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  Issue no.4  

I have been so pleased to plant a seed that grew into something of great benefit for two young people!
Back in June I had a thought! ‘Wouldn’t it be great if there was a local opportunity for young people to experience an online internship/work experience’.  I'd seen that a number of companies in London had been shifting their internships online because of the pandemic but I had seen nothing available within the West Kent community.  So, I got in touch with Nell Price at Arty Farty Retreat who was really excited by the idea and by the end of June we had live opportunities!
Since then, the successful interns have been experiencing life within a community arts organisation and learning a lot!  Bryony who was encouraged by Mel, at FutURestore in Tunbridge Wells, to apply for the role as Community Arts Assistant, has really been enjoying her work with local organisations, building relationships and developing exhibitions and other arts projects. ‘I have been working on a wall art installation that represents the lockdown experience and I’m working with venues to host the project.  I have developed my communications skills and have learnt to plan events through their various stages’ she said.

Mia, who is going to Goldsmiths College this month to study Art History, has found the experience more than she could have expected.  She told me, as the Workshops Arts Assistant ‘I have learnt to communicate far better, I have done things I have never done before such as running my own workshops from design to delivery, I feel I have really stretched my boundaries!’  
Although the interns sometimes meet at the retreat for team meetings (socially distant), both interns have been able to put in the hours to fit in with their other commitments and working online has made that easier in many respects.  

Bryony and Mia both agree that Nell is super-approachable, patient, organised and builds their confidence.  Nell has been amazed at how the whole experience has worked so well for everyone.  She is now planning on something similar next year!
Nell added ‘The opportunity for these two young people has been great, they have some hugely valuable experience to put on their CVs and I will provide them with references for any future job applications.  Of course, planning what they would do with me took time but I wanted to make sure that what they did had value and something that would to take them forward into their future careers!’  
Bryony is now interested in art therapy and is hoping to study for an art qualification.  Mia believes it will benefit her studies and is hoping, after uni, that she can set up a similar organisation that provides art therapy to disenfranchised young people. ‘It is one of the best things I have ever done!’ she said.

I have been so pleased to plant a seed that grew into something of great benefit to two young people.  If you run or work for a local organisation that might be interested in offering an internship to a young person, please get in touch with me for a chat and perhaps we can build on this early experience of online internships locally!

  FutURe Store  

The Future store is a great organisation in Tunbridge Wells based in the Royal Victoria Shopping Centre, Meadow Road entrance.  It started as a pop-up shop back in November 2018 and due to its success is now a permanent fixture!  I have had the pleasure of getting to know Mel and her team, since it opened, who do great things for people out of work or looking to improve their job situation.

Their services are free and include: 1-2-1 support, training courses, job searching, CV preparation, lunchtime talks in store given by local employers, self-employment and enterprise support and networking. 

They will be promoting the Kickstarter scheme which helps young people 16-24 years on Universal Credit into a 6-month employment scheme. The scheme is expected soon but young people should start finding out more now and the Futurestore will be happy to help.
Future Store Site
For further information please call Mel on 01892 516680 / 07818 0993315
or by email on melfuturestore@gmail.com.  Or visit the store: Unit 29, Royal Victoria Place, 300 Victoria Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2SS.
Perhaps now is the time to think about careers options that, in the main, are future-proofed against a downturn in job opportunities.  A career in maritime is just one of them.  In fact, 90% of the UK’s imported and exported goods come in and out by sea so it is a crucial industry to the UK’s economy.  And of course, this is one job where you really do get to see the world!

There are so many different roles including work onshore or offshore on a modern ferry, container ship, luxury cruise liner, superyacht, oil, gas or chemical tanker.

Whether you want to apply for a trainee officer position or an apprenticeship, the career roles are vast including engineering, electro technical, mechanics, catering and deck.  


Check out the websites below – there are often multiple opportunities and times during the year to apply.  Here you will find out all the information on applying to the sponsoring companies that will pay for you to study at degree, HND or Apprenticeship levels whilst gaining practical working experience at sea.
Careers at Sea
   click here   

Keep looking at the government apprenticeship website for new positions, here are just a few:
 
Finance Apprenticeship including AAT qualification 
Pembury, closing date 30.09.2020

Relationship Management Apprentice Level 3 Nat West
Tunbridge Wells, closing date 30.12.20

Digital Marketing Apprenticeship L3
Tunbridge Wells, no closing date shown

ICT Apprentice L3 Infrastructure Technician 
Pembury, no closing date shown

Parts Adviser Intermediate Apprenticeship L2 
Tunbridge Wells, closing date 31.10.20

Business Admin Apprentice
Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tonbridge, no closing date shown


Year 12s can apply now for the EY Business Academy - on-the-job experience with business skills sessions and work shadowing. The course runs from Monday 26 July - Friday 30 July 2021.
Nearest location London, must be within 1hr commuting. 
EY Site

 Top Tip! 

When looking for work don’t just apply for jobs online.  Widen your search by using a recruitment agency and let them help you take the slog out of job applications!  Check out my 7 top tips on using a recruitment agency here:
Read the Blog!

We talk a lot about getting careers advice and guidance and I guess many of us will relate to their school careers’ interview with mixed reactions. 

With the Gatsby Benchmarks, in place in secondary schools, there is at least a guidance framework within which schools provide careers information advice and guidance.  I believe there have been massive improvements in the support young people receive although it can still be a challenge for careers coordinators when schools' budgets are limited.  
It is interesting that many of us believe that the one school careers interaction is the only chance to get careers guidance despite it being something that can be helpful throughout our career life. Even more so, at the moment, when the job landscape is changing by the day and people are worried, uncertain and confused.
It helps you to review where you are now, identify what is important to you, what your objectives are short, medium and long term and finally what you can start doing now to achieve them.

A careers practitioner/coach will enable you to explore, analyse and clarify your career idea, evaluate how you might have to fill a skill gap or retrain and give you the tools to develop your career plan. 
Practitioners have a wealth of information, contacts and experience to help you move forward to make confident, well-informed career decisions. We can also identify market information, help you develop valuable skills such as effective interview techniques or how to develop and implement a winning job search and also help you find funding for courses and qualifications. 
We are there to support, encourage and bring confidence to exploring career options.  We always remain impartial whilst allowing you the opportunity to discover career possibilities and make your own judgements about your future.
As Registered Careers Development Professionals, we are qualified to Level 6 (Degree) or 7 (Masters Degree) and abide by the Career Development Institute’s Code of Ethics. If you would like a free chat to find out if careers guidance might help you confidently move forward, please do get in touch.  Or check out the CDI website for details of all registered practitioners in the UK.
CDI Website
Best wishes,
Elaine
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