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ABOUT YOUTH SKILLS

YOUTH SKILLS PROJECTS

JOB SEARCH

APPRENTICESHIPS

VOLUNTEER

EDUCATION & TRAINING

ABOUT YOUTH SKILLS

YOUTH SKILLS PROJECTS

JOB SEARCH

APPRENTICESHIPS

VOLUNTEER

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Dream, Aspire, Believe and Achieve

Youth Skills, now based at the Zone, is led by Karen Chapple and apprentice, Dan Cooke. Whether it’s applying for your first job, finding the right apprenticeship opportunity or just improving a CV – the Youth Skills team are there to help.

Dream, Aspire, Believe and Achieve

Youth Skills, now based at the Zone, is led by Karen Chapple and apprentice, Dan Cooke. Whether it’s applying for your first job, finding the right apprenticeship opportunity or just improving a CV – the Youth Skills team are there to help.

ABOUT YOUTH SKILLS

The Youth Skills team provide a wealth of opportunities to support 13 – 24 year olds from Haverhill and surrounding areas and help them to reach their full potential. They are passionate about improving the outcomes for all local young people and for them the young person comes first.

They do this by:

  • Understanding the thoughts and feelings of the young person
  • Thinking about and setting achievable targets to work towards
  • Encouraging young people to take part in local opportunities
  • Highlighting the achievements of local young people
  • Signposting young people to other organisations

ABOUT YOUTH SKILLS

The Youth Skills team provide a wealth of opportunities to support 13 – 24 year olds from Haverhill and surrounding areas and help them to reach their full potential. They are passionate about improving the outcomes for all local young people and for them the young person comes first.

They do this by:

  • Understanding the thoughts and feelings of the young person
  • Thinking about and setting achievable targets to work towards
  • Encouraging young people to take part in local opportunities
  • Highlighting the achievements of local young people
  • Signposting young people to other organisations

YOUTH SKILLS PROJECTS

  • Job Hub / CV Writing Club – 1-2-1 support for young people to write CVs, apply for jobs and prepare for job interviews.
  • Apprenticeship Project – matching young people with local businesses and helping them to apply for apprenticeships.
  • Volunteer Support – encouraging young people to volunteer to gain an insight into the world of work.
  • SignPost, Wellbeing Project project offering support for 16-24-year olds who have a variety of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem issues.
  • Junior SignPost, Youth Wellbeing Project – working with local schools to offer taster sessions for 13-16-year olds who have a variety of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem issues.

YOUTH SKILLS PROJECTS

  • Job Hub / CV Writing Club – 1-2-1 support for young people to write CVs, apply for jobs and prepare for job interviews.
  • Apprenticeship Project – matching young people with local businesses and helping them to apply for apprenticeships.
  • Volunteer Support – encouraging young people to volunteer to gain an insight into the world of work.
  • SignPost, Wellbeing Project project offering support for 16-24-year olds who have a variety of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem issues.
  • Junior SignPost, Youth Wellbeing Project – working with local schools to offer taster sessions for 13-16-year olds who have a variety of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem issues.

JOB SEARCH

Before you begin job searching, it would be smart to have a think about the following questions:

  1. What job would I like to do?
    – customer service, teacher, banker, astronaut?
  2. What qualifications do I have?
    – qualifications, training, qualities and experience
  3. What job can I do?
    – Do I need it to be local? How much do I need to earn?
  4. Do I have an up-to-date CV?
    – or do I need to create one / update my current one?

If you need some help with this try using the Source’s CV Builder:

CV Builder

Recommended job search websites:

Icanbea – Jobs & careers in Norfolk and Suffolk
Indeed – search by keyword and area
Reed – search by keyword and area

Recruitment agencies:

1st Stop Recruitment
Crem Recruitment
Just Recruitment

HAVE YOU worked out how to get there?

TRANSPORT

JOB SEARCH

Before you begin job searching, it would be smart to have a think about the following questions:

  1. What job would I like to do?
    – customer service, teacher, banker, astronaut?
  2. What qualifications do I have?
    – qualifications, training, qualities and experience
  3. What job can I do?
    – Do I need it to be local? How much do I need to earn?
  4. Do I have an up-to-date CV?
    – or do I need to create one/update my current one?

If you need some help with this try using the Source’s CV Builder:

CV Builder

Recommended job search websites:

Icanbea – Jobs & careers in Norfolk and Suffolk
Indeed – search by keyword and area
Reed – search by keyword and area

Recruitment agencies:

1st Stop Recruitment
Crem Recruitment
Just Recruitment

HAVE YOU worked out how to get there?

TRANSPORT

 APPRENTICESHIPS

Earn while you learn! 

Apprenticeships give you an alternative to achieving a qualification in Sixth Form or College, but be prepared as you’ll have to work just as hard!

