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Hertfordshire County Council

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) - Employment and skills mentoring

The Building Better Opportunities programme helps you gain employment and skills mentoring support.

We're working with voluntary and community organisations across the county  to deliver Building Better Opportunities, helping you to find work and achieve your full potential.

This programme is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.


If you're currently unemployed, get help at your nearest Building Better Opportunities hub:

Find your local hub



Your local hub you can give you:

  • support to help improve your skills and CV writing
  • help to apply and prepare for job interviews
  • help to find courses and training
  • a place to meet your mentor once you have joined the Building Better Opportunities programme
  • free refreshments.


Whichever programme you choose, you’ll receive:

  • 1 to 1 mentoring with a personalised plan that’s right for you
  • ongoing support to identify and overcome any barriers holding you back for as long as you need it
  • help and support for you to achieve positive outcomes such as starting a job or going to college, learning new skills through 1 to 1 support and workshops, as well as gaining work experience through volunteering or work placements
  • a safe and local hub which may be available for you to meet with your mentor as well as other organisations that can help you
  • a range of short 1 to 1 or group activities including horticulture, crafts and dealing with anxiety

This programme is only available to Hertfordshire residents.

Help to get a job – the STRIVE programme

If you’re 19 or over, unemployed and have previously tried to find employment, but the support you received was not successful, then our STRIVE programme could be for you.

You’ll be provided with tailored support to match your interests and needs, helping you move into employment, volunteering or education.

Help to reach your full potential – the Youth Futures programme

Our Youth Futures project supports young people who are furthest from the workplace by overcoming barriers and thereby improving their chances of getting training or a job.

To take part, you'll need to be 15-19 years old (up to 21 if you’re a care leaver or up to 25 if you’re a young adult with disabilities) and not currently in employment, education or training.

You’ll receive tailored support to help you work out your training or job goals through regular involvement in fun activities such as youth projects, sports clubs or participating in creative groups.

You'll also have the benefit of support from other voluntary sector organisations along with  YC Hertfordshire who'll provide extra support along with work experience opportunities.

Apply online for one of our finance, employment and skills mentoring courses.

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