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Youth Hub

Are you an unemployed resident aged 18-24 and need support with the next step towards a job that’s right for you?

What is the Youth Hub?

If you are a young person living in Lewisham and you are thinking about your career options, getting a job or finding a course, our Youth Hub service can help.

It offers 16-24 year olds a safe space to access specialist advice, practical training and job opportunities.

A vital part of our Lewisham Young Futures programme, the Council’s Youth Hub team are here to support you with your next step. This could be education, training, employment, apprenticeships or Kickstart – whatever it is we are here to help you make the right choice, for you.

If you are a young person living in Lewisham, one of our dedicated Youth Advisers can help you. We are working with a range of partners, including employers and trainers, to support residents into training and employment.

How does it work?

Firstly, we will arrange a 45-minute one-on-one conversation with a dedicated adviser. They will use this time to get to know you and your current situation. They’ll work with you to understand what support you may need, before working with you to decide on the best next step. This will include some clear goals that Lewisham Young Futures will help you work towards.

What happens next depends on what you decide your goals are and what you want support with!

In some cases, we will introduce you to excellent local organisations that best meet your needs. We will also be working closely with employers and can help you make links with them. You’ll continue to keep in touch with your Youth Hub Adviser throughout your journey.

Where can we support you?

This depends on what suits you best. Services can be delivered virtually, but we are also able to meet in person at one of a few locations in the borough. At the moment we are keen to arrange in-person sessions with you:

  • Brockley Rise Centre, Forest Hill
  • Granville Park, Lewisham Town Centre
  • Grove Park

Once you have registered with the Youth Hub, we will discuss a 1:1 solution that works best for you.

Some of our partners will also host drop-ins with our services, bringing lots of support under one roof.

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Once you have completed the Youth Hub registration form, a member of the team will be in touch.

Here is an example of some of the other organisations we are working with to support you:

 Provider What is on offer? 
LDN Apprenticeships TalentPath offers completely free Salesforce training for South Londoners. Whether you are looking for a new opportunity, or just starting out on your career journey, the aim is to help you to start a rewarding and successful career in the Salesforce ecosystem.

What will you gain from TalentPath?
After completing two weeks of intensive training, you will sit the exam for the formal Certified Salesforce Administrator Credential – Salesforce’s most in demand credential for finding work opportunities in the ecosystem. You can then progress on to any of LDN Apprenticeships’ Salesforce Apprenticeship programmes or on to any of the other schemes in the LDN Apprenticeships portfolio. Whether it’s digital marketing, software development or publishing, there are plenty of exciting pathways for you to discover.

All participants will also be given the opportunity to attend LDN Apprenticeships’ dynamic Career Kickstarter Prep Training session. This session will prepare you to meet with real Salesforce employers who are looking to hire apprentices. LDN Apprenticeships will give you the opportunity to meet employers face to face and to ensure you are able to put your best foot forward, they will facilitate work trials instead of interviews. Work trials give you the chance to demonstrate your ability in a real working environment before being offered an apprenticeship.                                                                                                                                            Who’s TalentPath for?
This programme is perfect for you if you want to break into work in one of the most exciting and fastest growing technology ecosystems in the world. You can apply for this programme as long as you’re between the ages of 18-24 and live in Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark or Wandsworth.
A New Direction

Create Jobs is an employability programme for young Londoners. Since 2011 they’ve been transforming London’s workforce by supporting and developing individuals who are underrepresented in the creative and tech industries.

You will collaborate in teams to work on live industry briefs whilst taking part in training, workshops and industry masterclasses. At the end of the programme it doesn’t just stop there. Everyone will leave with a tailored exit plan and Create Jobs will follow-up with you over the next four months to support your next steps into employment or further training. Alongside learning with fantastic industry leaders, you’ll receive one-to-one support and careers advice as well as access to a community of fellow young creatives, connections to mentoring opportunities and ongoing training that will help you get that dream job.                                                                           

This programme is perfect for you if you want to show off your creative skills gaining experience working on high-profile campaigns. You can apply as long as you’re between the ages of 18-24 and live in Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark or Wandsworth.

Chocolate Films If you have ambitions of becoming the next Ava DuVernay, the Establishing Shot programme features a jam-packed day of pre-employment workshops run by leading video professionals to give you an insight into the inner workings of Chocolate Films and the exciting employment opportunities available in the film industry.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Who’s Establishing Shot for?
This programme is perfect for you if you’ve always dreamed of becoming a film-maker and want to know more about this exciting industry. You can apply for this programme as long as you’re between the ages of 18-25 and live in Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark or Wandsworth.                                                                                                                                                                                          What will you gain from Establishing Shot?
After completing the introductory workshops, you can apply for one of 12 week-long paid work placements where you could get the chance to become a ‘Production’ or Crew’ member for the whole week. If that wasn’t enough, interns who successfully complete the paid work experience placement could even secure an entry-level position at Chocolate Films! The programme then wraps up with a few of the paid interns volunteering to reverse mentor the directors of Chocolate Films and ask any burning questions they might have about the video production industry.
 We Made That

