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Yorkshire & Humber Spring 2013



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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 Yorkshire & Humber 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

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


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


Life Stories

Health & Social Care

Engineering A varied sector with endless possibilities.


Transport & Logistics A fleet of careers that keep our world moving forward.

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


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


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


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: Yorkshire & Humber 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!

How to Apply


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

Earn while you learn Are you ready for work? Would you prefer to spend most of your week with an employer rather than in a classroom? Would you be happy with a small wage for your efforts? Then an Apprenticeship is just the thing for you. An Apprenticeship is a fantastic way of gaining on-the-job training while earning money and acquiring a qualification at the same time. THE GRIMSBY INSTITUTE OFFERS A WIDE SELECTION OF SUBJECTS:

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Life Stories

Reece Evans, Level 2 Electrical Installation Apprentice Reece was a pupil at Hereford Technology School and has been training at the Institute for three years. He always knew he wanted to go into Electrical Installation and is now working all over the country as an Apprentice for Townsend Electrical Services. “It’s taken me a long time to get the job I wanted, but now I’m working all over the UK for Townsends it’s brilliant. The best thing about the Apprenticeship is that I’m learning something new every day. “Training at the Institute gives you a good insight into the industry and then to actually go out into work teaches you how to deal with everyday situations.” 0800 315 002

Shelene Myers-Roberts, Instrument Technician, SSE What attracted you to the engineering industry? I enjoyed working with my hands but also using my brain at the same time. I also enjoy meeting new people and learning new skills. This was the only career choice that would allow me to do all of those things. As a HETA trainee, what did you learn from the experience? I learnt so many things that will be relevant for the majority of my career. Simple things like team work & obviously the skills of my trade. I met some great people whilst at HETA and have picked up different things from each one of them. Would you recommend the HETA Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme to other aspiring engineers? If so, why? Yes, it not only focuses on your trade but you have your chance to learn a few different trades. This gives you a good insight and appreciation for the broad range of skills needed to become an engineer. A lot of effort is put in from the instructors to make sure you have the best start in your career. Which STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) do you think was most important in helping you reach the position you are in today? I think that they are all as important but Science and Maths have a lot of relevancy. In most trades equations are a daily part of life & just having the background knowledge really helps.

13 Natalie is Student of the Year Supported by family and employers nearly 200 beauty therapy, hairdressing and barbering students collected certificates and awards at The Academy Hair and Beauty Training College presentation evening. Student of the Year 2012 goes to budding beauty student Natalie Donovan. Natalie overcame a difficult year of illness and through support from her tutor and hard work she passed her beauty course. We asked Natalie why she chose The Academy: ‘I wanted to study at The Academy Hair and Beauty Training College because friends and students said the training was very good. We don’t have many people in the class so we all know and support each other. I really enjoy the hair and beauty competitions which is a great way to be creative.’

Award winning Adrian Leeds College of Building former apprentice Adrian Wintersgill is flying high after winning numerous awards, including a place on the Prince’s Trust Building Craft Apprentices Programme. The prestigious course is run by the Prince of Wales Heritage Scheme and teaches apprentices about traditional techniques and gives them the chance to work alongside master craftspeople on heritage sites across the UK. Adrian was also awarded the Leeds College of Building ‘Best Plastering Apprentice’ and ‘Faculty Award for Special Achievement’. His tutor Michael Glossop says: “Adrian’s willingness to succeed is inspirational to students and his genuine ability and focus means that he continually achieves his goals well ahead of schedule and to a superior standard”. To top off what has been a great year, Adrian has also been shortlisted for a prestigious award by The Plaisterers’ Company - the trade guild for plasterers in the UK. If Adrian wins The Plaisterers’ Company student of the year’ title he will receive a cheque for £300 and a copy of the plasterers bible Millars. Adrian says: “I’ve had such a great year at College and I feel very lucky to be one of the very few to take part in the Prince’s Trust Programme. I also want to thank the plastering team for their time and support over the past three years and for helping me get the best out of myself, it’s been a pleasure to have been taught by them.” If you are interested in a career in plastering or in the construction and built environment the please get in touch. 0845 129 7690

Each year Academy students are highlighted as amongst the best in the UK at the AHT Competitions. Lindsay Burr MBE, owner of The Academy added: ‘As a British Hairdressing Awards Finalist and a salon owner I appreciate how much practice goes into competition work.’ What is next for Natalie? ‘I’m doing the next level of training which I love! We study massage including aromatherapy and Indian head, false tanning and more. I still need to decide what I want to do after my course but I like having lots of options.’ Find The Academy in Scarborough and Norton, near Malton. To apply or for more information visit Call 01653 699066 or 01723 373138.

