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At RBS, we recognise that everyone is different and everyone has different things they love to do. Our Early Careers programmes give you the opportunity to turn that passion into a fulfilling career. We want you to have everything you need to ensure you get off to the best possible start by providing you with the tools and support to succeed with RBS. With responsibility from the beginning and the chance to work in some great locations, you will contribute to making RBS the number one bank for customer service, trust and advocacy. We want you to bring your curiosity, commitment and enthusiasm and together, we can make a difference.

Discover how your passion could shape a career. yourpassionyourpotential.rbs.com


CONTENTS 01

About National Careers Week

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Lister Community School Launch

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Why Did We Get Involved?

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Manchester UTC Launch

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The Online Buzz

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Model Training @ Malet Lambert

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Twitter Stats

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St Thomas Moore Catholic College

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Tweets From The Week: School / College

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Careers Inc @ Outwood Grange

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Tweets From The Week: Individual

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Malet Lambert Feature

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Tweets From The Week: Organisations

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Women In Manufacturing & Engineering

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Social Media Snapshot: Facebook

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Apprenticeship Case Study:

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Social Media Snapshot: Instagram

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Q&A With Claudia Harris

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Our Resources

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Careers In The Automotive Industry

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The Week In Pictures

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Ambassadors

FOREWORD I'm very proud to see NCW2017 once again establish itself as the biggest careers week of the calendar year. Now in to our 6th year we have reached out to over 3 million students across the UK - an unequalled campaign to ensure quality careers education, information, advice and guidance empowers those that really need it. More schools and colleges have taken part in National Careers Week over the years than any other careers campaign in the UK - a demonstration of its importance and effectiveness when improving the life chances of our future work force. It never ceases to amaze me how committed the teaching profession is to ensure students get the most out of NCW through their planning, hard work and amazing efforts. They are the real heroes. Finally I'd like to than RBS Early Careers for making NCW2017 possible through their continued support and sponsorship. Nick Newman - Founder and CEO of National Careers Week


ABOUT NATIONAL CAREERS WEEK National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.

Last year services provided to students during National Careers Week included daily drop-in workshops; careers fairs; employer visits; focus on subject relevant careers in lessons and showing careers films.

Careers education can be vital to helping children choose the right path in life. The support National Careers Week provides schools is really valuable, so I would encourage school leaders and children alike to get involved and find out more.

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? T A We will achieve this by continuing to work with all stakeholders responsible for addressing the issue of quality CEIAG provision in the UK.

National Careers Week is driven to improve the life chances and social mobility of those that need it most.

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At a time of high youth unemployment there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education. National Careers Week is your platform to advise and inspire our next generation as they enter the world of work.

SEAN HARFORD HMI, National Director, Education, Ofsted

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Careers Week encourages education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities. During National Careers Week it is up to every school, academy and college to offer careers advice and guidance to their students. We are here to help and can provide free resources, information on current career opportunities and advice on activities and exercises to run.

? HY To support all to understand, realise and fulfil their career goals.


WHY DID WE GET INVOLVED? FROM THE NCW TEAM

“Students learn more deeply when they can apply classroom gathered knowledge to the real world.” (Source: Trilling & Fadel – 21st Century Skills 2009). This is why I became part of NCW; All teachers need to link their subject to the working world.

Young people need access to quality CEIAG. Without this, they cannot set and achieve life goals. We believe NCW is vital for the current and future generations.

High quality Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is essential to enable informed choices. National Careers Week provides a platform to develop, share and collaborate best practice in careers. By working together we can make a difference.

NCW is something we all believe in. Our futures will rely on today's students and we want them to fulfil their potential, develop themselves and be happy.

Ensuring our young people leave school with qualifications is vital. However, to ensure they succeed with their life goals, it is essential that they also access quality careers advice and guidance – inspiring them to achieve their potential.

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THE ONLINE BUZZ

There was an unprecedented

amount of online activity during ncw2017. However, we don’t

want you to just take our word for it, see for yourselves!

