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Opportunities Opportunities for for you you A guide to employment, learning, training and personal development opportunities for 16Issue 31 March 2014 16-19 year olds in Brighton & Hove. Are you 16-19, not in employment, education or training and living in Brighton & Hove? The Youth Employability Service is here to help!

New this month…  Apprenticeship Matching Event at Oceana Brighton 5th March!  Brighten Your Futures event  DV8 Creative Upload course  Creative Café session

YES advisers offer free advice and support with everything you need to find the right apprenticeship, college course, training opportunity or job. To register with us and receive regular one to one support from one of our advisers, come along to a drop-in listed below or give us a call on: (01273) 294247.

Come along to a Youth Employability Service drop-in: WEDNESDAY 3pm - 5pm YOUTH ADVICE CENTRE 65 Blatchington Road, Hove BN3 3YJ

FRIDAY 1pm - 4pm WHITEHAWK COMMUNITY HUB 179a Whitehawk Road, Brighton BN2 5GD

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NEWS from the Youth Employability Service‌..

Introducing the New YES App!

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NEWS from the Youth Employability Service…..

Come and join us … We need you! Your opinions matter and we need to hear them to help us make the YES service even better. The Youth Employability Panel (aged 16-19) meets once a month, you get free travel, food and a £10 voucher for coming!

Here’s what YOU too can achieve by becoming part of the Youth Employability Panel: • The Youth Employability Panel helped to organise and were crucial in the running of the Brighton Your Futures event held at the Corn Exchange in Brighton. From this they all achieved a really useful Stewarding Qualification!! • They helped to plan and design our fabulous new YES iPhone App (see page 2 for details) • Gained a Youth Award • Helped shape the YES service • They contributed their views towards Government research and made their voice heard. You’ll take away lots of useful skills and qualifications that will help boost your CV and help towards your dream job. You’ll also have fun and make a difference So, if you’re interested please give us a call: Nicky: 07833 401 627 or Elle: 07799 662 910

Bobbi has nearly completed her apprenticeship with us and doing a great job. Follow her journey by checking out her blog and vlog posts here:

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BIG Event coming soon……....

16-19? Not in Education, Employment or Training? and living in Brighton & Hove?

BIG event for young jobseekers in Brighton and Hove!

righten Your Futures!

Thursday 3rd April 2014

This event will take place at: The Corn Exchange, Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UE

There is loads going on during the day: • Meet employers and training providers • Find out about financial support available whilst you learn • Check out the bite-size workshops • Visit the specialist support zones • Meet Gully, the Brighton & Hove Albion mascot And don’t forget to look out for our roving camera crew – have your say on the event then watch it on YouTube.

Workshops These are bite-size – just 20 minutes long so you can get to try out lots of different things. We’re still finalising the programme for Brighton Your Futures 2014, but here is a taster of some of the workshops we ran last year: • Make a stop motion video, create a computer game, design a dream festival or make a tune • How I changed my life without any money • Starting my own business • Be a club promoter • Journey to achieving • My experience as an apprentice

Zones All around Brighton Dome we will have different zones to help you: • Application zone – help with filling in that killer application form • Enterprise and business start-up zone – for budding entrepreneurs • Pre-employment and training zone – lots of information about getting a job and learning new skills • Information and guidance zone – all the employment support available for 14 to 25 year olds • Sector specific zones – these are the zones for you if you want to work in technology, business, retail, care, hospitality and tourism • Chill out zone – take a seat, grab a coffee and relax!

