Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Sessions
If you’re thinking about applying for an apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship programme or want to discuss your career options if you are recently unemployed, we have a dedicated team to support you with information, advice and guidance (IAG). The team at The Source can also support you with applications for vacancies, interview and CV tips/preparation and guidance through skills revision and tests.
Our IAG sessions run on a weekly basis and are designed to clearly explain the progression routes available to you, to provide an opportunity to talk through your career goals and to meet the team. During the session, you will be able to access the following support:
- An overview of all programmes on offer at The Source.
- An overview of the entry requirements and eligibility for available programmes.
- A one-to-one chat with a learner engagement advisor.
- An assessment of maths and English to determine the skills that you already have.
- Direct access to fundable training and support to find work.
When joining us for an IAG session you will receive impartial advice, which may result in recommendations to pursue alternative progression routes and providers if we feel that is the best option for you. We will also provide information on where you can find additional support if you need specialist guidance that we are unable to provide.
If you’re looking to begin an apprenticeship but you feel like you don’t have the right skills or qualifications yet, we can support you with one of our pre-apprenticeship programmes.
Our range of pre-apprenticeship programmes and employability support can help to develop the skills and confidence you need to progress on to the next steps of your career. This might mean doing a traineeship or getting support from our Steps to Work programme to develop your skills in areas such as English, Maths, IT and CV Writing.
A traineeship is an employability programme which gives young people aged 16 - 18 an opportunity to gain real work experience, job skills and improve maths and English if needed. The programme can last up to a maximum of 6 months, but typically last for 12 weeks with the content tailored to your individual needs. If you’re aged between 19 - 24 and in receipt of an Educational Health Care Plan, you may also be eligible for a Traineeship.
You will take part in a work placement for approximately 8 weeks which will usually take place over 3 days per week.
This placement will be in your chosen sector and it will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for the job, as well as improving your CV.
You will have the opportunity to work towards and achieve a Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills in maths and English.
The programme provides you with training in your chosen area of work as well as training in employability skills and interview techniques.
We will also support you in applying for vacancies when you’re ready.
Steps to Work
Grow your skills and confidence with the Steps to Work programme. We can support you each step of the way, building a programme that suits your needs and skills.
Support into Work or an Apprenticeship
With the Steps to Work programme, we will develop an action plan to suit your needs. You can also attend job clubs, where you can search and apply for jobs and apprenticeships.
Advice and Guidance
Receive full advice and guidance before, during and after the programme. You will also be given support to update your CV.
Maths, English and ICT
Get support with improving your maths, English and ICT skills.
The programme provides training in employability, sector specific training, customer service and interview techniques.
Gain relevant qualifications to the sector you want to work in such as:
Level 1 Retail Knowledge
Level 1 Business Admin
Level 1 Work Skills
Levels 1 + 2 Customer Service
Functional Skills Maths and English
Other sector specific training and qualifications