Young WorkPath update - Summer 2022

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Young WorkPath update - Summer 2022

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What have we been up to?

Welcome to the Summer 2022 edition of the Careers Young WorkPath E-newsletter. The team have been busy continuing to deliver careers guidance interviews to pupils in schools and colleges and supporting NEET (Not in Education, Employment and Training) young people to move into education, employment and training. In addition to this Careers Advisers have been participating in annual and transitional reviews for pupils with EHCPs.

We will be open throughout the summer and we will continue to provide careers interviews face to face, over the phone and by video for NEET young people and school/college leavers. Please encourage young people who are unsure of what they want to do or how to achieve their career aims to have a chat with us. We are happy to help.

Obtaining feedback from young people is really important to us and helps us to identify what we are doing well and areas for development. Here is some recent feedback:

"He has impacted me in ways that will sit with me forever, skills in how one should seek a job properly will be with me for the rest of my life. It is because of him I’ve secured a Level 3 HR apprenticeship with a specialist psychological consultancy company. I can now go on into the future and independently search for jobs the perfect way and that’s all due to him and the new set of life long skills he had taught me".

"Thank you so much for my careers plan, I have read through it and I am 100% happy with the outcome".

"The service I received was great and I am confident in what I should do next".

"All around great help and would recommend anyone else to take part".

Latest news

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GCSEs and A-levels results days

Our team of Advisers will be available in schools/colleges on the morning of A level and GCSE results day. Young people can also drop into our Centre at Workpath, 55 Upper Bank Street, London E14 5GR on the afternoon of the 18 August and 25 August from 2pm until 4.30pm. Alternatively, we will offer careers interviews over the phone or via video.

You can contact us at or on 0800 3581 2410 (free phone) or 0207 364 1401. We expect to be very busy, so please do be patient!

We wish all students the best with their results.

Student guide to exams and formal assessments in 2021 to 2022

Ofqual have published a student guide on how qualifications will be graded and awarded. 


Schools' statutory responsibility for providing IAG to pupils

Every school must ensure that pupils are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 - 13, click here to read more. To support schools with their legal duties, additional services can be purchased from Careers Young WorkPath. You can discuss your needs with your link Careers Adviser or contact Mario Kyriacou, Team Leader (Education and NEET Prevention) on 0207 364 1422 or at

Please let us know if you wish to buy any services by the end of July.


September Guarantee

Every year, we undertake the huge task of finding out offers of an appropriate place in education or training made to year 11 and 12 pupils in the borough for September coming. This is something the Department for Education (DfE) requires us to do. Thank you to schools who have provided us with the data, for schools still working on their data we would be grateful if you could get this to us as soon as possible. Please send data to Cheryl Toms, Team Leader Brokerage and Tracking at


Wellbeing support

This can be a difficult time of year for young people but there is a range of support available here. 

Next steps for young people

There are various options that young people could progress onto:   


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Raising the participation age (RPA)

Raising the participation age means after Year 11 school leavers must continue in education or training until 18, read more here. It does not mean staying in school and young people can choose one of the following options:

• Full-time education, such as sixth form or college.
• Work-based learning, such as an apprenticeship or traineeship.
• Spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training.

GCSE English and Maths 

Whatever option is chosen, if after Year 11 school leavers don’t have a grade 4 (formerly C) in maths and/or English, they must keep studying these subjects until they achieve a 4 or equivalent (this applies until their 18th birthday).


Post-16 providers

There are still places available at various sixth forms, colleges and other providers, with online and postal applications being accepted. There are also virtual and in-person events, such as open days and tours. For details, check the website or social media accounts of the relevant provider and you can find a list of providers on our webpage.

Some enrolment information is now available and applications to start in 2023 will be opening soon. 


Post-18 UCAS university clearing is open

If pupils don’t have a place or have not applied to university for this year, they will need to apply through Clearing, which is open until 18 October. For those living in England there are over 20,000 courses from over 300 providers. You can search on the UCAS website.


