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This is a busy time of year here at Apprenticeships in Scotland, this is the time when many employers start their recruitment for 2015 school leavers. Check out our website for the latest opportunities, do you know you can register to receive job alerts when new opportunities become available in your area? I know if your still at school you’ll be busy studying for exams and looking forward to the summer holidays and maybe planning your career is the last thing on your mind but if you don’t think about it now you could miss out. Don’t leave it until August or you could be left with nothing. Even if you think you’re future’s sorted with college or university after summer then you should read our Exam guide to find out how to register with the SQA to get your results and the chance to win an iPad mini. Keep your options open by considering other routes into your chosen career – our All about apprenticeships section might help you to decide whether an apprenticeship could be right for you. I hope you enjoy our magazine, we always love to hear what you think so you can get in touch with us via facebook and twitter. Good luck with your exams and we look forward to helping you with your future!
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WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP? Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills from the workplace. An Apprenticeship is a structured program of training and experiences that should result in industry recognised qualifications or N/SVQ’s (National/Scottish Vocational Qualifications).
WHY SHOULD I DO ONE? » Earn whilst you learn » Gain a recognised qualification » Opportunity to work your way up » Opportunity to do a degree whilst earning a wage » No student debt » Gaining valuable work experience » Paid holidays » Student discounts
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HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE? The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the Apprentice, the qualification being obtained and industry sector. Generally, Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT LEVELS? The levels of an apprenticeship are determined the same way as college and university applications. You can see the various levels of an apprenticeship and how they match up with higher education here
HOW DO I LOOK FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP?
Identify what job you would like to apply for whether that be in Construction, Business Administration, Hair and Beauty etc.
Research the industry – it is always good to know a little bit more about the industry you are wanting to get an apprenticeship in.
Online job searching – Apprenticeships in Scotland is a youth recruitment website that updates every day with new apprenticeship, trainee and work experience opportunities. Last month we had 475 live jobs to apply for. Check us out www. apprenticeshipsinscotland.com
Face to face – there are SDS centres across Scotland that can help you with job searching and your CV.
Careers Advice – needing some help before you leave school? Talk to your school careers adviser.
CAN I DO ONE? Age
You can be an Apprentice at any age, although funding is usually only available for apprentices aged 16-19 or 16-24. Many employers do see the advantages of taking on older candidates so don’t be put off if you are 24 or over. Adults of any age can and do become Apprentices.
Most apprenticeships require National 4/5 in English and Maths. You should check our sector information for more details on qualification requirements. Alternatively, you can have a look at the job advert you wish to apply for.
Right to Work
WHY SHOULD I DO ONE?
As long as you have the right to work in the UK you can apply for an apprenticeship in Scotland. You can find out about Right to work in the UK here.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I HAVE APPLIED?
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They will be able to help you figure out your next steps.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP? Applying for an apprenticeship is just like applying for a regular job. You will need an updated CV, you can download our CV template here. You will also need to have a cover letter, you can see an example here.
Don’t panic if you don’t hear anything right away. You might apply for a lot of jobs before you get the right one for you. Make sure you’re giving yourself the best chance of success by getting advice about your application or CV, you can get help and information from our CV, Cover letter and Interview section. Do your research about the employer and tailor each application to each job, try to avoid sending out the same CV and letter to every company. Tap into the Hidden Jobs Market and try to think of more creative ways to get a job – consider work experience or voluntary work. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t hear back – some employers get hundreds of applications and can’t reply to everyone. Most of all, never give up – you just need one of your applications to be successful and that’s you sorted!
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INTERVIEW TIPS BEFORE THE INTERVIEW Be prepared – find out as much as you can about the employer and the job. An employer will often ask you what you know about the company and if you haven’t done any research they will think you’re not interested. What to wear – if you’re unsure it’s always best to go smarter rather than casual. Even if the dress code seems to be informal it gives a good impression to look like you’ve made an effort. Be clean and smell neutral (no strong odours of sweat, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol). If the job is anything that requires good hygiene - such as anything to do with food or drink or health care – make sure you have clean nails and consider tying your hair back if it is long. You never have a second chance to make a first impression – greet everyone that you meet with a smile and be polite. Often recruiters will ask the receptionist/junior staff what they thought of you so don’t think that it doesn’t matter if you play with your phone or pick your nose whilst your waiting to be seen.
When the interview is over remember to smile and thank them for their time and say that you look forward to hearing from them. You’ll probably be keen to get out of there but try not to show it until you are well away from the building.
Find out where you’re going and how you’ll get there – don’t arrive too early and definitely don’t be late. Around 5-10 minutes before your interview time is ideal. You’ll look keen and have a few minutes to calm down between arriving and being seen. If you’re going to be later make sure that you let them know, take the contact details with you. Make sure that you know who to ask for when you get there. Before you go you should do some research on common interview questions and think up some answers for some of them. You don’t want to sound too rehearsed but you will often be asked for examples so it would be good to have thought of some before your interview – such as, ‘can you tell me about a time when you held a position of responsibility?’ Take your time in answering questions, try not to panic and try not to ramble on too much. If you don’t understand what they are asking then ask them to repeat it. If you’re not sure if you’ve answered the question right then just say ‘does that answer your question?’ they might ask for more details or have follow up questions.
Your name Address: number/name street Postal town County Post code
Date of Birth: Driving Licence: Home Tel: Mobile:
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E-mail: your email address – if you have something embarrassing then create a new one PERSONAL STATEMENT You can tell the reader a bit about yourself here. Just a few sentences which summarise who you are and your special skills. Keep it short and relevant – this is the bit that you should tailor to each job you apply for. You can use bullet points for your skills if you prefer. EDUCATION Your most recent qualifications/education first – if you’re waiting on results say so ‘Results pending’ Remember to put in dates that you attended school/college. Qualifications achieved – subject, level and grades. If you didn’t sit your exams or achieve any qualifications then try to think of something you achieved whilst at school. Any other certificates, such as sports, can be included here. WORK HISTORY This can be paid or unpaid – if you don’t have much experience then you might need to be more creative – anything that proves you can be responsible – dog walking, baby sitting/looking after relatives, helping friends and neighbours, gardening. Don’t leave it blank or people will assume that you have done nothing (maybe you have but don’t tell them that). Job title Employer and location Responsibilities: What did you do?
Dates to and from (most recent first)
Job title Employer and location Responsibilities: What did you do?
Dates to and from (most recent first)
LEISURE INTERESTS/HOBBIES What do you do? This is to give the employer a feel of what sort of a person you are and they might ask you about this at your interview. Don’t leave it blank – they’ll think you don’t do anything – you might not do anything but watch TV and hang out – so you could say ‘Socialising with friends’, ‘Interested in TV and films’ REFEREES: You will usually need to provide details of atleast two people who can say something nice about you. Usually your most recent or current employer (if you have one) or someone from school – usually your guidance teacher.
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Most of your applications will probably be via email so it's tempting to just send your CV without an introduction but it is important to still take the time to write a short note to introduce yourself. Keep it brief and polite and the point. Most employers are very busy and don’t have a lot of time to be reading long emails or letters, they just what to know who you are and what you’ve got offer them. If you don’t get their attention with your covering note they may not even look at your CV. Here’s an example;
Dear named person (make sure you use the right name and spell it right) I am applying for the post of (job title) which I saw advertised in (say where you saw the advert). I feel I am suitable for this position because .. say why you want the job and what relevant skills/experience/qualifications you have. Tell them what your current situation is – eg, I am due to leave school in June, - I would be available to start work …date/in a month/etc. Thank you for your time in considering my application. If you would like further information please contact me (and tell them how you’d like to be contacted – email, phone number, address). I am available for interview at any time. I look forward to hearing from you. Regards Your name
On spec If your application is ‘speculative’ ie. You don’t know if they’ve got a vacancy but you’d like to work for them then your letter is more important. You need to tell them why you want to work for their company, what type of job you would ideally like and say that if they’ve no current opportunities you’d like them to keep your details on file for any future vacancies which arise.
