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Nanotechnology

explore the world of nanomaterials... The interest in nanomater ials and nanotechnology was started by Richard Feynman [a famous pa rticle physicist and lectur er] in 1959, who gave a talk entitled ‘plenty of room at the bottom’. Ultimately, nanomaterial is about making mater s ials with atomic precis ion, allowing incredibl control of their propertie e s and enabling a whole range of applications. Such atomic control can already be achieved in the scientific laboratory and control at the ten s of nanometer scale is commonly found in the electronics industry.

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INTRODUCTION

WELCOME TO ISSUE 11: Welcome back after a summer break – sunshine and lazy days will soon seem a distant memory as the new term begins – if you are working towards final examinations in 2011 or finding your way in a new environment, Way2Go will be with you along the journey. Get your story published – get your pictures in print. If you would like us to feature your school or college email the production manager and our creative director will work with you to produce a double page spread in your own words and pictures.

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6. pLAYTIME 12. ChOOSING A CAREER - OpITO 14. SAFE ROAD USER - SQA 8. 22. pLAYTIME ThE YEAR ThAT WAS...1997 24. bACK TO SChOOL! - NExUS 26. MOTORSpORT NEvER FOR MORE pOpULAR 12. WhAT’S ThE WELSh SCRUM? 28. ENCOURAGEMENT DESpITE TOUGh TIME IN ThE DRAGON’S - TREE KNOWLEDGE 14. SCIENCE AND OF MAThS 29. UNDERSTANDING ROAD SIGNS 30. bECOMING A CAR DESIGNER 15. hELp FROM STUDENTS FROM SQA 32. ROAD SAFETY 33. UNIvERSITY REThINK - NOTGOINGTOUNI.CO.UK 16. ThE RIGhTpEOpLE ROUTE - A4E 34. FINDING INSpIRING YOUNG 36. TO SEA ThE WORLD AND GO FAR - MAERSK 20. A CAR DESIGNER 38. bECOMING SChO0LChILDREN INSpIRE pOLICE FILM NORThUMbRIA pOLICE 40. ThE KATYYEAR MEETS... 22. ThAT WAS 42. ThE NExT STEp - ROLLS ROYCE 44. pD NEW ENTERpRISE 23. pORTS INvESTSIN INNEWCASTLE! ThE FUTURE - RTC NORTh 46. SCIENCE AND MAThS - NWDA 50. TOp GEAR STILL ThE TOpS 24. bACK TO SChOOL 52. WhEN ONLY YOUR bEST WILL DO - ChEMICAL NW 54. pART OF ThE NATIONAL AIMhIGhER pROGRAMME 26. ThE LIFE OF AN ILLUSTRATOR - AIMhIGhER LANCAShIRE 56. CAMpAIGNERS SEEK TO REDUCE DEATh OF YOUNG 28. TIME2COOK pEOpLE ON ThE ROADS 58. TIME 2 COOK 29. LORD DIGbY JONES CALLS FOR A UNIvERSITY REThINK 30. NEW ENTERpRISE IN NEWCASTLE ! 32. A CAREER YOU CAN STILL COUNT ON 34. JOb pROFILES

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ALIENS IN ThE ATTIC

People keep all kinds of junk in their attics: books, old couches, maps to hidden treasure, Grandma. But in the new adventure film, Aliens in the Attic, the Pearson family finds something just a little different living above them. The film stars Disney’s High School Musical alumna Ashley Tisdale, as a young woman whose boyfriend is taken over by tiny mind-controlling aliens. Now it is up to her and her siblings to defend their house against an all-out alien onslaught. This is a kiddie movie, plain and simple. Anyone under fourteen or so is going to absolutely fall in love with it. They’re going to love the thought of using mind control on Nana and having her execute Street Fighter moves (even I was impressed by watching Doris Roberts pulling off a Shoryuken), and the thought of hijacking their sister’s boyfriend and making him slam into his own car and confess to his girlriend’s parents that he desperately needs a new set of adult diapers. But older kids, meanwhile, are going to find the jokes lame and tedious, with not a whole lot of laughs available for them. The comedy here is weak if you’ve graduated high school any time recently.

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IF YOU LIKED THIS I RECOMMEND YOU SEE: n Mac and Me n E.T. n Zathura: A Space Adventure

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“ThE JOKES LAME AND TEDIOUS, WITh NOT A WhOLE LOT OF LAUGhS AvAILAbLE”

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“ALIEN TRESpASS A FUN TRIbUTE TO 1950S SCI-FI hORROR FILMS, bUT UNFORTUNATELY NOT QUITE FUN ENOUGh”

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ALIEN TRESpASS Simultaneously a tribute and spoof to the genre, this comedy/ horror/sci-fi film recreates the hand-made monsters, shiny space suits, screaming close-ups, and classic 1950s housewives from that era. A lonely waitress (Jenni Baird), a nerdy astronomer named Dr. Ted Lewis (Eric McCormack) married to the perfect housewife (Jody Thompson), and some teenagers witness the crash of an alien spaceship out in the Mojave Desert. The alien Urp assumes the identity of the astronomer and tries to reclaim his prisoner. This prisoner is a different form of alien being called a Ghota, capable of dividing and conquering (with its own unique method). The silly blob-like alien and the stilted acting, combined with all those melodramatic screams from the women, make Alien Trespass a fun tribute to 1950s sci-fi horror films, but unfortunately not quite fun enough. Like other films that attempt to flashback and reproduce not only the time, but also the style of movie from the past, Alien Trespass is at once stylish and ambitious, yet ultimately unsuccessful.