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NCW2017 - Pre Event Info

TOTAL INDIVIDUAL VISITORS

1,363 downloads

TOTAL VISITORS

MONTH

NCW2017 - Careers Ed Booklet

1,145

downloads

NCW2017 - Secondary Stage Graphics

949

downloads

APRIL 2016

7,762

MAY 2016

7,567

june 2016

8,524

july 2016

5,803

august 2016

4,926

september 2016

5,733

october 2016

7,532

november 2016

7,471

december 2016

8,528

NCW2017 - Inspirational Quotes

879

downloads

NCW2017 - KS2 Posters

525

downloads

NCW2017 - Teacher Door Sign

515

downloads

RBS Identifiying skills Checklist

459

january 2017

11,554

february 2017

13,634

MARCH 2017

10,902

downloads

RBS - My Skills Worksheet

361

downloads

99,936

RBS - What is the STAR technique

333

downloads

RBS - Transferable Skills Checklist

321

downloads

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TWITTER STATISTICS SUMMARY:

#NCW2017 70% 7

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RETWEETS

POTENTIAL IMPACTS*:

93,176,565 23% NO. OF UNIQUE USERS REACHED:

13,456,507

LINKS/IMAGES

PEOPLE THAT PARTICIPATED:

4,401

*THE POTENTIAL NUMBER OF TIMES SOMEBODY COULD HAVE SEEN THE HASHTAG

TWEETS TIMELINE 2017/02/25 - 2017/03/18 3233 TWEETS

TOTAL NO. OF TWEETS: 3776 TWEETS

3235 TWEETS

19,841

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TOP HASHTAGS #ncw2017

16,349

#naw2017

2,046

#Careers

1,304

#Ceiag

484

@MAYOROFLONDON

2,662,589 IMPACTS

@EDUCATIONGOVUK

235,007 IMPACTS

6 TWEETS 1.5% 5 TWEETS 2.5%

3 TWEETS 8%

TW EE TS PE

R UTOR RIB NT CO

4 TWEETS 3%

@ROYALSOCIETY

144,302 IMPACTS

3 TWEETS 6%

2 TWEETS 13%

1 TWEET 66%

@VALAAFSHAR

178,505 IMPACTS

@RUSTYROCKETS

169,204 IMPACTS

@OPENUNIVERSITY

138,661 IMPACTS

@TEACHERTOOLKIT

159,611 IMPACTS

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TWEETS FROM THE WEEK: THE SCHOOL/COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY INSIGHT

@skinnersacademy

@kirkleescollege We had a fantastic #EmployabilityWeek - check out our videos and photo gallery: https://t.co/7kN7Qwf3Ch @CareersWeek #NCW2017 #NAW2017

@LeedsUniCareers #RBS have a strong focus on women in leadership roles. Check out their Insight Week at https://t.co/ajwSeDlD4l @rbsearlycareers #NCW2017

It has been an epic #NCW2017 inspired @CareersWeek at @skinnersacademy featuring 15 professionals from a range of industries. #CEIAG

THE SCHOOL/COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY INSIGHT

@WorthingHighCar #NCW2017 @CareersWeek was a great success @WorthingHigh lots of students engaged in their future and employability skills

Thank you to our visitors this week who have been in lessons talking about their careers and the links to subjects taught #NCW2017

@MeadowheadSch Listening to our local MP Andrew Gwynne and the local councillor inspire us about their careers. #NCW2017

@Y3Linden 07

Successful #NCW2017 career fair this week! Thank you @DamarTraining @armyjobs @KidsAllowedJobs @BarclaysUK @SETA1966 @CoopBankUK @RAFCareers

@CheadleCollege


@UTCMediaCityUK @Leyton6thForm

@UTCMediaCityUK National Careers Week Launch @ UTC! https://t.co/z2nw6f0jCX via @UTCMediaCityUK all about supporting and launching #NCW2017

We put together a progression video starring our staff for @CareersWeek https://t.co/AbhFLQpH6h #NCW2017 #Careers #MEWCW

@RScottPrimary

@MountSchoolYork Lots of great advice about #careers & work experience in our assembly today sharing everything we did last week for @CareersWeek #NCW2017

@ExeterSchoolUK Huge thanks to our 16 presenters - including 13 #alumni - for insightful L6 #careers afternoon @CareersWeek #NCW2017

@CareersWeek @NHSEngland #NCW2017 Year 1 asked lots about what it is like to be a doctor!

THE SCHOOL/COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY INSIGHT

Four more fantastic #NCW2017 Presentations today: thank you to the BBC's @MelissaSharman, @TeesSolicitors , @JohnRMulvey and @svensvennson!

