I suppose this is mainly for any UK members out there really, but anyone that may be able to give me some guidance would be most welcome. I lost my job several months ago due to redundancy, and have found myself struggling to find something else. I used to work in IT and live in the Midlands (UK). This is the first time I've had to look for something for many years and am finding it hard, fumbling about in the dark. I've looked on various job sites and applied through agencies, but I generally don't hear anything back. Has anyone out there got any advice? Is it still possible to apply to companies directly instead of going through a third party? Does anyone know of any companies in the Midlands that are hiring or about to be hiring? Do companies actually take people on and give them training now? I don't have a degree or anything, but I have experience working in some Oracle technologies and I'm very keen to get back into work. I'd like the opportunity to learn new skills too. If anyone can possibly point me towards something that could help me out, I'd be incredibly grateful.