Here are some basic need-to-know facts about apprenticeships:

  • You must work for a minimum of 30 hours per week – learning and gaining experience within the workplace. 
  • Because you are working, you can earn a minimum of £117 per week (depending on your age and the employer).
  • 20% of your week will be spent on gaining your qualification (sometimes this may mean attending college) or completing other forms of training.
  • If you didn’t achieve GCSE C/4 in English and/or Maths, you will also have to work on this (and even if you did, you’ll be expected to refresh your skills!)
  • Apprenticeship levels vary, from the equivalent of a GCSE through to degree level.

Further information and local vacancies: 

Suffolk County Councilapprenticeships info.

GOV UK – Find an apprenticeship service

West Suffolk College – Information / Vacancies

Cambridge Regional College – Information / Vacancies

For local help with apprenticeships: text, call or email Karen or Dan at Youth Skills on: 07463 149045

karen.chapple@haverhill-tc.gov.uk

dan.cooke@haverhill-tc.gov.uk  

 APPRENTICESHIPS

Earn while you learn! 

Apprenticeships give you an alternative to achieving a qualification in Sixth Form or College, but be prepared as you’ll have to work just as hard!

Here are some basic need-to-know facts about apprenticeships:

  • You must work for a minimum of 30 hours per week – learning and gaining experience within the workplace. 
  • Because you are working, you can earn a minimum of £117 per week (depending on your age and the employer).
  • 20% of your week will be spent on gaining your qualification (sometimes this may mean attending college) or completing other forms of training.
  • If you didn’t achieve GCSE C/4 in English and/or Maths, you will also have to work on this (and even if you did, you’ll be expected to refresh your skills!)
  • Apprenticeship levels vary, from the equivalent of a GCSE through to degree level.

 

Further information and local vacancies: 

Suffolk County Councilapprenticeships info.

GOV UK – Find an apprenticeship service

West Suffolk College – Information / Vacancies

Cambridge Regional College – Information / Vacancies

For local help with apprenticeships: text, call or email Karen or Dan at Youth Skills on: 07463 149045

karen.chapple@haverhill-tc.gov.uk

dan.cooke@haverhill-tc.gov.uk  

VOLUNTEER

HAVE YOU got spare time?

Volunteering is a good way to gain valuable work related skills and experience.

As well as giving you the feel good factor, volunteering enables you to give something back to your local community and make a difference to the people around you. 

Haverhill has some great opportunities on offer including: 

Abbeycroft Leisure offers a range of volunteering opportunities, giving you the chance to get involved in all kinds of sporting events, including Park Run! 

Suffolk Mind welcomes volunteers and has some local opportunities. 

Haverhill Arts Centre sometimes recruits volunteer stewards for outdoor events. If this is something you’d be interested in contact: nick.keeble@haverhillartscentre.co.uk

East Town Park
Become a conservation volunteer and learn new skills! Conservation volunteers meet on Mondays & Wednesdays: 9.30am to 12.30pm. Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult and under 18s require parental permission. No need to book, but ring the Ranger Service on 01440 710745 for more information before your first visit.

Haverhill Gateway Club  – a social club for people with learning disabilities – sometimes needs new volunteers. The club meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 7 – 9pm. Call 0333 321 1985 for more info. 

Suffolk Infolink has an up to date list of volunteers wanted including opportunities in Haverhill and across Suffolk. 

VOLUNTEER

HAVE YOU got spare time?

Volunteering is a good way to gain valuable work related skills and experience.

As well as giving you the feel good factor, volunteering enables you to give something back to your local community and make a difference to the people around you. 

Haverhill has some great opportunities on offer including: 

Abbeycroft Leisure offers a range of volunteering opportunities, giving you the chance to get involved in all kinds of sporting events, including Park Run! 

Suffolk Mind welcomes volunteers and has some local opportunities. 

Haverhill Arts Centre sometimes recruits volunteer stewards for outdoor events. If this is something you’d be interested in contact: nick.keeble@haverhillartscentre.co.uk

East Town Park
Become a conservation volunteer and learn new skills! Conservation volunteers meet on Mondays & Wednesdays: 9.30am to 12.30pm. Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult and under 18s require parental permission. No need to book, but ring the Ranger Service on 01440 710745 for more information before your first visit.

Haverhill Gateway Club  – a social club for people with learning disabilities – sometimes needs new volunteers. The club meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 7 – 9pm. Call 0333 321 1985 for more info. 

Suffolk Infolink has an up to date list of volunteers wanted including opportunities in Haverhill and across Suffolk. 

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Haverhill, and the surrounding areas, have all kinds of further education and training opportunities on offer, if you know where to look. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list to help you!

Further Education (16-18 years):
If you’ve completed your GCSE’s (or equivalent qualifications), you may be wondering what to do next. Most often, young people will go onto College or Sixth Form, but apprenticeships and traineeships are an option you may wish to consider too. 

** It’s worth noting that you are eligible for a 3 year period of funded study once you leave school (after  Year 11), if you are under the age of 19 on 31st August!