@AstonUniversity Unsure of the #career for you? Join Beulah & Zara at 1pm for our #NCW2017 Facebook Live https://t.co/aE0Zwu3ePH

@HockerillColl

Thanks @clarity360mar for delivering our Year 9 #NCW2017 assembly. "Inspiring" & "motivating" were just two of the comments I overheard!

@WeatherheadHigh

Every week is @CareersWeek Old Westholmian PC Emma Barnes came in to discuss a career in the Police Force #ncw2017

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TWEETS FROM THE WEEK: THE INDIVIDUAL INSIGHT

@JohnSentamu On my way to visit Millthorpe School to talk about vocations & calling as part of the school’s engagement in #NCW2017 @CareersWeek

@Headteach_Hall

@JuliaBillybobs @CareersWeek currently exploring a career in quality control at a local brewery! Cheers to an amazing week! #NCW2017

#everyweekacareersweek #NCW2017 continues hall already with staff career journeys for mock interviews tomorrow!

THE INDIVIDUAL INSIGHT

@newmanswords Thanks @dragonjones for supporting @CareersWeek and #NCW2017

Back on @CareersWeek again today with @AdamMitcheson for our big event at Loreto Grammar in #Altrincham with @wakelet @idea_award #NCW2017

@naomitimperley A great buzz about the place this week & lots of positive feedback from employers & (most importantly) students. #NCW2017

@CerysEvans 09

@CareersWeek Great honour to be thus involved in #NCW2017. Looks like it's all going really well - let's go global next year

@rachel_mulvey


@Actionjackson This young man came to me during break. His ambition is AMAZING @CareersWeek @maletlambert #NCW2017

@Fex_P

@rggassociates Careers show in Leeds here we come #NCW2017

@MissKingsley85

Careers fair this morning at @maletlambert with the @hullfcofficial Education Recruitment & @FCComFoundation team

When an opera singer visited @ClassMissK @CareersWeek #NCW2017

THE INDIVIDUAL INSIGHT

@EngagingE Superb! Get behind National Careers Week & ensure young people get access 2 the inspiration they need 2 shape their futures @Start_Profile #NCW2017

#NCW2017 Well done folks!

@NatSchooler @andypickles #NCW2017 What will you do for your gap year? Thanks Olivia from Frontier @DHSBoys

@suemoreton1

Why talented employees leave: 1 direct manager 2 no career growth 3 low salary 4 poor communication 5 meaningless projects #NCW2017

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TWEETS FROM THE WEEK: THE ORGANISATIONAL INSIGHT

@EpicCIC

@In2ambition Wow! What a hectic #NCW2017 we had last week! Thank you again to everyone involved with any of our events!

@careers_inc

@rustyrockets thanks for your #inspirationaltalk at #LancasterCentre #NCW2017.You have #inspired & given great advice to our young people.

Great way to end #NCW2017 seeing some of the interesting past careers and transferable skills of the Art department at @PGSALC

THE ORGANISATIONAL INSIGHT

@KCOMhome With it being #NCW2017 this week, we visited students at @WilberforceSFC to speak about digital/IT opportunities within @KCOMhome.

@royalsociety Why outreach is an important part of scientific life. A URF's story of taking research to the classroom #NCW2017

@NationalCareers Inspired by #NCW2017 but not sure where to find job vacancies? https://t.co/yohaQJgvef

A wow reaction from @maletlambert students as they see @ModalTraining ship's bridge sims for the first time! #NCW2017

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@ShropLibraries @LandRoverBAR

National Careers week begins today! Where are you headed? @careersweek #NCW2017

It's @CareersWeek! Meet Ollie he uses STEM into his everyday life as a designer! Find out more: stemcrew.co.uk/careers #BTSTEMCrew #NCW2017

@ManAdultEd

@rbsearlycareers @IMICareers

Check out the @CareersWeek site for #RBS tips on interview preparation https://t.co/5i0HvlXhFA #NCW2017

We've had some great quotes this @CareersWeek. What are your top careers tips? #NCW2017

NEW CAREERS FILM TRAILER no. 7 for #NCW2017...is all about #MotorCareers with Heavy Vehicles!

