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Welcome to Careers World Magazine, the premier resource for careers information and guidance. During the spring term many of you will have time between winter and summer exams to think about what happens next after school or college. That’s where we come in! In every issue we help you discover more about the most popular career sectors, as well as asking experts and successful young people for their tips and advice for the future. In this edition we pitch our questions to the Dragon himself, Peter Jones, and we’ll see how he’s investing in the future of potential entrepreneurs. Now’s the time to get to grips with your future and focus on ﬁnding the career that’s right for you.
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Peter Jones is a world-famous entrepreneur and star of the hit TV programme, Dragons’ Den. Peter is from Berkshire and has a long history of achievement when it comes to business. The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy has been running since 2009, taking on the challenge of making business more accessible to students across the country. Peter talks to our editor about his success, the Academy and just what it is that makes him tick. School grades, so how did you do then? Academic success wasn’t a focus for me because I was more interested in enterprise and making money. I wasn’t the biggest fan of my primary school in Windsor and so bunked oﬀ at every opportunity to sit in the big chair in my father’s oﬃce and dream about running a big company one day, even though it often got me into trouble. I liked my secondary school, Windsor Boys, but was still fascinated by those around me who showed enterprising qualities. An English teacher was the only teacher at school to have a top-ofthe-range Porsche and I loved ﬁnding out how he did it.
Your website mentions running a tennis schools as the start of your entrepreneurial journey. What else inspired you? My parents hugely inspired me when I was growing up. My father was an expert in air conditioning and worked particularly hard. He motivated me to strive harder and reach the top. However, I have also been inspired in ways that haven’t brought me success. Impressed by the movie Cocktail, starring Tom Cruise, I opened a cocktail bar in Windsor which didn’t do very well and just cost me money. This episode demonstrated the importance of judgement when pursuing any idea.
Do you think you need a speciﬁc mind-set to become an entrepreneur? There are deﬁnitely particular traits which are more common in entrepreneurs, such as grit, perseverance and determination. However, I fundamentally believe that entrepreneurialism can be taught and that entrepreneurs are not born, they are made. In 2005 I established my own charity in order to help young people have brighter futures, and in 2008 I set up the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, which is working to put enterprise at the heart of education in the UK. The key to the Academy network is instilling a ‘can’ attitude in our future leaders and giving our young people the conﬁdence they need to fulﬁl their dreams. Putting students in front of people who have been there and done it allows them to see how attainable entrepreneurship can be.
We keep hearing the phrase “business acumen”, but what does this mean to you? “Business acumen” is all about being able to make good judgements and quick decisions, which ultimately results in eﬀective business decisions. This skill is deﬁnitely not limited by age. My 11 year old daughter, Natalia, always has an opinion about those businesses that I have been given www.careersworld.co.uk
the opportunity to invest in. And nine times out of ten, she is completely right!
Do you think there are more pros than cons to being your own boss? Absolutely. Otherwise I would have backed out of this game a long time ago. Being an entrepreneur requires huge commitment and a lot of hard work, but the rewards are completely worth it. It is a challenge but you learn to follow your instincts and begin to really value advice from those who have been there before you.
Describe your ideal business partner Finding your ideal business partner often happens organically, where you have complimentary skills and talents, but mine is extremely hard working and determined. Plus, they must be visionary and be able to lead by example. Trust is also incredibly important. They must have faith in my choices and abilities, my team and the potential of a business venture.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a TV personality? One of the great beneﬁts of being famous is being able to get exclusive access to other like-minded entrepreneurs and senior executives, many of whom have some fantastic and interesting ideas. I don’t see any disadvantages to that.
If you weren’t in business, what would be your dream career? I loved tennis and wanted to be a professional but I’d still hand in the towel to be a successful entrepreneur. Being in business is the most exciting and challenging career anyone can have and I’m pleased it’s become my chosen path. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Your lifelong love of tennis, what sparked that oﬀ? At age 12, I was helping a teacher at my school to teach tennis and he inspired me later, when I was 16, to set up my ﬁrst business, a tennis academy. As a child I used to play tennis at county level, and I still play regularly with ex-professionals. That was a real watershed moment in my life I think. At the time, I had the chance to improve my game with a view to becoming a professional, but there was something in me that wanted to take that talent and develop a successful business from it rather than, say, win Wimbledon. As a big family man, what advice do you give to your children about careers? I encourage my children to follow their hearts and to choose a path which they are really passionate about – only then will they give themselves the best chance of being successful and ﬁnding true happiness. It is very important to me that my children work hard and stand on their own two feet. I have set up an arrangement to incentivise my kids to work hard through a funding platform that doubles their income every day for the rest of their lives.
You’ve had more than one IT based company, what brought that on? Are you a bit of a tech head? Yes, I love technology and have always been interested in gadgets. My second business was based around building and selling computers. Whenever gadgets are pitched in the Den, it’s always me who gets instantly excited. I always say that entrepreneurship is about being innovative and improving something that already exists. This attitude describes technology to the core, which ﬁts perfectly with my overall business mantra. “Being innovative isn’t about doing something new it’s about doing something better than your competition.”
What is the next big thing for Peter Jones? Anything up your sleeve? I have got many projects on the go at the moment. Since taking over Jessops last year, that has been a huge focus for me and will continue to be for a while. I’m hoping there will be lots of opportunities like Jessops for my investment group in 2014. In 2012 I founded Tycoon in Schools, a nationwide competition that spearheads my mission of putting enterprise at the heart of all education. Now in its second year, the competition has been even bigger and better, with over 700 students taking part this year from all over the country. I can’t wait to see the achievements of this year’s highﬂyers, and the inspiring young people who apply next year. We had over 3,000 apply this year, which was fantastic. This competition continues the work that I started with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, where we aim to equip budding entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to start their own business, or act entrepreneurially within one. I am thrilled with the journey the Academy has taken so far, where we have about thirty Academies operating across the country, and can’t wait to see it grow even more next year.
Is there anything on Dragons’ Den you regret not investing in? I don’t actually. No regrets. Even when I see some products that I chose not to invest in being successfully launched, I don’t have regrets. With Wonderland, YUU World, Woodblocx, Alf Turner, Tiny Box, The Present Club, Bare Naked Foods, Reminiscence Pods and the one and only Levi Roots, who can possibly regret anything? The record speaks for itself! What is your favourite product from Dragons’ Den? And what was the worst? All of them are my favourite! Not fair to choose one. And my worst, Layline Beds. It’s basically a sheet with a stitched line down the middle to tell husband and wife that ‘this is my space and this is your space’. It is ridiculous. That, or the American Inventor guy who said that spinning bicycle hub cabs will be the next craze. Only in America!
If you were to go into the den as a new entrepreneur, what would your pitch be? And how would you stand out? If I said ‘I could turn £50,000 into £1million’ would you invest? I would then make sure my idea was good enough to capture the Dragons’ imagination and get them interested. I would end with “Are you in?” I would stand out by wearing a smart, sharp suit and wear the most outrageous stripy socks I could ﬁnd!
If I were 15/16 and wanted to be an entrepreneur, what would you say to me? I would encourage you to have a vision and then make that vision bigger, because the bigger your vision the more successful you are likely to be. Don’t be swayed from your vision by anyone, and make your own decisions. Then make sure you do suﬃcient research, ﬁnding out not only what your competitors are doing, but also how you can make your product or service that little bit better. Finally, it is important to have fun, because business is about more than making money. People will be more likely to buy your product or service if you are having fun and enjoying the business. However, ultimately, I would encourage you to log onto www.pjea.org.uk, to ﬁnd out everything about the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and join our nationwide network!
If you could do exactly what you wanted with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, what would you do? I would ensure that every college in the country has an Academy within it and that all young people were given the chance to apply. I want to continue to ensure that our Academy network continues to put enterprise at the very heart of the UK education system and that the “learning by doing” method is widely implemented and respected, helping young people to make their dreams a reality.
All of our pioneering courses have been developed in conjunction with Pearson (Edexcel), as well as education and industry experts, and I had a personal hand in the writing of these qualiﬁcations. I’m very proud of what we have achieved in such a short amount of time.
How do you think careers advice should be given to students? We deliberately designed the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy to be completely diﬀerent from the traditional academic environment. We are pioneering a new approach to teaching entrepreneurship by focusing on ‘learning by doing’. That means combining business theory with business practice to replicate the environment of the real business world. And ultimately, we believe that’s the best way to unlock the potential of the next generation of entrepreneurs. The best way to learn how to succeed is to work with those who have been there and done it, and to get stuck in and give it a go yourself. Students receive master classes in entrepreneurship from the best in the business, where they have heard from the likes of Paul Lindley of Ella’s Kitchen and David, Vanessa and Jacqueline Gold.
What are the Academy’s best success stories? There are so many of these it is tricky to keep track! Each year we recognise the most outstanding student across The Academy network, where the National Entrepreneur of the Year is announced. Our 2012 winner, Rob Nunn is developing his business that aims to encourage people into the aviation industry. There is no stopping the 2013 winner, Harry Day, who is running a tailoring business and currently working on the development of it in Bangkok!
Who is better at business, you or Alan Sugar? Alan is a great friend of mine and I think very highly of him. He is a big supporter of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and has such a wealth of experience. I think he’s better because he’s older and wiser!
People love your socks. Do you have a favourite pair? My stripy ones, of course. I launched my own range of socks a few years back, where all the proceeds go to charity. They’ve been very popular. Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden, Theo Paphitis: Snog, Marry, Avoid? Wow, what a question! I wouldn’t snog any of them. Nor would I want to be married to them. Lastly, I’m not saying who I’d avoid! Which actor would you like to play you in a ﬁlm of your life? I’m guessing not Tom Cruise… Pierce Brosnan.
How much input did you have in setting up The Academy? A great deal. I founded The Academy back in 2008 and our ﬁrst intake of students was in 2009. My vision was to create and encourage a more entrepreneurial activity in the UK, based on a philosophy of ‘learning by doing’.
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MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR I’ve been thinking about whether there is some golden piece of advice that I can oﬀer you in your search for a career, and the number one thought that keeps cropping up in my head is simply ‘do your research’. It’s all well and good thinking ‘I want to go to university’, but what course? What job do you want at the end of it all? There is a career path for all of us but the most diﬃcult step is ﬁnding it. The majority of us don’t have a job handed to us on a platter so we need to get out there and look for ourselves! If you don’t know what you want to do don’t hesitate, start looking! Get careers advice from your school or college, have a look at all the diﬀerent kinds of Apprenticeships, rummage around UCAS to ﬁnd a uni course that suits you and most importantly, don’t dismiss anything based on what someone else has told you. It’s your career, go ﬁnd what suits you!
GCSE MATHS & ENGLISH REFORM Maths and English not your strong point? Just going to breeze through your GCSEs without giving it a real go? Looks like you’ll need to think again.
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GCSEs have changed a lot this year If you don’t manage a C grade in Maths and English, you will have to carry them on until the age of 18 It’s because employers want a good understanding of Maths and English. Almost every career has some dealing with these subjects You don’t have to go to college to continue studying, there are many ways to re-do your GCSEs You won’t just be retaking your exams over and over, the focus is on developing your skills
You might have heard murmurs about changes to the way GCSEs are going to be carried out this year. The big diﬀerence is that students who fail to get a minimum of grade C in GCSE Maths and English will have to carry on these subjects up until the age of 18. What this means is that thousands of pupils will have to take additional courses to get their literacy and numeracy skills up to scratch after they have left school. This might be with a college, training provider or other educational body, but whatever the route, you can be sure it’s going to have a big impact. In the past you could stick with the grades you received from exams no matter what they were, but the Government has said this isn’t good enough anymore.
BUT WHY DID THEY CHANGE IT?
country in the developed world carries on with numeracy and literacy after the age of 16 and It’s because generally employers our Government is keen to not like a good understanding let the UK fall behind. of Maths and English more than anything else learned at In terms of careers, most school. That doesn’t mean you employers ask for a minimum should just jack in geography; of grade C in English and Maths all subjects are good for no matter the position. What do something, but these are nurses, engineers, receptionists skills everyone needs in the and shop workers all have in workplace. The Government common? (No smart answers have decided the education please) They all have some sector needed shaking up with dealing with Maths or English; it big changes being made to both could be working out discounts schools and exams. Every other on the ﬂy or ﬁlling out contracts.
WHAT ELSE IS CHANGING?
Surprisingly, changes to Maths and English are not the only things new about exams. Starting this year GCSEs are changing from a modular format to becoming linear. What this means is instead of a few smaller tests at the end of each part of your course, there will be one or two big exams in May/June. You also won’t be able to re-sit one particular part of your GCSE if you didn’t get the grade in that module that you wanted. You have to re-take every exam in that subject.
If a pupil is leaving without this level of qualiﬁcation, they are at a massive disadvantage in the job market.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
I know that many of you will be worrying about what all this means, but it might not be as bad as you think. While the ideal situation is to pass your English and Maths GCSEs with a C, if you really struggle then don’t think you are just going to be re-sitting over and over again.
For example, if you did fantastically and got an A* in your calculator test in maths, but slipped up and got an E in your noncalculator one, you have to retake both if you’re not willing to stick with the overall grade. Bear in mind you also won’t have to retake any classroom assessments you’ve had (For Example timed practical tests in Art or IT).
The focus is on continuous development rather than just grades. This means that you might be able to do an equivalent qualiﬁcation that’s more suited to your style of learning. You also don’t have to go to college for further education if this wasn’t going to be your route after school. There will be other methods of study that you can take part in, so don’t think you won’t be able to start an Apprenticeship or Traineeship just because your grades weren’t ideal.
