Tuesday, 28 August 2018

You can’t have done better than your best – GCSE results week, 24th August 2018

You can’t have done better than your best – GCSE results week. 24th August

You can’t have done better than your best – GCSE results week. 24th August

Well done and congratulations to you if you got the results you expected – or better!
If you didn’t get the GCSE results you were hoping for, try not to panic or worry as you have still got loads of options. Be kind to yourself - remember you’re so much better than your grade. If you have genuinely done your best then you can’t do better than that. There are always other options out there and knowledge is power. So read on!

There’s no need to panic.  There is loads of impartial advice available, the BBC has some particularly useful advice and information. Speak to the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or webchat with an advisor.

You have loads of choices….

Don’t rush into a decision or discount any options – talk to your families, teachers and careers advisors about your options. There may be some possibilities you hadn’t thought of.

Resitting Exams  You can resit your maths and English in November, but for all the other subjects you will have to wait until summer 2019 and there may be a cost to sit the exam depending on where you’re studying and the examining board. Talk to your teachers – do they think you are in with a strong chance of a better? If you need to resit a couple of exams then you might be able to do this alongside your A Levels, Btec, other vocational study or apprenticeship.

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Request a remark! If you’re sure that you really should have and deserved a higher grade than you got, you can request a RoR (review of results) and usually should do this via your school or provider. You can also ask for a copy of your marked exam. It varies from examining board but AQA have some good guidance. Bear in mind, that if your ask for a re-mark your grade may be raised but also could be lowered or remain the same.

What if I don’t get the grades I needed to do A Levels? Call the college or sixth form and ask them! If you’re not far off the grades you needed then they may still accept you. If not, then try other colleges or providers. Worse they can do is say no!

So what if they do say no? You could consider a Btec or a Cambridge National. These are a mix of theory and practical work based around your career choice. They may carry an element or work experience and some are accepted by universities.

Apprenticeships.  Last year, 92% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved as a result of them doing an apprenticeship, reports Prospects. Apprenticeships allow you earn a  wage,  combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. You'll be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or a training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship, you will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level. Or, onto higher education.

At Jobs4Teens we have loads of apprenticeships listed on our jobs search page where you can filter down by jobs type such as part time weekend work, seasonal jobs and apprenticeships. But if you cant find what you’re looking for then the Government apprentice vacancy search should be your next step. You can filter down, search or browse by industry/sector, apprenticeship level and type and register for alerts.

And remember, if you’re in doubt about any of this, speak to your careers advisor or teacher to talk through the pros and cons of each option you are considering.
Once you have settled into your new course or apprenticeship, its always worthwhile thinking about a part time job to get some hands on experience, extra cash, bit more independence and hands on practice dealing with people. You can find all our vacancies for teens  – part time, seasonal jobs, weekend jobs and apprenticeships here

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Results week – how did you do? What next? 21st August.

Results week – how did you do? What next? 21st August.

So, last week we had A-Level results and this week its GCSEs. How did you get on or how do think you’re going to do?

If you got your A Level results and didn’t get what you expected to go onto higher education, don’t be left disappointed or in despair. You can, of course, go through clearing. Clearing is how unis and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. It's an ideal way for you to find another course. You find courses (with vacancies) that interest you, and contact universities or colleges directly, to see if they will offer you a place. We hope that if this is the case you’re already onto it looking at what spaces are left on what courses across the country, but if you’ve taken a few days to get over a shock, then there is a really useful guide by The Telegraph and you will need to follow the official UCAS guidance

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BUT, what about the opportunity to gain some high level qualifications, earn a wage, get ahead of your peers and get some hands on industry or commercial experience? An apprenticeship is a debt free education - a degree alone does not guarantee a high salary. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that more than a quarter of graduates in 2015 were paid less than the £11.10 an hour average for those on work-based training schemes. More recently, the Sutton Trust found that people who had completed level five apprenticeships (equivalent to a foundation degree) were expected to earn £52,000 more over their lifetimes than graduates from non elite unis.

Although vocational degrees are on the rise, university study is primarily focused on education and research. Following a theory-based approach you'll learn about your subject through lectures, seminars and workshops, and graduate with a Bachelors degree. You'll then head out into the world of work to test your knowledge and put into practice what you've learned.

Apprenticeships appeal to those looking for alternatives to university as they take a more practical approach to learning. You will focus on training for a specific profession and career and learn your trade by actually doing the job AND earn a wage at the same time.