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IF YOU LIKED THIS I RECOMMEND YOU SEE: n Mars Attack n The Blob n War of the World

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ARCTIC MONKEYS hUMbUG

The Arctic Monkeys’ much-anticipated third effort was co-produced by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and James Ford, who apart from his work in Simian Mobile Disco plays drums in Alex Turner’s other project, The Last Shadow Puppets. Early reports of the album took note of its more psychedelic sound, which Turner attributes to the band’s interest in Jimi Hendrix at the time of recording. Lead-off single “Crying Lightning” features the “laconic croon” more associated with The Last Shadow Puppets, along with stream-of-consciousness lyrics that hint at the evolution of Turner’s songwriting for the album. In the end, Humbug feels like a great band nervously feeling their way forward, like baby steps towards something bigger. The next one should be a cracker.

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IF YOU LIKED THIS I RECOMMEND LISTEN TOO: n The Last Shadow Puppets n Queen of the Stone Age n Kings of Leon

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“hUMbUG FEELS LIKE A GREAT bAND NERvOUSLY FEELING ThEIR WAY FORWARD”

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SpACE INvADERS ExTREME After nearly 30 years of blasting space bugs as a pixilated starship, the influence of Space Invaders is still prevalent in other shooters. Iterations of Gradius and R-Type evolved the horizontal movement and vertical shooting of their arcade ancestor, but Space Invaders refuses to be forgotten. Space Invaders Extreme manages to feel like both an ancient relic and a shiny new toy at once. Extreme’s core remains fundamentally intact, but the psychedelic visuals and electronic bass grooves could fool newcomers into thinking that the space invasion started a lot more recently than it did. It’s a fun, hectic blast that over quickly, but you’ll want to come back for more. Whether or not you grew up on, have already discovered, or are experiencing the franchise for the first time, Space Invaders Extreme is a refreshing, restored, shooter that shouldn’t be passed up. The challenging campaign will have you struggling to beat your mates high scores by acing specific shots and triggering back-to-back fever bonuses, and settling your scuffles online could make for some long, technotronic nights in where time becomes irrelevant.

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IF YOU LIKED THIS I RECOMMEND YOU TRY: n Galaga n Rez n R-Type

“SpACE INvADERS ExTREME IS A REFREShING, RESTORED, ShOOTER ThAT ShOULDN’T bE pASSED Up”

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WhAT’S ThE WELSh SO, AFTER A SUMMER OF FUN, SUN AND NOT hAvING TO GET Up, IT IS bACK TO SChOOL AND ThE START OF ANOThER ExCITING ACADEMIC YEAR As you sports fans may know, the autumn is a time for some amazing rugby. The Internationals draw teams and crowds from all over the world. We thought we’d give the rugby fans some tastes of different languages which may be used on the pitch or in the crowds. From France to Fiji and Samoa to South America there will be people all over the world looking to get involved in the celebrations..or commiserations. Whatever your nationality be part of the action with our rugby guide.

All international sporting events start with an emotional sing song…..why not join in!? ARGEN

ITALIAN

Fratelli d’Italia , L’Italia s’è de sta; Dell’elmo di Sc ipio S’è cinta la te sta. Dov’è la Vitto ria? Le porga la ch ioma; Ché schiava di Roma Iddio la creò

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here’s some rugby lingo. Ever wondered how to say prop in Afrikaans? Prop Stut Pilier Pilone Pilar, Pilier Pilar Taca Prop, Rheng, Flaen Scrum half Skrumskakel Demi de mêlée Mediano di mischia Medio Melé Medio Scrum Leath-chlibirt Mewnwr

Hooker Hakker Talonneur Tallonatore Talonador Hooker Caiteoir Bachwr Fly half Losskakel Demi d’ouverture, Ouvreur Apertura, Mediano d’apertura Apertura, Medio de Apertura Apertura, Medio Apertura Eitilteoir Maswr

Flanker Flank Troisième Ligne Aile Terza (linea) ala Flanker Tercera Línea, Flanker Ala, Tercera Línea Tríú Líne Blaenasgellwr Centre Senter Centre Centro Centro In-side, Centro Lár na páirce Canolwr

Lock Slot Deuxième Ligne Seconda Linea Segunda Línea Segunda Línea Glas, Dara Líne Clo, Ail reng Wing Vleuel Ailier Ala Ala Wing Eiteoir Lán-chosantóir Cefnwr

Number eight Agtstem an Troisième ligne Centre Terza linea media, Numero 8 Tercera Línea Centro, ocho Octavo, Ocho, Tercera Línea Uimhir a hocht Wythwr English Afrikaans French Italian Spanish Spanish (South America) Irish Welsh

Routes into Languages September news. During the next school year there are a wide number of activities to get involved with. For example; European day of languages celebrations all over the country, roadshows, film events, sixth form conferences, careers with languages events, business workshops and visits, sport events, language taster lessons in a range of new

languages and much much more. Go to our website, click on events and choose your region. Join in and see just how much you can achieve with languages under your belt. Ask your teachers to log onto the Routes website (www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk) and have a look at how you can get involved.