English, Geography, History and R.E, there will be quite a hefty amount of marks geared speciﬁcally towards them. So make sure you’re not telling examiners about the lives of Jebus and Ghundi.
If you’re in Year 10 and thinking about taking A-Levels then you have to watch out. A similar system is coming into eﬀect from 2015 for further education as well. There’s also going to be a big focus on No more AS and A2 exams, just one big Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. For exam period. subjects that you have to write a lot, i.e.
HOW WILL IT BE DONE?
You’ll be able to rest a bit easier knowing that the number of students who haven’t managed to pass before leaving sixth-form or college will be reported in that school’s performance tables, meaning that it is in schools’ and colleges’ interests to provide the best possible education to encourage you to pass. Some schools in the past have entered pupils into easier qualiﬁcations so they don’t have to show low grades to the public, but the new rules will put a stop to this; everyone will be educated to the same level. The funding of colleges will also be changed. Basically if they don’t have great English and Mathematics departments, they won’t get as much cash.
WHO IT AFFECTS
The new rules have already come into eﬀect. Meaning if you are gearing up to do your GCSEs next term you might be staying on a bit longer than you thought, but only if you don’t get the right grades. Of course this only matters to you if you don’t pass your Maths and English exams ﬁrst time around. It can be seen as a little push to try your best in your exams, but let’s be honest you should be doing that already, and you really don’t want additional subjects looming over your head when you’re trying to think about where you want your career to go. Post 16 study is hard enough without having to think about left-over GCSEs as well! The change goes hand-in-hand with the Raised Participation Age of education (discussed in the previous issue of Careers World) which means school-leavers are required to stay in some form of education until they are 17, which is soon to be extended to 18.
While this new system may seem unfair to a lot of you, it really does make sense. If you could see the amount of job listings out there that say ‘must have English and Maths GCSE Grade C or equivalent’ your collective jaws would drop. It’s not just courses and careers where you’re required to write or add up; employers like to know that if they hand you any task that crops up, you’ll be able to handle it. The most important thing to take away from it is that even if the work is that bit tougher now, in the long run it will be good for you. You’ll be able to apply for tonnes more jobs and the satisfaction you’ll get from knowing that you passed is worth all the extra eﬀort.
NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK A huge success in past years, National Apprenticeship Week, set up by the National Apprenticeship Service, is returning in 2014 and is fast approaching. Designed to celebrate and increase awareness of Apprenticeships, NAW is a great event that promotes Apprenticeships of all levels to students, employers, schools, colleges, training providers and the media. Loads of good stuﬀ goes on all across the country so you’re guaranteed to ﬁnd something you can get involved with. This year NAW takes place on 3rd-7th March and there are over 900 events to attend across the UK (no, that isn’t a challenge). Apprenticeships are becoming a big deal. Last year Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted to make Apprenticeships, alongside university, the new norm for pupils leaving school. Make sure you get involved over twitter, follow @Apprenticeships and check in on #NAW2014. If you are considering an Apprenticeship but can’t ﬁnd one to suit you then chances are you are about to have your eyes opened. Dozens of employers post vacancies during the run up and throughout the week. Really it’s the best possible time to consider an Apprenticeship.
THEY REALLY ARE A BIG DEAL
Recently there has been a study focusing on education in 30 countries. It has found that vocational education (that’s education that’s focused on a speciﬁc ﬁeld of employment to you and me, e.g. Apprenticeships, BTECs, etc) is much more likely to get you a job than just a general education. Not only this, but the people on vocational courses have a better chance to wind up with a long-term position, not just a short starter job, and a much higher starting wage than young people who have just gone through a standard route of education.
Yes, this might sound like one big advert but if you’re even considering an Apprenticeship in the slightest then the week can be a really important time of year for you, so stick it in your calendar and try to get involved with as much as possible. It has also been found that individuals who took part in a practical work-based The variety in events is huge. You course, like an Apprenticeship, were could attend a careers event at your even more likely to ﬁnd a job than those local college, or an employer might be who did classroom based courses like oﬀering work experience for the week. BTECs. This is because the courses It’s not just schools that get involved. are designed in partnership with the Big businesses like British Gas see employer, meaning they know exactly how useful it is to inspire young people what skills the students have, and can to consider becoming an Apprentice. gear the course more towards relevant Get over to apprenticeships.org.uk areas. And honestly, it’s much easier to to have a look what’s going on in your keep on an Apprentice that you have area. already trained than ﬁnding someone new. Don’t forget, it’s National Careers Week at the same time as Apprentice Week, Don’t get worried if work-based but over at Careers World we believe courses aren’t for you. The research that any week of the year can be a showed that even work experience is careers week. I mean except Christmas. enough to give you an edge over other Who wants to be thinking about jobs at candidates, so get going and do all Christmas? That’s presents time... you can to gain as much experience as possible.
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Are you frustrated by all the choices you face? Don’t you wish there was a way to compare all your options, or to have those key questions answered? Well, we’ve done it for you. We’ve put together a team of experts from your area to give you an insight into what kind of experiences, beneﬁts and future they can oﬀer you. We’ve asked the same questions to each expert, to help you decide on the right choice for you.
The Employer CAREERS AND EDUCATION CHOICES CAN BE SCARY! HOW SHOULD APPLICANTS MAKE THEIR DECISION?
Laing O’Rourke is a globally diverse engineering enterprise. We fund, design, manufacture, construct and maintain the built environment – providing the facilities to accommodate, educate, employ, transport, care for and sustain communities. Web: www.laingorourke.com
WHAT SUPPORT DO YOU OFFER SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS TO HELP THEM ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS?
There are a great deal of career choices available to you, therefore it’s important that applicants research as much as possible. Speak to people who are already in the industry that you are considering, read as much as you can and think about what motivates you.
A dedicated programme manager will work closely with the project teams, apprentice mentors and training providers to make sure the apprentices are supported and on track to meet all their initial goals and to assist in their development within the business.
Construction is an exciting and ever changing industry that oﬀers a huge variety of job opportunities, including traditional trade Apprenticeships and sponsored learning programmes.
We work hard to create an environment that brings out the best in our people. So as a Laing O’Rourke employee you can be sure your career is in good hands. Our Apprenticeship programme is designed to give our apprentices the best possible start to their career in construction, creating a solid foundation that could take them to great heights.
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WHY SHOULD CANDIDATES PICK YOU?
When you join Laing O’Rourke you will be fully supported through your learning. Successful applicants will receive expert training from both our vastly experienced trades-people on site, and through a huge network of UK colleges. Our Apprenticeship programme also includes a number of personal development modules delivered over four years which are aimed at broadening your learning experience beyond your trade.
The University CAREERS AND EDUCATION CHOICES CAN BE SCARY! HOW SHOULD APPLICANTS MAKE THEIR DECISION?
De Montfort University (DMU) is committed to giving its students an education that will propel them into successful careers, while equipping them with vital life skills. Web: www.dmu.ac.uk
Once you have decided that university is an option for you, the ﬁrst step is to research which courses are available. You are ideally looking for courses that you will enjoy, but also that will allow you to go into a career you are interested in. The UCAS website is a great place to start, before moving on to universities’ websites and prospectuses as your research progresses. We also recommend going along to open days to see what the campus is like and what facilities the university has to oﬀer.
The Training Provider The heart of Appris’ business is Apprenticeships, specialising in the delivery of Engineering Manufacture apprenticeships. With over 150 member companies and 300+ apprentices across West Yorkshire, Appris is the provider of choice for the engineering industry. Web: www.appris.co.uk
CAREERS AND EDUCATION CHOICES CAN BE SCARY! HOW SHOULD APPLICANTS MAKE THEIR DECISION?
Research is key when making a decision about your future. We would advise any applicant to speak to their careers adviser to help secure further information. Another avenue is to look into training providers within their sector of choice. You will ﬁnd that these providers will give you impartial advice and guidance about further education, application processes and also what to expect from the courses and/or careers available. If you know what area you want to pursue it’s a great start. This will allow you to research companies in your local area that are supportive of bringing on young people.
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At The Sheﬃeld College, we do things diﬀerently. Diﬀerently by building our whole approach around you and what you want to be. Whatever your starting point, you’ll discover The Sheﬃeld College gives you much more than a qualiﬁcation. The 20,000 young people and adults who study with us experience that diﬀerence every year. Web: www.sheﬀcol.ac.uk
CAREERS AND EDUCATION CHOICES CAN BE SCARY! HOW SHOULD APPLICANTS MAKE THEIR DECISION?
The steps you take after leaving school are some of the most important that you will ever make. Make sure that you do your background research! There are a whole range of diﬀerent qualiﬁcations to choose from at diﬀerent levels, including academic and vocational courses, as well as Apprenticeships. Talk to a careers advisors at your school or the National Careers Service so that you consider all your options. You can also get in touch with our Learner Recruitment Team on 0114 2602600 to discuss our range of courses, or go to www.sheﬀcol.ac.uk.
WHAT LEARNING ENVIRONMENT CAN SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS EXPECT WITH YOU?
At De Montfort University (DMU) we have invested around £200 million in providing award-winning facilities which include industry standard equipment, studio spaces, a 24 hour library, specially designed workshops and a wide range of places for you to play sport, relax and enjoy yourself.
WHAT SUPPORT DO YOU OFFER SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS TO HELP THEM ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS?
DMU oﬀers a range of support for all students, from academic assistance to help
WHAT LEARNING ENVIRONMENT CAN SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS EXPECT WITH YOU?
Our member companies that oﬀer Apprenticeships are vetted by Appris to ensure the learning environment is second to none. All our companies oﬀer in-house mentors with many years of occupational expertise in their ﬁelds. A mixture of work and college based training is essential to apprentice progression. Most leaners are digital natives, so we have award winning electronic platforms to enhance their learning experience and oﬀer a ﬂexible approach to reﬂective learning and training.
WHAT LEARNING ENVIRONMENT CAN SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS EXPECT WITH YOU?
Students enjoy our diverse, dynamic and welcoming atmosphere. Our enthusiastic staﬀ go the extra mile to ensure that all of our students, whatever their level, fulﬁl their potential. We have some of the best training facilities in the region. We have a lively student community and lots of extracurricular activities, so our learners develop the skills they need to go on to the next level of their course, apply for a job, set up their own business or secure a place at university.
graduate ready for the world of work, so our courses are designed with employability in mind. Not only are more than 170 of our courses professionally accredited, but we also provide 1,850 work placements with We also have a dedicated Student Support companies such as Caterpillar, 3M and Team who’re always there to help you make PepsiCo. the most of your time at DMU, and assist with any queries you have during your time Our new initiative, #DMUglobal aims to give the majority of our students an with us. international experience while studying with ultimately enhancing their CV and giving WHY SHOULD CANDIDATES PICK YOU? us, them a competitive edge. The placements With a £90 million campus transformation project in progress and the recent launch of will be tailored to your academic needs #DMUglobal, now really is an exciting time and provide rewarding life experiences. It could be anything from a week of intensive to study at DMU. language training, to a whole year abroad We are committed to ensuring our students working at a global company. you achieve everything you want to during your studies, to advice and guidance from our Careers and Employability Team to help you accomplish your occupational goals.
WHAT SUPPORT DO YOU OFFER SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS TO HELP THEM ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS?
Appris is very proud of its credentials. Our WorldSkills winning apprentices are an international testimony to the quality of our courses. We can only achieve this by working with the best employers and by delivering Apprenticeships that help young people feel enriched. Our team have all been young at some point (honestly) so we know ﬁrst-hand the ups and downs of teenage years. We know that emotional support is just as important as academic support. Your Apprenticeship years are the ones that create and shape you into an adult and we want to see you succeed in your personal life as much as your professional one.
WHAT SUPPORT DO YOU OFFER SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS TO HELP THEM ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS?
Completing the course successfully is only the beginning. We look to the future and advise students on their next step, whether that’s clinching a job, going on to the next level of their course, or getting in to university. We provide strong independent careers guidance and support, have great links to universities, and good employer contacts who help students develop work-related and enterprise skills through employment projects and placements. Our students receive pastoral care and support on a range of other issues including money matters. Enterprise is part of the curriculum www.careersworld.co.uk
WHY SHOULD CANDIDATES PICK YOU?
At Appris we have an online recruitment process that allows you to make a proﬁle about yourself. When we receive applications we contact the candidate to have an informal interview to look at the best ways to support their choices. We have nearly 200 member companies in West Yorkshire that are constantly looking for talented young people. So, rather than you applying directly, we can identify the companies that are looking for you. We have successfully delivered over 6000 Apprenticeships over 40 years using this method.
and all students can access advice and support to set up their own businesses whilst studying at college.
WHY SHOULD CANDIDATES PICK YOU?
We give students so much more than a qualiﬁcation. The Sheﬃeld College is the largest education training provider in the city oﬀering a huge choice of academic, vocational and higher education courses. Ofsted graded us as ‘Good’ in 2013. Our students consistently achieve strong A Level results. Our staﬀ and students regularly win national and regional awards. All of our students get the opportunity to boost their CV are in a strong position to get a job, develop a career, set up a business or go onto university.
