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We’re Careers World funky new features, including Magazine, your one stop some frequently asked place for careers guidance! questions, some advice from careers advisors and This term brings some an interview with the lovely important choices for a lot of Jessica Ennis-Hill. people, so we’re here to help you make the choices that So, what are you still looking suit you best. at the contents page for? Turn this page over (actually, In this issue, we will provide maybe look at the contents you with some tips and tricks ﬁrst) and start your journey to help you make those towards your dream career! important decisions, as well as an in depth look at the biggest career sectors in your region. You’ll also ﬁnd some Tom Haymes, Editor
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As part of our shiny new look, we’ve decided on some new features. This section will feature interviews with famous people about their life and careers; don’t forget, they were all in your position once! First up is Olympic Heptathlon Gold Medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill. Jess grew up in Sheﬃeld, Yorkshire and was competing in track and ﬁeld from an early age. She talks to our editor about her experiences and provides some insight into what it’s like to be a professional athlete!
So, has the euphoria of the Olympics worn off, or do you still get goosebumps when you hold your medal? I still get a real buzz when I see the footage from London, or show my medal to people. I worked so hard over twelve years to win that medal so it’s such a satisfying feeling to simply hold it and remind myself I did it.
Studies have recently shown that a student that has completed an Apprenticeship is just as desirable to an employer as a university graduate because of the work experience gained. What are your thoughts on this? I think it’s really important to have some kind of qualiﬁcation to fall back on and as an apprentice you usually come away with supporting qualiﬁcations. I think we all need Your afﬁnity for athletics began at a young age; at what point did you decide to have a vision of what we might want to do as a career as this sets you up with a you wanted to be a full time athlete? I ﬁrst tried running, jumping and throwing at foundation for working. the age of ten and when one of the coaches suggested I join a club, I started to focus People often cite their parents as an on speciﬁc disciplines. So I was roughly inﬂuence on their careers, how much 13 years old when I decided sport was the input did your family have on your career for me. career choice? My parents weren’t really an inﬂuence on me; they offered me support and advice It’s obviously a lot of people’s dream when I wanted it, but it was me who made to be a sports personality, what does it feel like to be living that dream? Do you the decisions in the end. still pinch yourself before you compete at big events? Away from the track, what do you do I don’t think you ever dream of being a to unwind between events? I hear you sports personality; you dream of being the are a Shefﬁeld United fan… best athlete and for athletics the highest I do support Shefﬁeld United, but I’m not a achievement is to win Olympic Gold. The huge football fan; I don’t have the time to rest of it is a by product of striving for that really follow a lot of sport as I train 6 days a goal. I do really enjoy all of the fun events, week. In my downtime I like nothing better glamorous parties and amazing shoots, but than curling up on the sofa with a good TV ﬁrst and foremost I am an athlete. box-set to watch. I need my rest!
Determination is vital to being a professional athlete; would you say that same attribute could be applied to studying in school? I was always a focused student but I had to work hard to achieve really good grades – so yes if you apply yourself you will achieve your best.
Before making the choice to become a full time athlete, did you ever want to do anything else? At one time I did think I’d like to be a journalist, but really I took up athletics pretty young and was ambitious as a sportswoman from the outset.
When you decide to hang up your trainers, will you remain in some sort of sporting capacity or will you move into something else? I’m not really sure, but I deﬁnitely want to put something back into sport and help others with their careers. How that will look is something I am working on at the moment, but I still have a few years left on the track!
You studied Psychology at university, which is a bit different to athletics, what was your thinking there? I really enjoyed psychology and wanted to study something outside sport; I loved the course and I think if I was not an athlete I would have pursued a career in psychology.
Obviously Shefﬁeld has a huge manufacturing background; how much did your environment affect your choices growing up? Shefﬁeld has played a key role in shaping me; I was born there, discovered athletics there, I went to school and university there and I choose to still live and train there. People from Yorkshire are known to be pretty down to Earth and being surrounded by honest and kind people has been a real advantage. I also have a very close family network and I think the combination has meant I had no desire to go to university in the US or anywhere else. So yes, I can say it has affected my choices.
Do you have any tips for young people who want to pursue a career in professional sports? Make sure you get the balance right between sport and education; you need a good education to get you through your whole life, whereas a sports career is relatively short. The heptathlon is your speciality, why did you choose this over other track and ﬁeld events? I tried out all disciplines when I was young and was guided by my current coach into heptathlon as I had the ability to do all 7 disciplines. How important do you feel careers advice is to young people? If you have no idea what you want to do, it is always good to look at all the options available. Careers advice can help you focus on what it is that you really want to do.
