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careersworld... ... and this is Careers World magazine, here to help you find your perfect Career! We know it’s still early in 2013, and September seems miles away, but students everywhere are planning their futures. There are millions of different routes you can take: you could start earning qualifications and money with an Apprenticeship, get a taste of the working world with employer funded study, discover a vocational course at college, apply to be an academic at university and much more. So no matter what you want to do you’re in the right place. In this issue we will profile some of the biggest sectors in your region and explain how to take the first step to a career in the ones that interest you. We’ll also cover all of the main sectors out there, explore employment trends in your area and take a look at some remarkable true stories of young people who have had success after leaving school. But that’s not all! We also have a guide to all of the confusing qualifications out there, some advice on how to apply for different courses and jobs, and the latest on how we’re using social media (like facebook and twitter) to help people like you find careers.

The future is in your hands ... right here in this magazine. So what are you waiting for? Turn the page and let’s get started!

Careers World – Spring 2013 East of England edition

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Contents

The Intro Bits 07

How to Apply

Careers Insight 17

Know what course you want to do, but not sure how to apply for it? Get ahead with this quick and easy guide to applications.

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Qualifications Table

If you’ve got a big heart, put it to good use in a caring career.

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See how different qualifications add up, and how they compare.

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Life Stories

Health & Social Care

Retail This exciting industry is so much more than behind the counter.

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Construction Build a successful career for yourself.

Past and present students tell us all about their experiences and how they succeeded.

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Customer Service & Admin Learn skills that can be applied to almost every area of business.

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IT & Telecoms This cutting edge industry isn’t just for geeks.

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Imagine a Career We give you a heads-up on the other sectors out there, which we’ll cover in future issues.


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Useful Stuff 43

Spotlight: East of England All about your region.

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Apprenticeship Week Kick off your career with an Apprenticeship.

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More Helpful Stuff Useful links, contact details and more – get in touch with people who can help.

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Social Media Review Find out how you can connect with Careers World’s expert team online!


“I have the courage to do what I love” Paige – Engineering BTEC Level 3/Advanced Apprentice

“I may not look like your typical Engineer, but thanks to Harlow College I am doing something I really love. It’s no surprise that the College is number one for results. All the teachers get behind you and help you to get to where you need to be.“ Paige − Engineering Apprentice

At Harlow College we offer a wide range of full−time and part−time courses including:

Vocational Subjects A Levels Apprenticeships University Degrees

CALL US NOW FOR A FULL LIST OF APPRENTICESHIP VACANCIES

Phone 01279 867469

to speak to our Apprenticeship Team

Harlow College Velizy Avenue Harlow Essex CM20 3EZ www.harlow-college.ac.uk


How to Apply

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How to Apply

Common Application Process and UCAS Progress Some 14-19 area prospectuses use an online resource called the Common Application Process (CAP) but others have been replaced by www.ucasprogress.com. Whichever it is for you they both allow you to search and apply for courses in the local area. Head to the ‘your region’ section (page 43) of this magazine to see which it is for your area.

What is the Common Application Process? Basically the CAP allows you to easily manage all of the applications you want to make for different courses. There might be lots of courses that interest you and the CAP lets you upload your application details so that you can quickly apply. This means that you should not have to fill out lots of different application forms but can just upload your details once and then browse courses and click to apply. The system also keeps track of the status of all of your applications so you can check their progress and see if you have any offers of places. It also links to local Information Advice and Guidance services so that you can get some helpful advice if the providers you have applied to are unable to make you an offer.

What is UCAS Progress? UCAS Progress is different from the UCAS university application process. It’s designed for 13-19 year olds looking for all different types of courses, from all different types of providers, in their local areas. Like the CAP you will be registered by your local authority or school to use the site. This means you can search for courses and save your favourites. The UCAS Progress site helps you find the courses closest to you – you can even bring up courses on an interactive map! You may get lots of results in your searches but you can filter these down by location or provider type. What kind of courses can I apply for? Both the CAP and UCAS Progress have courses offered by local colleges and training providers. Some of the qualifications available include:

• AS and A Levels • Basic/Key Skills • Diplomas • GCSE’s • Higher Education Courses • Vocational Qualifications How do I get involved? Your school should be able to give you a login to use on your CAP or UCAS Progress, which will allow you to complete a personal profile and application form, browse the available courses and apply for them online. For the details of who can help you find a course in your area turn to page 52 of the magazine or head to www.careersworld.co.uk.

Apprenticeships You might have decided that an apprenticeship is the way to go! The National Apprenticeship Service operates a vacancy matching service that allows you to search apprenticeship opportunities and make applications for them online. To apply for an apprenticeship follow these simple steps:

• Head to www.apprenticeships.org. uk and click ‘search for vacancies’. • Register on the site and activate your account. You only have to do this once and you will get a homepage that allows you to track your applications. • Search for apprenticeships by keywords, job roles, locations or learning providers. (Make sure to check the site regularly as new vacancies are uploaded all the time.)

• When you find the apprenticeship you want you can click to apply through the site. You’ll be asked to fill in your personal info, outline your experience and possibly answer some questions. You can even save your application as a draft and return later if you have to. • Keep applying! You can apply for up to 10 vacancies and if successful will be invited for an interview or assessment.


09 UCAS Application Process The Universities and Colleges Application System (UCAS) is the system for higher education course applications. You’ve probably seen it on the news as hundreds of thousands of people apply to university each year. The system is not just for undergraduate degrees; foundation degrees, postgraduate degrees and most higher education courses are on this site. The basic steps to applying for university are:

Choosing your course There are literally thousands available, make sure to do your research on which course is right for you, there are lots of resources on the site to help. Also consider where you want to do the course, some institutions specialise in certain courses.

Applying The application system is all online and you select on the site which institutions you would like to apply to, these are your ‘choices’. You need to provide a personal statement saying why you’re right for the course as part of this, so make sure to take your time.

Results If you get the results the university asked for, they will probably offer you a place and you will be able to start planning for your new course. If you fail to get the necessary grades you can still find a course at a different university through the ‘clearing’ system.

Offers If a university wants to offer you a place they will let you know on the UCAS system what results they expect you to get. You will have to reply to accept or refuse these offers.

Your teachers will be able to offer you further help using the system, which you can find at www.ucas.ac.uk.

General Tips on Applications

Grammar and Spelling

Take your time when applyin g. None of the application systems cov ered on this page force you to log on, fi nd a course and apply all in one go. Thi s means you have plenty of time to check your application thoroughly, app lications with spelling mistakes or gra mmatical errors suggest that you hav e rushed the process. It’s often a good ide a to get your parents, teachers or frie nds to help you by double checking!

Work Experience

You may decide to get som e work experience to help you get the course, apprenticeship or job that you want. This can often be a good wa y to get ahead. If you have a compan y in mind for work experience you could telephone to find out who to approach or send a polite, and well wri tten, letter or email with a CV atta ched. Alternatively you or your par ents may know people who would be willing to let you shadow them at work and give you the experience to boost your applications.

Be Yourself!

This is a top tip for any app lication. In many cases the people you are applying to have to look thro ugh hundreds of application form s. Try to show what would make YO U the right person for the course. Do you have a real passion for the subject or is it your dream to go into a career in that sector? What makes you stand out as a good applicant and the best can didate for the course or job? Make sur e you’re picking the course or job tha t suits your personality and skills best! If you are having trouble with your application your school car eers advisor should be able to help.