We Made That is an energetic architecture practice delivering  RE-SET-GO, a hands-on paid workplace experience and 1-to-1 mentoring programme with a mission to diversify architecture practices.                                                                                                                                                                                  What’s RE—SET—GO all about?                                                                                                                This programme will support future generations of architects and designers and will give more than 150 individuals from underrepresented backgrounds experience, skills and connections to prepare for future employment in architecture practice.
Who are We Made That?
We Made That is an energetic architecture practice with a strong public conscience. As a practice, they strive to maximise the positive impact that they can contribute to the projects they deliver and the communities they serve. They are collaborating with the London Practice Forum, a collective of 21 leading London architectural practices which care about the city, its people and its built environment.

What’s RE—SET—GO all about?
RE—SET—GO is an accessible, hands-on paid workplace experience and 1-to-1 mentoring programme established with the mission of diversifying architecture practices. These employer-led sessions will support future generations of architects and designers and will give more than 150 individuals from underrepresented backgrounds experience, skills and connections to prepare for future employment in architecture practice.

What will you gain from RE—SET—GO?
Architecture professionals will work closely with you to develop creative solutions to actual projects briefs in South London. There are 1-to-1 mentoring opportunities, 12 week-long paid work placements up for grabs and a further six paid placements for a total of six weeks each.                                             

Who’s RE—SET—GO for?
This programme is perfect for you if you love design and architecture. You can apply for this programme as long as you’re between the ages of 18-24 and live in Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark or Wandsworth.   

Circle Collective Back Your Future is a 5 weeks + employability programme that supports 16 - 21 year olds in Lewisham (and the surrounding boroughs) to find employment by offering valuable work experience in our one of streetwear stores and a bespoke employment programme. The trainees will be upskilled in the various aspects of running a business (customer service / cash handling / online sales / marketing etc) whilst in the shop so that they have the confidence and tools to find work whilst working closely with a Job Coach who will provide 1:1 guidance and support trainees with workshops (wellbeing / confidence / networking) and improve their CV's and application skills. Finally you will meet our network of employers, corporate supporters and stakeholders who will guide you on your journey to employment.
Groundwork London  Groundwork London are delivering a 12 week Employment (including trainig and apprenticeship) and higher education. You will be supported by an Adviser who will support you on your career journey. This programme is delivered through workshops and supports 18+ year olds who are refugees and non-EU migrants.
Horniman Museum and Gardens The Horniman’s 696 project is a programme and concert series platforming new Afrobeat, Jazz, Grime, Rap, R&B, Reggae and Soul music. It supports and celebrates artists, promoters and professionals at the cutting edge of south London’s music scene. The 696 Promoters Programme will be a 10 week course that places young people’s ideas at the forefront of the Horniman’s public programming. From May - August 2021 participants aged 16 - 25 will work with music industry experts to produce a high quality event that puts their stamp on the 696 festival.                                                                                                    Why should you apply?
If you love music and are interested in a career in events or the wider music industry, then this is the course for you. It is an opportunity to develop your ideas and be supported in the process of turning them into a live event.

At the same time you will receive 1:1 mentoring, helping you to develop professional skills relevant to the music events industry and wider jobs market.

During the programme you will:
Plan and deliver an exciting music event
Work with music industry experts
Develop key professional skills
Receive 1:1 mentoring
Make friends and build networks
Have fun and gain confidence 
Street League Street League will be supporting NEET 16-30 year olds with their next steps into education, training or employment. You will have the opportunity to attend a job club at our South London Academy at Downside Fisher Club in London Bridge twice per week with free multi-sports sessions. Throughout the year, you will be able to access more courses in Functional Skills, Hair and Beauty, Fitness, Sports Coaching and Construction. Register with the Youth Hub today if you are interested!
Collab Training Academy CIC Collab Training Academy CIC will be offering FREE career coaching & mentoring opportunity.

The programme aims to offer tailored guidance to individuals who are unemployed and looking for work through Maurice Thaw (Founder & CEO) who has 20 years of experience supporting individuals in the field of education, training, and employment.

Maurice will be offering through 1-2-1 support:
| Coaching & Mentoring | CV Writing | Job Search | Employment Advice | Interview Preparation | Support | Confidence Building | Job Applications | Career Guidance | Work Experience & Job Opportunities |
Register with the Youth Hub today to book your place!
London Careers Festival We are excited to let you know that London Careers Festival (LCF) is back this year virtually between 28 June – 2 July 2021 and bookings for live webinars are now open!

London Careers Festival connects primary, secondary and post 16 pupils with the world of work through a range of webinars, activities and resources. In this year’s festival, there will be 40+ skills and employer webinars with Natwest, PwC, Bloomberg, Evening Standard, Role Models and many others exploring careers in STEM, Art, Media, Business, Law, etc. 

