The future of new apprenticeship opportunities within the current situation is uncertain. Advice to young people wishing to progress into an apprenticeship would be to consider the industry that they wish to work within and the current viability of that industry. For example, anyone wishing to go into hospitality, retail (apart from food retail) or any kind of tourism would be advised to secure a full-time college place for these vocational areas.
Other areas such as construction, engineering and manufacturing are more complicated. Many will be looking to get core business back on track but may feel they need to concentrate on essential business tasks rather than supporting apprentices.
Colleges in the region, like Suffolk New College, are still actively supporting businesses to recruit apprentices and offers of employment are happening, albeit on a greatly reduced scale. Whilst there is not much activity on the national apprenticeship site, it is recommended that you contact Suffolk New College and West Suffolk College to see what apprenticeship opportunities they have available. They will have a greater understanding of their employers and will also be able to advise on what apprenticeship courses will be on offer, should you find your own employment for an apprenticeship.
It is important that you are aware that if you take up an offer at college for a full-time course, you can switch to an apprenticeship at a later stage once opportunities begin to open up in your chosen vocational area. Having college as a back-up plan for an apprenticeship is always good practice and even more important at this time.
The Amazing Apprenticeships website allows you to access a range of resources about the different apprenticeship opportunities. Visit their website at amazingapprenticeships.com/
You are also able to access live broadcasts (and recording of these broadcasts) at amazingapprenticeships.com/live-broadcasts/
The national Apprenticeships website provides general advice and information about apprenticeships. It also advertises current vacancies at www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
Employment Opportunities in New Anglia
This is a great new website that is updated fortnightly with information about vacancies in New Anglia. The website is organised by sectors and has current jobs at all levels, also providing a great source of Labour Market Information newanglia.co.uk/employment-opportunities/
Apprenticeships New Anglia
Apprenticeships New Anglia are now up and running, supporting young people to get the best chance of securing an Apprenticeship. Visit their website for more information www.apprenticeshipsnewanglia.co.uk/
Apprenticeships Suffolk are working with small and medium employers to encourage them to offer more vacancies. Apprenticeships Suffolk are happy to answer any questions and provide any support or advice required firstname.lastname@example.org
Fledglink is a free app for students ages 13+ which allows students to complete a digital CV and matches them with jobs, apprenticeships and other opportunities. For more information visit fledglink.com/
Career Map – Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
Higher and Degree apprenticeships are a fantastic career route if you’re looking for a viable alternative to university. To find out more about how a Higher or Degree apprenticeship could help pave the way for your future career visit careermap.co.uk/higher-apprenticeships-2/ and careermap.co.uk/degree-apprenticeships/
Paragon Skills - Virtual Open Day events which will run every Wednesday from 1st July until 19th August, 9am to 5pm
Paragon Skills is a national apprenticeship training provide who offer a wide selection of programmes across many sectors. To register to attend one of the Apprenticeship Virtual Open Day events, visit paragonskills.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8f2b4c72a9d1bced4168ac66e&id=edab6d79c2&e=ecf0b7d30c
Pearson Business School – business related degree apprenticeships
Pearson Business School works with companies like L’Oréal, BBC, IBM and Transport for London supporting their Degree Apprenticeship programmes. You can register here to attend Pearson Business School’s Virtual Open Days and Taster Sessions to find out more about what it is like to study Business, Law, Accounting and Marketing www.pearsoncollegelondon.ac.uk/pearson-business-school/visit-us.html
JTL – Electrician and Plumbing & Heating Engineer Apprenticeships
JTL offer a range of apprenticeship programmes for anyone interested in a career in the building services engineering sector. They are still accepting applications and the JTL Apprenticeships offer the chance to learn a trade and earn a wage at the same time. For more information visit www.jtltraining.com/thinkagain/ or call 0800 085 2308.
Headway Suffolk – Health & Social Care Apprenticeships
Headway is a charity that looks after people with a neurological condition. Headway Suffolk have vacancies in June/July for young people who are looking for a career in Care. Apprentices gain experience of working with people who have a physical disability, cognitive problems and mental health issues. Headway have clients from across the community aged from 16 to 100 and the apprentices will work in Headway’s hubs, in the community and in people’s homes. If you are interested in finding out more about Health & Social Care apprenticeship opportunities at Headway, contact Helen Fairweather email@example.com
Magnox Ltd are a well-established and highly regarded nuclear organisation with responsibility for the operation, defueling and decommissioning of their nuclear sites. They have an exciting variety of Level 2 and 3 apprenticeship opportunities starting in the Autumn available to students aged 17 and older. For more information and to apply visit www.energus.co.uk/vacancies/magnox-ltd-apprenticeship-vacancies/
TCHC offer a number of programmes that can help young people to gain an Apprenticeship or those who need more support to continue in learning or training. For more information contact Tyrone Bradnam at firstname.lastname@example.org