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BIG Event coming soon…….... Date: Wednesday 5th March 2014 Time: 2pm – 4pm (last entry 3pm) Venue: Oceana, West Street Brighton

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Here are some frequently asked questions about apprenticeships:

What is an Apprenticeship? Apprenticeships are a brilliant way of gaining qualifications and work-place experience. As an employee you can earn as you learn and gain practical skills from the work place that will really help you in your future career. What are the entry requirements for an Apprenticeship? Different apprenticeships have different entry requirements, however the most important requirements are: - You must be living in England. - You must not be in full time education. - You must be aged 16+. - If you don’t have good grades in GCSE English and maths you will need to take a literacy and numeracy test. Do I get paid during an Apprenticeship: Yes, you do. The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is now £2.69 per hour. Although, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages, research has shown that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week. If you would like more information about the range of jobs available through apprenticeships, look at the websites below or contact the Youth Employability Service: You can register, search & apply for apprenticeships through the National

Apprenticeship Service (NAS) A few examples of recently advertised vacancies include: • Travel & Lifestyle consultant with American Express • Horticulture Apprenticeship for local housing group • PR Assistant for a marketing company in Brighton • Organic Chocolatier • Several catering, hairdressing, business admin, care vacancies … and more!

APPRENTICESHIPS IN SUSSEX The Apprenticeships in Sussex website helps you to search for apprenticeship training and providers in the Brighton, Hove and Sussex area. Search results will give you full contact details and information for local training providers and colleges offering the apprenticeships you are interested in. This site also links through to the apprenticeship vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Service website.

Visit for all apprenticeships in Brighton & Hove

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STUDY Programmes Study Programmes are for those aged between 16 and 18. Each programme is tailored to the student’s individual needs, education, employment goals and includes functional skills in English and Maths. See what courses are currently on offer below:

Military Preparation College * Ideal preparation for the Armed Forces or for a career in sport or public services * Courses offered: NEW for 2014 Public Services Level 2!!! BTEC Sport & Leisure, NCFE Uniformed Services Diploma and Level 1 BTEC Public Services Certificate MPCT is a full time course with physical training for half a day combined with classroom study. We also offer Military training days which are so cool! These days offer you the chance to dress up in camouflage and get muddy whilst learning great life skills that you will need in everyday life. Travel is paid and you could be eligible for up to ÂŁ40 a week bursary 5 days per week

Next Start Date: Roll on, Roll off Location: Brighton TA Centre, 198 Dyke Road, Brighton  Open Days Coming Up: March 5th and April 2nd  Potential new learners will have the chance to ask questions, visit facilities and take part in practical activities to see if MPCT is for them.

Location: Enterprise Point, Melbourne Street (off Lewes Road) Brighton

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STUDY Programmes Other Study programmes which also run later in the year include:


Enterprise Point, Melbourne Street, Brighton

12 Queens Square, Brighton

Run over 30 weeks, 3 days a week. This is an introductory course for anyone who wants to start writing, playing and recording music while gaining essential life and employability skills.

Creative Media production (levels 1&2): Develop skills in video production, sound, animation, social media and interactive design Fashion: Learn pattern cutting, design and make a garment aswell as marketing through social media. Live Events: Hands on experience of the live events industry from creating, budgeting, promotion and delivering the event. Music Production: features songwriting, live performance, remixing, production and digital recording.

Level 1 courses in: • Sport & Public Services • Care • Catering • Construction

Develop confidence, employability skills to move into further education. Total support is given to each learner to make sure they achieve all aspects of this course

Rural Pathways (entry level course) The programme involves a range of flexible learning experiences including horticulture, agriculture, animal care and a variety of other vocational activities. Learners will also have opportunities to further develop their English, Maths and ICT skills. No entry qualifications are required however you will need to have a keen interest in working outside, with animals and plants.

Varndean College Pre-Apprentice Traineeships  Enterprise, Business and Employability: Design a product, explore marketing & advertising & develop business skills including sales, promotion & customer service.  Care: Explore childcare and development; develop practical skills with real babies! This is a stepping stone to care based courses at Level 2.

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Traineeship programmes in Portslade:

Pre Traineeship for 16-18 year olds • Employability and work preparation training - including CV writing and interview skills • Functional Skills Math and English • Work tasters/shadowing and Employer master classes • Personal and social development and enrichment activities Duration: 17 hours per week for up to a full academic year. Monday to Friday - 10am-3pm.