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HE Progression at Record High for Longley Park Students A record number of students at Longley Park Sixth Form College gained places at University in 2013. 308 students successfully moved on to Higher Education courses, 52 students more than in 2012. Impressively, the College doubled the number of students progressing to the top researchled Universities in the country, including the Russell Group. A Level student Callum Willis achieved an impressive A* and three A grades, and is now studying Engineering at St John’s College, University of Cambridge. Callum said: “My College experience has been exceptional and the teachers really helped me to achieve. At College I was part of the Career
Academy and the Engineering Education Scheme, which helped me to stand out.” Student Danielle Wilkinson studied A-Level Biology, Chemistry and Psychology, and is now studying Medicine at The University of Manchester. She would love to become a Hospital Doctor in the future. Danielle said: “During my time at College I really loved meeting new people and making new friends. I also think I had the best teachers ever!” Vice Principal Donald McLean said: “We are delighted that such a high proportion of students have progressed to HE. A number of students have also secured Apprenticeships and employment in a range of careers. This year we also celebrated our best ever results, with students achieving an impressive 99% Advanced Level pass rate overall and over 352 A*/A grades or equivalent being awarded.”
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Open days and prospectus backed by Huddersﬁeld Town Huddersﬁeld Town players are urging young people to ‘be part of it’ and ﬁnd out how courses at Kirklees College could help them ﬁnd the career of their dreams. There are lots of courses at all levels, and with new oﬀers including motor vehicle programmes, Rock School, and Apprenticeships in process manufacturing, there is something for everyone. With more Kirklees College graduates going on to study degree level courses, the prospectus includes a guide to UCAS points accrued with diﬀerent BTEC grade combinations. It has a handy guide for parents, information on student services, entry requirements and a list of courses at each centre.
This year the college has included lots of images of students in action on the cover as part of its ‘be part of it’ campaign. Principal Peter McCann said, “We have a fantastic range of courses available for school leavers across our region, and with our incredible specialist facilities and ﬁrst class support, we know young people can achieve their best at Kirklees College.” The full time application deadline is Thursday 10 April 2014. There are open days in 2014, so come along to the college and ﬁnd out more. They are at Huddersﬁeld on Thursday 23 January, 5.308pm and Saturday 8 March, 10.30am-1.30pm. In Dewsbury they are on Saturday 25 January, 15 March and 21 June, from 10.30am-1.30pm.
Download the prospectus online at www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk, order your personalised version at www. kirkleescollege.ac.uk/myprospectus or request your copy today on 01484 437000 or email info@kirkleescollege. ac.uk and be part of it!
Shipley College has Apprenticeship vacancies. Have you got what it takes to be an apprentice? Shipley College currently has a mix of Apprenticeship vacancies on oﬀer, including jobs in Horticulture, Health and Social Care, Business Administration and ICT to name a few. These are great opportunities to start work in your chosen area and get the beneﬁt of training too, helping you progress while bringing the money in. In general, you gain insights through on-the-job training four days of the week, which is complemented by a day in college, where you learn the theory behind your chosen discipline. This is an ideal combination for anyone who wants to get out of the classroom and into the world of work. The mix of theory in college and experience in the workplace is a tried and tested formula, which is why so many young people opt for Apprenticeships, they are a means of establishing yourself in employment. If you still need convincing, check out the experience
of a current Shipley College apprentice. Courteny, 20, is a model example of someone whose fortunes have turned around completely since she started her Apprenticeship. “After working in a leisure centre I became unemployed, which lasted for 6 months,” she says. “I really disliked claiming beneﬁts. I’m used to working, and as someone who prides themselves on being driven and enthusiastic, I felt the need for change.” Change came in the form of an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business Administration through Shipley College. Courteny began working at Bradford District Care Trust on a Level 2 Apprenticeship and has now progressed to a Level 3 with the same employer, after impressing them with her dedication and skill. Courteny works as a PA to the CEO and particularly enjoys liaising with the staﬀ and writing articles and communications on behalf of the Foundation Trust Oﬃce. “Saltaire is beautiful and I enjoy coming here every day,” she adds. “I have loved meeting so many new people. I like the balance of work and study that the Apprenticeship oﬀers, and have beneﬁted from the support of my employer and my tutors.”
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Want to study full time? Full time study options at Craven College include A Levels and a huge range of Vocational courses, up to Advanced Diplomas. From the Arts to Aviation, Chemistry to Construction, Geology to Gardening, History to Horticulture, Physics to Public Services there is something for everyone.
Government statistics show that more than half a million young people started an Apprenticeship in the last academic year and out of 236 Further Education Colleges in the country, Craven College ranks 5th for its overall achievement (Data Service SR Data April 13).
This year A Level students at Craven College achieved an overall A2 pass rate of 99.1% compared to a national rate of 98%, with a 100% pass rate in 23 diﬀerent subjects. We have a generous travel bursary to help our full time further education students get to Craven College. With direct bus and train routes our students only pay the ﬁrst £1 per day of their main journey. Ready for employment? Our ‘full employed status’ Apprenticeships in the Business, Accounting, IT & Networking, Construction, Engineering, Hair, Beauty, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, Land Based and
If you are aged between 16 and 24, don’t delay. Check out the Shipley College jobs board by visiting www. shipley.ac.uk and submit your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Degrees at Craven College Studying a degree at Craven College comes with many beneﬁts – quality, aﬀordable courses that lead directly to excellent employment opportunities. Studying for a Foundation Degree combines both academic and vocational skills and is packaged into 20 credit modules which form the ﬁrst two years (or 240 credits) of a full Honours Degree.
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Apprenticeship helps Harry cut it in the salon The combination of training and work is helping hairdressing apprentice Harry Pride cut it in the salon. The 18 year-old knew he wanted to be a hairdresser from an early age and after initially enrolling on a hairdressing course at Leeds City College, he switched to an Apprenticeship last year. Harry prefers to learn in a working environment. He spends four days a week at Mousie Browns, a salon in Leeds suburb Horsforth, while studying a Level 3 course in hairdressing with the College. He has already successfully completed a Level 2 qualiﬁcation.
“I prefer being in a real working environment and enjoy the responsibility. I like both college and work, but they are quite diﬀerent learning environments - you might learn a technique one way at college and get a diﬀerent perspective at work, then you can choose the way you feel most comfortable with,” he said. Harry is already looking to the future, with his plans mapped out for when he ﬁnishes his Apprenticeship. “I’m looking forward to becoming fully qualiﬁed, which means I can have my own clients and go self-employed, renting a chair in the salon, but then one day taking over the running of the business.”
In the salon, he takes care of clients, mostly colouring, blow-drying and styling. He will progress onto cutting once he qualiﬁes. Monthly visits from a college assessor are ﬁtted around the demands of the busy salon or when Harry has worked on special styling projects such as weddings and birthdays, which can count towards his assignments. Harry says the Apprenticeship really works for him, providing actual work experience alongside a recognised qualiﬁcation.
Shine Careers Service The Shine Careers Service, part of Aspire-i, is helping thousands of young people achieve their goals in life. Our success comes from working in partnership with students, schools, colleges and training organisations. All of our independent and impartial Information, Advice and Guidance services are shaped to meet individual needs. Here are just a few comments from our customers: “My careers adviser understood me really well and told me a lot I didn’t know” (Year 11 student) “I’m not confused any more” (Year 11 student) “He showed me ways to accomplish my goal” (Year 11 student)
were extremely informative and ‘current’. Her write ups of the careers interviews have been very thorough and are of great use to the pupils”. (School) “Thank you very much for supporting us in making our ﬁrst careers fair a great success and an especially big thanks to our Shine Careers Professional who did a fantastic job with the students”. (School) “Everything went well last week and staﬀ really appreciated the presence of a Careers Adviser. The sessions with sixth form were excellent and the students really beneﬁted”. (Sixth form) “Thank you for this Free CPD event - the ‘Careers Live’ conference was excellent! Enjoyed all of it. Gave the ‘big picture’ and content of guidance in a vastly changing landscape” (Conference delegate)
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THE REAL WORLD William Taylor, BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
Construction Ever wondered how they built some of the most iconic buildings of our time? Perhaps you think Big Ben isn’t big enough, or that The Leaning Tower of Pisa is just a bit rubbish; if you think you can make a diﬀerence to the buildings we see, then the Construction industry is for you.
You ask us... WHAT’S THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR ALL ABOUT?
crane at 150ft! Most of these job roles require working with heavy machinery so you’ll need some specialist training, just in Construction is a broad term for all things case you end up driving a cement mixer building related. It doesn’t just cover bricks, onto the motorway. Or accidentally building tiles and pipes; you’ll ﬁnd a whole host of an oﬃce block on top of a graveyard. job roles that use skills such as problem solving, design and leadership. You could HOW DOES THIS SECTOR COMPARE TO be planning a development project for a rundown area, installing plumbing systems OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY? or even supervising a team working on a Construction is one of the country’s largest skyscraper! sectors; it employs over 2.35 million people, which equates to around 8% of the WHAT KIND OF SALARY CAN I EXPECT UK workforce. Due to the self employed nature of this industry, a whopping 92% of TO EARN? organisations employ less than 10 people, The starting salaries in construction are meaning employment in private companies pretty high; most practical job roles start out is becoming harder to ﬁnd. at around £16,000. Jobs in areas such as civil engineering and surveying tend to start WHERE IS THE WORK MOST out with a salary of around £15,000, but fully qualiﬁed professionals can earn in excess of CONCENTRATED? £40,000. It’s also worth noting that almost Unlike other industries, construction isn’t a third of this industry is self employed; this usually ﬁxed to one place; you’ll have to go means you set your own schedule and where the work is. The company you work prices. It could also mean getting up on a for will have a catchment area which you Monday morning would just be for a slice of will work in; obviously larger companies will toast and a cup of tea. be able to cover larger geographical areas. Domestic construction, which includes WHAT KIND OF ENVIRONMENT WOULD improvements, repairs and the building of housing, usually takes place wherever the I BE WORKING IN? client lives. New housing projects usually A construction environment isn’t always spring up on the outskirts of towns and just a building site; you could be in a design villages, whereas larger buildings such as studio planning out the structure of the oﬃce blocks and commercial retail areas building, or working underground checking are usually built on out of town business and on the maintenance of the gas and water retail parks. pipes. Heck, you could be operating a www.careersworld.co.uk
Although William Taylor has always been interested in architecture and the built environment, poor school grades meant it looked unlikely that he’d ever be able to pursue his dream job. However several years of hard work at Leeds College of Building mean that 21 year old is on track to either study architecture at university or stay on at the College to do a HND course – either of which would be a major step towards achieving his dream of becoming an architect. William attended Prince Henry’s Grammar School at Otley and when he was 14 he took advantage of a unique partnership, known as the 14-16 Skills Academy that the school had established with Leeds College of Building. William left school at 16 to start a plastering course at Leeds College of Building and two years later he’d successfully gained his Level 1 and 2 qualiﬁcations. He then decided to study for a Level 2 BTEC qualiﬁcation in Construction and the Built Environment, before embarking on a Level 3 Extended Diploma. William explains: “I’ve been interested in architecture for as long as I can remember. When I was younger we often spent family days out visiting National Trust and English Heritage sites and the historic buildings fascinated me.” Through years of dedication, hard work and progression, William’s conﬁdence has grown. He has taken an active role in the College curriculum and represents fellow students in his position of Student Governor. William has also had success at the College Award Ceremony; he won the Plastering Student of the Year award in 2010 and the Construction Student of the Year Award in 2012.
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Careers Choices Were you a dab hand with Lego as a kid? Every structure you see, from your local corner shop to towering skyscrapers in the big cities, is a result of the Construction industry. This sector generates billions of pounds a year for the economy and has a diverse range of careers and roles to choose from. Whether you prefer working with tools outdoors on a site, in an ofﬁce designing buildings or installing facilities in people’s homes, there’s a career for everyone in this industry. There is an emphasis on teamwork, so if you enjoy working with others then this could be the career for you. And if not, you can work in your own ofﬁce giving plans and directions to others! Here are some of the more popular trades you can choose; we couldn’t possibly print them all, there are far too many!
PAINTING & DECORATING
It’s not as diﬃcult as your parents make it look! Painters and decorators can work in a variety of places on a wide range of projects, from wallpapering a bedroom to painting a hospital exterior. Salaries vary depending on experience, but senior supervisors can well over £30,000.
A popular choice for people who like to work with their hands, Bricklaying involves building, repairing and demolishing walls using a variety of techniques, it isn’t just staring at a brick wall. Salaries usually start at around £17,000, but rise with experience.
Remember Super Mario? This is how he got started. You might not end up having a day like him, but your work will be just as varied; you could be repairing a broken pipeline, or installing a completely new system to your own design. Don’t be afraid to get a little wet in this line of work! Salaries usually range from £17,000 for newly qualiﬁed plumbers to £35,000 with progression.
Creating a safe working environment is a priority in any career and scaﬀolders provide this on a range of projects, from simple building sites to towering oﬃce blocks. You will be building platforms for the construction crew to work on and can expect to earn CIVIL ENGINEERING Civil Engineers design a whole range of between £17,000 and £26,000. structures, such as bridges, pipelines and railways as well as drawing up plans for new CARPENTRY & JOINERY buildings. You will work both in an oﬃce Wood. It’s all over the place. It’s the job of and on site so be prepared for a varied day! Carpenters and Joiners to take it and turn Salaries can be upwards of £36,000 with it into a useful product for widespread use. progression. You could be carving an ornate staircase in a hotel, or building a roof support for a mansion. With experience you can expect to earn more than £30,000.
Plastering is now considered a specialist skill within this trade; from simple walls to extravagant statues, you will be creating something important wherever you work. You can expect to earn between £17,000 and £28,000 in this line of work.
Surveyors are like teachers; they point out ﬂaws in work and then tell you how to improve it. Or, they tell you to destroy it completely. There are so many roles in the ﬁeld of Surveying, such as Cartography (that’s map making to you and me), improving run down areas of cities, developing land for future building work and so much more. Like the roles, the salary varies depending on what you specialise in, but a trainee surveyor can expect to start on £15,000 and earn up to £60,000+ in some ﬁelds.
