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Vocational training/personal development opportunities


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A day in the life of a professional Care Worker

Find out more at our FREE informative workshops

The workshops involve:

  • Why become a domiciliary care worker?
  • A day in the life of a domiciliary care worker
  • Relevant skills, experience, knowledge and training required
  • Career progression, pay rates and terms and conditions

Venues and Dates:

St Ives and surrounding areas at St Ives Library, PE27 5BW

Thursday 9th March 2017 from 09:30am until 12:30pm. For more information please contact Rachel Wheatley on: 01480 433880

Chatteris and surrounding areas at Chatteris Library, PE16 6DY

Wednesday 29th March 2017 from 09:30am until 12:30pm. For more information please contact Kim Marshall on: 01733 370123

Bar Hill and surrounding areas at Bar Hill Tesco Community Room, CB23 8EL

Wednesday 5th April 2017 from 09:30am until 12:30pm. For more information please contact Claire Mouland on: 01954 263076

Huntingdon and surrounding areas at Hales Huntingdon Offices,119B High Street PE29 3LG

Tuesday 25th April 2017 from 09:30am until 12:30pm. For more information please contact Lauren Murphy on:
01480 270421

Ramsey and surrounding areas at Ramsey Library, PE26 1HG

Wednesday 26th April 2017 from 09:30am until 12:30pm. For more information please contact Diane Haynes on: 01480 839911

Sawston and surrounding areas at Sawston Medical Centre, CB22 3HU

Tuesday 23th May 2017 until 09:30am until 12:30pm. For more information please contact Carolyn Riglen on: 01480 218300

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Pathway to Construction

- Free training programme from WATA ( West Anglian Training Association)

From March 2017 the Government will invest £1.5bn in local infrastructure. The A14 project is expected to provide 2,500 jobs locally. Contractors are now looking for people in the local area to fill these roles.
Are you looking for a new career opportunity?
Interested in finding out more and learning the basic skills to work in construction or highway maintenance?
Then take the first step and join our new Pathway to Construction programme.
This programme should not affect any benefits,you currently receive plus transport is provided at 8.30am each day from and to Huntingdon station*. The guided bus between St Ives and Cambridge is right on the doorstep too.
All we need from you is your commitment to complete the course.
West Anglian Training Association (WATA), Old Houghton Road, Hartford,
Huntingdon PE29 1YB
Planned Starts:
Mondays 6 Feb, 20 Feb, 6 March or 20 March
Course length:
2 weeks (Mon-Fri) 8.45am - 4.15pm (lunch provided)
What will the programme cover?
  • Introduction to tools, construction site activities, Health & Safety and equipment
  • Range of sessions covering CV, personal development and interview skills
  • Opportunity to gain a CSCS card - your gateway to working on a construction site
  • Practical dumper truck and plant experience (full driving license required).
Please contact a member customer service team at WATA on (01480) 435544 or email Places are limited, so don't miss out, contact WATA now.


Prince's Trust Programmes

Get Into Construction with Balfour Beaty at RAF Marham

Monday 27th March until Tuesday 25th April 2017

Age Range: 18 to 30
Location: RAF Marham, Kings Lynn
Interviews: Week Commencing 6th March 2017

Meet new people and learn new skills as well as gaining work experience. We’ll also help you with your CV.

Not only will it boost your confidence and employability, but you’ll also have the chance to benefit from the support of one our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.

  • Earn a Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment
  • A Certificate in Manual Handling and Working at Height and a CSCS Card
  • Gain Construction skills in Plumbing, Carpentry, Brickwork, Electrical, Tiling, CAD,Technical Drawing, Surveying and Estimating and Structural Design
  • Travel expenses paid while you are on the programme
  • Boost your employability skills
  • Receive up to 6 months mentoring support

To join the course or find out more:
Text ‘Call me’ to 07983 385 418 or Call for free on 0800 842 842

Get Started with Outdoor Activities

Monday 20th March to Friday 24th March

Age Range: Are you 16-25? Want to learn new skills?
Location: Thorpe Woodlands, Thetford (FREE Bus from Thetford)
Interviews: Week Commencing 27th February 2017

Spend a week doing Outdoor Activities whilst meeting new people and learning new skills.

Not only will it help you discover new talents and develop new skills, but you’ll also benefit from support from our staff or one of our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.

