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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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If you’ve got sea legs this could be the sector for you.
Build a successful career for yourself.
A varied sector with endless possibilities.
Customer Service & Admin Learn skills that can be applied to almost every area of business.
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.
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 www.careersworld.co.uk. 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 email@example.com. 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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Spotlight: North East All about your region.
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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...
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!
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 www.apprenticeships.org 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
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
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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allow you to change after a certain point in the term, but if you really want to change the best thing to do is talk to your teachers.
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Did you know that completing an Advanced Apprenticeship is the same as getting an A level? There are lots of different qualifications – here is how they compare. Remember, within any one level, qualifications can cover a wide mix of subjects and take different amounts of time to complete.
Foundation or Higher Diplomas
Higher or Advanced Diplomas
GCSEs / A Levels
Foundation Learning Tier
Employment with training
Foundation Learning Tier
Employment with training Further education
5 GCSEs (grades D-G)
5 GCSEs (grades A*-C)
Skills for Life
Diploma of Higher Education
Awards, Certiﬁcates, and Diplomas
Entry Level Certiﬁcates
BTEC Higher Nationals (HND, HNC)
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Life Stories Shaun Teasdale, Level 3 BTEC in Art & Design Shaun is a second year student at New College Durham studying Level 3 BTEC in Art & Design. As part of his course Shaun has focussed on fashion design. His creative work and ability to understand briefs lead his work to be used in the winning entry to the regional Association of Hairdressers and Therapists competition. Shaun said: “I have always loved Art & Design, my best memories of school come from spending time in the art rooms. I want to become a fashion designer so getting to work on the AHT competition and design all of the outﬁts was a great experience. The facilities at New College Durham are exceptional, the staff are so creative and knowledgeable and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming it’s impossible not to enjoy it! I have applied for fashion degrees at a couple of universities and having so much work in my portfolio really helps my applications stand out”. Shaun’s designs will now be going to the national AHT competition along with Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy students from the college. For information on courses, your FREE Flex & Travel bus pass and Cash for College visit www.newcollegedurham. ac.uk call on 0191 375 4040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris taps into Apprenticeships with Northumbrian Water A Durham man has become Northumbrian Water’s ﬁrst telecommunications apprentice after rejecting university in favour of an apprenticeship and the opportunity to learn while you earn. Chris Tindale, 19, has joined the water and waste management company at its head ofﬁce in Pity Me, as an Information and Communication Technology Apprentice. Chris combines his time with learning at Intraining and in the workplace. His role involves working on the company’s telephone systems across its many sites throughout the North East. Chris said: “I’m much more of a hands on type of person and didn’t want to spend all of my time after sixth form in the classroom again. I wanted to develop my skills and experience in the workplace. “As part of my apprenticeship I am learning about network systems. This is really helping me in my job as I get practical experience of working on them every day. It’s really a case of being able to put into practice what I am learning at Intraining. This is deﬁnitely the best way for me to learn.” If you are considering an Apprenticeship as a future career route then give Intraining a call today on 0330 123 1300, or look at our current apprenticeship vacancies at www.intraining.co.uk/neapprenticeships
13 SWDT drives apprentice to success An apprenticeship has put Darlington student Joshua Appleyard on the road to success. The 17-year old has got his career off to a successful start at car parts maker Nifco UK Ltd, after embarking on a toolmaking apprenticeship with training provider SW Durham Training (SWDT), a company that specialises in manufacturing and engineering courses. Undertaking an apprenticeship programme that blends theoretical and practical skills, Joshua believes that his route to employment is one that will put him on the road to a successful career. He said: “I always wanted to pursue a career in this industry, and full-time college was never really for me, so I knew that I needed to choose a career path that gave me the chance to get out of a classroom. “An apprenticeship offered a great middle ground, and meant I wasn’t going straight from school into another study based environment. “I’m now half way through my apprenticeship and it’s going really well. I am learning a good trade in a growing industry, and I can gain further qualiﬁcations through to degree level. The best thing about it is that I earn while I learn. I have lots of friends who went down the academic route and went on to college and sixth form and lots of them are studying and not getting paid, and struggling to ﬁnd a job. I’m really pleased that I chose to go for an apprentice –I’d totally recommend it.” For more information about courses at South West Durham Training Ltd, visit www.southwestdurham.co.uk or call 01325 313 194.