OF ORGANISATIONS IN THIS SECTOR EMPLOY LESS THAN 10 PEOPLE
ARE EMPLOYED IN MANUAL OCCUPATIONS
37% ARE SELFEMPLOYED
Where to begin If this is the ﬁeld for you, then read on to ﬁnd out how you can get started.
This where most people in the industry start out. An apprenticeship allows you to learn you trade while also being paid a salary. There are many employers out there who provide apprenticeship schemes; to get an idea of who’s out there, head to websites on our ‘Useful Links’ page. Below you will ﬁnd the Apprenticeships frameworks relevant to this industry, which will give you an idea of what you’ll be able to choose from. All these frameworks result in a Level 2 qualiﬁcation, such as NVQ’s BTEC’s or Diplomas, are the equivalent of 5 GCSE passes and takes two years to complete. Construction Building • Construction Technical, Supervision and Management • Construction Civil Engineering • Construction Specialist
This is the equivalent of two A levels, but without sitting in a classroom studying. Like a regular Apprenticeship, it’s suited to more practical ﬁelds of work. Advanced Apprenticeships in construction only take a year and on completion you will receive a Level 3 Qualiﬁcation, again either a BTEC, an NVQ or a Diploma. Construction Building • Construction Technical, Supervision and Management • Construction Civil Engineering • Construction Specialist
A college course is another way into this sector. To see if there are any colleges near you with relevant courses check out www.careersworld.co.uk
A-Levels might not sound relevant to this ﬁeld of work, but employers and universities both like candidates with scientiﬁc and practical subjects. Examples of A-Levels you can study are listed below: Physics • Chemistry • Graphic Design • Technology • Electronics • Maths • Geography
If you feel like you want to experience the university lifestyle and perhaps break away from those troublesome parents, then a Foundation Degree is a way of getting there. They usually last two years (this does tend to vary depending on your choice of course) and mix study with practical learning. These courses are available across the country and might give you the opportunity to live away from home and give you more independence – you’ll get to choose your own bed time and everything.
REGIONAL FOCUS There are over 5 million people in Yorkshire and the Humber. The region is undergoing a big revival, and lots of development is happening throughout the area. With Hull recently being named City of Culture 2017, you can expect a lot more money to be put into the area, especially Humberside. Many companies are considering the South Yorkshire and Humberside area as a base for their new engineering projects. Someone needs to build these projects and will have to provide housing for the new employees to live in!
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THE REAL WORLD Ollie, Oaklands Community Care Ollie left school at the age of sixteen and was unclear about which career path he wanted to take.
Health & Social Care
Then he heard about an Apprenticeship at Oaklands Community Care, who deliver care and support services to people with learning disabilities and mental health issues. Ollie felt this might be the career for him as he already had experience within his family of the positive impact supported care can have.
Everybody gets sick at some point, it’s just the way it goes. To help us get better, we need the very best in doctors, nurses, dentists and other medical staﬀ. It could be a strong bout of man ﬂu or a bump on the head from falling down the stairs; whatever it is, these guys have got you covered. If you want to be on the side that saves and improves lives, then you’ve chosen wisely!
You ask us... WHAT’S THE HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE SECTOR ALL ABOUT?
If you couldn’t have guessed by the name, it’s about helping people who have fallen ill, hurt themselves or have problems at home. The medical side of this industry is vast; doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists, dentists, psychiatrists and many more roles help keep this country in top working order. The Social Care side helps people with more domestic issues, like fostering children, working with people with learning disabilities and helping families deal with issues.
WHAT KIND OF SALARY CAN I EXPECT TO EARN?
The average starting salary in this sector is around £13,000, but will quickly increase as you become more experienced and qualiﬁed (this is especially the case with nurses). A fully qualiﬁed nurse will earn upwards of £27,000 and doctors can earn anywhere between £38,000 and £63,000 depending on their speciality. Social workers usually start on £19,000 but can easily be on £35,000 when they become fully qualiﬁed and experienced.
WHAT KIND OF ENVIRONMENT WOULD I BE WORKING IN?
responsibility are rather large, so you might need to travel a lot. A more of a medical environment awaits those in the Health sector; healthcare assistants can work anywhere from A&E to maternity, whereas doctors and nurses might be based in local surgeries or in hospitals.
HOW DOES THIS SECTOR COMPARE TO OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY?
As you can imagine, this is a huge sector in the UK. There are more than 1.52 million healthcare workers and over 1.56 million social care workers in this country, so it’ll come as no surprise that the UK National Health Service (NHS) is the largest employer in all of Europe!
At Oaklands he was treated like a member of the team from the outset. Initially he began shadowing project workers, getting to know service users and taking on his own responsibilities. All this support helped Ollie gain conﬁdence. Every day is diﬀerent for Ollie. His tasks are varied and can include escorting service users to medical appointments, helping them to shop and cook, or just oﬀering emotional support over a cup of tea. Ollie works with a wide selection of adults with varying needs across a range of diﬀerent age groups. He feels a sense of achievement every day, helping vulnerable adults back into the community and supporting their needs. After school, Ollie didn’t think that he would be studying again, but it is clear to him now that being an apprentice is the ideal work-based route to a long term career, supported by on-going work training. Ollie said: “I would deﬁnitely recommend the Apprenticeship programme to those who want to gain experience in care whilst training and studying. It’s a brilliant programme and the training is second to none.”
WHERE IS THE WORK MOST CONCENTRATED?
Every town or city has a hospital. If it didn’t, people would get very stuck very quickly. Doctor’s surgeries can be found in smaller towns and villages, with some surgeries covering more than one village if the area isn’t particularly built up. Social Workers work closely with the local authorities helping people in that particular area, but you do also get private ﬁrms which cover larger areas of the UK.
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This depends on which area of the health sector you go into. If you work in Social Care, you will be out and about helping people in your remit. Some areas of www.careersworld.co.uk
Health & Social Care
Careers Choices Keeping people healthy has never been more important; we’re always looking for ways to protect ourselves from disease, improve our wellbeing or just lose a couple of pounds for the summer season. This sector covers everything from physical medicine and therapies to more specialised areas like psychiatry, fostering and child care. The Healthcare sector is huge; there are so many job roles that keep this industry ticking that we couldn’t possibly list them all. We just couldn’t. What we can do is show you the most popular areas that people go into and which job roles you might encounter when in that area.
ADULT SOCIAL CARE
Caring for adults is all about helping people who want to go out and live life, but for varying reasons couldn’t do it by themselves. It’s not about being a form of babysitter; it’s about helping people live their lives with dignity and independence. Some people are full time carers for family members, or look after several people during the course of their week. Salaries vary depending on your role and, perhaps more poignantly, when in the week you work. Night shifts, bank holidays and weeks usually pay much more than regular working hours, but normal starting salaries are around £13,000.
ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS
This covers some of the more specialised career paths within the health sector; radiographers, therapists, dieticians, psychologists and optometrists all come under this section. Your average starting salary is around £17,000 – £21,000 and will increase as you progress in your ﬁeld.
Children require plenty of care; if left unattended they can draw on themselves, drink paint, catch ﬁre and fall victim to any number of problems. Childcare is all about making sure children are looked after in a safe, friendly and fun environment; the variables of this are dictated by the age of the children you are caring for. Your day might involve planning activities, providing meals, monitoring playtimes and leading basic educational sessions. You can expect to start on around £10,000, but after experience you can earn more and push on for a managerial role, which can earn you upwards of £22,000.
Going to the dentist isn’t everybody’s favourite thing to do, but dental hygiene is very important to our overall health. The human mouth acts as a gateway to the rest of our body, so if it’s not working properly, then our body won’t act properly either. The dental industry is a highly skilled trade to be in, so therefore you need to have good attention to detail and a good, reassuring nature (not to mention a steady hand!). Dental nurse salaries start out at around £16,000, where as fully qualiﬁed dentists can earn upwards of £30,000 in their ﬁrst year.
Medicines, vaccines and other medical related chemicals are all created in a laboratory somewhere by our top healthcare scientists. This is less about surgery and patients and more about working in a lab with chemicals and data, which can be exciting if you enjoy chemistry. This also covers the pharmacists you get medicine from; they are responsible for choosing the right amounts of the right medicines that are prescribed by the doctors. Most starting salaries in this area are around £21,000 and will increase with experience.
Researchers, analysts, IT professionals… the list of people required to store the vast amount of health information is huge. These individuals are responsible for keeping a record of literally everything that goes on in the hospital, from prescriptions and surgeries to patient records and medical histories. A hospital without health information would be absolute chaos; this is for those who want to work in a medical environment but don’t want to do anything science related. Your salary depends on your role, but it will usually start at around £15,000, at the top end of the ladder you could expect to earn over double that.
NURSING & MIDWIFERY
Nurses assist doctors with complicated procedures, while also tending to the needs of the patients. In some situations, patients will be referred to nurses for simple surgical procedures or for blood sample collection. So it goes without saying that with all this patient interaction you’ll need to be smiley and approachable so that people feel safe letting you poke and prod them. Midwives are responsible for patients who are about to have (or have just had) babies. This involves both the patient’s and the baby’s well being, so if you love being around babies, this is deﬁnitely the career for you. Salaries usually start between £15,000 and £20,000, but can rise to £30,000 and beyond.
Social workers work closely with young people and families helping with various issues such as behaviour, parenting, education and fostering. They also work with people just released from prison, helping them integrate into society. You might be working in hospitals, prisons or anywhere in the local community. Salaries can range from £19,000 to £22,000 when you start out, but most qualiﬁed social workers are on £32,000 and over.
As with the Health Information team, the hospital wouldn’t run without the various caterers, porters, maintenance staﬀ, gardeners and cleaners. Hospitals have to be kept clean to avoid infection spreading; many cleaning staﬀ undertake courses to become sterilising specialists who clean down rooms and equipment. Salaries start out at around £12,000 and will increase with experience and added responsibility.
THIS SECTOR EMPLOYS OVER
2 MILLION PEOPLE
THE HEALTH SECTOR IS THE LARGEST EMPLOYER IN THE UK
1.5 MILLION PEOPLE WORK FOR THE NHS
Where to begin If you think this is the sector for you, read on to learn more about how you can kick your career off…
If you are aged 16 and over you could enter an Apprenticeship, which would teach you the skills you need while you work and earn a salary. You’ll spend half your time in the classroom and half out on the job. Listed below are the apprenticeship frameworks for this sector, which when completed will give you a Level 2 qualiﬁcation in the form of a BTEC, Diploma or NVQ: Health and Social Care • Health (Pharmacy Services) • Health (Informatics) • Health (Healthcare Support Services)
These are the equivalent to A-Levels and can usually be joined after completing the associated Intermediate Apprenticeship. They are ideal for people who want a practical role as they learn while gaining valuable employment experience. People with Advanced Apprenticeships tend to progress up the ladder a lot quicker than those without, as the skills they learn are more suited to management and supervisory roles. Here are some of the Apprenticeship Frameworks for this sector and all of these will result in a Level 3 qualiﬁcation such as a BTEC, a Diploma or an NVQ. Health and Social Care • Health (Allied Health Profession Support) • Health (Clinical Healthcare Support) • Health (Dental Nursing) • Health (Healthcare Support Services) • Health (Maternity and Paediatric Support)
A-Levels are the most popular gateway into university and are sought after by employers. They will be useful to getting into this sector, especially science based qualiﬁcations. Here are the relevant A-Levels for this sector. Physics • Biology • Chemistry • Health and Social Care • IT • English
A Foundation Degree combines university lifestyle with practical, hands on work. It’s sort of like a cross between an Apprenticeship and an Honours Degree. They are often used as gateway qualiﬁcations to a full time Degree as they count towards the ﬁrst two years of an Honours Degree. They usually take two years to complete and you’ll be both in the work place and on the university campus. There are a wide range of Foundation Degrees available for this sector, such as Health and Social Care and Nursing.
Health & Social Care
REGIONAL FOCUS There are lots of positions opening up in the Yorkshire and Humber area, with the government needing to ﬁll thousands of new roles. Around 10% of the Health and Social Care workforce in the country is found in the Yorkshire and Humber region, so you can tell that it is a vital service in the region. The health sector in the region employs over 182,000 people, that’s a lot of caring individuals!
A college course is another way to get into this sector. For more information, check out www.careersworld.co.uk
Vocational qualiﬁcations, such as BTECS and NVQs, are a great way to get straight into the speciﬁc areas of this industry that wouldn’t be covered by other qualiﬁcations.
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Finance & Law Making money; you’ve got to love it. But do you know how that money is made? Why some companies make more than others? Perhaps you want to defend somebody in court or play the other side and send somebody down? This sector will show you how you can get a career started doing just that.