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MEET AN APPRENTICE
Before I dropped out I had been studying Media and Communications at West College Scotland this year. I’ve always struggled academically in terms of concentrating on the work because of my ADHD and I found the environment of both school and college to be mentally too much to cope with. I then fell behind and started to worry about what would happen if I failed; having to resit my exams again the year after and adding another year to my education, further delaying my search for a career. Then I heard about QA who were looking to recruit recent school and college leavers!
I was looking for work and helping my mum with her dog walking business whilst picking up the odd shift behind the bar of the local bowling club.
S E RV I C E DES K
AS AN APPRENTICE I am currently being trained up to become a Service Desk Analyst working for Access, who run the IT for Glasgow City Council. Joining QA was the best thing to happen to me and their support and communication from day one has been second to none. I cannot stress to young adults enough how great of an opportunity signing up to QA to do an apprenticeship is. Not only are they helping you get your foot in the door of the world of work but they are also creating lots of new job opportunities for school leavers, giving them an alternative to university and college!
MY ADVICE If you’re struggling in school or college and you feel like dropping out is your only option, please don’t waste your time any longer. I advise you to look into getting an apprenticeship with QA. Trust me, your life will only move forward and you won’t hesitate to keep pressing on. You won’t look back.
APPRENTICE FIRE ENGINEER
I googled “funding for apprenticeships” as I had been told to look for my own funding whilst the company were also looking for options. Apprenticeships in Scotland came up and I read through their FAQ section then decided to send them an email.
BECOMING AN APPRENTICE I think that their Youth Opportunity Advisers handled my case incredibly well and went over and above the line of duty in making sure that the explored each and every possibility. The biggest help was giving me so many different people and organisations to get in contact with and talking to Lisa gave me the confidence to get in touch with them all. I previously had a small phobia of talking to people on the phone especially when it was asking questions and discussing things I have no clue about but, since dealing with Apprenticeships in Scotland I no longer have that fear and am now very confident on the phone. This has helped all aspects of my life as I didn’t like calling people I didn’t know even for the smallest thing. I got there in the end and secured my apprenticeship but I honestly don’t think I would have managed it without the help of Lisa and her colleagues at Apprenticeships in Scotland, they gave me the motivation to get of my chair and do something about my situation rather than just wait about and expect other people to do things or be given everything on a plate. Afterwards I felt a great amount of self-worth and self-belief that I had been searching for a long time for.
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IT CAN BE DONE! Modern Apprenticeships offer anyone aged over 16 paid employment combined with the opportunity to train for jobs across a wide range of sectors. They are an exciting way of gaining skills and qualifications that will help start a career without having to study full-time.
Since 2012, SQA’s Pathway Apprenticeship scheme has offered young people from across our local communities a unique opportunity to work towards a Modern Apprenticeship in our offices at Optima in Glasgow and Lowden in Dalkeith.
Pathway apprentices are provided with a tailored training plan and a dedicated SQA Mentor to support personal development and career progression throughout their two year apprenticeship. Working from Optima or Lowden, apprentices receive on-the-job training and have the opportunity to work towards a HNC in Administration and Information Technology and complete an SVQ level 3 in Business and Administration by attending college.
Siobhan Alexander started her Modern Apprenticeship in 2013 and works in SQA’s Assessment and Data Services team in Dalkeith. Speaking about why she applied to work with SQA, Siobhan said:
" I APPLIED FOR THE MODERN APPRENTICESHIP BECAUSE I WAS ALWAYS INTERESTED IN WHAT WENT ON AT SQA AND HOW THE NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS I SAT IN SCHOOL WERE RAN. I’M GETTING THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIND OUT HOW THE PROCESS WORKS WHILE GETTING A WAGE AND EARNING MY HND AND SVQ. " Find out more and apply for SQA’s Pathway Apprenticeship scheme by Friday 22 May 2015.
Find out about the events that employers, organisations and individuals throughout Scotland are putting on to demonstrate their commitment to the Modern Apprenticeship programme.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week runs from Monday 18 to Friday 22 May 2015.
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INTRODUCTION TO YOUNG SCOT Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship agency for Scotland, and currently has a membership of over 590,000 young people across Scotland. Young Scot provides all young people in Scotland aged 11-26 with information, ideas and incentives to enable them to make informed decisions and choices, turn their ideas into action and take advantage of opportunities available throughout Scotland and Europe. Young Scot’s impact is achieved through a variety of activities, including provision of relevant and accessible high quality online and offline information, online and face-to-face engagement and outreach, plus Scotland’s Youth Smartcard – the Young Scot NEC – to access services and opportunities. There are over 590,000 Young Scot cardholders across Scotland. As a universal service, Young Scot works towards a vision where Scotland’s young people can: » INFORM: Make informed decisions to support transitions » ACCESS: Enjoy healthy, active positive lifestyles and opportunities » ENGAGE: Contribute as assets to their communities » PROGRESS: Reach positive destinations that give them the opportunity to maximise their aspirations » CELEBRATE: Be celebrated as citizens – locally, nationally and globawwlly
CREATIVE AND DIGITAL
Connor began his apprenticeship as a Creative and Digital Media Apprentice at Peacock Visual Arts and Station House Media Unit in Aberdeen, but soon took on additional responsibilities in a brand new digital fabrication studio called MAKE which was opened by Peacock. He is now Studio Assistant at the MAKE studio.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO APPLY TO THE OPPORTUNITY? Gaining experience and working in a full time environment in an industry that I want to base my career in.
YOUNG SCOT DIGITAL ACADEMY’S MODERN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE? The Modern Apprenticeships last for a minimum of one year and apprentices may be recruited by and based in one of our partner organisations – from Fife Council Youth Services to NHS Health Services.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? After being offered an apprenticeship, Young Scot will invite all apprentices to a two week-long induction programme which covers an essential introduction to the workplace, etiquette and soft skills. This will be followed up by a once monthly training day that develops and extends basic soft skills and confidence.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE LEARNT? What I’ve learned throughout this apprenticeship has been vast. I’ve had to learn new software, new techniques and approaches to work, how to code for games, how to create 3D models, how to operate all the machinery involved at MAKE, dealing with press releases, live interviews, electronics, as well as the software I already knew as I have to fix everyone’s different problems. One thing I learned thing that surprised me was that having trained in Graphic Design and having aimed for a Design job before this apprenticeship, it was the design focused work at SHMU that I enjoyed the least.
BEST THING ABOUT THE APPRENTICESHIP? I get to work in a cool place, with cool gadgets, with time to focus on different projects and commissions in a job that changes and adapts almost daily.
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HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? There are loads of different ways that you can get involved in the National Society of Apprentices Scotland. The National Society of Apprentices in Scotland is the representative body for apprentices in Scotland. Our aim is to represent apprentices in Scotland, finding out about and working on the issues that matter to them, and taking these problems to people with the power to change things. That means working with politicians, employers, colleges, training providers, government agencies and the people that help to design the apprenticeship system in Scotland. But most of all, that means working with apprentices themselves, as they are the people best placed to achieve change on apprenticeships in Scotland.
You can join the Leadership Team – this is a group of apprentices and organisations that work on different areas of apprenticeships come together and decide what work the National Society of Apprentices Scotland should work on. You can become an apprenticeship champion in your training provider or college. This means that you would get to tell other people about the work of National Society of Apprentices Scotland and get involved in NSoAS work at a local level. You can buy our discount card which will give you loads of discount prices on things like Stagecoach buses, AA driving lessons, Domino’s pizza and do much more. Check out more here.
