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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 London edition

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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.


Qualifications Table

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


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


Life Stories


Environmental & Land Based Consider a career out in the fresh air.


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

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


Hair & Beauty Get a career that never goes out of style.


Sport & Fitness How about a healthy career helping people stay fit?


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


Useful Stuff 43

Spotlight: London All about your region.


Apprenticeship Week Kick off your career with an Apprenticeship.


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


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

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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 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

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 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

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





Foundation Learning

Foundation Diploma

Higher Diploma

Advanced Diploma

Diploma of Higher Education

OCR Nationals

OCR Nationals

Specialist awards

GCE in applied subjects

Life Stories

Bina Patel, A* A Level student Newham college’s a level results 2012: 100% passes in nine subjects, A* and a grades increased by 7% compared to last year. Nearly 30% of students achieved grades in A* to B. Having a small child did not stop 19-yearold, ex-Sarah Bonnell pupil, Bina, from completing three A Levels and winning a place at Cambridge University to study law. She gained an A* in Law and in Politics and an A in History. She said: “My place has already been confirmed so I’m pleased. I didn’t expect A*s so I’m definitely happy about that.” She has been involved in College activities and won the A Level Student of the Year Award at this Year’s Student Award Ceremony. “Coming into a college to do A Levels with a baby was frightening but having come here, I can see that I’ve changed. I’ve been involved in debating societies and I’m a student representative. It’s given me so much confidence,” she explained. 020 8257 4000

Strike Gold! Study Makeup at West Thames College Billie Sanger, HND Specialist Makeup student at West Thames College, was selected as one of the 50 makeup artists to work behind the scenes for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A staggering 1700 people required makeup for the Opening and Closing ceremonies. Each makeup artist had to apply makeup on 30 performers over a 6 hour period, creating six different looks. “I felt prepared for the brief as I have developed so many skills whilst on the course” Billie said. “I applied makeup on people with different skin tones, so getting the foundation colour correct was imperative. The first-hand experience I’ve had at West Thames College gave me the know-how and confidence to see this through.” West Thames College based in Isleworth, West London has an outstanding international reputation for specialist makeup – students have won the World Body Painting Championship twice and the International Makeup Artist Tradeshow competition for 5 consecutive years. Every year students are snapped up to work for the BBC, West End theatre productions, retailers such as Bobbi Brown, film productions and photo-shoots for top magazines. For more information call 020 8326 2000 or visit

13 Rio Romaine Willis Twenty-two-year-old fashion photographer Rio-Romaine Willis gained the skills and inspiration he needed to launch his own photography business while studying at Redbridge College. His work with fashion and beauty models has appeared on the Vogue Italia website and in fashion magazines Fault and Black Hair. He says: “I first got interested in photography while studying at the college – I borrowed the college’s cameras and would walk around taking photos whenever I could. I started selling portraits to friends and thought ‘I could get used to this’. That’s when I realised I needed a company and my own website. Young Apprentices celebrate their success with Lee McQueen (front left), winner of The Apprentice in 2008.

Hillingdon Training - helping young people get ahead Hillingdon Training Limited (HTL), established in 2003, matches over 150 young people with an employer every year. Peter Sale, Director of HTL, comments: “The beauty of an apprenticeship programme is that at the end of it, the apprentice will have qualifications, as well as industrial experience. I think it is a very valuable alternative to other education routes and offers a distinct advantage when it comes to seeking employment in today’s challenging job market.” Rachel Snooks, 16, from Eastcote, is a Business & Administration apprentice at HTL. For her, an apprenticeship programme was a clear choice after leaving school. Rachel comments: “I didn’t really feel like going to college after secondary school, so I went to my careers adviser who suggested an apprenticeship. I’m a really hands-on type of person and I enjoy working more than studying. I think apprenticeships suit people who want to be out there in the working world.” Simon Rudd, 18, from Hayes, is doing a Children’s Care apprenticeship. He said: “I’ve always wanted to work with children. I first started an art course at college, but it wasn’t for me. I got this apprenticeship through HTL and absolutely love it.” HTL offers apprenticeships in Business & Administration, Children’s Care, Customer Service, Health & Social Care, IT and Supporting Teaching and Learning, as well as a Foundation Learning programme to help those thinking about a job and preparing for an apprenticeship. To find out more call Hillingdon Training on 01895 671976, or visit

