Employment, training and in work support

Want to find volunteering, training or employment opportunities?

We are here to help!

United Communities is part of the ‘Future Bright’ programme, a new service offering flexible options to improve your job prospects and enhance your potential. We have four Career Progression Coaches, Simon Butler, Marsha McGregor, Mike Allen and Bram Tout who can help you with support, advice and gaining new skills.

To ensure Future Bright is tailored to your needs, you will be teamed up with our careers progression coach who can help you with:

  • Careers advice – to identify what you would like to do in the future and help create an achievable plan to get you there.
  • Overcoming barriers – that prevent you from achieving your goals.
  • Improving your skills – identifying and arranging the training you need and fitting it around your current commitments.
  • Balancing priorities – access to help regarding finances, child care etc.
  • Existing employment – if you choose, identify ways with your employer in which you can achieve more in your current role.
  • Taking the next step – providing support and advice to help you reach your full potential.

All conversations are confidential, allowing you to talk freely about your current situation and what you want to achieve.

Future Bright will improve your confidence and give you the skills you need to boost your career. Best of all… Future Bright is FREE. To be eligible, you must be receiving either Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction, or be an individual who is doing permitted work and claiming JSA, ESA, Income Support or Universal Credit. The opportunity is open to any person in the household that feels they would like to boost their career.

You can contact one of our coaches by email: futurebright@unitedcommunities.org.uk or by ringing our office, 0117 942 4600, and asking to be put through to the Career Progression Coaches.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about eligibility or the Future Bright programme itself.

Other options...

If you are not eligible for the Future Bright service you may be interested in the below information and resources


The National Apprenticeship Service has lots of useful information on how to apply for an apprenticeship and search for current vacancies.

What can you do?


Ways2Work is the website for employment, training and support organisations in Bristol and the West of England (Bath and NE Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) area. There is lots of useful information about employment and training available here.

You can search and apply for jobs all over the country using the government’s Find a Job site. This website has replaced Universal Jobmatch.

Employment advice for people with disabilities

PLUSS is an award winning Community Interest Company which supports thousands of people with disabilities and other disadvantages move towards and into employment each year.

Bristol branch – Suite 8C, Whitefriars, Lewins Mead, Bristol, BS1 2NT.

T: 0117 202 0965, E: employment.bureau@pluss.org.uk

Swindon branch – Suite A, 1st Floor, Wiltshire Court, Farnsby Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 5AH

WECIL advice service is open to any disabled person in the UK, and our experienced advisors can support you across a range of issues

0117 9479950 advice@wecil.co.uk


There are lots of places in and around the wider area of Bristol offering free or discounted training.

For up to date information and advice on courses visit the relevant website.

South Gloucestershire



Southern Brooks Partnership offer free and reduced-rate courses. From food hygiene to digital photography, working with children to managing your money.


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