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Youth Hub Opportunities – Summer 2022

There are so many great opportunities for young people in Plymouth! Whether you are looking for work or an apprenticeship, are thinking ahead to a full-time course in September, or looking to improve your confidence or develop a hobby, there are lots to choose from.

Below are some of the latest opportunities in Plymouth – including some great events that you can attend for free! If anything catches your eye, simply get in touch by emailing, or texting Rhianne on 07876396982.

Upcoming Events

Early Careers Fair

Hosted at Plymouth Argyle, this free event offers a great opportunity to discover the fantastic career and job opportunities available in the construction and built environment and manufacturing and engineering sectors. Not only will you be able to meet recruiting local employers, but can also try your hand at taster activities, check out sample products and chat with apprentices and graduates already working within the growing sectors.

When and where:

Saturday 9 July, 10am-2pm, at Home Park

Childcare Careers Event

Thinking about starting a career in childcare, or looking to refresh your skills to re-join the sector? Look no further.

This is a great chance to explore both paid and volunteering roles, by speaking to representatives from:

· Pixieland Day Nurseries for Plymouth and Saltash

· Bambinos Day Nurseries

· Flying Start Nurseries

· Barnardos.

Staff from Achievement Training, TLC training and City College Plymouth will also be on hand to discuss the various training routes available, from full and part-time courses to apprenticeships and traineeships.

When and where:

Monday 11 July, 12-3pm, Skills Launchpad Plymouth, first floor Barclays, city centre

Youth Hub Parent and Carers’ Event

Parents and carers’ can log in to this virtual event to help find out more about opportunities available for young people in Plymouth. This session will include:

  • Education and training options – led by CSW Group

  • Higher Education – led by Next Steps South West

  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships – led by Devon and Cornwall Training Provider Network

  • Jobs, pre-employability and business start-ups – led by Prince’s Trust

When and where:

Wednesday 13 July, 6-7pm on Microsoft Teams

Higher Education Drop-in

City College Plymouth is hosting a higher education drop-in for anyone looking to explore university-level study in a college environment. The College offers a variety of high-quality university courses – including degrees – that are delivered in partnership with the University of Plymouth or Plymouth Marjon University.

Explore university-level qualifications including HNC/Ds (level 4); Foundation Degrees (level 5); or Bachelor’s degrees (level 6).

When and where:

Wednesday 13 July, 6-8pm, City College Plymouth, Kings Road, Devonport

Young Adult Carers Events

Are you aged 18-25? Do you look after a family member or friend? Take a look at the free activities Improving Lives Plymouth and Making Carers Count have coming up in July and August. Come along and meet other like-minded carers while enjoying some time away from your caring role.

What where and when:

Mount Batten sailing sessions, Tuesday 26 July

A half a day sailing followed by Sail GP activities. Food and transport provided. Come and join for a day on the water! Starting at Millbay and ending at Mount Batten.

What where and when:

Picnic and Play, Tuesday 16 August

Fancy a chill in the sun with a picnic? Or a game of rounders? 11.00am - 2.00pm at Mount Edgecombe Country Park. You will catch the Cremyll ferry across and lunch will be provided.

CV and Interview Workshop

Looking for a job this summer and need a CV? Hollie from the Prince’s Trust is teaming up with Jason from Clarion to host a free CV writing and interview advice session. Whether you’d like some help starting a fresh CV or advice on how to make your CV stand out, they’ll be on hand to answer any and all questions.

When and where:

Wednesday 27 July, from 11am at Skills Launchpad Plymouth on the first floor of Barclays in the city centre

Health and Care Jobs Fair

Are you caring, friendly and reliable and looking for a flexible and rewarding job? If so, come and meet Plymouth City Council’s care providers – they’re recruiting now!! You can chat to people about accessing training and education too.

When and where:

Saturday 30 July, 11am-3pm, Place de Brest (outside Barclays Bank)

Arts-Focused Drop-in

Considering a career in art, design, theatre or dance? Join the Youth Hub team and representatives from Plymouth Arts University, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Prince’s Trust and explore what’s on offer.

When and where:

Wednesday 3 August, 12-3pm, at Skills Launchpad Plymouth on the first floor of Barclays in the city centre

Community Roadshow

This summer, join us at these free community events that are taking place across the city between 11am-2pm.

When and where:

  • Wednesday 3 August at the Foyer

  • Wednesday 10 August at Marine Academy

  • Wednesday 24 August at Market Hall in Devonport

  • Wednesday 31 August at the YMCA.

Building Plymouth Job Shop

Whether you are highly skilled and experienced, or thinking about a career change and looking to explore where you fit in, your first stop should be the Building Plymouth Job Shop.