Life Stories

Chris Cooper Shipley College has a strong track record of working in partnership with local businesses to provide Apprenticeship opportunities, where the apprentices learn on-the-job, working alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. A great example of this is Chris Cooper, a student who recently completed an Apprenticeship Scheme on a Business Administration Level 2 course progressing to a Diploma in ICT User Skills. During his studies at Shipley College Chris joined AWB Charlesworth LLP - a Solicitors firm based in Keighley, in September 2010. Following his successful Apprenticeship with the firm, Chris was offered a permanent post as an Administrative Assistant. Chris’ day to day activities include assisting with secretarial duties, which include dealing with deliveries, being a regular reception administrator, courier work, archiving company records and general office administration tasks. Chris said: “Working at AWB Charlesworth is giving me the knowledge and opportunities I need to develop my career. Within my position, I have the opportunity to work in, and familiarise myself, with all the firm’s departments and the variety within the role is something I really enjoy.” Chris’s advice to someone considering an Apprenticeship is: ‘You don’t have to go to university to get a qualification. If you’re more practical this is definitely the pathway you should take.” Julie Bridgman, Partner, Family Law at AWB Charlesworth said: “We had not previously had the benefit of an Apprentice and we have found the process and the entire experience to be extremely positive. Chris is a highly regarded and valued member of our team, essential to the smooth running of our office. “Our experience has been so positive that should our firm identify a need for another apprentice in the future, we would have no hesitation to repeat the process.”

At just 19 years old Laura is running her own business ‘Dolled Up’ Former Craven College Beauty Therapy student Laura Hepworth is 19 years old and running her own business ‘Dolled Up’ in Keighley. Laura left Craven College, Skipton in May 2012 with Level 3 Beauty Therapy and Nail Services qualifications. Dolled Up was bought in May 2012 and Laura who was already working there part-time, was asked to partner the business, running the salon herself. The owner saw the great potential in Laura and she took the opportunity. Laura says: ‘I love running my own business. It is very hard but I am determined. I sometimes do 56 hours a week but it is worth it and I have built up the number of clients and it’s doing really well. I loved it at College - there were opportunities to do other things on top of the main course and get more qualifications which I did. The staff were lovely, fun and so helpful. I also used the Enterprise Service at the College, which is open to all current and former students, to get invaluable advice on tax and employing staff.’ Whilst studying at Craven College Laura had her own clients and took the opportunity to achieve Nail Services qualifications on top of the Level 3 in Beauty Therapy. She also won Beauty Therapist of the Year and appears in the College’s Enterprise video. Craven College, Skipton offers a wide range of Vocational courses, A levels, Apprenticeships and Higher Education courses leading to employment and enhanced careers. For more information on all courses, the travel bursary and open events call 01756 791 411 or visit

Calderdale Training Apprenticeship Programme offers a wide range of Apprenticeships.

> Skill Areas • Beauty Therapy • Brick Craft • Business Administration • Childcare • Customer Service • Electrical Installation • Hairdressing • Health & Social Care • Hospitality & Catering • Information Technology • Joinery • Painting & Decorating • Plastering • Plumbing • Retail • Retail Financial Services • Supporting Teaching & Learning in the Classroom

CT is the largest work based learning provider in Calderdale with an excellent reputation for delivering high quality training programmes and developing work placed skills. For more information Contact the Apprenticeship team on: • 01422 399325 • • (and click on Apprenticeships)

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 For more information visit:



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 careerpathways.


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

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


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 or to search for opportunities near you.


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.

Yorkshire & Humber Focus There are loads of exciting career opportunities for young people in Health and Social Care in Yorkshire, and an increasing demand for new talent as the region and its employers will need to recruit an additional 97,000 people by 2017 to fill new jobs!



Real World Surgical Innovations Surgical Innovations’ apprenticeship scheme allows young people the opportunity to work in a range of different areas of their business including quality, product development, engineering, machine shop, assembly and injection moulding on 10 week placements before deciding on the right path for them to forward their career. The scheme supports young people academically through college study and is focused on supporting individuals through their personal and professional development. Jennie Jones, Surgical Innovations HR Manager, said “In 2010 we needed 2 employees to be trained in computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinery and based on previous knowledge and experience of training with Leeds City College we approached the South Leeds Campus. Leeds City College’s training

works well for us, it is professional and helps our staff gain the knowledge and working practice they need.” Ben Tomlinson (pictured) served his apprenticeship in 5 departments, and is now employed as a Machinist, making jigs, g-clamps, and fixtures for laser welding, which need to meet precise specifications every time. Ben said, “Surgical Innovations’ equipment is cutting edge and I’m enjoying the college course, it’s been extremely useful.” Ben has already achieved the BTEC Engineering qualification and is currently in his 2nd year, attending college 2 days a week. Ben has dyslexia and dyspraxia, and learns by observation and trying things

out for himself. He would remind anyone that even if you have a different learning style, you can still do the work and gain a qualification – it’s not a problem for the staff of Leeds City College!