Former college students go into business together Friends Toni Worton and Jay Kumar are getting scissor happy after completing courses at Redcar & Cleveland College and opening a hair salon together. Aged only 20 and 21, they opened Visual Impact & Perceptions (VIP) unisex hair salon in Saltburn. Toni and Jay went to college to gain hairdressing qualiﬁcations with the aim of one day branching out on their own. Toni said: “I completed levels two and three in hairdressing, but our tutors were incredible for pushing us on and making us believe that we really could achieve anything we wanted to. “They advised us on setting up our own salon and encouraged us every step of the way.” Jay said: “I went to college purely to achieve qualiﬁcations and certiﬁcates, but I gained so much more besides. “Our tutors inspired us to go it alone and gave us the conﬁdence to realise our dreams. They made us appreciate that we could achieve our goal.” Hairdressing tutor Emma Ogleby said: “I knew Toni and Jay had what it took to run their own business. We are keen to nurture an entrepreneurial spirit and do all we can to help.” For more information about courses at Redcar & Cleveland College, call 01642 473132 or go to www.cleveland.ac.uk
Eager Esmie is Dressing the Stars Esmie Carter is an ambitious young lady studying an Apprenticeship at Woodhorn Heritage Museum and Archive Centre in Northumberland. She landed the rare chance to work in Cultural Heritage for Northumberland County Council.
Life as an apprentice engineer at KP Snacks James McCulloch (17) works as an apprentice maintenance engineer at KP Snacks in Teesside. KP Snacks is the maker of such favourites as Hula Hoops, KP Nuts, Nik Naks and Skips. Each day there are different issues to deal with, whether it’s in the factory or in a training centre. My daily tasks include repair and maintenance of site equipment, including the process lines that produce crisps, right through to ﬂavouring and packing. I am also responsible for continuous improvement to develop new ways of working by looking at best practice. I also work on special projects such as one focusing on investment in the factory’s packing area. The qualities you need for this job are a willingness to learn, good teamwork, and also being able to work as an individual, have good communication skills, and good listening skills. I working towards that will make me a fully qualiﬁed Maintenance Engineer are an NVQ level 3 and a HNC. The great thing about this job is that as I get more qualiﬁed and more conﬁdent in my job each year, I get paid more. This gives me the drive to try and get the best qualiﬁcations I can. I would deﬁnitely recommend this job to others! It is really enjoyable and you are always learning new skills. Be a food engineer! The UK’s ﬁrst food and drink engineering degree has just been launched at Shefﬁeld Hallam University and includes 50 weeks of paid work placements with top companies. Find out more about the MEng Food Engineering degree: bit.ly/13ESxKa 020 7420 7140 email@example.com www.tastesuccess.co.uk
Esmie had originally planned to go to University to study archaeology but didn’t get the required grades. Esmie says, ‘It’s the only time I’ve ever been pleased to have bad grades, as I have gained so much knowledge, experience and conﬁdence while doing my apprenticeship’. Esmie has explored different job roles working at the museum including visitor attractions, family and local history. Esmie has learned a huge amount about preserving history, from digitisation and archiving, to cleaning and conserving artefacts. Recently Esmie worked on specialist collections and advertising of exhibitions. One of these events, ‘Dressing the Stars’, involved Esmie preparing the dresses and other costumes and props that were worn by stars such as Keira Knightly, Johnny Depp and Colin Firth. Esmie has been described as a “delight to work with”, and “shows a high level of enthusiasm, knowledge and enjoyment for her job”. Esmie is really pleased she chose apprenticeships and would recommend others to follow. Practical learning has been a great step for Esmie into the world of work, social history and heritage. For more information on Apprenticeships in Northumberland contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01670 622114.
Are you looking for a rewarding, long-term career in a growing sector? An Apprenticeship in social care could be the answer â€“ earn while you learn! Social care is a growing sector and one that offers increasing opportunities for progression. Skills for Careâ€™s career pathways e-tool lets you explore where an Apprenticeship in health and social care can lead and see case studies from those who work in the sector. Go to www.skillsforcare.org.uk/careerpathways For more information visit: www.skillsforcare.org.uk/apprenticeships
North Tyneside Council offers Employed and Sponsored, Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeship opportunities, specialising in: • Business & Administration • Customer Service • Construction • Childcare • Youth Work • Health & Social Care We also deliver a level 1 Foundation Learning Programme as a preparation for Apprenticeships in: • General Construction • Introduction to Childcare • Introduction to Call Centre Operations
It’s 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. Be a part of it!