GCSEs Foundation Learning Tier

Higher or Advanced Diplomas GCSEs / A Levels Foundation Learning Tier Apprenticeships

Further education

Options @ 18

Foundation or Higher Diplomas

Options @ 16

Options @ 14

Qualifications Table

Higher education Apprenticeships post-18 Employment Employment with training

Employment with training

Entry Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4-8

Entry Level Certificates

5 GCSEs (grades D-G)

5 GCSEs (grades A*-C)

A Levels

Foundation Degree

Skills for Life

BTEC Introductory Diplomas and Certificates

Intermediate Apprenticeship

Advanced Apprenticeship

Higher Apprenticeship

Functional Skills

OCR Nationals

BTEC First Diplomas and Certificates

BTEC Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

Diploma of Higher Education

Awards, Certificates, and Diplomas

NVQs

NVQs

NVQs

HND, HNC

Foundation Learning

Foundation Diploma

Higher Diploma

Advanced Diploma

Diploma of Higher Education

OCR Nationals

OCR Nationals

Specialist awards

GCE in applied subjects


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Apprenticeships at Writtle College Writtle College offers a number of outstanding apprenticeships, which provide students with the skills, experience and qualifications to make you stand out from the crowd. We offer opportunities in the following areas: • Animal Care • Agriculture • Equine Studies • Environmental Conservation • Horticulture • Veterinary Nursing For more information please contact 01245 424200 (ext 26060), workbased@writtle.ac.uk or go to www.writtle.ac.uk January issue 2013_Layout 1 18/10/2012 14:30 Page 1

Deciding what career path you want to take can be a hard decision but with our inspiring range of full and part-time courses we are sure we can offer you the right course to help you work towards your dream career, prepare you for higher education, or simply learn more. Our subject areas include: • Access to Higher Education • Animal Management • Apprenticeships • Art, Design & Fashion • Business, Accounting & Administration • Business, Management & Professional • Childcare, Health & Social Care • Computing & IT • Construction • Engineering & Motor Vehicle • Entry Level & Supported Learning • Hairdressing, Beauty & Complementary Therapies • Health & Safety • Hospitality & Catering • Languages • Media & Journalism • Pathways Programmes • Performing Arts & Music • Peter Jones Enterprise Academy NEW • Public (Uniformed) Services • Science & Maths • Sport • Teaching & Education • Travel & Tourism

For more information call our Information Centre on 0845 872 8722 or visit www.peterborough.ac.uk

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• 29 January 3pm - 8pm • 11 March 6pm - 8pm • 10 June 6pm - 8pm (and have a go day)


Life Stories

Laurie-Ann After leaving Wisbech Grammar School, LaurieAnn started her advanced mechanical engineering apprenticeship with PEME Process Control and the College of West Anglia. During her apprenticeship she was awarded the PEME Special Recognition Award (2009), the College of West Anglia’s “Work Based Learning Apprentice of the Year” (2010) and the PEME Apprentice of the Year (2010). As a qualified mechanical engineer, Laurie-Ann has joined the PEME reliability team carrying out condition based maintenance, utilising preventative maintenance techniques such as thermal imaging, oil analysis, ultrasound diagnostics and vibration analysis. As a CBM engineer she completes breakdown investigation on major failures and suggests corrective actions. After providing improvement recommendations Laurie-Ann works alongside the maintenance team to carry out mechanical tasks and develop a documented maintenance procedure for future requirements. After a successful first year in the reliability team, LaurieAnn has taken on the role as mentor for the department’s new trainee. In her spare time, Laurie-Ann enjoys skiing and is a member of the Norfolk Snowsports Club where she has voluntarily helped in various freestyle club events. Each year, Laurie-Ann takes part in fundraising events and has helped to raise over £25,000 for various charities including Papworth Hospital Charity, Make a Wish Foundation and Families Against Neuroblastoma. This year she organised and took part in an 88 mile walk, which raised over £2,000. www.cwa.ac.uk

Keiran Keiran studied Business Studies as one of his GCSE’s at school as he always knew his career would revolve around being enterprising and starting up in business. Through the National Apprenticeship Service, Keiran was able to secure a Level 3 Business & Administration Apprenticeship with the Finance department at Harlow College. Being in the post enabled him to learn not only basic purchase ledger skills but also more advanced accounting practices. Reflecting on his time at Harlow College, Keiran said: “It has been a phenomenal experience. I have been able to meet a diverse range of people from politicians to educational providers from all over the UK. My time with the Finance team has enabled me to get a firm grounding in the financial aspects of running a business. The staff at Harlow College have been very supportive throughout my transition from school to being part of the workforce at the No.1 College in England.” Keiran is relishing the opportunity to prove that Apprenticeships offer an unparalleled balance between real-world work and industry-recognised qualifications. “I am committed to showing the next generation that Apprenticeships are a real alternative to sixth form/college and university.” www.harlow-college.ac.uk


13 Music student picked as one of the world’s best undiscovered guitarists! Chris Robinson has had an interest in music from a very young age and in particular guitars! He would never have predicted that just a few short years after picking up his first guitar he would be selected as one of the top undiscovered guitarists in the world! Chris’s life changing journey started when international photographer and music producer, Robert Knight, world renowned for his passion of photography in the rock ‘n’ roll and music industry, set up a platform where new and up and coming musicians could be noticed for their talents. Working with Fender, the world’s leading guitar manufacturer, Robert flew around the world looking for new talent to include in his top 23 of the world’s best undiscovered guitarists.

Ben Goss, 19 Ben left school after taking A Levels but didn’t like the thought of university, incurring a loan or studying for another three years. He enjoyed his GCSE and A Level PE courses and was a big gym fan, so considered taking a gym instructors’ course. His local gym was actively seeking personal trainers qualified to Level 3 REPs standard and invited him to apply. Some personal trainer courses would take Ben to the industry minimum Level 2 but The Training Room course would take him to the required Level 3 grade. Having successfully studied independently at home for his A Levels, Ben opted for its eLearning course. With his practical grounding from his gym work and physiology and anatomy knowledge from his GCSE and A Level courses, Ben took to the eLearning course with ease. “The modules were really well constructed and I received immediate, constructive feedback from the tutors online before I completed the practical assessments towards the end of the course.” After qualifying with The Training Room, Ben walked straight into his new job where he works as a personal trainer, oversees gym activities and takes a variety of fitness classes. Ben is now looking to complete more courses to extend his employability skills. “I don’t regret not going to university and the fitness industry has plenty of opportunities for me to progress and develop,” says Ben. “The Training Room course gave me an excellent foundation and as I’m now earning, I can invest in further training without fear of running up debts.” Find out more at: www.thetrainingroom.com 0800 028 4162

Robert came across Chris, via YouTube, the online self broadcasting tool that has helped so many up and coming artists get noticed. Chris had been uploading video footage of his guitar sessions to YouTube for over five years. www.youtube.com/user/rob33cinema Robert Knight has set a fantastic platform for Chris’s musical career to which he is extremely grateful. Chris is currently studying the 2nd year of the BTEC National in Music at Peterborough Regional College, after achieving an overall distinction grade last year Chris is looking to complete his 2nd year of study with PRC then hoping to continue studying at university, whilst pursuing his career as a professional guitarist. The BTEC National in Music course is a very popular course. Students have access to industry standard equipment at PRC from recording and editing equipment to specialist programmes on Apple Macs, along with the continuous support of industry specialist tutors. For more information call 0845 872 8722 or visit www.peterborough.ac.uk


Life Stories

Oaklands College and BRE Group introduce new Apprenticeship scheme Earlier this year, Oaklands College joined forces with the Building Research Establishment Group (BRE) to create six unique and exciting apprenticeship opportunities. The new partnership was created to offer the first Lab Technician Apprenticeships in the region, giving apprentices the opportunity to learn about fire resistance, detection and suppression as well as gain experience in the use of materials, test instruments, climatic and environmental testing, research and best practice fire safety engineering principles. BRE wanted to make sure the scheme added value to their business, whilst supporting the local economy by offering apprenticeship opportunities for local young people. Jamie Stevenson, Director of Apprenticeships & Business Partnerships commented: “This partnership gave a great opportunity for young apprentices to learn new skills on the job, with the opportunity of progressing within an internationally renowned organisation. Tara Bishop, Recruitment Advisor for BRE commented: “This was our first time taking on apprentices and we are really excited about the opportunity of recruiting young people within our organisation, making the scheme a success to enable us to recruit apprentices year-on-year.” For information on the wide range of Apprenticeships offered at Oaklands College please call 01727 737339, email apprenticeships@oaklands.ac.uk or visit us at www.oaklands.ac.uk (photo L-R) BRE Apprentices - Christopher Baker, Jack Townsend, Luke Johnson, Robert Castle, Alexander Blake and Simon Eastaugh with Oaklands College Principal, Zoe Hancock