“I specialise in fashion and beauty photography, from my own studio in Woolwich. I love clothes, style, creativity – you can create your own characters and worlds through photography. There are lots of photographers out there, so you need to make your own work really stand out. “I wouldn’t be a photographer now if hadn’t made the decision to enrol at the college. The support I received from my tutor was really important to me. Looking ahead, I’m hoping my work will appear in all the big fashion magazines, especially Vogue.” Visit Rio-Romaine’s website What to study at Redbridge College: • Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Photography • Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Creative and Media Production • Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Creative and Media Production Discover how Redbridge College can help you take the next steps towards your dream career at one of our upcoming open events: • Advice Night: Wed 6 February 2013 4.30pm - 7.00pm • Advice Night: Wed 24 April 2013 4.30pm - 7.00pm • Open Day: Sat 22 June 2013 10.00am - 2.00pm 020 8548 7400

Life Stories

Lauren Wilson Higher Apprenticeship in IT A Higher Apprenticeship was ideal as I have always had a keen interest in ICT and wanted to gain work experience whilst studying at the same time. I found out about apprenticeships through college and came across the Capgemini Higher Apprenticeship programme, which I thought was a fantastic opportunity and well suited for me. I love the fact that I am gaining so much work experience and constantly learning new things every day. I am currently working on specialising in testing for a data warehouse, however the programme also lets me experience many different aspects of Capgemini, as I can move on to different roles in the near future. Also, while working towards a qualification, you also grow as a person. Since starting this apprenticeship my confidence has grown and I have proved to myself that I can achieve great results by putting in the effort. It’s very challenging but worth it. When I finish this apprenticeship, I will only be 23 years old and have 5 years work experience with a degree and no student debt. So I think it is definitely a good way to get your ‘foot in the door’. 01483 764 764

Faye Cooper Marketing Trainee, People 1st and Uxbridge College Apprentice “Uxbridge College has given me a great opportunity to not only get full time employment with People 1st but also a career in PR. The support I received from the College and my assessor to achieve my apprenticeship qualification has given me the chance to work in the industry I want to be in, without going to university to get a degree. The course was really helpful and made me understand the different types of jobs I was doing. As well as gaining new skills, the apprenticeship really helped me increase my confidence, which is a massive asset when you work in marketing. I go to work and earn a salary like an adult, but I am still completing my Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration like a student. The main goal that I want to achieve in the next five years is to get as much event experience as possible, and then hopefully run my own business.” For more information about Uxbridge College’s range of Apprenticeships, please contact Sharon Jenkins on 01895 853622 or email

App rent ices : unleash your potential

Just got your exam results? Interested in earning while you learn and gaining nationally recognised qualifications? Find out more If the answer is yes then a Camden apprenticeship could be right up your street. As an apprentice, you’ll earn a wage alongside completing a Level 2 or 3 apprenticeship qualification. You must be a Camden resident aged between 16 and 24 to apply for an apprenticeship.

We can support you by offering: • information, advice and guidance to find out your interests and help you choose the right job; • pre and post employment support, offering recruitment advice that matches your skills to the job.


apprenticeships@ Phone: 020 7974 1736 020 7974 5161 (construction) Text: 07909 99074 Visit: apprenticeships ‘Like’ our Camden apprenticeships page on Facebook and receive regular updates about our vacancies and skill sessions.


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

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

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.



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.

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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.

19 Get Qualified


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.

London Focus People come to London from all over the world to shop. And then there are the millions of us who shop every day, which is why London has more retail centres than any other part of the country. In fact, the West End is officially the largest retail hub in the UK with people spending around £3,536,000,000 each year!