We want to make apprenticeships in Scotland the best they can possible be, and great experiences for individuals who become apprentices. If you are an apprentice, or if you’re just interested in finding out more, take a look at our website.
SKILLS FOR YOUR CV
OUR APPRENTICESHIP FRAMEWORKS
Being part of the National Society of Apprentices Scotland means that you can choose how you want to be involved in the Society’s work and campaigns. Some of the skills that you would get are:
The National Society of Apprentices Scotland believes that you as an apprentice should have a voice in how you experience your apprenticeship. This could be how your courses link up between college and the workplace, how you get support for moving up levels in your apprenticeship, or even how you’re able to pay for your travel and other living costs while on an apprenticeship.
» Presentation skills – as you may be giving presentations to other people who know nothing about the National Society of Apprentices Scotland » Engagement and facilitation skills – you may be asked to run activities with other apprentices to find out what they think
The National Society of Apprentices Scotland believes that the more voices we have from apprentices talking about their experience, the bigger chance we have to change things for the better.
» Training skills – if you decide that you would like to teach other apprentices about the National Society of Apprentices Scotland we will train you so you can do this
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» Self-Confidence – you will be doing a lot of different tasks that might be new to you and we will support you so that you can be confident in what you’re doing » Leadership skills – if you join the Leadership team you will be responsible for shaping the direction that the Society’s work, this means that you will be making decisions, analysing information from a variety of sources to make good decision, and convincing others both in the Leadership Team and members about what the National Society of Apprentices Scotland is working on and why others should get involved.
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APPRENTICESHIP FRAMEWORKS » Business & Administration » Contact Centres Operations » Customer Service » Management
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WE CAN HELP YOU IN 3 WAYS: PRE-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING We provide a variety of class room based training opportunities for individuals who are seeking employment within an IT or Administration capacity. Training leads to formal IT certification and the programme will include employability workshops covering CV writing and interview skills. RECRUITMENT
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We offer recruitment and resourcing services to employers throughout Scotland. JobTrain work closely with employers to match the right candidate to the position. All our available apprenticeships are advertised on apprenticeshipsinscotland.com and cover a range of Job Roles including IT Support, Web Development & Office Administration. VOCATIONAL TRAINING We provide vocational training in both Scotland and England. Working with a variety of businesses from Blue Chip corporate to small privately owned firms. We offer nationally recognised qualifications; delivered in the workplace. We take pride in supporting individuals to enhance their skills and reach their potential.
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ABOUT US The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is both a statutory public body and the sector skills council for the social services workforce in Scotland. It protects the public through regulation and registration of the workforce and provides information, advice and guidance on all aspects of careers in social services. It influences policy through expertise, promotes the voice of the sector and advances best practice whilst leading sector skills issues. The SSSC’s ambition is for a world-class, skilled and confident workforce that is able to deliver services which meet the expectation and needs of service users, carers and Government. This is an ambition we continually strive for in co-production with employers, governments, stakeholder, individuals who use services, and their carers’.
OUR ROLES There are 1 9 0 , 0 0 0 people who work in social service roles within Scotland, they work in a wide range of roles for the statutory, third and independent sector. • children and families • older adults • carers of people who use services • people with mental health problems • people with physical and/or learning disabilities • people with addiction issues • people who are homeless and need help with housing • individuals affected by HIV/AIDS or long-term illnesses • individuals in youth services • criminal justice services • individuals who have been adopted and/or fostered • refugees and asylum seekers • residential child care services.
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ABOUT THE INDUSTRY Construction is a multi-billion pound industry that deals with developing the underlying structure of anything from a housing project to the Forth Replacement Crossing. Over 7% of Scotland’s workforce is employed in construction (that’s nearly 400,000 people).
OUR ROUTES Modern Apprenticeships (SVQ) – Work, earn and get qualified with day or block release at college Technician Careers (NC, HNC, HND, SVQ) – Study full time at a further education college or study part time while in employment Graduate Careers (Degree) – Study full time at university or study part time while in employment
OUR MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS » Carpentry and Joinery (SVQ Level 2 & 3) » Construction – Building (SVQ Level 2 & 3) » Construction – Civil Engineering (SVQ Level 2 & 3) » Construction – Specialist (SVQ Level 2 & 3) » Construction – Professional Apprenticeship (SVQ Level 5) » Construction – Technical (SVQ Level 3) » Construction – Technical Apprenticeship (SVQ Level 4)
APPRENTICESHIPS Apprenticeships are open to anyone ages 16 or over. If you are over 25 you can still apply but your employer may have to pay the cost of training, depending on the sector and apprenticeship selected. The frameworks available are in either adult or children and young peoples’ services, there are Modern, Technical and Professional apprenticeships which range from SCQF 6- 10 and they can be in a variety of workplaces, as listed above. • Social Services and Healthcare SVQ Level 2 (SCQF Level 6) (Modern Apprenticeship) • Social Services and Healthcare SVQ Level 3 (SCQF Level 7) (Modern Apprenticeship) • Social Services and Healthcare SVQ Level 4 (SCQF Level 9) (Technical Apprenticeship) • Social Services Children and Young People SVQ Level 3 (SCQF Level 7) (Modern Apprenticeship) • Social Services Children and Young People SVQ Level 4 (SCQF Level 9) (Technical Apprenticeship) • Professional Development Award (PDA) Childhood Practice (SCQF Level 9) (Technical Apprenticeship) • Care Services leadership and Management (CSLM) Level 4 (SCQF level 10) (Professional Apprenticeship)
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SSSC does not directly employee modern apprentices. As you can see from above, the roles are varied and individual employers will set their own requirements for these roles.
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MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS IN CREATIVE & DIGITAL MEDIA
The industries in Scotland have developed the Modern Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media in collaboration with Creative Skillset. There are a wide range of careers available in creative and digital media, which spans across TV, film, radio, digital, animation, computer games, photo imaging, publishing and advertising.
LEVEL 3 (SCQF 6/7) » Post Production Runner » Broadcast Assistant » Archive Assistant » Animation Assistant » Assistant to the Camera Crew » Junior Designer » Junior Researcher
» Web Co-ordinator » Trainee/Assistant Photographer » Digital Assistant » Production Secretary
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MA'S IN FASHION AND TEXTILES HERITAGE LEVEL 2 (SCQF 5)
» Textiles/Technical Textiles » Leather Production and Manufacturing » Laundry Operations » Dry Cleaning Operations
LEVEL 3 (SCQF 6/7) » Textiles/Technical Textiles » Apparel (Kilt Making)
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»Textile Operative » Quality Control Inspector » Sewing Machinist » Linker » Knitter » Product Tester » Leather Technician
» Leather Technologist » Laundry Worker » Clothing Presser » Dry Cleaning Worker
JOB ROLES FASHION AND TEXTILES HERITAGE LEVEL 3 (SCQF 6/7)
» Team Leader/Supervisor » Textile Dyeing Technician » Textile Technologist » Analytical Textile Technologist » Knotting Technician » Quality Supervisor » Textile Designer » Textile Machinery Technician
» Kilt Maker » Presser, Liner Maker » Sewer » Machinist » Marker-Out/Cutter » Quality Control » Measurer/Seller » Pattern Cutter/Grader
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24 MECHANICAL MAINTENANCE APPRENTICE EDF ENERGY - TORNESS NUCLEAR POWER STATION
YEARS OLD QUALIFICATIONS - HIGHERS AND A BTEC
ABOUT MY JOB
I am an apprentice mechanical maintenance technician which means I am on site at Torness nuclear power station. Every day I am out with a different team, learning about the plant which can include working on valves or looking for defects. WHAT INSPIRED ME TO BECOME AN ENGINEER
I’ve always had a keen interest in engineering which can be put down to my brother and my dad. My brother had an engineering apprenticeship with a different company and my dad works offshore so I guess you could say it is in the blood! I actually started at university and completed two years before realising it wasn’t for me! I worked for a few years then came across the apprenticeship programme at EDF Energy and the rest is history. WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT ENGINEERING
There is so much to learn and I really enjoy the variety of working with different teams and finding out about different parts of the power station. It is a complex piece of kit and I learn something new every day. It is the best thing I’ve ever done without a doubt and I love it! It can be male dominated but everyone is just part of a team and everyone helps you. MY ADVICE
Just go for it and don’t hesitate! There are so many possibilities and opportunities. It is a diverse career and you will really enjoy yourself. I’m only in my third year and already I’ve jumped out of a plane, raising £1300 for charity. You just never know what will happen next. CHECK OUT OUR OPPORTUNITIES! Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship
The energy sector is essential to everyday life and employs around 12,000 people in Scotland alone. It is believed that 40,000 jobs could be created in the renewable energy industry alone in the next 3 years. The energy sector has an essential role to play in minimising the effects of global warming. With the UK having the largest offshore wind potential of any country in the world it makes the sector a very exciting profession to get into.
