Economy and Skills

List of Council and external support agencies

Adult Learning - Community Learning MK

Community Learning MK is a unique new venture that draws together Milton Keynes Council’s well respected, high quality adult education and music services into one organisation 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

Invest Milton Keynes is your first point of enquiry, whether you are an existing Milton Keynes business looking to expand in, or a business looking to relocate to, this vibrant and dynamic city.

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


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

Lifeworks provide free 4-5 day courses tailored specifically towards helping anyone who has served in the British armed forces  secure the future they want.   

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.

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.


Advice on housing, where to live and homelessness.

Troops to Teachers

University Campus Milton Keynes

Find out about a range of study options available to students.

University of Wolverhampton – Supporting the Unsung Hero

Free business start-up course and mentoring programme for the Dependants of Armed Forces Community, run by experienced and knowledgeable business advisers.


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

Many people on benefits perceive the financial risks of moving into work as just too great. For some groups the gains to work, particularly at low hours, are small, and any gain can easily be wiped out altogether by in-work costs such as transport.

The Coalition Government has identified two key problems with the current system:

  • work incentives are poor, and
  • the system is too complex.

They are reforming the system to help people to move into and progress in work, while supporting the most vulnerable.

For further information on welfare reform, please see the Council's page.

Last Updated: 20 April 2020