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Ealing Connexions supports young people living in Ealing to get into employment and apprenticeships. Most opportunities fall into the categories below.

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Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a paid job which enables you to work gaining industry recognised qualifications whilst earning money. 

Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours completing classroom-based learning with a college, university or training provider which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

An Apprenticeship includes:

Who can apply?

An apprenticeship is a great paid work opportunity for people over the age of 16 in England who are:

Apprenticeship levels

Different apprenticeship levels equate to different qualification levels.

An apprenticeship can start at any level, but some may require:

One of the following qualification levels will be achieved depending on the apprenticeship level:

 LevelEquivalent education level
Intermediate2GCSE
Advanced3A Level
Higher 4,5,6 and 7Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Who can help me find out more about apprenticeships?

Young people can talk to advisers at Westside Young People’s Centre to get more support. If you have applied for apprenticeships and have had no success, speak to an Ealing Connexions Adviser.

At school or college you can also speak to your Ealing Connexions Personal Adviser.

How much do apprentices get paid?

All apprentices must be paid at least £4.30 per hour for under 19- and first-year apprentices, increasing to £4.81 in April 2022.  However, they can be paid more.

Where can I find apprenticeship opportunities?

Ealing Council Apprenticeships 

Ealing Council’s Apprenticeship programme provides an excellent opportunity for people aged 16+ to develop skills, gain work experience and complete qualifications. Find out more here:

Traineeships

Traineeships are a great option for young people who are not yet ready for an apprenticeship because they provide opportunities to gain the relevant skills and experience to take on an apprenticeship and prepare for work. 

How do they work?

A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. Traineeships last from six weeks to one year – with content tailored to your individual career needs.

Essential work preparation training, literacy & numeracy skills, and work experience is provided so that it is easier to get an Apprenticeship or other job.

If you are looking for traineeships you can continue to log on to www.apprenticeships.org.uk  

Click here to search for Traineeships

Ealing Council and Work Ealing also links with Employers and Training Providers to create apprenticeships. Speak to your Ealing Connexions Adviser for more information or visit us at Westside Young People’s Centre.

Employment

It can be tough looking for full or part time employment – where do you start?

Many organisations now advertise their vacancies on their own websites and will ask you to make an electronic application. It is a good idea to start searching websites for companies that you are interested in working for. You may also try writing to employers who are not currently advertising vacancies; this is called a speculative application. Employers often ask for a CV (Curriculum Vitae) when advertising vacancies. Follow the five tips below when preparing your CV.

It can be tough looking for full or part time employment – where do you start?

Read our tips by clicking ‘more’.

Many organisations now advertise their vacancies on their own websites and will ask you to make an electronic application. It is a good idea to start searching websites for companies that you are interested in working for. You may also try writing to employers who are not currently advertising vacancies; this is called a speculative application. Employers often ask for a CV (Curriculum Vitae) when advertising vacancies. Follow the five tips below when preparing your CV.

  1. Remember to include personal contact details
  2. One side of A4 is usually enough
  3. Ensure that you check for grammar, spelling and punctuation
  4. Use positive language about your abilities
  5. Get someone to look over your CV before sending it. An Ealing Connexions Adviser can help you with this
  6.  

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great chance to do something worthwhile and gain transferable skills. Ealing Connexions can help you find local volunteering opportunities.

Training providers

There are a range of the opportunities availalbe for young people. In Ealing we have many training providers that offer opportunities in different sectors. The role of a training provider is to offer skills, training and qualifications to meet the requirement of the specific job role. 

There are a range of the opportunities available for young people. In Ealing we have many training providers that offer opportunities in different sectors. The role of a training provider is to offer skills, training and qualifications to meet the requirement of the specific job role.

To find out more about our local training providers and the qualifications they offer, contact an Ealing Connexions Adviser in one of the centres below.

Westside Young People Centre – Churchfield Road, Ealing W13 9NF Tel: 0208 825 8573