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s h at M and Science – see where they can take you!

n ca u yo s er re ca ng ti ci ex e th of e m Discover so l Science, ve -le A ng yi ud st by t es w th or N e th do in . Technology, Engineering and Maths Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are the cornerstones of a productive nation and can affect everything we do in our daily lives. They form the basis for many careers and industries and can be fascinating in their own right. The future of the region’s productivity lies heavily on young people choosing to stick with these exciting subjects, which are often referred to as STEM subjects. STEM subjects have the ability to improve the quality of people’s everyday lives and find solutions to global challenges, such as sustainable economic development.

Choose Maths

Choose Science Science can allow you to discover how ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and the environment Science is far more diverse than the traditional Chemistry, Physics and Biology subjects

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Choose Technology Technology gives you the skills to understand of economic, industrial and environmental issues within industry and business Technology opens the door for careers in engineering – automotive, forensic, aerospace environmental… the list is truly endless

Maths is important for all members of a modern society, for its use in the workplace, business and finance Maths is the basic tool for understanding economics

Maths is essential for participation in the knowledge economy Maths gives you the ability to work on problems and in contexts beyond the school gates

Choose ICT ICT skills let you understand and apply skills purposefully in learning, everyday life and employment ICT presents numerous career opportunities that are fast-moving, full of variety, interesting and rewarding

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FINDING ThE RIGhT ROUTE WITh A SKILLS FOR hEALTh AppRENTICEShIp SKILLS FOR hEALTh NORTh EAST (SFhNE) hAS LEAD ThE DELIvERY OF AppRENTICEShIp pROGRAMMES SINCE 2004, FOCUSSING ON MEETING ThE NEEDS OF hEALTh AND SOCIAL CARE EMpLOYERS. ThEY NOW OFFER A RANGE OF AppRENTICEShIpS WhICh ARE pARTICULARLY RELEvANT TO ThESE SECTORS AND OpERATE ACROSS ThE NORTh EAST. Jane-Ann Hall, from Newcastle, was one of 243 SfHNE learners who took part in the STEPS Young Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care Programme whilst still at school studying for her GCSEs. Jane completed the Young Apprenticeship Programme in 2010. Jane-Ann, was a reliable and enthusiastic learner, and enjoyed her Young Apprenticeship, which provided her with the opportunity to undertake many placements with health and social care employers. These included children’s centres, care homes, schools and hospitals. Initially unable to gain employment in the Health, Early Years or Social Care sectors as she had hoped, Jane-Ann started a Business Administration Apprenticeship but did not feel it was the career path she wanted to follow. When Jane-Ann heard that SfHNE could offer her a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care, she applied immediately. After successfully completing the selection and interview processes, Jane-Ann is now working as an Apprentice at Age UK North Tyneside at their Well-being Centre in Wallsend, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She is undertaking further training and qualifications whilst receiving a salary.

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This is what Jane-Ann says about being an Apprentice with Skills for Health North East: “I am having a great time at Age UK North Tyneside; I would recommend this programme to anyone. I think my experience on the SfHNE 14-16 STEPS Young Apprenticeship Programme definitely helped but I wouldn’t let lack of experience put you off doing something like this.” SfHNE are working with young people across the region helping them to access Apprenticeships in Health and Social Care settings. For learners who have not had the experience offered by a Young Apprenticeship programme a work trial or pre Apprenticeship programme is a good way to find out if you are ‘right’ for a role in health or social care. In addition to supporting young people SfHNE provide support to health and social care employers who often have limited experience of employing young adults. If you are a young person or an employer and would like to know more about the service offered by Skills for Health North East, please speak to our Admin Team on 0191 280 4210 or contact northeast@skillsforhealth.org.uk.

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Interested? Visit www.FutureMorph.org to view just how exciting and rewarding studying technology, engineering or maths beyond the age of 16 can be. It isn’t just a one track road to becoming a scientist or engineer – the skills and knowledge you gain are valuable in almost any career and will make you very employable.

STEM Careers in the Northwest Energy & Environmental Technologies “Think Green” is the new hot topic on everyone’s lips – from homes to business, travel, transport and leisure, the future is definitely one that will be led by environmentally friendly and eco-conscious firms. It is for this very reason that careers in the energy and environmental technologies sector are growing at a phenomenal rate – the range of jobs available in these industries is huge, especially in England’s Northwest, which is taking the lead on climate change, energy and wider sustainable development…. In a sector that nationally employs over 530,000 people there is no doubt that there is a career that would suit you. Over the next 10 years the sector needs to recruit over 14,000 people within the UK to replace those that are retiring or moving onto jobs in other industries, so there are plenty of opportunities at all levels. The main categories of employment are management, scientific, technical and craft, commercial and sales, and administrative/clerical. Demand is high for skilled engineers and technicians, scientists, operatives and customer care staff in particular and for flexibility and adaptability necessary across all occupations in an ever-changing working environment.

Where do I start? As with many industries there are a number of ways to get into the top jobs. The most important factor is to ensure you have good grades – especially in maths, science and technology. Taking these subjects at A-Level or equivalent will stand you in good stead of working your way up the ladder. Apprenticeships are a great opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised qualification, gain work experience and develop transferable skills - all while getting paid! Apprenticeships are available at several levels, including a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) or Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ). This includes key or core skills, employment rights and responsibilities and in some cases a Technical Certificate. By the end of the programme, the mix of training undertaken ensures that you are both competent to do the job you have been training for, and you have the essential underpinning knowledge and transferable skills.