Chemical The processing of raw materials into fuels, chemicals, plastics and pharmaceuticals. Chemical engineers are often researching new materials or helping to develop the plants that turn these materials into the finished product.

Mechanical Designing motors, machinery and other engines. Mechanical engineers can work on small component parts or even extremely large machinery or vehicles. This is one of the most diverse engineering roles.

Marine Designing ships, boats and other watercraft. This is a large sector in the UK because there is plenty of sea around us. Marine engineers may also work on offshore oil platforms and supply vessels.



Designing and making electrical systems and components. This can range from small, individual, circuits and components to helping design and manage an entire electrical network, grid, or power station.


Designing and maintaining aircraft, navigation systems, rockets, satellites etc for the Ministry of Defence. Many engineers working for the government would fit into one of the above categories, depending what their speciality is.


Designing and maintaining aircraft, missiles, weapon systems, satellites and space vehicles. (The UK’s industry is the second largest in the world, behind the USA.) Aeronautical engineers also work on individual components that make up these different vehicles and devices.

The fabrication and welding of metals. Metal engineering contributes around £15 billion to the UK economy, because as well as creating metals recycling and reuse of used metals is now a huge industry in its own right.

Salaries If you get an Apprenticeship , you can expect to start earning minimum of £2. 65 per hour - this will increase as you train. Curren tly, many skilled people in the engineering industry ear n over £400 per week - that’s over £20,000 per yea r.

23 Get Qualified Apprenticeships

An Apprenticeship in engineering offers the best possible preparation to becoming a trained operator with in the industry. Because the enginee ring industry is so big and varied, the type of work you do will depend on your employer and the engineering pathway you choose – this could be mechanical, fabrication and weld ing, electrical or electronic. You might work on the production of products or service and repair production machinery in many industries. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these result in level 2 qualifications such as NVQ s, BTECs or Diplomas: • Engineering • Engineering Construction • Heating, Ventilat ing, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration • Industrial Applications • Marine Industry

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Historically Advanc ed Apprentices have progressed significantly in the industry and man y have gone on to become supervis ors or managers, because of the han don practical nature of the sector this is a good route to take. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these result in leve l3 qualifications such as NVQs, BTE Cs or Diplomas: • Engineering • Engineering Construction • Heating, Ventilat ing, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration • Marine Industry You can also do a Higher Apprenticeship, NVQ level 4 in: • Engineering Technology

A Levels

A Levels can either lead to universit y or a Foundation Degree, which are explained below, but which ones are right for you depend on what role you want to do. Most employers and universities value practical and scientific subjects; these demons trate you are able to understand how thin gs work. Here are some recommend ed A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Biology • Chemistry • Design & Technology • Maths • Marine Science • Physics

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 sho uld give you the right skills to be read y for employment. They are university-level qualificatio ns and are equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree. A typic al full-time Foundation Degree takes two years to complete, and are differen t from Honours Degrees as they usua lly involve learning in the workplace as well as at university or college. The y are available in a range of subjects ; you can even do them in aircraft engineering.

College Courses

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

Yorkshire & Humber Focus Our region is an international leader in high-precision engineering. For example South Yorkshire has some of the most advanced engineering companies in the world, making all sorts of things, from ice skates to Formula 1 engines. Every year, the Engineering sector brings in £5bn to Yorkshire’s local economy! The good news is that around 29,000 new recruits will be needed over the next few years – so now’s a great time to get involved.

Apprenticeships at Doncaster College

Looking for a job with training? Have you ever thought of becoming an Apprentice? Why an Apprenticeship? “Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and gain practical skills from the workplace.” Source: National Apprenticeship Service How do Apprenticeships work? You will need to be in full-time employment and you will be paid at least the National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage. Employers are responsible for on-thejob training whilst off-the-job training is arranged by Doncaster College.