THE ORGANISATIONAL INSIGHT

Fantastic photographs from Heathrow Job Shadow day this week with @GumleyHouse and @Delta #NCW2017. Photography from Chris Rank

@halfon4harlowMP celebrates National Careers Week and the importance of empowering young people to climb the ladder of opportunity #NCW2017

@youngenterprise @educationgovuk Celebrating our network during #NCW2017. So proud to work with employers and schools to support young people

@CareerEnt

Raising GP nursing's profile essential to increase its uptake as a 1st destination career, says new plan https://t.co/psv3LQPDqN #NCW2017

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SOCIAL MEDIA SNAPSHOT

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OUR RESOURCES

ALL OF OUR RESOURCES ARE FREE TO DOWNLOAD VISIT: WWW.NATIONALCAREERSWEEK.COM/RESOURCES 17


DEVELOPED BY EXPERTS FROM EDUCATION AND INDUSTRY, OUR RESOURCES AIM TO EMPOWER AND PROMOTE CAREERS ACTIVITY IN PRIMARY, SECONDARY AND POST-16.

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WEEK IN PICTURES “It’s vital young people get to experience workplaces and access high level careers advice. Job titles and functions which appear on adverts or job descriptions don’t always accurately describe what a job actually is or indeed the workplace culture that the employer may provide. This is where employers need to step-up and engage with schools and colleges.” PHIL JONES MBE Managing Director, Brother UK 19


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“This is an essential activity for business. NCW2017 is where our pipeline comes from and therefore helps to promote our sector direct to young people. Talent is ultimately our lifeblood.” Jonathan Akwue Managing Partner, Digitas LBi & Chair of The Ideas Foundation

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“One of the highlights of today has been hearing the young people speak about how careers guidance in school has helped them to move forward with their ambitions and goals.” Janet Colledge, Outstanding careers

“NCW is not a bolt on, but an integral part of what schools should be doing. It encourages schools to consider the broader task of preparing young people for life beyond education.” Sian Humphreys, Advisor, National Association of Headteachers

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MANCHESTER UTC “I’ve learnt what it takes to be successful. Determination is the key – you can do anything when you put your mind to it.” Owen, UTC Student, Radio & Audio L3 BTEC

“We have ITV helping people brush up on interview skills, a cardboard cut-out of Simon Cowell, BAE Systems giving an insight into the engineering sector, the Manufacturing Institute with their 3D Printer, Salford City Radio, Cogent and lots of representatives from organisations offering apprenticeships.” Scan QR Code To watch our video online: 23

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“NCW helps fuse together creativity and inspiration for people across the UK. Engineering is still recognised as a male dominated industry, so this NCW event assists us in promoting the occupation to females.”

“Lots of students do not know what they want to do for their next step – whether that be; university, employment, an apprenticeship or entrepreneurship. Having lots of employers here has broadened my understanding of careers.” Adam, UTC Student, Fictional Film

Carleen, Project Manager Higher Apprentices, BAE Systems

“NCW is really important for us. There’s so many different career paths and options associated with television, therefore our aim is to educate young people about these varied opportunities and open their eyes as to what is possible.”

“NCW gives everyone a chance to take a closer look at a range of companies and meet the people you could potentially be working with in the future.” Faye, UTC Student, Factual Film

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MODAL TRAINING @ MALET LAMBERT

“Students have gained a real insight into the marine industry, understanding the opportunities and skills needed to succeed within this career. We believe that events like today are vital for inspiring our future generation and would urge others to get involved in NCW2018.” Ella, Hull Training Scan QR Code To watch our video online: 25

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“Today we’ve experienced virtual reality at MODAL and learnt how to control a ship! I would advise every student to take part in NCW – it is an amazing opportunity and gives you real insight into the world of work.” Nicole, Malet Lambert Student,Y9


“We’ve been learning about the future opportunities that the engineering sector can provide to students in our school. I’ve experienced first-hand how to control a ship and the crucial roles that exist behind the scenes. It has given me a great insight into what my career path may be.” Joe, Malet Lambert Student,Y9

“Today has given young people an insight into the types of innovative careers that are available to them, right on their doorstep. All employers should get involved in NCW and ensure students understand the skills required for the world of work, coming out of the classroom and into industry.” Ann Newlove, Business Manager, MODAL Training 26


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ST THOMAS MORE CATHOLIC COLLEGE “One of our key responsibilities as a school is to ensure that our students are employable when they leave. Therefore, it is important that young people across the UK are prepared, realistic and passionate about entering the job market, hence, National Careers Week is a huge part of our year.” Michael Rogers, Sixth Form Learning Mentor, St Thomas More

“It’s so important for students to understand what the job market really is like and recognise the different skills required for individual sectors. I simply contacted NCW to access the free resources, lesson plans and to share ideas!” Colleen Garrett, Careers & Work Experience Co-Ordinator, St Thomas More Scan QR Code To watch our video online: 27

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“Today has given me the chance to understand what happens outside of the classroom and develop the skills needed for my future career.”

