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Hello, we’re Careers World... ...and this is Careers World magazine, here to help you decide your next step! With the end of the school year fast approaching it’s an exciting time for school leavers like you, as you take that next step towards your dream career. There are millions of different routes you can take: you could get ahead with an Apprenticeship, get your qualifications paid for with employer funded study, discover a vocational course at college, apply for a uni course and much more. 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 explore employment trends in your area, take a look at some remarkable true stories of young people who’ve been successful after leaving school and give you a guide to all of the qualifications out there. There’s a lot to sort out before September, so we answer some of the most common questions or concerns you might have in our school leaver problems page.

Throughout this magazine, you’ll see lots of facts and figures about your region and its sectors. We get them from UK National Statistics, various Sector Skills Councils and industry experts. It’s all official stuff, there’s no Wikipedia where we’re involved!

But Careers World magazine is only the beginning. As new opportunities arise every day the best place to get the latest news is with Careers World online. There’s no excuse to not find out more with our website, facebook and twitter feeds, as well as our fantastic newsletters which fly straight to your email inbox! So what are you waiting for? Turn the page, get started and make the most of your summer with Careers World...

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The perfect place to start, jump straight to any section that appeals or keep turning the pages and get stuck in – It’s time to find your dream career!

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School Leaver Problem Page


There are lots of routes you can take, and lots of potential issues, but after reading our problem page you’ll be ready for anything.


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

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

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Creative, Digital & Media


This cutting edge industry isn’t just for geeks.

Exciting, trendy careers for artistic types.




A varied sector with endless possibilities.


Manufacturing It’s about making things we need, from food and medicine to petrol and clothing.

IT & Telecoms

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


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


Here’s how it works Every term we publish a new issue of Careers World that covers five sectors in detail, giving you a good idea of what a career in these sectors would be like. Don’t worry if the sector you’re keen on isn’t one of the five – you can find a brief overview of all other sectors in the ‘Imagine a career’ article or if you head to We’ll cover five different sectors in detail in the next issue, so look out for us next term. If there is anything else you would like us to cover, or you just want to say hello, drop us an email at We want to make sure we cover everything you need to plan your future! Happy reading, and hope you have a great term.

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07 Going into sixth form, college, an apprenticeship, university or the world of work? Leaving school is an exciting time but sometimes you might have big decisions or dilemmas along the way, take a look at our problem page to make sure you are prepared...

82% Over

of UK employees are qualified to NVQ 1 and above

Statistics show in the year to July 2012 there were

502,500 Apprenticeship starts in the UK

There are over

2 million students in the UK!

1/3 Around

of UK workers are qualified to NVQ 4 and above

800,000 school leavers and graduates enter the job market each year

There are more than

500,000 university places available in the UK each year

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A-Level results day

GCSE results day

New academic year

and training providers have ver specific route you’re taking, most education It’s also important to check the key dates for whate to be available. For have you when know you looming deadlines. Make sure easy to use websites and will warn you of any useless until you actually go and ent dates, so you may have a place but that’s example, many colleges have different enrolm enrol.

In our previous issues we covered some of the common questions you had about which options to take when you leave school and how to apply for them. Now you have a plan it is time to consider some of the problems you may encounter and, more importantly, how to avoid them!

Speak to your school careers advisor

This seems obvious and by this point in the year it is likely that you have already spoken to your school advisor, but even if you know exactly what you’re doing it can’t hurt to get an expert opinion. Your careers advisors are there to help you and going along for a chat may raise issues you hadn’t even thought of.

Consider all the available options

Again at this point you’ve probably explored a few different avenues, or have applied for your dream course, but a back-up plan is always useful. For example, if you don’t get the grades you need to get on your course, is there a different type of qualification you can do to get into the industry you want to? There may be other colleges or providers who offer the same course too and it’s fine to go to open days at different places even if you’ve already applied elsewhere.

Dilemmas, concerns & problems... Here are some of the issues students have with the most common school leaver routes. But if you do a bit of preparation and make use of the resources available there is nothing to worry about!

Think about money

‘Money makes the world go round’ is a cheesy catchphrase - but it’s true. Money is a big issue no matter what route you take: if you’re doing an Apprenticeship, you get paid, but need to consider possible travelling expenses; if you’re doing a further education course the old EMA funding system no longer exists; if you’re going to university you will be in control of your own household budget! Many students get part-time or summer jobs to help fund their studies, could this be an option for you?


Problem: You’ve heard all about Apprenticeships, and would like to do one so you can get paid and qualified, but you can’t find any vacancies.

Ask your friends, relatives, teachers and careers advisors, if they know any local employers or providers who can help you find an Apprenticeship . Alternatively if you have Solution: More and more a part-time job you could young people are interested always ask you r current in Apprenticeships and we employer to take you on as gave you the info on how to an Apprentice ! It sounds apply for an Apprenticeship strange but lots of people in our last issue. Obviously who do Apprenticeships your first port of call should already have jobs, be because of the benefits to the employee and the . uk and the online vacancy employer. You get qualified matching service, which and your employer doesn’t lists all of the available have to pay anything for opportunities. You don’t the training if you’re 18 or have to leave your search under. there though, why not do some networking?

09 A Levels and Sixth Form

College Enrolment

Problem: You’ve got places at several colleges but you’re not sure where to go, or how to enrol. Solution: If you’ve been unsure about what course you want to do, or where you want to do it, you may have places at more than one college, or a place at sixth form and college available. This is completely normal and colleges understand that your situation may have changed since application, especially if you applied for your course in the autumn term of year 11. Once you have decided which course you want to do contact the college(s) you won’t be

Problem: You’re not sure you’ve made the right choices for your A-Levels, and you don’t know whether to stay at your schools sixth form or go elsewhere.

attending and inform them of your decision.

As mentioned in the colleg e enrolment section it is common to have offers from more than one place. Hopefully you will have Solution: After getting you r GCSE results, or just having been to both college and sixth form open days so a change of heart, you you should have a good may want to do different A idea of what both are like. Levels from the ones you It’s really a choice between have previously chosen. the size and independence Sometimes the best thing of a new college, or sixth to do is allow time to adapt form, or staying where you and get used to the course . already know the teachers However if you have the and have friends. There is necessary GCSE grades no set answer about which you should be able to is best, it really depends on change before term starts without any problems. Most what you think is best for your future. schools and colleges don’t

It’s really important that you enrol on your chosen course in time, as enrolment days at colleges can be hectic. Once you have been offered a place most colleges will send you a letter telling you what you need to enrol and when enrolment is. Though each college is different you may need photo identification, references, loan/fee payment information and qualification documents with you when you go to enrol. Most colleges have phone hotlines or email addresses you can contac t if you are unsure about what you need and where you need to go.