When and where:

Every Tuesday, 12-2pm, Skills Launchpad Plymouth in Barclays, city centre

Find Your Future

If you are a care experienced young person, or someone aged 16-19 and seeking opportunities for jobs, training or education, this drop-in session is for you. With support from the Barnardos Care Journeys team and other local training providers and organisations, each week you can drop in for tea, cake, a chat and free advice.

When and where:

Every Thursday, 12-3pm, Skills Launchpad Plymouth on the first floor of Barclays in the city centre

Health and Care Job Shop

Whether you have a background in care or a feeling that you may be good at it, dropping into this weekly job shop is a great starting point.

When and where:

Every Thursday, 12-2pm, Skills Launchpad Plymouth in Barclays, city centre

Gain experience through a traineeship

Have you ever thought that you’d like to try out some different work environments before committing to a job or apprenticeship? Traineeships are designed to help young people aged 16 to 24-year-olds gain skills and experience in a particular work area. In just six to 12 weeks, you will gain experience that will help you move closer to figuring out your next steps – and they can often be extended if you are loving it.

There are local traineeship opportunities available in construction, business, barbering, hairdressing, childcare, beauty, catering, customer service, e-sports, hospitality, health and care and youth work.

Get in touch to find out how to get started!

Apply for apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are real jobs with training. They start all year round and are not just for school leavers!

Apprenticeships are a great way to earn while you learn, gain a nationally recognised qualification, and study from Level 2 right up to degree-level, depending on the role you are working towards.

If you are worried about the financial side of an apprenticeship salary, you could be entitled to claim universal credit to top you up, so don’t rule it out as an option.

In the latest edition of Plymouth’s exclusive apprenticeship bulletin, there are more than 200 apprenticeship vacancies, so there are lots to choose from. Click here to see what’s available.

Access pre-employability support

If you’re looking to get a job, we work with some great organisations that can help you to prepare for work. Whether you would like some impartial careers advice and guidance, support with your CV, cover letters and/or interview prep, we can help.

CSW Group

If you are aged 16-19 and seeking opportunities for jobs, training or education, the CSW team can help. The fantastic local team help with CV support, impartial advice, and can point you in the right direction for all the support available to you. CSW Advisor Lorna will be joining us at Skills Launchpad Plymouth every Wednesday and Thursday in August, so do drop in to see her.

National Careers Service

For help preparing for jobs, you may like to get started by booking a free appointment with the local National Careers Service team. Barbora works from Skills Launchpad Plymouth to provide face-to-face support for anyone 19+. She can help you to make decisions on learning, training and work at ALL stages of your career and best of all… it’s FREE!

Young Devon

The team at Young Devon can support you with 1:1 mentoring, or a 12-week employability course that will help you to develop team and leadership skills, earn qualifications, and make friends for life! They also reimburse you for any travel on public transport. These courses are a great stepping stone back into education, accessing higher level qualifications and employment. The next programme starts in September so contact us now to get booked in.

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 and Groundworks South. They can help you with 1:1 mentoring, as well as accessing financial support to move forward into training or a job. Craig at Groundworks also offers bushcraft if you fancy getting outdoors!

The Prince’s Trust

From a five-day employability course to 12-week team programmes, how to start your own business and more, if you are aged 16-30 and not in full-time training or employment, the Prince’s Trust can help.

What you need to know:

  • the courses run from two days to a few weeks

  • they are completely free and won’t affect your Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • you can find opportunities in retail, hospitality, customer service, computing health and social care, and construction and engineering.

Click here to view the latest opportunities.

Argyle’s SCORE programme

Aged 16 or over and looking to build you confidence and employability? Argyle Community Trust's SCORE programme is completely free and covers:

  • emotional Intelligence

  • resilience

  • confidence building

  • being the best you can be

  • mental health awareness

  • CV/cover letter writing

  • interview skills

  • applying for jobs.

There are also great perks to joining the programme such as:

  • getting a free Argyle branded t-shirt

  • free Argyle branded bag and stationery

  • gaining a Level 1 Award in Behaviours, Attitudes and Attributes Required for Employment

  • a free visit to Dartmoor Zoo

  • a reduced membership fee to join Brickfields Sports Centre for two months.

Green Thinkers

Fancy gaining some experience working in green spaces? Interested in gaining industry insight and growing your skills through practical activities and group work?

Yes? Well, if you're aged 16-24, the Real Ideas Organisation run a great six-week programme that can do all that.

It only takes up two days each week between 10am - 3pm, and by the end of the six weeks, you will have developed a range of skills that could help land you a great job!