You'll gain hands-on experience and have the opportunity to apply your skills immediately. On completion you could hold an NVQ, HNC or HND, while higher apprenticeships can lead to a foundation degree and degree apprenticeships can result in a full honours degree.

At Jobs4Teens we have loads of apprenticeships listed on our jobs search page where you can filter down by jobs type such as part time weekend work, seasonal jobs and apprenticeships. But if you cant find what you’re looking for then the National Apprenticeship Service vacancy search should be your next step. You can filter down, search or browse by industry/sector, apprenticeship level and type and register for alerts. 

Prospects have some really useful information and advice for those of you thinking about an apprenticeship post A Level. Read some of their case studies and find out a little more about Edward who works as an apprentice for Redrow Homes. Edward says, “An apprenticeship is a fool-proof way of gaining qualifications and knowledge while getting paid to do a job. A good quality apprenticeship is worth every second of your time and can even fund your aspirations of university study.
The best advice I can give to anyone working towards an apprenticeship is to stick at it, after a few years, who knows where it will lead?”

On Friday this week, we will be looking at apprenticeships for school leavers post GCSE. If you have any questions in the meantime, you can drop us a line.


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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

More than just the money. The benefits of being a working teen, 17th August 2018

More than just the money. The benefits of being a working teen. 17th August 2018

The Princes Trust Youth Index (their annual report)  for 2018 has focused heavily on young peoples ambitions, opportunities and well being. Young people feel ambitious about their career, but a lack of confidence and skills are still significant barriers to overcome.

Having a job when you’re in school or college not only puts some money in your pocket but gives you work experience, independence, confidence and a better idea of the type of career you want. Experience outside of the classroom can boost your chances of being accepted for an apprenticeship, a place at college or university.

The most obvious benefit to getting a job in school or college is that you’ll be earning some cash. Even if the job doesn’t pay well, or relate to your future career, or seem all that fun, there are still loads of benefits to having a part time job.


You will learn the importance of money management. When you start earning your own money, you will gain a better understanding of how to handle it. Working hard for your money will help you appreciate important personal finance such as the benefits of budgeting and the importance of saving.
You’ll Learn New Skills. No matter what your first job is, even if it seems incredibly easy and/or incredibly boring, you’re guaranteed to pick up skills you didn’t have before. These skills can include anything from learning how to work a till, to building customer service skills, to figuring out the knack to balancing all those restaurant plates on your arms at once. The skills you learn may not be that interesting to you, and they may not be anything close to the skills you need for your future career, but it never hurts to gain new knowledge. It may end up being interesting or useful to you down the line.

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You will learn how to handle responsibility. Being a good student takes a lot of responsibility but if you learn how to balance school studies/hobbies and a part-time job, you will learn the true meaning of responsibility. As you grow older, your amount of responsibilities will only increase so learning how to multitask at an early age will better prepare you for the future.

You will build confidence. Confidence in lots of areas but by earning some cash, knowing that your employer and colleagues rely on you, learning from new situations and dealing with types of people from all walks of life that you wouldn’t normally deal with, are all great ways of developing and building confidence and pride in what you do. If you’ve waited on tables and dealt with an angry customer calmly and politely, then this all translates to other areas of your personal and professional life.

You will show future employers / college admissions officers that you are motivated to succeed. Most college admissions officers like seeing work experience on an application. To them, working a part-time job shows maturity and conscientiousness and it doesn’t matter if it isn’t a job related to your studies. ANY experience is good experience.

Are you an employer wanting to offer all this to a teenager looking for a Job? Then register with us for free now at jobs4teens

And most of all, use a job as an escape! It can often be a welcome focus from the pressures of studies, homework, exams and even life at home The Princes Trust Youth Index gauged young people’s happiness and confidence across a range of areas from working life to physical health. The latest report demonstrates that young people’s wellbeing has fallen again to a new low this year. You can read the full report here. At Jobs4Teens, we believe that wellbeing, whether its emotional or physical, can be boosted by financial security, self confidence, pride and self awareness – all these things you would get from having a part time job.
Thinking about looking for a job now you know all the benefits? Start your search here

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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

So, today we met Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 8th August 2018.

So, today the Jobs 4 Teens team met Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Tatton MP.  She launched a Summer Jobs campaign a few weeks ago and we got straight onto her office to get a meeting with her!