UCAS and University

Part-time jobs

provide you with money but it looks good on your CV too - many employers consider workplace experience to be as important as education and qualifications. There are lots of job sites out Solution: There are funding there with part-time roles options available for further for students who need and higher education extra cash, so get your CV through government online, but also consider bursaries and scholarships doing a bit of networking ; however many students or just taking a CV round who don’t qualify for these small local businesses. Lot s still have money worries. of jobs are never actually A popular option for many advertised, there’s no harm students is a part-time or a in asking local businesses summer/temporary job. if they need extra staff and industries like the restauran t Not only will part-time work trade are always looking for alongside your studies new people! Problem: You want to stay in further or higher education, and have an ideal course lined up, but you’re worried about money.

will accept you anyway, especially if you’re just short of the mark.

Problem: You’re worried you won’t get the grades you expected and may have to go through clearing .

Going through Clearing allows you to look at all of the courses that still have places. You may Solution: Every year A use Clearing if you didn’t Level results day is all over receive any offers, missed the news with the clearing your grades or want to process in complete turn down the offers you pandemonium and have received. Through gazillions of disappointed Clearing you can speak students. However in to as many universities reality the process is really and colleges you want, straightforward. If you’re so you can decide what unsuccessful with your course you want to do, but first choice offer, but meet you can only accept one the conditions for your course. Clearing is nothing second choice, you will be to be scared of; thousands accepted there. If you fail of students get places to meet the conditions for through the system every either choice you can get year! Alternatively you can a place through Clearing. always ask your teachers Even if you miss your about repeating your A required grades its worth Levels or even getting them checking if the institutions re-m arked. that offered you places


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Life Stories Luke Hutchinson, Catering & hospitality Luke attended St Lawrence School in Horncastle, a specialist school for pupils with learning problems. He was unsure that he could do any qualifications as his academic ability was low and had very little confidence in himself. The school looked at vocational qualifications for him and offered him work experience in their kitchen. He did his level one Food Production and Cooking qualification and then went on to do his Level 2 Apprenticeship in Food Production. He has also achieved Key Skills in Application of Number and Communication, Level 2 Food Hygiene and Level 2 Health and Safety qualifications. Luke says: “I am now given responsibility to cook food on my own, I have learnt how to communicate and interact with people, be polite and sociable. My confidence has grown and I am also more independent and have learnt to ride a moped and I am now learning to drive, something I thought I would never do. Also as part of my apprenticeship I have learnt Maths and English at level 1.” Because of Luke’s success he is now employed by the catering department and would like to progress to level 3 and do his Patisserie qualification. Luke is a success story of how an apprenticeship can not only give a person qualifications but brings out their social and personal skills to make them an all rounded person.

Jack Dykeman NHS and Health organisations across the East Midlands have been active in supporting over 1250 Apprentices since 2010, within a number of frameworks including Information Technology. Jack Dykeman began his apprenticeship within community healthcare provider Nottingham CityCare Partnership at the end of July 2012, As Jack outlines, “I had studied Maths at A-Level and had a personal interest in IT based systems, I felt this would be a perfect opportunity for me to develop my existing knowledge and possibly progress within the organisation”. As soon as I had finished my first day, it became evident to me that I had made the right choice. The combination of friendly and welcoming people with a challenging and changing role within the team helped me to settle in to this new environment. I am now halfway through my apprenticeship and already feel I have achieved more than I imagined I would in this period of time. I have been involved with various Healthcare services across the City and by showing that I have capability and motivation; I hope to have established myself as a valuable resource within my team. Jack’s experience and the opportunity for young people to work in the NHS is echoed by David Churchill, Assistant Director of Clinical Systems at Northants and Milton Keynes PCT. Within the Information, Management and Technology (IM&T) directorate they have recognised the fabulous opportunity an Apprenticeship offers a young person, to include work experience, an accredited qualification and various Microsoft packages. In the Autumn of 2012 the apprentice they had supported was successful in securing a permanent position in the IM&T team and the programme has been deemed so successful that another apprentice was appointed to the team in January 2013.

13 Roseanna flourishes as she moves onto her Advanced Apprenticeship Roseanna Brown, aged 19 from Nottingham, successfully completed her Intermediate Apprenticeship for the Children & Young People’s Workforce (Level 2), and has now progressed onto the Advanced Apprenticeship for the Children & Young People’s Workforce (Level 3) with Care Training East Midlands (CTEM). Roseanna had completed her Level 2 in Health and Social Care at college and was volunteering for the Brownies whilst studying towards her Level 2.5, when she decided that she wanted to gain more practical experience. She says; “I wanted to learn but also get experience. It’s easier [on an Apprenticeship] because you are doing it every day, so it’s not hard to put it into writing.” She saw an Apprenticeship vacancy for The Ark Nursery in Mapperley Park on the National Apprenticeship Service website, and began her Intermediate Apprenticeship in March 2011. Dawn Steele, Roseanna’s manager, says; “We wanted to give somebody a chance to get into childcare that didn’t already have the qualifications.” For the first few months Roseanna worked in the various rooms of the nursery, gaining experience of children of different age groups. She is now based in the baby room, where her role involves feeding and changing the babies, as well as weekly planning, parent’s evenings and observations. By January 2012, Roseanna had successfully completed her Intermediate Apprenticeship, and in April embarked on the Advanced Apprenticeship, which includes the QCF (NVQ) Level 3 Diploma for the Children & Young People’s Workforce. Roseanna is very happy about the support and learning she receives from CTEM. Of her assessor Josianne, Roseanna says; “Josianne was really good. Any time I had a problem I could contact her, and she was very supportive.” In the future, Roseanna aims to go to university to train to become a Midwife, and hopes to use her Advanced Apprenticeship on her university applications. CTEM don’t just offer Apprenticeship in childcare and health and social care, they also offer Apprenticeships in Warehousing, Customer Service and Business Administration.