Advanced Manufacturing Manufacturing is a crucial sector in the North West economy. Here are some key facts about four of the main manufacturing industries chemicals, aerospace, automotive and technical textiles: They employ around 400,000 people in the region - about 12% of the workforce. There are over 20, 000 businesses across the four industries in the Northwest. The industries are together worth almost £15 bn to the region’s economy.

All of these facts mean there are fantastic, exciting opportunities for you to start your career in manufacturing in the Northwest. Make sure you visit the Skills NW careers event in February, the biggest skills and careers event happening in the region, to get a real taste of different future career options in manufacturing.

Chemicals Chemicals are absolutely vital to our daily lives – they end up being used in loads of products and services we purchase every day. There may be many stages between the processing of a chemical and the final consumer, but it is estimated that each UK household either directly or indirectly spends around £30 per week on chemicals. The North West is the largest regional centre for chemical manufacture in the UK and the sector employs 51,000 highly skilled people. Chemicals is also one of the North West’s largest exporter and 60% of the world’s top 50 chemical manufacturers are based in the region, including major companies in: • Petrochemicals • Pharmaceuticals • Cleaning agents, soap and detergents • Performance and speciality chemicals • Agrochemicals • Polymers and plastics • Coatings • Advanced flexible materials. These are just some of the well-known names located in the Northwest: AstraZeneca, Ineos Group, Unilever, Shell UK, Innospec, Solvay, Brunner Mond, Innovia Films, GrowHow and Johnson Matthey. The North West region has a strong science and engineering base with 15,000 graduates each year in science, technology, and engineering and maths subjects. Universities in Manchester, Liverpool & Central Lancashire have major strengths with respect to chemical related research and a track record in innovation and Lancaster University complements a specialises in environmental chemistry. You can start your career in chemicals through a wide range of routes - from apprenticeship schemes through to graduate and recruitment. There is demand for people with diplomas, NVQs and degrees and there are also opportunities to study whilst working and move from NVQs through to foundations degrees and onwards…

Learn more about the industry and careers in chemicals at www.cogent-careers.com and www.chemicalsnorthwest.org.uk.

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TEChNICAL TExTILES

AEROSpACE

The Advanced Flexible Materials sector is also known as Technical textiles. In technical textiles, the performance and physical properties are more important than other features, such as colour, style, handle and price.

Aerospace is one of the UK’s most highly-advanced and successful industries, with a turnover of £20 bn a year.

Firms in this industry produce textiles, materials, fabrics and composites and cater for a wide range of high performance end-use markets including

• Construction • Civil engineering • Industrial applications • Automotive & aerospace • Medical applications • Technical and high performance garments. There are about 450 companies in technical textiles in the Northwest, employing 22,000 people. This is the largest technical textile cluster in Europe. The sector supplies materials to a large number of businesses in other sectors so it is a really important sector in the region.

ExAMpLES OF MATERIALS USED IN TEChNICAL TExTILES ARE: • Composite materials are used in F1 cars, top-end sports cars and aircraft. • Protective clothing materials are used in military and police uniforms and bullet proof products. • Automotive fabrics are used in sound insulation, seat fabrics and airbags. • Industrial fabrics are used in camouflage and beltings for the print and aluminium industries. • Medical fabrics are used to make bandages and replacement joints.

It is possible to get into technical textiles through apprenticeships, further education NVQs and degree courses.

Find out more about career opportunities at www.skillfast-uk.org/justthejob/ and www.nwtexnet.co.uk

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The Northwest aerospace industry is the largest in the UK, accounts for almost one third of total UK turnover, employs over 60, 000 people and is recognised as a global centre of excellence. In total, more than 100 major aircraft types have their roots in the region. The major aerospace companies all have a presence in the region – BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Airbus. There are great opportunities in aerospace design and engineering. The industry is at the forefront of efforts to tackle the climate change impacts of transport and we are beginning to see revolutionary changes to aircraft design. Aerospace engineers design and develop products such as:

• Airliners • Helicopters • Fighter jets • Satellites • Space vehicles engineers. They also work on components that make up aircraft such as landing gear, engines and electrical/electronic systems also require highly specialised skills. Specialist opportunities include careers in:

• Aerodynamics • Propulsion • Manufacturing Management • Materials & structures. • Avionics • Systems Iwntegration Get more information on careers in aerospace at www.semta.org.uk/careers__qualifications.aspx and www.aerospace.co.uk.

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AUTOMOTIvE

DIGITAL & CREATIvE INDUSTRIES

The automotive industry is very important to our economy. Nationally, it employs 200,000 people in over 3,000 companies. The Northwest is the second most significant region for the industry in the UK. In 2007 we produced over 220,000 cars and over 20,000 trucks and buses.

As the ‘wow-factor’ goes, a career in the Digital & Creative Industries won’t disappoint. England’s Northwest is internationally recognised as a hub of creative talent, with an incredible amount to offer those who wish to pursue a career in this exciting industry.

