Economy and Skills

List of Council and external support agencies

Adult Learning - Community Learning MK - find high quality adult education and music services that enables children, young people and adults of all ages to realise their ambitions and reach their full potential. 

Armed Forces Covenant Support and Advice for Veterans

Benefits Milton Keynes - Advice on who can claim benefits, what you can claim, advice on housing and council tax benefit and contact details for the service.

Business Support Invest Milton Keynes  is your first point of enquiry, whether you are an existing business looking to expand, or a business looking to relocate to this vibrant and dynamic city.  Has your business signed up to Armed Forces Covenant?  Learn more about the Disability Confident campaign and how to become a Disability Confident employer.  For local business matters, please take a look at our MKC business webpages.

Career Transition Partnership - Make a success of civilian life - launch your new career.  Meet employers who value you.  Get the training you need. Build on your skills. Understand what employers want. Market yourself. Find the right job. 

Citizen Advice Bureau - Contact details for the Milton Keynes office and advice on how to access advisors and seek support.

Civilian Housing

CIVVYSTREET  - The Royal British Legion’s employability programme for the Service community in civilian life.

Community Action:MK - This is a site that will showcase the amazing work happening in and around Milton Keynes’ communities as well as a place to help support you to take action in your community whether you are part of a voluntary organisation, a community group or an individual looking to make a difference!

Debt Management

Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

DWP JobCentrePlus Armed Forces Champions - Advice about how your local Jobcentre can support you to find work and claim the correct benefits and universal credit.

Employment Advice (Gov.UK) - Advice on where to search for employment, writing your CV, starting a new job and understanding employee rights as well as a range of other issues relating to employment.

Forces Help to Buy Scheme

Housing Assistance - Milton Keynes Council - Advice on where to seek accommodation, options available and useful contact details.

Joint Services Housing Advice Office

MKEA Milton Keynes Executives Action - Professional led training and support to mid/senior managers and business professionals who are actively seeking work or facing redundancy and unemployment.

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Neighbourhood Employment Programme - Milton Keynes Council and Milton Keynes College are working together with Job Centre Plus and a range of voluntary and community organisations to provide locally based job clubs to help young people and adults back into work.

Open University - Find out what courses the OU offer, financial support for studying and working at the OU.

PayPlan offer advice on a wide range of debt solutions so you have a choice. They will check what you qualify for and recommend what solution will be the most affordable and manageable for you.

Pensions Gov.UK - Advice on the range of options for pensions and how it is calculated as well as financial support and concessions.

Shelter - Advice on housing, where to live and homelessness.

University Campus Milton Keynes - Find out about a range of study options available to students.

Veterans Community Network (VCN) - peer mentoring support from those who understand.  Find out more in the their videolink.  Contact them with their simple self referral form.

Veterans Gateway - a first point of contact to a consortium of Armed Forces charities.

Volunteering oportunities locally can be found at VCN and MK Community Foundation

Works for Us is a charity dedicated to helping people on their journey to economic independence by looking at every individual in the round - their skills and abilities, their interests and achievements, and their work histories whether paid or unpaid.

Welfare Reform - the benefits system is being reformed to help people to move into and progress in work, while supporting the most vulnerable.  For further information about the changes locally, please see the Council's Welfare Reform web pages.

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Last Updated: 16 September 2021