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This section is full of information on becoming work ready, what opportunities you could consider and links to local vacancies.

Getting your first job

There is also lots of advice for jobseekers on the Job help website.

Whether it is a full-time role or a part time ‘Sunday’ job, getting a job can offer you so much. Here are some benefits from getting employed

  • Earn money – you can start becoming financially independent and have some extra cash
  • Starting your CV – the skills and experiences you learn from your first job can enhance your ability to find more opportunities in the future and can be evidenced on your CV
  • Develop your soft skills – these are skills you need to be able to demonstrate and are sought after by employers, they are skills based upon how you act and are transferable from one job to another.

There is also lots of advice for jobseekers on the Job help website.

There is also lots of advice for jobseekers on the Job help website.

What you can earn

You must be at least of school leaving age to get the minimum wage and the current rates are as follows:

For more information on the rates and who is entitled to them go to the website: who gets the minimum wage.

There is also lots of advice for jobseekers on the Job help website.

There is also lots of advice for jobseekers on the Job help website.

Your work options

Look at the below tabs to see why you need to make a decision

If you have a career sector or path in mind and want to start earning money as you learn, an apprenticeship could be for you. You’ll do a real job for a real employer; training on the job and working towards an industry-standard qualification.

An apprenticeship combines hands-on work with the opportunity to train and obtain qualifications.  Apprenticeships, which must last for a minimum of 12 months are open to anyone aged 16 and over who is not in full-time education, there is no upper aged limit!

As an apprentice you’ll be employed and will study for a qualification with the full support and commitment of your employer, at least 20% of your working hours are set aside for learning, often at a college, university or training provider, however there are lots of ways to undertake learning depending on your organisation and job role.

Visit the Work Wiltshire Apprenticeship page for more information.

Additional information on Apprenticeships can be found on the UCAS website and the Amazing Apprenticeships websites

People are encouraged to find and apply for apprentices using the Find and Apprenticeship Service

You may prefer to find full time employment (this needs to be for more than 20 hours a week to be counted as full time) and combine this with part-time study or training. You could work towards a nationally recognised qualification as well as being employed, self-employed or volunteering.

Finding a job

There are lots of ways to get work; through friends or family, through finding jobs listed online, or through employment agencies.

Our top tips for looking for a job are:

  1. Tell everyone you know you are looking for a job. Lots of young people find work from someone they know, or a place where they have done work experience or volunteered
  2. Use Social Media sites such as linkedin and Twitter to look for suitable opportunities with employers you are keen to work for
  3. Do lots of research by looking at employers’ websites as many have their own vacancy listings and some offer the facility to register with them to get job updates. (It can be helpful to bookmark your favourite job sites and searches, to save time when looking for jobs.)
  4. Sign up to get our vacancy listings directly and view the directory of local vacancies below
  5. Wiltshire has some excellent public transport links so broaden your job search to Bath, Bristol, Swindon etc
  6. Stay safe while job-seeking, always talk about what you are doing with a trusted adult and ensure the opportunity is genuine (visit the website or call them). Be wary of scammers who may ask for an upfront fee or payment such as when applying to be a model or actor, for more information see Action Fraud’s website
  7. Be aware of responsibilities around health, safety and welfare whilst you are at work, there is guidance from HSE (Health & Safety Executive) website.

There are also some websites below that can help with finding work:

The Kick Start Scheme is a 6 month paid job with a local employer, funded by the Government. It provides a fully funded opportunity for you to get experience of working.

Jobs from the Kickstart Scheme will be open to people 16-24 years old, who are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long term unemployment. If you have a work coach they will talk to you about the Kickstart Scheme and whether it’s right for you.

Whether you’re on year ten work experience or you’ve arranged a placement independently, our top tips will help you to make a good impression. Placements are a great way to find out about different types of jobs and to identify your own preferences. They may help you to find your ideal career, or simply to decide what’s not for you. Whatever the case, there are a number of ways to ensure that you get the most you can from the experience.

Find out more on our Work Experience page.

Vacancy Bulletin

Designed to keep you in the know about opportunities for young people such as jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships.

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What employers want

Are you unsure about what you have to offer and what employers are looking for? Then check out the links below which give information about what employers want, qualifications and much more.

What Employers Want produced by the Learning and Work Institute provides information, advice and activities to support young people to get a job and progress at work, all material is based on feedback from employers about what they look for when recruiting a young person.

Link to what employers want

Work and Study by The Mix provides information about qualifications, university, work and careers for 16-25 year olds.

link to work and study

Latest local vacancies

Find out first about the latest job and apprenticeship vacancies in Wiltshire

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