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Issue 9 - 2 February 2021
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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 opportunities. 

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 current Kickstart vacancies for you to have a look through. You cannot apply directly, you must contact JobCentre to express an interest. 

Current Kickstart vacancies as of January 2021
Current Kickstart vacancies as of February 2021

Upcoming and recent opportunities 


Harlequins Foundation Traineeship
The Harlequins Foundation are currently promoting their upcoming traineeship for those between the ages of 16-19, or up to 24 for those with an EHCP. This 15-week traineeship will enable you to gain your Level 1 Functional Skills qualification, undergo 1-1 mentoring, and complete a virtual work experience placement. This traineeship will commence 22 March. To apply or find out more, email mark.kilgallon@quins.co.uk

Mencap - Interns and Outcomes Virtual Session
Mencap are hosting two sessions on 8 February to provide insight into Mencap's Supported Internships. The event will provide an overview of the programme, information about how to apply, and there will be a chance for you to ask questions. To apply, complete this form and a Google Calendar invite will be sent to you via email. 


Project SEARCH Supported Internship
Project SEARCH are promoting the launch of their recent Supported Internship placements in partnership with GSK and London Borough of Hounslow. Lasting from September until July, interns will complete 3 department placements over 3 college terms. Applicants must be aged between 17-24 years with an EHCP. To apply or find out more, email stuart.x.tait@gsk.com.

Virtual resources


Mental Health and Job Hunting
Youth Employment UK have an article on their website which advises young people on how to take care of their mental health whilst job hunting. You can find advice on asking for help when needed and not becoming overwhelmed by the fast-pace job market. Read this article here

Apprenticeship Industries
This webpage by RateMyApprenticeship allows you to choose between a variety of different industries and find out more information about your preferred sector. You can learn about what to expect from an apprenticeship and the top companies hiring within your selected industry. You can view this here

Preparing for a Video Interview
Careers-based platform Monster have uploaded an article providing advice on how to prepare for a virtual job interview. Although the article is focused on job interviews, you could also use this information during college interviews, etc. Click here to read

Heating and Plumbing in The Army
This YouTube video posted by British Army's careers channel, ARMYjobs, provides insight into working within heating and plumbing in their organisation. The case-study based video talks about the benefits of working as a trained plumber and qualified Gas Engineer through the British Army. Watch the video here

Apprenticeship spotlight


Warehouse and Supply Chain Apprentice
Allergen-free food brand, Creative Nature, are advertising their level 2 apprenticeship vacancy. This apprenticeship is based in West Molesey and will enable the successful candidate to gain a Level 2 Warehouse Operative qualification. With a potential start date of 22 February, this vacancy closes 15 February. Apply here

Carpentry Apprentice - 2 vacancies!
M.I.T Skills in Brentford are searching for two new level 2 carpentry apprentices to join their workforce. The employer's ideal candidate will have some previous Carpentry knowledge. This vacancy closes 20 February and has a possible start date of 24 February. Apply here

Business Development Administration Apprentice
Hawk Management are looking to recruit a level 3 apprentice to join their staff. The successful candidate will gain a Level 3 Business Administration qualification on completion of this apprenticeship, alongside the chance to develop their career within the organisation. Based in Twickenham, this vacancy closes 13 February and begins 1 March. Apply here

Golf Greenkeeper Apprentice
Wyke Green Golf Club in Isleworth currently have a level 3 apprenticeship available for a keen young person. The chosen apprentice will be working within a team of 5 Greenkeepers initially working on basic Greenkeeping duties and then being introduced to all golf course equipment and machinery. The closing date for this vacancy is 5 March, and the potential start date is 1 April. Apply here

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