Qualifying on the Job Riseholme College offers a range of apprenticeship programmes at Intermediate and Advanced levels in Agriculture, Horticulture, Equine and Animal Care. The College works in partnership with local employers to give apprentices access to high quality training, recognised qualifications, practical experience and industry knowledge, whilst earning a wage. Rebecca Gillatt is studying an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Horticulture at Riseholme College and has secured a position with the Gelder Group, near Lincoln. Speaking of her experience, she said, “Gardening has always been a hobby of mine, but I wanted to apply my skills practically and on a larger scale. I have already gained some qualifications in the first few months of my apprenticeship and will be undertaking chainsaw and spraying qualifications soon.” Training is delivered both at the College and in the workplace and employers tailor their training to make sure apprentices learn the skills to meet their needs and that of the industry sector. Rebecca sees her apprenticeship as an opportunity for both further study and employment: “I enjoy the hands-on, practical learning. I am interested in learning more about conservation and ecological developments that can benefit the company and surrounding countryside. “I love my new vocation and the variety of challenges it brings. One day I’d like to be a Head Gardener and be able to pass on my knowledge to another apprentice. My next step will be to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship at Riseholme College to develop my management skills and theoretical knowledge.” For more information about apprenticeships contact: 01522 895365

Ryan Dunnill Once I finished school, I didn’t like the thought of spending another two years sitting in a classroom, but still wanted to continue in learning. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do at first and was in two minds of what job area I wanted to go into. I decided to embark into the construction trade and became an electrician’s mate. Once in the role for a while I realised I had made the wrong choice as it really wasn’t something I enjoyed and came to the point I really didn’t want to go into work. I then looked into office work as I.T. was something I enjoyed at school and this is where I came across Apprenticeships. This saw me work in an office environment as I wanted to do. The Apprenticeship included on and off the job training and the chance to gain a qualification. This sounded great so I went for it! I found the vacancy through Connexions and this brought me in touch with Options 2 who provided all the advice, training and support required. In fact Options 2 also found an additional placement for me to complete my Apprenticeship when my original placement fell through. I have nearly completed my Intermediate Apprenticeship (level 2) in Customer Service and I am looking to progress onto level 3. I feel Apprenticeships open you up to vast amount of opportunities, give you experience and this means you continue your own personal development. I would really recommend Apprenticeships as you not only get a qualification recognised by employers, you also get paid at the same time which is a bonus. 01604 745 730

Jodie Whitemore, Foundation Degree in Hairdressing and Salon Management Nineteen-year-old Jodie Whitemore had been homeschooled, so coming to college was a completely new experience for her. “I was incredibly nervous setting foot in the commercial salon when I first joined. I soon made friends and the tutors were very welcoming. “After completing my Level 3 hairdressing apprenticeship I took the leap and enrolled on the Hairdressing and Salon Management Foundation Degree. Writing at this higher level was different and quite difficult at first. I’m glad I stuck at it as the new skills I’ve learnt about business techniques have got me looking creatively at my business.” When the owner of Jodie’s salon retired she was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to buy it for herself, and she’s now the proud owner of Trends hairdressing salon located in Skegby, Nottinghamshire. “People say how well I’ve done, owning my own business at nineteen. The key to success is in your mind set. I’m determined not to let the little things get in the way and I’m dedicated and disciplined whether it’s studying or working. “I’d like to carry on learning and achieve a full degree and then just go with the flow. Coming to college has developed me as a student and as a person and I’m looking forward to my second year of studies.” The college’s Foundation Degrees in Hairdressing and Salon Management and International Spa Management are now held in Revive, a new commercial salon based in Mansfield. Visit 0808 100 3626 visionwestnotts

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From fashion and film to design and new media, it’s all about the creative buzz in this exciting, fast-paced industry. Vocational learning is a great way to get your foot in the door! Creative industries employ over

2 million people in the UK

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The TV industry comprises of over

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39% of employees in creative media industries are female

Samantha Swanepoel Samantha Swanepoel was working freelance at an interior design company two days a week as a Studio Assistant when she came across the NDA. After attending an Open Day, Samantha was so impressed by the facilities and attitude of the staff that she enrolled on the Foundation Degree in Interior Design. As the Foundation Degree is studied via part time distance learning she was able to increase her working hours. This helped her progress at work and she was quickly employed full time as a Junior Designer. Samantha states; “My work for the NDA showed my boss a varied range of work that I was capable of. The course was better than I expected. I had previously done a course at a local college and the NDA has provided better resources and support than any college.

There are over

11,600 publishing companies in the UK The industry contributes

£24.8 billion to the UK economy each year

“I prefer doing distance learning and definitely don’t feel like I have missed out on anything. I haven’t had to waste time travelling or for classes to start. Every bit of time I devote to the course can be used for working on my projects and producing a standard of work I am happy with.” Samantha gained NDA ‘Student of the Month’ during her FdA studies and is now on the final module of the BA (Hons) course and, once completed, will attend the Graduation ceremony at Staffordshire University.

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Publishing employs


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Forget the starving artist. If you’re a creative person, there are many ways to have a successful career. This industry covers things that play a big role in our everyday lives, from the television we watch to the websites we click on. Because it’s such an exciting sector, competition for jobs can be high so work experience and on-the-job training is highly recommended. Here are some of the biggest areas within this sector: Film & TV We all know who the actors are, but what about the hundreds of names that scroll by during the end credits? They all perform technical roles that equal a great film: production assistants, camera operators, set designers, lighting technicians, directors, special effects people, etc. This is one part of the sector where there are similar levels of male and female employees. Earnings: Salaries start quite low (£12,000 a year), but can build up with experience and hard work.

Interactive Media Interactive media or ‘new media’ covers any digital product that responds to the user’s action by presenting pop-ups, text, video and sound. Facebook is a perfect example – others include iPhone apps, viral ads and dynamic websites. It’s all things digital, and it’s a fast-paced industry where technology pushes forward each day. Earnings: As with Creative and IT-type roles, salaries are quite high for the industry – you could make between £16,000 and £20,000 a year.

