Young WorkPath update - Spring 2022

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Young WorkPath update - Spring 2022

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What have we been up to?

We hope everyone had a lovely Easter break and welcome to the Spring 2022 Careers Young WorkPath E-newsletter. The team have been busy delivering careers guidance interviews to pupils in schools and colleges, attending annual and transitional reviews and supporting NEET (Not in Education, Employment and Training) young people to move into education, employment and training. We are pleased to let you know that our NEET and Not Known figure for 16-17 year olds is continuing to reduce and our official figure for 2021 is currently 3.4%. A big thank you to the team for their hard work in tracking, monitoring and ensuring young people successfully transition back into education, employment and training. 

We've also recently had a Matrix assessment of our service. The Matrix is the Department for Education’s (DfE) standard for ensuring the quality of the delivery of high-quality information, advice and guidance. We're delighted to report that we have successfully retained our accreditation. Thank you to all that participated in the assessment, including pupils, careers coordinators, NEET young people and parents. Here are just a few highlights taken from the report: 

"Young WorkPath staff are highly motivated and focused upon delivering the best possible
transition experience for young people".

"Staff have shown tenacity and creativity in ways of supporting young
people with much impact".

We have had some other great feedback from young people about their careers interview: 

"I am glad that I have had my career interview. I think it is very beneficial for everyone".

"I really appreciated being able to talk with someone and have a bit more support with my decisions". 

"I just wanted to let you know that after my interview today, they were extremely impressed with me and they offered me the apprenticeship with them. Thank you so much for your ongoing support and hard work from the beginning, I really appreciate it". 

Latest news

Latest news

National Work experience week 25-29 April

There is a celebration of work experience with the opportunity to find out more from some top employers. 

Find out more >


Research from 1,000 school/college leavers 16-24 year olds 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award surveyed 1,000 school/college leavers aged 16-24 year olds from around the UK to find out how they felt entering the world of work. 

Read the findings here >


Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Act 2022 

A new Bill has been passed that by law pupils in state-funded secondary schools in England receive independent careers guidance extended from year 8 to also include year 7.

Further information > 


Apprenticeship starts up by 26%  

There is positive news about apprenticeships in England, the number of starts is 204,000 from August 2021 to January 2022, which is up 26% in comparison to the previous academic year. 56,200 of these apprentices were under 19. 

Learn more >

Opportunities and support

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The London Neighbourhood Scholarship (LNS) for aspiring architects. 

The scholarship is for students from London’s under-represented group communities studying an undergraduate architecture degree in London. It provides £10,000 per year (£30,000 in total) to cover material costs and living expenses, mentorship, work experience and careers guidance. Applications are open until 5pm on 8 July 2022.

For more information > 


National Citizen Service (NCS)

NCS have one and two week programmes in and around the country for young people aged 16-17 years old. The programme allows participants to develop a range of skills and meet other young people, as well as contributing to their local community. 

More information > 


Cyber Explorers 

Cyber Explorers is a fun, free and interactive learning platform for future digital superstars aged 11-14 years old. It can be used in and outside of school.

Find out more >


Online courses with universities and companies

Online courses are a great way of exploring a subject or career area. There are thousands available with industry experts and because online are with a range of universities and companies around the world. Most are free and can be flexible working at your own pace. 

FutureLearn > MOOC > Open Learn > Coursera >


Sustainable success essay competition 

Telos Partners has teamed up with Young Enterprise to launch its annual essay writing competition for young people aged 14-18. Entries close at 12 noon on Monday 23 May 2022.

Enter now >


Mental wellbeing support 

It has become increasingly important to take care of your mental wellbeing and there are various resources to help support with this. 

Further information > 


UCAS events 

UCAS host a variety of in-person and virtual careers events to help with exploring next steps. There are universities, colleges and/or companies present to give information about what they offer. There will be an in-person Discovery exhibition at University of East London on 7-8 June. 