55% 13% Private housing accounts for
of employees in this sector are manual workers
It’s not just for the boys - almost
200,000 women work in this sector too
of construction output Construction contributes
Callum Davies Callum Davies is a motivated sixteen year old who enjoys a hands-on approach to learning. Upon completing his studies at Parkside Sports College last year, Callum decided he would like to study a subject which provided him with the opportunity to work in construction. Initially Callum did not know what his options would be as he had not done as well as expected on his GCSE’s. However after attending a taster day at S&D Training he learned that they could offer him the chance to study construction regardless of his previous grades. He decided to take S&D Training up on their offer due to its range of resources and friendly tutors. Callum has now completed his Level 1 not only in bricklaying but in craft construction too, and has gone on to begin an apprenticeship.
to UK GDP
Supervisory roles can pay as much as
£45,000 a year!
new construction managers need to be recruited each year
He says that S&D Training has been everything he expected it to be and more. He has thoroughly enjoyed his learning so far and is looking forward to spending the next couple of years gaining more qualiﬁcations whilst working as an apprentice. He says it is a real satisfaction at the end of the day to be able to stand back and look at the work he has achieved. www.sdtraining-ltd.com Call us on 01388 771 740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
790,000 people working in this sector are self-employed
Construction apprentices earn around
£8,700 in their ﬁrst year!
Construction is one of the UK’s biggest industries and turns over billions of pounds a year. This sector is responsible for creating the buildings and structures we rely on – the houses we live in, the motorways we drive across, the stadiums we watch matches in, the bridges we cross, and so on. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of people working together to pull off major construction projects. Whether you like physical outdoor work or drawing technical plans in the office, there is a career path to suit everyone. Here are some of the most popular trades. You can get into all of these areas through a construction Apprenticeship:
Painting & Decorating
Applying the ﬁnishing touch to surfaces, like wallpaper, gloss and emulsion; Painter and Decorators can work on construction sites or on commercial and domestic projects. Salary Range: £17,000 to £23,000
There never seems to be a plumber when you need one. Plumbing is the skilled trade of working with pipes, tubing and plumbing ﬁxtures for drinking water systems, the drainage of waste and heating systems. It is one of the most varied roles, you could be working on existing pipe work or installing something new. Salary Range: £16,500 to £35,000
There are two types of plastering roles: Solid Plasterers apply wet ﬁnishes to walls, ceilings and ﬂoors, and Fibrous Plasterers work in workshops to produce ornamental plasterwork as decoration. Salary Range: £17,000 to £28,000
Building surveyors give detailed advice on the construction, design and maintenance of proposed or existing buildings. They have to work out the distances and angles between various points of the construction. This job is vital to making sure the building is secure. Salary Range: £15,000 to £37,000
Bricklaying One of the most popular trades and Apprenticeships, bricklaying is about building and repairing walls, using a range of materials and techniques. It can be really creative work too with you may be called on to produce decorative and interesting effects. Salary Range: £17,000 to £28,000
Building safe working platforms for construction workers to use when working on buildings and other structures. Scaffolders work on a variety of projects, including some very tall buildings. Salary Range: £17,000 to £26,000
Civil Engineering Carpentry & Joinery Civil engineering is about the design and construction of buildings and other important structures like pipelines, bridges, railways and roads. They provide technical support on construction projects to help turn complex designs into reality. Salary Range: £15,000 to £37,000
As timber is so widely used the building and installation of wood products, such as ﬂoors, staircases, doors and roof trusses, is vital work. Joiners can work on construction sites and domestic premises – bench joiners work in joiner’s shops on complex wood products. Salary Range: £17,000 to £31,000
Salaries Generally, tradespeople with a Level 2 qualiﬁcation will earn around £325 a week and those with a Level 3 will earn close to £385 a week. If you choose to do a Construction Apprenticeship, you can expect to earn around £8,700 the ﬁrst year, £11,600 the next, and £15,350 the third year.
Get Qualified Vocational qualifications are the way to get ahead in this sector... Apprenticeships
This is one of the best ways to get into the industry. The construction Apprenticeship scheme is a two-year programme for a level 2 award. To apply, you’ll need to have found an employer that will sponsor you. Get in touch with your local Construction Skills oﬃce for job opportunities and vacancies in your area (see useful links box). Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these result in level 2 qualiﬁcations such as NVQs, BTECs or Diplomas:
• Painter and Decorator • Maintenance Operative (repairs, tiling, plastering) • Bricklayer • Craft Mason • Carpenter • Joiner • Woodmachinist
Construction Technical, Supervision and Management • Team Leader Construction Civil Engineering
• Construction Operative • Formworker • Highways Maintenance • Plant Mechanic • Plant Operator • Tunnelling Operative
• Scaﬀolder • Roofer • Roof Tiler • Wall and Floor Tiler • Kitchen/Bathroom Fitter • Floor Layer • Dry Liner • Ceiling Fixer • Partitioner • Mastic Asphalter • Plasterer
• Thatcher • Stone Mason • Insulation Installer
Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Advanced Apprenticeships in construction are a one-year addition to the two-year apprenticeship. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these result in level 3 qualiﬁcations such as NVQs, BTECs or Diplomas:
• Bricklayer • Carpenter • Joiner
Construction Technical, Supervision and Management
• Site Technician • Civil Engineering Technician • Work Supervisor
Construction Civil Engineering
• Plant Mechanic
• Plasterer • Roofer • Stone Mason • Wall and Floor Tiler
A college course can also be a great route into this sector. To see which colleges have relevant courses in your region check out www.careersworld.co.uk.