Graphic Design We live in a world of visual messages: websites, billboards, magazines, signs, packaging, etc. A graphic designer uses type (lettering) and images to get information across and make an impact. The wide use of graphic design means you could be working on any variety of projects. Earnings: Salaries start anywhere between £13,000 and £18,000 a year.


Animation Computer Games It’s more than just cartoons – films like Toy Story proved just how profitable animation can be. In addition to films, you’ll find animated content on TV, in films, adverts, websites and computer and video games. Earnings: Between £16,000 and £20,000.

Fashion This stylish industry needs fashion designers to dream up the next hot look, pattern cutters to turn the designs into real clothes, buyers to stock shops with the best trends, managers to make sure everything runs to budget, plus many more hard-working people. Earnings: Starting around £12,000£15,000.

It takes a team of creative types to produce computer games and the industry is one of the fastest growing in the UK – employing 28,000 people across a range of roles! Games development is a very popular career path: artists, animators, graphic artists, designers, computer programmers, audio programmers, testers and production managers are all needed to make a great game. Staff turnover in the industry is low too, meaning most employees spend most of their careers working in the games business. Earnings: Salaries start between £15,000 and £19,000 a year.

Without this industry, the media you’re reading wouldn’t exist. From journalists looking for the big story to book editors crafting an author’s manuscript into a bestseller, this is an industry for people who love the written word. Many publishing companies are small and specialised, focusing on a particular niche type of publishing. Earnings: Starting between £15,000 and £20,000 a year.

Performing Arts It takes years of practice, talent, hard work (and luck) to be a performer, but there are plenty of supporting roles on offer. You could help light the productions, dress the actors in wardrobe or man the ticket booth – all without the risk of stage fright! Earnings: Salaries are between £12,000 and £16,000 a year.


Get Qualified There are plenty of vocational and academic courses in this sector... Apprenticeships

The creative Apprenticeship is a way to get your foot in the door of this exciting industry. 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. The work experience will give you a real advantage over other candidates. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these result in level 2 qualifications such as NVQs, BTECs or Diplomas: • Creative • Design • Fashion and Textiles • Freelance (Music Practitioner) • Games Testing

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: • Creative • Creative and Digital Media • Design • Fashion and Textiles • Freelance (Music Practitioner) • Photo Imaging for Staff Photographers

A Levels

A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree, which are explained below. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Art and Design • Dance • Drama and Theatre Studies • Fine Art • Graphic Design • History of Art • Media Studies • Music/Music Technology • Performance Studies • Performing Arts • Photography • ThreeDimensional Design

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

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 a range of subjects, such as creative writing or animation.

East Midlands Focus A lot of people in our region are employed in this sector, and it is growing. If you like the idea of not being tied down to one employer, freelancing is quite common in this industry. The roles available vary from content production and photo imaging to publishing and computer game production. The highest number of employees here are in publishing, followed by photo imaging and interactive media.

Fast Facts • Over 45,000 people are employed in fashion and textiles in the East Midlands. • The East Midlands is home to 4% of the UK’s creative, digital and media employees. • The most popular area of the sector here is publishing; around 10,500 people work in publishing in our region.

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Useful Links – Great place to search for media courses. – Creative and Cultural Skills. – Work experience placements at BBC.


From making aeroplanes fly to maintaining sophisticated machinery, engineers are behind the greatest achievements of mankind. Get into engineering and you’ll be on one of the most exciting career paths out there! Engineering industries employ

815,600 people in the UK Science industries employ an estimated

191,000 people in the UK

UK engineering exports are valued at

£137 billion each year

1/5 Engineering makes up

of the UK economy!

Derby College Expands Engineering Courses Derby College’s Engineering Academy, based at the Roundhouse in Pride Park, has launched new programmes in response to liaison with local and regional companies. These include a new Higher Apprenticeship programme which has been developed in partnership with JCB alongside the College’s Foundation Degree in Engineering with Sheffield Hallam University. Among the former Derby College Engineering students who are now working under the Higher Apprenticeship programme at JCB and returning to College on day release is Rhys Stevenson (18) from Stapleford.

After an engineering Apprenticeship you could be earning

£20,000 a year!

20% Roughly

of engineering employees are female



employees will be required in science, engineering and manufacturing by 2016


people work in the aerospace industry in the UK

Rhys, who is currently working in the Heavy Products Division, said: “I regard myself as extremely lucky to be working at JCB – earning a good wage and having the opportunity to further my qualifications through the College. “When I left school I came to College with a view to getting a career in Engineering but never dreamt that I would get this opportunity with such a good company straight from College.” Derby College also introduced a new twoyear BTEC Diploma in Rail Engineering in September as part of the new full time courses that have been introduced following a significant increase in

enrolment on full time engineering courses at the Roundhouse.

At the heart of every technological advance is an engineer. In fact, an engineer has played a role in almost every aspect of our society. 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 cheaper, quicker and more effectively than ever before? Engineering is one of the most varied sectors out there. Here are some of the main areas:



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.

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.

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.

Defence 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.

Metal engineering contributes around £15 billion to the UK economy each year. This area is all about the fabrication, welding and creation of metals. Because more metals are now recycled than ever before, metal engineering is on the rise.

Marine Designing ships, boats and other watercraft. This is a large sector in the UK because we are an island nation. Marine engineers may also work on offshore oil platforms and supply vessels.

Salaries If you get an Apprenticeship , you can expect to start earning a 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.


Get Qualified To get into engineering, you’ll need hands-on experience and a good head for maths and science... 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 you r employer and the engineering path way you choose – this could be mechan ical, fabrication and welding, electrica l or electronic. You might work on the production of products or service and repair production machinery in man y industries. Here are the Apprentices hip frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these result in level 2 qualifications such as NVQs, BTECs or Diplomas: • Engineering • Engineering Construction • Heating, Ventilat ing, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration • Industrial Applications • Marine Industry

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships are equ ivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical role s. Historically Advanced Apprentices have progressed significantly in the indu stry and many have gone on to become

supervisors or managers, because of the hand-on practical nature of the sect or 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 • Mar ine Industry You can also do a Higher Apprent iceship, NVQ level 4 in: • Engineering Technology

A Levels

A Levels can either lead to universit y or a Foundation Degree, but which one s are right for you depend on what role you want to do. Most employers and universities value practical and scie ntific subjects; these demonstrate you are able to understand how things work. Here are some recommended A Level sub jects, which could set you in the right dire ction: • Biology • Chemistry • Design & Technology • Maths • Marine Scie nce • Physics

East Midlands Focus Around 5,700 people are recruited into the engineering industry in the East Midlands every year, this makes your potential prospects good as the industry is growing. There are a number of colleges here that offer qualifications in engineering based subjects. These include West Nottinghamshire College, Leicester College, Grantham College and Stephenson College.