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Lee Dodge, Apprentice Pasta Foods Ltd Before I started my apprenticeship with Pasta Foods Ltd I had difficulty in finding work because I had no experience of the workplace having just left school. With few opportunities available to me I started a Painting and Decorating course at college but felt that this was not really the direction I wanted to take. When I heard about this warehousing apprenticeship through ATT Ltd I felt it would give me the chance to gain experience in the workplace, whilst earning a wage and gaining a qualification. I have found out that this apprenticeship has offered a lot more than I expected. A lot more work was involved and I have gained a lot more skill and experience during my time here. Everyone in the warehouse that originally worked here were all very helpful and helped train me to do the jobs I do. Out of my apprenticeship I have achieved not just a Level 2 NVQ and work experience I have gained a forklift certificate and have also had other training including manual handling, warehouse health and safety training, fire safety training and gained extra experience which will set me off on the right foot for the future. I am enjoying the warehouse experience and feel there is no pressure which allows you to commit 100% to your work. www.alltradestraining.co.uk 01603 722209


Are you looking for a rewarding, long-term career in a growing sector? An Apprenticeship in social care could be the answer – earn while you learn! Social care is a growing sector and one that offers increasing opportunities for progression. Skills for Care’s career pathways e-tool lets you explore where an Apprenticeship in health and social care can lead and see case studies from those who work in the sector. Go to www.skillsforcare.org.uk/careerpathways For more information visit: www.skillsforcare.org.uk/apprenticeships


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Real World A route into social care Having achieved good grades in her GCSEs Danielle Parker visited her local Jobcentre Plus to see what Apprenticeships were available. There she came across an opportunity in social care at Manor House, a residential and nursing home for older people. From the very first day, Danielle was given real work to do and she quickly adapted to her new role, learning new skills including the management of personal care and carrying out activities with residents. She hadn’t realised quite how wide-ranging the job could be until she started. But the support she received soon helped her to settle in and gain confidence.

Just under one year after starting her apprenticeship, Danielle was delighted to be offered a permanent full-time position at Manor House, and is rightly proud of her new title of ‘health and social care assistant’. Danielle is certain she made the right decision in becoming an apprentice. Her year within the programme cemented the idea of working in the care sector, especially with the older people. She’s now preparing for further study and is determined to continue and progress. For more information about social care visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk/ careerpathways.


Sector

Allied Health Professions People who specialise in a specific area, like speech and language therapists, radiographers, occupational therapists and psychologists. The work of these professionals varies greatly depending on their skills, whether you’re good at science, the arts, sports or psychology, there is something for you.

Childcare Childcare is an important career. Workers in this sector have to have the necessary skills to help children grow emotionally, physically and socially. As with most sectors job roles vary greatly, from managerial positions to hands on assistants. The typical working day for someone in this sector will largely depend on the age of the children they care for and whether or not they are based in a school, day-care centre, or at the childs home.

Social Care Social care workers and personal assistants help a variety of people, ranging from those with disabilities to the elderly. They assist these groups in maintaining their independence and living fuller lives. Many of these workers visit patients in their own homes and provide support in a variety of settings.

Wider Healthcare Team The NHS is a huge organisation that has to make sure all hospitals and health centres are well maintained, and that those in their care have all of their needs met. The wider healthcare team includes all the other jobs that keep the NHS running smoothly, like technicians, porters, gardeners, caterers, cleaning staff, etc.

Healthcare Science The scientific side to it all – includes pharmacists, biomedical scientists and laboratory assistants. Healthcare scientists play a vital role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a range of medical conditions. Technological advances make this a very exciting area to work in.

Health Information The people who help process, store and analyse patient information and medical records – medical records clerk, clinical researcher, IT professionals. This is one of the fastest growing areas in the NHS as technology improves and more emphasis is place on keeping accurate records of patients.

Dental There are a range of roles that are important to the dental team. Dentists, dental nurses, hygienists, technicians and therapists are all vital to providing dental care. Some will be employed or partners in a dental practice or based at NHS hospitals. With the growth of private dental care many working in this area are very well paid.

Nursing & Midwifery The largest group of staff in the NHS, nurses play a vital role in assisting doctors and consultants. A caring persona is vital as the nurses have to reassure and care for patients. Midwifery is one of the most rewarding job roles in the healthcare profession due to the key role they play in assisting mothers before, during and after birth.


19 Get Qualified Apprenticeships

If you’re aged 16 or over, you could take an Apprenticeship in health and social care and get a job with an employer. You’ll do half of your learning on the job and half in the classroom with a college or training provider. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these result in level 2 qualifications such as NVQs, BTECs or Diplomas: • Health and Social Care • Pharmacy Assistants and Technicians • Support Services in Healthcare

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Advanced Apprenticeships help you become more qualified whilst gaining employment experience. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these result in level 3 qualifications such as NVQs, BTECs or Diplomas: • Dental Nursing • Health and Social Care • Pharmacy Assistants and Technicians

A Levels

A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree, which are explained below. Most employers and universities will value subjects

that demonstrate you have solid base level knowledge and would be able to develop skills relevant to the industry. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Biology (Human) • Health and Social Care • Physical Education

Foundation Degrees

You can also do a Foundation Degree in health & social care. A Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification which combines academic study with practical handson experience. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employers, they should give you the right skills to be ready for employment. They are university-level qualifications and are equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree. A typical full-time Foundation Degree takes two years to complete, and are different from Honours Degrees as they usually involve learning in the workplace as well as at university or college.

College Courses

A college course can also be a great route into this sector. To see which colleges have relevant courses in your region check out www.careersworld.co.uk.

Get into the Sector There are lots of pathways to a career in this sector – relevant work experience is one of them…

Volunteering

There are lots of volunteering opportunities in health and social care, and this type of experience could qualify you for a fulltime position or boost your application for a course. Visit www.volunteering.org.uk or www.do-it.org.uk to search for opportunities near you.

Salaries

Work experience

The NHS trusts in your area will be able to arrange work experience placements. Simply ring them up and ask to speak to someone in their HR, voluntary services or education and training departments.

Most people in this sector work for the NHS, where an entry-level position will earn you between £13,0 00 and £14,000 a year. With a level 2 or 3 qualificatio n, you could be earning £16,000. The more experienc e you pick up, the more you’ll earn.

East of England Focus There are around 230,000 health and social care employees here. Even though the sector is not the East of England’s biggest employer, it still accounts for 9.5% of England’s health workforce. Areas of this sector that you could work in include hospital activities, general medical practice activities and dentistry; the biggest employer here is hospital activity.


Your career in fashion retail starts here If you’re interested in... Fashion Retail Business Buying

Forth comin g Open Days 6th Fe bruar y 201 15th 3 May 2013

Merchandising Visual Display & Retail Branding Store Management Garment Construction Garment Technology Graphic Design We’ve got courses for YOU...

www.fashionretailacademy.ac.uk

Why study at the FRA? Full-time, Short Courses and Apprenticeships are available at the FRA’s modern facilities in the centre of the West End. Learn in this inspirational environment and draw on the FRA’s extensive fashion industry contacts and business networks. You will gain all the skills and experience to make you “job ready” for an exciting career in the retail industry.


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Real World Jessica Hide 2nd year student on the National Diploma in Art & Design (Graphic Design) at the Fashion Retail Academy Fashion has always been a large interest of mine, so when I heard through a friend and student of the FRA about the Academy I was impressed by the variety of courses they offered within a fashion retail context. The vocational emphasis and links to the fashion industry led me to apply for the BTEC in Graphic Design as an alternative to A levels- keeping my options open for either work or higher education. Now in my second year, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the course and at the Academy with it’s excellent resources and friendly atmosphere. Teachers offer

great work support and help is always given if needed. The wide ranging course structure allowed me to develop as an independent learner and has also helped me to determine what area of design interested me most to pursue further. Having been intrigued by the history of art and fashion during contextual studies, next year I hope to continue my education and study for a BA in the History of Art at university. The Fashion Retail Academy offers free full-time vocational courses for students aged 16-19 to develop the skills and experience required to make them ‘job ready’ for an exciting career in the world of fashion retail.