“We have been involved in promoting NCW2017 across our school, so it’s awesome to see the amount of students taking part and preparing for their next steps.” James, Year 12 Student, St Thomas More

Alina, Year 12 Student, St Thomas More

“National Careers Week is something that every student should be a part of.” Courtney, Year 12 Student, St Thomas More

“We have had a massive week to celebrate NCW2017, including; University lecturers working with our Sixth Form to explore different career pathways, apprenticeship providers delivering dedicated sessions, inspirational representatives from ‘big’ and local business and engaging employability workshops. We believe it is vital that students not only achieve the best grades, but also leave our school as employable people.” Hannah Cole, Sixth Form Learning Mentor, St Thomas More 28


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CAREERS INC. @ OUTWOOD GRANGE

“What a huge success! I would advise any other businesses to jump at the chance of participating in a National Careers Week event like this one today, even from a selfish (raising awareness) point of view!” Sonia, Engagement Co-Ordinator, NCS

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“NCW helps young people and students by providing them with the opportunity to spend their focused time investigating, researching and visioning their future career routes.” John Paley, School Careers Advisor, CareersInc

“NCW helps young people by raising awareness of the huge variety of careers – many of which they may never have considered before – and brings the world of work into the classroom.” Emma Chester, Dental Nurse Tutors, Leeds Dental Institute 30


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MALET LAMBERT SCHOOL

“NCW is all about young people and employers talking to each other, sharing opportunities and ultimately providing students with the information and ideas to take away and digest, empowering them to informatively decide what is right for them.” Amy, Careers Advisor, University of Hull

“I’ve loved returning to my old school and being able to give something back. NCW is a fantastic project, as the earlier you understand what you want to do, the quicker you can set, and achieve, your goals.” Tommy Coyle, Professional Boxer

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“It’s been a hive of activity this week! We stage NCW because many of our students have not yet considered their next steps – whether it be Post-16, university or a particular career path. Interacting with people from the outside world and industry provides our students with a true understanding and builds their confidence.” Patrick Sprakes, Head of School, Malet Lambert School

“As a PE Department, we have delivered a week long programme of ‘Careers in Sport’ – working with students to explore and understand the different, less traditional, roles that exist within the industry. I don’t believe in waiting until Year 11, but starting early and inspiring those in Key Stage 3 to get excited!”

“National Careers Week has provided us with a platform to develop our careers provision across the whole school.” Stephen Logan, Deputy Headteacher, Malet Lambert School

Andy Ripley, Head of PE, Malet Lambert School

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FEATURE EVENT: EVENT

WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING

“Our event, as part of National Careers Week 2017, has inspired women to embark on a career in STEM – whether that is in the form of an apprenticeship or graduate programme”. Katie, Spencer Group

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“We are trying to raise awareness of career routes available to women across the region. Today has been a huge success…we’ve grown from just two exhibitors to over fourteen within twelve months!” Paula Cullen, Training & Development Manager, Airco

“When I was at school I knew nothing about manufacturing, engineering and quality assurance, therefore I would never have considered a career in any of these roles. That is why we are passionately involved in events like today, where we are able to work directly with young people to grow their ambitions.” Nicky Glossop, Learning & Development Manager, The Swift Group

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APPRENTICESHIP CASE STUDY:

SAFINA ILYAS We talked to Safina, a Web Developer at RBS, about what it is like to work for our lead supporter.

Why did you join RBS?

Whilst at School, I knew I wanted to go forward and pursue a career in a bank - whether as a cashier or as an investment banker. However, I was never sure which bank to work for, or which bank would be best for me. I stumbled upon the RBS Early Careers website whilst Apprenticeship searching on another website. Having already applied to a few places, and not hearing back with positive replies, I had very little hope left when applying for RBS. In order to be the best candidate, I did all the research I could. RBS follows a set of values, which I believe I also follow on a day-to-day basis, for example, doing the right thing, or working together. The bank also highlights the words diversity & inclusion, and you'll find several firms emphasise this but there was something different about RBS that attracted me, perhaps it was the various roles I could apply for within Technology & Finance, perhaps it was the communication with employees I'd already had in branch. RBS, as a bank, cares a lot about both its customers and its employees - your opinion is always taken in to consideration - and that was what I wanted in my future employer; to be heard, and to feel important for what I had to say. I always wanted a situation where I'd wake up every morning and be able to embrace the new day rather than the opposite. RBS fulfils that. Before joining RBS, what was your understanding of the sector and did it live up to your expectations?