You ask us... WHAT’S THE FINANCE AND LAW SECTOR ALL ABOUT?
posher. If you give ﬁnancial advice, you might even ﬁnd yourself working from home! In the Legal sector, you might be in Finance is all about cash. How it’s made, an oﬃce sorting case notes, or in the court who’s making it, who isn’t making enough room where the action is! and why. If a company isn’t making a proﬁt, how can you improve their situation? On a HOW DOES THIS SECTOR COMPARE TO smaller scale, it’s about paying people their wages, working out expenses and giving OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY? out ﬁnancial advice to people. Law is pretty This sector employs 1 million+ people in much as it says; it covers our legal system, the UK and takes on more than 70,000 new from legal secretaries and lawyers right the starters a year. It’s also one of the highest way up to the judges that deliver verdicts. paying; a fully qualiﬁed accountant could earn in excess of £50,000 a year! In the WHAT KIND OF SALARY CAN I EXPECT Law sector, 250,000 people make up the work force, of which almost half is made up TO EARN? of solicitors and barristers! With regards to law, the starting salaries are quite high; usually between £14,000 and WHERE IS THE WORK MOST £17,000, Finance will be a bit lower to start with, between £10,500 and £13,000, but CONCENTRATED? progression can be fairly quick and people You will generally ﬁnd both sectors are in the ﬁnance sector usually earn high based in the big cities. You might see a bonuses on top of their basic pay, which few private law ﬁrms in smaller villages is over £30,000 when you become fully and towns, but the bigger companies qualiﬁed in your ﬁeld. prefer to be based in the main UK cities, such as London, Manchester, Leeds and WHAT KIND OF ENVIRONMENT WOULD Birmingham. As Finance also covers banking, it’s worth pointing out that banks I BE WORKING IN? usually have branches in smaller places to In the Finance sector, you’ll probably be accommodate the town population. based in an oﬃce environment when you ﬁrst start out. As you progress, you’ll ﬁnd the building around you gets bigger and www.careersworld.co.uk
He managed to pass his Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) exams in less than one year, something which normally takes trainees up to two years to complete. Billy would recommend this route to other students interested in accountancy. He said: ‘It’s not just about the money; it’s about the way that you learn. You are not just studying; you are in the workplace getting experience in diﬀerent aspects of accountancy. There are always going to be some things you cannot learn in the classroom.’ Nicki Shipley, the Partner responsible for training at Smailes Goldie, also joined the ﬁrm after completing her A-levels. She said: ‘Earning while you learn is a great way to enter the profession but we recognise that there’s no one solution that ﬁts all, so we continue to recruit both graduate and school leavers.’ Billy is now working towards the ACA qualiﬁcation, which will see him qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.
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Finance & Law
Careers Choices Finance and Law is a very important sector; it runs the numbers and makes the rules that we live by. From working out tax deductions for a company to passing sentence on a criminal, Finance and Law is a truly diverse area to be in. It covers a lot of different job roles, so we couldn’t possibly list them all! Here are all the main ones for your enjoyment…
Accountancy is all about crunching numbers and keeping track of both companies and individual people’s ﬁnances. Every company has an accountant, no matter what trade it’s in and you might be tasked with anything from proﬁt forecasts (how much money the company is expected to make) to calculating how much tax is owed to the government (how much money the company is expected to pay in tax. Obviously.)
Everybody needs ﬁnancial advice at some point; whether it’s getting a mortgage for a new house, making a big purchase (a new car or big holiday) or planning for a baby, people need to know how to manage the funds they have to get the most out of their money. You’ll be giving out advice to a whole host of clients, from individuals and families to multi-national corporations.
A court of law isn’t just a judge, council and jury; there are lots of people working behind the scenes to make sure the legal process is as smooth as possible. You could be arranging evidence for a case, making sure reports and studies are all in order and even taking notes in the court room on a hearing.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO EARN?
Salaries in the Finance sector vary depending on how qualiﬁed you are. Starting salaries are usually between £10,500 and £13,000, but in some sectors, such as banking, you receive yearly bonuses which increase as your salary goes up. Legal salaries tend to start a bit higher, somewhere around the £14,500 mark and then tend to go up based on your role and qualiﬁcation. The average fully qualiﬁed legal administrator earns around £27,000.
Banking is a broad term for everything to do with personal and corporate ﬁnances. It’s a huge sector that comprises 3 diﬀerent sectors; Commercial Banking (local banks such as HSBC, Lloyds and Natwest), Corporate Banking (for businesses) and wholesale banking (for the government and other international banks). You’ll be tasked with managing money, approving loans, exchanging foreign money and paying in/ cashing cheques.
MANAGERIAL ROLES ACCOUNT FOR
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Where to begin If you think this is the sector for you, read on to learn more about how you can kick your career off…
There are a few Apprenticeships you can undertake to get you into this sector. Apprenticeships count as a Level 2 qualiﬁcation and you it will take the form of an NVQ, Diploma or BTEC. Accounting • Payroll • Marketing and Communications • Providing Financial Services
These are the equivalent to A-Levels and can usually be joined after completing the associated Intermediate Apprenticeship. They are ideal for people who want a practical role as they learn while gaining valuable employment experience. People with Advanced Apprenticeships tend to progress up the ladder a lot quicker than those without, as the skills they learn are more suited to management and supervisory roles. Here are some of the Apprenticeship Frameworks for this sector and all of these will result in a Level 3 qualiﬁcation such as a BTEC, a Diploma or an NVQ. Accounting • Advising on Financial Products • Payroll • Providing Financial Services • Legal Services
A Foundation Degree combines university lifestyle with practical, hands on work. It’s sort of like a cross between an Apprenticeship and an Honours Degree. They are often used as gateway qualiﬁcations to a full time Degree as they count towards the ﬁrst two years of an Honours Degree. They usually take two years to complete and you’ll be both in the work place and on the university campus.
EMPLOYER FUNDED STUDY
If you don’t fancy going to uni but still want to be an accountant, you can train through organisations such as ICAEW and PwC. KMPG are ideal for school leavers and oﬀer a 6 year course which will result in an internationally recognised award instead of an honours degree.
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THE LEGAL SECTOR DEALS WITH OVER
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Finance & Law
REGIONAL FOCUS Leeds has the highest population of people employed in Finance and Law than any other city outside London. This is probably because of the high amount of international banks and accountancy ﬁrms based here. Law ﬁrms tend to be located in the more urban centres so Leeds, Hull and York are the hotspots in the region. You can ﬁnd a solicitor’s oﬃce in most medium sized towns as well, however they might be less willing to take on a trainee!
You can also undertake short courses to boost your credentials and specialise in a certain area of the Finance and Law sector. For example, to work in investment banking you could gain a CISI Introduction to Investment award.
A-Levels are the most popular gateway into university and are sought after by employers. Here are some of the relevant A-Levels for this sector: Maths • Economics • Business Studies • Law • Accounting • Statistics www.careersworld.co.uk
THE REAL WORLD Paul Paxon, Floor Manager, USC Paul’s journey from crew member into senior management is not only an impressive reminder of the fast-paced world of retail, but also the rewards available when you combine hard work, initiative and great training. Although only working at his local USC store for a relatively short period of time, Paul immediately proved himself to be management material, striving to develop his product knowledge and working hard to adapt to the sector shift from a career in food to the retail industry. He even developed new ideas to help the store to improve upon hygiene and health & safety standards.
Retail Shopping is awesome. We as a country always have an excuse to go and spend our money and this sector provides a varied range of career choices if you fancy turning your shopping experience into your career.
You ask us... WHAT IS RETAIL ALL ABOUT?
Retail is all about selling stuﬀ to people – the better it looks, the more cash people will spend on it. It’s competitive and challenging and you can expect to be tested on a fair few levels, so make sure you have the ambition to succeed.
WHAT KIND OF SALARY CAN I EXPECT TO EARN?
You’ll start oﬀ on somewhere between £11,000 to £16,000, which might not sound a lot but you have to factor in staﬀ discounts in-store and ﬂexible working hours. You can also advance pretty quickly and managers of large stores earn over £40,000, plus bonuses such as company cars, holidays, travelling and all the other awesome stuﬀ.
HOW DOES THIS SECTOR COMPARE TO OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY?
Over 16% of the UK companies have an active apprenticeship program and most of these employers are shops and brands you will almost certainly have heard of. There are more than 1.8 million people employed in the retail industry so employability is very high compared to other sectors.
Upon learning USC oﬀered a Level 3 Apprenticeship in conjunction with The Source Academy, Paul was keen to get involved. “I wanted to expand my knowledge of retail management and felt really motivated by the fact it was an occupational qualiﬁcation, which allowed me to work and develop skills at the same time. “I am now responsible for ensuring my team fully understands the store targets and their contribution to exceeding them. Running the menswear ﬂoor I also handle staﬀ development and training, as well as improving and increasing sales, productivity and store proﬁtability.” And he is in no doubt about the importance of the Apprenticeship in his meteoric rise: “Taking the qualiﬁcation not only taught me the core skills to rise up and succeed in fashion retail management, like handling diﬃcult situations and striving for the positive, but it also increased my conﬁdence. This has enabled me to develop really strong communication lines with the team.”
WHERE IS THE WORK MOST CONCENTRATED?
Right in the middle of a city or town. The number of retail outlets in the UK now exceeds 210,000, so you won’t have to look far for work. You probably walk past them every day, so do research into what the best place to work is for you.
WHAT KIND OF ENVIRONMENT WOULD I BE WORKING IN?
There will be people everywhere, so if you have good customer service skills you’ll be ﬁne. If you don’t, get some, because it’s essential to the shopper’s experience. You need to be adaptable as not everyone is a happy shopper, so learn to deal with everything thrown at you, both good and bad.
Careers Choices These are some of the roles you can ﬁnd in this sector. Obviously day-to-day tasks will vary depending on your employer, but these roles are found across the sector:
If you can’t get enough of shopping, this might be the job for you because is essentially buying products for a living. You will be responsible for selecting what merchandise your store will sell, so you will need to keep up to date on current fashions and trends. These are the people who decide what’s hot and what’s not from season to season. Salaries start out between £16,000 and £20,000 depending on your employer and you can expect to earn more as you gain more experience.
You’ll be right in the action here; you’ll be serving customers and helping the store run smoothly. It’s down to you to make the overall shopping experience better for people so it helps to have good knowledge of what you are selling (you can’t just blag it, you will get found out.). You’re looking at a starting salary of £11,000 to £15,000 depending on your employer, but this is a sector where progression is matched by ambition and you will ﬁnd yourself quickly climbing up the ladder.
If you have a knack for eye catching fashion displays then this will ‘suit’ you down to the ground (see what I did there?). You will be responsible for arranging the displays in windows so that passersby will be drawn into the store. But it doesn’t stop there; the mannequins and stand layouts inside will also be arranged according to your design, so that the customers are getting a good experience and therefore buying stuﬀ. Salaries start out at between £12,000 and £16,000 a year.
If you have a talent for leadership and motivation then you would make for a great manager. It will be down to you to organise your staﬀ so that everything runs smoothly, from the shop ﬂoor to the warehouse and deliveries. Store managers usually start out on £16,000 to £20,000, while area managers or managers of huge stores can earn in excess of £40,000 a year – this is usually accompanied with perks such as longer holidays and company cars.
1 IN 10 PEOPLE ARE EMPLOYED IN RETAIL
Where to begin If you like the idea of working in this sector, read on to ﬁnd out how you can get started.
Over 30,000 people started in Level 2 and 3 Retail Apprenticeships in 2012 and that number is expected to increase this year. In this sector in particular employers like to teach you while you work and you’ll ﬁnd yourself taking in a lot very quickly. The Level 2 award will take the form of a diploma, a BTEC or an NVQ. Some of the Apprenticeship Frameworks and associated roles you might see are: Retail (General) • Retail Specialist
A –levels are a good pathway to university, but they are also qualiﬁcations that employers like to see. There aren’t any A-levels that are directly linked to retail, but some that might help you are listed below. Business Studies • Maths • IT • English
EMPLOYER FUNDED STUDY
A lot of the bigger chains such as Sainsbury’s, B&Q, Tesco and Marks and Spencer have special training schemes for their employees. These more often than not have an option for management so you ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIPS Just like a regular Apprenticeship, you will know there’s an opportunity to go far! Entry be learning and working at the same time. levels vary, so it’s best to check the brands The Retail Apprenticeship continues to website for more information. Level 3, again resulting in a BTEC, Diploma or NVQ. Here are some of the job roles: Sales Professional • Visual Merchandising • Retail Management
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REGIONAL FOCUS The region has a lot of choice when it comes to retail positions. Meadowhall is one of the biggest retail centres in the UK, famed throughout the region. They also oﬀer a multitude of Apprenticeships and work placement skills for those wanting to get into retail. Other shopping centres in the region are White Rose in Leeds and Monk’s Cross in York. ASDA Stores have made Leeds their home, with their headquarters being based outside the city. All this means that nearly 10% of the UKs retail workforce is based within the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Foundation Degrees are a great way to get an employer respected qualiﬁcation while still working in your job. They are university level qualiﬁcations and are the equivalent of the ﬁrst two years of an honours degree. These take two years to complete and if you want, you can extend your qualiﬁcation to a full Honours degree when you ﬁnish. www.careersworld.co.uk
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THE REAL WORLD Paige Costello former Level 3 Sport student at Calderdale College Former Level 3 Sport student, Paige Costello is one step closer to playing rugby professionally for RFU England Women after qualifying for 2013 England student rugby team whilst studying at the College.
Sport & Fitness Keeping ﬁt is very important nowadays; the time of extra Yorkshire puddings and chips are gone! People are more keen to get and stay in shape and this sector is all about helping people do just that.
You ask us... WHAT’S THE SPORT AND FITNESS SECTOR ALL ABOUT?
It’s more than just working out at the gym; this sector also includes coaching people in various sports, running outdoor activities such as kayaking, rock climbing and gliding and of course there are the roles that support sports centres, gyms and activity areas.
WHAT KIND OF SALARY CAN I EXPECT TO EARN?
HOW DOES THIS SECTOR COMPARE TO OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY?