Forthcoming Open Days are on 6th February and 15th May 2013. For further information visit our website: www.fashionretailacademy.ac.uk


Sector

Buying Buyers are the people who choose what is sold in the shop, and buy the products directly from designers and wholesalers. As well as knowing all about the latest fashions and trends you have to be a keen negotiator. It’s the buyers at Topshop, for example, who bring trends to the high street. Salary: starting between £16,000 and £20,000. With experience, you can earn over £45,000 a year.

Management From managing a shop to overseeing a region of national chains, store managers are needed to keep things running smoothly and profitably. To be a successful store manager you have to be able to motivate staff and sales teams but you may also have to deal with human resources, marketing, customer service and finance. Salary: starting between £16,000 and £20,000, while managers of large stores can make £40,000 or more.

Store Operations One of the most exciting places to work, store operations is about delivering customer service. Sales assistants help customers in the shop and make the overall shopping experience better. To do this it is important to have top knowledge of the products you are selling, as well as being friendly and approachable. Salary: starting between £11,000 and £15,000 a year.

Visual Merchandising From window displays to mannequin dressing, this creative career is about making visual displays to catch the customer’s eye. Visual merchandising is vital to the stores overall profitability. Salary: starting between £12,000 and £16,000 a year.


23 Get Qualified

East of England Focus Many of the big national chains (like M&S, Tesco and Sainsbury) run special training schemes for school leavers – lots of them are linked in with a management option. Entry requirements vary with each scheme – check the websites of shops for more information.

Apprenticeships

The Retail Apprenticeship covers a wide range of job roles in retail, from visual merchandising to sales. You’ll get a job with an employer (for example, a national chain like Superdrug) and do half of your learning on the job, and half in the classroom with a college or training provider. Though this the only apprenticeship framework in the sector it can vary hugely based on the employer, the apprenticeship gives you a level 2 qualification (such as an NVQ, BTEC or Diploma) in Retail: • Retail

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Advanced Apprenticeships help you become more qualified whilst gaining employment experience. You can continue the Retail apprenticeship on to level 3: • Retail

Foundation Degrees

You can also do a Foundation Degree in retailing. A Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification which combines academic study with practical hands-on experience. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employers, they should give you the right skills to be ready for employment. They are university-level qualifications and are equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree. A typical full-time Foundation Degree takes two years to complete, and are different from Honours Degrees as they usually involve learning in the workplace as well as at university or college.

A Levels

A Levels can either lead on to university or onto a Foundation Degree. In this industry a lot of your success will be down to your personality rather than academic qualifications; but if you’re interested in retail management or a role as a buyer, here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Business Studies • Economics

Employer Funded Study

Many of the big national chains (like M&S, Tesco and Sainsbury) run special training schemes for school leavers – lots of them are linked in with a management option. Entry requirements vary with each scheme – check the websites of shops for more information.


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Real World A former plumbing apprentice is passing on the skills of the trade by teaching at the college he went to Tom Smith chose the Apprenticeship as he saw it as a good way to gain valuable site experience, establish himself within a company and earn a salary while training. He spent four days a week working for local plumbing company FG Fennels and the fifth day at Lowestoft College. After finishing the Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship, he stayed on with the company to work full-time. He built on what he had learnt as an apprentice, gained further experience of the trade and boosted his qualifications with specialist courses.

During this time, Tom began teaching on a part-time basis. He had never considered the career but his former lecturers gave him the confidence to put himself forward. Tom said: “The moment I began parttime teaching in the evenings, I knew this was for me. I enjoyed passing on the information I had learnt both onsite and in the college environment. Two years later, Lowestoft College was looking for a full-time lecturer and Tom applied. He was offered the job and now spends his days teaching on the Level 1, 2 and 3 courses. Tom continued: “I feel I have made the most positive move of my career and love the environment I work in. It’s very rewarding to see how students who have very little or no knowledge or skills at the start of the year grow in confidence and knowledge and establish themselves in the plumbing industry.”

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Painting & Decorating Applying the finishing touch to surfaces, like wallpaper, gloss and emulsion; Painter and Decorators can work on construction sites or on commercial and domestic projects. Salary Range: £17,000 to £23,000

Bricklaying One of the most popular trades and Apprenticeships, bricklaying is about building and repairing walls, using a range of materials and techniques. It can be really creative work too with you may be called on to produce decorative and interesting effects. Salary Range: £17,000 to £28,000

Civil Engineering Civil engineering is about the design and construction of buildings and other important structures like pipelines, bridges, railways and roads. They provide technical support on construction projects to help turn complex designs into reality. Salary Range: £15,000 to £37,000

Plumbing Their never seems to be a plumber when you need one. Plumbing is the skilled trade of working with pipes, tubing and plumbing fixtures for drinking water systems, the drainage of waste and heating systems. It is one of the most varied roles, you could be working on existing pipe work or installing something new. Salary Range: £16,500 to £35,000

Scaffolding Building safe working platforms for construction workers to use when working on buildings and other structures. Scaffolders work on a variety of projects, including some very tall buildings. Salary Range: £17,000 to £26,000

Carpentry & Joinery As timber is so widely used the building and installation of wood products, such as floors, staircases, doors and roof trusses, is vital work. Joiners can work on construction sites and domestic premises – bench joiners work in joiner’s shops on complex wood products. Salary Range: £17,000 to £31,000

Plastering There are two types of plastering roles: Solid Plasterers apply wet finishes to walls, ceilings and floors, and Fibrous Plasterers work in workshops to produce ornamental plasterwork as decoration. Salary Range: £17,000 to £28,000

Surveying Building surveyors give detailed advice on the construction, design and maintenance of proposed or existing buildings. They have to work out the distances and angles between various points of the construction. This job is vital to making sure the building is secure. Salary Range: £15,000 to £37,000


27 Get Qualified Apprenticeships

This is one of the best ways to get into the industry. The constructio n Apprenticeship scheme is a two -year programme for a level 2 award. To apply, you’ll need to have foun d an employer that will sponsor you . Get in touch with your local Constru ction Skills office for job opportunitie s and vacancies in your area (see use ful links box). Here are the Apprent iceship frameworks relevant to the sec tor, all of these result in level 2 qualifi cations such as NVQs, BTECs or Diplom as:

Construction Building

• Painter and Decorator • Mai ntenance Operative (repairs, tiling, plasterin g) • Bricklayer • Craft Mason • Car penter • Joiner • Woodmachinist

Construction Technical, Supervision and Management • Team Leader Construction Civil Engineerin g

• Construction Operative • Formworker • Highways Mainten ance • Plant Mechanic • Plant Ope rator • Tunnelling Operative

Construction Specialist

• Scaffolder • Roofer • Roof Tile r • Wall and Floor Tiler • Kitchen / Bathroom Fitter • Floor Layer • Dry Liner • Ceiling Fixer • Partitioner • Mastic Asphalter • Plasterer • Thatcher • Stone Mason • Insulation Inst aller

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageo us for practical roles. Advanced Apprenticeships in constructio n are a one-year addition to the twoyear apprenticeship. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks rele vant to the sector, all of these result in level 3 qualifications such as NVQs, BTECs or Diplomas:

Construction Building

• Bricklayer • Carpenter • Join er

Construction Technical, Supervision and Management

• Site Technician • Civil Enginee ring Technician • Work Supervisor

Construction Civil Engineerin g

• Plant Mechanic

East of England Focus The construction sector has been continually on the rise here, which means good news for future construction hopefuls! There are a variety of subsectors in construction that you can work in, from repair and maintenance to public housing and industrial. The biggest subsector here is repair and maintenance, even bigger than the national average in fact; 50% of construction is in this subsector.