JOB ROLES WITHIN THE SECTOR » Electrician » Diver » Offshore Service Technician » Wind Turbine Technician » Gas Service Engineer » Meter Reader » Nuclear Engineer » Procurement Officer Becoming an apprentice in this sector will enable you to develop hands on experience needed for a successful career in an industry that is growing rapidly.
FIND OUT MORE To find out more about Energy Careers visit Brilliant Thinking’s website. To search for Energy Apprenticeships visit our website. READ THE BRITISH GAS CASESTUDY!
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WHO WE ARE Aggregate Industries, part of the Multinational Holcim Group is a leading supplier of sustainable construction materials to building and construction customers. With nearly 4,000 employees across the UK and Northern Europe, we’re committed to helping create a better built environment. We have tailored an apprenticeship scheme that allows us to develop and train our apprentices, with the view that they will become the supervisors and managers of tomorrow.
OUR TRAINING You’ll be working towards a Foundation Degree in Mineral Products Technology at the University of Derby, mixing academic study and practical hands on experience with a structured training plan to develop you both personally and professionally.
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR » 5 National 4/5 Grade A*-C including Mathematics, English Language and Science » 2 Scottish Highers A-C, with at least 1 STEM Subject (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) We recruit from a range of academic disciplines and have particular interest in technically orientated and business related subjects. We are most interested in the person behind the qualification and are looking for candidates with knowledge of the Extractives and Construction Industry who are able to work independently as well as part of a team. So, if you have excellent interpersonal skills, a good level of business awareness and can demonstrate the drive and determination to succeed, then we look forward to receiving your application.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THIS APPRENTICESHIP? I have an interest in mechanics and this scheme really appealed. Aggregate Industries are a fair employer and they look after you. I train for 4 years at college as well so I am working towards a qualification and earning at the same time.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW AND WHAT ARE YOU ENJOYING?
THE BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH US
YOUR FUTURE WITH US
» Attractive Salary » 25 days holiday – plus bank holidays » Employee & employer contributory pension scheme » Staff discounts » Life Assurance » Employee Assistance Programme » Career opportunities of a Global group.
After completion of the 3 year Higher Apprenticeship, there are a number of options you may choose to pursue including: » Optional progression to the BSc Honours Degree in Mineral Management. » A career in Operations Management Or, given the size and scope of our Company, an exciting career in another division/ department.
I’m really enjoying my Apprenticeship and working as part of the team at Glensanda, getting involved in the different engineering jobs. Working together on a job with the team and getting it completed is rewarding.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT? Improving my welding skills as I had no experience of this before starting my Apprenticeship. I have learnt in workshops at college and then through hands on experience at work.
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COULD YOU SEE YOURSELF WORKING WITH OTHERS TO: » Protect the environment? » Develop cutting edge sports equipment? » Improve living conditions for people around the world? » Manufacture the next generation of smartphones and tablets? If so, engineering could be the career for you.
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Engineering can be found everywhere – from the devices we use and the buildings we live in, to the power we consume and the food we eat. Engineers use their skills to improve the design, performance and efficiency of just about everything we use today and to change the way we do things in the future.
MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS IN ENGINEERING » » » » » » »
Automotive Engineering Domestic Plumbing and Heating Electrical and Electronic Engineering Marine Engineering Materials Processing and Finishing Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Welding
The career possibilities are endless within engineering, you can be an engineer in sectors such as creative and digital, energy, sport, fashion, medicine and food and drink.
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APPRENTICESHIP EVOLUTION Apprenticeships are one of the oldest and best known entry points for young people to start working life. Every year, new frameworks are approved and you can do an apprenticeship in a wide range of skills and across many industries. One new programme takes this a step further and helps to train young people not just in the skills they need to develop their career but also the personal capacities they need. The programme is the Apprenticeship in Enterprise. This is an evolution of apprenticeships with more focus on the development of personal capacities like enterprise and character using the technical skill development as the foundation for developing these capacities. The programme is now being piloted as part of Fife Council’s Culture of Enterprise initiative. Twenty young people are working towards a high quality, recognised vocational qualification and develop enterprise skills whilst employed in a Fife business. The aim is to embed a Culture of Enterprise in Fife by supporting young people to start and develop an enterprising career and inspire employers to deepen their engagement with schools and make more room for young people in their organisation. The pilot will lay a foundation for improved education business partnerships and new sustainable pathways to employment for young people over the long term. This project is a first for Fife and for Scotland and represents a new offer to young people and to employers. CASE STUDIES An Apprenticeship in Enterprise is based on eight Level 3 Diploma modules. The Apprenticeship is unlike any other in that the focus between young employee and employer is about cultivating a culture of personal enterprise. Employers need to go the extra mile in supporting their young employee to learn these traits. We are looking for employers who are thinking enterprisingly about how they can make this work. It means taking risks and giving the apprentice some developmental responsibility early. A forgiveness culture is necessary. Apprentices are not graduates and often take longer to learn about the right behaviours and expectations. This is a journey which can result in the development of professional skills and helps young employees to find purpose through their work. This purpose can then form the basis of the final module in the Diploma which helps the apprentice communicate a new role, product or service and launch the first steps of their career. Apprenticeship in Enterprise case studies The first two candidates to have undertaken the Apprenticeship in Enterprise have completed their qualification and received their certification. Nicola England and Shannen Scott, both from Fife completed their apprenticeship as part of early work to establish the viability of a Fife wide pilot. Download the case study and visit the website.
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ABOUT THE INDUSTRY » Accountancy and finance - these types of jobs employ more than 1 million people who work in audit, tax and accountancy businesses as well as in financial functions within other organisations. » Banking and building societies - is the largest employer in the financial services sector enabling individuals and organisations to manage money, access loans and conduct business in the UK and overseas. » Financial planning - focuses on the provision of advisory services and supporting people and organisations to plan their financial futures.
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OUR MA'S Modern apprenticeship opportunities in the sector are diverse and all of them offer progression:
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» Insurance - businesses work closely with other professionals, such as doctors, lawyers and fire officers, to gather evidence to assess risk and resolve claims against insurance policies. » Investments and pensions - research the likely performance of funds and advise asset managers. Key functions carried out by investment companies are trading and stockbroking, alongside performance measurement, investment support, valuation, risk assessment and data management.