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 fulltime Foundation Degree takes two year s to complete, and are different from Hon ours Degrees as they usually involve lear ning in the workplace as well as at univ ersity or college. They 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

Fast Facts

Useful Links

• There are 25 centres that offer engineering Apprenticeships here. • The East Midlands accounts for 9% of all engineering employment in the UK. – Search for Engineering Apprenticeships here. – This website has lots of info about engineering careers. – Website for engineering jobs. - Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing.

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Animal Care Business and Administration Customer Service Care and Early Years Land Based Engineering Equine Food and Manufacturing Horticulture Hospitality and Catering Leadership and Management Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (Teaching Assistant)

Here is just a few of the employers we work with: • RSPCA • Manor Farm • Wreake Valley Farm • Jeld-Wen • Cately Engineering • Stoke Rochford Hall • Interserve


REECE ELKINGTON - FOOD MANUFACTURE LEVEL 2 APPRENTICESHIP GAMBLE AND HOLLIS BUTCHERY, LEICESTER. “It was easy, I got support at work from BMC and my employer, it was a great combination that really got me to where I want to be. I didn’t have to go into college at all, I completed it all in the workplace.”

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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.

The annual sales of the UK Chemical Manufacturing Industry total

£34 billion There are


people employed in electronics manufacture in the UK



people are still employed in quarrying

57% of employers are reporting hard to fill vacancies - skilled employees are needed!

Sarai Williams’ at Leicester College: From the Catwalk to Coventry Sarai always wanted to study fashion but wasn’t sure she had the confidence to follow this dream as a mature student. Sarai has now completed a BTEC Fashion National Diploma and Foundation Degree in Fashion Costume with Leicester College. She will be topping up to a full BA Fashion degree at Coventry University next year, with aspirations to be a successful designer. She said: “I’ve gained so much knowledge and had so many great opportunities during my time at the College. The most rewarding moment was seeing my final garments on the catwalk at the end of two years hard study. It was so exhilarating and exciting and I even won an award for my work.

The average wage in the manufacturing sector is

£26,205 The UKs Pharmaceutical Industry is the

4th largest in Europe

There are

2.5 million people in the industry in the UK!

Automotive manufacturing contributes

£6.5 billion to the UK economy

“With constant encouragement and critical positive feedback from my tutors, I’ve developed a wide range of fashion illustration techniques that have provided me with the skills and confidence to top-up to a full BA Fashion degree. I’m now able to follow the processes of a designer; from researching trends to creating my very own visual story. “I want to thank Leicester College and all the staff in the fashion department, who encouraged and motivated me. I gained new qualifications, and I have better life and prospects for the future.”

Manufacturing is all about making things on a massive scale: cars, TVs, clothes, metal, planes, food, pharmaceuticals, fuel…it’s a very important industry. While lots of manufacturing companies have moved abroad, the UK still competes as the sixth largest manufacturing country in the world, employing 2.5 million people. Here are some of the areas you could work in: Automotive



This can be anything from individual vehicle components to entire working vehicles. The UK is home to Nissan’s manufacturing base, with the Sunderland plant producing almost one in every four cars made in the UK. Nissan is the largest volume passenger car manufacturer in the country and has been one of Europe’s most efficient car plants for the last 8 years.

The design and production of electronic systems and components, including: semiconductors, communications technology, consumer electronics, computers and other IT equipment. The UK electronics industry is the fifth largest in the world in terms of production and a large amount of this is down to the specialities in advanced components and technologies.

The defence industry is one of the most important clusters of high-tech manufacturers of military vehicles, equipment and components. Defence is big business and is one of the areas that UK companies are known for around the world. Defence manufacturing employs around 300,000 people in the UK, with an annual turnover of £35 billion!


Chemical & Process

Building Products & Process

The production and distribution of a range of metals. This area can be broken down to the main areas of production, fabrication and recycling. With lots of new technology in metals production (to help the industry become more efficient and environmentally friendly) new skills are needed so young people like you are in demand.

This industry turns raw materials into useful high street and industry products. These processes are very scientific and include plastics, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, artificial fibres and other man-made synthetic products. Work in this industry can involve developing existing processes or creating new materials.

The production of building products, coatings, extractives, glass, printing and paper, and furniture. As this manufacturing sector covers such a range of products lots of different skills are needed, including: technicians, engineers, logistics operatives and scientists.

Manufacturing Jobs There are many career paths in the sector. The type of work depends g. greatly on the area of manufacturin Here are some example entry-level a positions, some of which combine variety of the above manufacturing areas:

Assembler: e Fitting components together to mak a finished product. For example, fixing microchips into circuit boards. Salary starts at £13,000. Materials technician: er Testing the behaviour of materials und s. fault inate elim to s ition cond rent diffe Salary starts between £14,000 and £17,000 a year.

Process operative: ess, Involved in the manufacturing proc ing feed to s fault hine mac rting repo from raw materials into machines. Salary starts between £14,000 and £19,000 a year.


Get Qualified There are lots of vocational and academic routes into this sector... Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships cover a wide range of job roles in manufacturing – you could be helping to make anything from furniture and glass to cars and paper. 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: • Building Products Occupations • Ceramics Manufacturing • Coating Occupations • Extractive and Mineral Processing Operations • Furniture, Furnishings and Interiors Manufacturing Industry • Glass Industry Occupations • Laboratory Technicians • Metals Processing • Paper and Board Manufacture • Polymer Processing and Signmaking • Print & Printed Packaging • Process Technology

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: • Building Products Occupations • Coating Occupations • Extractive and Mineral Processing Operations • Furniture, Furnishings and Interiors Manufacturing Industry • Glass Industry Occupations • Laboratory Technicians • Metals Processing • Paper and Board Manufacture • Polymer Processing Operations • Print & Printed Packaging • Process Technology

A Levels

A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree. Most employers and universities value practical and scientific subjects; these demonstrate you 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 • Chemistry • Design & Technology • Physics • Textiles

East Midlands Focus The manufacturing industry is the second largest sector in the East Midlands; although it has seen some decline, there are still around 272,000 people employed in manufacturing here. There are a variety of products manufactured here from cars to printers and brake pads.

