Update: Unfortunately our skills and learning project has finished. For more information on developing your skills to get back into work, please see your local Jobcentre, local adult education college and local council. You can also contact the national careers service in England: 0800 100 900 for advice on training.

At Gingerbread we still offer parent peer support programmes, advice line and online forums if these are of any additional support for you.


If you’ve been out of work and education for a while or you've never had a job, attending training and entering employment might feel daunting – it can be difficult to know where to start.

You might want support to help you write your CV or develop skills needed to help you pass an interview. Our training courses are tailored to work around you.

Every working day, two single parents get a job after going through our training. Find out more about the support we offer near you and how you can benefit from taking part.

How do training courses work?

If you see a training course that you are interested in then get in touch. A member of our team will then contact you to work out what best suits your needs. We will work with you to create a plan and walk you through the steps involved.

Our dedicated teams will be there to support you, checking in along the way.

We work with you to make sure you have the best experience possible. There’s no obligation to take part – you don’t have to complete anything that isn’t working for you.

I've got much more confidence now - inwardly and outwardly. I used to be the person cowering in the corner. Now, in my job, I'm the meeter and greeter!


Who can take part in a training course?

Most of our training courses are limited to a certain area or city, depending on funding.

Some of our training courses are aimed at a specific age group and might require a referral from a government agency, but we’ll let you know if this is the case.

Our courses are open to everyone who has a level of conversational English – the sessions will be presented in English and have a number of paper-based exercises. If you have any literacy or numeracy needs just let us know in advance and we can make sure our session is suitable for you.

Please note that we have recently made changes to our service provision in Wales and the North West – click through to find out more about what this means for you if you’re based in these areas.

If you are unsure about what you want to participate in, get in touch through our online form or call us on 0800 652 3166 and we can talk through what might suit you best.

Just a thank you for giving me a chance to shine in the work place and proving my worth.


Do training courses cost anything?

All training courses are free – you don’t need to pay anything to take part. We also usually cover travel expenses, provide refreshments, and some courses have childcare provided. If any of these costs are a worry, it’s best to get in touch with us directly and we can talk you through which training course will be most suitable.

If you are claiming benefits, attending a Gingerbread course shouldn’t affect your claim. But keep in mind that a course does not replace mandatory activity – meaning you’d still need to fulfil programmes or tasks that the Jobcentre requires you to do. You’ll need to keep your signing on appointment or taking part in Work Programme activity as agreed between you and the Jobcentre.