Work Experience: 1 or 2 weeks that will enable to you to understand a particular role, organisation and sector. Whether you are at school or college it is a great way to build a portfolio of experience.
» Skills: Teamwork, ability to work independently, good communication, commercial awareness (reading the news, whether that’s online or in print). Analytical
Modern Apprenticeships: Work-based training programmes and provides an opportunity to gain qualifications at the same time as earning a salary. Apprenticeships operate at a range of levels, relevant to a range of jobs roles.
» Modern Apprenticeship: Employers will look for 4-5 Highers » Graduate Schemes: A 2:1 or 1st in a degree, with industry experience will stand you in good stead to apply for a graduate scheme.
Internships: Similar to work experience, this will help you to find out more about an employer and a job before applying for a permanent position. These are often undertaken during the summer between university years, internships can be very competitive so apply early! Graduate Schemes: For those with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, one way to enter a career in finance, accountancy and financial services is through a graduate training scheme. Again applying early is key!
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“When I was your age, I’d decided that university wasn’t for me. I wanted to start working as soon as I finished school. I was looking for an environment that would offer challenges, early responsibility and interesting work.”
YOUR KPMG JOURNEY YEAR 1 FOUNDATION LEVEL Hello, Are you thinking about what to do after school or college? We are delighted to share with you news about the launch of our brand new school and college leaver programme! Our KPMG360° programme offers you the chance to work with some of the best and brightest in the business world. KPMG360° is an innovative rotational apprenticeship programme that will provide you with the opportunity to experience all areas of our business before deciding on specialising in Audit, Tax or Advisory. KPMG360° will provide you with the opportunity to see KPMG and our clients from different angles whilst you study towards a Technician Level qualification so you’re well on your way to becoming a qualified professional. The programme is flexible over three or six years, depending on the career path you choose. We’ll provide you with an interest-free loan to help you with the costs associated with starting a new job. You’ll also enjoy some fantastic benefits and rewards, including preferential banking, a day off for your birthday, a laptop and smartphone, daily lunch allowance, plus access to The Academy, our unique learning community and much more. We are looking for ambitious and free-thinking young people like you, who are interested in a career in business and are on track to achieve a minimum of 5 Scottish Standards/Intermediate 2/National 5 at A-C including Maths and English and 260 UCAS points across Highers and Adv Higher.You can choose to apply to one of our office locations in Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester. Online applications for KPMG360° are now open for a September 2015 start and we are expecting a high level of interest, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. For more information about KPMG360° and to apply, go to www.kpmgcareers.co.uk Kind regards KPMG Recruitment
Learning about the business with placements across the organisation
YEAR 2 & 3 TECHNICIAN LEVEL
Rotating across audit, tax and advisory leading to a technician level qualification
YEAR 4, 5 & 6 PROFESSIONAL LEVEL
Specialise in audit, tax or advisory and study for a professional qualification
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED A MINIMUM OF FIVE SCOTTISH STANDARD GRADES AT GRADES 1-3, FOR BOTH MATHS AND ENGLISH (OR EQUIVALENT INTERMEDIATE 2/NATIONAL 5 QUALIFICATIONS). EQUIVALENT TO 260 UCAS POINTS ACROSS HIGHERS OR ADVANCED HIGHERS.
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You can find out what it’s like to work at KPMG on our website, and if you have any questions about the programmes, please contact us by phone or email.
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RBS Apprenticeship is a scheme where you can earn while you learn and gain a professional qualification. Throughout the apprenticeship and beyond, RBS will support individuals to reach their potential in an environment that will stretch you from day one. In short, RBS will make sure you have the tools you need to build a brighter future at a bank that never stops evolving.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? You’ll earn a competitive salary as you learn through on-the-job training. And you’ll also have plenty of support from your buddy as you study towards a professional qualification through a structured online learning and development programme which you can manage in your own time. All in all, it’s a fantastic alternative to continuing in full time education and a unique opportunity to become part of a diverse, challenging and exciting organisation.
Apprenticeship Level 3 – 18 - 24 months (Standard Grade/GCSE level and above)
If you have Grade C GCSEs or Level 3 Standard Grades in Maths and English and you’re ready for real responsibility, consider a Level 3 apprenticeship.
You’ll be working on complex tasks with less supervision. And you won’t just identify problems; you’ll think critically about them and offer workable solutions. When you complete your Level 3 apprenticeship you will be expected to show the ability to be successful in the role, meet all the requirements of the role and be keen to continue your development to the next level – whatever that may be. N.B. The RBS Apprenticeship is an entry-level programme, so priority is given to candidates who do not have a higher education qualification. If you are educated to degree level or have the equivalent work experience, you might want to apply for one of our graduate vacancies or an experienced hire position instead.
We have apprenticeships available in Scotland within our Personal & Business Banking, Commercial & Private Banking and Services divisions.
PERSONAL & BUSINESS BANKING
You can join RBS as a Customer Facing Apprentice and you’ll find yourself part of Personal & Business Banking where you’ll be helping our customers by providing exceptional service either in one of our branches or in our contact centres.
COMMERCIAL & PRIVATE BANKING
Commercial & Private banking supports many different enterprises in many different ways. The team has the first-class range of services and international reach to forge longterm client relationships. Whether designing financial services products, creating valueadding solutions, improving processes, designing technology and enterprise architectures or delivering change, the customer always comes first. The scope of what Commercial & Private Banking undertakes is huge, number of business streams contributing to its success are as follows: Corporate & Commercial Coverage, Transaction Services UK & Mentor, Sectors & Specialist Businesses, Real Estate and Capital & Transaction Management.
Services are the part of the business that keeps RBS running smoothly, day in, day out. Some of our Services teams make sure deals and payments actually happen. Others manage our technology infrastructure – delivering secure banking services coupled with the excellent service our customers expect and deserve. Business areas within services are Technology Services, Operations and Support and Corporate Services
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Lasts 18 – 24 months
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I started the RBS apprenticeship programme in October 2013 and worked across various areas of the bank by requesting secondments over my 18 months and I have just completed the programme in March of 2015 and been offered a great permanent role within the Business controls team of Commercial & Private banking. I’ve always been attracted to the finance industry both in its up and downs, understanding how money makes the world go round is fascinating to me, and there is no better place to be than at the centre of one of the most innovative banks in the industry that is blazing a trail in putting the customer at the forefront of our business. The role that I started in attracted me because it spanned across the whole of Commercial and private banking I was engaging with senior stakeholders daily and managing my own work and time to meet the
business needs. Then after 6 months I seconded to a projects management team whilst still performing my previous daily role and supported re-engineering and re-location of a complex account reconciliation process to OSSI (Operation Shared Services India) this would simplify our colleagues on the frontlines day to day job allowing them to spend more time with customers. In January I was successful in gaining a place within the Controls Improvement team, which was really a great opportunity for me to work with some really senior colleagues in the bank and learn from their years of experience. This team leads and directs al key stakeholders across C&P to effectively design develop and implement initiatives that sustainably all risk issues to the bank and customers. This role meant that I could see the impact my work was having on our customers and colleagues, which is a great feeling.
MY ADVICE Hard work is easy to find, and easy work is hard to find but you have to do the hard work first to get to the easy work. I took it to mean that you have to start from somewhere and everybody does, it’s not so much where you are planning to go.
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NAME: RYAN WALTON JOB TITLE: PALLET & MANUAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT LEAD EMPLOYER: BRITVIC SOFT DRINKS
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QUALIFICATION: GCSE, A LEVEL
WHAT DOES A PALLET & MHE LEAD DO?
