From 2019 to 2021 we will be delivering the ESF Pathways Programme in Sheffield. Part funded by the European Social Fund, the Pathways Programme is aimed at improving employability skills and supporting unemployed and economically inactive people facing additional barriers to employment, towards and into work.
Opportunity Sheffield - employment and skills service

We are Opportunity Sheffield - the employment and skills service in Sheffield City Council.

  • We help create job opportunities and break down barriers to employment 
  • We help local businesses grow and develop a skilled workforce
  • We help employers navigate, understand and implement financial incentives, grants and funding opportunities related to Employment and Skills agendas 

Over the past five years we have supported thousands of local people into employment and training. Our programmes include Sector Routeways, ESF Pathways, Advance SCR, Advance Digital, Apprenticeship Ready and Talent Sheffield, amongst others.

We work with all people in Sheffield with access to funded programmes to help those out of employment gain work and skills and those in employment advance their career.

We work with businesses in Sheffield of all sizes and from all sectors providing an impartial Account Manager service to help articulate and implement funded opportunities to benefit both them and their workforce.

Call us on 0114 229 6168 

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Opportunity Sheffield
Opportunity Sheffield
Opportunity Sheffield
Are you looking for work?

We support people who are seeking jobs, apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience, helping to create employment and training opportunities.

We'll help anyone who may face a barrier getting into work. This includes people with disabilities, physical or mental health issues, criminal records, skills deficits or lacking work experience.

Our programmes offer training opportunities and potential work experience leading to jobs in sectors which have a high level of staffing demand including construction, manufacturing, engineering, digital and care.

Opportunity Sheffield
Are you an employer?
Opportunity Sheffield

We offer expert assistance to Sheffield employers, including specialist help to access, nurture and retain skilled employees. We work with businesses seeking to expand and develop in Sheffield. 

Enquiring employers are assigned a dedicated Account Manager to support you through a skills diagnostic and co-ordinate a bespoke employment and skills plan on your behalf, drawing in a myriad of potentially funded avenues to explore.

We help upskill individuals and teams, while providing access to work-ready jobseekers who are eager to move into employment and develop their careers.

Email us to find out how we can help you

Opportunity Sheffield’s ESF Pathways, Sector Routeways, Advance SCR and Advance Digital employment & skills support programmes are part-funded by the European Social Fund. These programmes are aimed at supporting people towards work, into work and succeeding in work whilst helping meet local and regional demand for skills. 

Our partners
Opportunity Sheffield List of Partners