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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Employment, Jobseeking & Training
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LWarwickLWarwick Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Employment, Jobseeking & Training
I am currently working in retail and wanting to venture into a completely new career in administration but have poor grades with no experience what my question is this.

I have a 2 year old so I will need childcare and apprentice wage is really low so I won't be able to afford on my wage am 30 and I worked it out as between £125-150 a week on full time basis that will only cover maybe 3 days of childcare leaving me with no money to contribute towards bills my husband is on £2000 a month (on a good overtime month which is rare) but by the time he's paid the mortgage and bills alone is more than half of his wage not including everything in-between like food and car will leave very little was just wondering if there was any benefits I could request to help towards childcare that is a bit more realistic.

I've worked out that I won't get the full 30hour for 3 year school funding if I go down this route and the calculators for benefits are so confusing for me to understand, I am just finding out if there is anything out there that can help like childcare contributions vouchers etc


  • MovingForwardsMovingForwards Forumite
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    You don't have to go into a job with an apprenticeship wage.

    Go to night school and pick up a couple of qualifications eg CLAIT /IBT (or whatever they are called now). And go in as an admin assistant.

    Alternatively, look at your CV your experience, your hobbies and how much you know how to use IT packages eg windows / email / outlook and update your CV so it's tweaked as showing what you can bring as transferable skills.

    Have a chat with a recruitment agent or two and see what they think you can go in as.
  • MovingForwardsMovingForwards Forumite
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    Just to give you an idea, this is picked from a vacancy where no office experience is required:

    Confident communication skills

    · IT literate with accurate input skills

    · Methodical approach with common sense

    · Attention to detail

    · Experienced working as part of a team

    · Experience using scanning equipment

    · Electronic and physical filing

    How much of that can you already do because of being a mom and working in retail?

    It's all about thinking outside the box (hate that phrase) and looking at job adverts to see what the common requirements are, how your experience can be transferred over to the role.
  • MarkN88MarkN88 Forumite
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    Just in case the apprenticeship route is the way you want to go, you can pop details into the calculator on eneitledto website and see if there would be any benefits open to you.
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