International Down Syndrome Day 2023

International World Down Syndrome Day takes place today, March 21st, 2023, to raise awareness for people and organisations worldwide to be ‘With Us, Not for Us’, which is key to a human rights-based approach to disability. It’s estimated that between 1 in 1,000 and 1 in 1,100 live births worldwide are born with Down syndrome. It exists in all regions globally with variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics, and health.

International Down Syndrome day is a day to raise public awareness of Down syndrome and to improve the quality of life of people with Down syndrome by meeting their healthcare needs. This facilitates participation in mainstream society and the fulfilment of their potential as those with Down Syndrome often have poor or controlling support, where their supports do things for them, not with them.

If you’re wondering how to support International Down Syndrome Day, you can participate in the #LotsofSocks campaign. By wearing brightly coloured socks, long socks, or any socks you usually wouldn’t wear, to show your support!

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to the Careers Worcestershire blog page! We hope you’ve enjoyed the holidays and are having a happy new year. As we enter into this new year, you might be looking at setting or may have already set some resolutions and goals for yourself for the year ahead. Some of these goals might be relating to your future careers plans, which can be quite daunting when you don’t know where to start. Whether you’re looking at starting a new job, going into further education, or looking at volunteering, our services in the Youth Hub are really useful to get you started.

Our careers advisors can help you achieve your resolutions through regular one-to-one guidance session where you can discuss your goals for the future. If you’re looking for a job, an apprenticeship, traineeship, are hoping to go into further education or anything other career paths, the Youth Hub is a great space to discuss all of these plans.

Happy New Year 2023

Skills Bootcamp Success Story

If you’re out of work, looking to up-skill yourself or you’re starting out on your career path, there are free, flexible courses, known as Skills Bootcamps, available to you to open yourself up to local employment opportunities. Skills Bootcamp courses are open to anyone over the age of 19 and can help you gain sector-specific skills and give you an opportunity to fast-track to an interview with a local employer.

One participant who recently completed a skills bootcamp has shared their success story to encourage others to take part in the programme, where they began their bootcamp journey with TDM (The Development Manager) in the summer of 2022. This person had the goal of entering the technology industry, finding a suitable apprenticeship, with the ultimate goal of becoming a software developer.

The participant has successfully moved into a role with Worcestershire County Council in Social Care Case Management and has enrolled onto a Level 6 Apprenticeship at the University of Roehampton.

Welcome to the first Careers Worcestershire blog post!

This first post will tell you a bit about the Careers Worcestershire, We are based in the Hive Library in Worcester. For 15-24 year olds.

We can help you with:

  • Finding an Apprenticeship
  • Finding a Job
  • Employment questions
  • Employability Workshops including : employment support sessions, CV and cover letting writing support, interview preparation, job searching, and application

Book a session with our careers advisors who can provide you with 1-1 support to help you decide and achieve your goals. You can also pop into the hub at any point to book an appointment or onto any of the available sessions.

Find out what’s happening in the hub

  • Hub Club, which is held every Thursday between 10am- 12pm This walk-in session is great if you’re looking for some help and guidance with your job search.
  • National Careers Service (NCS) who are in weekly on a Monday
  • Work Pays who are in weekly on a Wednesday.

Feel free to pop into the Youth Hub anytime, Monday to Friday, between 9am-4pm, to access these services or to ask any questions you might have.

Thanks for reading!

The Youth Hub