Get started - October 2020

Hello and welcome to the October GET STARTED this time hosted on this, our wonderful and brand spanking new website! Please take a look around, get comfortable and then keep scrolling to find out all about our hand-picked opportunities for you this October!

Our theme this month is 'taking the initiative' so set yourself some goals, put plans in place and maybe even try something new from the list below.

FIRST Level 1 in Understanding Enterprise

Here at FIRST we are currently recruiting for our next cohort to our Level 1 in Understanding Enterprise! This is free for anyone and we mean ANYONE aged 19 or over in the North of Tyne area (Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside) as well as now South Tyneside!

Perfect not just for those exploring self-employment or that have recently started their own businesses but also job seekers, or those just looking to expand their skill base.

Don't just take our word for it though, here is what one of our first cohort had to say:

"You’ve created something that is far more engaging than most in-person development programs I’ve been involved with previously."

So are you ready to try something a little different?

You can find out more about our Level 1 in Understanding Enterprise and how to apply here.

Apprentice Chef - New Derby, Sunderland

Have you ever wondered how to elevate your beans on toast into a gastronomical delight worthy of only the best Michelin star restaurants? *chefs kiss*

Well every great chef had to start somewhere, so if you're looking to kickstart a career in hospitality why not try this Apprentice Chef role from Greene King?

The apprenticeship itself is 15 months, and you'll learn how to operate in a busy kitchen following company guidelines and procedures, including the preparing, cooking and presentation of food.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is Thursday the 15th of October.

You can find out more and how to apply here.

Funded Training Courses - Central Employment

Central Employment based in Palmersville are beginning their new funded training courses this month.

These courses will include 'Assessing myself for work' 'Lean' 'Warehousing' and 'An Introduction to Construction' for which they will cover the cost of your CSCS card.

The Lean and Warehousing courses are ideal for anyone looking to work in manufacturing or on production sitesand the CSCS is a requirement for anyone wishing to work on a building site.

Career support such as interview preparation and CV support is also embedded within the courses as standard.

To be eligible for these courses you need to be currently claiming benefits and each course will last between 5-10 days.

To find out more please contact Central Employment directly by emailing 

'Taking initiative is a form of self-empowerment'. - Stephen Covey

Study Online with Pearsons

You may not have heard of Pearsons but they have a wide range of online courses for you to study either in your own time or following a schedule.

The best thing about Pearsons however is the short quiz you can complete online to filter out courses depending on what sector you want to work in, how much time you want to spend on your course, whether you want a free or paid course and whether you'd like a certificate at the end of it all.

Perfect for all the free-time coming our way with the recent restrictions and threat of potential future lockdown!

Click here to do the short quiz for yourself and see what courses are available.

Cedarwood Trust

If you're based in the North Tyneside area then why not get involved with the Cedarwood Trust.

If the Chef Apprenticeship above sounds like your bag, but it's too far away for you to apply then why not try their 'Couch to Kitchen' programme from their Second Bite Academy.

This is a free six week course to help you polish up your cooking skills and get in top of your gourmet game.

The other programme of interest is their 'Nature, Nourish, Thrive' project 'Step Up Into Care'.

This is a free project which aims to help introduce you to the care sector and offers accredited qualifications achieved either through work experience or working from home.

You can choose one of three areas: Early Years, Elders or Community which will also equip you with the necessary careers know how to excel in the care profession.

To find out more about either of these programmes you can call 0191 259 0245, or email for 'Couch to Kitchen' or to enquire about 'Nature, Nourish, Thrive'.

Skills South Tyneside Careers Coach

If you're joining us from our newsletter then you've likely already seen this, but it is too good to not share again.

Skills South Tyneside have an online Careers Coach quiz which we have all done here at FIRST and we found scarily accurately, and if nothing else a bit spooky!

So if you've got a couple of minutes why not give it a go and see what careers it recommends to you.

There is a quick 6 minute test, or a longer 30 or 60 question test for you to complete. Also - don't worry, you don't need to be a resident of South Tyneside to complete this.

Click here to access the Careers Coach.

Thank you for joining us this month for our hand-picked opportunities chosen especially for you! Remember, that if these opportunities aren't right for you they may be relevant to a friend or family member so give them a nudge and send them our way. 

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