsmouth News, which includes a local jobs supplement on a Thursday and Saturday.
At Central Library you can find an education and careers reference section on the first floor. This reference collection consists of:
- Local college and university prospectuses
- National university prospectuses
- Qualifications guides including the annual UCAS directory
- Funding information
- Books on CVs
- Books about working abroad
- Books about specific careers
- Books on career change/redundancy/taking a gap year
- Leaflets and magazines
Job-Seeker Drop In SessionsIf you're looking for work, we can help. Every Thursday afternoon from 2pm to 4.45pm, staff will be on hand to help you with online job applications, finding work on the Internet, and setting up email accounts.
Sessions take place in the IT Learning Zone on the third floor. For further information call Patricia Garrett on 07960091722.
Careers adviceAre you looking for work or thinking about a career change? The National Careers Service visit Central Library every Tuesday from 9am to 5pm to offer free careers advice, plus help and advice in designing a CV.
For further information or to book an appointment, please call 0800 1954 700.
Useful Web links
National Careers Service: This site provides free careers advice. It has advice on updating your skills, going back to work after a break and changing direction in your career. There are also specialist career advisers for 13-19 year olds.
Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities. Skill are a national independent charity that promotes opportunities for disabled people in learning and entry to employment.
Courses and Colleges
Learndirect: This organisation has a range of courses which can be taken formally or informally. Courses vary from basic skills to business management and IT.
Portsmouth College: A local College on Eastern Road that provides full and part-time courses in a variety of subjects including ECDL, languages and teaching.
Highbury College: As well as offering academic GSCE and, AS/A Level courses, Highbury also offers vocational courses in subjects such as hairdressing, fashion and engineering. It also caters to the informal learner by providing free IT training in the community.
South Downs College: This college provides a full range of academic, vocational and professional courses.
The Open University: The Open University is the UK's only university dedicated to distance learning.
Workers' Educational Association: The WEA is the UK’s largest voluntary provider of adult education. They run over 10,000 courses, created and delivered in response to local need.
Ofsted: Ofsted inspects and regulates care for children and young people, and education and training for learners of all ages. They carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits each week, publishing their findings on this website.
For further information contact Information Services.