Ealing Connexions works with local employers to create job opportunities for young people living in Ealing. Most opportunities fall into the categories below.
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An apprenticeship enables you to work gaining recognised qualifications whilst earning money. You will spend your time learning the necessary skills for the job and studying for a qualification either with the employer, training provider or college. Apprenticeships are open to anyone who is over 16 and not in full time education. Some apprenticeships have specific criteria for example Maths, English and Science GCSE A-C. Some apprenticeships may not specify specific qualifications and may prefer applicants that have a specific range of skills.
Who can help me find out more about apprenticeships?
If you’re aged from 16-19 years old you 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.
Where can I find apprenticeship opportunities?
In addition to speaking to your Ealing Connexions Adviser, one of the best ways to search for apprenticeships is to look online, there are many websites you could use. In order to help you with your search, we have listed some of the essential websites you should use.
The Find an Apprenticeship service
The Find an Apprenticeship service has replaced the National Apprenticeship website. If you are looking for apprenticeships please click the links below to register and search for vacancies.
Benefits of the new service:
Register for free on the new website, please click here
How to become an apprentice: The apprenticeship support guide explains what an apprenticeship is, how to register and improve your applications. Download it here. If you need more support, contact your Ealing Connexions Personal Adviser.
Current Apprenticeship Vacancies: Below you can click on the image to see the current apprenticeship vacancies which is updated on a daily basis.
Alternatively search for apprenticeships via the Find an apprenticeship website here or click image below
Training Providers and Employer websites
The role of a Training Provider is to offer skills, training and qualifications to meet the requirement of a specific job role. In Ealing we have many training providers that offer opportunities in different sectors. To identify which local Training Provider can help you please speak to a Personal Adviser at our centre.
You will also probably need to search employer websites as there may be some apprenticeships that are not listed on the National Apprenticeship website.
Here are some employers that offer apprenticeships or school leaver programmes in London:
How much do apprentices get paid?
All apprentices must be paid at least £4.15 per hour for under 19 and first year apprentices. National Minimum Wage for 16-17 year old is £4.55, 18-20 is £6.45, 21 years and over is £8.20. As you progress, your wages may increase. You will get paid for time spent working and training. The national minimum wage applies to all 16-18 year olds and those aged 19 in the first year of their level 2 or 3 apprenticeship.
What is my employment status as an apprentice?
An apprenticeship is a real job and under all circumstances you should be legally employed. On starting your apprenticeship you should sign an apprenticeship agreement. In most instances this will be directly with your employer but in some cases if you have started an apprenticeship with an Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA), your training provider then acts as your legal employer and the contract of employment will be with them. If you are employed by an ATA you can check that they are on the national register.
What can I do an apprenticeship in?
There are now over 150 different types of apprenticeship on offer across different sectors. Apprenticeships are no longer just about learning traditional trades such as carpentry and mechanics, but now are available in all types of work.
Find out more about apprenticeships by watching more videos.
Sectors in the Spotlight – Video Clips
Ealing Council Apprenticeships
Ealing Council’s Apprenticeship programme provides an excellent opportunity for people aged 16 to 24 to develop skills, gain work experience and complete qualifications. Ealing Council recruits 25 people a year, with apprenticeships from a wide range of departments across the council including: Youth Services, Insurance, Social Services, School Caretaking, Town Planning, Parking Management, Funding and Grants, Human Resources, Regulatory Services, Leaders and Chief Executive’s office.
Ealing Council’s Apprenticeship programme is open to people who live or have studied in Ealing within the last three years and who meet the other criteria for Ealing Council Apprenticeship applicants.
Vacancies are advertised in April and September each year.
We positively welcome applications from people with disabilities who are under represented in all areas of the council.
Find out about current Ealing Council Apprenticeship vacancies.
Traineeships prepare young people for future careers by helping them become ‘work ready’. They were introduced for 16 – 24 year olds and young people with an EHC (Education, Health and Care) plan up to academic age 25.
Essential work preparation training, literacy & numeracy skills, and work experience is provided so that it is easier to get an Apprenticeship or other job.
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 six months – with content tailored to your individual career needs.
- Work preparation training – only 38% of unemployed young people say they feel ready for the world of work – this training gives you the skills and confidence needed for an Apprenticeship or the first step in your career.
- Skills you need to find a job – employers are at the centre of Traineeships, so they focus on your skills and future success in employment.
- Maths and English support – developing the skills you need for the workplace and boosting your job prospects, your long-term career progression and earning potential.
- Work experience – 74% of employers say work experience is critical or significant when recruiting – plus you’ll get an insight into the world of work, a useful reference and an exit interview (or even a job interview if a role becomes available).
- An improved CV – Traineeships give you great experience both practically and on paper.
Source: UCAS Progress
It can be tough looking for full or part time employment – where do you start?
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It can be tough looking for full or part time employment – where do you start?
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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.
- Remember to include personal contact details
- One side of A4 is usually enough
- Ensure that you check for grammar, spelling and punctuation
- Use positive language about your abilities
- Get someone to look over your CV before sending it. An Ealing Connexions Adviser can help you with this
You can look at the following websites to find vacancies in Ealing:
- Ealing Council’s website
- Ealing Times website
- Local Recruit website
- fish4jobs – West London
- London Jobs website
The Pathways Programme is aimed at 16-24 year olds, who are ready to commit to a 5-day-per-week timetable for up to 6 months. Successful Trainees are employed by Ealing Council and will be paid (subject to attendance). To find out more, click here.
Volunteering is a great chance to do something worthwhile and gain transferable skills. Ealing Connexions can help you find local volunteering opportunities.
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.