Issue 4 -  26 October 2020

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."

This edition includes:
  • Black History Month - resources to look at for educational purposes or personal use
  • Upcoming and current opportunities - virtual opportunities and a number of interesting programmes
  • Apprenticeship spotlight - some apprenticeships with closing dates starting a month from now so you have extra time to prepare
  • Virtual resources - useful tools including an easy-to-use CV builder
  • Guess the employer quiz - by AmazingApprenticeships

Black History Month           

Black History Month is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all the achievements and diversity of black culture. In the UK, October is dedicated to focusing on, remembering and educating ourselves and others about the progress, events, and important people of black history.

Below are some educational and helpful resources regarding Black History Month, racial equality and the BLM movement. 

Google's celebration of black history makers  Google used their data to create a compilation of the most searched moments and people in black history. This video is a great way of portraying some of the amazing things that have been achieved and recognised within the culture. Click here to watch the video

Acas FREE equality webinar  Acas are hosting a free webinar on 27 October and 28 October for anyone wanting to understand and/or discuss racial equality in the workplace and how Coronavirus has affected BAME people. This includes conversations regarding what actions employers can take to support race equality, so this webinar is also suited to any employers looking to make their workplace more inclusive.
Register for 27 October here. Register for 28 October here

Exhibition of female black history makers  This is a small website dedicated to showcasing some of the powerful women who helped black history make its mark. This website speaks of achievements throughout a large range of time, some of them being recent and some being decades ago! Click here to view

YoungMinds - racism and mental health  YoungMinds have posted a very useful article regarding racism and the impact it has on people's mental health, young people in particular. This page provides resources to assist victims of racism, including what to do if you are experiencing racism and are unsure how to deal with it. This is also useful for those not in the BAME category as it can provide a real life insight into how these situations affect young people all over the world. Click here to view.

Upcoming and current opportunities 

Green Corridor programmes  Green Corridor are currently advertising their programmes which are particularly aimed at those who are NEET and/or have an EHCP (including those in the process of getting one). They have programmes that focus on horticulture, home cooking, functional skills, and enrichment - all of which have a variety of activities and achievements. These programmes also consist of mentoring, regular workshops, and small focus groups to individualise the support. To find out more, click here.

Free online cooking sessions  Similarly to their other programmes, Green Corridor have announced they will be running free online cooking sessions twice a month on Mondays via Zoom. There will be a different recipe each week, there is no limit to who joins in, and you can take part for educational purposes or just for fun! Plus, after you attend and complete your first full session, you will receive £10 to help cover the costs of the ingredients. Click here to read more. 

Volunteers needed in Kingston  VolunteeringKingston are always searching for people willing to volunteer, and are currently looking for food shoppers and deliverers in particular. As many people need to shield due to Coronavirus, they are too vulnerable to do their essential shopping at the moment. For this reason, VolunteeringKingston needs trust worthy volunteers to provide support to those who are high risk. Click here to view this opportunity. 

Sky programme matcher  Sky have a lot of career opportunities to offer and have been promoting them on their website, including a 2 year rotational programme in which you undergo 4 different 6 month placements. However, with so much to choose from, it can be difficult to make a choice. Due to this, Sky have released their "programme matcher", which is designed to help you find which programme is best suited to your aims and current qualifications. 

Royal Navy Apprenticeship  Royal Navy have more than 50 apprenticeships listed on their website and take pride in their successful delivery of training. They have one of the highest apprenticeship completion rates in the UK, and due to this, they are a recognised provider of quality apprenticeships. You can choose from a number of departments such as logistics, catering, science, administration, engineering, and more! Click here to find out more. 

Apprenticeship spotlight    

Apprentice Dental Nurse vacancy  Ashley Dental Care in Hampton are looking for a level 3 apprentice to join their team. Successful applicants will have to undergo a DBS check and have a Hepatitis B injection. Currently their potential start date is 1 January 2021, and they will stop taking applications on 31 December, so there is still plenty of time to apply

SEN Teaching Assistant apprenticeship  Specialist primary school, Lindon Bennett School, in Feltham are recruiting a new level 3 apprentice for the role of SEN teaching assistant. Successful applicants will need to undergo an enhanced DBS check before starting their position. With a potential start date of 1 November, this vacancy closes soon, on 30 October. Apply here.

Level 2 Barbering Apprenticeship  The Barber Stop in Isleworth are advertising a level 2 apprenticeship for an aspiring barber. You do not require any qualifications to start this 15 month vacancy, only the desire to become a qualified barber. This salon will stop accepting applications on 27 January 2021 as their expected start date is 28 January 2021. Click here to apply

Virtual resources

JCP Twitter Jobs Fair  Jobcentre Plus host regular "jobs fairs" on their Twitter account, @JCPinWestLondon, and have announced they will be hosting another online fair, this time regarding retail jobs. They will be tweeting about why you should consider this sector, opportunities within retail, and more. This online event will commence on 5 November from 11:00am until 12:00pm. To access, follow their Twitter, and for more information, click here.

How to answer phone interview questions  Due to the current circumstances, most job interviews are taking place online or over the phone, which is completely new to a lot of people as you can't rely on body language to portray your image. The Balance Careers have created guidance on how to answer common phone interview questions whilst explaining why their suggestions are appealing to employers. Click here to read the article.

Google Digital Garage  Google Digital Garage is Google's learning platform which contains a variety of courses based around career development and digital marketing. You can choose between completing individual modules for up skilling purposes, or full courses on more specific themes. Plus, they are beginning to introduce certifications upon completion of larger courses. Click here to view their course list. 

CV Builder  Barclays Life Skills have a free CV building resource on their website and all you need to do is make an account! The process is simple, you enter the information you want to put on your CV, and the tool will do all the fiddly formatting parts for you. If you explore their website more, you can also find a bunch of other resources, such as developing workplace skills, how to search for jobs, building confidence, and more. Use the CV builder tool here

Racing Career Paths  CareersinRacing is the perfect website for anyone interested in a horse racing career. Their page contains a career paths tool which allows you to find out which roles are a suitable match for you by asking you a set of questions. They also have a career map available full of information on all roles including administrative jobs, so there is a very wide selection to choose from. Click here for the career paths tool.

Guess the apprenticeship employer!

Amazing Apprenticeships have designed this quiz as an interactive method of learning about apprenticeship providers. As well as testing your knowledge, you can find out about the exciting benefits of apprenticeships within different organisations. Test your knowledge! 
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