 Traineeships for 16-18 and 19-24 year olds

• Job search and Interview Skills training and qualifications • Developing Skills in the Workplace training and qualifications • Work experience placements in a range of sectors, placements from 6 weeks to 5 months. • Functional Skills in Math and English. Duration: 18-24 hours per week for up to 6 months. Monday to Friday - 10am-3pm. These programmes can help to progress on to an apprenticeship, employment or further education. A weekly bus pass will be provided. Those in receipt of JSA will be able to retain the benefit whilst on this course. A bursary fund is available for those eligible. Upon completion of the programme learners will receive free driving lessons!

Location: Portslade Old Village

Start Date: Roll on Roll Off - no fixed start dates

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DV8 Brighton CREATIVE UPLOAD: SKILLS FOR WORK For people aged 16-18, not currently enrolled on any other courses From this April, DV8 Sussex are delighted to announce that they will be launching a new Creative Upload course for 2014. Ideal for Level 1 learners who are NEET, or in need of progression options, the course will be delivered by practising industry professionals and will feature engaging and exciting multimedia projects. With a particular focus on developing real employment skills, creating a digital CV, building confidence and working in a team, learners will form their own production company and develop skills in all kinds of creative projects, such as making an online magazine, releasing an album, being part of a film crew, shooting and editing photos or creating an animation. Participants will obtain a Bronze Arts Award qualification within the first few weeks, and with genuine industry commissions and their own written job description, they’ll get an insight into what it’s like to be working to deadlines and creating a product for sale. This course includes Functional Skills maths and English, and will provide young people with the opportunity to advance onto further education or onto an Apprenticeship. Course duration: 18 weeks Starting: taster session Friday 28th March, starts week beginning 7th April (2 ½ days per week)

Visit their website: Creative Industries and Apprenticeships:

Date and Venue: 9.30am-12.30pm Wednesday 26th March 2014 at Brighton Aldridge Academy, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN1 9PW. Cost: £2.50 per person (before 28th February), however limited number of FREE places for those on JSA.

For all 15-18 year olds, this Creative Café offers an opportunity to find out more about working in the creative industries and, in particular, digital media and live events. Meet creative professionals, employers and apprentices, find out about opportunities and be inspired! You will get to: • Spend time with professionals and lean about their work through discussion and fun practical activities • Find out about apprenticeships from employers and apprentices themselves • Explore how to creative skills can support you to work in a range of different jobs and sectors • Hear about the extraordinary success story of the creative industries in Brighton and Hove • Meet recent graduate apprentices and hear their journey into full-time fully paid jobs, after completing Apprenticeships at leading local businesses Bloom and Brightwave.

Creative Cafés offer a unique environment to meet professionals, share stories and have fun. This event is developed by Culture Shift and Dv8, creative training provider, with support from Digital Education Brighton.

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PRINCE’S TRUST TEAM PROGRAMME Run by City College in Brighton, Hove & Shoreham FREE 12 week programme for 16-25 year olds who are looking for work. The programme will help to build confidence and motivation, develop new skills and qualifications. It will look great on your CV and you will have the skills and confidence to apply for work, training or a full-time course at college.  go on an action packed residential week  receive useful training that employers look for & get help with your CV   complete projects in your local community   gain work experience   make new friends and have an amazing time!  TRAVEL IS FREE AND THERE ARE NO COURSE COSTS Location: City College Pelham Street and Wilson Avenue, YMCA Hove & Shoreham Next Start Dates: Pelham Street - 19th May YMCA Hove & YMCA Shoreham - 26th May City College East & Whitehawk Inn - 2nd June Opportunities for You! - Issue 32 - March 2014



Next Start Dates: 3rd March and 7th April This Opt-in course can lead on to further Albion in the Community courses including: Level 1 Exercise Studies Level 2 Nutrition

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Location: Wenlock House 41/43 North Street Brighton Next Start Dates: April and July 2014

Youth Action Sussex Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG

Are you aged 16 and 25? NEET or have a disability? Youth Action Sussex provides a dedicated volunteer scheme, providing a supported route into community volunteering. We are looking to recruit and provide continued support to young people wishing to volunteer in their local community. We will provide on-going support throughout your volunteering experience and recognition by providing national certificates on reaching certain milestones. You will be matched with suitable and supportive volunteer placements that reflect your interests, passions and aspirations and also allow you to develop your skills and gain new positive experiences.

