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Young rising stars perform live at Westfield

Westfield, Shepherds Bush on Sunday 22 June, 1 to 5:15pm

Come and watch our Young Songwriter 2014 competition winners and finalists, plus talented Song Academy after-school club members, perform live on Sunday 22 June from 1 to 5:15pm at Westfield, Shepherds Bush (stage opposite Zara and Top Shop). Be inspired, then get into action and join our free singing and songwriting workshop from 2:30 to 3:30pm (for 8-13 year olds).

More information is at Song Academy and a playlist of many of the songs being performed is viewable at Audioboo.

Holland Park on parade

Saturday 5 July 2014, 10.30am - 3.30pm, Sports Field, Holland Park

The pride of the borough’s youth will be on parade in Holland Park in July to showcase the benefits of service in the cadets. Taking part will be scores of young people from the police cadets, sea cadets and the army cadet force. Families will be warmly welcomed to come along and experience for themselves the thrills and spills of cadet life.

It’s all part of Youth Organisations in Uniform (YOU) Day which taking places on Saturday 5 July. Participating alongside the kids will be a contingent from The Royal Yeomanry and also the Army Outreach Team who will be bringing along an Assault Course and Climbing Wall and subjecting young people to strenuous challenge and competition with the Mayor of the Royal Borough on hand to award medals and trophies to the survivors.

But YOU Day won’t all be about the uniformed services; there will be also be other volunteering opportunities aplenty thanks to the presence of Team London and the Kensington and Chelsea’s Volunteer Centre.

Lady Elizabeth Arnold, the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal Borough and chair of the YOU committee said: “We all want to see our young people having fun, getting fit, making friends and learning new skills. There are few better ways of ticking all those boxes than signing up for a cadet force.

So I’m hoping YOU 2014 will attract new cadets and also more of the wonderful volunteers who make cadet life possible.” The day begins at 10.30am to 3.30pm, on the Sports Field in Holland Park. For more information please contact RBKC’s Community Engagement Team on 020 7598 4633 or email

Free taster classes at Kensington and Chelsea College in May - July

Kensington and Chelsea College is offering a range of FREE classes this spring. From May to July the College is offering a variety of tasters including Foreign Languages, Psychology, Creative Writing, Music, Digital Media and African Caribbean studies. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills or discover a talent – and all for free! Why not brush up on your language skills with a taster in Spanish, French or Italian before jetting off on holiday? Or if you love singing, why not sign up to a free taster to learn about vocal techniques?

To find out more about what’s on offer visit:  The College will also be running its popular Summer School programme from July, which includes learning how to build a website in a week, Millinery masterclasses and beginners’ workshops to Jewellery making, digital photography, painting and more. To find out more about the College’s Summer School Programme visit  

Kensington and Chelsea College enjoys a high profile reputation for excellence in Creative Arts, Management and Professional Development, and Health and Social Care. The College is also closely linked to the many inspiring, world-class organisations on its doorstep, and is able to give students unique, career boosting opportunities. This has included jobs at the world renowned V&A Museum to selling designs at London’s iconic Portobello Market. 

Starbucks Barista Mastery and Customer Service Apprenticeship

Do you want to learn new skills?

Earn while you build a retail career?

Be part of an amazing team and have fun?

We are seeking optimistic candidates with lots of initiative, who are looking to gain a variety of transferable skills while building a retail management career.

The apprenticeship takes 12 months to complete with guaranteed employment at the end. Some of the perks you will get along the way include:

  • being paid the same rate as our regular baristas
  • top up your pay with a bonus for great performance
  • free and discounted Starbucks products
  • 25 days paid holiday
  • access to life coaching, 24 hours a day 365 days a year
  • money off leisure and retail experiences
  • refer a friend for an extra cash reward
  • be a company owner and get Starbucks shares


Being an apprentice means doing a real, full-time job, getting paid while learning new skills and gaining qualifications in Barista Mastery and Customer Service. Starbucks apprentices start earning from day one at the same rate as our baristas. The learning for the apprenticeship will mainly be done in-store, with some classroom and webinar sessions.

“I would recommend the programme to anyone who wants to progress and learn while working.” Anthony, Apprentice, Victoria, London

You do not need any qualifications to become a Starbucks Apprentice. We want to work with ambitious school and college leavers like Antony who want to start a career in retail and look at different educational paths. We have a passion of showing young people they can succeed without going to traditional college or university.

Your career doesn’t have to stop with the barista apprenticeship, there’s opportunity to progress to the supervisor role and higher level apprenticeships. Apprenticeship positions are available in selected stores only.

To find out more about Starbucks and apply to be an apprentice: Contact Jonathan Price on 01623 410032 or email, alternatively, you can logon to

You may also download the Starbucks Apprenticeship Guide [PDF] (file size 1.54Mb) for more information.