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Employment and skills

Choose Work

If you are a local business, Choose Work, supported by Chichester District Council, can help you find local residents who are looking for employment. We have information to help you find the right course if you are looking to upskill your current workforce and we are the team to speak with if you are in the unfortunate position of needing to make redundancies.

If you are an individual, Choose Work is here to help you move forward in your life and move into or towards employment.

Through coaching, mentoring, providing information, advice and guidance, we work with Chichester District residents to help them identify where they want to get to and work out an action plan to help them get there. We work closely with the Economic Development team so we have up to date information about local skills shortages which might inform your recruitment drive or skills update. If you are an employer with available jobs or a local job seeker, we are here to help.

Are you;

  • A local employer or expanding business
  • Unemployed and seeking work
  • Feeling stuck in your current role
  • Dreaming of a better future

Then Choose Work can help you find what you are looking for. We work with you to help you identify exactly what you are seeking, whether it’s a new employee or a new job we can help you find your place in work and in life.

Mentoring and coaching

We offer one to one sessions which start with an initial assessment. At this appointment we help you to identify goals to work towards and then work with you regularly to ensure we are helping you move towards your outcomes. SMART goals and intentional actions to get the best result for you.


These take place in Chichester at the District Council and details of these workshops are listed below. Workshops are free to all Chichester District residents and we look forward to welcoming you. Tea and coffee is provided! Come along on the day or get in touch to find out more and book your place; choosework@chichester.gov.uk.

Please note that our offices are currently closed, please email for a schedule of our online webinars.

How to contact us

You can email us at choosework@chichester.gov.uk



The area around Chichester is lucky to have some world class education establishments with some amazing opportunities for recruiting and training your current staff
  • University of Chichester is one of the UK’s top-30 universities, says Guardian University Guide 2021.
  • Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2021) rates Chichester among the UK’s top-50 universities.
  • Students are particularly happy at Chichester, according to the National Student Survey 2020, which put the University in the UK’s top-3rd for student satisfaction.
  • Chichester was recently rated as the 4th most environmentally-friendly university in the UK (HESA environment rankings 2019)
  • Chichester city is among the top 5 happiest places to live in the UK (Office for National Statistics 2019).

The University of Chichester is a thriving higher education institution which was recently recognised as a one of the top-30 universities in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2021). Its origins trace back to 1839 when it was founded as a training college by William Otter, the Bishop of Chichester.

It’s now known for its outstanding student experience, for which it was recently rated in the top-20 by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 for student satisfaction with teaching quality. Its students are also among the happiest in the UK, according to the National Student Survey (NSS) 2020 which placed it in the UK’s top-3rd for high student-satisfaction.

The University holds a Silver TEF Award. 90 per cent of its research is rated as internationally-renowned and 15 per cent as world-leading in the most recent Research Excellent Framework (REF 2014). Its key disciplines are in sport, education, creative and digital technologies, and engineering.

Find out more at www.chi.ac.uk


The Chichester College Group (CCG) is the largest college group in Sussex. The group was proud to be rated as Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in May 2020,

CCG covers five main sites, Chichester College, Crawley College, Brinsbury College, Worthing College and Haywards Heath College, which opened in September 2020.

The group’s vision is to change lives through learning, and aims to significantly improve the learning opportunities, experience and environment for students across the region.

Delivering apprenticeship programmes to more than 1,000 employers, CCG has built strong partnerships with businesses across the region. It works collaboratively with employers and industry leaders to encourage skills development through a diverse set of apprenticeship and training programmes.

For more information on the wealth of courses on offer visit the CCG website