Capel Manor College EARN as you LEARN LEAVING school starting throughout and PLANNING your next step? the YEAR APPRENTICESHIPS IN: TREES & TIMBER, HORTICULTURE and ANIMAL CARE


With an apprenticeship you will earn money, gain real work experience and train at the same time. Apprenticeships are a different way of obtaining nationally recognised vocational qualifications, open to anyone 16 and above, who does not have a degree and is employed within the industry.

Capel Manor is the largest land-based college in Greater London for those interested in the environment, animals or working with plants, trees and flowers. Our full-time courses are equivalent to A levels and GCSEs and lead to higher education and employment.

We have work placements available with leading employers in the land-based sector and each apprentice is allocated an assessor: to support you with your progress and help keep you on-track with coursework/assignments.

Subjects offered include: gardening, landscaping, animal care/management, floristry, arboriculture (the study of trees), countryside/environment studies and saddlery.

To apply ring Employer Services on 08456 122122 ext 1245 or email or visit for further details.

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Real World Rebekah Saunders, 17 Despite living in London, Rebekah wants to pursue a career in farming. On joining Capel Manor she undertook a Level 2 Animal Care course and has now progressed onto a Level 2 Countryside course, which she feels is the perfect pathway for her to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the animal industry as a whole. In her spare time Rebekah volunteers at the College’s working farm at nearby Forty Hall in Enfield. “Since starting at Capel Manor I have had many great ideas of things I can do with what I’ve learnt. These have been the best years of my life so far. I love the

college and the tutors are really helpful: they push you to do better and speak to you on the same level. Because of my love of animals and the countryside my dream is to run a farm but I would also like to train to be a Veterinary Nurse. I know that means a lot more studying but I will do whatever it takes to achieve my ambition.” Capel Manor College 08456 122122


Horticulture & Landscaping This is about creating and looking after designed landscapes in cities and the countryside. It covers work like maintaining sports turf, gardens, parks, golf courses and even business grounds. This role can be very hands on or, as in the case of landscape managers, can focus on environmental knowledge and advising on the long-term care and development of sites. Earnings: From £12,000 to £20,000 a year.

Agriculture As the UK strives to increase its own food production, opportunity is growing in this area. Agriculture covers work in farms, dairies and ‘agribusinesses’ or companies that supply the industry with things like animal feed, fertilisers and farm machinery. A growing area in the industry is the role of agricultural advisors and consultants who offer specialist support to farmers on specific areas, like crop production or livestock. Earnings: From £12,000 to £17,000 a year.

Animal Care From running a cattery to training horses, this career is for the animal lovers. Animal care is about handling, supervising and caring for animals, from small domestic pets to wildlife. Includes work with breeders, pet shops, groomers, animal welfare charities and zoos. Veterinary nurses are some of the most popular roles in the industry and can range from household pets, exotic animals and equine specialism’s. Earnings: From £11,000 to £13,000 a year for animal care. £14,000 to £22,000 for veterinary nurses.

Game and Wildlife Management Game and wildlife managers look after areas for shooting, called beats or estates. They have to manage the wildlife habitats to ensure there is enough game for shooting. Game includes deer, and birds such as grouse, partridge and pheasant. Work may involve long hours and early mornings, and mostly takes place outdoors in all sorts of weather conditions. Earnings: From £12,000 to £20,500 per year.

Environmental Conservation This area is for people who are passionate about environmental issues. It’s not just about saving the planet – conservation is all about coming up with solutions that will lead to a more sustainable, healthy environment. From park rangers to farm managers environmental considerations are very important across this sector. Environmental policy officers can work for the government, industry or charities. Earnings: From £15,000 to £20,000 a year.

Land-based Engineering These are the people who design, manufacture and maintain agricultural equipment, like combine harvesters and tractors. Working for dealerships and manufacturers, these engineers use technical knowledge to solve problems for the agricultural industry. Roles in this area could involve field testing, technical support and the education of customers. Earnings: From £20,000 to £26,000 a year.