Search for events > 



Career-o-meter is a tool to explore and compare labour market information on up to three careers at one time. It provides information about pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects.

Access Career-o-meter >


University of East London free summer school 

The University of East London are offering a three-day on campus experience to students, aged 16-18, across a variety of exciting subject areas. Students will be challenged to work to an industry led brief with workshops and panels from expert academics, outreach team and industry professionals. There are also prizes on offer.

Further information > 


Short courses within construction

The Skills Centre offer free one and three week pre-employability courses to help gain the skills and knowledge needed to begin a career in construction.

Register now >


Half Moon Theatre 

Half Moon is based in Limehouse, East London and have a small number of work experience and volunteering opportunities. Recently our team supported a young person in successfully gaining an opportunity. 

Search here >


Various activities

Young people can also continue to engage in a range of careers, personal development and fun activities including:

  • Tower Hamlets Youth Service provides a range of fun and personal development activities for young people who live, work or study in the borough.
  • Tower Hamlets Local Offer find out what is available for all families, children and young people up to 25 years old. 
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have a range of opportunities and events. East Bank is hub for creativity, learning and innovation on the park. 
  • The Good Growth Hub offers various programmes to support young people with career opportunities, skills and training. 
  • Amazing Apprenticeships a leading organisation in the education sector, founded to tackle misconceptions about apprenticeships and promote the benefits. Stay informed with the latest news and information.
  • Not going to Uni NGTU is a website for school and college leavers. Search for thousands of jobs, opportunities and apprenticeships in the UK.
  • Uptree a network connecting young people and employers.
  • National Careers Service provide careers information, advice and guidance. They can help with making decisions on learning, training and work.
  • Globalbridge is for students in years 7 to 13. Once students have registered they are on their way to creating a multimedia digital profile that reflects their personality and competencies both academic and non-academic.
  • Microsoft ongoing virtual workshops or training.
  • UniTasterDays various university events for students and school staff.
  • Qdos is a careers app targeted at young people 14-18 years old. Includes Labour Market Information features, 'Career Finder' and Trending Jobs'.
  • The Skillsbuilder Partnership shows how to build essential skills at every stage of life. Start using it today, for free.
  • The Prince's Trust Now in its fifth decade, they help 11 to 30 year-olds to find the tools and confidence to try free courses and start careers. 


A great way to understand a business, explore career area/s, develop skills and meet new people. It can also look great on your CV and could contribute to a Duke of Edinburgh Award. Here are a few websites to search for opportunities but you can also look at company website and/or social media directly:

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WorkPath, WorkPath team members visited eight secondary schools during March to talk to year 13 students about the range of apprenticeship opportunities with Swiss Re. The company are one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance and insurance. Thirty pupils applied for apprenticeships and ten pupils have reached the next stage of the application process. Workpath colleagues will continue to support students through their application and interview journey.  We wish all the applicants good luck.

BT has a range of apprenticeships in different areas of the company. There are entry requirements and only one apprenticeship can be applied to per year: 

Apprentice Power Technicians - Level 3

Customer Service Specialist - Level 3

Power Engineer in Security - Level 3

Degree Apprentice Network Engineer - Level 6

User Experience Designer Degree Apprentice - Level 6

There are lots of apprenticeship vacancies around at the moment. We've listed some of our top picks in London. Please note that vacancies can close before the listed closing date.      

You can find more vacancies by searching on these websites, as well as the company and/or university websites:

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You can find more vacancies by searching on the Find A Traineeship website. 

Also, remember that NEET young people can get help with applications and interview preparation from our team.

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Careers Young WorkPath is now working from the WorkPath office, 55 Upper Bank St, London E14 5GR on Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week by appointment only. Our team is continuing to provide careers interviews face to face, over the phone and by video for NEET young people. For young people, parents or carers wishing to book a telephone, video or face to face appointment, please contact us at or on 0800 3581 2410 (free phone) or 0207 364 1401.

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