Some key facts about the Northwest automotive industry • Worth over £9 bn per year • Employs over 40,000 people in 500 companies. • The auto industry in the Northwest specialises in making commercial vehicles – particularly buses and trucks. • To respond to climate change the government has set big targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles by 60% by 2050. Already, average new car emissions have dropped by 12 per cent in nine years, thanks to investment in technologies like hybrids, biofuel cars, low-emission diesels and improvements in fuel economy. • Northwest companies are pushing ahead with systems to improve the environmental impact of vehicles. For example, Torotrak in Leyland have developed new transmission systems to cut vehicle’s fuel consumption. • They are also involved in the development of new systems for energy storage which will be used in the 2009 F1 season. • The need to continue environmental improvements will create more opportunities for engineering careers in the region. The industry is looking for young people who have the right technical and personal skills and are keen to meet the challenges of new technology. In the manufacturing sector, traditional engineering skills are influenced more and more by advances in robotics and computers but also personal leadership skills. Companies need engineers with electronics, systems and software skills. These are the roles in demand by the industry:

• Design engineers • Electronic engineers • Production engineers • Technicians • Maintenance • Tool-making • Prototyping You can get more information on careers in automotive at www.semta.org.uk and www.nwautoalliance.com

There are no hard or fast rules when it comes to training, however the right personality and tons of enthusiasm can get you a head start. It is a very competitive environment and to get ahead you have to be willing to work hard with 100% commitment - Whether you want to work behind-the-scenes, in front-of-camera or in the expanding world of digital or interactive platforms, there’s a lot that you can do to improve your chances of success. In terms of creative buzz, few careers provide the same job satisfaction as those in the media and if you’ve got what it takes, the rewards can be great. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Many people who now have a dream job were once in your position. A bit of timely research might just give you the kick-start you need. For training, advice and all the latest recruitment news visit www.skillset.org - Skillset is the UK’s Audio Visual Industries Sector Skills Council, covering areas such as broadcast, film, video, interactive media and photo imaging – they can help with the different jobs that are available and the career routes open to you.

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WhAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED? Most Transportation Design courses will require you to demonstrate your creative and artistic talent before short-listing you for an interview or offering a place, so good 2D drawing skills remain the prerequisite requirement. In terms of high school subjects, art and design qualifications are therefore an absolute must, so too is being able to work fluently with numbers, in order to cope with basic calculations for engineering topics, such as 3D volumes, aerodynamics or model scales. Therefore, good grades in maths or physics are the next key priority. After that, the ability to express your thoughts fluently in writing is a strong element of many course structures, with research reports or dissertations often forming a key element of final year studies. So, good grades in your national language and grammar should also feature in your high school qualifications. Foreign languages are increasingly valued, as speaking only one language is likely to severely restrict your career options upon graduation. Don’t forget, the car industry is totally international in outlook and designers will typically work in several countries during the course of their careers. So, if you want to become the next Chris Bangle or Frank Stephenson a few languages might help...

AppLICATION AND COURSE STRUCTURE You need to prepare a good portfolio of design work, usually A2 or A3 format, although a digital portfolio on a CD-ROM may be accepted for overseas applications to schools. While computer skills such as Adobe PhotoShop or Rhino are increasingly expected, these should be seen as an additional design and representation tools, not replacements for basic 2D sketching skills. Remember, drawing is still the language of designers. Most undergraduate courses are of 3 or 4 years duration, sometimes with the inclusion of an internship placement with a design studio in the third year. Courses usually offer several routeways (or majors) and students can decide these later on in the course once the core design skills have been taught. Typically the first year will be spent following a general Industrial Design programme of drawing skills and design theory, with later years focusing on more specialised presentation techniques, model making and computer skills.

WhAT AbOUT AN MA COURSE? These are for designers who wish to hone their skills further. The normal requirement is for a first Degree in Transportation or Industrial Design, but other areas of design such as graphics, furniture, architecture or interior design are generally accepted too. The best known course is probably the RCA in London but other courses now exist in other major design schools. In terms of being hired, there may not be a big advantage over a BA graduate, but many companies will offer a slightly higher starting salary or job grade. Another factor is that, when jobs are tight, companies may favour the broader design background and more mature approach to design that an MA graduate should be able to offer.

I’M AN ENGINEER. CAN I bECOME A DESIGNER? Not as easily as you might think. It’s a popular misconception that having an engineering background will be a big advantage, but that’s not necessarily the case. In many ways, the requirements are quite different. The ability to get highly creative ideas down on paper fluidly is not something that can be easily taught and the rational approach of engineering may hamper more creative solutions at the early stages. It’s a lot easier to take an original sketch idea and seek to make it more practical than taking a mundane-but-feasible theme and try to inject some flair into it.

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bASE OF ITS FUTURE WORKFORCE. One of those apprentices, Rob Scott, based at PD Ports’ facility at Howdendyke, was recently runner up in a prestigious national award for engineering apprentices. Rob was one of only 6 apprentices from around the country to be nominated by the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) for this award. The nomination demonstrates his enthusiasm and commitment to the profession. 21 year old, Rob completed his service engineering apprenticeship in February after 3 years of study and is still employed by PD Ports where his current day to day role involves general site maintenance and repairing equipment including cranes, forklift trucks and static plant machinery. Other PD Ports apprentices include Joe Howson and Gary Burton, who have each spent three years studying for their apprenticeships at the company’s operations in Hull. Joe who is studying Mechanical Engineering and Gary who is studying Electrical Engineering gained the praise of their manager and PD Ports’ Engineering Superintendant Steve Peat. Steve, who himself started as an apprentice, said: “I am very pleased that the company is so committed to investing in these young trainees. I have worked for larger organisations in the past, who haven’t invested in any apprenticeships, and this has always been disappointing, particularly knowing there is a skills gap in certain industries”. To find out more about apprenticeship opportunities at PD Ports, please email enquiries@pdports.co.uk.