23 Get Qualified Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are the recommended route into this sector. You’ll get a job with an employer and do half of your learning on the job, and half in the classroom with a college or training provider. There are Apprenticeships ranging from agriculture to animal care, and more, here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these result in level 2 qualifications such as NVQs, BTECs or Diplomas: • Agriculture • Animal Care • Environmental Conservation • Equine • Fencing • Floristry • Game and Wildlife Management • Horticulture • Land-based Engineering • Trees and Timber • Veterinary Nursing

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: • Agriculture • Animal Care • Environmental Conservation • Equine • Farriery • Floristry • Game and Wildlife Management • Horticulture • Land-based Engineering • Veterinary Nursing

A Levels

A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree. Most employers and universities value practical and scientific subjects; these demonstrate that you would be able to understand how things work. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Biology • Environmental Science • Geology

Foundation Degrees

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. They are available in a range of subjects, from trees and timber to farm management.

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

London Focus Around 48,000 people are employed in this sector here. If you don’t like the idea of working for someone else then perhaps this is the industry for you; around 30% of the workforce is self-employed. There are a number of areas within this sector that you could work in, including floristry, landscaping, animal care and environmental conservation. The subsector with the most employees here is horticulture, landscaping and sports turf.



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Aug ‘11 won the hairdressing presentation’s prestigious first prize of a Photo shoot with Desmond Murray in Jan ‘13!

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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.

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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

London 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 London’s call centres to serving the customers in Oxford Street’s retail outlets, London has plenty of customer service opportunities.


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Real World Katrina makes the waves Stylish eighteen year old Katrina Baranyi from Pimlico made a decision to try the apprenticeship route for the balance of employment and training opportunities that it has to offer. Katrina is studying an NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing at Lambeth College on a day-release basis, and spends the rest of the week working at the Fordham Hair Salon in Soho, London. Katrina says: “Cutting and styling hair allows me to use my creativity and artistic talents. I get a lot of job satisfaction from this type of work and that is very important to me. At work I learn things I

don’t get to do at College and vice versa. My teachers at Lambeth College teach me the theory and science I don’t get from my employers as well introducing me to the techniques of cutting, colouring, perming and styling. At work I get the on-the-job experience and work with real customers as well as getting to watch and learn from experienced professionals.


Hairdressing Part of the fast-moving fashion industry, this covers cutting, styling and colouring all types of hair. Hairdressers begin by training in salons and helping customers improve their look. With talent and experience, many hairdressers go on to prepare models, work on magazine shoots, or even style celebrities! The UK hairdressing industry is considered the best in the world, so there’s opportunity to travel internationally for successful hairdressers. Earnings: Training salaries start low (around £10,000), but can increase to around £16,000 with a qualification and experience.

Spa Therapy Spa tourism in England is worth £1.4bn a year and is one of the fastest growing industries. Similar to beauty therapists, spa therapists give treatments that improve appearance and well-being. They offer a full range of treatments to suit a client’s needs, which may include Indian head massage, aromatherapy, holistic treatments and all aspects of heat and wet treatments (like hydrotherapy, sauna and steam). Some therapists may focus on health and fitness while others on relaxation. Earnings: £12,000 to £14,000 a year.

Nail Services There are roughly 18,000 businesses that employ nail technicians in the UK. Their job is to improve the appearance and condition of the skin and nails on hands and feet. They offer basic treatments like manicures and pedicures, as well as nail enhancements like wraps and hot wax treatments. Nail technicians are also skilled in creative nail art, which includes air brushing designs on the nail. Earnings: £10,000 to £15,000 a year.

Beauty Therapy This covers treatments and services that enhance a client’s appearance and well-being. It can include anything from simple facials and make-up to more complicated electronic treatments to remove unwanted hair or improve body tone. Some of the treatments, like body massage, aid relaxation and help relieve stress. Earnings: £12,000 to £17,000 (with experience) a year.