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 a range of subjects, from manufacturing technology to processing.

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

Fast Facts

Useful Links

• Around 14% of the East Midlands’ workforce is employed in manufacturing. • Home to Britain’s only remaining train manufacturer. • Polymer manufacturing in the East Midlands accounts for 10% of the UK total. – The Sector Skills Council for chemicals, gas and plastics. – Manufacturing careers website from the Sector Skills Council. – The Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing. There is a manufacturing course finder on the site.

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Employing over 80,000 people, across the East Midlands, the NHS is a very large employer able to offer various training and development schemes; where our nationally recognised Apprenticeship programmes are seen as beneficial in attracting new and young staff into the NHS; currently available in over 80 frameworks relevant to health, they provide on the job training and qualifications for anyone over the age of 16 and are a route for providing fully skilled and flexible employees that progress through the organisation and are motivated to make a career in the NHS. Since 2010 over 1250 Apprentices have been supported within Health in the East Midlands, with over 60% of those recruited aged 16- 24 securing permanent positions within 12 months at a starting salary of £14,000+

Benefits of working in the NHS • • • •

Salary above National Minimum Wage for Apprentices 12 month contracts 27 days annual leave on commencement NHS discounts

Comments from our Managers: “So glad we took an Apprentice on, she fits in really well and is now an invaluable part of the team. I really don’t think we could cope without her.” “Really surprised at the level of skills, maturity and enthusiasm our Apprentice already had when they came into the office environment, even though she had limited work experience previously” “It would be ideal for us to always have at least one Apprentice in our team so that we can support developing the skills of young people locally and develop skills in our team. Hopefully they will want to stay with us in our department and develop a career with us.”

To find out more about our Apprenticeship programmes please contact:

0115 968 4406

Comments from our Apprentices: “This gives me the opportunity to get the experience I need whilst also working for a good organisation” “The Apprenticeship is helping me to improve and expand my skills and giving me the confidence to tackle different projects” “I feel it will give me the opportunity to progress and learn more skills”


From mobile phones and satellite TV to broadband and fibre optics, IT & Telecoms is for anyone who wants to work with cutting-edge technology.

3/4 9% IT services firms have a rising turnover, roughly

of Brits now shop online, creating lots of jobs

There are over

143,000 IT & Telecoms workplaces in the UK

per year

The average salary for a full-time IT professional is


Jack Brown, ICT Apprenticeship After leaving school and successfully completing a BTEC in ICT at Lincoln College, Jack Brown decided to undertake an Apprenticeship ICT position with the Dukeries Academy. Jack enrolled on the ICT Technicians Level 3 Apprenticeship program with the Dukeries College of Further Education, this enabled Jack to gain a qualification whilst earning a living. Rick Bradley Network Manager from the Academy says, “The qualification covers a varied selection of units covering a range of work based topics, from Health and Safety, customer service and the logging of calls, right through to computer maintenance and the insights of computer networks. This qualification together with the 2 years’ work based

There are


IT and Technology professionals in the UK

8% The IT & Telecoms industry contributes

of the UKs GDP

Despite the recession the demand for IT staff has been rising by

5% each year

The internet is worth an extra

£100 billion to the UK economy

experience creates sought after skills in the IT job market, which Jack has demonstrated having recently secured employment with an IT company in Lincoln. Jack has been a valuable member of our team and everyone in the Academy will miss him. We are now looking for another ICT Technician Apprentice”. Jack says, “I have enjoyed my course. It has given me experience, skills and a valuable qualification. This has enabled me to successfully gain employment with a reputable software company. I would recommend an Apprenticeship with the Dukeries College of Further Education, they have been supportive, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work alongside”.

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IT & Telecoms are a major part of life – it helps us keep in touch with our friends, stay entertained, conduct business and more. This sector is all about digital technologies and it’s a fast moving area with excellent prospects, whether you’ve got a technical brain or a way with people. This sector can be broken down into two main areas:



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

Web Designer

Software Developer

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

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

IT Trainer

Helpdesk Assistant

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

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

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

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

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


Get Qualified There are plenty of vocational and academic routes into this sector... Apprenticeships

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

Advanced Apprenticeships

A Levels

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

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

Foundation Degrees

You can also do a foundation degree in Information Technology. A Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification which combines academic study with practical hands-on experience. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employers, they should give you the right skills to be ready for employment.

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 They are university-level qualifications qualifications such as NVQs, BTECs or and are equivalent to the first two years Diplomas: of an Honours Degree. A typical full-time • Information and Library Services • IT Foundation Degree takes two years to and Telecoms Professionals • IT User complete, and are different from Honours Degrees as they usually involve learning You can also do a Higher Apprenticeship, in the workplace as well as at university level 4 qualification, in: or college. • ICT Professionals

East Midlands Focus The IT and telecoms sector isn’t just a sector on its own, IT is used in most job roles in some way. It is beneficial to have IT skills as they are required for a lot of different jobs in various sectors. The good news is that the number of employees in this sector is expected to grow by almost 4 times the region’s average, with an estimated 35,000 new IT professionals needed in the next 5 years.

Fast Facts

Useful Links

• 1 in 25 of the East Midlands’ employees work in this sector. • Over 1.5 million East Midlands’ workers use IT in their everyday job. • 92% of job vacancies require candidates with IT user skills. – The Sector Skills Council for this industry. – Microsoft UK. – Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). - Big Ambition.