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Back to school! It’s that time again – a new school year – maybe you’re even at a new school. Nexus can help you get there and get home.

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Have a look at the School travel section of nexus.org.uk for information about travelling to school by public transport. And the School bus services section gives full details of the 300 special bus services a day we run to schools in Tyne and Wear. We can help you get around in your free time too. If you’re looking for ideas of places to go and things to do – check out the Explore Tyne and Wear section of nexus.org.uk. It gives you details of loads of places in Tyne and Wear you can get to easily by public transport – from beaches and castles to cinemas and shopping – as well as events. And for each place or event, we tell you the nearest Metro station and best buses to get there. Nexus.org.uk is the place to go to for timetable, route and ticket information. Here’s some information that’ll help you save some money on bus and Metro fares – the right one for you will depend on how old you are.

have a look at the College students section of nexus.org.uk for details of how to get to all of the main colleges in Tyne and Wear.

IF YOU’RE UNDER 16 – GET A CAT! You can travel all day on all public transport in Tyne and Wear for just £1 if you have an U16 Child All-day Ticket (U16 CAT). The single child fare is 50p, so use the U16 CAT as a return ticket – or make several journeys with it and save loads of money! So, if you travel to school and back by bus or Metro, buy a ticket in the morning and you’ll be able to use it on your way home too. Or if you go back to your friend’s house after school before you go home, or perhaps pop to the shops, your £1 CAT will still get you there. And the CAT can be even better value at weekends and in school holidays, when you have more time to get out and about – use it to meet up with friends or visit your Gran, go shopping or to the cinema, get your hair cut or have a day at the seaside. You’ll need to show your Under 16 Card to be able to buy the U16 single fare or U16 CAT. Under 16 Cards are free, so if you haven’t got one, get an application form from any Nexus TravelShop or at nexus. org.uk. So all you need to do is buy a CAT at the start of your day, keep it safe, and wherever the day takes you, as long as you’re in Tyne and Wear, you won’t have to worry about having enough money for fares. We also sell season tickets for travel to school - School Passes – which mean that you don’t need to find change for fares every day. Further details of all tickets available to children and young people are on nexus.org.uk.

WhAT IF I’M OvER 16? A wide range of tickets can be used on Metro, Shields Ferry, bus and local rail services or on a combination of them all. The ticket section of nexus.org.uk will help you work out which is the best one for you to buy, depending on which type of transport you’re using and how often you’re travelling. There are special season tickets if you just use one type of transport (eg the 16 -18 Metro Student Card if you just use Metro) or the Network One 16-19 Ticket if you use more than one type/ all types of public transport.

have a look at the School travel section of nexus.org.uk for information about travelling to school by public transport. And the School bus services section gives full details of the 300 special bus services a day we run to schools in Tyne and Wear.

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ThE LIFE OF AN ILLU bEFORE bECOMING AN ILLUSTRATOR AND ANIMATOR I WAS CUTTING hAIR IN A SALON bUT WASN’T QUITE CUTTING IT FOR ME AS FAR AS CAREER pROSpECTS GO, SO I STUDIED ANIMATION AND ILLUSTRATION FOR TWO YEARS AT NEWCASTLE COLLEGE... Before becoming an illustrator and animator I was cutting hair in a salon but wasn’t quite cutting it for me as far as career prospects go, so I studied Animation and Illustration for two years at Newcastle College. The course was fantastically ran and I gained a lot of experience and insight into the Animation/Illustration industry. After that (which was this year) I finished a BA(hons) in Fine Art where I focused my attention on what I wanted to produce. One of the things I wanted to accomplish during my studies this year was to hold an exhibition in Newcastle, which I’m pleased to say I did. The Metamorphosis Exhibition involved screen printing, digital painting, and original pieces, and focused on anthropomorphism and period of change between human and animal. My influences are naturally all the old cartoons I used to watch as a kid but a big influence has been Jamie Hewlet, especially his work for Tank Girl. I’m always watching cartoons and animations, studio ghibli is my favourite animation studio. From January 2010, I have been working with two other illustrators to develop the collective ‘Beware the Black Rabbit’. We have been working hard to expand our existing knowledge of the industry; producing work, being commissioned for music videos and artwork, networking both within the industry and in other sectors and staging our own exhibitions. I have also recently started a personal blog Watermelon pips, for illustrations and projects that I wish to keep separate from a collective. I wanted a place I could write and draw what I wanted without imposing on the other collaborators. I have been posting more experimental work, some of which includes a commissioned comic strip for Sailor Girl LTD,

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an Event Management Company. The comic strip is sent out with their newsletter and tells a story of Sailor Girl LTD at one of their current events. However in the comic the Sailor Girl team are represented as Superheroes. I am giving free reign to write the script, and design the characters which naturally leads to an unexpected view of an Event company. The comic certainly has an individual style and has received a fantastic response from readers, generating interest in the company. I was commissioned to make an animated music video, within a deadline of six weeks for Wipeout music record label. The brief was to create a video for a punk band based in Sheffield. The song is about a skin head, which is naturally a controversial subject, the song itself was focused on the misinterpretations of that scene and the bad reputation it may be subject to. So I focused on an animation with slight narrative, a depiction a group of youths with in the skinhead scene staying away from any past connections. The hardest part was trying to keep the characters looking cool and interesting whilst resembling one another with their attire. The animation is a 2.5d, three minute animation. I scheduled the deadlines for preproduction, animation and editing, and succeeded in delivering the video on time. I built sets in Cinema 4d for the environments. All the scenery is hand drawn and digitally coloured in Photoshop. Final cut was used for the editing process. The video generated over 1000 views in its first week on YouTube.