I always knew being in this sector would be challenging, and there's a lot of hard work to do in order to succeed - but it's not impossible. I think working at RBS has exceeded my expectations; there's just so much to do and learn within the bank.

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It's almost like going to university - you learn, you study, you implement, you join networks, you have internal/external events, you get chances to socialise, the only differences really are that I'd be getting paid for all of this, and I wouldn't have to sit any exams (unless you join a course to learn an additional skill you might need to). What experience at school, college or university best prepared you for your role at RBS?

I used to do a lot of coding as a hobby when in School - but never really thought this would be something I'd do in the future.With pure luck, my hobby came in handy - but I don't think there was much else my School provided me with which prepared me for my role - truthfully, it's all down to what you do. In an honest answer I'd say, what your School focuses on is getting the grades you need to move on to your next platform, so teaching you the right content in lesson and helping you when you get stuck, etc. Where I believe my School went wrong was that they didn't focus at all on the idea of 'the world of work' - we had no visits from employees working in large firms, or words of encouragement from someone who didn't go to university. So, I was pretty much a blank slate when I applied for RBS, and in a way that was good for me, because it gave me a chance to gain something every day, but it also became a downside as I didn't know of the challenges I was yet to face. What do you with you had known then that you know now?

First of all, don't have your mind set on one role only. I did just that, and it sort of becomes a dead end; you don't want to accept anything else which then stops you from moving onwards and upwards. Open your mind.Try something you may not have done before. I always wanted to go down the accounting/finance route, and less technology but little did I know.


Technology has opened up routes of its own - if I wanted to combine maths and technology I can go in to a data & analytics role, if I want to go even deeper in to technology, I can look for a security or hacking role. The options are endless. Don't be afraid to speak out. For me, getting in to the world of work straight after sixth form was a massive jump, and something I was definitely not prepared for. It's scary at first, you're working with people a lot older than you, calling them by their first name, travelling long distances, but when you show those people who you are and what you stand for, not only will you be respected but you will also gain a place for yourself - rather than feeling excluded and out of place. International Women's Day falls during National Careers Week - what does RBS have to offer women?

What are you passionate about in your role?

Technology is always changing, evolving, so it only makes sense if the people working with it evolve too. There's always a chance to transform and learn in my role, whether that's me learning on my own or with my entire team. For example, I have opportunities to learn new programming languages whilst training on my Apprenticeship. At the start of the year, I had very little knowledge of JavaScript/CSS/HTML but come a year and a few months later, it all makes sense to me and I could create a website from scratch for you (literally!). I get to learn something new every day, all the time, and I'm not just saying that for the sake of it. As well as all of this, I voluntarily promote Apprenticeships throughout the year in various Schools across London - and that in turn makes me proud and confident in the path I chose for myself. One of the things I love about my role is the feedback I get; I did a talk at my previous sixth form last year, in July, and one of the students came back to me with an email thanking me for my time. The line that pulled me the most was 'You are a role model & someone I genuinely want to aspire to be like.' After that email, I knew that this was something I wanted to continue, that coding is just part of what I do in my role, the public speaking is probably the most rewarding part.

RBS is named as one of the UK's Top 50 Employers for Women.You'll find there are a number of internal networks and external partnerships for women to join and gain professional expertise. Rainbow and Focused Women are two of the largest networks which aim to develop talented female colleagues. There is also access to online self-development resources, which can be found on another network 'Everywoman Network'. Every so often, you might also get an invitation (if you're on a network) to attend an event where you can gain advice from some of the UK's most influential women in business.

Describe what it's like to work at RBS in three words:

What's been your proudest achievement at RBS?

Live your potential or success is yours - both sound good to me.