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It’s more than a sector – customer service and administration helps drive businesses forward in all industries. Learn these skills and you’ll be very, very employable…

2.5 million people are employed in sales and customer service


of businesses say they rely on admin

The average full time administrator wage in the UK is

£20,725 There is potential for

115,000 new customer service jobs by 2020

Charlotte Neal, Administration Apprentice “Originally I hadn’t planned to go to college but my school encouraged me to try it and I haven’t looked back. I joined South Leicestershire College where I took a Business Level 3 course and achieved a triple distinction star. The course had no exams which I preferred and I made some good friends. “After finishing the course my first thought was to go to University. I’d never really considered an Apprenticeship before as I didn’t fully understand what they were, but when the University tuition fees went up I had to look at alternative things. “I chose to do an Apprenticeship because I didn’t want to be sat around doing nothing and University was just too expensive. As a student I helped out in the college offices when they were really




The average customer service weekly wage is

of customer service employers are reporting skills gaps, new staff are needed

of customers are prepared to pay extra for good service

There are

‘specialist’ administrators working in the UK


busy. They told me there was an Apprenticeship going and to apply for the vacancy once it had been advertised on the National Apprenticeship website. Luckily I got the job and am now an Administration Apprentice. I work with a great team and enjoy the work. “In the future, I would like to continue working at the college and then progress further, maybe into management. “The Apprenticeship is giving me the skills and knowledge of working in an office as well as experience which is important to employers. “I think Apprenticeships are a great way to learn especially if you need to earn money as well. You meet great people and your gaining life experience.”

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Customer Service & Admin is hugely important and overlaps with every single other sector. As well as having the necessary skills, you need to be a real people person who can be the friendly face of your company. These roles can also be fantastic stepping stones to higher-up roles in the business world. 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 es. If look for office junior, receptionist and administrative assistant vacanci or a shop street high any in working service, r custome in d intereste you’re call centre will give you real experience. Once you’ve got a job, you can start working towards work-based into qualifications like NVQs. Your employer could even help turn your job 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.


Get Qualified There are plenty of different courses to help you get into this sector... Apprenticeships


Levels There are several Apprenticeships A Levels can either lead to universit available: customer service, contact y or a Foundation Degree. Most employe centres, and business & administ rs ration. will value your personality most of all, but In all of them, you’ll learn on the job while certain subjects do give you skills that attending a college or training prov ider could be useful in this sector. Here on day release, and earn the right are some recommended A Level sub jects, qualifications that will help you prog ress. which could set you in the right dire Here are the Apprenticeship fram ction: eworks • Business Studies • English • ICT relevant to the sector, all of these result in level 2 qualifications such as NVQ s, Foundation Degrees BTECs or Diplomas: A Foundation Degree is a higher • Business and Administration • education qualification which com Contact Centres • Customer Serv bines ice • academic study with practical han Sales & Telesales dson experience. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employe rs, Advanced Apprenticeships they should give you the right skill s to be Advanced Apprenticeships are ready for employment. equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous They are university-level qualificatio for practical roles. Advanced ns and are equivalent to the first two Apprenticeships help you become more years of an Honours Degree. A typic qualified whilst gaining employment al full-time Foundation Degree takes two experience. You can build on all of the years to complete, and are differen above Apprenticeships; all of thes t e from Honours Degrees as they usua frameworks result in level 3 qualifi lly cations involve learning in the wor kplace as well such as NVQs, BTECs or Diploma s: as at university or college. You can • Business and Administration do a • Foundation Degree in Customer Serv Contact Centres • Customer Serv ice ice • Management. Sales & Telesales

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

You can also do a Higher Apprent iceship, NVQ level 4 in: • Contact Centres

East Midlands Focus Customer service and admin is more than just a sector, it is a driver of business across all sectors here. Businesses across the region need friendly employees to provide their customers with the best service possible, to keep them coming! From working in one of the East Midlands’ call centres to serving the customers in Center Parcs, our region has plenty of customer service opportunities.

Fast Facts • The average administrator salary is £15,337 a year. • Our region is home to Sherwood Forest and Center Parcs, attracting many visitors who need serving! • Apprenticeships are available in Customer Service, Contact Centres and Business and Administration.

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Useful Links www.instituteofcustomerservice. com - The Institute of Customer Service. - The Council for Administration.

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Wondering what other careers are out there?

Armed Forces

Business & Finance


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.

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.

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.

Food & Drink

Health & Social Care

Food and drink is one of the largest industries in the UK. 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.

39 Here are some of the other sectors in your region... Energy & Renewables


Environmental & Land-based

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Public Services


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).

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.

Sport & Fitness

Transport & Logistics

Travel & Hospitality

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

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.

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.

Retail is about the sale of products and services to consumers (that’s people like you walking around the shops). It covers high street shops, supermarkets, independent shops, large national chains and more. It’s also one of the most fun and young industries out there, with more than one third of the workforce under 25 years old. Whether your strengths are creativity of organisation, there’s a role for you in Retail. The main areas are: store operations, buying, visual merchandising, and management. Job roles: Sales assistant, visual merchandiser, team leader, buyer. Salary: Starting between £12,000 and £18,000 per year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees in Retailing, Employer sponsored traineeships.

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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:


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Derbyshire Total population: 770,700 People in employment: 364,100 Key city: Derby. Key town: Chesterfield. Key colleges: Buxton College, Chesterfield College, Derby College, Burton and South Derbyshire College. Key universities: University of Derby. Key employers: SwizzelsMatlow, Rolls Royce, Toyota, Egg. Key industries: Engineering, Tourism, Financial services. Useful website: Did you know? 84.7% of the workforce in Derbyshire is qualified to NVQ level 1 and above.

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Total population: 714,800 People in employment: 346,000 Key city: Lincoln. Key towns: Boston, Skegness. Key colleges: Boston College, Grantham College, Lincoln College, Lincoln UTC, New College Stamford. Key universities: Bishop Grosseteste University, University of Lincoln. Key employers: Interora, Batemans Brewery, Butlins. Key industries: Food and Drink, Business and Finance, Tourism. Useful website:

Total population: 786,800 People in employment: 368,300 Key city: Nottingham. Key town: Worksop. Key colleges: Bilborough College, Central College Nottingham, New College Nottingham, North Nottinghamshire College, West Nottinghamshire College. Key universities: The University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University. Key employers: Boots, Premier Foods, Wilkinson, CenterParcs, Capital One. Key industries: Manufacture, Retail, Tourism. Useful website:

Did you know? 8.8% of jobs in Lincolnshire are tourism related.

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Rutland Total population: 37,600 People in employment: 17,800 Key college: Rutland County College Useful website: Did you know? 16,000 people in the Rutland workforce are qualiďŹ ed at NVQ level 2 and above.