What does the Apprenticeship framework contain? A competence based qualification. A knowledge based qualification. Functional Skills in English, Maths and IT. What to do next? We are constantly recruiting Apprentices on behalf of various employers. For a list of all our current vacancies, please visit or contact the Recruitment Team on the contact details below. Email: Tel: 01302 553 913 Web:



Real World Personal Achievement for Nathan Nathan Shelton, a Warehousing and Logistics Apprentice with The Source Skills Academy has been recognised for the enthusiasm he has shown to his qualification. Nathan, who works at Formkraft Limited in Sheffield, a company that specialises in retail consumables and promotional merchandise, has made outstanding progress during his Warehousing Level 2 Apprenticeship, winning the Personal Achievement Award from his Training Provider, The Source Skills Academy. Nathan was recognised with the award after his Tutor had witnessed his exceptional growth during his learning and was impressed with how he had embraced his qualification.

Nathan made such fantastic progress in his development that he has now commenced his Level 3 Apprenticeship in Warehousing and Logistics, challenging him to go even further in his career at Formkraft. Nathan said: “I have really enjoyed my Warehousing qualification. I am the kind of person that likes to get stuck in, so it’s the perfect career choice for me. My qualification has brought out the best in me, developing my skills and my confidence and I am really proud to have received an award from The Source.” Formkraft Warehouse Manager Mark Hunter said: “Nathan’s qualification has not only done wonders for him as a person, it has benefited our business. Nathan is enthusiastic, willing to work hard and eager to learn, which is exactly what we look for at Formkraft.”

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Rail Transport Operations It’s no simple feat to keep our railway network running to schedule – we need people to drive the trains, take fares, assist customers, operate the signals and more. You could work for the Underground or above ground. With new high speed rail systems being proposed by government there will be more opportunities in this area in the future. Earnings: Salaries start around £13,000 a year.

Airports It takes more than pilots to keep plane passengers safe – air traffic controllers help planes land safely and baggage handlers make sure luggage reaches the right destination. This sector is continually growing, with more and more flights every year. There are also lots of customer service roles throughout airports. Earnings: Salaries start between £14,000 and £17,000 a year.

Engineering & Maintenance Transport and logistics rely heavily on vehicles – trains, buses, aeroplanes, vans, cars and motorcycles – so the sector needs people with the skills to keep them running. You could learn how to service sections of rail or fix lorries, depending on your interests. Maintenance specialists are also vital to our railways and motorways. Earnings: Salaries start between £16,000 and £19,000 a year.

Mail Services This deals with the collection, processing and delivery of mail and packages. The Royal Mail is the largest employer, but there are lots of other specialist mail providers like FedEx who have grown with the popularity of internet shopping. You could sort in a processing centre or be out and about, making deliveries. Earnings: Salaries start between £12,500 and £17,000 a year.

Driving & Carrying Goods This covers the transport and delivery of goods by both light vehicles (like motorcycles and van) and large goods vehicles (like lorries). Large goods vehicle driving requires a special type of driving license. There are over 300,000 HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) drivers in the UK. Earnings: Salaries start between £10,500 and £12,500 a year.

Warehouse & Storage An essential part of transport and logistics, this area deals with the movement and storage of goods. It involves more than just lifting and moving things around – it takes organisation skills to manage inventory and specialist skills to operate forklifts and other machinery. Many roles in warehouse & storage are admin or management roles. Earnings: Salaries start around £13,000 a year.

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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. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these result in level 2 qualifications such as NVQs, BTECs or Diplomas: • Aviation Operations on the Ground • Cabin Crew • Driving Goods Vehicles • Mail Services • Passenger Carrying Vehicles Driving – Bus and Coach • Purchasing and Supply Management • Rail Transport Engineering • Rail Services • Traffic Office • Transport Engineering and Maintenance • Warehouse and Storage

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: • Driving Goods Vehicles • Logistics Operations Management • Purchasing and Supply Management • Rail Transport Engineering • Transport Engineering and Maintenance You can also do a Higher Apprenticeship, level 4, in: • Purchasing and Supply Management

A Levels

A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree. As many of the skills needed in the industry there aren’t specific A Levels that are the key to the sector. However if you’re interested in management aspects here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Business Studies • Economics

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 are available in some interesting subjects, such as air transport management.

College Courses

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Yorkshire & Humber Focus Combining new jobs and those that need replacement employees, for example after retirement, there is an expected 65,000 jobs to fill by 2017, like the sound of those odds? There are a variety of roles to suit different people including supply chain management, cargo handling, warehouse and storage and various modes of transport like road, sea and rail. The most common job role here is in goods handling and storage, like the people who operate warehouses.



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.

College Courses

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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.

Yorkshire & Humber Focus In our region, the sector is forecast to grow by 24% over the next four years! Right now, one in three vacancies are hard to fill – there’s a real need for people with the right skills, qualifications and work experience for the job. A vocational course is the perfect way to take advantage of these opportunities.