For more information log on to: or contact the Youth Employability Service


Go to: ‘YESTVBrighton’

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NEW COURSES FROM COMMUNITY LEARNING……. ** Moving On (Confidence building) ** Do you wish you had more motivation? Would you like to feel better about yourself? This course will help you to identify your skills and values, prepare you for work, training or volunteering, and boost your confidence. ** First Aid for Babies and Children ** You can find out about: Managing burns and scalds, how to deal with choking, the recovery position and basic life support for babies and children.

** Level 2 Food Safety ** This course is run over 2 weeks and will provide you with a Level 2 Certificate in Food & Hygiene. There is also an assessment at the end of this course.

To book a place on any of these courses, call Tel: (01273) 294186 FREE Functional Skills Courses for adults (any age) English and Maths Level 1 or 2 These are nationally recognised Functional Skills Qualifications at Level 1 (same level as GCSE DG grades) or Level 2 (GCSE A-C level). Having these level 1 or 2 qualifications helps to get a job or gain access to college courses for those without GCSE A-C grades: MONDAY MORNINGS

WHITEHAWK HUB LIBRARY Whitehawk Road, Brighton

ENGLISH ONLY - Work at your own pace on your English skills. - No crèche available.



MATHS ONLY - Work at your own pace on your Maths skills. - No crèche available.




MATHS ONLY - Work at your own pace on your Maths skills. - No crèche available. MATHS ONLY - Work at your own pace on your Maths skills. - No crèche available. ENGLISH OR MATHS - Work at your own pace on your English or maths skills. - Crèche available.

If courses have started places may still be available. Referrals taken all year round. Email: or call (01273) 294287 for more details. Brighton & Hove Young Parents Facebook page: Opportunities for You! - Issue 32 - March 2014


Are you now OVER 19 or living

outside of Brighton & Hove?‌ Are you now over 19? You have reached the age when the Youth Employability Service is no longer funded to work with you. However, careers guidance and help to find work, training or college courses are available from the National Careers Service, Telephone: 0800 100 900 or go to the web page: The following organisations also offer guidance along with other services and courses for adults. Contact them to see if they are able to help you: The Bridge: contact 01273 687053 or City Skills & Jobs Shop, Brighton: contact 01273 667770 Facebook: Twitter: @SkillsAndJobs Family Information Service: provides information on childcare, health and parenting etc. Contact 01273 293545 Friends Centre: contact 01273 810210 or One Youth Brighton: provides a drop in service for 16-25 year olds for help with finding work and training. Contact 01273 694746 or Portslade Adult Learning Centre: Contact: Tel: 01273 382739. Whitehawk Inn: contact Gateway Team on 01273 682222 or Youth Advice Centre: guidance and information drop in service for young people up to the age of 25. Contact 01273 828828 or Young People’s Centre (YPC): contact 01273 887886 or or Youth Service: for further information and updates about local services, see If you have previously held a statement of special needs you can still use the Youth Employability Service up to age 25. If you think this applies to you, get in touch with us on 01273 294247 and we can advise on help available. Do you live outside of Brighton & Hove? If you live outside of Brighton & Hove the Youth Employability Service is unable to help you, but you can get free careers information, help and guidance from the National Careers Service Helpline on: 0800 100 900. (Open every day from 8am to 10pm). You can also visit the web page at: If you live in West Sussex you can also go to website: If you live in East Sussex you can also go to website:

If you are now settled in work, training or on a college course and no longer wish to receive this newsletter or to update your contact details, please call the Youth Employability Service on 01273 294247.

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Opportunities for You March 2014  
Opportunities for You March 2014  

A guide to employment, training and personal development opportunities for 16-19 year olds starting soon in Brighton and Hove.