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19-24 Youth Employment Pathways

Young people have been adversely impacted by the current pandemic but there are choices and options to improve your career prospects. If you are:

  • Aged 19-24
  • Currently not working
  • Wanting to find work that matches your aspirations
  • Need support with CVs, interviews or work experience.

WAES have a wide range of opportunities and bespoke programmes available to support you in this process.

Want to find out more about which opportunity is right for you?

We will be hosting an online Youth Employment Information session on Tuesday 11 May. Come along for an informal discussion about your options and hear from specialists and employers.

This session will run as follows. Please register your interest via Eventbrite.

11.30am–12.30pm – ONLINE session via Zoom – Register here.

What opportunities do we have available?


If you have little or no work experience you may benefit form a pre-apprenticeship programme. These progrmmes are designed to help you gain additional skills and experience so that when you apply for an apprenticeship or other employment, you have a better opportunity of success in this competitive market.


An apprenticeship is a job where you earn while you learn. You gain employment experience in a specific job role and work towards a qualification at the same time. Apprenticeships are available in a range of job sector roles and typically last between 1 year to 18 months but can be longer. As you are an employee, you will have a contract of employment and holiday leave.


Traineeships are education and training programmes focused on giving young people the skills needed to succeed in a chosen career. Each traineeship is an intensive short course ranging from 10 – 12 weeks long. Alongside classroom-based teaching, trainees will also undertake 70 hours of work experience with a supportive employer.

Individual Interview and CV Support

Get the role you want by making sure you are prepared. Failing to prepare means preparing to fail. We can offer short intense workshops, ranging from 1 – 3 days support, to help you stand the best chance of getting the role you want.

Kickstart Scheme

The Government have launched the Kickstart scheme to incentivise employers to make opportunities for young people. Our personalised support can help you be fully prepared to apply for these roles and standard the best chance of success in securing a role.

Kickstart jobs are available for anyone aged 16-24 person who have been on Universal Credit for a period of 6 months. These roles will be paid up and are usually for 25 hours per week which allows you to use the other time to either do additional training or search for more permanent job roles.


Alongside the above training schemes, WAES also offer one-off workshops aimed at assisting your job search. These workshops include:

  • Remaining Positive in Uncertain Times
  • Maximising My Opportunities


Come along to our Options & Information sessions on 11 May to find out more about these different pathways and discuss with our experts which would be most suitable for you! 

If you are unable to attend the information sessions above, but would still like to find out more, please contact Beth O’Connell on


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