News - Stay up-to-date with our news and all the latest developments in the fostering community.

Kent Traineeship Vacancies with KT&A

A Traineeship with KT&A will give you the chance to get work experience and improve your English and Maths

Even if you achieved good grades in Maths and English, a Traineeship will help improve your prospects of becoming an Apprentice or a full-time employee. Traineeships provide the all-important work placement, which will improve your working practice and give you experience to put on your CV.

What are the benefits of a Traineeship?

  • A Traineeship will put you in a better position to compete for an Apprenticeship or other job.
  • The opportunity to build your CV and get vital experience with local and national employers.
  • Improving your English and Maths skills will boost your chances of getting a job, as well as improving your long term prospects and earning potential over your lifetime.
  • Employers are at the centre of Traineeships to ensure they give you the skills you need to secure a job and succeed in employment.
  • At the end of the work experience placement you’ll get a job interview with the company if a role becomes available or a reference and an exit interview.


  • Traineeship Vacancies with KT&A are available across the County

For more information about traineeships, apprenticeships and training programmes KT&A can offer please visit:

or phone: 0800 731 4297

If you would like advice and guidance from the Compass Post 16 Education Coordinator to discuss whether traineeships are the route for you please speak with your Supervising Social Worker.


National Youth Theatre

A wide range of courses available for people aged 11-25, from 6 day intensive masterclasses to 9 month training programmes. Dedicated to delivering professional and dynamic courses that are both accessible and affordable for young people to learn and thrive.

  • Short Courses
  • Summer Holiday Programmes
  • Saturday classes
  • See website for dates and details.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering looks great on your CV and is a great way to learn new skills.

V inspired is the UK’s leading volunteering charity for young people age 14 to 25. Set up in 2006 V inspired has created one million volunteering roles for young people across the UK, encouraging and supporting young people to make their mark on causes they care about whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.

In addition V inspired offer the V inspired Awards Scheme as recognition for the number of hours volunteering which transfer to awards. The V inspired Exchange helps young people find volunteering roles for causes and charities that interest them, local to them.

V inspired Cashpoint allows young people to set up their own voluntary project to tackle community issues that matter to them.

For more information and to sign up visit the V Inspired website:

“As an employer, I’m always keen to look for things in people outside the ordinary. Exam results are important of course, but we’re also looking for other skills and other attributes. If somebody has volunteering on their CV, they are more likely to be attractive to potential employers.”

Peter Bull, HSBC

Volunteer whoever you are, wherever you are

NCS 2018 – Lewes, East Sussex

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is available to all young people aged between 15* and 17 living in the UK (*Must turn 16 in that academic year). NCS is a personal and social development programme designed to support young people with their futures by equipping them with skills for work and life. NCS has been statistically shown to lower anxiety and is proven to boost confidence amongst young people. NCS will give young people the chance to meet new people, challenge themselves, make a difference and learn new skills whilst also having fun and putting something amazing on their CV.

The Summer NCS Programmes take place on weekdays during July and August, which is outside of school/college times so that young people can sign up even if they have other commitments.

Summer 2018—Lewes District NCS Programmes:

This Summer 2018 two NCS Programmes called ‘Waves’ will be running, one beginning on Monday 2nd July and one beginning on Monday 6th August that will run for 4 consecutive weeks.

Pre-Programme – Before programme starts there will be several opportunities to meet fellow NCSers and NCS staff, including an information evening for parents. For more information about these please use the contact details below. The NCS team leaders aim to meet with every NCSer on a 1:1 basis as they feel it’s important to get to know all NCSers individually before programme starts.

Phase 1 Adventure—A 5 day/4 night residential to an outdoor activity centre where you’ll take part in activities such as: high ropes, rock climbing, raft building and much more. All food and transport is included. In July they will be heading to Adventure Wales and in August PGL Liddington in Swindon.

Phase 2 Discovery—A 5 day/4 night residential to a local site which may include varied accommodation where the focus will be on learning new skills for work and life. During this week, you will take part in a First Aid Course, have a go at workshops such as Budgeting and Interview Skills and go out on visits to local organisations and charities to hear about their impact on the local community.

Phase 3 Social Action—Working as a team, you will plan, design and deliver a project that will somehow make a different in/to your local community. Previous projects have included: Frozen Sing-Alongs, Quiz Nights, Open Mic Nights and Sponsored Sleep Outs. This phase takes place 9:30am-3:30pm* daily from Monday to Friday during your third and fourth weeks at a local venue in either Lewes or Newhaven. (*Timings may vary.)

Phase 4 Celebration Event – Once the programme has finished, the teams in your Wave get back together in a Graduation-style event where you will receive your certificate signed by the Prime Minister and celebrate your hard work and achievements with family, friends and VIPs.

If you have any questions, queries or would like additional information, please contact: Shannon Clifford (Senior NCS Coordinator – Lewes District) by phone/text on 01323 401803 / 07961 525769, by email to or message on Facebook via East Sussex MYT Social Action. Alternatively, you can also find out more about NCS on the main website:

Skills Enhancement Programme, Maidstone

The programme is available for 16 – 24 year olds who are not in Education, Employment or Training and any Year 11 pupils at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training)

  • What is on offer? An Award in Employment, Training and Personal Development is a nationally recognised qualification that can go on to a CV.
  • The Skills Enhancement Programme may lead on to further opportunities for development and upskilling or for transition on to other training programmes or courses.
  • The Skills Enhancement Programme is a very personalised programme, however likely to run as follows:
      • 5 days per week for the first 2 weeks which involves learners achieving the Award in Employment, Training and Personal Development and preparing for their next steps, such as CVs.
      • After the first 2 weeks the learner will attend a minimum of 1 day a week.  This day is tailored to the need of the learner (working through different options which may be available on the day such as First Aid Course, online learning, job seeker sessions, college visits, talks from other providers etc).
      • After the learner has completed the initial 2 weeks they can remain on programme until they are supported with progressing into something. Progressions have included jobs, work placements, apprenticeships, Elevate, Princes Trust, Motiv8 etc.

For further details, any questions or support required in applying please contact Angela Hall – Post 16 Education Coordinator


M: 07584 575292