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Vocational training/personal development opportunities


Pathway to Construction

- Free training programme from WATA ( West Anglian Training Association)

From March 2017 the Government will invest £1.5bn in local infrastructure. The A14 project is expected to provide 2,500 jobs locally. Contractors are now looking for people in the local area to fill these roles.
Are you looking for a new career opportunity?
Interested in finding out more and learning the basic skills to work in construction or highway maintenance?
Then take the first step and join our new Pathway to Construction programme.
This programme should not affect any benefits,you currently receive plus transport is provided at 8.30am each day from and to Huntingdon station*. The guided bus between St Ives and Cambridge is right on the doorstep too.
All we need from you is your commitment to complete the course.
West Anglian Training Association (WATA), Old Houghton Road, Hartford,
Huntingdon PE29 1YB
Planned Starts:
Mondays 6 Feb, 20 Feb, 6 March or 20 March
Course length:
2 weeks (Mon-Fri) 8.45am - 4.15pm (lunch provided)
What will the programme cover?
  • Introduction to tools, construction site activities, Health & Safety and equipment
  • Range of sessions covering CV, personal development and interview skills
  • Opportunity to gain a CSCS card - your gateway to working on a construction site
  • Practical dumper truck and plant experience (full driving license required).
Please contact a member customer service team at WATA on (01480) 435544 or email Places are limited, so don't miss out, contact WATA now.


Prince's Trust Programmes

Get Into Customer Services with the Railways

Monday, 27th February 2017 for 4 weeks

If you are aged 18-30, unemployed and interested in a career in railways customer services, join our free training programme where you can:

  • gain practical work experience at a local Govia Thameslink/Great Northern Railway station.
  • you will be trained by local team members on different job roles within the station environment, and also the importance of safety and security
  • improve your teamwork and communication skills and boost your confidence, interview skills and CV
  • receive six months’ support after the programme to help you find employment or further training

Taster day is 22/23 February 2017 in Stevenage and Luton.

If you are interested please contact Anna Crump on 07904364206

Or email on

Get Started with Robotics

Monday 6th February until Friday 10th February 2017
ARM Ltd Capital Park, Cambridge
  • Working with Roaming Robots (The Robot Wars Team)
  • Gain skills and level 1 qualification in Robotics
  • Design and build your own robot to battle on the area floor
  • Doesn't affect your benefits & travel expenses paid on programme
  • Up to three months support to help you find further training and employment
There are three Interview dates that will be commencing on the 9th January 2017:
1 Monday 9th January 2017 - Ely, Job Centre Plus
2 Wednesday 11th January 2017 - Cambridge, Job Centre Plus
3 Friday 13th January 2017 - Peterborough, Job Centre Plus
This is a Get Started programme fits both those that are looking to know more about a career in Robotics as it has the Level 1 Qualification built in but also those that are unsure and have low confidence/ self-esteem. Get Started programmes have a lot more support involved and are fun, short term engagement focussed, looking at developing confidence skills to support young people back into employment/ training.
Taster day will be held on Tuesday 31st January 2017 at ARM ltd, Cambridge.
For more information text 'Call me' to 07983 385 418 or call 0800 842 842



A 12-week personal development programme, run and managed by over 100 partner organisations throughout the UK.

Groups of 13 to 15 people take part in a challenging programme from team- building activities, including a week at a residential activity centre, to working on real projects in the local community and taking on individual work placements.

Throughout the Team programme, young people experience a sense of achievement which inspires them to move forward with new confidence and ambition. They develop a sense of purpose through the camaraderie of working in a team, as well as new friendships. This involvement allows them space to reconsider where they are going in their lives.

What does it offer young people?
Young people can:

  • achieve an accredited qualification - complete activities to develop their English and maths skills
  • uncover previously hidden talents and recognise their own strengths - boost confidence and motivation
  • improve personal skills, such as communication and teamwork
  • connect closely with their community through different projects

Who is eligible?
Young people who are aged 16 to 25 and unemployed particularly those from The Prince's Trust target groups. Teams can also include people sponsored by their employers to join for 20 days, offering different perspectives, helping to break down barriers and share their skills. Employees also benefit from skills development throughout the course.

For more information about TEAM opportunities in Cambridgeshire contact Steve Lucas on: 07919 492 316


Talent Match

Have you been out of education or employment for more than 12 months?

The Prince's Trust also has another programme called Talent Match which is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme focussing on youth unemployment., Their Youth Advocates will work with you on a one-to-one basis to support you into employment.

They have a flexible approach and will seek ways to overcome the barriers which might be making it difficult to find employment at a pace and in a way that works for you., They work with local employers to seek work experience placements and employment opportunities.,

Funding is also available to cover costs such as training, safety equipment or clothing etc.,

To find out more please contact:


Green Skills

If you're 18 - 24, on Job Seeker's Allowance or Income Support and interested in landscaping and construction, Groundwork's,Green Skills,is for you.

Green Skills is:

  • A 4 week training course
  • 2 days a week
  • Based in Coneygear Park, Huntingdon
  • Supervised by landscape professionals

You will gain:

  • Practical experience through working on real projects
  • Construction Skills Certification
  • Scheme (CSCS) card
  • City and Guilds qualification,
  • Support for future job prospects
  • Interview practice

For more information,Contact Chris Dungate on 07872 400778, 01707 260129 or by email:,

My Gaps

We know you are talented, ambitious and want the best in life, but perhaps you need a little helping hand to get there, too reach your potential and make it happen.

The My GAPS programme has been developed to help you unleash your potential. It gives you the chance to get a relevant work qualification, one equivalent to an A* - C at GCSE. You'll also be gaining practical work skills. You'll also have the opportunity to take English and Maths at functional or GSCE level.

If you are interested in Customer Services, an area which opens up a wide range of great job prospects, and not currently working or studying, TCHC can help you reach your career goals. Plus it's not like school or college, we provided a flexible and informal study environment.

On top of this we will find you a work placement where you can gain practical, on the job skills experience, giving you an advantage when applying for jobs.

It's all about helping you to succeed.

And to ensure that you do, you'll have one-to-one time with a mentor, so if you need any help, it's there for you.

It's funded by the government, so you don't have to pay anything, so why not give it a go - it makes sense.

If you would like to find out more call TCHC on 01223 245135 or text: 07532 061429 or email,

Visit the TCHC website for more info, support and advice.

Opportunity Details
Age range - 16-17
Qualification: NVQ Level 2 in Customer Services
Location - Cambridge and surrounding area
Cost - Government Funded
Additional Criteria: Must not be in work or studying



Adventure/activity holidays for young people up to 16 years old......Fun, games, laughter, secret missions, sneaking in the woods, adventures and expeditions, a day trip, games you've never heard of before, parties and feasts and evenings of fun, things to learn, and plenty of new friends.,

Superweeks are run by The ATE Trust - an educational trust and not for profit with 50 years of experience running unforgettable holidays for children in magical centres across the UK.,
Superweeks include free accompanied travel to and from the holiday from 17 travel points across the UK.,

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