Real World Youngster Usman moves from boredom to businessman Usman Nasir was bored at home. He wasn’t doing anything and didn’t have an idea about what he’d like to do in his future career. He heard via a friend about the Aspire2work programme, and his friend thought the alternative way of learning was really enjoyable. ‘School was not for me and I was looking for something else to do, so I decided to join,’ said Usman. Since being at Aspire-i, Usman has really changed as a person. He has learnt to mix with people from all walks of life and has developed a passion for retail. ‘I have

become much more confident in my own abilities.’ Usman says. “The best thing about it was the support and guidance that I received from the Tutors – they treated me like an adult and helped me make important decisions about my future.’ he said. Usman enjoyed working out how to budget and make profit, and these are skills he now uses on a daily basis in his own business. Usman’s family has financially supported him in starting his own sweet shop. He explains, ‘Before the Aspire2work course this would not have been possible – but since being on the course they have been so proud of my achievements and happy with the new me, they have encouraged and supported me with this new venture. I was also recently nominated for the

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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.

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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

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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.

Yorkshire & Humber Focus In Yorkshire, we like to shop just as much as the rest of the country. Leeds is the largest retail centre in the region, with shoppers spending £1,688,000,000 a year, making it the fifth largest retail destination in the entire country. But places like Meadowhall, York, Sheffield and Hull are close behind, with many retail establishments in between. All this means lots of opportunities for anyone looking to cash in on the thriving retail sector!

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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 Customer Service & Admin Any business that wants to be successful has to make its customers happy. 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. Another thing businesses can’t function without is effective admin. Administrators are responsible for running the daily operations of the office. They answer the phone, input data, type up letters and anything else that needs to be done. Since administration and customer service are needed in most organisations, you could work across many different sectors. Job roles: Admin assistant, office junior, personal assistant, customer service representative. Salary: Starting anywhere between £13,000 and £18,000 per year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Customer Service and Business & Admin; Foundation Degree in Customer Service Management.

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.

Food & Drink 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.

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 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.

Hair & Beauty 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.

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IT & Telecoms Maritime 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.

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.

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).

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.

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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West Yorkshire Total population: 2,249,500 People in employment: 1,012,800 Key city: Leeds. Key places: Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield. Key colleges: Bradford College, Calderdale College, Greenhead College, Huddersfield New College, Kirklees College, Leeds City College, Leeds College of Building, NEW College (Pontefract), Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College, Shipley College, Wakefield College. Key universities: The University of Bradford, The University of Huddersfield, University of Leeds, Leeds Trinity University College, Leeds Metropolitan University. Key employers: Leeds City Council, ASDA, British Gas, BT, Yorkshire Bank, Natwest, Barclays, Leeds Teaching Hospital (NHS). Key industries: Financial Services, Creative, Digital & Media, Manufacturing. Useful websites: Did you know? Leeds is the largest centre for knowledge-based industries outside of London. Over 180,000 people are employed in ‘knowledge-intensive’ occupations here.

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Total population: 500,000 People in employment: 236,100 Key city: Hull Key towns: Grimsby, Scunthorpe. Key colleges: Bishop Burton College, East Riding College, Franklin College, Grimsby Institute, Hull College, John Leggott Sixth Form College, North Lindsey College, Wilberforce College, Wyke Sixth Form College. Key university: The University of Hull. Key employers: NHS, Hull City Council, Baxters, Youngs, BAE Systems, Kimberly-Clark, East Riding Council, Corus. Key industries: Energy & Renewables, Transport & Logistics, Manufacturing. Useful websites:, www.lincs2.

Total population: 599,700 People in employment: 285,800 Key city: York. Key town: Harrogate. Key colleges: Askham Bryan College, Craven College, Scarborough Sixth Form College, Selby College, York College. Key universities: The University of York, York St John University. Key employers: North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council, North Yorkshire Police, Aviva plc, Shepherd Building Group, Grampian Country Pork. Key industries: Leisure & Tourism, Retail, Environment & Land Based. Useful website:

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South Yorkshire Total population: 1,328,300 People in employment: 578,800 Key city: Sheffield. Key places: Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley. Key colleges: Barnsley College, Dearne Valley College, Doncaster College, Longley Park Sixth Form College, Rotherham College of Arts and Technology, Sheffield College, Thomas Rotherham College. Key universities: The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University. Key employers: Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (NHS), Sheffield Hallam University, HSBC. Key industries: Creative Industries, Manufacturing, Public Services. Useful websites:, Did you know? Tourism contributes £193 million to South Yorkshire’s economy each year.

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Size of the Yorkshire & Humber workforce in each industry - 2,516,000 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

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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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