Employment support programmes

If you need a bit more help to find your career path or get back into work, there's plenty of support available online and in person. Read about some of the key local projects below.


Journey to Work

Horsham District Council has provided its Journey to Work support programme since 2012, a project that has helped more than 1200 people move forwards on their journey into work. In a response to the pandemic, the programme of support has recently been expanded to provide support to as many people as possible.

Consequently, there are now two projects providing support to local residents:

  • Y-WISH (Youth Hub) for 18-24 year olds
  • In2Work for those aged 25+ who have recently lost their job or who are looking for a change of career

Click the button below to find out more about each programme.

Journey to Work

Support in West Sussex

If you live and work outside the Horsham District you can access other West Sussex Local Authority projects, similar to Horsham’s Journey to Work programme.

For Young People

For young people - aged 16-18, or 16-25 with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP), there is a dedicated  service offering careers advice, provided by West Sussex County Council. Visit the Your Space website for more information. You will find lots of advice about all sorts of things that can help you, such as your health, education and places to go.

For 50+

If you are over 50 and need some support, the Council is planning to set up a 50+ WISH club in Horsham, which is expected to be available from January 2022. Until then, you can access advice and support from our In2Work officer or take a look at Government information about Finding Work at 50 Plus

Other support

You may need some help finding work, but often there are other challenges you face, or another approach is needed to get you closer to where you want to be. Volunteering is a good way of getting some work experience whilst you're finding the right job for you. You may have concerns about your health or lifestyle and need some support, or you're concerned about an addiction. You may have financial worries and need some benefits advice. Below are links to information and organisations that may be able to help. If you can't find what you are looking for, get in touch with the Council's Journey to Work team and we can advise and even make a referral on your behalf.

Routes Careers Programme

The WEA  (Workers Educational Association) runs a funded  programme of careers support called Routes. There are criteria to qualify for this programme and places are limited. To read more about it visit the Routes website.

Forward Your Career Programme

Albion in the Community have set up a free virtual training programme to help you get your career started. Visit the website to find out more and sign up.

Making a difference

We also work in partnership with the Educational Development Trust, who are running a support programme called Making a difference. This programme is for anyone who needs intensive support and who may have significant barriers to employment. You can refer yourself or be referred by the National Careers Service or your local Jobcentre Plus.