As a Pallet & MHE Lead, I am the Britvic contact for a number of suppliers that we deal with. I am the representative that they come to when they have something that needs attention and likewise, I am the point of contact for our business when something needs to be raised with our pallet or MHE suppliers.
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Scottish food and drink manufacturing which is now the country’s largest manufacturing sector employing 43,800 people, with annual exports of more than £5.3 billion. Food and drink is the Scottish Government’s priority sector with a key role to play in economic growth and job creation.
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»Food Manufacturing Excellence »Fresh Produce Skills »Craft Bakery Skills »Production and Processing Skills »Livestock Market Droving Skills »Meat and Poultry Skills »Food Sales and Service Skills »Distribution Skills »Dairy Skills »Fish and Shellfish Processing Skills »Automated Plant Bakery Skills
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE THINKING OF PURSUING THIS CAREER?
Find something that you enjoy and do your research. There are some very good companies to work for out there but you need to work hard. Put the effort in and you will be rewarded.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
The best thing about my job is the working conditions. I work with really talented people who all share one goal: to become the most dynamic, creative and admired soft drinks company in the world!
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS’ TIME? I definitely see myself working for Britvic Soft Drinks, although in what capacity I’m not sure. There are so many avenues and career paths, it’s hard to choose!
»Food Manufacturing Excellence »Supply Chain Skills »Bakery Skills »Meat and Poultry Skills »Food and Drink Operations »Fish and Shellfish
Whatever you do, give it 100% and don’t be afraid of change. Take the leap!
NAME: DAN SCRIVENS JOB TITLE: HR ADVISOR EMPLOYER: PORK FARMS QUALIFICATION: LLB (HONS) SALARY RANGE: £23,000 - £28,000
WHAT DOES AN HR ADVISOR DO?
Investigate ways to make the business more efficient, by redesigning the structure of the business, improving the skill level of employees and improving employee morale. Conducting disciplinary and absence meetings, monitoring trends in overtime and absence and looking at ways to improve the cost of both to the business.
I started working in the factory as a team leader, and alongside my work studied my degree with the Open University in my spare time, upon completion of my degree I approached the Group HR Manager and expressed my desire to work in HR, I was informed of a job as a training co-ordinator within the HR team and was successful in my application.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE THINKING OF PURSUING THIS CAREER? WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB? Seeing employees progress, either by learning new skills or moving to different positions, and seeing the impact that this then has on the business.
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Apprenticeships are divided into two levels. In Scotland they are known as Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship and Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship.
People 1st is the leading skills and workforce development charity for employers in the hospitality, tourism, leisure, travel, passenger transport and retail industries focusing on transforming skills in the sector through the development of effective recruitment, training and talent management solutions.
OUR APPRENTICESHIP FRAMEWORKS We offer a range of industry-recognised apprenticeship and modern apprenticeship frameworks, including:
LEVEL 2 MODERN APPRENTICESHIP A Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship is an introductory framework aimed at those just entering the industry and wanting to gain the basic skills needed for further development. It is the minimum standard required to work effectively in a business.
LEVEL 3 MODERN APPRENTICESHIP A Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship is the target level for anyone wanting to be a truly proficient professional in their chosen field. It expands upon the basic skills gained at Intermediate Level and is aimed at those wishing to enter the top level of their profession or go on to become managers and owners. People who have been in the industry for some time but are looking to update or accredit their skills can also take it.
APPRENTICESHIPS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS » HAIRDRESSING » BARBERING
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LEVEL 2 AND 3 MODERN APPRENTICESHIP LEVEL 2 AND 3 MODERN APPRENTICESHIP
• Professional Cookery • Food and Beverage Service • Food Production and Cooking • Hospitality and Catering • Front of House Reception • Housekeeping • Hospitality Services
• Hospitality Supervision and Leadership
• Hospitality Management
• Leadership and Management
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First4Skills is one of the largest national providers of apprenticeships, offering a great range of quality training solutions. We deliver real results that matter, working in partnership with many employers and organisations around the country to help young people kick start their career and give them an unforgettable training experience. With great knowledge of the industry and strong experience in work-based training, we support over 7,000 learners to achieve a nationally-recognised qualifications and get on the fast track to improve their career prospects and earning potential in the future! We are also proud to announce our new partnership with leading supermarket chain Aldi who are in the process of launching their Apprenticeship Academy UK wide with the aim of training the next generation of Aldi professionals.
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In addition to gaining an understanding of the sector you want to work in, the qualifications also help improve your communication skills, Maths and English skills, as well as your confidence - all whilst getting paid! Once you are signed up to a programme with First4Skills, you will receive support from your Area Trainer, who will visit you on a regular basis to observe you in your work environment and help you create a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the new skills you have learnt. First4Skills have hundreds of Modern Apprenticeship vacancies available for you now. We can help you find the right job in your chosen career. We understand that choosing the right career path is an extremely important decision and would love to help you on your way!
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The IT Sector is in great demand and is expected to grow at nearly nine times the Scottish average. Almost every company relies on IT in some way for the daily running of their business, making it a fantastic sector to get into. There are many different job roles within the sector such as: » Multimedia Developer » System Analysis » Web Developer » Games Tester » Games Designer » Telecommunications Engineer And much more! Apprenticeships in the IT sector can lead you in to some of these roles and open doors into an industry full of potential. Browse our IT opportunities today to kick-start your career in this sector!
MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS IN 'IT' Software and Web Development – SALARY £8,000 - £13,000 – DURATION 12 – 14 MONTHS » Quals needed: 7 NATIONAL 4/5 A-C
IDEAL JOB ROLES » Developers » Programmers » Testers » Coders
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IT Systems and Networking – SALARY £8,000 - £13,000 – DURATION 9 – 12 MONTHS » Quals needed: 5 NATIONAL 4/5 A-C
IDEAL JOB ROLES » First line/helpdesk support » Junior network support » ICT technician » Systems administrator
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Shape the future of technology. QA’s pioneering software developer apprenticeship puts the IT sector’s most sought-after skills at the fingertips of the UK’s young people. Commands, queries, multiple languages – QA Apprentices can code them all. Entry requirements: 7 standard grades (Level 1 – 3) including Maths and English QA offers world-class IT, tech and digital apprenticeships to school-leavers and career-seekers throughout Scotland. Our unrivalled apprenticeship programmes have been described as “world-class” by Ofsted, and have won ‘Apprenticeship Programme of the Year’ three years in a row. QA Apprentices not only have great starting salaries, with many earning £120-£250 per week, but they also have fantastic career prospects, with 94% going on to full-time jobs immediately after finishing.
Find out more about our Software & Web Development apprenticeships here.
Business QA’s business apprenticeship helps young people support organisations in a huge variety of roles. With a diploma of business principles at its core, this apprenticeship can be a stepping stone into finance, operations, marketing or customer service roles. The programme is designed to develop an apprentice quickly into an efficient and capable member of a support team. Modules are flexible and can be built around a specific role, set of tasks or business need. Entry requirements: 5 Standard grades (Level 1 – 3) including Maths and English Find out more about our Business apprenticeships here.
QA Also offer Modern Apprenticeships in Digital Marketing, Cyber Security Technical, and Project Management Technical.
OUR MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS
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We have a range of Modern Apprenticeships to help young people start their careers in the job they want:
IT Systems & Networking
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Master the world’s most popular technologies with QA’s unique apprenticeship in Microsoft – IT Systems & Networking. This IT programme turns problem-solvers into skilled PC builders, data defenders and cloud controllers. Designed to give school and college leavers a strong technical grounding combined with mentoring and assessment in the workplace, this is the best start to an IT career.
Our apprentices have amazing career opportunities thanks to their QA Apprenticeship training. Take Scottish apprentice Sam Foster working at University of St Andrews.