Free careers resources and support

Here are some organisations that provide information, advice and guidance on a range of career, options and next steps. There are also short quizzes if young people aren’t sure what career or next step they are interested in.

If students in school or college need help, please encourage them to talk to their Careers Co-ordinator. If they are not in education, employment and/or training, do encourage young people to contact us directly.

Summer activities for young people

Young people can also continue to engage in a range of careers, personal development and fun activities. See below for some ideas, do check if any age restrictions.

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  • Tower Hamlets Summer 2022 have a list of activities for kids and teens. 
  • Tower Hamlets Young People's Service (formally the 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.
  • Tower Hamlets Arts The arts section of the Council website is put together by the arts and events team for you to get the best out of the borough in the way of arts and culture. 
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have a range of opportunities and events. East Bank is hub for creativity, learning and innovation on the park. 
  • Uptree Springpod and Student Ladder connect young people and employers with work experience and employment opportunities, including apprenticeships.
  • Microsoft ongoing virtual workshops or training.
  • UniTasterDays various university events for students and school staff.
  • Future Learn EdX Open Learn UpTree and Coursera various online courses with universities and industry experts worldwide
  • McLaren construction and British Land are looking for up and coming graffiti artists aged 16+ to spray/paint or showcase work on Aldgate Place development. For further information contact
  • Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition a free interactive experience for anyone curious about the latest advances in science and technology. Online will be digital content available on demand, including livestream demonstrations and interviews.  
  • The University of East London and London Metropolitan University will be offering free on campus university experiences to Year 12 students across a variety of subject areas in July.
  • WorkPath are offering Get Crazy Creative, a 6-week programme every Thursday offering young people aged 16-25 the opportunity to learn digital skills to enable them to get into specialist industries, with a focus on Digital Marketing, Social Media and Digital Design. There will be a 2-hour taster session on 28th of July at WorkPath, 55 Upper Bank Street E14 5GR to find out more. Sign up for the taster day here.  
  • Community Music free Music, DJ and Digital Summer Scheme for 4 weeks during August for ages 12-25. 
  • National Citizens Service 'The Challenge' 3-week programme for 16 - 17 year olds 
  • Capital City College Training if you are aged 16-24, and not already in employment, education or training, their skills programme could help you. Contact for further information. 
  • Tower Hamlets Careers Live Events. The borough are organising six careers events over the next academic year for pupils to support them to develop their awareness and understanding of jobs and opportunities across a wide range of industries/sectors. The first event will focus on opportunities and pathways in Construction and Engineering and will be take place on Thursday 6th October 2022 at University of East London, Docklands campus. Programme details and dates have been sent to schools. If you are interested in attending and would like further information, please email the events lead Carl Kemp


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 websites and/or social media directly:

Follow us on social media

Please follow us on Twitter where we share great opportunities and information. 

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In our last e-newsletter we were pleased to share information about the work that WorkPath have been doing in secondary schools to promote apprenticeships to year 13 pupils. The team went into a number of schools and met year 13 pupils to tell them about apprenticeship opportunities with Swiss Re. Out of the thirty pupils who applied, four Tower Hamlets residents from Mulberry School For Girls, Oaklands School and Stepney All Saints School secured roles. These students are from BAME backgrounds and three of the four are females. One has already started a Tax apprenticeship and the others will start their Insurance apprenticeships in September. What a fantastic start to their career with one of Europe’s leading insurance and re insurance companies.

We're also pleased to let you know that a year 13 pupil from Oaklands School has secured an IT apprenticeship with the council. He is due to start with the council at the end of this month.

We wish these successful candidates all the best with their apprenticeships!



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:



  • HR Assistant at Sathi & Co Limited. Closing date: 30 July 2022
  • Sales at Absolute Business Finance UK Limited. Closing date: 28 July 2022
  • Graphic Designer at Infinity Multimedia Limited. Closing date: 28 July 2022

  • Hospitality at Hyatt Regency Churchill Hotel. Closing date: 1 August 2022
  • Estate Agent at Esemove LTD. Closing date: 3 September 2022

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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