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Higher and degree apprenticeships are available at levels 4 to 7. They combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry. Higher apprenticeships go from level 4 to 7 and are equivalent to a foundation degree and above e.g. a professional qualification. Degree apprenticeships are available at levels 6 and 7 full bachelor’s and Master’s. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-and-degree-apprenticeships.


Investigate suitable training opportunities which relate to new or existing career options, using information from job profiles and the skills health check on National Careers Service at https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/, where you can access financial help for adult learners and professional and career development loans.


Find out more about labour market trends in your sector by looking at: statistics.govons.gov or CIPD where Information is available on skill requirements and skill shortages, occupation trends and professional bodies.


Psychometric tests are used to check the ability and personal qualities necessary of candidates to do a job. Practising these kinds of test is the best way to increase your confidence and to improve your performance.

There are two main types of psychometric tests. Aptitude tests measure your ability in areas such as literacy, numeracy and diagrammatic reasoning whereas personality assessments analyse how well you would fit with the organisation and role. Some personality tests can help you to identify your skills, interests and values, which can help when making career decisions.

Ability tests and personality questionnaires are proven methods for assessing critical qualities for job success, such as solving problems, communicating effectively, and being innovative and creative. It’s for these reasons that employers use such tests widely.https://www.wlv.ac.uk/current-students/careers-enterprise-and-the-workplace/careers/psychometric-tests/ and https://www.shl.com/shldirect/en/practice-tests/.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to businesses Loans, tax relief and cash grants are available Employers can apply for staff to get paid or if they can’t work Self-employed people can receive up to £2,500 per month in grants.  www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support.


Low-income workers who live in parts of England with a high rate of COVID-19 will be able to claim £130 if they have to self-isolate and cannot work remotely. However, if you live with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19, and you must self-isolate for 14 days you will be eligible for up to £182.


Funding for Eligible 3- & 4-year Olds

Parents can check whether they could be eligible for a range of government childcare offers, including 30 Hours of Free Childcare, via Childcare Choices at: Childcare Choices.


For information & calculation of benefits, taxation, advice & guidance then visit Money Saving ExpertMoney Tax and Benefits or gov.uk.


FareShare is a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK. It does this by rescuing good quality surplus food fareshare.org.uk and The Trussell Trust is an NGO and charity that works to end the need for food banks in the UK. www.trusselltrust.org.


SANE is a leading UK mental health charity. We work to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness. www.sane.org.uk. Mind campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding for advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. www.mind.org.uk. Young Minds is UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. We will make sure all young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s challenges. www.youngminds.org.uk

The Samaritans are working together to make sure fewer people die by suicide. www.samaritans.org.


Consider self-employment or setting up your own business and get start up advice from Barclays or Lloyds bank or by looking at: direct.gov or HMRC.


Consider voluntary work to gain recent experience to enable the change of career direction or to build up confidence levels by looking at volunteering positions at Do It or the Citizens Advice.


For travel information and how to get around visit TFL.


https://thegifttailor.com/ helping people find a way to give gifts that are memorable, practical and make others feel special, especially during such unprecedented and challenging times.

 

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