Issue 11 -  23 March 2021
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

Kickstart Scheme Update

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 opportunities. 

Achieving for Children have now opened new internal Kickstart vacancies that are currently live with JobCentre Plus. You can view these below.

AfC Kickstart Roles (some teams will be offering more than 1 role):
  • Way2Work Administrative Assistant 
  • 14-25- EBP Data and Project Support Assistant 
  • Virtual School Administrative Assistants
  • Trainee Youth Centre Assistants 
  • Project X Trainee Support Worker (Youth Justice Service)
  • Anstee Bridge Trainee Support Worker (September Start)
  • EISS Service - Trainee Sports and Wellbeing Coach

Partner Organisation Kickstart Roles:

  • Creative Youth Operations Assistant 
  • Creative Youth Marketing Assistant
  • St Paul’s Primary School Children’s Support Assistant
  • KAG Advocacy Volunteer Co-ordinator 
  • The Waldegrave Trust IT Premises Support Assistant
  • The Waldegrave Trust Admin & General Cover Assistant
  • Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames Highways Assistant
  • Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames Caretaking Assistant
  • Hampton Wick Infants School Premises Assistant
  • Hampton Wick Infants School Office Assistant
  • Hampton Wick Infants School Nursery Assistant
  • Grand Avenue Primary School Early Years Play Worker
  • Grand Avenue Primary School Primary Classroom Assistant
  • Richmond Citizens Advice Assessor 
You can find more information on these vacancies here.

You can directly speak to a Kickstart representative at Achieving for Children by emailing

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)
More Kickstart information here. 

Upcoming and recent opportunities 

Upcoming Head2Work Project
We are currently recruiting for young people who are not in education, employment or training to join our next cohort of learners on our Head2Work course. If you have applied for a job through the Kickstart Scheme, there is a Head2Work project running from 29 March which will provide insight into being a youth worker at Heatham House. You can find more information on this here
If you have not applied for a Kickstart role, you can still apply to join another cohort of learners who will be volunteering with Voices of Hope to undertake an Easter themed project. This project will enable you to support disadvantaged families living locally. To apply for this project, complete this form

Capel Manor College Open Days
Capel Manor College will be hosting a virtual open day to introduce applicants to the college campus and courses. Although the college has returned to face-to-face learning, this open event will remain virtual. You can attend their virtual open day on 27 March from 10am - 3pm, followed by their virtual advice session, which will run on the same day beginning at 5pm, and ending at 7pm. Click here to register your interest

Civil Service Pre-Employment Programme
This 10-day long course at Richmond Upon Thames College is designed to provide insight into working for the Government. This course will consist of blended learning, 1:1 mentor support, and guidance through the Government's job application process. Please note, you must be at least 19 years old to apply. Click here for more information

Games Careers Week
From 26 March until 1 April, a number of organisations are coming together to present the Games Careers Week fair to showcase schemes and opportunities designed for those interested in a career in game development, and highlight key issues of education and diversity. To register, click here

Games Development Course
FutureLearn are advertising their 4 week course in how to start your career in game development. This course will provide insight into the industry, which skills are needed for a career in games development, and the general application process. Click here to sign up

Virtual resources

Careers for Those Passionate about Maths
If your favourite subject is (or was) Maths, you should check out this list of suitable apprenticeship roles for aspiring mathematicians. The Apprenticeship Guide have created this list so that those with a love for maths can keep an eye out for jobs and apprenticeships where they will thrive. These roles consist of anything maths-related, from financial advisors to air traffic controllers - this article provides an overview of careers that may interest you. Click here to read

Overcoming Mental Health Barriers when in Employment 
Both being in and seeking employment can be challenging when also dealing with mental health. However, it is not impossible. This article by Youth Employment UK provides tips and advice on how to not get overwhelmed by the workplace or job hunt, and different methods to ensure you prioritise your wellbeing. To read, click here

British Academy of Jewellery Podcast
British Academy of Jewellery have a podcast available which provides insight into different career paths and elements of jewellery making, and completing courses with British Academy of Jewellery. You can listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, or listen on their website

How to Set Up a Home Office
Since class-based learning is not currently allowed, most classes and learning events are taking place virtually. For many people, this means finding a space at home to set up a new home office. Of course, this is new to a lot of people, so this helpful blog post by FutureLearn contains guidance on how you can make your home office as comfortable as possible. To find out more, click here

Apprenticeship spotlight

Parking Services Apprentice
Achieving for Children's Way2Work have listed a new level 2 apprenticeship offering a 12-15 month long employment with Richmond Council. The successful applicant will undertake a Customer Service Practitioner Standard whilst completing their employment. This role is open to anyone aged 16+. To apply and find out more, click here

Freight Operations Apprentice
Ligentia in Hounslow have announced they're looking for a level 3 apprentice to gain practical, hands-on skills. This role will involve tasks such as receiving shipping orders, arranging/monitoring the progress from point of origin to final delivery and ensuring all contractual obligations & service levels are met. To find out more and apply, click here

Optical Assistant Apprentice
Specsavers in Twickenham are looking to hire a level 2 apprentice to join their staff and learn transferrable skills. This vacancy will last for 13 months and the successful applicant will start their employment around 19 April. Specsavers will stop accepting applications for this role on 5 April. Click here to apply

Lettings Apprentice
Savills UK Limited are searching for an eager young person to join their Richmond office and complete a level 3 qualification with them. This role will involve a variety of administrative tasks including producing tenancy agreements. Applicants must live within an hour of the office. To apply, click here

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