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Apprenticeships are the recommend ed route into this sector. You’ll get a job with an employer and do half of you r learning on the job, and half in the classroom with a college or training provider. There are Apprenticeships ranging from barbering to spa therapy. Here are the Apprentices hip frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these result in level 2 qualificatio ns such as NVQs, BTECs or Diploma s: • Barbering • Beauty Therapy • Hairdressing • Nail Services

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 leve l3 qualifications such as NVQs, BTE Cs or Diplomas: • Barbering • Beauty Therapy • Hairdressing • Nail Services • Spa Therapy

College Courses

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A Levels

A Levels can either lead on to univ ersity or onto a Foundation Degree, whic h are explained below. In this industry a lot of your success will be down to you r personality and experience rather than academic qualifications; but if you ’re interested in management or a sup port role, here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Business Studies • Economics • ICT

Foundation Degrees

A Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification which com bines academic study with practical han dson experience. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employe rs, they should give you the right skill s to be ready for employment. They are university-level qualificatio ns 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 Foundation Degree cou ld be a good step after working in the sector for some time, for example there is a Foundation Degree in salon and business management.

London Focus London has the second biggest share of hair and beauty employees in the country; this is probably partly because of its large population, but also because they need people to pamper the many visitors and residents with high incomes. There is also a big calling for theatrical make-up here for the capital’s 150 theatres.



Real World 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: 0800 028 4162


Exercise & Fitness This is about helping people stay fit and healthy, and includes roles like personal trainer, fitness instructor, yoga instructor and swimming teacher. You could work for a gym or leisure centre, or be selfemployed and choose your own hours. All types of people need fitness instructors, from children to the elderly or high level athletes.

Coaching Coaches are needed to teach skills and techniques at all levels, from beginner to professional. They help teams and individuals train to reach their full potential. Coaches need to get a special qualification recognised by their sport’s national governing body. These roles vary greatly depending on the sport and skill level, volunteering is a good way to get started in this career.

Playwork Playworkers organise and lead play activities for children (aged between 4 and 15) in after-school clubs, play schemes and youth clubs. This is one of the job roles in which you can use take a Foundation Degree to get ahead.

Activity Leadership Outdoor activity instructors help people enjoy themselves in the great outdoors. They lead a wide range of expeditions and trips, such as walking, hiking, canoeing and rock climbing. You need good people and leadership skills, and to be a natural with young people to be a successful activity leader.

Spectator Control Event stewards and marshals make sure crowds are safe and under control at matches and other large events. You can do an NVQ in spectator safety, some of the key areas include: teamwork, conflict management and dealing with emergencies.

Operations It takes all sorts of people to run a leisure centre or gym, from leisure centre assistants and managers to cleaning and maintenance staff. Sports management can include anything from making sure the facilities are maintained properly to making sure everything financial is in order too.

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A Levels

The Apprenticeship in active leisure and learning covers a wide range of career paths, whether you’d like to coach, be a fitness instructor, lead outdoor activities or run a leisure centre. You’ll learn on the job while attending a college or training provider on day release, and earn the right qualifications that will help you progress. So even though this is the only level 2 Apprenticeship framework in the sector it can take you a number of directions: • Active Leisure and Learning

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: • Active Leisure and Learning • Facilities Management • Sporting Excellence

A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree, which are explained below, but which ones are right for you depend on what role you want to do. As there are so many varied careers in the industry, from coaching to operations, no single subject is right for everyone, but here are some which could set you in the right direction: • Biology (Human) • Leisure Studies • Sport and Physical Education

Foundation Degrees

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. They can be done in playwork and youth studies.

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What will I earn? For all of these areas, salaries start around £12,000 and can rise to £25,000 with experience and qualificat ions. Senior staff could earn more than £30,000.

London Focus Over 70,000 people are employed in this sector in London; this includes 12% of the UK’s practicing coaches, that’s around 143,000 people. The sector is about to get bigger too after the success of the 2012 London Olympic Games!

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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.

Construction Its more than just bricks and mortar. The construction industry is worth billions and builds the world around us, from hospitals and houses to bridges and football stadiums. One of the most popular ways into this career is the Construction Apprenticeship Scheme, which takes two years for a Level 2 award, and one more year for the Level 3 qualification. To apply, you’ll need to have found an employer that will sponsor you. Job roles: Bricklayer, labourer, joiner, painter and decorator, plasterer. Salary: Apprentices can expect to earn around £8,700 the first year, £11,600 the next, and £15,350 the third year. Qualifications: Construction Apprenticeships; 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.