Construction Specialist

• Plasterer • Roofer • Stone Mas on • Wall and Floor Tiler

College Courses

A college course can also be a great route into this sector. To see whi ch colleges have relevant courses in your region check out www.careersworld.co.uk.

A Levels

A Levels can either lead to univ ersity or a Foundation Degree, which are explained below. Most employe rs and universities value practical and scientific subjects; these dem onstrate that you would be able to und erstand how things work. Here are som e recommended A Level subject s, which could set you in the right directio n: • Biology • Chemistry • Des ign & Technology • Electronics • Ma ths • Physics

Foundation Degrees

A Foundation Degree is a high er education qualification which combines academic study with practical hands-on experience . Designed jointly by universities , colleges and employers, they should give you the right skills to be read y for employment. They are university-level qualifi cations and are equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree. A typical full-time Foundation Degree take s two years to complete, and are diff erent from Honours Degrees as they usually involve learning in the workpla ce as well as at university or college .

Salaries Generally, tradespeople with a Level 2 qualification will earn aro und £325 a week and those with a Lev el 3 will earn close to £385 a week. If you choose to do a Const ruction Apprenticeship, you can exp ect to earn around £8,700 the first year, £11,600 the next, and £15,35 0 the third year.


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Real World Aneela Arif Aneela moved to the UK with her family from Belgium when she was 16 years old. She joined an employability course at City College Peterborough to improve her English, Maths and personal, social development skills. After she successfully completed the programme, she progressed onto a Business Administration course and then applied successfully for an Apprenticeship in Customer Service. “The programme was excellent and helped me to progress my career in a customer service role. The experience I gained in the workplace, combined with my classroom studies at the College, helped me to use the skills and knowledge I learnt in the classroom in my job.” Aneela has now been taken on by her employer in a full-time role and has continued with her studies through the

College. She has attended a range of personal development courses through the College and is currently studying towards her Functional Skills Level 2 in English. “When I moved to the UK, my English wasn’t very good. I am now more confident dealing with customers on a wide range of matters, many of whom themselves do not speak much, or any, English. The Apprenticeship programme inspired me to continue with my studies and I have since completed my Customer Service Level 3 qualification and I am now looking for further courses to develop my skills further.” If you would like to find out more about Customer Service Apprenticeship programmes, together with other workrelated qualifications, contact City College Peterborough (01733) 761361 admin@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk www.citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk


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Customer Service You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘the customer’s always right’. Any business that wants to be successful has to keep its customers happy, and that’s what customer service is all about. From helping a shopper find the right size at Topshop to answering customer queries at a BT call centre, customer service jobs come in all shapes and sizes.

For this career, you need to be good with people and able to help them with any questions or problems they might have. You’ll also need to learn your organisation’s products and services inside and out. It can be a very rewarding career – you’ll get satisfaction every time you help a customer. Entry-level roles: Customer service representative, call centre operator,

plus lots of other jobs (such as retail) involve customer service. Earnings: Salaries start around £12,000 to £18,000 a year. Career progression: With experience, you could become a team leader or manager, which could lead to a higher salary. Customer service skills are transferable to other careers too.

Administration Businesses can’t function without administrators – in fact, 97% of organisations say that administration is crucial to their success. Administrators are responsible for running the daily operations of the office. They answer the phone, input data, keep schedules, type up letters and anything else that needs to be done. They’re an important part of business, which is why there are over 5 million of them in the UK.

For this career, you’ll need to be organised and have good computer skills. Since administrators are needed in most organisations, you could work across many sectors. You could be a receptionist in a record company, or help run the office of a national charity. Whatever you do, you’ll be learning skills that will help you progress in your career.

Entry-level roles: Administrative assistant, office junior, personal assistant, office secretary Earnings: Salaries start around £15,000 to £20,000 a year. Career progression: Admin is a great way to get in with a company and move up the ladder. Admin skills are transferable to many other careers as well.

Get a Job There are many admin and customer service roles that don’t require previous experience or qualifications. If you’re interested in admin, then look for office junior, receptionist and administrative assistant vacancies. If you’re interested in customer service, working in any high street shop or a call centre will give you real experience.

Once you’ve got a job, you can start working towards work-based qualifications like NVQs. Your employer could even help turn your job into an Apprenticeship.

The benefits: You’ll get on the career ladder and start earning money – you’ll also be in a good position to pick up work-based qualifications.


31 Get Qualified Apprenticeships

A Lev

els There are several Apprenticeships A Levels can either lead to universit y available: customer service, contact or a Foundation Degree, which are centres, and business & administ ration. explained below. Most emp loyers will In all of them, you’ll learn on the job value your personality most of all, but while attending a college or training certain subjects do give you skills that provider on day release, and earn the could be useful in this sector. Here are right qualifications that will help you some recommended A Level sub jects, progress. Here are the Apprentices hip which could set you in the right frameworks relevant to the sector, all direction: of these result in level 2 qualificatio ns • Business Studies • English • ICT such as NVQs, BTECs or Diploma s: • Business and Administration • Foundation Degrees Contact Centres • Customer Serv ice A Foundation Degree is a higher • Sales & Telesales education qualification which combines academic study with Advanced Apprenticeships prac tical hands-on experience. Advanced Apprenticeships are Designed jointly by universities, equivalent to A Levels, but like colleges and employers, they sho uld Apprenticeships are advantageous give you the right skills to be read y for for practical roles. Advanced employment. Apprenticeships help you become more qualified whilst gaining They are university-level qualificatio ns employment experience. You can build and are equivalent to the first two on all of the above Apprenticeships ; years of an Honours Degree. A typic al all of these frameworks result in leve l3 full-time Foundation Degree takes two qualifications such as NVQs, BTE Cs or years to complete, and are different Diplomas: from Honours Degrees as they usua lly • Business and Administration • involve learning in the workplace as Contact Centres • Customer Serv ice well as at university or colle ge. You can • Sales & Telesales do a Foundation Degree in Custom er Service Management. You can also do a Higher Apprenticeship, NVQ level 4 in: College Courses • Contact Centres A college course can also be a grea t route into this sector. To see whic h colleges have relevant courses in your region check out www.careersworld.co.uk.

East of England Focus Customer service and admin is more than just a sector, it is a driver of business across all sectors here. Businesses across the region need friendly employees to provide their customers with the best service possible, to keep them coming! From working in one of the East of England’s call centres, like Aviva, to serving the customers in the regions visitor attractions, the region has plenty of opportunities in this sector.


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Real World IT student Lewis wins Gold at WorldSkills 20 year-old Cambridge Regional College student Lewis Bourne proved himself the best young IT technician in the country when he took first place in the Cisco IT Technician competition at WorldSkills UK. Lewis excelled in a gruelling two full days of testing in front of thousands of visitors to the Skills Show – but despite the distractions he kept his cool and produced outstanding results to become national champion. Lewis, who is now working as an apprentice after completing a Level 3 BTEC Diploma for IT Practitioners, attributed his success to the help and support he received from his tutors.

“It was very stressful, but my tutors worked hard with me to prepare for the competition and that helped enormously,” he said. IT lecturer Pete Lawrence said: “Lewis was competing against the best in the country but he held his nerves, did not panic and maintained a positive focus on the tasks at hand. He performed outstandingly well. “We practised many elements of the competition in the evenings and weekends leading up to the event and we are absolutely delighted that he won gold.”

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uses As you can imagine, almost every organisation and business out there use IT at computers as part of their daily operations. In the UK, 21 million people IT is found banks, and charities to stations work every day! From hospitals and power – systems ion informat and ers comput about all is industry IT in all parts of life. The them. installing and them selling them, making them, ing develop them, g designin career paths Skilled IT professionals are always in demand. There’s a wide range of working with involve jobs IT of lots r, howeve – l technica are them of many and on offer IT: in other people in a team. Here are some of the careers

Web Designer These designers use a mixture of technical and creative skills to build websites that look good, function well and are user-friendly. Many web designers work independently but those working in companies may be in a team with programmers and other specialists. Salary: starting between £16,000 and £20,000.