Below are some of the most popular local further education centres:

based on the site of Samuel Ward Academy, the Haverhill Community Sixth Form College has a wealth of A-Level and BTEC Level 3 courses, from English Language and Maths, to Photography and Film Studies and even Business and Public Services

with a massive facility in Bury St. Edmunds, West Suffolk College has been rated the third best college in the UK! They offer a massive variety of different vocational and applied diplomas in an almost never-ending list of subjects. From September 2019 you can go to the West Suffolk College site to get your A-Levels c/o Abbeygate Sixth Form College. They are offering an extensive apprenticeship programme too.

with a massive campus in Cambridge, Cambridge Regional College provides a wide-range of vocational subjects, much like its counterpart above, including subjects otherwise unavailable elsewhere. Additionally, CRC has its own games design studio, restaurant and bistro.

with a large campus, located behind Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, Long Road offers a range of A-Levels as well as vocational and applied diplomas. (Please note: their A-Level programme is only open to students with at least seven grade C/4 subjects, including English and Maths).

 a prestigious college, located near Cambridge Junction. Hills Road offers a range of A-Levels in a variety of subjects. (Please note: to qualify for entry you will need at least four subjects’ grade 6/B and four subjects at grade 5/B, including English and Maths).

based in Milton, north of Cambridge, the College of West Anglia specialises in agriculture, animal management, equine and veterinary nursing.

Higher Education (18+):
If you’ve already completed GCSE’s (or similar qualifications) and College or Sixth Form, you might want to be thinking about university. Don’t forget, very occasionally degree level apprenticeships are also available.

Below are some of the most popular local higher education centres:

based on the same campus as West Suffolk College in Bury St. Edmunds.

based in the centre of Cambridge.

A world-renowned university, with colleges based throughout the centre of Cambridge.

Adult/Leisure Education:
Maybe you’re more interested in something at a more leisurely pace? There are lots of other opportunities available in the local area.

Below are some of the most popular local adult education providers and centres:

based on the site of the former Parkway Middle School, the centre offers a range of fantastic opportunities in vocational and applied diplomas, GCSE/Functional Skills refresher courses, Access courses and leisure courses.

based on Camps Road in Haverhill, St. Johns Ambulance offers a variety of different first aid to the public.

Unsure what you want to do or can’t find what you’re looking for?

Get in contact with Karen or Dan at Youth Skills to discuss your options or contact the provider directly.

There is something for everyone…!

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Haverhill, and the surrounding areas, have all kinds of further education and training opportunities on offer, if you know where to look. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list to help you!

Further Education (16-18 years):
If you’ve completed your GCSE’s (or equivalent qualifications), you may be wondering what to do next. Most often, young people will go onto College or Sixth Form, but apprenticeships and traineeships are an option you may wish to consider too. 

** It’s worth noting that you are eligible for a 3 year period of funded study once you leave school (after  Year 11), if you are under the age of 19 on 31st August!

Below are some of the most popular local further education centres:

based on the site of Samuel Ward Academy, the Haverhill Community Sixth Form College has a wealth of A-Level and BTEC Level 3 courses, from English Language and Maths, to Photography and Film Studies and even Business and Public Services

with a massive facility in Bury St. Edmunds, West Suffolk College has been rated the third best college in the UK! They offer a massive variety of different vocational and applied diplomas in an almost never-ending list of subjects. From September 2019 you can go to the West Suffolk College site to get your A-Levels c/o Abbeygate Sixth Form College. They are offering an extensive apprenticeship programme too.

with a massive campus in Cambridge, Cambridge Regional College provides a wide-range of vocational subjects, much like its counterpart above, including subjects otherwise unavailable elsewhere. Additionally, CRC has its own games design studio, restaurant and bistro.

with a large campus, located behind Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, Long Road offers a range of A-Levels as well as vocational and applied diplomas. (Please note: their A-Level programme is only open to students with at least seven grade C/4 subjects, including English and Maths).

 a prestigious college, located near Cambridge Junction. Hills Road offers a range of A-Levels in a variety of subjects. (Please note: to qualify for entry you will need at least four subjects’ grade 6/B and four subjects at grade 5/B, including English and Maths).

based in Milton, north of Cambridge, the College of West Anglia specialises in agriculture, animal management, equine and veterinary nursing.

Higher Education (18+):
If you’ve already completed GCSE’s (or similar qualifications) and College or Sixth Form, you might want to be thinking about university. Don’t forget, very occasionally degree level apprenticeships are also available.

Below are some of the most popular local higher education centres:

based on the same campus as West Suffolk College in Bury St. Edmunds.

based in the centre of Cambridge.

A world-renowned university, with colleges based throughout the centre of Cambridge.

Adult/Leisure Education:
Maybe you’re more interested in something at a more leisurely pace? There are lots of other opportunities available in the local area.

Below are some of the most popular local adult education providers and centres:

based on the site of the former Parkway Middle School, the centre offers a range of fantastic opportunities in vocational and applied diplomas, GCSE/Functional Skills refresher courses, Access courses and leisure courses.

based on Camps Road in Haverhill, St. Johns Ambulance offers a variety of different first aid to the public.

Unsure what you want to do or can’t find what you’re looking for?

Get in contact with Karen or Dan at Youth Skills to discuss your options or contact the provider directly.

There is something for everyone…!