Issue 12 -  27 April 2021
"Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it."

Head2Work Programme - applications open!

Since December 2020, we have worked with 4 different cohorts of young people on the Head2Work programme. Each group has taken part in a social action project, paired with some employability workshops and support into their next steps. 

Head2Work is a pre-employment programme designed to help you gain some experience, develop work-related skills, and build your confidence and motivation. 

You are eligible for the programme if you are:
  • not in education, employment or training (NEET);
  • aged between 18-24;
  • and willing to commit to some employability workshops alongside a social action project aiming to make a difference to those less fortunate. 
To find out more about what Head2Work includes, take a look at this flyer

You may also register with Head2Work if you are hoping for a Kickstart role (see below). Head2Work can support you with the Kickstart application/interview process, and prepare you for your preferred role with a mix of 1:1 and group support. For more information on how Head2Work can assist you with your Kickstart application, click here

If you would like to register for Head2Work, please complete this expression of interest form and a member of the team will get back to you promptly. 

You can also hear views from young people who were involved in previous Head2Work projects:

Head2Work Cohort 3 Final Video

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):
  • Virtual School Administrative Assistants
  • Trainee Youth Centre Assistants
  • Anstee Bridge Trainee Support Worker (September Start)
  • Project/Admin Support Assistant
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 

ProjectSEARCH Supported Internship
ProjectSEARCH have partnered with West Middlesex Hospital to provide their supported internship to young people with SEND. This 1 year programme includes workshops on employability, health and safety and wellbeing, alongside a work experience placement. Learners can take part in work experience surrounding industries such as finance, catering, retail, procurement and more. To find out more, go here

Achieving for Children - University Talks
Achieving for Children's Virtual School will be hosting some upcoming webiinars as part of the new University Talks series. This series should help you understand how to choose the right University and course to undertake. Sessions will be led by guest speakers from popular Universities including Kingston, York, and more. These will take place on varying dates from 21 April until 26 May. To register your interest for any or all of these sessions, please email 

Dental Nursing Traineeship
Kingston Dental Clinic are advertising their dental nursing traineeship. This traineeship will provide insight into the daily tasks of a dental nurse and provide experience in the industry. To be eligible for this traineeship, you must be unemployed, aged between 19-24 years, and only have qualifications below level 4. This vacancy closes on 24 May, so to apply, click here. 

Volunteer Vaccination Programme
Volunteering Kingston have opened their vaccination programme, ready for volunteers to help out and gain some experience. They currently have two programmes running, one in Chessington and the other in New Malden. To register for the Chessington programme, click here, and for the New Malden programme, click here

Virtual resources

Fashion Retail Academy - Virtual Open Days
Fashion Retail Academy are encouraging school leavers to attend their virtual open days in June.These are to provide insight into the courses available, view their facilities and get the chance to meet their Principal. There are two upcoming virtual open days and they are split into levels. Levels 2 and 3 will be discussed on 10 June, and level 4 on 8 June. To register and find more information, click here

Benefits of voluntary work
This article written by Volunteer Scotland outlines some of the benefits of voluntary work. This may help with encouraging you to take up some volunteering, whether you do this frequently or once in a while. To find out more, click here

Explore Work Experience
Youth Employment UK have launched a work experience webpage containing a workbook and a number of videos aiming to provide as much information as possible on the world of work experience. Youth Employment UK recommend that you download the worksheet and complete it whilst going through the videos. You also get the choice of a KS4 or KS5 workbook, so you can choose which level to work at based on your age. Click here for more

Do's and don't's of virtual interviews
This article by SynergisticIT provides do's and don't's on virtual interviews. These tips include setting up virtual backgrounds for your interview, how to adjust your lighting, and more. Tips on virtual interviews are particularly valuable at the moment due to most of interviews (and some taster days) being conducted online. Click here to read the article

Apprenticeship spotlight

Apprentice Customer Service Advisor - Level 2
Robin's & Day are currently recruiting for a level 2 apprentice to join their Kingston-based staff. The successful applicant will be able to complete their functional skills as part of their course, whilst working their way towards a Vehicle Service Advisor career. The closing date for this vacancy is 7 June, with a potential start date of 14 June. To apply, click here. 

Apprentice Fire and Safety Engineer - Level 3
Lawham LTD, Kingston, are promoting an exciting apprenticeship vacancy to those with a driving license, or those who are able to get one during the apprenticeship. This role provides the opportunity to gain a level 3 qualification in FESS (Fire, Emergency and Security Systems) and begin their career within the industry. Please note, you must be willing to travel as part of your job in order to apply. The closing date for this role is 31 May, with a possible start date of 7 June. Click here to apply

Apprentice Finance Administrator - Level 3 
Societe Generale are looking for an apprentice finance administrator, who will undertake general administrative tasks alongside financial administrative tasks. This apprentice would be based in their Richmond office completing a Business Administration Level 3 NVQ. The successful candidate(s) will gain the opportunity to progress into a permanent role following the apprenticeship, should they be fitting enough to the role. With a start date of 17 May, Societe Generale are accepting applications until 10 May. You can apply here

Apprentice Bar and Waiting Staff - Level 2 
Bar and Restaurant One Kew Road are searching for a new level 2 apprentice to work towards a Hospitality Team Member NVQ. This vacancy is based in Richmond, and you do not need any previous qualifications to apply. Applications close on 29 April, and this role has a possible start date of 6 May. Click here to apply

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