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Young Womens Trust

Do you work with young women aged 16-30? Young Women’s Trust are an organisation who offer tailored support to women in this age group regardless of whether or not they are in work. Their ‘Work it Out’ service focuses on confidence and employability through coaching and mentoring. This can be accessed by phone or online and is free to use. The support can be personal – mental health/wellbeing etc, or practical help – looking at CV’s, preparing for an interview.

Louise’s story – “I met YWT at the job centre, I was signing on and doing work experience there too. I had an interview – an assessment day with PWC and was really nervous, so the coaching seemed like a good idea. I worked on talking about my skills and abilities, and how to demonstrate them, and got the job. After the interview I was able to utilise the techniques my coach taught me – it was all transferable. It’s helped me be able to talk to my colleagues and peers in the new job. I was self-conscious because they all went to Oxford or Cambridge and I felt I didn’t have as much to offer, but I can talk about my own experiences and skills more clearly and with confidence now.”

How Jobcentre plus can help employers

A new YouTube video has been uploaded to or YouTube page detailing how Jobcentre Plus can help support employers. If you haven’t already seen it DWP’s channel has dozens of helpful videos covering subjects from pensions to Universal Credit to interviewing tips.

My Way In – Making your job work for you


My Way In is a new website that aims to help people understand the skills needed for different jobs across sectors with some of the highest number of jobs available right now. Top tips, video case studies and ‘how to’ guides are featured on the website to encourage customers to consider applying to new roles on the Find A Job website.

Would two days free coaching help your business?







If you are planning to grow your limited company but could do with some external support to help achieve your goals then The Growth Hub may be for you. Funded by the Enterprise M3 LEP Spelthorne businesses may qualify for two days expert coaching which can also lead to tapping into other areas of government funded support.


If you would like to find out more then email Ruth on for more details.

Have you thought about getting an apprentice?

Have you thought about getting an apprentice but don’t know where to start?

Heathrow is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Apprenticeships and recently shared with us a new SME Toolkit put together by  The APPG  to help more small and medium-sized businesses recruit apprentices.

The toolkit provides practical advice and support to help SMEs hire more apprentices, as well as making recommendations to government, local councils and businesses to better promote apprenticeships to SMEs.

 You can read the toolkit here

SME Toolkit



For more information on the APPG on Apprenticeships, please go here:



Are you recruiting?

Sign up now for your free stand at Kempton Park

The SBF are involved in organising the annual Spelthorne Skills and Careers Fair on 19th September at Kempton Park.

Do you want to raise you profile with local job seekers?

Would you like to encourage local students to aspire to work for you?

Would you like to network with over 60 local businesses and skills providers?

If the answer to these questions is yes then reserve your complimentary stand today.

More details here.

Thamesmead School Needs You!

Could your team help Thamesmead School?

Careers Fair 27th June

Thamesmead are looking for businesses to be part of their Careers Fair on 27th June. Could your business get involved and inspire future employees?

School Governors

Thamesmead are looking for Governors who can help set Thamesmead School’s strategic direction. The governing body is a group of decision making volunteers who have a crucial role in making sure every child gets the best possible education.

The governors meet at least once a term. In addition to these meetings, committees look at more detailed aspects of the school work such as finance, student performance, well-being and safeguarding.

Governors need to be over 18 years old but there is no requirement for formal qualifications. Everyone has experience and skills to offer, so an effective governing body has people from different backgrounds with a mix of skills.

For more information go to:

If you are interested  please email Sheelagh McCarthy on


International Women’s Day Event at Heathrow



You’re invited… Heathrow’s International Women in Engineering Event

Heathrow are inviting young females aged 12 years+ to join them for an exciting careers day at Heathrow.

There will be opportunities to meet highly successful women doing amazing jobs at the airport.


Heathrow’s International Women in Engineering Event takes place on Friday  22 June 2018, 9.30am-3.30pm.

Their exciting day includes:

–   Chance to meet successful women working in engineering/construction

–   Unique opportunity to go airside and see a live construction project

–    Lunch

–    Q&A with Heathrow apprentices/graduates

–    CV workshop/training


Want to take part?

If this sounds like your school, drop them an email now to: and register your interest. They’ll be in touch to let you know if your school has been selected as one of the lucky ones to take part.

This is a fun and exciting way for students to learn about Heathrow and be inspired by careers in science and technology.


Do you need an intern?

Could your business use an intern?

We have been contacted by a local university student studying business and finance. He is finishing his second year and needs to find an internship role for around 12 months from September 2018. This role would need to be paid, but if you are looking for someone to help with data crunching, financials, research or a new project he could be your man! Please email Ruth on and she will put you in touch with him.