39 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.

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.

Health & Social Care 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 to see what’s out there to support young entrepreneurs.

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.

If you’ve got a big heart and want to work with people, then a career in Health and Social Care could be for you. This sector is about helping people live healthy, full lives. Health care covers careers in medicine (nurses, physiotherapists, dental nurses, etc) while social care is about supporting people with special needs. Most people in this sector work for the NHS while the rest are employed by private practices. Because healthcare is an essential part of our society, there’ll always be jobs on offer for qualified people. In fact, this is one sector that continues to thrive during recessions. Job roles: Care assistant, nursing assistant, dental nurse, porter. Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £16,000 a year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships and Foundation degrees in Health and Social Care.

IT & Telecoms From mobile phones and satellite TV to broadband and fibre optics, IT & Telecoms are a major part of life – it helps us keep in touch with our friends, stay entertained, conduct business and more. The IT side of things is all about computers and information systems – designing them, developing them, making them, selling them and installing them. 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. Job roles: IT trainer, helpdesk assistant, telecoms technician, customer service representative. Salary: Starting £16,000 - £20,000 for IT and £12,000 - £15,000 for Telecoms. Qualifications: IT Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees.

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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.

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: 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.

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).

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.

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. 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.

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: 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.

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.

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Total population: 2,106,300 Key colleges: Barking and Dagenham College, Bexley College, Brooke House Sixth Form College, Christ the King Sixth Form College, Greenwich Community College, Hackney Community College, Havering College, Lewisham College, Newham College of Further Education, Newham Sixth Form College, Redbridge College, Sir George Monoux College, Tower Hamlets College. Key universities: University of London (19 colleges and institutes across London), University of East London, University of Greenwich. Key employers: HSBC, Barclays, Amazon, Capgemini. Key industries by borough: • Barking and Dagenham – engineering, motor vehicle, manufacturing, transport & logistics • Bexley – manufacturing, creative, digital & media, transport & logistics • Greenwich – manufacturing, travel & hospitality • Hackney – creative, digital & media, business & finance, food & drink • Havering – business & finance, manufacturing, customer service • Lewisham – business & finance, creative, digital & media • Newham – construction, manufacturing, transport & logistics • Redbridge – business & finance, customer service & admin • Tower Hamlets – business & finance, IT & telecoms.

Total population: 1,095,200 Key colleges: Barnet and Southgate College, Capel Manor College, The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, Haringey Sixth Form College, Waltham Forest College, Woodhouse College. Key universities: University of London (19 colleges and institutes across London), London Metropolitan University. Key employers: Coca Cola, Warburtons, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Capgemini. Key industries by borough: • Barnet – retail, business & finance • Enfield – food & drink, transport & logistics, manufacturing • Haringey – creative, digital & media, manufacturing • Waltham Forest – manufacturing. Did you know? Barnet has the second largest population of all the London boroughs.

Did you know? The wholesale and retail sectors employ 6% of workers in Tower Hamlets.

Central London Total population: 1,471,800 Key colleges: Brooke House Sixth Form College, City and Islington College, City of Westminster College, The City College, Duff Miller Sixth Form College, Fashion Retail Academy, Kensington & Chelsea College, Lambeth College, Regents College, Southwark College, Westminster Kingsway College, Working Men‘s College. Key universities: University of London (19 colleges and institutes across London), BPP University College, City University London, Imperial College London, London Metropolitan University, London South Bank University, University of the Arts London, University of Westminster. Key employers: Arcadia Group, Penguin Books, Lloyds Banking Group, Capgemini. Key industries by borough: • Camden – fashion, digital, media & design • City of London – business & finance, tourism • Islington – IT & telecoms • Kensington and Chelsea – creative, digital & media • Lambeth – business & finance, customer service & admin • Southwark – business & finance • Wandsworth – creative, digital & media • Westminster – creative, digital & media, IT & telecoms.