Esther’s campaign was launched a few weeks ago – “The decline of this work over past decades has seen a cultural shift with young people having an increased focus on education and training solely before moving into the world of work. Working alongside studying has many benefits beyond providing additional cash in your pocket. I want young people to consider how part time and seasonal work can complement, not compete, with their education.”

She’s spot on! And we met today to have a chat about her campaign and how Jobs 4 Teens can work with her to encourage and support young people in getting a part time job, and, also how to encourage employers to take on younger teens. Esther said she loved our model and vision of what we can offer to young people to set them up with skills and experiences they wouldn’t gain in the classroom.

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Esther’s Summer Jobs campaign focuses on jobs mostly for those aged 18 and over so we discussed the high demand from the under 16s and difficulty in finding employers to take on the younger age range we work with. There is a huge demand from teenagers under 16, but not as many jobs as we would like. We agreed that often employers are reluctant as regulations are tighter for someone under 16 and they must apply for a licence. Its not a complicated or onerous process and Jobs 4 Teens can help and advise

The problem here is that we need opportunities for the younger workforce as these are our future personnel, our future GCSE and future A Level students. Along with the other obvious benefits, having a job at a younger age can help increase your chances of getting a college place or an apprenticeship.
Well, we have advice here to make sure our younger users and their parents apply common sense and let us know of any concerns. We try to verify employers where possible and will always hold off on a vacancy until we are satisfied the role is proper and relevant to the age they are recruiting for.  (We’ll soon be doing a blog on safety in preparation for the shorter days – this will be particularly useful to those of you who have a paper round, for example.)

Is your company looking to employ a teenager, particularly one aged 13-16, and not sure about the law on Child Employment? Jobs 4 Teens can help with that! We are working in partnership with SagegreenHR who provide independent HR advice for employers. Any questions about Child Employment Law? Email ctaylor@sagegreen.com

So, all this got us thinking – if an employer has to apply for a licence to take on an under 16, then how many companies across Greater Manchester have applied in the last couple of years? Well, we have contacted some Local Authorities to ask and when we do find out we’ll be taking our findings back to Esther!
To be continued…..



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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Chris Williams, Director of CWFA - I am so happy to have Jobs 4 Teens on board sponsoring CWFA, It fits perfectly in with our ethos! 7th August 2018.

Chris Williams, Director of CWFA - I am so happy to have Jobs 4 Teens on board sponsoring CWFA. It fits perfectly in with our ethos and helps teenagers with work experience and gaining great life skills – Jobs4Teens.co.uk

We are proud to announce that Jobs 4 Teens is the official sponsor of Chris Williams Football Academy. A match made in heaven!
Chris Williams Football Academy is committed to creating and developing football talent through fun and skillful classes within Greater Manchester. CWFA has been professionally structured to bring a mixture of fun and learning for boys and girls ages 3-18. They welcome ALL ABILITIES to help grow your football skills with each session. CWFA programs are taught by professional footballers aiming to develop your skills and progress you into a true player. Find out more about CWFA here

The two year sponsorship deal was signed off last week and Chris, Director of CWFA said, “I am so happy to have this great business on board sponsoring CWFA. Fits perfectly in with our ethos and helps teenagers with work experience and gaining great life skills.”

Michelle Brickell, Founder and Director of Jobs 4 Teens, made the sponsorship announcement on 23 July, “We are proud to announce that Jobs 4 Teens is to be the official sponsor of CWFA. Exciting times for everyone!”
At Jobs 4 Teens we are all so pleased, thrilled and proud. Infact, we can't express how excited we are. Can you tell??? CWFA players have progressed onto youth programes for Burnley F.C, Everton F.C and Manchester United F.C.  Amazing!

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Over twenty players will proudly be sporting the Jobs 4 Teens kits -  the sponsorship will massively extend our reach to encourage more young people looking for a part time or summer job to sign up to our service . And, on the employer side that local businesses will become more aware of our free service advertising their vacancies to young people.

We think we are a match made in heaven, sharing the same goals, both organisations focusing on youth and community development through harnessing aspiration, confidence, skills and experience. Jobs 4 Teens and CWFA are very passionate about the positive social impact from teenagers engaging both in sports, fitness and also with the local workforce and local businesses. The opportunity to hide behind a screen is all too familiar and we hope to change that! We look forward to a promising and fruitful partnership and we have team kit photos coming soon!
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