Issue 10  -  18 February 2021

National Apprenticeship Week, 8 Feb - 14 Feb

National Apprenticeship Week is an annual celebration in which apprentices and apprenticeship providers are recognised for their achievements, and the benefits of apprenticeships are promoted. 
This year's theme was "Build the Future: Train, Retain and Achieve". 

In light of National Apprenticeship Week, we released two podcast episodes about apprenticeships.
You can find out about real experiences from the perspectives of current and former apprentices, and gain advice on how to get the most out of your apprenticeship. 

Find the latest Young People Speak episodes here.

To find other resources related to National Apprenticeship Week and more information on employment and training opportunities, follow us on Twitter @TheKREBP 

Alternatively, you can refer to the following links for additional information. 

A-Z of Apprentices Film
Day in the Life of an Apprentice Construction Assistant
Ask an Apprentice - DfE

Upcoming and recent opportunities 

Head2Work - Register Your Interest!
Head2Work is returning to recruit a new cohort of learners for a potential start at the end of February. This cohort will undertake a virtual social action project, alongside learning valuable employability skills, taking part in regular sessions, and receiving 1:1 support from a mentor. You must be aged between 18 - 24 years and not in education, employment or training to apply. To register your interest in this project, complete this form

Richmond College Virtual Open Days
Richmond College have announced that they will be hosting more virtual open days throughout the next couple of months. The dates and times for these upcoming virtual open days can be found below:
  • Wednesday 3 March, 5pm-7pm
  • Saturday 20 March, 11am-1pm
  • Tuesday 20 April, 5pm-7pm
  • Tuesday 22 June, 5pm-7pm
Those interested can apply and find more information by clicking here

Young Professional Training
ERSA are urging young people to sign up for their Young Professional Training programme, in which you can find an online course platform consisting of 8 modules, support from professionals, and a variety of opportunities. To apply, you must be aged between 14 - 24 years. To register, click here

RAF Live Chat 
Royal Air Force have added a live chat feature to the careers section on their website. After signing up, you can instantly get in touch with a Royal Air Force representative and directly ask any questions you may have about careers in the RAF. To try this feature, click here

Skills Employers Seek Webinar
On 18 February, TARGETjobs will be hosting a webinar to discuss which skills employers seek in 2021. Due to the current circumstances, employees are developing different skills than before, which is reshaping employers' needs and expectations. Click here to register. 

Virtual resources

World of Work 2021
On 22 March, the World of Work webpage will launch on our website. This will be similar to the previous World of Work Roadshows, however will be virtual and will be accessible for a longer period of time. You will be able to gain insight into a large variety of industries, careers advice, and personal stories from young apprentices. More communication will be sent out in the future regarding the launch of this webpage, so watch this space!

Good&Co App
Good&Co have released an app where you can easily access a number of career personality tests, and gradually build up the accuracy of your profile. As you build up your profile, Good&Co will recommend companies and industries to look into that match your skill set. There are tests including, "what's your networking style?" and "what kind of co worker are you?". Download on the Apple App Store here. Download on Google Play here

Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance 
This article produced by University of Law outlines the key secrets to a healthy work-life balance. All advice in this article is applicable to those who are working or learning from home, whether you are in the early phases of your career or highly experienced. This article introduces itself with an overview of why a healthy work-life balance is important, and continues with a number of tips to improve this balance. Click here to read

How to Write a Cover Letter 
This video by CV Library explains what a cover letter is and how to write a successful one. As well as advice on what the employer wants to see, you can find out the best way to format the letter to look professional and stand out from the others. Click here to watch this video

Identifying Your Life Skills
Primark have created this tool to help you identify which transferrable skills you already have, and how you can add these skills to your CV. This tool is simple to use and is a useful starting point when figuring out how you can bring your day-to-day skills to the workplace. Click here to try it out

Apprenticeship spotlight

Equine Groom Apprentice 
Stag Lodge Stables based in Richmond Park have opened an exciting new vacancy for a level 2 apprentice to join their dedicated staff. Alongside functional skills and NVQ support, you also get the chance to take riding lessons as well, if need be. This apprenticeship offers the opportunity to live in a staff house nearby at subsidised rent, meaning you can still apply if you don't live within Kingston and Richmond borough. Click here to apply

Early Years Educator Apprentice
Inspired Learning Group are recruiting a level 3 apprentice who is keen to work with children under 5 years old and maintain a positive attitude throughout the role. The apprentice will have the opportunity to progress on to a permanent role within the company. This vacancy is based in New Malden and closes on 8 March. You can apply here

Maintenance Operations Apprentice 
Bennett's Building Company LTD are looking to hire a level 2 apprentice to join their small but friendly team. The successful applicant will learn general labouring skills, plumbing, electrical skills, and much more. This vacancy is based in Worcester Park and will close on 1 March. Click here to apply

Business Administration Apprentice 
Unilever are advertising their new apprenticeship position for a level 3 business administrator. They are looking for a candidate who is creative and prepared to potentially undertake a higher/degree level apprenticeship on successful completion of the vacancy. This role is based in New Malden and closes 31 March. To apply, click here

What Apprenticeship am I?

This quiz by Amazing Apprenticeships puts your apprenticeship knowledge to the test and shows how much you know about different apprenticeship sectors. 
Take the quiz

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