Working with Thorpe Woodlands Adventure Centre

  • Gain skills and The British Canoeing 1 Star Award
  • Take part in Archery, High Ropes, Climbing, Mountain Biking and other activities
  • Travel expenses paid on while you are on the programme
  • Receive up to three months support to help you find further training and employment

To join the course or find out more:
Text ‘Call me’ to 07983 385 418 or Call for free on 0800 842 842



A 12-week personal development programme, run and managed by over 100 partner organisations throughout the UK.

Groups of 13 to 15 people take part in a challenging programme from team- building activities, including a week at a residential activity centre, to working on real projects in the local community and taking on individual work placements.

Throughout the Team programme, young people experience a sense of achievement which inspires them to move forward with new confidence and ambition. They develop a sense of purpose through the camaraderie of working in a team, as well as new friendships. This involvement allows them space to reconsider where they are going in their lives.

What does it offer young people?
Young people can:

  • achieve an accredited qualification - complete activities to develop their English and maths skills
  • uncover previously hidden talents and recognise their own strengths - boost confidence and motivation
  • improve personal skills, such as communication and teamwork
  • connect closely with their community through different projects

Who is eligible?
Young people who are aged 16 to 25 and unemployed particularly those from The Prince's Trust target groups. Teams can also include people sponsored by their employers to join for 20 days, offering different perspectives, helping to break down barriers and share their skills. Employees also benefit from skills development throughout the course.

For more information about TEAM opportunities in Cambridgeshire contact Steve Lucas on: 07919 492 316


Talent Match

Have you been out of education or employment for more than 12 months?

The Prince's Trust also has another programme called Talent Match which is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme focussing on youth unemployment., Their Youth Advocates will work with you on a one-to-one basis to support you into employment.

They have a flexible approach and will seek ways to overcome the barriers which might be making it difficult to find employment at a pace and in a way that works for you., They work with local employers to seek work experience placements and employment opportunities.,

Funding is also available to cover costs such as training, safety equipment or clothing etc.,

To find out more please contact:


Green Skills

If you're 18 - 24, on Job Seeker's Allowance or Income Support and interested in landscaping and construction, Groundwork's,Green Skills,is for you.

Green Skills is:

  • A 4 week training course
  • 2 days a week
  • Based in Coneygear Park, Huntingdon
  • Supervised by landscape professionals

You will gain:

  • Practical experience through working on real projects
  • Construction Skills Certification
  • Scheme (CSCS) card
  • City and Guilds qualification,
  • Support for future job prospects
  • Interview practice

For more information,Contact Chris Dungate on 07872 400778, 01707 260129 or by email:,

My Gaps

We know you are talented, ambitious and want the best in life, but perhaps you need a little helping hand to get there, too reach your potential and make it happen.

The My GAPS programme has been developed to help you unleash your potential. It gives you the chance to get a relevant work qualification, one equivalent to an A* - C at GCSE. You'll also be gaining practical work skills. You'll also have the opportunity to take English and Maths at functional or GSCE level.

If you are interested in Customer Services, an area which opens up a wide range of great job prospects, and not currently working or studying, TCHC can help you reach your career goals. Plus it's not like school or college, we provided a flexible and informal study environment.

On top of this we will find you a work placement where you can gain practical, on the job skills experience, giving you an advantage when applying for jobs.

It's all about helping you to succeed.

And to ensure that you do, you'll have one-to-one time with a mentor, so if you need any help, it's there for you.

It's funded by the government, so you don't have to pay anything, so why not give it a go - it makes sense.

If you would like to find out more call TCHC on 01223 245135 or text: 07532 061429 or email,

Visit the TCHC website for more info, support and advice.

Opportunity Details
Age range - 16-17
Qualification: NVQ Level 2 in Customer Services
Location - Cambridge and surrounding area
Cost - Government Funded
Additional Criteria: Must not be in work or studying



Adventure/activity holidays for young people up to 16 years old......Fun, games, laughter, secret missions, sneaking in the woods, adventures and expeditions, a day trip, games you've never heard of before, parties and feasts and evenings of fun, things to learn, and plenty of new friends.,

Superweeks are run by The ATE Trust - an educational trust and not for profit with 50 years of experience running unforgettable holidays for children in magical centres across the UK.,
Superweeks include free accompanied travel to and from the holiday from 17 travel points across the UK.,

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