Young WorkPath update - November 2022

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Young WorkPath update - Autumn 2022

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What have we been up to?

Welcome to the autumn term edition of our e-newsletter.

We hope everyone had a lovely summer and that it has been a good start to the new academic year for those in schools and colleges. It is good to be back in schools again to see young people and staff, and also to meet students at the first Careers Live event at UEL on 6 October.

Careers Young WorkPath also continues to offer face to face, virtual and telephone interviews for those young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).

It's always good to receive feedback from those that use our service. Here are some recent examples from a Year 11 student, a NEET young person and a parent:

"I personally think the service was great, because I didn't have a clear picture/idea of what subjects I wanted to pursue further in. Now I have much more knowledge on colleges and apprenticeships and what path I can take in the near future." 

“Thank you for everything you've done."

"l just want to thank you for your help and support. It has been very difficult all this time he was without school but talking to you and liaising with Gary finally we managed to turn the situation around and he has been enrolled and at school now thanks to you and Gary."

The first Tower Hamlets Careers Live event

Teacher and student at Careers Live Event

On 6 October Tower Hamlets Council and the University of East London hosted the first Tower Hamlets Careers Live event 'Building Your Sustainable Future'. With representatives from 26 local and national businesses and over 300 students from Mulberry Stepney Green, Mulberry Academy Shoreditch, London Enterprise Academy, St Pauls Way Trust School, South Quay College, Wapping High School and OneLab College. This was a great opportunity for young people and school staff to meet employers and find out about the range of exciting careers that are out there. Careers Advisers from Careers Young Workpath were delighted to provide careers advice and were very busy on the day. Here are some quotes about the event.

Councillor Abu Talha Chowdhury, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Growth, said: “I’m extremely proud that, with our brilliant partners, we’re able to deliver these Tower Hamlets Careers Live events across the academic year, each providing students with all the knowledge they need for them to start a career in their preferred industry.

Ehsan, a Year 10 pupil from London Enterprise Academy, attended the event on his 15th birthday and said that events like these: “create good opportunities for us and help us to plan our future. They give us a wide range of things that we could do when we’re older. I wouldn’t mind coming every day!”

                      A Year 10 student from St Paul's Way Trust School said about her careers interview: "Thank you so much for spending time to support me! Thanks to you, I know what to do with life. I'll share this to my friend who also wants to become a lawyer. I appreciate it so much!"

Read more here >

Latest news

Progressing to Post-16 in Tower Hamlets in 2023 booklet front cover

Progressing to Post-16 in Tower Hamlets in 2023

We are pleased to announce the new Tower Hamlets Post-16 booklet to support Year 11 students and their parents/carers. The booklet contains lots of great information on options choices, planning your next steps, and support on offer including accessing a Careers Adviser.  

Download a copy >

The Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Act 2022

On 1 September 2022 The Education Act (Careers Guidance in Schools) 2022 extended the duty on schools to provide independent careers guidance to pupils from year 8 to also include year 7. This includes state-funded and academy secondary schools and alternative provision academies in England.  

Read the updated statutory guidance >

The ‘Baker Clause’

The Provider Access Legislation (PAL) part of The Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022 is new guidance that is coming into effect in January 2023. It specifies schools must provide at least six encounters for all their students: two in Years 8 and 9, two in Years 10 and 11 and two in Years 12 and 13. Schools must provide these encounters to inform students not only about apprenticeships but approved technical education qualifications, including T Levels. 

Read more >

The Mayor's Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and University Bursary Awards

The Mayor has recently announced that 1,650 students are expected to benefit from Council's investment of £1.1 million per year in EMA and University Bursary Awards in the first year from 1st November 2022. The first round of applications for EMA and University Bursaries are now open and need to be submitted by 1 January 2023. Payments will be backdated to September. 

Further information > 

Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), UK: August 2022

The Office for National Statistics reported that in April to June 2022, an estimated 10.4% of all people aged 16 to 24 were not in education, employment or training (NEET). This is an estimated 711,000 young people, which is an increase from 707,000 in January to March 2022. 

Read the findings here >

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Post-16 providers

Various sixth forms, colleges and other providers have now opened online and postal applications for courses starting in 2023. 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, also you can find a list of providers in the new Tower Hamlets Post-16 booklet and on our webpage.


The deadline to apply for majority of courses to start in September/October 2023 will be 25 January 2023 at 18:00. You can find out more on the UCAS website.

Free careers resources and support

Here are some organisations that provide information, advice and guidance on a range of careers, 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.

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 for any age restrictions.

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  • What Career Live? & What University Live? - various careers and opportunities event on 11-12 November.
  • Jobs & Training Fair - various opportunities on 17 November from 10am-2pm at the Idea Store Whitechapel. See above for further details and to book a place. 
  • UCL, campus visits for looked after year 11 and 12 at virtual schools only (check criteria) - the first visit is taking place on 8 December and the deadline to complete the initial application form is Thursday 17 November 10am. 
  • Creative Apprenticeship Programme - WorkPath's Supported Employment Programme (SEP) team are focused on assisting young people aged 18-24 (can be up to 30) residing in Tower Hamlets progress into a range of roles within the creative sector. An open day will be taking place on 22 November at WorkPath Office, 55 Upper Bank Street, E14 5GR. Complete an expression of interest form by 17 November here and if not registered with WorkPath complete here
  • Skills London - various careers and opportunities event 25-26 November. 
  • Experience UCL (check criteria) - for year 12 and 13, the first set of days will be taking place in February and March 2023 and the application deadline is 10am on 9 December 2022 for these dates. 
  • Tower Hamlets Careers Live Events. The borough is organising a further four 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 next event will be 'Working in a Creative World' on 26 January 2023 at London Metropolitan University, Aldgate Campus. Details have been communicated to schools. If you are interested in attending and would like further information, please email the events lead Carl Kemp
  • 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 a hub for creativity, learning and innovation on the park. 
  • Uptree Springpod  Student Ladder and Young Professionals 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


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:

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Temporary Christmas Vacancies

This is the time of the year when various companies, typically in retail are recruiting for temporary Christmas positions. The duration can vary and possibly develop into a permanent position afterwards. Go to company websites and others, such as Indeed and WorkPath support Tower Hamlets residents and also have various opportunities for ages 16+. Some recent companies include Primark, JD Sports and the Card Factory. Any clients that are not registered must complete the full online registration and provide the relevant ID, find out more here


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.      

  • Warehouse and Logistics - (level 2) at The Hire Man. Closing date: 25 November 2022.
  • Early Years Practitioner - (level 2) at The Grove Nursery & Pre-School LTD. Closing date: 30 November 2022
  • Dental Nurse - (level 3) at ODL Dental Practice Limited. Closing date: 22 November 2022.
  • Digital Marketing - (level 3) at Shopper Media Group. Closing date: 28 November 2022
  • Junior Trust Assistant - (level 4/higher) at Winckworth Sherwood LLP. Closing date: 25 November 2022.
  • Construction Manager - (level 4/higher) at ISG. Closing date: 8 January 2023.

  • Quantity Surveyor - (level 4/higher) at Kilnbridge Construction Services LTD. Closing date: 25 August 2023
  • Solicitor - (degree) at Mishcon de Reya LLP. Closing date: 6 January 2023
  • Cloud Consultant - (degree) at Reply LTD. Closing date: 30 April 2023.  

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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