These webinars can make a huge difference to a young person’s careers ambition as research shows that the more young people encounter employers whilst in school (4 or more often being cited), the more they earn and the lower their chances of becoming NEET as young adults (Education and Employers 2013-14, 2016-17). 
Register with the Youth Hub today if you are interested!
Lewisham College

Lewisham College is working in partnership with TST Security to deliver a new exciting ‘Film Security’ Programme. The TST Film Security programme has been designed for the Film Sector for those looking for full or part time employment. The aims are to open up Film security employment opportunities to those who participate in this programme, and working on filming projects with the employer TST Film - part of TST (South east) Ltd.                                                                           

Eligibility
Candidate(s) must be aged 19 years+ before 31st August 2020 and in receipt of JSA, ESA, or UC and be able to commit to the times and duration of their course.  

This is open to all boroughs.
Please register with the Youth Hub programme, if you are interested in this opportunity.

Lewisham College The Restore Academy have partnered with Lewisham College, The Art House Lewisham, and many other organisations to enable course attendees the opportunity to begin a career within the building restoration industry. The introduction to restoration course will give members the opportunity to learn basic repair and conservation techniques whilst gaining hands on experience on a live heritage project. The Art House will be a live working project giving you a great insight into the day to running of an active heritage project. All will be expected to follow site safety and working procedures to ensure a safe working environment. All attendees will undertake a site induction which will explain all safety measures and safe working practices. Each Academy attendee will have the opportunity to progress through the modules at their own speed whilst undertaking valuable repairs to The Arthouse

Learning Modules 
• Level 1 Award in Employability Skills
• Level 1 Award in H&S in a Construction environment, including CSCS card
• Brick Repointing
• Heritage Brickwork
• Facade Cleaning
• Stone Repairs 
Eligibility
Candidate(s) must be aged 19 years+ before 31st August 2020 and in receipt of JSA, ESA, or UC and be able to commit to the times and duration of their course.  

This is open to all boroughs.
Please register with the Youth Hub programme, if you are interested in this opportunity.
Community Connections Lewisham Community Connections Lewisham is a free ‘Social Prescribing’ service for anyone 18 or over in Lewisham. This means we help you to find out about local groups and services that are relevant to your goals or needs, with the ultimate aim of supporting your health & wellbeing. A number of clients we support are young people aged 18-25 year olds, including those with Autism or learning disabilities. We help people discover and access a range of things. For example, affordable educational courses, work placement opportunities, free IT training and employability support services (CV writing, interview preparation etc.), and social and arts based activities. Alongside this we also support people to access both practical and mental health support in the local community. 
London Transport Museum What is Route into Work?

Route into Work is a free, short pre-employment course to train, prepare and guide candidates through each stage of an apprenticeship application process using the creative, unique spaces of the London Transport Museum and Acton Depot.
On our courses young people will:
- explore TfL workplaces and meet staff and apprentices
- identify their own skills and strengths 
- learn how to present their best professional selves to employers
- decide which role is suited to them
- gain an in-depth understanding of TfL’s application process 
- learn vital employability skills to support future progression
Eligible young people applying via Route into Work, who  pass the Video Interview and Situational Strengths Testing stage of the application process, are guaranteed a space at Assessment Centre. At this stage we will support them with additional coaching, mock interviews and group exercises to prepare them. 

Who is Route into Work for?
• Young people aged 16-25 seeking careers in the transport and infrastructure sector
• Have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at A-D (or equivalent) including English and Maths
• Are not already working towards, or already hold, a qualification which is at the same level or higher in the same or closely related subject to their apprenticeship scheme
• Have the right to work in the UK
• Are currently unemployed or underemployed – not meeting their full potential and ready for a change
London Learning Consortium Step to Employment - Traineeship programme                                                                                          Participants learn key employability skills, such as workplace behaviours, office IT skills, teamwork, and communication. They will have the chance to put these skills into practice in a 70-hour work placement often linked to a real vacancy.  The course is scheduled for 8 weeks, although learners can stay longer if they need any extra support.

LLC are also offering prizes to selected Traineeship Completers!  We have a pool of prizes to hand out to selected Trainees that complete and achieve on the programme, ranging from Chromebook laptops, through to retail vouchers so enable them to purchase work clothes or equipment.   Learners aged 19-24 receive £100 per week whilst on the work placement to cover fares, meals and additional expenses.
Lewisham College

 Are you interested in any of these courses below?                                                                                    • Restore Academy (CSCS) SWAP

• TST Film Security SWAP

• Civil Service SWAP

• IT for Beginners

• Intermediate IT Level 1

• AAT & Bookkeeping

Eligibility
Candidate(s) must be aged 19 years+ and in receipt of JSA, ESA, or UC and be able to commit to the times and duration of their course.  
Please register with the Youth Hub programme, if you are interested in any of these opportunities.