IT Trainer These people make courses to teach clients how to use computers and different applications. They train people of all abilities and backgrounds and will generally specialise in a particular area, which could be anything from technical training to general use of applications like MS Office. Salary: starting around £18,000.

Software Developer These people design computer programmes and applications that help businesses work more effectively, such as bookkeeping software. Working on anything from these business applications to games these roles are highly complex and technical. Salary: starting between £20,000 and £26,000.

Helpdesk Assistant Offering support to IT users with technical difficulties. This role requires good communication skills and the ability to explain problems clearly, as well as technical knowledge. Salary: starting between £14,000 and £17,000.

Telecoms is a broad term for any technology that transmits information, like phone lines, broadband, TV, mobile phones and satellites. This industry includes internet suppliers, mobile phone companies and the big companies like BT and SKY who offer a wide range of services (phone + broadband + satellite TV) in one package. It’s a growing sector with lots of different career paths. You could be installing fibre optic broadband cables, selling contracts in a call centre or assisting customers in a mobile phone shop. Apprenticeships are a recognised way of progressing through this industry.

Telecoms Technician The people who install, test and repair telecommunication systems like telephone and broadband cabling. This can range from installing home satellite systems to working on communications for large companies and corporations. Salary: starting between £12,000 and £15,000.

Customer Service The people who assist contract holders and users with any enquires, from billing to technical problems. Similarly to helpdesk assistants communication skills are required in order to help people. Salary: starting between £14,000 and £16,000.


35 Get Qualified Apprenticeships

If you’re aged 16 or over, you could take an Apprenticeship in IT services & development, telecoms. You’ll do half of your learning on the job and half in the classroom with a college or training provider, picking up qualifications along the way. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, both of these result in level 2 qualifications such as NVQs, BTECs or Diplomas: • IT and Telecoms Professionals • IT User

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Advanced Apprenticeships help you become more qualified whilst gaining employment experience. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these result in level 3 qualifications such as NVQs, BTECs or Diplomas: • Information and Library Services • IT and Telecoms Professionals • IT User You can also do a Higher Apprenticeship, level 4 qualification, in: • ICT Professionals

A Levels

A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree, which are explained below. In this industry demonstrating that you’re handy with computers is an obvious advantage; however technical roles may require other skills too. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Computing • Design & Technology – Systems and Control • ICT

Foundation Degrees

You can also do a foundation degree in Information Technology. A Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification which combines academic study with practical handson experience. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employers, they should give you the right skills to be ready for employment. They are university-level qualifications and are equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree. A typical full-time Foundation Degree takes two years to complete, and are different from Honours Degrees as they usually involve learning in the workplace as well as at university or college.

College Courses

A college course can also be a great route into this sector. To see which colleges have relevant courses in your region check out www.careersworld.co.uk.

East of England Focus The IT and telecoms sector isn’t just a sector on its own, IT is used in most job roles in some way. It is beneficial to have IT skills as they are required for a lot of different jobs in various sectors. The good news is that the number of employees in this sector is expected to grow by 3 times the region’s average, with an estimated 60,000 IT professionals needed in the next 5 years.


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Armed Forces Britain’s armed forces – the Army, Royal Navy, RAF and MoD – all invest a lot in their personnel to give them an education that’s relevant in the civilian world as well as in the services. They all offer Apprenticeships so recruits can earn nationally recognised trade qualifications alongside their regular training. For example, a cook for the Royal Navy could also complete a chef Apprenticeship. Each organisation offers different schemes, so visit their websites for more details. Salary: Starting around £13,400 the first year, with excellent benefits and progression. Qualifications: The armed forces offer Apprenticeships in many areas, including Engineering, Fitting, Maintenance, Cookery, IT, Admin, Marine Engineering and more.

Business & Finance This sector is about money – saving it, borrowing it, managing it and most of all, making lots more of it. It’s the UK’s most global industry and covers a wide range of services and products that everyone uses like bank accounts, mortgages, pensions, credit cards and insurance. The perk of working with money is that salaries tend to be higher than average. Job roles: Accounts assistant, payroll assistant, admin assistant, bank cashier, trainee accountant. Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £20,000. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Business & Admin and Financial Services; A-level Traineeships; Foundation Degrees.

Creative, Digital & Media This sector covers a range of exciting and creative careers in TV, film, graphics, publishing and journalism. Production assistants help out on television and film sets; graphic designers create adverts and billboards; journalists write news stories; publishers print books and magazines; and photographers shoot and edit images. If you thrive on a creative buzz, there’s no better industry to be in. Competition for jobs is high so work experience is highly recommended. Job roles: Graphic designer, web designer, production assistant, editing assistant, photographer assistant. Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £17,000. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Creative and Digital Media; Foundation Degrees from Creative Writing to Animation.

Energy & Renewables This essential sector deals with the utilities we rely on: water, electricity and gas. It also covers waste management and alternative sources of power like nuclear energy, wind power and solar energy. Careers in this sector cover the distribution and supply of gas; the generation and transmission of electricity; the collection and purification of water; the treatment of sewage; and nuclear fuel processing. Apprenticeships are a recognised route into this industry and offer excellent career progression. Job roles: Gas network engineer, gas service technician, wastewater plant worker, process operator, decommissioning operative. Salary: Starting anywhere between £12,000 and £20,000 a year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Gas, Nuclear and Utilities; Foundation Degrees, including Power Distribution.


39 Engineering At the heart of every technological advance is an engineer. Chemical engineers create new fuels to keep vehicles moving; civil engineers design our railways and roads; and aerospace engineers design the most modern aircraft. Engineers use problem solving, creativity and imagination to come up with answers to problems. The main challenge is doing more with less. How can they make something more cheaply, quickly and effectively than ever before? Engineering is one of the most varied sectors out there, with specialist areas like chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, marine and defence. Job roles: Maintenance fitter, welder, mechanical engineering technician. Salary: Starting anywhere between £15,000 and £18,000 per year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Engineering; Foundation Degrees.

Entrepreneurial An entrepreneur is someone who starts their own business or enterprise, they’re the boss! Entrepreneurs are amongst the most successful people in the world but they have to work hard, be very determined and of course have a money making idea. Businesses created by entrepreneurs are vital to the UK’s economy. Job roles/Salary/Qualifications: All of these things depend on the individual. The beauty of creating your own business is that you don’t need any special qualifications. You might need some help in setting up a business though so head to www.careersworld.co.uk to see what’s out there to support young entrepreneurs.

Hair & Beauty Environmental & Land-based This broad sector offers lots of opportunities to make a difference to the planet, from farming and protecting wildlife to looking after parks and conservation. The main areas within this sector are: Horticulture & landscaping, Agriculture, Animal care, Environmental conservation, and Land-based engineering. Salary: Starting between £12,000 and £18,000. Landscape engineers make between £20,000 and £26,000 a year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships from Animal Care to Agriculture; Foundation Degrees.

Food & Drink Food and drink is one of the largest industries in the UK – in fact, it even helped pull the country out of the recession. This sector is about taking what’s grown by farmers and transforming it into our favourite foods and beverages. It takes a lot of people working together to make this happen, which means loads of career paths on offer. You could be processing ingredients, fixing machines on the production floor, processing meat, baking cakes or testing quality. Job roles: Production operative, bottling operative, baker, warehouse worker. Salary: Starting between £11,000 and £17,000 a year. Qualifications: Food Manufacture Apprenticeships; Foundation Degree in Food & Drink Management.

This industry is all about helping people look good and feel better about themselves. It’s a booming sector that makes billions each year. There are many different paths within this sector – hairdressing, nail services, beauty therapy, spa therapy – and all of them require common skills: creativity, the ability to work on your feet for long hours, good hand-eye co-ordination and up-to-date knowledge of what’s in (and what’s out). Job roles: Hairdresser, spa therapist, beauty therapist, aromatherapist Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £16,000 a year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships from Hairdressing to Beauty Therapy; Foundation Degree in Salon Management.

