Redundancy and losing your job

If you’ve been made redundant or are unemployed due to COVID-19, you might feel anxious about the future. Get advice on how to develop your skills, access free online courses and find help getting a job.

Retrain or upskill

Whilst being unemployed can be a very stressful time, it may also be an opportunity to:

  • identify and improve your skills
  • learn a new skill
  • change your career

Qualifications and courses

Find a course or apprenticeship to help take your next step, including:

  • free online courses in The Skills Toolkit
  • free Level 3 qualifications for adults

You may also be able to enrol on a free Skills Bootcamp, as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs.

Know your skills

You may have transferable skills which you could use in a different job to what you were doing before. Knowing what your skills are can help you choose the right job for you and make a stronger job application. 

You can identify your skills and find out about careers that might be right for you by taking a skills assessment.

Look for work

If you want to find a job as soon as possible, you can improve your chances by:

Young people

If you’re between 16 and 24 years old, you may be able to apply for a 6 month paid job with a local employer under the government’s Kickstart Scheme.

Job applications

If you’ve been made redundant due to COVID-19, you may want to update your CV to let employers know that it wasn’t anything to do with your performance.

Describe why you were made redundant, under the job title. For example, “while I worked in this role, I increased the efficiency of my team by 20%. The role was discontinued due to COVID-19.” 

Give examples of any skills or training you’ve learned since becoming unemployed. For example, “since being laid off from my last role due to COVID-19, I have taken the opportunity to increase my digital skills by taking courses in digital content and presentation skills.”

You may also want to include this information in your cover letter to make sure the employer sees it.


Many interviews are taking place remotely, either as a phone interview or a video interview

Follow interview advice and research common interview questions to help you to prepare so that you feel confident during the interview.

Redundancy help

If you need further help and support through redundancy, you can find more information and guidance on:

Skills assessment

Take an assessment to learn more about your skills and the careers that might suit you.

Speak to an adviser

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