North East Focus While the recession hit the construction industry pretty hard, things are starting to look up. The construction sector is set to grow by 5% each year, so now’s a good time to get qualiﬁcations – you’ll be able to hit the ground running and take advantage of the new job opportunities.
A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree. Most employers and universities value practical and scientiﬁc subjects; these demonstrate that you would be able to understand how things work. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Biology • Chemistry • Design & Technology • Electronics • Maths • Physics
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.
• The construction sector in the North East requires 700 new recruits annually. • Bricklayers, labourers and ﬂoorers will be in greatest demand.
If you want to ﬁnd a learning provider or course related to this sector head to our useful links pages at the back of this magazine or ﬁnd out more at www.careersworld.co.uk.
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Apprenticeships at Darlington College We offer an excellent range of Apprenticeships in: • IT • Health and Social Care • Children and Young People • Hairdressing • Beauty Therapy • Business Administration • Customer Services • Professional Cookery • Creative and Digital Media • Plumbing • Electrical • Motor Vehicle • Vehicle Accident Repair • Light / Heavy Maintenance and Repair Competence • Mechanical Manufacturing • Engineering Maintenance • Fabrication and Welding • Warehouse Distribution and Storage Enjoy the independence of work whilst achieving industry-recognised qualifications
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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!
Connor Lishman WITH a father drilling down under, mother building bridges in the North-East and his granddad working in the ﬁeld of wood chemicals, Connor Lishman has all things mechanical running in his blood. As a child, Connor wanted to be an inventor and was crazy about Lego and engineering became the natural choice. Now a student at Darlington College studying an NVQ in Engineering Technical Support and an Extended Diploma in Engineering, Connor is celebrating after securing an Apprenticeship at the worldrenowned Cleveland Bridge company. “I was once told that if you are designing something, you’ve got to be able to make it yourself, otherwise how can you expect to explain it to anyone else? “Working with Cleveland Bridge has been amazing. As part of my NVQ, I’ve been
After an engineering Apprenticeship you could be earning
£20,000 a year!
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
asked to plan how to fabricate 200 bridges for a project in Sri Lanka.” Connor landed his summer job at Cleveland Bridge through his mum, who has been there for 23 years as a purchasing clerk. They offered him the apprenticeship on the strength of his hard work and have agreed to sponsor him through university. Connor said “It’s brilliant because even if I end up in management, I’ll be able to empathise with the shop ﬂoor engineers.” He said: “I love problem solving; how to get from here to there when there’s a river in the way, for instance.”
“And with this in mind, there’s no better place to start than at Cleveland Bridge, backed by the expertise and support provided by Darlington College.” www.darlington.ac.uk
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 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 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
North East Focus The North East has always been a hub of engineering. The most opportunities in this sector are clustered around Sunderland, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne and Sedgeﬁeld.
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.
A college course can also be a grea t route into this sector. To see whic h colleges have relevant courses in your region check out www.careersworld.co.uk.
• The engineering sector in the North East employs 63,200 people. • The most job opportunities are in automotive, mechanical equipment and metal products subsectors. • The automotive sector here produces 1 in every 5 cars made in the UK, and employs over 26,000 people.
www.apprentices.co.uk – Search for Engineering Apprenticeships here. www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk – This website has lots of info about engineering careers. www.thecareerengineer.com – Website for engineering jobs. www.semta.org.uk - Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing.
Start Learning! If you want to ﬁnd a learning provider or course related to this sector head to our useful links pages at the back of this magazine or ﬁnd out more at www.careersworld.co.uk.
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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
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
Samantha Jackson, Business Administration Apprenticeship
should make Sam ‘stand out from the crowd’ with any future employer.” - Helen Stobbart – Adult Learning Alliance Ofﬁce Manager
Samantha Jackson is employed by Constructing Communities and works with North Tyneside Council Adult Learning Alliance.