Entry requirements: 5 Standard grades (Level 1 – 3) including Maths and English Find out more about our IT Systems & Networking apprenticeships here.
Software & Web Development
He won ‘Modern Apprentice of the Year 2014’ at Microsoft’s prestigious annual apprenticeship award ceremony. He’s now in a great job with excellent career prospects ahead of him, and he’s not the only one! Read more about Sam’s story, and countless other apprentices here.
AN OVERVIEW Businesses in the land-based, aquaculture and environmental industries enhance the quality of life for everyone in Scotland. They ensure that we have high quality food, look after the health and welfare of animals, provide leisure activities, improve well-being, enrich the rural environment and urban green space and protect our natural heritage. There are about 23,680 businesses in this sector across Scotland employing 149,500 people, with 96% of them having a workforce of ten or less.
MA’S IN OUR INDUSTRY Modern Apprenticeship programmes are available in agriculture, amenity horticulture, horticulture, trees and timber, game and wildlife management, land-based engineering, equine and aquaculture.
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MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS IN LOGISTICS Modern Apprenticeships provide a valuable entry route into the Logistics Sector and are focused at four levels: Modern Apprenticeships at SVQ Level 2 and SVQ level 3, Technical Apprenticeships at Level 4 and Professional Apprenticeships at Level 5+
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The Logistics Sector needs intelligent and highly motivated young people who are keen to carve out a career for themselves in a dynamic and growing sector.
There are four Modern Apprenticeship frameworks available: » Freight Logistics – incorporating SVQs in Driving Goods Vehicles (Level 2 & Level 3), Warehousing & Storage (Level 2 & Level 3), Logistics Operations Management (Level 3 only) and Supply Chain Management (Level 2 & Level 3) » Maritime Occupations – incorporating SVQs in Maritime Studies: Able seafarer/tug rating (deck) (Level 2) and Maritime Studies: Sea fishing (Level 2) » Procurement – incorporating the SVQ in Procurement (Level 3) - NEW JUNE 2014 » Supply Chain Management - incorporating SVQ in Supply Chain Management (Level 4) and SVQ in Supply Chain Management (Level 5) These qualifications are highly regarded in the industry and prove an employee’s competence to do their job. What’s more the award is a good stepping stone to further training.
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VOLVO TRUCK AND BUS CENTRE NORTH & SCOTLAND
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Case Study: Jack Burt Apprentice Technician – Volvo Truck and Bus Centre Edinburgh
BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR FUTURE If you want a career with a leading truck and bus manufacturer, then you have come to the right place. We provide all our apprentices with the skills needed to become fully qualified and competent individual in your chosen vocation within Volvo with a secure career. A Volvo trained apprentice will become a top class asset to our business for years to come, you could say we like to invest well in our future. During you apprentice programme you will be exposed to all the latest technology and equipment, and you will be developed by qualified Volvo master technicians to the highest standard
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED TO APPLY In order to enroll on the Volvo Advanced Truck and Bus Apprenticeship Programme, you will need to:
Q1. How would you sum up your time at Stephenson College so far and what have you enjoyed about the college aspect of the scheme? I enjoyed getting to know new people while attending Stephenson’s college, the staff are very supportive and the training is of a high standard, this has helped with my progression throughout the apprenticeship. The aspect I have enjoyed the most is the practical workshop training with a lot of access to special tools, vehicles and equipment. Q2. What do you feel are the benefits of the Dealer Mentoring part of the Volvo Apprentice Technician Scheme? The dealer mentoring has really helped me further my apprenticeship as both my mentor (John MacDonald) and my Workshop controller (Neal Adamson) both take a keen interest in my progression. They base my current workshop jobs to previous or upcoming college topics which really help me further my knowledge. I also have regular 1-2-1 meetings and a daily diary signed off.
» Be willing to provide an excellent service to our customers » Be able to respond to colleagues and work as part of a team » Have a real interest in the retail motor industry
Q3. What would you say has been the highlight of your time at Volvo so far?
If you have the desire and passion to work in the motor industry, good GCSE grades or can demonstrate a reasonable level of knowledge in maths and science, this could be your first step to a fantastic future with Volvo.
Q4. What would you say to any potential candidates applying for the Volvo Apprentice Technician Scheme?
The highlight of my time at Volvo would be the range of work I am being exposed to working with supervision from my mentor overhauling major units.
You will receive great support from Volvo and you will get out of the apprenticeship what you put in.
WHAT APPRENTICESHIPS WE OFFER Volvo apprentice technicians follow a dedicated four year programme and cover all aspects of truck and bus maintenance and repair. Most of this time is spent within a dealership gaining experience with on-the-job training, under the guidance of a trained mentor, plus fifteen two-week periods at the Volvo Training Academy, based at Stephenson College in Coalville, Leicestershire. Aftersales Advisors follow a 2 year programme, bespoke to Volvo which covers every aspect of the Aftersales operation. Most of this time will be spent learning on the job, under the guidance of a mentor, however you will receive 10 weeks (spread over 2 years) in-depth training & development at the Volvo Training Academy, based at Stephenson College Coalville, Leicestershire. www.volvonorthandscotland.co.uk Volvo Group UK Ltd. 9 Fifty Pitches Place Cardonald Business Park Glasgow G51 4GA
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A Division of Volvo Group UK Limited Registered Office Registration No. Wedgnock Lane 2190944 England Warwick CV34 5YA
The Retail Motor Industry covers all job roles involved with cars, motorcycles and trucks once they have left the factory. Job roles range from the technical MOT testers, services technicians and paint sprayers to sales, parts, marketing and management. There are over 150 different job roles in the retail motor industry in the UK, you can view them all here.
People 1st is the leading skills and workforce development charity for employers in the hospitality, tourism, leisure, travel, passenger transport and retail industries focusing on transforming skills in the sector through the development of effective recruitment, training and talent management solutions.
"FOR ME, I WANTED TO GO TO THE TOP AND THE APPRENTICESHIP IN RETAIL WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.
OUR OPPORTUNITES Many people start their career into the retail motor industry with an apprenticeship, but graduate and trainee places are available as well depending on the roles. To search for opportunies, click here.
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IT PUT ME ON THE PATH TO A GREAT CAREER."
Theo Paphitis, Star of BBC’s Dragons’ Den; Chairman, Ryman Stationery and Owner, Boux Avenue
Apprenticeships in the retail motor industry include: - Light Vehicle/ Motorcycle/ Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair - Paint Technician - Panel Technician - Parts Advisor - Sales - Service Advisor H - Customer Service RC A E - Vehicle Fitting S UR O
and specialities such as:
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- Lift Truck - Land Based Engineering
OUR APPRENTICESHIP FRAMEWORKS We currently offer support for the following apprenticeship frameworks:
• Level 2 Retail Apprenticeship
QUALIFICATIONS While most automotive companies ask for 5 National 4/5 at grades A* - C, many will look for enthusiasm and a drive to work in this sector. Students should have National 4/5 in maths, English and science (the higher the grade the better), as modern technology is becoming more complicated many more employers are looking for higher grades in ICT and technology.
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LEVEL 3 • Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Retail • Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Retail • Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Retail
(Sales Professional) (Visual Merchandising) (Management)
Leading brands including Debenhams, Aldi, TK Maxx and others recruit apprentices. CHECK OUT FIRST4SKILLS PAGE FOR MORE RETAIL OPPORTUNITIES!
LIFE SCIENCES PHARMACEUTICALS
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY POLYMER INDUSTRIES
Aldi is the fastest-growing supermarket in the UK today. We have over 9,000 stores (in over 18 countries) offering our wonderful customers the best quality products at a price they love. But it’s our people who make our business really special. We pride ourselves on being able to offer ambitious individuals a place to spread their wings and explore their true potential. Which is why Aldi is such a great place for bright young Apprentices.