Manufacturing From the cars on the motorway to the clothes in your wardrobe, many of the things we rely on have been manufactured. This sector is all about making things on a massive scale: cars, TVs, clothes, aeroplanes, fuel… it’s a very important industry. There are many career paths in the sector, from operating machinery that makes plastics or testing the quality of finished engine parts. Job roles: Production and process engineers, technicians, maintenance engineers, welders and machine setters. Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £18,000 a year. Qualifications: Manufacturing Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees.


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Lowestoft College offers apprenticeships in

Beauty Therapy

Electrical Installation

Boatbuilding

Hairdressing/Barbering

Brickwork

Health and Social Care

Business Administration

Mechanical Engineering

Carpentry and Joinery

Motor Vehicle

Catering and Hospitality

Painting and Decorating

Childcare

Plumbing

Customer Services

Teaching Assistants

Electrical Engineering

Welding and Fabrication

For more information contact the Employer Services Team on 01502 525158 or email apprenticeships@lowestoft.ac.uk St Peter’s Street, Lowestoft, NR32 2NB Come and see us at our open evening on Monday 4th March from 5.15 to 8.15pm

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Maritime Maritime basically involves every industry where business takes place in harbours, at ports or on vessels. Marine engineering is also an area in this sector, which has plenty of job opportunities. This involves designing and constructing both ships and equipment to be used at sea or on the water. This sector remains vital to our economy as the sea remains the best way to bring products and materials into the country. Job roles: Commercial sea fishing, marine leisure, maritime search and rescue, merchant navy, ports and harbours. Salary: Starting salary after completing a marine industry apprenticeship can be anywhere between £12,000 and £17,000. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Maritime Occupations and Marine Industry; Foundation Degrees.

Motor Vehicles This sector deals with all aspects of cars, vans and motorcycles – selling them, fixing them, servicing them and even rescuing stranded drivers. There are lots of career paths on offer, from technical to customer service based roles; maintenance and repair; sales; body and paint operations; roadside assistance; and fitting and selling motor vehicle parts. Job roles: Maintenance and repair technician, sales assistant, fast-fit technician, body repair technician. Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £18,000 per year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Motor Vehicles; Engineering Foundation Degrees (Automotive specific).

Transport & Logistics Public Services In this sector, your work could help other people and improve your local community. Public services are an essential part of our society – education, housing, the police, and the fire service are all services that the government provides for its citizens (that’s you and us). In this sector, you could help organise a community arts programme, work for a housing association or support a teacher in the classroom. Your local council is a large employer in this sector. Contact them directly for job vacancies.

This sector deals with all sorts of vehicles and their different purposes – the cars and motorcycles we drive, the lorries that transport goods, the trains and buses that travel across the country, even the aeroplanes that arrive and depart from our airports. All of these vehicles require skilled mechanics to keep them running, drivers to operate them safely, and organised people behind the scenes keeping everything to schedule. Many jobs involve manual and mechanical skills, however many roles deal with the public, so people skills are important too.

Job roles: Classroom assistant, nursery nurse, admin assistant, youth support worker. Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £16,000 a year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees in Public Services.

Job roles: Vehicle technician, bodywork repairer, rail engineering technician, lorry driver, baggage handler. Salary: Starting between £12,000 and £17,000 a year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees.

Sport & Fitness Many people think the only way you can get a career in sport is to become a professional athlete or a PE teacher – but this couldn’t be further from the truth. This sector is about promoting health and fitness. For example, exercise and fitness instructors work for gyms and leisure centres and help people stay fit and healthy. Sports coaches teach skills and techniques at all levels, from beginner to professional. Outdoor activity instructors help people enjoy themselves in the great outdoors and operations managers make sure gyms and leisure centres run smoothly. Job roles: Personal trainer, fitness instructor, swimming coach, leisure centre assistant, playworker. Salary: Starting around £12,000 and can rise to £25,000 with experience and qualifications. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Sports Management, Leadership and Coaching; Foundation Degree in Playworking.

Travel & Hospitality This sector helps people enjoy themselves during their free time and holidays. People working in this industry arrange our holidays, cook for us in restaurants, serve drinks at the bar, pamper us in salons, and more. It’s a buzzing, exciting sector with many opportunities to work in the UK and abroad. You could be a chef, a spa therapist or even a member of air cabin crew! While working hours often take place when other people are enjoying themselves (evenings and weekends), many prefer escaping the typical 9-5 lifestyle. Job roles: Hairdresser, travel agent, waiter, trainee chef, air cabin crewmember. Salary: Starting between £11,000 and £16,000 a year. Qualifications: Travel Services and Hospitality & Catering Apprenticeships; Foundation Degrees in Hospitality Management.


West Suffolk College A leading provider of education and training in the region • The latest up-to-date and high quality facilities • Experienced lecturers coming from industry • Excellent success rates • 50% progression to university from Level 3 courses • Over 80 Full-time courses to choose from across a wide range of subjects

FULL-TIME COURSES Art and Design Automotive Beauty Bricklaying Business Carpentry Childcare Computing Construction Engineering Graphic Design

Hairdressing Interactive Media Media Production Music Performing Arts Photography Plumbing Public Services Science Sport Travel and Tourism

APPRENTICESHIPS AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS

Call us now on 01284 716333

Accounts Building Services Plumbing Electrical Installation Business/Medical Administration Health and Social Care Children and Young People Construction Carpentry and Joinery Bricklaying Painting and Decorating Window Installation and Glazing Customer Service Dental Nursing

Engineering Hairdressing Hospitality Professional Cookery Food Processing and Cooking Food and Drinks Service Housekeeping Front Office Information Technology Motor Vehicle Pharmacy Retail Warehouse and Storage Local Environment Services Waste and Cleaning

WE HAVE A NUMBER OF APPRENTICESHIP VACANCIES ACROSS A WIDE RANGE OF OCCUPATIONAL AREAS

West Suffolk College, Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3RL (SatNAV postcode IP33 3TT)

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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Total population: 789,700 People in employment: 382,000 Key cities: Cambridge, Peterborough. Key colleges: Cambridge Regional College, College of West Anglia, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Huntingdonshire Regional College, Long Road Sixth Form College, National Extension College, Peterborough Regional College. Key universities: University of Cambridge, University Centre Peterborough. Key employers: NEC Philips UK, Subway UK, Cambridgeshire County Council, British Sugar, Thomas Cook. Key industries: Tourism, Engineering and Manufacture, Retail. Useful website: www.peterboroughcourseďŹ nder.com Did you know? There are 12,000 creatives employed in Cambridge, the 3rd largest proportion in any British city.


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Norfolk

Total population: 719,500 People in employment: 357,100 Key city: Ipswich. Key towns: Bury St. Edmunds, Lowestoft. Key colleges: Lowestoft College, Otley College, Suffolk New College, West Suffolk College. Key university: Suffolk University. Key employers: Branston Pickle, Greene King, Birds Eye, Suffolk County Council. Key industries: Environment & Land-based, Energy & Renewables, Tourism. Useful website: www.future4me.org.uk

Total population: 862,300 People in employment: 406,900 Key city: Norwich. Key towns: Kings Lynn, Great Yarmouth. Key colleges: City College Norwich, College of West Anglia, East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Easton College, Great Yarmouth College, Paston Sixth Form College. Key universities: University of East Anglia, Norwich University of the Arts. Key employers: Aviva, Bernard Matthews, the RAC, Unilever, Virgin Money. Key industries: Agriculture, Tourism, Manufacture. Useful website: www.helpyouchoose.org

Did you know? 35,000 people in Suffolk are employed in manufacturing.

Did you know? Tourism employs over 51,000 in Norfolk.