“Sam has worked extremely hard during her apprenticeship to date and she continues to broaden her skills and knowledge of admin processes and the working environment on a daily basis. She has an excellent approach to her learning and her interaction with colleagues and the public is exemplary. Sam’s interest in her apprenticeship is evident in all that she does and she should therefore gain the optimum experience from this training. Coupled with her on-the-job experience, this
“During my apprenticeship, I think I have grown as a person. I am much more conﬁdent now and I’m so much keener to learn new things and put ideas across. Part of having more conﬁdence is due to my dealing with members of the public, this has given me a chance to assist people I maybe wouldn’t have met in any other circumstances. I have really enjoyed learning how everything is run in an ofﬁce environment, such as all of the different procedures and management strategies.” www.northtyneside.gov.uk
‘specialist’ administrators working in the UK
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
A college course can also be a grea t route into this sector. To see whic h colleges have relevant courses in your region check out www.careersworld.co.uk.
You can also do a Higher Apprent iceship, NVQ level 4 in: • Contact Centres
North East Focus Our region is known for its many call centres, which offer lots of customer service opportunities. A call centre job could be partnered with a Contact Centre or Customer Service Apprenticeship and lead to valuable qualiﬁcations. Like in other parts of the country, customer service and admin skills are used in most industries, from healthcare to media, so there are plenty of opportunities about.
• Call centres are a thriving industry in the region. Major call centres include British Airways in Newcastle and Orange in North Tyneside and Darlington. • More than 9,000 people work in North East call centres. • 6 in 10 organisations here plan to invest more on customer service.
If you want to ﬁnd a learning provider or course related to this sector head to our useful links pages at the back of this magazine or ﬁnd out more at www.careersworld.co.uk.
Useful Links www.instituteofcustomerservice. com - The Institute of Customer Service. www.skillscfa.org - The Council for Administration.
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The maritime sector is key to the British economy (not surprising as we’re an island nation!) and involves shipping, maritime leisure and port industries.
The UK has over
The annual turnover of the maritime sector is
miles of coastline
The UK ﬁshing industry has
people are employed in the maritime sector
Coastguard watch managers earn an average of
£22,000 per year
90% of the UKs trade moves by sea
Dan Stain, HND Marine Engineering
has greatly increased and I have accomplished very technically challenging tasks which I am proud of.”
“I have always had an interest in engineering and joining the merchant navy seemed an ideal choice to enable me to have a challenging career and an opportunity to see the world.”
“My ﬁrst sea phase was an amazing experience but I am glad my College phase had prepared me so well for some of the challenges. It’s a great life and I intend to continue my studies and progress my sea going career as far as possible.”
“My shore-based study is at South Tyneside College’s South Shields Marine School which has an excellent reputation for maritime education. Many of the College lecturers have had a career at sea themselves so they bring a wealth of experience to their teaching.” “Throughout my study I have worked hard and applied myself and this has really paid off as I have achieved so much. My engineering skills and knowledge
74,000 people work directly in port related activities in the UK Oil and gas extraction employs around
40,000 people on about 200 UK oﬀshore installations
This sector is particularly important in providing skilled employees and hardware to companies in the marine industries from around the world. Maritime is a very broad and varied sector, because it 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 for many big businesses and industries the sea remains the best way to bring products and materials into the country. The importance of North Sea oil and offshore renewable energy production has also increased in importance.
Commercial Sea Fishing This can be a rewarding career as there are a range of occupations in this area, depending on the vessel size, types of catch and the area in which you are ﬁshing. On any vessel the range of roles could include, Skipper, Mate, Deckhand or Engineer. Safety is important on these expeditions and all crew have to be highly trained.
Marine Leisure This part of the industry is concerned with having fun! All recreational activities that take place at sea, or on inland water, come under this category. This can include anything from designing or working on super-yachts to working as a water sports instructor or coach. Many in this area get an opportunity to travel and experience different parts of the world and varied coasts.
Maritime Search & Rescue Everyone recognises the iconic orange lifeboat, and these are the people who keep us safe in the sea. Search and rescue activities include lifeboats and helicopters and have to react quickly to emergencies; the RNLI has 4,800 lifeboat crew members. As well as crew members, mechanics and engineers are needed in this area too.
Ports and Harbours There are a huge variety of ports in the UK, with some employing thousands of people, and many focusing on a particular aspect, like ﬁshing ports or passenger ports. Job roles vary on the type of port you are working in but there are four main areas, which include cargo operations, marine operations, passenger operations and engineering operations.
Merchant Navy The Merchant Navy is the ﬂashy name for all commercial shipping, which is a huge industry, so there are lots of different job roles. You could be working on small tug boats, huge container ships or commercial ferries, and there’s a demand for skilled staff: navigation ofﬁcers, engineering ofﬁcers, support staff, hospitality staff, shorebased management and general operations are all vital roles.
Salary Starting salary after completing a marine industry apprenticeship can be anywhere between £12,000 and £17,000.
