Issue 8 - 22 January 2021
"It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts."

Happy New Year! 

As this is our first update of the year, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a prosperous new year.
We extend our very best wishes to you and your families and look forward to whatever 2021 will bring! 

Kickstart Scheme 

The Kickstart Scheme was announced in July as a support system for employers to take on young employees and help tackle youth unemployment. This means that the government will pay wages on behalf of employers for six-month-long work placements given to those aged 16-24 years. 

Due to this funding, a large number of varied job vacancies are becoming live with JobCentre Plus, so speak to your JCP work coach to discuss placements. 

You will be eligible for jobs funded by the Kickstart Scheme if you: 
  • are aged 16-24 years 
  • are claiming Universal Credit
  • are referred to the employer by DWP (speak to your job coach regarding this)

Below are some relevant resources that may assist you in the meantime.

Current Kickstart vacancies as of January 2021
Better Working Futures - Work and Health Programme
Unilever apprenticeships
Barclays - Apprenticeships and Diversity - virtual sessions
Digital Employability Coach
Current local apprenticeships as of January 2021
Microsoft Employability Skills Workshops

Upcoming and recent opportunities 

CSCS Gateway Training
Richmond Work Match is continuing to offer its training and support to those interested in a career in construction. This Gateway training programme will consist of employment support, online workshops, CSCS training with the award of a free CSCS card on completion of the training, and even more! To sign up, you must be 18+, not currently working in construction, and eligible to work in the UK. To register your interest, email

Virtual Construction Work Experience 
On 18 February, Skanska will be hosting a virtual work experience opportunity to provide insight into careers in civil engineering, quantity surveying, and mechanical & electrical engineering maintenance. This virtual session will run from 10am - 3pm, and will include information about their 2021 graduate and apprenticeship opportunities, and how to succeed in assessment centres. Click here to find out more. 

Talent Bank
The Talent Bank is a short course by West London College for those who are 19+ and NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). With this online course, you can gain a Level 1 Employability Skills award and employment support from their staff. West London College will notify you of any matching vacancy and support you with your application. To enquire or apply, click here

Step Up Courses 
From January 2021, West London College will be providing short Step Up courses to train you in a vocational subject and support you in your next steps - whether you would prefer continued education or employment. To see course dates, click here

Resilience and Resourcefulness for Creatives 
Resilience and Resourcefulness for Creatives is an online workshop run by Mousetrap Theatre. This workshop is designed to provide 15-29 year olds with some advice on building their career in the Arts and Entertainment industry. This online event is free and will take place on 26 January, 6pm - 7pm. Click here to book your ticket. 

Virtual resources

The Skills Toolkit
The Skills Toolkit is a resource on the website that enables you to navigate your way through a number of online learning opportunities. You can choose to work on your professional development, personal development, or both! You can also find information as to how online learning can assist you in your career path. To find out more, click here.

How far back do you go?
This article contains advice and guidance on what to include in your CV when you have a lot of experience. You can find assistance when deciding what to add and what can be left out, including a short video to help you. To read this article, click here

Extra-curricular activities that look great on your CV
This poster by AmazingApprenticeships displays 5 extra-curricular activities that are appealing to employers on a CV. This could help you choose a skill to practise whilst job-searching, or enable you to recognise a skill you already have that you didn't think was necessary to put on your CV. To view, click here

AA Careers 
This webpage by AA is dedicated to informing readers of apprenticeships, what they are, and how AA can support apprentices of their own. As well as generally finding out about careers in this industry, you can also learn specifically about apprenticeships with AA. Plus, they're accepting applications all year round. To view, click here

Hospitality Qualifications 

Here you can find a list of hospitality related qualifications that could potentially you win you a job. You can find out about a number of different qualification types and how to gain them. There is also a section for useful contacts and information points at the end of the article, so definitely a good starting point for those interested in the hospitality and catering industry. Click here to read. 

Apprenticeship spotlight

Level 3 Business Administrator 
Unilever in Kingston are currently advertising a vacancy for a level 3 business administration apprentice. Upon completion, this apprenticeship provides you with the opportunity to progress into a higher/degree level apprenticeship, as well as opportunities into permanent employment. The closing date for this vacancy is 31 March, with a potential start date of 6 September. To apply, click here

Level 3 Dental Nurse
Kingston Dental Clinic are looking to employ a level 3 dental nurse apprentice who is prepared for a prompt start. You will be required to undertake admin tasks as well as dental tasks. This vacancy closes soon on 7 February, with a start date of 8 February. To apply, click here

Level 2 Early Years Practitioner 
Twickenham-based Busy Bees Childcare LTD are promoting their level 2 EYP apprenticeship opportunity. Throughout this role, the apprentice will be assigned a mentor and Development Coach for support. This role has a potential start date of 1 September, and Busy Bees will not be accepting applications as of 30 June. Click here to apply. 

Level 2 Healthcare Assistant 
Deer Park View Care Centre in Teddington are searching for a compassionate new apprentice to join their team of dedicated carers. Upon successful application, you will be provided with a Skills Tutor to support you throughout your apprenticeship, which will be completed 100% within the workplace. This position closes 3 February, and has a possible start date of 17 February. Click here to apply. 

How fast can you type?

This website allows you to test your own typing abilities with a number of tests available. You can alter your time limit, text type, and difficulty. See how many words you really type per minute, or test your "blind-typing" ability. 

Click here to take the test. 
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