Essex Total population: 1,413,000 People in employment: 693,500 Key places: Chelmsford, Colchester, Southend-on-Sea. Key colleges: Chelmsford College, Colchester Institute, Epping Forest College, Harlow College, Palmers College, Seevic College, South Essex College, Writtle College. Key universities: Anglia Ruskin University, The University of Essex. Key employers: Stansted International Airport, Lakeside Shopping Centre, Britvic. Key industries: Retail, Hospitality, Financial services. Useful website: www.stepon.org Did you know? Essex is a varied county, it’s home to England’s oldest recorded town (Colchester) and two of the newest (Basildon and Harlow).

Bedfordshire Total population: 416,000 People in employment: 214,700 Key cities: Bedford, Luton. Key colleges: Barnfield College, Bedford College, Bedfordshire College, Luton Sixth Form College. Key university: University of Bedfordshire. Key employers: London Luton Airport, Vauxhall Motors, Whitbread. Key industries: Travel & Hospitality, Manufacturing, Customer Service. Useful website: www.ucasprogress.com Did you know? The population of Central Bedfordshire is 254,400, and its predicted to increase 14.5% by 2021.

Hertfordshire Total population: 1,107,500 People in employment: 558,600 Key places: Hertford, St. Alban’s, Watford. Key colleges: Hertford Regional College, North Hertfordshire College, Oakland’s College, West Hertfordshire College. Key universities: University of Hertfordshire. Key employers: Tesco, Hilton, Nestle. Key industries: Business & Finance, Creative Industries, Retail. Useful website: www.hertschoices.org.uk Did you know? North Hertfordshire is the place to be for the hospitality industry: hotels, distribution and catering employ 27% of the workforce.


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Size of the East of England workforce in each industry - 2,886,000 total Agriculture, forestry and fishing Mining and quarrying Manufacturing Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning Water supply; sewerage & waste management Construction Wholesale and retail trade; repair of vehicles Transportation and storage Accommodation and food service activities Information and communication Financial and insurance activities Real estate activities Professional, scientific and technical activities Administrative and support service activities Public administration and defence Education Human health and social work activities Arts, entertainment and recreation Other service activities

Gross Full-time Pay £494.50 pw/£12.36 ph

Male Pay £535.50 pw £12.95 ph

Female Pay £432.10 pw £11.42 ph

East of England Workforce Qualifications % NVQ Level 4+ NVQ Level 3 Trade Apprenticeships NVQ Level 2

29.2 16.9 3.9 18.6

NVQ Level 1 Other Qualifications No Qualifications

15.3 6.6 9.6


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Graeme Safety Promotion Co-Ordinator, Completed Telecoms Apprentice For the last 3 years I trained with Network Rail as a Telecommunications Engineering Apprentice. During my apprenticeship I completed training courses all over the country and worked alongside experienced colleagues who taught me new things on a daily basis. The experience I gained allowed me the opportunity to work with state of the art fibre optic networks and also telecoms equipment that has been around since before I was born. That is the unique thing about being a telecommunications engineer in the railway – Monday morning you are working with the latest technology and Tuesday, you can be fixing equipment that has been used for the last 50 years. With the skills I’ve learned from my apprenticeship, I can see that I have a long term career mapped out. Network Rail use their apprenticeship programme to develop their future managers and that is what you’re looking for as an apprentice – the opportunity to start at the bottom and work your way up. Upon graduating from the apprenticeship I have been lucky enough to focus my career around health and safety and now look after one of five Network Rail safety trucks. My role is to provide safety briefings to Network Rail staff & Contractors across the network. I consider myself an example of how the apprenticeship is just the first foot on the ladder at Network Rail and demonstrates the opportunities available once you join the company. I couldn’t recommend the Network Rail apprenticeship scheme enough.

Vicky Second Year Signalling and Telecoms Apprentice I was first attracted to the scheme because it offered a job with a future. During my time on the apprenticeship scheme, I can honestly say there have been very few moments that I haven’t enjoyed. Your first year is spent at HMS Collingwood, where you meet some brilliant people and get the opportunity to take part in new activities. The job is very varied – one day you could be doing routine maintenance in a signal head and the next you could be installing new equipment on the railway. I chose to do signal engineering as this appealed to me the most. I knew it would be mentally challenging as well as physically, without me diving in way over my head as I am not the world’s strongest person at only 5ft 2! I would recommend that anyone who enjoys problem solving in a fast paced outdoors environment should also choose signals. Females are still the minority on the railway but it is slowly changing. We are very well looked after and not treated any different to the males, apart from the occasional bit of banter, so a good sense of humour would be a key quality! If any females are looking to apply, please do! The work is challenging and you are expected to work shifts including nights. This can sometimes be a bit disappointing when you’re working a Friday or Saturday night but I’m looking at it as a money saver.


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Useful Links

Universities Anglia Ruskin University 0845 271 3333 www.anglia.ac.uk

Local Councils mycouncil.direct.gov.uk

Colleges BarnďŹ eld College www.barnďŹ eld.ac.uk 01582 569500

Norwich University of the Arts 01603 610 561 www.nuca.ac.uk

Bedford College www.bedford.ac.uk 01234 291000

University of Bedfordshire 0844 848 2234 www.beds.ac.uk

Cambridge Regional College www.camre.ac.uk 01223 418200

University of Cambridge 01223 333 308 www.cam.ac.uk

Bedfordshire College www.dunstable.ac.uk 0845 355 2525

University of East Anglia 01603 591515 www.uea.ac.uk

Chelmsford College www.chelmsford-college.ac.uk 01245 293009

The University of Essex 01206 873666 www.essex.ac.uk

City College Norwich www.ccn.ac.uk 01603 773311

University of Hertfordshire 01707 284800 www.herts.ac.uk

Colchester Institute www.colchester.ac.uk 01206 712000

University Centre Peterborough 0845 1965750 www.anglia.ac.uk

The College of West Anglia www.col-westanglia.ac.uk 01553 761144

University Campus Suffolk 01473 338833 www.ucs.ac.uk

Crown College www.crowncollege.co.uk 01702 341169 East Norfolk Sixth Form College www.enorf.ac.uk 01493 66 22 34 Easton College www.easton.ac.uk 01603 731200 Epping Forest College www.epping-forest.ac.uk 020 8508 8311 Great Yarmouth College of Further Education www.gyc.ac.uk 01493 655 261


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Other Useful Sites

Harlow College www.harlow-college.ac.uk 01279 868000

Paston College www.paston.ac.uk 01692 402334

Hertford Regional College www.hrc.ac.uk 01992 411400

Peterborough Regional College www.peterborough.ac.uk 0845 8728722

Hills Road Sixth Form College www.hillsroad.ac.uk 01223 247251

SEEVIC College www.seevic-college.ac.uk 01268 756 111

Huntingdonshire Regional College www.huntingdon.ac.uk 01480 379100

South East Essex College www.southessex.ac.uk 0845 52 12345

Long Road Sixth Form College www.longroad.ac.uk 01223 507400 Lowestoft College www.lowestoft.ac.uk 0800 854 695 Luton Sixth Form College www.lutonsfc.ac.uk 01582 877500 National Extension College www.nec.ac.uk 0800 389 2839 New College Stamford www.stamford.ac.uk 01780 484 300 North Hertfordshire College www.nhc.ac.uk 01462 424242 Oaklands College www.oaklands.ac.uk 01727 737 080 Otley College of Agriculture and Horticulture www.otleycollege.ac.uk 01473 785543 Palmers College www.palmers.ac.uk 01375 370121

St Elizabeth College www.stelizabeths.org.uk 01279 843451 Suffolk New College www.suffolk.ac.uk 01473 382200 West Hertfordshire College www.westherts.ac.uk 01923 812000 West Suffolk College www.westsuffolk.ac.uk 01284 701 301 Writtle College www.writtle.ac.uk 01245 421612

Jobcentre Plus www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk Mymar Training www.nvqtrainingeast.org National Apprenticeship Service www.apprenticeships.org.uk Skill www.skill.org.uk UCAS Progress www.ucasprogress.com


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