Get Qualified There are loads of different routes into maritime industries... Apprenticeships
There are two main approaches into this sector through apprenticeships. Maritime Occupations has a number of pathways, from rivers and waterways to seafaring. Marine industry is focused on the engineering and manufacturing side of the sector and is about constructing vessels. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, both of these result in level 2 qualiﬁcations such as NVQs, BTECs or Diplomas: • Maritime Occupations • Marine Industry
A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree, but which ones are right for you depend on what role you want to do. Most employers value practical subjects; as safety is paramount in this sector. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Design & Technology • Marine Science • Physical Education • Sciences
complete, and are diﬀerent from Honours Degrees as they usually involve learning in the workplace as well as at university or college. You can do a foundation degree in Marine Engineering!
A college course can also be a great route into this sector. To see which colleges have relevant courses in your region check out www.careersworld.co.uk.
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.
Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Historically Advanced Apprentices have progressed signiﬁcantly in the industry and many have gone on to become supervisors or managers. The Marine They are university-level qualiﬁcations Industry apprenticeship can be done at and are equivalent to the ﬁrst two years level 3 too: of an Honours Degree. A typical full-time • Marine Industry Foundation Degree takes two years to
North East Focus The North East has a strong shipbuilding heritage and major ﬁrms like Swan Hunter and A&P Tyneside are still based here. Tyneside, Wearside and Teesside are all famous docks. Hartlepool is a major sea ﬁshing port with boats landing North Sea catches daily.
• 8% of the UK’s shipbuilding workforce is based in the North East. • There is a marine leisure industry in the North East too, with annual revenue of £4.7 million. • The maritime sector employs over 6,000 people in the North East.
www.maritimeskills.org – Sector skills council for the maritime sector. www.britishmarine.co.uk – British Marine Federation. www.careersatsea.org - Careers in the Merchant Navy.
Start Learning! If you want to ﬁnd a learning provider or course related to this sector head to our useful links pages at the back of this magazine or ﬁnd out more at www.careersworld.co.uk.
Garden Centre Apprenticeships The Garden Centre Group offers the largest garden centre apprenticeship programme in the UK working with Pershore College of Horticulture. The programme offers national apprenticeships with day release to college for masterclass days covering horticulture and retail topics. Apprentices begin with a Level 2 work based diploma with the opportunity of progressing to Level 3 and then management training. For more information visit www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk/careers
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It’s not just about working on a till – the retail sector offers a range of career paths, from managing a shop to creating shop window displays.
The average sales and retail assistant salary is
£14,000 per year
retail workers are female
60% of UK retailers have identiﬁed customer handling as a skills shortage
There are an amazing
287,000 individual retail outlets in the UK
Danielle, Retail Apprenticeship Danielle started her Apprenticeship in December 2010, she had left school the previous year with no qualiﬁcations and had been diagnosed as severely dyslexic. Her Manager put her forward for the Apprenticeship as she could see that with a little patience and guidance she had the potential to do well. Danielle was given extra support from her Assessor through one to one coaching for her Maths and English skills and extra visits. Her Manager provided encouragement and support and helped by making sure she put into practice at work what she was learning from her qualiﬁcation. Danielle was very nervous when it came to sitting the tests for her BTEC but due to the work she had put in to revise
Retail employs around
2.8 million people in the UK
62% of people employed in retail have at least an NVQ level 2 qualiﬁcation or equivalent
and how much she had learnt from working in the store, she passed each one ﬁrst time with ﬂying colours. Danielle was equally as nervous when it came to her key skills tests but she has a very methodical and logical approach to her work which really helped her with the multiple choice questions and she passed them both with very good scores. Her conﬁdence has grown an incredible amount and even the simplest things like holding a conversation with a customer became much easier for her, she no longer got ﬂustered and really started to excel at what she did. Danielle completed her Apprenticeship 2 months ahead of her target end date, her Manager has said “she has improved beyond recognition and she is so much more conﬁdent now in everything she does”. When Danielle was
1/4 Retail accounts for
of all employment for people aged under 25
The annual turnover of the retail sector is
asked what she had gained from doing her apprenticeship she said “deﬁnitely conﬁdence when talking to customers and also my reading and writing have improved, especially my spelling! I really enjoyed it and would like to go on to do more qualiﬁcations in future.” www.superdrug.jobs
Everyone loves to shop, which is why this sector turns over more than £325 billion a year in the UK. Retail is about the sale of products and services to consumers (that’s people like you). 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. Retail may be a popular career choice but it’s no walk in the park. A dynamic and fast-moving industry, retail is driven by maximising sales, appealing to customers and competing with rival stores. Working on the ‘shop floor’ often involves working evenings and weekends and gives you firsthand experience of dealing with customers and working as part of a team to achieve sales targets. Whether your strengths are creativity and flair or organisation and attention to detail, there’s a role for you. Here are the main areas in the sector:
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.