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S L L A C S E N O J Y LORD DIGb K N I h T E R Y T I S FOR A UNIvER urce websites so re er re ca t en ud st d pular dedicate iversity focus. un One of the UK’s most po to k in th re a r fo ll nes in his ca s that people need is backing Lord Digby Jo ve lie be I, Cb e th of l ra tor Gene Lord Jones, the ex-Direc d by going to university ee cc su ly on n ca u yo et that to get out of the minds goingtouni.co.uk ot .n w w w at ge sa es m which is the core With UCAS predicting that 200,000 young people will be unable to attend university and an average of 70 graduates applying for each graduate level job, it has never been more important for people to look into the alternatives and realise that a successful career can be achieved without attending a full time campus based university degree course. Lord Jones believes that we need more young people working towards a vocational training course or work based learning option, rather than believing that they are a failure if they do not follow the tradition route of going to university. Carl Gilleard, from the Association of Graduate Recruiters, believes that there may have “just been too much emphasis on going to university” and agrees that many young people would be better off choosing an alternative path. A YouGov poll found that only 35% of teachers could see a clear progression route for Vocational Qualifications, compared to 85% who could see a clear progression route for the traditional academic path. Sarah Clover, Communications Director at notgoingtouni.co.uk, is glad that other people are finally taking a more common sense approach to university saying “While I believe that university is a valid option for many people, I feel that young people need to be made aware of the marketplace which awaits them when they graduate so that they can decide if it is the best route to take. The fact that 52 per cent of employers believe the jobs market has too many people with purely academic qualifications, and 68 per cent of employers think there are too few candidates with vocational qualifications and practical skills, also shows that ignoring any alternatives to the academic route during careers advice is actually putting young people at a disadvantage when they enter the world of work.“ Notgoingtouni.co.uk offers an extensive range of alternative options to university including Apprenticeships, Foundation Degrees, distance learning, and employer funded study as well as training courses in over 40 different sectors. For more information please visit at our website at www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

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NEW ENTERpRISE I Thanks to the European Commission and Newcastle City Council over a thousand young people across the city of Newcastle will benefit from enterprise focused investment in their future.

As part of the new £3.5 million Newcastle Enterprise Package over 1,000 young people from schools and youth groups across the city will access FREE programmes aimed at increasing their business skills and knowledge of enterprise. Helping young people to move into a position where they would seriously consider self employment the programmes delivered by RTC North will offer a wide Pick and Mix range of enterprise activity. Delivered in schools or working with youth groups, sessions will be offered as interactive lessons, half day workshops or full day activity programmes. Available sessions include:

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Working closely with RTC North as part of the Enterprise Package programme Walker Technology College will kick off a series of enterprise activities for young people and CPD opportunities for staff from November 09. With Year 10 students currently working on an enterprise project culminating in Enterprise Week Joanne Lulham from Walker college said:

“AT WALKER TEChNOLOGY COLLEGE, WE GREATLY AppRECIATE ThE SUppORT pROvIDED bY RTC, ThE STAFF hAvE bEEN FANTASTIC. RTC hAvE CREATED RESOURCES WhICh ARE RELEvANT AND AppROpRIATE TO ThE STUDENTS NEEDS. RTC’S INvOLvEMENT WILL GREATLY ENhANCE ThE DELIvERY OF ThE CURRICULUM AND ThUS FURThER ThE STUDENTS LEvEL OF UNDERSTANDING.” *FREE depending on eligible post code

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E IN NEWCASTLE ! To compliment the enterprise activities delivered to young people in Newcastle, FREE CPD training for staff is also available. Targeting key influencers of enterprise across the city, idea generation and business simulation sessions will be offered to youth workers, teachers, volunteers and advisers working with young people. With training already delivered to Connexions advisers and KeyFund facilitators across Newcastle Janine Marshall from RTC North commented:

“WE ARE CURRENTLY ENTERING A REALLY ExCITING pERIOD OF ENTERpRISE LEARNING FOR YOUNG pEOpLE IN OUR REGION. bY WORKING WITh KEY INFLUENCERS AND ADvISERS OF ThESE GROUpS WE WILL ENSURE ThAT ENTERpRISE LEARNING WILL bECOME EMbEDDED AND SUSTAINAbLE. WE ARE pLANNING TO REACh OvER ONE ThOUSAND YOUNG pEOpLE ACROSS NEWCASTLE AND RECOGNISE ThE “TRAIN ThE TRAINERS” WORKShOpS ARE CRUCIAL TO ThE SUCCESS OF ThIS INITIATIvE.” The two part training programme for staff aims to increase knowledge of entrepreneurship by offering a one day business simulation workshop complemented by a suite of three half day thematic workshops. The Business simulation process is a valuable element of the support package offering participants the opportunity to run their own virtual business. Supported by business planning, sourcing finance and marketing sessions Influencers will be better placed to help young people develop their skills for running a venture.

