Issue no.2  

It was good to hear Rishi Sunak’s announcement about his Plan for Jobs which is going to be essential as a starting point for many young people. Now the government has a broad plan, I will be interested to see how it is fleshed out and becomes a reality for the thousands of school leavers who will be undoubtedly concerned about their futures and may not be sure what their next steps will be.
In a nutshell, the government plans to introduce a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, to create ‘hundreds of thousands of high quality’ 6 month work placements ( 25 hours a week at minimum wage) for those aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.

They plan to improve availability and expand eligibility for traineeships for those with Level 3 or lower qualifications and who are aged 16-24 years. From from 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021, the government will incentivise employers to encourage new apprenticeship hiring for anyone under 25, These payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the government already gives employers for new 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.

They will also provide £101 million for the 2020-21 academic year to give all 18-19 year olds in England the opportunity to study targeted high-value Level 2 and 3 courses when there are no employment opportunities available to them.

This is a lot to put in place quickly and I see this happening at a much slower pace than the government anticipates. Some say it is tokenistic and employers will be slow to react to the incentives, but I shall be eagerly ‘watching this space’!
See the official paperwork!
Fantastic news! In collaboration with Arty Farty Retreat, Jampacked Careers has developed 3 virtual internships for creative individuals aged 16+ this summer. We believe this is the first of its kind in the UK creative industries! These are perfect for building your creative thinking, organisation, communication, planning skills and much more!

What better way to increase your potential for future employment, apprenticeships or university applications?

Stand out from the crowd and gain experience working as part of a creative business! For more details and role descriptions, email or click on the links below.
Artist Workshop Assistant
Arts Marketing Assistant
Community Arts Assistant


Youth Employment UK is a great social enterprise for young people who are not sure what to do next. They provide excellent jobs and careers help and they also offer volunteer opportunities to become Youth Ambassadors. Nevermore have these roles been important as they help to tackle employment barriers that young people experience.

Youth Employment UK

Keep looking at the government apprenticeship website for new positions – currently, there are 41 opportunities within 15 miles of Tunbridge Wells – here are just a few:

IT Support Apprenticeship Advanced Level 3 Closing Date 20.8.20
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Teaching Assistant Apprentice Tunbridge Wells Closing Date 30.7.20
Click here
Power Technician Apprenticeship Tunbridge Wells Closing Date 31.7.20
Click here
These are two new trainee positions found on
Technical Management Trainee Tonbridge Closing Date 31.7.20
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Estate Agent Trainee The Weald, no closing date shown
Click here
  • Widen your search to include London if you are happy to commute – you will find a lot more opportunities to be had.
  • Check out - currently there are 16 new opportunities within 15 miles of Tunbridge posted within the last 2 weeks. Set up an alert for trainee apprenticeships on their site to get the latest information.
  • Remember, for most of these opportunities the employer will accept your predicted grades on your application so don’t be put off applying because they are asking for qualifications – they understand you are waiting on results.
  • If you can’t find anything in the field of work you are interested in, then be brave and contact some of the organisations you would like to work for to ask if they would be willing to take on an apprentice and ask for a chance to pop in to meet them.
  • Not all apprenticeships are posted on the government website is also an excellent place to look:
Click here
  • Sometimes you’ll go to the employer website only to find the job closing date has passed. This is sometimes because job websites pick them up late in the process. However, there is often a note underneath that goes something like this......
We’re always on the lookout for talented enthusiastic people to join our team. So, ask yourself do you have what it takes to be a.........?
Get in touch and send us an email / CV /portfolio!
Most people won’t bother but this is worth doing because a company's recruitment needs are changing constantly, and they may have had applicants drop out of the recruitment process or something new is in the pipeline that hasn’t been advertised yet! Crucially, it shows you could be bothered!

Treat this as if you were applying for a job – personalise your application to fit the culture, skills and competencies they may be looking for and tell them why you are interested in their business!
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Best wishes,

Post 16 decision making!

If you are wondering how to navigate your next steps for studying or work this blog might help you focus on the organisation and process a little! I wrote this last summer but it applies just as much now if not more!
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