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Under 25 years old and in the East of England?

We know that finding a job, or taking the next step in your career can feel daunting. Despite how things might seem, there are lots of vacancies out there across a range of sectors that are growing all the time, such as Health and Social Care, Construction, Haulage and Logistics, Digital and Tech as well as Manufacturing.

And the good news is, there is lots of support available to get you started.

We have fantastic advice for people under 25 years detailing a range of programmes and initiatives that you might be eligible for, from the new Kickstart scheme, Mentoring and Apprenticeships, as well as Sector-based Work Academy Programmes which give you the best chance of finding a job in a particular sector.

Have a read, you might be surprised at the amount of support that is out there to help you get the skills and qualifications you need to get ahead in the job market.  And if you’re looking for some inspiration, check out our Job search ideas to help get you started.

“The Kickstart scheme has given me the confidence I needed to believe in myself again.”

Dieter had been out of work for two years which had a great impact on his self-confidence. He also lost his mum last year and struggled to come to terms with this loss. Kellie, his jobcentre work coach worked with him to explore how he could start to rebuild his self-confidence and start applying for jobs.

Kellie arranged for Dieter to attend a virtual 5-day Construction Skills Certification Scheme course run by Tempus Training. Having passed the course he received his CSCS card and this gave him the confidence to start applying for construction jobs. So when a Kickstart opportunity arose with a local company Rose Group, Dieter was happy to give it a go.

The Kickstart scheme offers young people who are 16-24 years old and claiming Universal Credit the opportunity to work for an employer for 6 months in a paid job. The government pays their wages and the young person will gain valuable skills in the workplace.

Dieter made a great impression at his interview and was offered the job the next day.

“At first, I didn’t think the programme would help me but I was wrong. The help from Kellie and the Kickstart scheme has given me the confidence I needed to believe in myself again. I was so excited when I was offered the job, I couldn’t wait to start. I really haven’t been this happy in a long time.”

This is what Dieter had to say after Kellie caught up with him a few days after he’d started his Kickstart job.

“It’s going great I’m enjoying being at work, my employer Rose Aggregates are really good, I actually feel a lot better in myself. Thank you Kellie for the help you’ve given me.”

Opportunities to grow your skills and experience  

If you are looking at jobs and industries you’ve never worked in before, you are likely to have many transferable skills that will be attractive and of interest to employers. Whatever your previous experience, there are many skills that will help you in a new or different job or career. And if there are any gaps, there’s lots of support out there to help you brush up your skillset.

Organisations that can support you

There are many organisations that offer support to help you if you are under 25 years. You may recognise names like Prince’s Trust, Barclays Life Skills,  Skills to Succeed and Google Garage

Why not check out Steps Ahead Mentoring from CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development) or have a browse around the National Careers Service website, where you can also do a skills assessment.

And the Youth Employment UK website has lots of free resources to help young people as well as advice on CVs, interviews and job hunting. 

In addition to the national organisations above, there are local branches and other programmes out there just waiting to help you. If you are out of work and claiming benefits you can also speak to your work coach, who will be able to talk to you about the range of programmes out there.

If you live in the East of England have a look at these:

The Prince’s Trust in Central England provide a variety of programmes and free courses across the whole region including;

  • Enterprise – support for young people wanting to start their own business.
  • Help getting a job – check out the Get into course, or their Unlock Skills for work programme on this page.
  • Opportunities near me – enter your postcode to find programmes near to where you live.
  • Get Hired Jobs – Princes Trust is advertising current vacancies. If you are a young person, you can contact them 9am – 9pm every day.

Call the Prince’s Trust for free on 0800 842 842 or Live chat online here.

This page helps you find some of the local programmes that DWP are aware of. We’re not recommending a particular organisation, just letting you know about some that are available. It’s always a good idea to check out an organisation first, and always be careful about sharing your information – find out more at the Safer Jobs website

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