Latest opportunities from the Youth Hub

There may only be 40 more days until Christmas, but there is still so much you can be getting involved with before, and during, the holiday season. Check out the details below for information on taster sessions, job shops, anxiety workshops, free online courses and more.


If anything catches your eye and you’d like more information, contact our Youth Hub Coordinator Jo, by e-mailing skillslaunchpad@plymouth.gov.uk, or texting 07876396982.

1. Skills Tasters

Join a small group of people at Barclays in town, for a FREE face-to-face session that could improve your confidence and job/apprenticeship applications.


They are open to anyone aged 19+ and run on a Monday from 10am-12noon in Barclays in the City Centre.

Each week has a different focus and you can sign up for as many as you like:


2. Opportunities in construction

The construction industry is booming, and if you’d like to explore where you fit in, your first stop should be the Building Plymouth Job Shop. Based in Barclays, the Job Shop is open to anyone, just drop in on a Tuesday between 12noon-2pm.

You may also like to look at:


3. Opportunities in health and social care

There has never been a more important time for the health and social care sector, and there continues to be a shortage of workers, particularly in the home care sector.


Whether you have a background in care or a feeling that you may be good at it, there are lots of ways to find out more.

  • People of all ages can drop into our Health and Social Care Job Shop, every Thursday between 12noon-2pm in Barclays.

  • Check out the Council’s Home Care Assistant campaign here and register your interest for a callback.

  • Explore the jobs and volunteering opportunities available with Livewell South West here.

  • Drop-in and see Plymouth Training at Barclays on Wednesday 24 November between 1pm - 4pm to explore training opportunities in Care and Youth Work.

  • Attend City College Plymouth's Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme Training & Careers Fair on Tuesday 30 November, 2pm - 4pm at Kings Road, Plymouth.

  • It’s also worth scrolling down to the e-learning section, as there are lots of free online courses you can do to develop skills for the health and social care sector.

4. Explore self-employment

Wherever you are in your journey to or through self-employment, there are opportunities available to support you.

  • Prince’s Trust is offering anyone 18-30 a two-day online workshop that will be followed up with up to two years of mentoring support. It runs from 30 November to 2 December.

  • Outset is running two online workshops for anyone 18+ this December:

  • 2 December: How to Design a Brand

  • 10 December: 60 Second Business Pitch and the Art of Collaboration

  • Eat That Frog, is offering anyone aged 19+ a six-week course to transform your skills into a career.

5. Traineeships and Apprenticeships

Employers offer Traineeships and Apprenticeships all year round, so it’s a good idea to get your CV ready to help with applications. If you need help, we can put you in touch with the National Careers Service, CSW or another organisation for a free appointment to get you started.

Click to find out everything you need to know about Traineeships and Apprenticeships.


6. Shekinah

If you are aged 18+ there is so much to get involved with at Shekinah. Drop in and see them at 24 Stonehouse Street. Timetable below:

Wednesdays 9.30am - 2.30pm: Employability Course

12.30pm - 4pm: Essential Digital Skills Course

Thursdays 9.30am - 2.30pm: Art Course

Fridays 9.30am - 12.30pm: Maths and English Courses

9.30am - 2.30pm: Art Course


7. Experience Works and Empowering Enterprise programmes

If you’re aged 15-24 and need additional help to get into work, training or education; or if you need support to stick with school or college, we work with a number of partners who may be able to help you including, Battling On, Bluescreen IT and Groundworks South.


E-mail skillslaunchpad@plymouth.gov.uk for more information on this.


8. Get support with anxiety

If you are aged 16-24 and suffer from anxiety, Devon Mind’s anxiety workshops come HIGHLY recommended by Youth Hub members. These sessions are great for anyone struggling with low self-confidence, ready to cope with feelings of anxiety, or anyone lacking self-belief and worried about the future.

The sessions are delivered via Zoom, and it is fine to have your mic and camera off throughout the session.

  • Wednesday 1 December, 11am - 12noon: Understanding Feelings of Anxiety

  • Thursday 2 December, 11am - 12noon: Tips & Tools to Cope with Anxiety

9. FREE E-learning opportunities

A number of our partners offer free online courses. So why not use the darker evenings and mornings to gain a new qualification or skill?

Courses range from computer essentials, professional development and digital design and marketing; to business admin, specialist care courses, and interview skills.


Links for more information are below:

10. Kickstarts

If you’re 16-24 and in receipt of Universal Credit, a Kickstart job could be a great opportunity to get six months paid experience for 25 hours a week for at least six months.

Kickstart roles are available across multiple job areas, including sport and leisure, hospitality, teaching, administration, construction, digital industries, and many offer the chance to work remotely from home,

If you’re eligible, click here to explore current vacancies, and be sure to discuss them with your Work Coach.


Find out more…

For information about any of our partner programmes, simply e-mail skillslaunchpad@plymouth.gov.uk, or click here to sign up as a member.