/// ABOUT THE PROGRAMME We see Apprentices as our managers of the future. They’re a fundamental part of our Store structure and once they’ve been trained, they’re incredibly valuable to the business. Whether you choose Store or Logistics Management, you’ll be given a competitive salary (starting at £5.30 per hour) and a supportive environment where you can learn from the very best. After the three-year scheme, you’ll have the perfect springboard to a successful career in retail.
/// WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME? We offer a three-year Management Development programme. In Year 1, you sign a fixed one year contract with us. Providing you successfully complete Year 1 (according to our expectations) you will progress onto a two-year fixed term contract and begin Years 2 and 3 working towards an Advanced Apprenticeship.
/// GREAT, WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?
NATIONAL 4/5 MATHS ENGLISH A-C /// SALARY
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THE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE IS £2.73 PER HOUR
WE PAY OUR APPRENTICES
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The UK life sciences industry is one of the most well established in the world. Covering the lifecycle of a pharmaceutical from discovery through to manufacture and treatment, the sector and its supply chain encompasses modern bioscience and biotechnology.
SCIENCE-BASED INDUSTRY JOBS
OUR MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS
• Chemical products • Petrol, oil and gas • Energy and power • Food and drink • Pharmaceuticals • Textiles • Water • Aerospace • Agriculture • Paper • Cosmetics and other personal care products • Signmaking
Modern Apprenticeships issued by Cogent Skills include the following. However, there are many other routes into the Sector. For entry routes and qualifications make sure you have a look at our website. • Life Science and Related Science Industries • Technical Apprenticeship in Life Science and Related Science Industries • Process Manufacturing • Signmaking • Water Treatment Management
Applicants in Scotland must have attained four National 5 Grades (or equivalent i.e Standard Grade Credit level) in Mathematics and English, one from Physics, Chemistry and Engineering Science as well as any chosen National 5 Grade. Applications will also be considered without Physics, Chemistry or Engineering Studies but with Higher Mathematics at grade C or above with English National 5 Grade or above and two other National Grade 5 subjects (or equivalent i.e minimum Standard Grade at Credit level). Many people join straight from school and progress through operator and technician roles onwards to craftsperson status. Many of the sector’s most successful figures started their careers as apprentices. Most roles require a range of skills to ensure that people understand how to work safely and effectively with volatile or potentially harmful substances.
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Tel: 01925 515200
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Start your career as a GSK Apprentice and help improve millions of lives
Within the private security industry, approximately half a million people are employed in security roles and the security industry contributes approximately £6 billion to the economy of the UK. It works closely with the police service and provides many of the non-core functions that were previously undertaken by police officers but for which police powers are unnecessary.
GSK are a science-led global healthcare company, dedicated to improving the quality of human lives by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. We research and develop a broad range of innovative products in three areas – Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare in order to improve people’s health and well-being.
The private security sector encompasses a wide variety of security occupations, ranging from the traditional uniformed security officer to highly skilled technicians installing security systems alarms.
In Scotland, GSK has a well established apprenticeship programme across our two manufacturing sites in Irvine and Montrose. Our 56 Scottish apprentices work in an important part of our value chain that makes medicine and vaccines to deliver to patients all over the world. GSK apprenticeships available in Scotland include: • • • •
Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory Process Engineering
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Chemical Engineering Environmental Health & Safety Supply Chain
OUR CAREER ROUTES
Entry level requirements are specific to each discipline, check out our website for full details www.gsk.com/apprenticeships or contact us on email@example.com
With the increasing use of CCTV and public space surveillance, you’ll find CCTV operator jobs are available across the UK.
Locksmiths supply, fit and repair locks for homes, businesses and cars.
Operative – Supervisor – Manager – Team Manager
Assistant – locksmith – design locksmith – Manager - Director
Security officers make sure that buildings, valuables or people are safe and secure.
Skilled engineers who can install and/or maintain security cameras, intruder and fire alarms and card-access systems are in demand in a world of fast-changing technology.
Trainee officer – security officer – security supervisor – Manager - Head of Security
Meet Scott a 3rd Year Manufacturing Apprentice I am one of seven Manufacturing Apprentices at GSK Irvine, including one female, all at different stages of our apprenticeship. Like me, she is spending the first year in college to get her HNC in Manufacturing and SVQ Level 2. I suppose some people may have the misconception that a manufacturing apprenticeship involves working on a production line full time, but here it’s so much more. I’m currently assigned to a Control Room – where I manage some of our key processes. The apprenticeship route really works for me. I’m getting to combine my further education with hands on experience. In the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to gain two additional industry recognised qualifications - NEBOSH and City & Guilds Level 3 in Process Technology. At GSK there’s a real commitment to developing apprentices, not just academically and professionally but in other skills. I recently joined the site Charity Committee and am a STEM Ambassador helping to promote science to students looking at their subject and career choices.
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Trainee Engineer – Engineer/Installer – Senior Engineer/Supervisor – Manager - Director
Security Systems Apprenticeship Providing Security Services Apprenticeship Locksmith Apprenticeship First line Security Management
Credit and criminal record checks Professional or educational activities over the past 5 years Good customer service, polite and helpful Good communications skills
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HERE ARE SOME REALLY HELPFUL LINKS AND NUMBERS! Skills for Security 01905 744000 – firstname.lastname@example.org BSIA 0845 389 3889 - email@example.com Security Industry Authority 0844 892 1025
THERE IS A RANGE OF INTERMEDIATE LEVEL AND ADVANCED LEVEL APPRENTICESHIPS AVAILABLE IN THE SECTOR, COVERING SPORT, FITNESS, PLAYWORK, CARAVANS, THE OUTDOORS, AND HAIR AND BEAUTY. Apprenticeships usually take between 12 and 24 months to complete, depending on the type and level of Apprenticeship. Anyone aged over 16 and not in full-time education can apply. KEY BENEFITS FOR INDIVIDUALS:
» Join a vibrant, growing sector with great long-term prospects » Earn a salary while you learn » Gain high-quality experience for your CV » Accrue industry and nationally recognised qualifications MA’s in Sport and Leisure SkillsActve offers three Modern Apprenticeship frameworks in Scotland in the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector. Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship in Active Leisure and Learning Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship in Active Leisure and Learning Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance (Football) EXPLORE MORE CAREERS!
The passenger transport and travel industry delivers crucial transport and travel services around the UK and abroad and is made up of travel, aviation, rail, bus, coach and taxi and private hire. The prime focus is on transporting passengers in a safe and efficient manner, however, customer service is key to its success. It’s about delivering what passengers want – this means that much of the industry’s work is non-stop to meet customer demand. Trains, planes, buses and coaches run from early morning to late at night, and even overnight in some cases. Resort reps are on hand to meet and greet holiday makers at all hours of the day. Taxis and driving instructors organise their working hours according to the demand of their clients. This means the industry is a flexible employer, with staff required to work shifts, allowing people to work around other needs and commitments, such as families or studying. Delivering a good service involves many different skills – from the engineering required to make sure everything runs safely and efficiently to the ability to follow schedules, entertain expectant travellers and make detailed plans.
OUR APPRENTICESHIP FRAMEWORKS We currently offer support for the following apprenticeship frameworks:
• Modern apprenticeship in Travel Services • Modern apprenticeship in PCV Driving (Bus and Coach)
• Modern apprenticeship in Travel Services
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Published on Nov 10, 2015
The purpose of the magazine was to inspire young people to think about what career path they would be best suited to by showing case studies...