Issue #2  -  15 September 2020

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

Positive Directions - Update

We are currently running Positive Directions which is a support programme designed for young people aged 16 to 24 who are not in education, employment or training.

6 young people who signed up in the summer have now progressed into Education,including GCSE programmes run by Kingston College and a construction based study programme at MIT skills.

2 young people have also secured childcare apprenticeships and 1 young person has moved onto employment in the Hospitality sector.

These young people have worked hard to achieve these new opportunities and we wish them luck in their future.

We would also like to say well done to the 5 young people that have nearly completed their Level 1 Employability award as part of the programme and the 2 young people who are close to completing a level 1 Award in Early Years. 

If you would like to know more about Positive Directions and get support into education/employment or training then please contact

Upcoming and current opportunities 


GCSE resits with Kingston College  Due to the difficult situations this year, some students want to retake their GCSEs. Kingston College are now offering those students the opportunity to retake up to 4 (with some exceptions able to take on 5) of their GCSE's with their 1 year long, full time programme. If your grades are below a 4, maths and English will be included in your 4 subjects. You can study a number of subjects such as photography, physics, film studies, biology and many more. To enquire, you can visit their website. To book an appointment, see their virtual information point. For more information on courses, please see leaflet attached.

Kickstart Scheme jobs  The new Kickstart jobs scheme was announced earlier in the Summer, and is due to commence in November. The aim of this is to help businesses and those seeking employment bounce back after the Coronavirus crisis. These vacancies will be exclusive to those who are: 16-24, claiming universal credit, and at risk of long term unemployment. You can find more information here.

Twickenham Jobs Fair  Jobs Fair are hosting an extremely local networking event on 9 October. A large number of businesses will be gathering to exhibit and network with others and recruit new staff members. Attendees will be given the chance to undertake mini face-to-face interviews, expand their contacts and gain expert advice and guidance on skills such as CV writing, job searching and employability. The event tickets and parking are both free - but don't forget to bring a few copies of your CV as 30-40 companies will be recruiting on the day! This event is due to take place at Twickenham Stadium from 10am -1pm. The government advised that indoor conferences can take place from 1st October so currently this is still planned to be going ahead, but is subject to review.   

Retail Sales Traineeship  DFS have launched a new traineeship vacancy in New Malden for an applicant aged between 16-24 who is qualified under a level 3 (A levels). This 8 week opportunity can provide you with employability skills, in-store training, assistance with English and maths, and even the potential chance to gain an apprenticeship upon successful completion of this traineeship. With the possible start date being 21 September, and the application closing date being 18 September, it is recommended that anyone interested applies as soon as they can. For more information, click here.

To search for a Traineeship opportunity, you can use the government website:
Virtual resources

Cosmopolitan virtual careers fair  Popular magazine Cosmopolitan has launched their 8-part webinar series as an alternative to their usual 'How to Get Hired' careers fair.
This virtual series will allow you to gain insight on work life during the pandemic from a number of successful women. Although the first 2 sessions have passed, there are still 6 free sessions to attend - including 'how to work in the media', 'how to upskill yourself right now' and 'the future of working in fashion'.
To access, you will need to book free tickets to each session in advance to receive your unique Zoom link.

Free courses with Vision2Learn  Vision2Learn is a website offering a variety of level 2 online courses, including business administration, dementia care, and customer service. To study with them for free, you must fit their criteria which you can view here, however, you do not need any qualifications to begin. They also have a support system which can be used via phone or online. 

BBC Digital Cities  BBC Academy will be commencing a 2 day long virtual event regarding creative careers. Digital Cities will include Q&A sessions, webinars, and advice and guidance in many areas, beginning 22 September and finishing on 24 September. This event has a very full schedule of extremely varied events that will be running over these two days, featuring guest speakers from companies such as STEM, BBC Young Reporter, and ScreenSkills. To get involved, click here.

Health Care FAQ  NHS have uploaded a page to their website answering some of the most frequently asked questions about working in health care. This is not only to provide information to those curious, but to encourage others to take up a career in healthcare - particularly during these times. 

Apprenticeship spotlight

The Teddington Butcher is recruiting a level 2 apprentice butcher to join their 5* business. This vacancy expires on 20 September, with a potential start date of 28 September.

Black Diamond Performance are looking to hire a full-time level 3 apprentice to become a Vehicle Parts Advisor. This position lasts for 2 years with a potential start date of 5 October, and they are accepting applications until 30 September

Harts Boatyard Riverside Pub & Dining recently posted an advertisement for their vacancy as level 2 apprentice chef. They do not ask for any qualifications or requirements other than passion! This advertisement expires on 25 September, with a possible start date of 2 October

Richmond Green Dental Care are calling for a new level 3 apprentice dental nurse. There are a number of future pathways that can be taken using this qualification. This apprenticeship may start on or around 27 September, and will not be advertised from 26 September

How much do you know about apprenticeships? 

Well-known AmazingApprenticeships created an interesting mini quiz to decipher how much you really know about apprenticeships. This quiz is perfect for shattering myths surrounding apprenticeships, and can be a good resource to demonstrate how an apprenticeship can kickstart your career. 
Click here to take the quiz
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