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FEW INDUSTRIES hAvE ExpERIENCED SUCh TRAUMATIC TIMES AS ThE EMbATTLED FINANCE SECTOR. The media has been full of tales about banks collapsing, thousands of jobs being lost and companies reigning in their expenditure. So, what if you fancy working in a bank or landing a job with a firm of financial advisers? It is even worth trying to land a post in finance? Well, the answer is yes. Although many financial institutions are indeed reducing their recruitment budgets, there rare still jobs to be found and jobs with good career potential. One of the organisations with an optimistic take on the situation is the BBP College of Professional Studies, which is based in London and also has operations in Leeds and Manchester. The college, which teaches 5,500 students, believes that there are still opportunities for young people who can demonstrate that they are truly committed to a life in finance.

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Although Chris Brady, Dean of the BBP Business School, acknowledges that landing one of those jobs remains challenging, he says that those candidates who prepare well have a good chance of being successful. He said: “Today’s school leavers face the toughest challenges of previous generations, as competition for jobs is on the increase. “Potential employers will be looking further than academic skills – they’ll want to see how effectively you keep up to date with what’s happening in the news, how in-depth your knowledge is, and more importantly, how committed you are to the sector or industry in which you want to work in. “There are plenty of opportunities to position yourself as a first choice for employers – work experience, getting a degree, postgraduate study, professional qualifications, and membership to the industry body of your chosen sector.”

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“There are plenty of opportunities to position yourself as a first choice for employers – work experience, getting a degree, postgraduate study, professional qualifications, and membership to the industry body of your chosen sector” For those who do pursue such a career, the opportunities are indeed there as illustrated by Rachel Loynes, from Hartlepool. Rachel, 28, has worked for financial advisers Carterbar in Billingham, on Teesside, for four years, steadily developing her skills. She recently became an Independent Financial Adviser after passing her Certificate in Financial Planning examinations through the Chartered Insurance Institute. Rachel said: “I fell into financial services really. I did not start my working life as a financial adviser but as an administrative assistant with another company. “The more I learned, the more interested I became and I found mortgages particularly interesting. Now, I advise clients on a wide range of issues and enjoy the way I can help people.”

Chris Brady, at the BBP Business School, points to many such success stories and remains optimistic about job opportunities within the sector. He said: “Don’t be put off by talk of a recession. History has shown that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, so use this time to boost your skills - and be ready for the upturn. “The UK is still a key worldwide financial centre, and the financial services sector will be on the road to recovery by the time many of you are ready to leave school.” For more information about BPP College please visit www.bppuc.com The Carterbar website is www.carterbar.com

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compete successfully in the world economy. Many skilled people are needed to ensure the natural gas is transported safely and efficiently across the country into your house. If you are ambitious, enthusiastic and enjoy hands on work, there are many career opportunities for you in the gas industry.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY High energy prices have caused concern throughout the UK, and particularly in many of the energy intensive industries in the Northwest. The days of relatively low energy prices are well and truly behind us and the need for energy efficient technologies has become ever greater. The demand for energy efficiency products and services is on the increase and the energy efficiency sector is playing an increasing role in providing essential products and services to help control energy use. This vital sector now employs around 10,000 people in the Northwest and the potential for growth is extensive

WASTE MANAGEMENT Every year UK households throw away enough waste to fill 3.5 million double-decker buses (almost 30 million tonnes). These buses parked end to end would stretch from the UK to Australia and back! The waste industry needs many skilled people to manage our mountains of waste. It’s our job to look after the environment and make it a better place - now and in the future. So why not choose a career where you can make our world a cleaner and greener place.

WATER When you turn your tap for a glass of water or a bath, do you give a second thought to the thousands of people whose jobs make it possible?

ELECTRICITY Modern society could not function without an electricity supply system that is both reliable and available. No electricity would mean chaos; it would bring the country to a standstill. At the flick of a switch you can boil a kettle, work on a computer, watch TV, but have you ever stopped to think about how many skilled people working in the industry make this happen? Many of the jobs in the electricity industry are highly skilled and are in huge demand in a wide range of engineering, science and technology based industries. There is an increasing need for skilled people to work in UK engineering and technology businesses so that the UK can compete successfully in the world economy. The industry employs tens of thousands of people in many different jobs. It offers great opportunities to specialise and to gain qualifications. There are also excellent prospects for long term career development.

GAS In the winter when you warm your hands on the radiator, the gas that is used to make this happen has followed a long journey. Many of the jobs in the gas industry are highly skilled and are in huge demand in a wide range of engineering, science and technology based industries. There is an increasing need for skilled people to work in UK engineering and technology businesses so that the UK can

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Delivering high quality, safe drinking water will continue to be a priority for the future. Water is the key to virtually all living things, so why not choose a career that will make an important contribution to life itself. Many of the jobs in the water industry are highly skilled and are in huge demand in a wide range of engineering, science and technology based industries. There is an increasing need for skilled people to work in UK engineering and technology businesses so that the UK can compete successfully in the world economy. Many employment opportunities exist to ensure there is continuous supply of clean drinking water to our homes and businesses and there is a sustainable network for the disposal of waste water. The water industry needs a vast range of people - from service pipe layers to scientists! Managing water resources; ensuring the supply treatment and distribution of water; disposing of sewage; keeping pollution to a minimum‌all requires the work of highly skilled people.

For more information on all these industries and the career options available to you check out: www.euskills.co.uk/careers and www.envirolinknorthwest.co.uk .

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