Paige certainly knows what she wants in life, and has a clear pathway marked out: “I have just ﬁnished my ﬁrst semester studying Sports and Exercise Science, which has a nutrition module, at Liverpool Hope University. I think because I train in the gym, am passionate about what I do and have an interest in nutrition, it has helped my career choice and it has also helped me ﬁnd time to do what I love. I will always stay conditioned and train hard, and I feel that playing a sport like rugby helps my career as I am constantly learning diﬀerent things from diﬀerent professionals. I am hoping to complete my 3 year degree course and then do a PGCE. I want to be a PE Teacher and would like to set up my own nutrition and exercise business.” Paige has accomplished everything she set out to achieve and believes the College played a major role: “This year at Calderdale College has been amazing and has enabled me to gain a place at Liverpool Hope University. The tutors have helped me to excel in all areas. I would recommend this course to sports students as it’s a great way of gaining a place at university. My best moment at college was when I was chosen to represent the college and accompany Hannah Cockcroft as her mini-me at the House of Commons in London.”
Sport and Fitness is a popular sector to work in and it employs 663,000 people across the country, which accounts for 2% of the total UK workforce. Over 4 million people are subscribed to some sort of ﬁtness or gym program, so there will never be a shortage of people to help. The one downside to this is the cost and some people see it as a luxury they cannot aﬀord. Perhaps this is something you can change for the better!
The starting salaries vary according to the role you will play, but they tend to range from WHERE IS THE WORK MOST £12,000 to £15,000 and can be upwards CONCENTRATED? of £25,000 with experience. For example, a fully qualiﬁed Fitness Instructor can earn You’ll ﬁnd gyms all over the place although some of the private ones can be found over £32,000 a year. attached to spas and hotels and can be in middle of nowhere. The bigger chains WHAT KIND OF ENVIRONMENT WOULD the can be found in towns and city centres I BE WORKING IN? along with council run sports centres. Again, this depends on your role. If you are Outdoor activity centres are usually found in working in ﬁtness, then you are likely to be the countryside, but also look out for places in a gym or sports centre. Outdoor activities by the sea and in forested areas. can take you to rivers, cliﬀ faces, mountains, oceans and ski slopes, so be prepared to ﬁll your wardrobe with clothing to suit the occasion! www.careersworld.co.uk
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Careers Choices You don’t have to be a ﬁtness fanatic to work in this sector (but it probably helps to be a little ﬁt) and there are many more roles than people think. This industry also covers outdoor activities, play work (with young children and toddlers), coaching in the community and the operation of gyms and sport centres. Here are some of the areas within this industry you could go into:
People hire Personal Trainers (or PT’s as they are commonly known) so they can have one on one training sessions tailored to suit their needs. You’ll need a wide knowledge of physiology and the body so that you can cover all possible areas that a person might ask for. As well as just training them, you will be giving them nutritional advice and therapies such as warm downs, stretches and massages to help the client relax after a workout.
Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Martin Johnson and the like all started out as coaches before they became successful managers. Coaching is all about using your skills and knowledge to guide others as they start out their sports careers and this could be coaching at grassroots level with an U9’s basketball team, right up to working for the big sports clubs in England.
There are a whole host of outdoor pursuits that you can work with. Sports such as White Water Rafting, Paintballing, GoKarting, Zip-Lining, Abseiling and Caving all require instructors and supervisors to ensure everybody has a safe and enjoyable time. Instructors can also coach people who are interested in making a career out of their sport.
Every professional sports match requires stewards to maintain health and safety, help people with queries and act in case of an emergency. NVQs are available in spectator safety, where you’ll learn skills such as conﬂict management, ﬁrst aid and dealing with emergencies.
The operations section of Sport and Fitness is important; it’s all about the day to day running of a centre, gym or facility. Whether that’s maintaining the equipment, keeping everything clean and hygienic, taking bookings and sorting memberships or managing the whole place, this sector wouldn’t run without responsible, organised people behind the scenes.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO EARN?
Salaries start out between £12,000 and can rise to £25,000 as you gain experience. Gym Managers can earn upwards of £35,000.
PEOPLE WORK IN THE HEALTH & FITNESS INDUSTRY THERE ARE OVER 3,100 PRIVATE FITNESS FACILITIES IN THE UK WITH 4.4 MILLION MEMBERS THERE ARE JUST UNDER
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Where to begin If you think this is the sector for you, read on to learn more about how you can kick your career off…
With over 48,000 diﬀerent companies in this sector, an Apprenticeship might be the easier route to take to get into a very tough sector. Competition for places in this industry is super high, so having one foot in the door and earning as you learn could be a great way to go. Here are the frameworks you can expect to see in this industry and all Apprenticeships result in a Level 2 BTEC, Diploma or NVQ. Leisure Operations • Coaching • Instructing Exercise and Fitness • Activity Leadership
A-Levels are the most popular gateway into university and are sought after by employers. Here are some of the relevant A-Levels for this sector: P.E. • Sports Studies • Biology
A Foundation Degree combines university lifestyle with practical, hands on work. It’s sort of like a cross between an Apprenticeship and an Honours Degree. They are often used as gateway qualiﬁcations to a full time Degree as they count towards the ﬁrst two years of an Honours Degree. They usually take two years to complete and you’ll be ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIPS These are the equivalent to A-Levels and both in the work place and on the university Example degrees include can usually be joined after completing the campus. associated Intermediate Apprenticeship. Physiology, Nutrition and Sports Studies. They are ideal for people who want a practical role as they learn while gaining COLLEGE COURSES valuable employment experience. Here are College courses are also a great way to some of the Apprenticeship Frameworks get into this sector and many colleges do for this sector and all of these will result in Creative courses. To check which colleges a Level 3 qualiﬁcation such as a BTEC, a do these courses, head to Diploma or an NVQ. www.careersworld.co.uk. Sporting Excellence • Sports Development • Leisure Management www.careersworld.co.uk
Sport & Fitness
REGIONAL FOCUS The Sport and Fitness sector is expected to grow by 24% over the next few years, meaning lots of new jobs for those with the right skill-set. Right now positions are hard to ﬁll because of unskilled workers, meaning if you can get the qualiﬁcations you should be at a real advantage. In Yorkshire alone, Sport generates more than £2.5 billion, with around 50,000 people working in the sector. Leeds and Sheﬃeld have world famous football teams, and Hull has a great scene for rugby union and league.
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Your Choice. We couldn’t possibly print an article for every sector; we’d have to change the name to ‘Careers World Textbook’! But, we also understand that the ﬁve sectors covered on the previous pages might not be to your tastes. Not to worry! Below are the other sectors we cover, which we will detail more in upcoming issues. You’ll also ﬁnd some example job roles, expected starting salaries and the qualiﬁcations you can study to get into the sector to give you an idea of what to expect from each sector.
AGRICULTURE & ANIMAL CARE
We depend on this sector a lot more than most beautiful locations, or as a vet looking after most people think; most of our food comes household pets. from agriculture and with a growing number of people taking pets on, there is a demand for Example Job Roles: Ranger • Veterinary skilled veterinary staﬀ to take care of them. Assistant • Farm Worker • Landscape Agriculture is a very broad term for working Technician outdoors. It’s commonly mistaken for farming, Salaries: Starting salaries are usually which while a large part of this sector, is not the around the £13,000 mark. be all and end all. Forests, rivers, mountains Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level and national parks all need looking after; not 2 and 3) • College Courses • Foundation to mention the animals that reside within them! Degrees (university is the best way into You might ﬁnd yourself working as a park ranger, veterinary linked job roles) helping conserve the plants and animals in our
ARMED FORCES & EMERGENCY SERVICES
We rely on our emergency services when things go wrong and they are a vital part of our day to day lives. From the police who patrol our streets to the paramedics who save lives, this sector is all about helping people in the community. Of course, serving in the armed forces means protecting the country and providing international aid to other nations. Whether you are based abroad or in the UK, you’ll be working as part of a team in a variety of situations, some of which will take place in hostile environments so a cool head is a good trait to have!
Example Job Roles: Paramedic • Police Oﬃcer • Fire Fighter • Coastguard • Soldier • Fighter Pilot • Navy Cadet • Royal Marine Salaries: Military salaries usually start at around £13,000, while emergency services salaries are usually around £19,000. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3 – HM Forces run their own apprenticeship schemes) • College Courses (such as police studies) • A-Levels (useful for oﬃcer training)
If you know your spark plugs from your spare and problem solving mentality, but this sector is tyres, then you’ll probably have a future in the generally favoured by those who enjoy working automotive industry. This sector covers the with their hands. maintenance of any vehicle with an engine, from cars and motorcycles to more complex Example Job Roles: Mechanic • Vehicle systems such as combine harvesters and Service Technician • Panel/Paint Technician luxury coaches. You could ﬁnd yourself working Salaries: Salaries in this sector tend to start in a garage ﬁxing up customer’s vehicles, or at around £13,000 a year. in a workshop specialising in things like body Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 work, paint and windscreen repair. You could and 3 – this is the most popular route into also work in one of the main car dealerships, this sector) • College Courses • Foundation diagnosing and repairing cars and oﬀering Degrees • HNDs advice to customers. You’ll need an analytical www.careersworld.co.uk
BUSINESS & CUSTOMER SERVICE
If you’ve got a good eye for making a bit of dough, then you might be a natural business guru! Business is all about the money; how to invest it wisely, how to hang onto the money you already have and of course, how to make more of it. Good customer service ensures that customers become regular users of the business and that new clients can be attracted. It’s not just answering the phone; there are jobs in areas such as public relations, networking and social media. If you’ve got a friendly demeanour, a nice smile and good conversational skills, you’d be well suited to a job in customer service!
Example Job Roles: PR Oﬃcer • Business Consultant • Personal Assistant • Human Resources Oﬃcer • Management/Team Leader Salaries: Starting salaries in business are generally quite high, usually starting around £17,000. Customer service salaries start at around £12,000. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3) • College Courses • Foundation Degrees • A-Levels (Business Studies and IT are useful)
CREATIVE, MEDIA & THE ARTS
What do television, theatre, radio, the music business, cinema, cartoons, the internet and art galleries have in common? They all have related job roles within this sector! The underlying theme of this sector is obviously entertainment; from witty comedy panel shows to historic paintings, there are job roles to suit every type of creative out there! You could be doing makeup, scouting for locations, designing sets and graphics or even presenting your own show! If you have a bubbly, conﬁdent personality, then this sector could be for you!
Example Job Roles: Radio Broadcast Assistant • Wardrobe Assistant • Location Scout • Camera Crew • Lighting/Rigging • Animator • Curator • Art Restorer Salaries: Starting salaries in the creative sector tend to start out around the £13,000 mark. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3) • A-Levels (English, Art, Photography and Graphic Design are all good to have) • College Courses • Foundation Degree
EDUCATION & EARLY YEARS
As a person between the ages of 14-19, you’ve probably spent the better part of your life so far in school. So, why consider being a teacher? Well, it’s a very rewarding career to have, as you’re helping the next generation of people through some important (and tricky) times. This sector also covers play work and early years, namely, working with toddlers and very young children. This could be through a nursery, preschool or a day care/activity centre. Whichever age group you choose to work with, you’ll need a caring, helpful and patient personality.
Example Job Roles: Teaching Assistant • Nursery Nurse • Playworker • Play Centre Assistant Salaries: Salaries usually start at around £12,000 a year. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3) • A-Levels (English is great for all job roles in this sector, but if you want to go into full time teaching, you’ll need to study the subject you want to teach!) • College Courses • Foundation Degrees (You’ll need a teaching qualiﬁcation to teach full time)
ENERGY & RENEWABLES
Traditionally, our energy came from burning This sector oﬀers job roles in a wide variety of fossil fuels, which were pretty harmful to the areas, such as plant maintenance, recycling atmosphere. But, being a smart, proactive operations and nuclear working. species, we’ve adapted our energy sources to make the most of our environment. Now, Example Job Roles: Recycling Operator • we can generate power via wind turbines, Plant Technician • Radiation Monitor geothermal reactors, tidal generators and solar Salaries: Starting salaries in this sector are panels. We also have nuclear power, which quite high, starting at around £17,000. might not sound environmentally friendly, but it Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 generates a lot of energy and is relatively cheap and 3) • A-Levels (Sciences are useful here) to run. The government has also invested a • College Courses • Foundation Degrees lot of money in recycling our household waste and goods, in a bid to keep our country clean.
Engineering is a vast sector which can be choose to work in, you can be sure that your broken down into seven main categories; work will be challenging and varied. chemicals, mechanical, metals, electrical, aerospace, marine and defence. Chemical Example Job Roles: Systems Engineer • engineers manufacture everyday products from Aerospace Engineer • Electrical Technician • raw materials such as crude oil. Mechanical Lab Technician engineers work with high-tech machinery, Salaries: Salaries start at around £14,000. while the metal engineering industry covers Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Levels 2 the creation of steel and other alloys. Electrical and 3) • A-Levels (Technology and Maths are engineers work with, you guessed it, electrical helpful here) • College Courses • Foundation systems and aerospace is all about creating and Degrees improving things that ﬂy. Defence is all about, er, defending the country. Whichever area you
HAIR & BEAUTY
In an age where getting your hair and nails done is no longer considered girly (come on guys, don’t kid yourselves), making people look and feel good has become big business. And it doesn’t stop at feeling great on the outside; this sector also covers spa therapy, which is a growing industry in the UK. You could be working in a salon styling hair, recommending a nail design or in a country retreat providing seaweed wraps; whatever you choose to do, you can be satisﬁed that you’ve helped give somebody a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Example Job Roles: Spa Therapist • Hairdresser • Barber • Nail Technician • Beauty Therapist Salaries: Salaries in this sector tend to start at around £13,000. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3) • College Courses
IT, DIGITAL & TELECOMS
Pretty much every other industry relies on IT in some way or another, so the need for people working in IT has never been greater. Computers are constantly changing and being upgraded, so this sector requires a lot of adaptability as well as a logical, problem solving way of thinking. You could be managing a network for a large company, or providing IT support at a school. You might even ﬁnd yourself working within another sector; industries such as Logistics and Creative Media rely heavily on IT to deliver their products and services.