Participants will learn:

  • the benefits of urban green spaces for communities and the planet

  • how to care for Plymouth’s green spaces – parks, farms and nature reserves

  • hands-on practical skills such as tree first aid, planting and using tools to manage overgrowth

  • how to transform disused spaces to increase biodiversity in cities

  • crucial skills for working in the 21st century – communication, research, organisation, relationship building and creative thinking.

Apply for jobs

There are many reasons why you might be looking for a new job at the moment, but the great news is that there are 3,000 jobs available, right now, in Plymouth.

For advice on where to apply and things to consider, click here.

Explore self-employment

Always dreamt of starting your own business? It can be both an exciting adventure and daunting, especially if you have additional barriers to overcome, such as disability or being long-term unemployed.

Outset offers start-up support to include and support everyone, working with people from a range of different backgrounds, and often with different needs. Check out their current webinar listing here.

We have added lots of information and links to support you in setting up your own business in our Resource Bank here and we also suggest checking out the upcoming courses with SMART Skills, the National Careers Service, On Course South West, the Prince’s Trust and City College Plymouth that can help you with starting your own business.

Access mental health support or boost your confidence

Theatre Royal - Our Space

This summer Theatre Royal Plymouth is piloting a new Our Space group for 16 to 25-year-olds.

Our Space is a creative programme for anyone looking to build confidence whilst learning theatre skills in a fun and supportive environment. Our Space works with those with lived experience of homelessness, mental health issues, substance misuse, offending, or people who feel socially isolated for other reasons.

Those taking part have access to:

  • drama for confidence workshops

  • opportunities to see shows

  • transport to and from workshops

  • refreshments

  • volunteering and training opportunities

  • social opportunities.

Who? Anyone aged 16-25 years-old

When? Ongoing


Do you struggle with anxiety? If so, why not sign up to take part in a session to help with understanding anxiety and to learn tips and tools for managing anxiety with Devon Mind? Do you juggle raising a family and keeping up a home whilst suffering with depression? There are a range of short Zoom workshops on offer that can help you prioritise your mental health. Click here to see what’s coming up.


If you are aged 18+ there is so much to get involved in with Shekinah. Drop in and see them at 24 Stonehouse Street to find out more about their short courses:

  • Thinking about Thinking

  • Doing the Right Thing

  • Decision-making: Are we rational?

  • Spoon Carving for Beginners

  • Guitar for Beginners

  • Still Life Drawing/Painting

  • Becoming a tutor – how to prepare and run a workshop

  • Vegan Cooking on a Budget

  • Foraging Walk

  • Spray-Art for Non-Artists

Art, Craft and Laughter

Life can sometimes be overwhelming and having a space to be able to go, take a timeout and breathe might just be what you need.

Art, craft and laughter are offering mental health, wellbeing art and craft groups.

Search ‘Art, craft and laughter’ on Facebook or Instagram.

For more information on accessing mental health support in Plymouth, click here.

Get into training or education

It’s never too late to learn new skills. Whether you didn’t quite get your C/4 grades in your English and/or maths at school, or if you want to take your existing qualifications to the next level, Plymouth has lots of providers offering education - and the courses are quite often free.

Courses range from business and coding to hair and beauty, animal care, sport and fitness, military preparation, cooking, and more. Many can even help you to access university-level study.

Your choices at 16 – click here

Your choices at 18 – click here

We work with a wide range of local training providers, and there’s bound to be one very close to where you live, so get in touch if you’d like to discuss all the options available to you.

Training delivered online

A number of our partners also offer free online courses, so why not use gain a new qualification or skill from the comfort of your own home?

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

Get started with the links below:

Develop soft skills that are useful in all careers. You may also choose to volunteer as a way to give back and share your skills and experience with others.

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer in Plymouth, whether that’s supporting a one-day charity event as a marshall, being a phone friend to help combat loneliness and isolation for the elderly, or caring

for animals. To explore and apply for local opportunities, click here for the One Plymouth website. Alternatively, click here for more links via the Plymouth Online Directory.

Opportunities in construction

The construction industry is booming. Whether you are highly skilled and experienced, or thinking about a career change and looking to explore where you fit in, your first stop should be the Building Plymouth Job Shop. Based in Barclays, Armada Way, the Job Shop is open to anyone, just drop in on a Tuesday between 12-2pm.

You may also like to look at upcoming short courses and accreditations for new and experienced tradespeople with:

New to construction? Why not check out Greenlight Training or CTSW’s two-week pre-employment courses. Both will give you a great opportunity to develop your skills and get a feel for what you enjoy.

Alternatively, the Sherford Training Programme can help you gain a week’s onsite training and experience, and the chance to gain your CSCS card.

Opportunities in health and 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.

  • Drop into our Health and Social Care Job Shop, every Thursday between 12-2pm in Barclays, Armada Way.

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

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

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

Find out more…

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


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