In my first year of working at the bank, I was given the opportunity to participate in an event promoting Apprenticeships to Primary School children. It was a whole School event which invited over 30 volunteers from a range of companies; companies who now offer apprenticeships. At first, I was unsure about this event and how it would work for children so young but the day was so well organised, making it an effective and enjoyable one. The day was closed off with Nadhim Zahawi (MP for Stratford on Avon) telling us his story and giving a final pat on the back to the Apprentices present; with plenty of time left over to exchange contact numbers. What was so great about this event was that I was chosen to represent the bank, so although there was pressure to shine out, there was immense pride as well. On top of all of this, I got my very own blog post uploaded on the Women in Technology page - making my day all the more worth it - it was unexpected but does go to show, no one is left unappreciated or unnoticed.

If you could try out any other role in RBS, which would it be and why?

If I had the opportunity, I'd probably try a completely different role from the one I'm in at the moment. Perhaps recruitment, or a role where I'd do more of this promoting Apprenticeships, going out to Schools and telling them my story, interacting with the children of the future. Do you have an inspirational quote you'd like to share?

"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Explore nationwide Apprenticeship scheme via the RBS Early Careers website: www.yourpassionyourpotential.rbs.com/pages/apprenticeships

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Q&A:

Claudia Harris Chief Executive, The Careers & Enterprise Company

Why are encounters for the world of work so important for young people?

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Young people are often overwhelmed by the task of choosing a career path in today’s fast changing jobs market. Without prior experience of the world of work, imagining a career is like imagining a colour you have never seen. That’s why opportunities to experience the world of work, encounters with employers, are so critical.

03 What qualifies as an encounter? We have identified a list of around 20 different types of activities employers can conduct with young people to bring to life the world of work. These range from skills shows and enterprise competitions to structured work experience.

For more information follow: @CareerEnt 37

02 How many encounters do young people need? Research by Dr Anthony Mann of the Education and Employers Taskforce shows that young people who recall four or more inspiring encounters with the world of work while in education are 86% less likely to be NEET. Previous research also shows that on average they will earn 18% more than their peers who have not had these opportunities. Four is the minimum number of encounters Dr Mann recommends, but each extra encounter creates further value.


04 What can employers do to support young people into the world of work? We have established the Enterprise Adviser network to help employers work more effectively in schools and colleges. Our overall ask is that employers commit to helping young people in local schools and colleges to access at least four work encounters. There are two ways they can do this. One is to become an Enterprise Adviser, a business volunteer working with a school’s or college’s leadership team to create a careers and employer engagement plan. The second is to deliver these encounters. Some organisations have their own schools and college programmes. Alternatively, employers can look at the programmes we fund and volunteer with them. So far, we have 1,300 Enterprise Advisers, 50% CEO or Chair level.

06 How important are careers leaders? Our Enterprise Advisers help establish networks that support schools and colleges to develop careers and employer engagement plans. Schools and colleges need capacity in house to own and develop these plans. This role is a Careers Leader or ‘air traffic controller’. There are pilots under way in the north east supported by the Gatsby Foundation and nationally, supported by TeachFirst. We believe this an important pillar in building sustainable change in schools and colleges.

05 What can schools & colleges do? Schools and colleges should sign up to our network. In return, they get a dedicated Enterprise Coordinator, who works with them and other local schools and colleges. These Coordinators introduce them to the best local programmes and employers and helps them build a careers and employer engagement plan. Schools and colleges also have the support of an Enterprise Adviser. 1,500 secondary schools and colleges have joined our network, leading to a three-fold increase in employer engagement plans.

Great to talk @CareersWeek @Stephen_Logan-delighted to plan for a brilliant #NCW2018 building on huge success of #NCW2017 #joiningthedots

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We are delighted to confirm that National Careers Week has transferred ownership from a Limited Company to a Community Interest Company. When we saved National Careers Week from the brink of folding it was always our intention to protect and preserve it for the careers community we serve. Ethics and values are an integral part of the reason why we all got involved in National Careers Week. We passionately believe by working together, we can make a difference. A CIC will enable us to reinvest, create and innovate to support the celebration of best practice in careers. This is an exciting time and future for National Careers Week, as a CIC we are seeking partners who share our values to help us develop our offering and enable us to work together to take #NCW2018 to the next level. We look forward to sharing our plans, ideas and resources for an even bigger National Careers Week 2018.

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NORTH Andrew ‘Bernie’ Bernard Catherine Boland Rachel Brickell Emma Garrick Debbie Lumb Ken McCall Naomi Timperley Allison Walker

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