Leicestershire Total population: 651,200 People in employment: 319,800 Key city: Leicester. Key town: Loughborough. Key colleges: Brooksby Melton College, Gateway Sixth Form College, Leicester College, Loughborough College, Regent College, South Leicestershire College, Stephenson College, Wyggeston& Queen Elizabeth I College. Key universities: De Montfort University, University of Leicester, Loughborough University. Key employers: Master Foods, United Biscuits, Walkers Crisps, Leicestershire County Council, Santander. Key industries: Manufacture, Food and Drink, Public Services. Useful website: Did you know? Over 15% of the workforce in Leicestershire is employed in Manufacturing.

Northamptonshire Total population: 694,000 People in employment: 349,200 Key city: Northampton. Key town: Kettering. Key colleges: Daventry New Technologies UTC, Moulton College, Northampton College, Silverstone UTC,Tresham College. Key university: University of Northampton. Key employers: Carlsberg, Barclaycard, Nationwide. Key industries: Finance, Manufacture, Transport and Logistics. Useful website: Did you know? The largest age group in the Northamptonshire population is 25-29 year olds!

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In the East Midlands The East Midlands is leading the way in promoting apprenticeships and work based skills so you’ve got a great chance of finding a way into the industry you want.

Size of the East Midlands workforce in each industry - 2,171,000 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 £464.40 pw/£11.55 ph Male Pay

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

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NVQ Level 1 Other Qualifications No Qualifications

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£508.30 pw

Female Pay £402.50 pw £10.61 ph

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How much money could you make with a tenner? If someone handed you £10 and said: “go and make some money” what would you do? Invest it in the stock market? Buy a ticket in the EuroMillions Lottery in rollover week? Put a bet on the favourite in the Grand National? Perhaps not. Maybe you would start your own business from scratch. That’s what thousands of young teenagers up and down the country are preparing to do as they rush to sign up for the “Tenner” competition, run by Young Enterprise. They are being lent £10 for the month of May and challenged to make as much money as they can, or as much difference to their local area as possible, or both. But it’s not just about making money, says Young Enterprise Chief Executive Michael Mercieca: “The idea is to see what you can achieve with a tenner, not just by making money but also by making a difference in your local community.” He added: “The Tenner competition’s slogan ‘it’s in your hands’ really encapsulates our philosophy. We don’t tell young people

what to do. Instead we are challenging them to think hard about what they are good at, to make things happen and put their own ideas into practice. It is really amazing how ingenious they can be in using their tenners.”

In 2010, one group of 14 and 15 year olds students led by Vidyuth at Birkdale School, Sheffield set up a business called Fractured Designs. Over the month they made £1,000 providing posters, t-shirts and websites to new local bands and artists, donating 25% to the One Empire charity. Abigale Whiteing from Bolsover School in Derbyshire came up with the idea of customising plain white mugs with bespoke designs. She approached supermarket giant Asda, which donated 200 mugs after hearing what she planned to do and what the competition was about. Orders came flooding in, and Abigale’s business made over £300. Eleven-year-old Scott from Allestree Woodlands School, Derby, overcame huge obstacles to ensure his business, making laminated inserts for Mother’s Day cards was a success. Disaster struck when a local store pulled out of a deal to sell them. Undeterred, he contacted his local radio station, got some publicity and managed to set up shop in his local Sainsbury’s. In just five hours, he made a profit of £540, some of which he donated to the Derby Deaf Children’s Society.

51 So where did this interesting idea come from? Tenner was funded by Social Entrepreneur Oli Barrett in 2007. Oli was once dubbed “The most connected man in Britain” by the influential Wired magazine.

flagship Company Programme under which 26,000 15-19 year olds run a real business for a year.

“Does starting a business always require a big pot of money? No.”

A former Butlins redcoat, his firm, CoSpA, the Co-Sponsorship Agency, helps create social action projects worldwide.

He helped young people to fix their own youth clubs, with Wickes, the DIY chain. He spent two years on the Prime Minister’s Council on Social Action and is a co-founder of the Government’s Start Up Britain campaign. Oli started his first business whilst at university giving talks on enterprise in schools. He said: “Returning from one particular school visit, I read a wonderful story about a vicar in Suffolk named Michael Eden. Instead of raising church funds by the traditional method of collecting money from the congregation he gave each of them £10 and asked them to turn it into more. “I loved the idea of the multiplying tenners and I had a hunch that it would work well in schools,” Oli said. Tenner has been through several evolutions since then. It has been known as ‘Tenner Tycoon’, ‘Make your Mark with a Tenner’ and now simply ‘Tenner’. Different names, same idea! But the core has remained attractively simple: teenagers are lent £10 and they run a business for a month to try to make a profit and a difference. Young Enterprise, the UK’s largest enterprise education charity, took over Tenner in November 2012. The 50-year-old charity’s philosophy is “learning by doing.” It helps 225,000 young people a year acquire employability skills that cannot be gained from a purely academic syllabus with help from a network of 5,000 volunteers from 3,500 firms.

Tenner shows that, contrary to popular belief, going into business is an accessible option on life – and that creating a firm does not require a small fortune. The competition has been endorsed by Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson who has contributed a video of himself telling how he built his fledgling business empire by selling from a phone box with a pile of pennies. Sir Richard said: “Does starting a business always require a big pot of money? No. In fact, having substantial financial backing can actually slow or stop you from identifying your business’s problem areas and coming up with ways to fix them. It can be better to start with very little money, since the skills you’ll develop as you overcome the challenges of growing your business will be invaluable.” Meanwhile, Richard Reed co-CEO of Innocent Drinks, also helped to launch this year’s scheme with the support of young people from St. Joseph’s school in Brent. “I set up Innocent with my two closest friends. We wanted a business that made it easy for people to be healthy. We decided to make smoothies,” he said. “And to get started we simply went out and bought some fruit, crushed it up into smoothies and put it into bottles and then took the bottles and sold them from a market stall at a music festival. That’s how we started Innocent. So you can do it to. “All great ideas all great business start from one small little thing. That £10 could be what starts your big business idea.”

These employability skills, hugely in demand from employers, include the ability to work as part of a team, a willingness to demonstrate initiative and original thought, and self-discipline in starting and completing tasks to a deadline. Tenner slots neatly into the charity’s range of programmes as a useful taster for its

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