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

Work

Moving Out

Cooking

Money

  • 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.

Work

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

Email theThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the subject heading please include your name and the school you attend. For safeguarding, please copy in your school careers lead and note that our response will be sent to both yourself and the careers lead.

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.

If you have an idea for a story, we can provide you with support to turn that into an article, which will look great on your CV or higher education application. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your story ideas and someone from our communications team will be in touch. Please get your parent’s permission before contacting us and please include their name and email address or telephone number in your email to us as we will need to contact them for their written permission.

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. 
  • 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.

Apprenticeships

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. Apprenticeships offer many advantages over university including:

  • Debt free – you earn while you learn so you can avoid being saddled with tens of thousands of pounds worth of debt.
  • Likely to lead to a career with your employer – you will already have experience of doing the job meaning you have an advantage over university leavers.
  • A real alternative - they give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification.

Levels of apprenticeship

 

Level

Equivalent educational level

Intermediate

2

GCSE

Advanced

3

A level

Higher

4, 5, 6 and 7

Foundation degree and above

Degree

6 and 7

Bachelor's or master's degree

You can choose from thousands of vacancies in a range of industries, from engineering and nursing to law, design and gardening. More information on apprenticeships for both employers and individuals is available at Worcestershire Apprenticeships (July-August 2020 - this website is currently being updated with new opportunities but you can register for email alerts to stay informed) or call 0300 666 3 666. Apprenticeships - KS3 Resources for schools

 

 

There are a couple of options available to you if you are interested in finding out more about local apprenticeships.

Apprentice positions that are now available in Malvern Hills area - Worcestershire Apprenticeships are in the process of updating their opportunities page so we would recommend registering for their email alerts on the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website, to stay informed of when new opportunities come online.

Find an apprenticeship using the Apprenticeships website, as there are several roles listed on there that are near Malvern. There are hair professional roles in Malvern, dental nursing in Upton, bricklaying, Autocare technician roles in Worcester and IT assistant roles in Hallow.

We can support you to get to work - Living in Malvern has lots of advantages but it can be quite tricky to travel about and get to a job outside of the local area. The district council can help by contributing to the cost of your journey for part or all of your first year of training, up to £11 a week (you just need to let us know why you need our support, what wage you will be earning, where you live and where your job is based). Just bear this in mind when looking at opportunities which are outside of the local area. To apply for the funding, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Moving out

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.

Heading off to University

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 pdf top tips (908 KB) from an Ex-Fresher to help calm your nerves in the run-up to leaving home. 

Cooking

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.