Microsoft Connector Opportunities
Microsoft are connecting job seekers to partners & customers with digital apprenticeship opportunities through their 'Connector' partnership with Get My First Job. Each apprenticeship programme teaches skills with Microsoft technologies and works towards Microsoft certifications, as well as your apprenticeship qualification.
>> For more information, click HERE.
Ways2Work has been established by Bristol City Council to build a network of employment and training organisations to fill skills shortages in Bristol. Working with partner organisations, it ensures a joined up route to sustained careers for Bristol residents and a great recruitment channel for local employers to thrive. Ways2Work is about to launch 'One Front Door' to help job seekers source work whilst also building confidence, assertiveness and a positive self-image.
>> For more information, visit the Ways2Work website.
Mencap launches 'Employ Me London'
From April 2021 to June 2023, Mencap and a group of experienced partners will help support young people in London learn the skills they need to move into paid work. Participants will be aged between 16 and 24, live in a London borough, have a learning disability, difficulty or autism and not be in education, employment or training (NEET). Jointly funded by Greater London Authority and European Social Fund, this is a great opportunity to receive dedicated support and recruit young people.
>> For more information, please visit Mencap's website.
PeoplePlus Make Impact with NW Ambulance Service
Approved MtW partner, PeoplePlus, has a vast geographical footprint, and over the last year, have adapted to delivering their programmes online. With a mission of ‘to make a direct difference to the lives of 1 million people by 2022’, they are well on their way, and have helped over 500,000 people since 2018. Recently, they supported 88 learners from the North West Ambulance Service to achieve their Functional Skills Maths and English qualifications which were needed to progress their careers within the Ambulance Service.
>> To find out more about how PeoplePlus can support you or your business through fully funded training, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Unilever Hosts Virtual Insight Week
Earlier this month, Unilever UK & Ireland hosted a virtual insight week as part of their Movement To Work programme, partnering with their local Job Centre teams to support young people in developing their skills and building their confidence to take the next steps in gaining employment. Unilever is now offering those who attended an opportunity to be connected with a mentor to continue to build on the skills shared throughout the sessions. Unilever hope to expand this programme of activity with more Job Centres across the UK.
West Midlands - Young people launch a vision for the future of the region
The Young Combined Authority (YCA) has identified seven priority areas they believe are essential to help the West Midlands recover from the effects of the pandemic; culture and major events, skills, digital, environment, transport, housing and regeneration, and inclusive communities and wellbeing.
One ask - ‘Strengthen the connections between young people and industry’ - relates directly to what we do at Movement to Work. We will continue to collaborate with WMCA and our partners across the region to make this happen!
>> To read the vision and priorities report in full, click HERE.
One Million Mentors is expanding!
One Million Mentors, in partnership with its sister charity UpRising, have been awarded a large grant from Youth Futures Foundation to provide 400 young people (aged 18 to 25 years old) with a wrap around virtual support package of employability training and mentoring.
They will soon be looking to recruit mentors and young people from Greater Manchester, West Midlands and East London to join this programme.
>> If you are interested, or you know a young person who could benefit from employability and mentoring support, please email email@example.com
London Progression Collaboration (LPC) - Reskilling the Recovery
LPC's 'Reskilling the Recovery' has attracted over £4 million of levy underspend and supported 240 apprenticeships in small businesses. LPC seek further levy underspend to support more SME's offer apprenticeships in their region. Priority areas are health & social care, construction and hospitality. The LPC team work to make the levy transfer process as straightforward as possible, with end-to-end support.
>> Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
DWP delivers successful virtual opportunities
Movement to Work opportunities in DWP are now being delivered virtually with Participants dialling into sessions using their personal mobile phones. Additionally, the department is also testing video conferencing capability using MS Teams as an alternative method of delivery. Feedback for both methods of delivery has been very positive, from both Participants and Participant Mangers alike.
Because of its success to date, the virtual delivery of MtW across the department is likely to be above the 808 participant target. So far in 2021, 163 Participants have started a placement, and of these, 101 have now completed their programme.
'Mentor Me' with The Youth Group
This year, The Youth Group are planning to support 100,000 young people through their 'Mentor Me' programme and are looking for new mentors to get involved and sign up to be a mentor. As a mentor you'll be supporting young people with CV support and interview prep, tailored career advice based on interest, guidance for their career journey and more. Sessions are conducted virtually and last from 15-45 mins.
>> Click HERE to find out more and sign up to get involved!
Get 'Youth Verified' with The Youth Group!
Would your business like to become 'Youth Verified' through The Youth Group? Youth Verified™ is a trademark status that reassures a young person that a verified company understands the issues youth currently face and is working with them to build a brighter, more sustainable future for youth opportunities.
>> Find out more by visiting The Youth Group's website.
Amazon Web Services' Re/Start Programme
Join Amazon Web Services (AWS) for their FREE 12 week Re/Start program delivered by Primed Talent Limited, TechTalent Academy, In-Four Group and Dev Ops Academy and learn cloud coding skills as well as preparation for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification. Programs are currently available for application across the UK.
>> For more information, visit the Movement to Work Talent Platform!
New Apprenticeship for Employability Practitioners
The Forward Trust and the Institute of Employability Professionals launch the Employability Practitioner Standard (Level 4) programme to help upskill professionals working in the employability sector. This 24-month apprenticeship is designed for individuals who are working in the public, private or charitable sector delivering employability support. It will provide the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to help individuals secure suitable and sustainable employment.
>> For more information, read the Forward Trust's information leaflet HERE.
Change the story for young people
Working Options in Education is an employability and life skills charity that has been helping young people to aim high and fulfil their potential since 2010. Its Career Pathway Programme is delivered free in state schools, colleges and online by industry volunteers and prioritises the most disadvantaged regions of the country. They give students (aged 14-19) the tools they need to build confidence and make the steps required, whilst creating meaningful pathways into job and career opportunities.
Young people are facing a crisis in education, in employment prospects and in acquiring the skills and capabilities they need for their future. Help change the story. Become a supporter or partner.
>> For more information: www.workingoptions.org.uk/changethestory