You’re never too young to start building your life skills. It is likely at some point, that you will be leaving your home and moving on to University, to work away or to move in to your own place. We want to help you build your confidence to take the next steps in life and this page should complement the skills you already have:
- Money Advice Service – offers a budget planner to help you work out your income and outgoings and lots of advice on managing your money.
- The Money Charity – provides information and advice on money matters to young people. It also produces the Student Money Manual with essential info on managing your finance as a student.
- Young Enterprise - Learn about the importance of saving money with activities which will help you understand financial jargon, plan for the long-term and spot impulse buying.
- Banks and building societies – you could speak to whoever your parents bank with or search online, but most offer advice and support for young people. An example is Barclays Lifeskills with tips on being money savvy as well as help with creating your CV and gaining valuable work experience.
- Citizens Advice – providing free advice and support if you are experiencing money worries. They also provide a budget planner.
- National Numeracy – an independent charity focussing on adults and young people who may struggle with numbers, providing additional support to help you to take control of your finances.
- Young Money- the Young Money Blog helps young people get to grips with personal finance and you can subscribe to updates.
Check out these short, five-ten minute Money Matters videos on Zoom, from Natasha at Malvern Youth Projects:
Part 1 focusses on what you think about money
Part 2 is about incomings and outgoings
Part 3 is all about budgeting and
Part 4 is about making your money work for you
Malvern Youth Projects will be offering a full Money Matters programme for young people soon. Visit the Malvern Youth Projects website to find out more or follow @MalvernYouthy on Facebook and Instagram.
Check out the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Mercia Support for school’s team pdf hints and tips blog (1.18 MB) for writing a CV and preparing for interview.
For help or support with:
- CV’s and covering letters
- Information about Apprenticeships
- Interview preparation and skills
- Information about the world of work
Top tips for writing an article
Are you interested in journalism? It is important to know the basics and to practice your writing skills. Check out our pdf ten top tips for writing a good article (781 KB) .
We are looking for 11-17 year-olds from the Malvern Hills District to contribute articles to our annual newsletter for young people, The Inbox. The Inbox is published on our website and goes out to all five high schools in the district. Check out last year's edition of pdf The Inbox 2019 (1.06 MB) newsletter.
Our Marketing and Communications Assistant, Gemma, has a keen interest in photography and over the past few years she has been working on improving her skills in it. Take a look at her pdf blog (896 KB) pdf (896 KB) to find some hints and tips on how you can take your hobby to the next level.
- Skills4Worcestershire - This is a careers website designed to provide young people, parents and schools with all the information required to understand the career opportunities and pathways available in Worcestershire. This website aims to signpost you to useful resources, careers and employability advice and important information about Worcestershire's economy. pdf Career Choices leaflet. (6.30 MB)
- Seek and Reach – Support and mentoring scheme for young people in Worcestershire, aged 16 – 24 who are not in education, training or employment.
- Rooftop Housing Work Advice - Our Job Coaches can offer you support if you are looking to move into work or training if that’s what you would like to do. You can be supported by a dedicated Job Coach and offered a personalised package of support that’s based on your own strengths, needs and circumstances. Job Coaches will help you with your CV, your cover letters, completing application, getting ready for interviews. using computers or any other support you and your Job Coach feel you need.
If your time in school is coming to an end and you haven’t decided what to do next, then there are a number of options open to you, including:
Starting University can be daunting but it can also be hugely rewarding. Visit UCAS for more information on how to apply and write a personal statement. Check out these top tips from an Ex-Fresher to help calm your nerves in the run-up to leaving home.
Apprenticeships (for 16 yrs+)
University isn’t for everyone and an apprenticeship can offer you the skills and qualifications you need whilst earning a wage. They are available to anyone aged 16 or over. You can continue your education up to degree level, receive paid for training, earn money and gain skills that employers want. pdf Read about one of our own apprentice's experience here. (154 KB)
You can choose from thousands of vacancies in a range of industries, from engineering and nursing to law, design and gardening.
What’s the process?
You can register for free to view opportunities by visiting www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
You can then choose to search using a keyword, location, apprenticeship level or category. If you see an apprenticeship you are interested in then you will just need to register for an account on the gov.uk site using an email address.
Once registered, you can start applying for roles. The application form is simple, secure and reusable. You can view the status of your applications and manage them online. You can also set up alerts to tell you about new opportunities that may interest you.
Worcestershire Apprenticeships has a handy guide to the step by step process to follow along with advice on writing a winning application.
When you apply for apprenticeships online, some will be via a training provider (e.g. a local college) and some will direct to the employer so your application process may vary for each application. Don’t be afraid to contact the employer direct if you want to double check they have received your application.
Functional Skills Test
This test has to be taken and assessed before a training organisation (e.g. local college) can enrol you on a course to gain your qualification, it will test your level of English and Maths. Practice and sample tests.
Apprentice positions now available in Malvern Hills area
Take a look at the current apprenticeships available within Worcestershire at Worcestershire Apprenticeships.
You can also find an apprenticeship using the Apprenticeships website, which includes vacancies from outside of Worcestershire too. In August 2020, there are hair professional roles in Malvern, dental nursing in Upton, bricklaying, Autocare technician roles in Worcester and IT assistant roles in Hallow available.
T-Levels (for 16 yrs+)
Brand new two year technical education courses that will follow on from GCSEs with one T-Level equivalent to 3 A-Levels.
These have been developed with employers so that the course content prepares you for work. They include a mixture of classroom learning (80%) and ‘on the job’ experience (20%). Find out more about T-Levels.
They are different to apprenticeships because they do not offer paid work and are instead more classroom based, with an industry placement. Malvern Hills College, Heart of Worcesteshire College and Gloucestershire College are just some of the local colleges offering T-Levels in a range of areas including health, engineering, digital support and education.
Traineeships (for 16 yrs+)
A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from six weeks up to 1 year (although most will last for less than 6 months).
Traineeships help 16 to 24 year olds get ready for an apprenticeship or job if you don’t have the appropriate skills or experience.
Check out the traineeships being offered by Worcestershire County Council
Kickstart (if you’re claiming Universal Credit)
The government is encouraging businesses to take on new staff and providing incentives. To be able to take up one of these new jobs you will have to be referred by The Job Centre and be claiming universal credit. If you have left school or training, please ensure you have signed up at the Job Centre as if you have not you may be excluded from some advertised jobs.
Unemployment Support for 16-24 year olds
pdf Worcestershire County Council has produced a helpful guide (576 KB) for anyone who has been made unemployed during the Covid-19 crisis, the information is also relevant for anyone who is or is facing unemployment. There are a number of free and impartial advice and support services available locally to those who are 16-24 years old including:
- Careers Worcs
- Worcestershire Apprenticeships
- Young Solutions
- Princes Trust
- Malvern Business Academy
There are lots of things to think about when you move away from home for the first time. Making a list of things to do and items you need can help the move go much smoother, visit Really Moving for a handy guide.
All of the following offer cheap, quick, easy and healthy recipes with no more than five ingredients. It’s a good starting point if you are just branching out on your own and want to build your cooking confidence.
- BBC Good Food Five Ingredients or Less collection.
- Tesco offer some easy to follow recipes.
- A tasty bacon and pea risotto recipe from The Octagon, St Andrews and All Saints Churches - read the pdf bacon and pea recipe (1.12 MB) or follow the risotto cookalong on Youtube.