Finding employment

If you are looking to change direction and find a new job there are a range of websites that can help you with your search.

‘Fresh start’ with Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has launched a new two-week course to help people looking for a change of career prepare for an undergraduate degree. 

Fresh Start is a short course that teaches the tools for university study such as academic writing, research techniques and critical reasoning.

If they pass Fresh Start, attendees are awarded a place on one of ARU’s undergraduate courses within the Faculty of Business and Law, making them eligible to study a full-time degree, even if they do not have A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Seasonal work

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has published guidance for workers on the type of seasonal work available, who can apply and where to find it. It includes link to websites where you can find out about current opportunities:

  • Find a job – use the search terms ‘fruit picking’ ‘vegetable picking’
  • Pick for Britain – which itself provides links to a range of agencies that recruit for the UK’s fruit and veg farms.

Jobs matching service

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s Talent Portal aims to help those people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who have found themselves out of work because of Covid-19 and are looking to enter new industries and take up new roles. The portal provides opportunities to search for job opportunities and get support to move into new sectors of work.

Identifying new opportunities

The Cambridge Network offers a range of support to help people to find permanent and temporary employment:

The ‘Find a Job’ Service

You can also use the Government’s ‘Find a job’ service to search and apply for more general full-time and part-time jobs.

Careers and apprenticeship advice for all ages

While Form the Future ordinarily focus their support on school-aged young people, now more than ever they want to help people of all ages navigate an uncertain future.

They can offer free 1-2-1 careers and apprenticeship guidance for those who need it. If you're 16 or older, have left school and live in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough – and some of the surrounding areas – they can help. There’s no upper age limit.

They will arrange a phone call or a Zoom video chat with one of their qualified Careers Guidance Professionals at a time and in a format that best suits you. If you're interested in finding out more about apprenticeships as part of your 1-2-1, this session is completely free. Using a career coaching approach, you will get support in exploring your options and help with your CV and applications, interview coaching and whatever else you need to take the next step in your career.

To get started, and to find out if you’re eligible for free support, contact apprenticeships@formthefuture.org.uk or visit the Form the Future website. The offer is funded by the European Social Fund and the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

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