Example Job Roles: IT Technician • Software Developer • IT Support Staﬀ • Telecoms Technician Salaries: Salaries start out between £14,000 and £20,000. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3) • A-Levels • College Courses • Foundation Degrees
MANUFACTURING & PROCESSING
This is a sector that is, to all intents and purposes, all about making things. What that is could be anything from a microwaveable chicken curry to a car windscreen. It’s literally that diverse. Food and drink, metals, ceramics, textiles, building materials, electronics are just some of the areas you could be working in. Manufacturing is split into so many diﬀerent areas and job roles that we could probably dedicate a whole magazine to it! Your work could take you from an oﬀshore oil rig in the North Sea to a production line in a factory on home soil!
Example Job Roles: Production Line Supervisor • Extraction Operative • Pipe Fitter • Welder • Refrigeration Technician • Jewellery Technician Salaries: You can expect to start out on around £12,000, but supervisory roles tend to pay more. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3) • A-Levels (Any technology or science subjects would be useful in this sector) • College Courses • Foundation Degrees
TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS
Ever wondered how that present you ordered hundreds of people. A clean driver’s licence will online makes its way to your front door? Nearly be required for any full time driving jobs. every business makes use of Logistics at some point, whether it’s ordering new parts for a Example Job Roles: Railway Operative project, sending out a new product to stores • Airport Ground Staﬀ • Mail Service or something as simple as sending a birthday Technician • Warehouse Operative • Bus/ card. You could ﬁnd yourself working at a Coach Driver port or airport, or even working oversees on a Salaries: Starting salaries in this sector are freighter. It isn’t just deliveries; this sector also around £12,000 a year. covers the public transportation industry. The Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 vast network of railways and bus routes requires and 3) • A-Levels (Geography is useful for constant upkeep and maintenance and keeping transport related job roles) • College Courses everything running on time is a job that requires • Foundation Degree
TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY
Everybody needs to let their hair down from time to time and this sector allows you to work in an area dedicated to helping people have a good time. That could be here in the UK working in bars, restaurants and hotels or abroad acting as a holiday representative or a travel agent. That’s right; you could actually go on holiday for a living! This sector is ideal for those with good people skills, as you’d be working with plenty of diﬀerent people from all sorts of backgrounds. Travel is also a great way to get out and see the world while also earning a salary!
Example Job Roles: Bar Staﬀ • Front/Back of House Staﬀ • Chef de Partie • Overseas Rep • Travel Representative • Cabin Crew Salaries: Starting salaries are between £11,000 and £16,000. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3) • College Courses • Foundation Degrees • Industry Speciﬁc Qualiﬁcations
State-of-the-art campus There aren’t many colleges that can rival Welbeck’s campus. With an indoor swimming pool, state of the art sporting facilities and ensuite residential quarters, it’s a simply superb place to learn, develop and gain new skills. Rounded education As well as a technically-focused education, Welbeck oﬀers a total approach to learning. The programme of personal, physical and intellectual development stretches the abilities, builds physical ﬁtness and increases conﬁdence. After two years at Welbeck, students are ready for anything. The fact that Welbeck is a boarding college also means students get all the beneﬁts of mixing with likeminded individuals in an environment that’s geared to shaping their future career. Future prospects Welbeck leads to a degree at some of the UK’s leading universities (supported by £4,000 a year bursary through DTUS - the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme), then onto an engineering career in the Armed Forces or Civil Service. So Welbeck students couldn’t be better prepared - or supported - as they embark on their adult lives and careers.
Entry Requirements To apply for sponsorship to the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force you should be medically ﬁt, a UK, Commonwealth or Irish citizen and aged between 15 years and 17 years six months on 1st September in the year of entry to the College. Commonwealth citizens are required to have 5 years residency in the UK prior to application. Certain other single-service conditions may apply and will be outlined at the time of application. To join as a Ministry of Defence Civil Service candidate you must be a British citizen or hold dual nationality, one of which must be British. For RN, RAF, DESG: An ‘A Grade’ or better at GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics and a ‘B Grade’ or better in dual award Science or Physics, as well as a ‘C Grade’ or better in English Language. For Army: One ‘A grade’ or better at GCSE (or equivalent) in higher level Mathematics or dual award Science or Physics and at least a ‘B Grade’ in the other, as well as a ‘C Grade’ or better in English Language.
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Welbeck is the Defence Sixth Form College - and it’s one of the best A-level colleges in the country. For potential engineers with drive, ambition and ability, Welbeck is where potential turns into bright futures as Oﬃcers in the Armed Forces or Civil Service. The combination of state of the art facilities, excellent teaching and a constant drive for improvement, creates an environment that prepares young people for success in whatever role they take in their professional lives. • • • •
99% of students from Welbeck were oﬀered a place at university in 2012 Tuition funded by the MoD En-suite accommodation Annual technical bursary of £4,000 at University
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Ready to make some tough decisions about courses, careers and your future? You don’t need to make your big career decisions alone. The National Careers Service can help you: • assess your skills • find the right course • choose the right uni • understand the job market • find out about careers • develop your CV Text your name and ‘advice’ to 07766 413 219 and a National Careers Service adviser will call you back for free.
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We appreciate more than anyone the importance of giving appropriate careers advice to students between the ages of 14 and 19. To help we have put together some aides, guides and FAQs to help you to make up your minds and make the changeover from pupil to employee that bit easier. Over the next few pages, we will tackle some of the common problems and concerns students face during the spring term.
The Spring Term So students have come back after the winter break; they might have mock exam results coming through, or have to dig right into coursework, but one thing is for certain, many pupils, especially younger ones, won’t have any idea about what to do when they leave school, college or sixth form. Before exam preparation starts to get into full swing, students need to have a good think about what they want to do with their working life and inevitably you’ll have plenty of students wanting you to present them with every possible option available. We’ve put together FAQs and useful links in order to ease this process and assist in setting students straight in terms of the choices they have to make. In this issue we’ve included a guide to writing a CV, an area many students won’t have much, if any, experience in.
There’s no denying that the writing of a good quality CV is an absolutely essential part of the employment process. Unfortunately most students don’t have any experience of writing one and can get a bit bogged down about how to start. CVs can vary in style so much that guidelines on how to write a good one, especially for young people, can be really diﬀerent from one another, making giving advice diﬃcult. Fortunately there are a few nuggets of guidance that will make the process a bit easier. Always keep in mind...
What...have you done worth mentioning? You should try to stay to the point and only list your jobs and achievements in a way that highlights the appropriate skills you’ve learned. There’s no point in telling employers how good you are at serving customers behind a till if you’re applying to be a helicopter pilot.
Where...do you see the job taking you? If it’s not just a job but a career you’re interested in, try to make that come across. You’ll naturally appear genuinely excited about the prospect of the position. This also relates to the skills and interests that you list. Try to show that you will be a Who...is going to be reading it? good candidate for progression. Always remember that the CV is you applying? a highly formal document and Why...are is going to be read by either a Employers don’t want to hear manager or someone else just that you’re applying for the as important. Keep this in mind position because you want a bit when deciding what language to of extra cash for the weekend. use in your CV. Never use slang You need to appear genuinely and try to speak in full sentences, interested in the position, as avoiding abbreviations. It won’t well as capable and mature go down well if you tell them enough to be a good addition to the team. If you’re struggling “how awesome English is lol”.
to sound excited about the job who ﬁts into the vibe of the oﬃce. then explain why the sector The only thing you can really do is try to use your strengths to interests you. your advantage! If you’re a real How...does it look? If you think brainiac then emphasize your the document is ugly to look qualiﬁcations but if you’re more at, then chances are so will an of a social butterﬂy, try to inject employer. This doesn’t mean that aspect of yourself into the you should start adding pictures application. of ﬂowers and pink text; it’s about formatting the CV to be If you’re going for a position at more appealing to the eye. You a big business you will likely be could use tables to set out your applying online. The rules are school-grades and headers to really the same as if you are deﬁne each section. Ensure writing a CV (and to be honest the spelling, punctuation and most of it you can copy and grammar are perfect and most paste anyway) except it’s just in importantly, never allow your a format they prefer. Quite often CV to be more than two pages. they will ask you a few questions If an employer has a hundred that will catch you oﬀ-guard and applications to get through make you think. Your best bet is they’re just going to skip the to not create generic responses but to make your answers ones that read like an essay. unique, they are looking for Always remember that someone who shines, not a just employers are human beings! a random applicant out of a pile. One might value qualiﬁcations above anything else, and hire someone with the best possible grades; another might feel that personality is more important and would choose an employee
Careers Hub EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
If you haven’t had a job yet, or have limited experience, create a ‘Skills and Achievements’ section and include any work placements, awards, time spent helping at your dad’s garage, anything you can think of that might give evidence of your ability, and provide you with that little edge over competition. If you have worked before, list your past job titles, most recent ﬁrst; how long you were there; and a short description of the role and what you learned there. Again, you’re best to relate the skills you gained to the job you’re applying to. e.g. Working on a checkout can you give you the conﬁdence and interpersonal skills you need to work in customer service.
This section speaks for itself really. Make sure that you include all relevant methods of contact (email, mobile, home phone). It’s important to keep this section updated, an employer could be trying to contact you but if they’re calling your old mobile number, then the whole application is a waste of time. Lots of people will tell you to put your age in this section, but that’s not a good idea. Employers aren’t technically allowed to discriminate because of how old you are, but that doesn’t necessarily stop them from seeing a CV from a 16 year old and binning it!
CV Builder PERSONAL PROFILE
It is important to make this section ﬁt to the job you are applying to, or at least to the sector. It’s all well and good saying you’re a punctual, well mannered individual, but how can you make this relate to a career in construction? Take the opportunity to show your passion in the ﬁeld of work. Make it short but punchy, a lot of managers make a decision about a candidate after the ﬁrst few sentences of a CV.
If you are not at the stage in education where you have any completed qualiﬁcations then don’t worry, simply show any predicted grades and make a note that you’re still studying them. You can also list any academic achievements in this section, such as perfect attendance, being a prefect or on the school council, or exam-based awards. Same as with jobs, you should list your educational history in order of the most recent qualiﬁcation ﬁrst. Unlike the previous sections, you don’t have to be speciﬁc here; it is better to list all the subjects you have studied to show a depth of knowledge in a number of ﬁelds.
HOBBIES & INTERESTS
This is a controversial section, some people disagree with including it altogether, but it can be important to show that you have a human side. If written carefully it can show you have a well-rounded character, but the danger is seeming as though you care more about your personal life than your work life (even if you do it’s not a good idea to show it!). Some say it takes up room that you could be using to focus in more detail on skills for employability. If you’ve had tonnes of jobs or done loads of extra-curricular stuﬀ, then it might be an idea to skip this area and write about those in more detail.
It is expected that at the bottom of your CV you include the sub-heading ‘References Available upon Request’. If they’re expected you will usually be asked to provide them so don’t worry about anyone snooping about behind your back. It is a good idea to have a separate document with the details of 2-3 references. A rule of thumb is to have 1 or 2 past employers and 1 personal reference. If you’re low on employers then simply list your most recent educational body and a personal reference from a suitable adult or work experience placement. Make sure your reference givers are not your friends and aren’t related to you, but have also known you long enough to tell someone about you in a bit of detail. You can always include someone at your school, college or university as a reference and actually that’s not a bad idea, they’ll almost always be willing to help you. You should usually ask a past employer’s permission to list them as a reference, but unless your performance was awful, they’ll probably help you out.
FAQs Let’s be honest, hundreds of people are in the same position as you and have the same questions they need answering. Many of them will have no idea what it is they want to do, so we’ve collected a few of the most popular questions and answered them as best we can! Don’t forget, you can get in touch with us over at www.facebook.com/careers.world or on www.careersworld.co.uk and ask us your questions there.
I CHANGED MY MIND! I WANT TO GO TO UNI NOW WHAT DO I DO?
Well the bad news is that if you’re applying after the 15th January then you have missed the UCAS deadline for most courses. If you’re thinking about an art or design course, many are still open until the 24th March so there could be time left. If your course did close in January then all might not be lost. Some universities accept late entries if their programmes aren’t full up and these can be sent all the way up until 30th June. Your best bet is to get in touch with the university and see if they accept late entries. Get over to www.ucas.com/ apply and ﬁnd out whether or not your course is listed as still being open or accepting late entries.
SHOULD I STAY AT SIXTH FORM OR GO TO COLLEGE?
There is no right answer here. They are deﬁnitely very diﬀerent environments, sixth form is usually quite small, you are often taught by the same teachers
that you had for your GCSEs, chances are you will know quite a lot of the people there (especially if you have friends in younger year-groups) and you’ll be able to get more personalised teaching. Colleges can be pretty huge (regularly having hundreds or thousands of students), there will inevitably be a much wider range of courses, you will meet loads of people, and there is a real focus on social life. College is almost a mini university where you will be expected to learn at your own rate and be treated as an adult, wearing your own clothes etc. Sixth-forms will also expect maturity but at the end of the day you are still in a school environment.
I THINK AN APPRENTICESHIP IS FOR ME, BUT WHICH ONE SHOULD I DO?