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.
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.
Get Qualified There are several courses you can take to help start a career in retail. Once you have work experience these qualifications will help further your career... Apprenticeships
The Retail Apprenticeship covers a wide range of job roles in retail, from visual merchandising to sales. You’ll get a job with an employer (for example, a national chain like Superdrug) and do half of your learning on the job, and half in the classroom with a college or training provider. Though this is 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 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
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.
North East Focus Our region has loads of opportunities for anyone pursuing a career in retail, whether you want to be a buyer for a large department store, a market researcher or a shop manager.
A Levels can either lead on to university or onto a Foundation Degree. In this industry a lot of your success will be down to your personality rather than academic qualiﬁcations; but if you’re interested in retail management or a role as a buyer, here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Business Studies • Economics
Employer Funded Study
Many of the big national chains (like M&S, Tesco and Sainsbury) run special training schemes for school leavers – lots of them are linked in with a management option. Entry requirements vary with each scheme – check the websites of shops for more information.
• Employs 10% of the workforce in this region. • Newcastle-upon-Tyne is the largest hub of retail in the region. • There are 109,000 retail employees in the North East.
www.acareerinretail.co.uk – Advice on careers in Retail. www.people1st.co.uk – The Sector Skills Council responsible for the Retail sector. www.diplomainretailbusiness.com – For information about the new Diploma in Retail Business.
Start Learning! If you want to ﬁnd a learning provider or course related to this sector head to our useful links pages at the back of this magazine or ﬁnd out more at www.careersworld.co.uk.
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Business & Finance
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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.
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.
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 www.careersworld.co.uk 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
IT & Telecoms
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.
From mobile phones and satellite TV to broadband and ﬁbre optics, IT & Telecoms are a major part of life – it helps us keep in touch with our friends, stay entertained, conduct business and more. The IT side of things is all about computers and information systems – designing them, developing them, making them, selling them and installing them. Telecoms is a broad term for any technology that transmits information, like phone lines, broadband, TV, mobile phones and satellites. This industry includes internet suppliers, mobile phone companies and the big companies like BT and SKY. Job roles: IT trainer, helpdesk assistant, telecoms technician, customer service representative. Salary: Starting £16,000 - £20,000 for IT and £12,000 - £15,000 for Telecoms. Qualiﬁcations: IT Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees.
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From the cars on the motorway to the clothes in your wardrobe, many of the things we rely on have been manufactured. This sector is all about making things on a massive scale: cars, TVs, clothes, aeroplanes, fuel… it’s a very important industry. There are many career paths in the sector, from operating machinery that makes plastics or testing the quality of ﬁnished engine parts. 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.
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.
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Key Facts There are
In the North East
students who call the North East home
of pupils achieve ﬁve or more A*-C grades at GCSE
The North East attracts over
The creative industries here turn over
98,400 56.8% 8.5 million visitors each year
£2.7 billion a year
The engineering sector employs
63,200 people here The North East is home to historic sites like Hadrian’s Wall and Lindisfarne
Take a look at some of the opportunities in the North East...
Northumberland Total population: 316,300 People in employment: 142,500 Key places: Berwick-upon-Tweed, Morpeth, Hexham, Blyth. Key colleges: Northumberland College. Key employers: Covance, Northumberland County Council. Key industries: Energy & Renewables, Leisure & Tourism. Useful website: www.my-steps.co.uk Did you know? 25% of Northumberlandâ€™s workforce is employed in distribution, hotels & restaurants.
Newcastle & Gateshead
Total population: 352,200 People in employment: 154,800 Key colleges: South Tyneside College, Tyne Metropolitan College. Key employers: Procter & Gamble, Orange, Newcastle Building Society. Key industries: Business & Administration, Energy & Renewables, Manufacture. Useful websites: www.get-it-sorted.org.uk, www.ST19.net
Total population: 483,900 People in employment: 215,400 Key colleges: Gateshead College, Newcastle College. Key universities: Newcastle University, Northumbria University. Key employers: The Sage Group, Newcastle City Council. Key industries: Travel & Hospitality, Engineering, Business & Administration. Useful websites: www.newcastleroutes.co.uk.
Did you know? 87% of employees in North Tyneside are qualiďŹ ed at NVQ level 1 and above.
Did you know? There are over 23,000 students in Newcastle!
Sunderland Total population: 275,300 People in employment: 124,500 Key college: City of Sunderland College. Key university: University of Sunderland. Key employers: Nissan, Codeworks. Key industries: Creative and Digital, Manufacture, Public Services. Useful website: www.sun1419.net Did you know? Over 18,000 people work in manufacturing in Sunderland.
