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Useful Information

Apprenticeship Kent - a one-stop shop for vocational training and employment opportunities in Kent. It advertises opportunities including apprenticeships, work experience, jobs with training and school leaver programmes.

Ready To Work Kent - helps you find great training opportunities, build your skills and put you on the path to your ideal career. We know not everyone wants to stay in school until 18, so we want to make young people aware of other ways to get the qualifications that will open doors for you in the world of work. If you are not going to sixth form, college or are currently unemployed then we can help you explore your options.

Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aims to deliver the right information to careers advisers and job seekers. Areas covered include:

  • Automotive and Transport
  • Creative and Media
  • Education, Health and Care
  • Energy and Engineering
  • Legal and Financial
  • Medical and Science
  • Office, IT and Telecoms
  • Process and Manufacturing
  • Public Sector
  • Retail
  • Sports, Leisure and Environment

The Next Step (KM Group & CXK 2016/17 - A guide for Year11 students in Kent and Medway)

Pen Picture and Matching Tool - resource to help you in supporting your young person identify their education, training or employment options.

  • Pen Picture - There is a section for the young person to complete, then a section to complete together identifying strengths, work areas of interest and preferred type of training provision
  • Matching tool – This form then summarises the key information from the pen picture and looks to identify the next steps - completed with the young person

LEARNTIT! Medway Youth Trust is a youth development organisation in Medway who are responsible for young people not in education, training or employment (NEET) living in Medway (including those considered a Kent LAC). They offer a wealth of advice and guidance as well as several Study Programmes (all year round) and activity based programmes including:

  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • National Citizens Scheme
  • Princes Trust
  • The Medway Programme

Any young person 16 and over living in Medway can be referred to the Medway Youth Trust but this is a particularly useful service for our young people not accessing education, training or employment. All they need are a few key details. With this basic form being completed MYT will make contact with the young person and invite them in for an informal interview. They are there to give impartial careers advice and can enrol them onto one of the courses above or one of their study programmes, depending on the criteria and the needs of the young person.

To make a referral please contact Samantha.sharkey@kent.gov.uk

Skills Support For Care Leavers - website by the Learning and Work Institute to help care leavers make informed decisions about education and work. Skills Support for Care Leavers will help young people who have recently left, or are in the process of leaving, care to learn more about the different learning, training and employment routes available to them, and find out what support they are eligible for.

FE Support available for care leavers in Kent

Hadlow College

Canterbury College