There are hundreds of diﬀerent Apprenticeships so you are bound to ﬁnd one that suits you down to the ground, though we can see how you can get a bit lost; there are so many it’s hard to ﬁnd the right one! Have a good
think about what ﬁeld you want to go into, chances are there’s going to be an Apprenticeship for it (from accountancy, to plumbing, to working for MI5!). There are steps you can take to narrow it down though; check out the What Apprenticeship handbook (which is most likely in the same place you found this magazine), it’s got every Apprenticeship handily sorted into sector and level of study; you can read it online for free at www.whatapprenticeship. co.uk. You can also take a look at the National Apprenticeship Service’s website at www. apprenticeships.org.uk which lists loads of sectors and vacancies across the UK.
now’. If you know you want a job related to a subject then getting a degree can be an excellent way to progress your career, but if you’re just getting one for the hell of it, you might want to hold oﬀ until you have more of an idea of what you want to do. Do some research into the jobs in the area of your favourite subjects, you might ﬁnd an Apprenticeship in it, or that you can apply to a position with BTECs or A Levels.
It’s never too late to decide on your career, some people don’t know what they want to do in their forties! Your best bet is to sit down and do some serious thinking about what it is you want from your education and life. What are your I’VE BEEN TOLD IT’S BEST working favourite subjects? What do you TO HAVE A DEGREE, EVEN enjoy doing as a hobby? Are IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT you really going to be a pro footballer? What are the CAREER YOU WANT. IS chances of playing Xbox for a living? Be sensible but at the THAT TRUE? Absolutely not, there are loads same time aspire and aim high! of alternatives to university. There’s not much point in paying out thousands for a degree that you’ll get and then think ‘oh, I don’t want a job in engineering
Which Qualification? There are tonnes of diﬀerent types of qualiﬁcations at varying levels; for example, a Level 3 NVQ is the equivalent to an Advanced Diploma. This can be confusing and trying to ﬁgure out what is the same level as what can be mind boggling. Below is a handy chart, listing all the levels of study and the qualiﬁcations students can take, making it easier to tell your diplomas from your degrees!
SKILLS FOR LIFE
AWARDS, CERTIFICATES & DIPLOMAS
(GRADES D-G) 1
(GRADES A*-C) 2
BTEC 2 NATIONALS
BTEC HIGHER NATIONALS (HND, HNC)
FOUNDATION LEVEL 3 DEGREES 4+
FOUNDATION LEVEL FOUNDATION LEVEL DIPLOMAS 1 DIPLOMAS 2 OCR LEVEL NATIONALS 2
GCE IN APPLIED
3 3 3
SPECIALIST LEVEL 4+ 3 AWARDS
Top Tip Employers are much more aware about modern technology and what kind of things young people are up to than you might think. In other words, they check up on you over Facebook and Twitter! It is absolutely vital to keep your social media clean when you are applying for a job. There are things you can do to help yourself out, like setting all your accounts to private and only accepting friend requests from people you know but there’s always going to be some way to see what you are up to online. Unless you are really conﬁdent that your online presence is spotless, it might be a good idea to go back through your photos and statuses to make sure there aren’t any controversial comments or photos of you hanging around outside bus stops.
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There’s never been a better time to be an apprentice. Apprenticeships give you the chance to earn while you learn; in a real job, gaining a real qualiﬁcation and a real future. Currently, more than 100,000 employers in England oﬀer Apprenticeships, at 200,000 locations, covering over 1,500 job roles. From advertising to youth work, environmental engineering and nuclear decommissioning, there is bound to be something which sparks your interest. At any one time, there are up to 20,000 Apprenticeship vacancies available on apprenticeships.org.uk, the jobsite for Apprenticeships.
Apprenticeship, which is the equivalent of a degree. More of these highly skilled Apprenticeships are being oﬀered each year, allowing you to fully realise your potential. Employers love Apprenticeships. Trained apprentices are viewed as 15% more employable than those with other qualiﬁcations. Long-term research shows that the lifetime beneﬁt of undertaking an Intermediate Apprenticeship is extra earnings of between £48,000 and £74,000, and an Advanced Apprenticeship between £77,000 and £117,000. This ﬁgure rises to £150,000 plus for a Higher Apprenticeship!
Apprenticeships are becoming more and more popular, and in the 2011-12 academic year more than half a million apprentices Apprentices also have the opportunity to started in a real job with real training. achieve recognition through a number Apprenticeships last a minimum of 12 of initiatives introduced by the National months, and can take up to four years Apprenticeship Service to celebrate all the to complete, depending on the level of talent developed by Apprenticeships. These Apprenticeship and the industry you choose include awards ceremonies, annual skills to work in. Anyone who is over 16, living competitions and National Apprenticeship in England and not taking part in full-time Week. education can apply for an Apprenticeship. National Apprenticeship Week 2014 takes Apprenticeships also give you great place from 3-7 March 2014, with hundreds opportunities for career progression. You of events expected to take place across can even work your way up to a Higher England.
Every year the Week increases in popularity, with National Apprenticeship Week 2013 being a phenomenal success. More than 900 events and activities took place, ranging from business events designed to encourage more employers to recruit apprentices, to interactive careers events aimed at potential applicants. A national calendar of events will be available on the apprenticeships.org.uk website, so you can ﬁnd out what is happening in your local area. To ﬁnd out more about Apprenticeships, go to apprenticeships.org.uk, or view real examples of apprentices explaining why Apprenticeships are for them at apprentice.tv.
HOW CAN I BECOME AN APPRENTICE?
HOW CAN I MAKE MY APPLICATION STAND OUT?
The jobsite for Apprenticeships – apprenticeships.org.uk – gives potential apprentices the opportunity to search and apply for positions in a variety of industry sectors.
When applying for an Apprenticeship vacancy, here are three tips to make an application FIT for the job:
The National Apprenticeship Service has made this resource even easier to access, with the new AV Search app for iPhone and Android. Prospective apprentices can create an account, log information and set up preferences; such as vacancy location and salary, before searching.
The Week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.
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Find out more about the employer, the training provider and the job description before applying. Identify yourself, your skills and interests clearly – be professional and allow your personality to come out. Tailor your application to each vacancy – don’t just send the same CV and covering letter to each employer.
Finally, don’t forget to follow up an application with a phone call to ensure the CV is top of the pile. www.careersworld.co.uk
CASE STUDY NATASHA PITTS DALE POWER SOLUTIONS ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES AN APPRENTICESHIP HAS GIVEN 21-YEAROLD NATASHA PITTS FROM SCARBOROUGH A PASSION FOR ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND A CLEAR ASPIRATION FOR THE FUTURE DETERMINED TO SUCCEED
Despite having three A-Levels, instead of going to university, Natasha Pitts, from Scarborough, chose to do an Apprenticeship, as it would give her the opportunity to have a hands-on learning route to her career. Three years on Natasha, now 21 years old, is working towards a Higher Apprenticeship in Electrical and Electonic Engineering at Dale Power Solutions, an electrical engineering and manufacturing company providing UPS & Generator Equipment and Service, based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Natasha originally started working at the company in September 2010, through an Advanced Apprenticeship, where she achieved Level 2 and Level 3 NVQs, and a Level 3 VRQ in Engineering Technology with the support of Derwent Training Association. Having successfully completed the Advanced Apprenticeship a year earlier than expected in September
2012, Natasha was transferred on to a Higher Apprenticeship, which will equip her with a Foundation Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, delivered in partnership with The University of Hull.
EXCELLING AS PART OF A TEAM
While she works towards a Foundation Degree, Natasha is busy interpreting customers’ speciﬁcations and sales orders, providing equipment speciﬁcations and electrical circuit diagrams. “As an apprentice, my learning has helped provide eﬀective electrical and electronic power solutions to customers,” Natasha says. “I have been instrumental in the sales departments; I helped set up a sales conﬁgurator, allowing quotations to be produced for customers without the risk of human error.” Surrounded by a trio of experienced electrical design engineers, Natasha is well on her way to becoming a fully qualiﬁed and competent design engineer.
By the time Natasha ﬁnishes her Apprenticeship in September 2015 she will have completed an NVQ Level 4 Extended diploma in Engineering Manufacture. Natasha intends to carry on developing her skills following her Apprenticeship and hopes to take on a managerial role in the future. “I am encouraging other apprentices within the company to aspire to the high standards required for the Foundation Degree,” Natasha says. “I have also visited feeder schools to provide presentations on Apprenticeships.” Natasha was crowned Higher Apprentice of the Year in the Yorkshire and Humber Region at the regional stage of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2013. To ﬁnd out more about Apprenticeship opportunities, please contact the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600 or visit apprenticeships. org.uk
UNIVERSITY TECHNICAL COLLEGES
The University of Bradford www.bradford.ac.uk 0800 073 1225
Sheﬃeld UTC www.utcsheﬃeld.org.uk 0114 260 2327
The University of Huddersﬁeld www.hud.ac.uk 01484 473969
COLLEGES NORTH YORKSHIRE Askham Bryan College www.askham-bryan.ac.uk 01904 772277 Craven College www.craven-college.ac.uk 01756 791 411
The University of Hull www.hull.ac.uk 01482 346311
Harrogate College www.harrogate.ac.uk 01423 878 211
University of Leeds www.leeds.ac.uk 0113 243 2336
Selby College www.selby.ac.uk 01757 211000
Leeds Metropolitan University www.leedsmet.ac.uk 0113 81 23113
York College www.yorkcollege.ac.uk 01904 770400
The University of Sheﬃeld www.sheﬃeld.ac.uk 0114 222 2000 Sheﬃeld Hallam University www.shu.ac.uk 0114 225 5555 The University of York www.york.ac.uk 01904 320000 York St. John University www.yorksj.ac.uk 01904 624624
ENTREPRENEURS ARE NOT BORN, THEY’RE M DE! Founded by entrepreneur and star of Dragons’ Den, Peter Jones CBE, the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy offers unique courses in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship for those aged 16 and above. Our pioneering business courses, which are being delivered in colleges across the country, ensure that our students achieve an accredited qualification and also gain the necessary experience and skills that are vital for employment or running their own business. There’s nothing quite like one of our Enterprise courses, each one embraces the Academy’s ethos of ‘learning by doing’ by combining innovative teaching methods with sessions from industry experts. We currently offer BTEC Levels 2 and 3 and our ‘Ignite’ Apprenticeship programme, which includes the Advanced Apprenticeship in Enterprise and the new Higher Apprenticeship in Innovation and Growth.
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Barnsley College www.barnsley.ac.uk 01226 216 216
Bishop Burton College www.bishopburton.ac.uk 01964 553000
Bradford College www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk 01274 433333
Dearne Valley College www.dearne-coll.ac.uk 01709 513355
East Riding College www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk 0845 120 0037
Calderdale College www.calderdale.ac.uk 01422 357357
Doncaster College www.don.ac.uk 0800 358 7575
Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education www.grimsby.ac.uk 0800 315002
Huddersﬁeld New College www.huddnewcoll.ac.uk 01484 652341
Longley Park Sixth Form College www.longleypark.ac.uk 0114 262 5757 Rotherham College of Arts and Technology www.rotherham.ac.uk 08080 722777 Sheﬃeld College www.sheﬀcol.ac.uk 0114 260 2600
Hull College www.hull-college.ac.uk 01482 598744 John Leggott College www.leggott.ac.uk 01724 282998 North Lindsey College www.northlindsey.ac.uk 01724 281111 Yorkshire Coast College www.yorkshirecoastcollege.ac.uk 0800 731 7410
Leeds City College www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk 0113 3861996 Leeds College of Building www.lcb.ac.uk 0113 222 6000 Shipley College www.shipley.ac.uk 01274 327222 Wakeﬁeld College www.wakeﬁeld.ac.uk 01924 789789
Kirklees College www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk 01484 437000
Choosing the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy instead of A-Levels was a perfect decision. I am now National Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 and running my own business!
Harry Day, Solihull College
To read more about the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy courses and to find an Academy near you, get in touch today! www.pjea.org
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TIPS AND TRICKS TO HELP MAKE YOUR LIFE A LITTLE EASIER • • • • • • • • • •
If you have a wrinkly shirt and no time to iron, hang it up in the bathroom while you shower, the creases should start to fall out If you go to the zoo, try to ﬁnd out what colour the zookeepers wear. If you wear the same colour the animals will come right up to you If you struggle to remember your dreams, drink apple juice before bed. A chemical in the juice helps your dreams become more vivid Put your phone in an empty cereal bowl and it will act as a speaker for your music A spoonful of sugar will help soothe a burnt tongue (can’t make any promises about medicine going down) Your phone will charge quicker on airplane mode Chew chewing gum when cutting onions to stop the tears. Will not help if you are just upset about onion genocide If you want to light a candle and can’t ﬁnd a match, use a stick of spaghetti! To ﬁnd all spam emails in your inbox, search the word ‘unsubscribe’ Put a glass with a small amount of water in it in the microwave when reheating pizza, it will keep the crust crunchy
You might feel like a bit of a dumb-dumb if you forget to proof-read your CV or send an application to the wrong university, but you can rest easy knowing that you’re not as thick as these people - hopefully. In North Carolina, a man took a swig of a mystery liquid on a friend’s shelf. Realising it was petrol, the man promptly spit it out. To settle his nerves afterwards he decided to have a cigarette, causing him to go up in ﬂames Brisbane, Australia, A man felt like he should get in on the planking craze. He decided the best place to get a picture of himself lying straight as a board was on the narrow railing of a balcony. Splat In Daejon, South Korea, a frustrated wheelchairbound man gets angry at missing the lift so rams the door with his chair several times. He successfully got them open and fell right in
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An American lawyer was defending a suspect, claiming the victim shot himself. No one believed the deceased could be that stupid so to prove it, the lawyer pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger, not realising the gun was loaded. He won the case at least An Indian man had a dream that gold was buried beneath his house. Every day in secret he dug underneath his stairs but didn’t take into account how close he was to the sea! It turns out that following your dreams isn’t always a great idea www.careersworld.co.uk
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