Tees Valley County Durham Total population: 513,000 People in employment: 221,300 Key places: Durham, Darlington, Bishop Auckland. Key colleges: Bishop Auckland College, Darlington College, Derwentside College, East Durham College, New College Durham, Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College. Key university: Durham University. Key employers: Durham County Council, NHS, Durham University, GlaxoSmithKline. Key industries: Leisure & Tourism, Science & Engineering. Useful website: www.help4teens.co.uk Did you know? The average weekly salary in County Durham is ÂŁ458.
Total population: 395,700 People in employment: 152,500 Key places: Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees. Key colleges: Cleveland College of Art & Design, Hartlepool College, Hartlepool Sixth Form College, Middlesbrough College, Redcar & Cleveland College, Stockton & Riverside College. Key university: Teesside University. Key employers: Barclaycall, British Energy, Santander, PD Ports. Key industries: Creative & Digital, Manufacturing, Energy & Renewables. Useful websites: www.ucasprogress.com Did you know? 28% of employment in Redcar & Cleveland is in public admin, education & health.
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47 The North East is leading the way in science and technology, but there’s much more than that going on...
Size of the North East workforce in each industry - 1,146,000 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 £455.30 pw/£11.61 ph Male Pay
North East Workforce Qualifications % NVQ Level 4+ NVQ Level 3 Trade Apprenticeships NVQ Level 2
26.5 17.7 4.5 19.9
NVQ Level 1 Other Qualiﬁcations No Qualiﬁcations
13.9 5.3 12.2
Female Pay £405.70 pw £10.87 ph
Source: Ofﬁce for National Statistics
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Bournemouth and Poole College
Cambridge Regional College
City College Coventry
City College Norwich
City College Plymouth
East Durham College
East Kent College
Havering College of Further and Higher Education - Brentwood and Hornchurch
Milton Keynes College
New College Nottingham
North Hertfordshire College
Oxford and Cherwell Valley College - Oxford and Reading
Peterborough Regional College
Somerset College of Arts and Technology
The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy is part of the Peter Jones Foundation, which also runs Tycoon in Schools, a national competition to get Britainâ€™s school children involved in entrepreneurship.
Amersham and Wycombe College
South Devon College
South Essex College - Southend and Thurrock
Southern Regional College
The Sheffield College
Tresham College of Higher and Further Education
Westminster Kingsway College
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
For more info: www.tenner.org.uk
Universities Durham University 0191 334 2000 www.dur.ac.uk Newcastle University 0191 222 6000 www.ncl.ac.uk Northumbria University 0191 243 7420 www.northumbria.ac.uk University of Sunderland 0191 515 3000 www.sunderland.ac.uk Teesside University 01642 218121 www.tees.ac.uk
Colleges Newcastle & Gateshead
Gateshead College www.gateshead.ac.uk 0191 490 0300
Askham Bryan www.askham-bryan.ac.uk 01287 633870
Newcastle College www.ncl-coll.ac.uk 0191 200 4000
Cleveland College of Art & Design www.ccad.ac.uk 01642 288000
Hartlepool College www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk 01429 295000
South Tyneside College www.stc.ac.uk 0191 427 3500
Hartlepool 6th Form www.hpoolsfc.ac.uk 01429 294 444
Tyne Metropolitan College www.tynemet.ac.uk 0191 229 5000
Middlesbrough College www.mbro.ac.uk 01642 333333
Sunderland City of Sunderland College www.citysun.ac.uk 0191 511 6800
County Durham Bishop Auckland College www.bacoll.ac.uk 01388 443 000 Darlington College www.darlington.ac.uk 01325 503050 Derwentside College www.derwentside.ac.uk 01207 585900 East Durham College www.eastdurham.ac.uk 0191 518 2000 New College Durham www.newcollegedurham.ac.uk 0191 375 4000
Redcar & Cleveland College www.cleveland.ac.uk 01642 473132 Stockton Riverside College www.stockton.ac.uk 01642 865400
Northumberland Northumberland College www.northumberland.ac.uk 01670 841 200
Other Useful Sites
Darlington Borough Council www.darlington.gov.uk
Jobcentre Plus www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk
Durham Council www.durham.gov.uk
National Apprenticeship Service www.apprenticeships.org.uk
Gateshead Council www.gateshead.gov.uk
Hartlepool Borough Council www.hartlepool.gov.uk
UCAS Progress www.ucasprogress.com
Middlesbrough Council www.middlesbrough.gov.uk Newcastle City Council www.newcastle.gov.uk North Tyneside Council www.northtyneside.gov.uk Northumberland County Council www.northumberland.gov.uk Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk South Tyneside Council www.southtyneside.info Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council www.stockton.gov.uk Sunderland City Council www.sunderland.gov.uk
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