Total population: 1,420,900 Key colleges: Bromley College, Carshalton College, Coulsdon College, Croydon College, John Ruskin College, Kingston College, South Thames College. Key universities: University of London (19 colleges and institutes across London), Kingston University, Roehampton University. Key employers: Nestlé, Bank of America, AIG, Heineken, Capgemini. Key industries by borough: • Bromley - retail, customer service & admin • Croydon – retail, transport & logistics • Kingston-Upon-Thames – retail, IT & logistics • Merton – transport & logistics • Richmond-Upon-Thames – retail, business & finance, IT & telecoms • Sutton – health & social care.

Did you know? Financial and businesses services account for 77% of the total employment in the City of London.

Did you know? South London has a well-qualified workforce, with 40% of residents holding a degree (or equivalent).

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Size of the London workforce in each industry - 5,015,000 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 £610.20 pw/£15.44 ph

Male Pay £649.00 pw £16.43 ph

Female Pay £569.30 pw £14.41 ph

London Workforce Qualifications % NVQ Level 4+ NVQ Level 3 Trade Apprenticeships NVQ Level 2

45.9 12.1 1.5 12

NVQ Level 1 Other Qualifications No Qualifications

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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 University of London 020 7631 6000 British Institue of Technology & E-commerce 020 8552 3071

Colleges Richmond, The American International University in London 020 8332 9000 Roehampton University 020 8392 3232

Brunel University 01895 274000

University of the Arts London 020 7514 6000

City University 020 7040 5060

The University of West London 0800 036 8888

University of East London 020 8223 3000

University of Westminster 020 7915 5511

European School of Economics 020 7245 6148


University of Greenwich 020 8331 8000

Central London

LCA Business School, London 0808 178 1722 London Metropolitan University 020 7133 4200 London South Bank University 020 7815 7815 Middlesex University 020 8411 5555

Westminster Kingsway College 0870 060 9800

North London Barnet College 020 8266 4000 Brooke House Sixth Form College 0800 3892 947 Capel Manor College 08456 122 122

European Business School 0207 487 770

Kingston University 0844 8552177

Southwark College 020 7815 1500

City Lit 020 7492 2600 City of Westminster College 020 7723 8826 The City College 020 7253 1133

City & Islington College 020 7700 9200 College of Haringey, EnďŹ eld and North East London 020 8802 3111 The College of North West London 020 8208 5050 Hackney Community College 020 7613 9123

Fashion Retail Academy 020 7307 2345

Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute 0845 871 4141

Morley College 020 7928 8501

Haringey Sixth Form Centre 020 8376 6000

53 Colleges Harrow College 020 8909 6000

Newham Sixth Form College 020 8279 1001

Regent’s College 0207 487 7700

Redbridge College 0208 548 7400

Sir George Monoux College 020 8523 3544

Tower Hamlets College 020 7510 7777

Southgate College 020 8982 5050 Stanmore College 0208 420 7700 Waltham Forest College 020 8501 8000 Woodhouse College 020 8445 1210 Working Men’s College 020 7255 4700

East London

South London Bromley College 020 8295 7000 Carshalton College 020 8544 4444 Croydon College 020 8686 5700 Hillcroft College 020 8399 2688 John Ruskin College 020 8651 1131

Barking and Dagenham College 020 8090 3020

Kingston College 020 8546 2151

Bexley College 01322 442331

Lambeth College 020 7501 5010

Christ the King College 020 8297 9433

Lewisham College 020 8692 0353

Greenwich Community College 020 8488 4800

South-Thames College 020 8918 7777

Havering FE College 01708 455011

Coulsdon College 01737 551176

Newham College of Further Education 020 8257 4446

West London Duff Miller College 0207 225 0577 Ealing Hammersmith and West London College 0800 980 2175 Kensington & Chelsea College 020 7573 3600 Richmond Upon Thames College 020 8607 8000 St Dominic’s Sixth Form College 020 8422 8084 Uxbridge College 01895 853333 West Thames College 020 8326 2000

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