What’s next for you then? Has the preparation for the next Olympics begun? I’m taking each championship as it comes, and my long term goal will of course be the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
As a result of your successes, you must have met some interesting people? Who’s your favourite person you’ve met so far? It’s hard to say; there have been a lot of really interesting people, but I might have to say David Beckham who is incredibly nice and a great family man – principles I really like. Do professionals such as yourself have much involvement in training younger athletes who are just starting out? Not whilst you are an athlete yourself as you have to really focus on your own training. But when I can I share experiences through my work with Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport’ or through my website. You have travelled all over the world competing; which country have you enjoyed the most? I think it’s probably the commonwealth games in Melbourne, Australia; I loved the city and the people. Rome in Italy is a close second. Do the Olympians form a sort of social circle? Do you speak to any other athletes a lot outside of competitions? Not really, I tend to have close friends during competitions and training camps but when I am done at the track it’s key for me to switch off and be with my family and friends from school, they keep me real. Do you have any tips for people about to make those vital career choices? Take time to work out what you enjoy the most; work is full time and it’s much easier if you enjoy what you do and get satisfaction from doing it. If you don’t know, then don’t rush into something, you might regret it later in life.
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Each issue, we ask our editor to give you a roundup of the topics that are going to aﬀect you, as well as the choices you need to make about your future. As you could imagine, there are plenty of things going on that tend to stay behind the scenes. Usually, you’d have to go through pages of information to learn all this, but don’t worry; we’ve done all that for you! Without further ado, we’ll introduce our editor!
MEET THE EDITOR
My name is Tom and I’m the editor for Careers World magazine. As surprising as it may sound, it wasn’t too long ago that I had to make choices about what I wanted to do. I remember sitting in a stuffy classroom, being confronted with weird words like ‘Apprenticeship’, ‘Vocational’ and ‘Wikipedia’ (I’m not actually joking, life was tough back then...). I looked blankly at my careers advisor as they listed off what seemed like pages and pages of options, courses and colleges. I was in way over my head. Which path was the right one for me? What were these government programmes that I’d heard about? I know that the position I was in wasn’t unique to me; there were, are and always will be thousands of young people who aren’t really sure what they’re going to do after leaving school, or what’s really going on in the world of education. This article is here to discuss some of the hot topics in the world of education, so that you are aware of how they impact you and what you can do to make sure you fully beneﬁt from them. So then, let’s get started.
RAISING THE PARTICIPATION AGE Or RPA to you and me! It might sound like something you’d hear in a credit card advert, but RPA is very, very important to you.
WHAT IS RPA?
It essentially dictates the age that somebody is free to leave compulsory education, so it really has a bearing on the choices you’ll be making in the near future. Compulsory education was, until this year, completed at the end of Year 11 (at the age of 16) and then you were free to go out and do what you liked. With the participation age now moved to 17, it means those leaving school in Year 11 must continue in education (or other options – we’ll get to that). It doesn’t, as many worried young people thought, mean that they’re sticking another year into secondary school. You still do GCSEs in Year 11; the only difference is you now have to choose your next step in education. www.careersworld.co.uk
WHY CHANGE IT?
Many young people are a bit bafﬂed as to why the government has told them they have to spend another year in education or training. I can see why; at 16 you gain more independence and some of you will be keen to see what you can make of yourselves in the wider world. This is admirable, but the problem was that people were leaving school and then not doing anything at all. This not only puts a strain on our beneﬁts and welfare system, but it also means that many young people weren’t able to get jobs further down the line.
After a great deal of thought, the government decided that rather than risk young people’s talents going to waste, they’d implement a system which gave the younger generations a chance to be prepared for the working world. It shouldn’t be thought of as ‘making you stay in school’ because this isn’t the case at all; it’s simply a way of ensuring that young people have a better chance of employment in a very tough job market.
As I said, you don’t have to stay in school if you don’t want to. Full time education doesn’t mean full time school. There are basically 3 options you can choose from, which are as follows: • •
Full -time study in a Sixth Form, college or with a training provider Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training An Apprenticeship
Many of you will already have made your decision and won’t really have noticed all of this going on. If you’ve already applied for a Sixth Form or College, then you’ve voluntarily applied for full time study without even thinking about it. If you haven’t made a choice yet, then don’t panic! If you don’t fancy the idea of continuing studying, then you can opt to get a job instead.
on your C.V.! Again, this has to be accompanied by training or education, but the education can be done part time while you work.
WHO IT AFFECTS
If you’re reading this and you’re in Year 11 or below, then you’ll be the ﬁrst crop of young people to experience the RPA. If this is the case, then chances are you’ve already made your decision on what it is you want to do next. The options will be explained to you in more detail by your careers advisors and teachers; remember, don’t worry if you don’t know what to do, there are plenty of people around you willing to help. As the year progresses, you’ll perhaps learn more about what it is you want to do.
Now that job, as part of the new RPA rules, must include training. The best way to do this is through an Apprenticeship. Why, you ask? Well, an Apprenticeship allows you to earn money while you train in a fully functioning, work environment. They’re available in pretty much every line of work you can think of; head to www.apprenticeships. org.uk, register and apply (you THE FUTURE can apply for up to ten at a time If you are just starting Year and registration is totally free!). 11, then you’ll have plenty of You can also volunteer or do time to choose your next step. intern work; you won’t get paid, With GCSEs coming up in the but the experience will look great summer, it’s probably an idea
to start thinking about it now. What you choose in the future will have a much larger bearing, because as of next summer, the participation age goes up again, to 18. The same rules apply; you’ll still do GCSEs in the Summer Term and ﬁnish Year 11, but you must then remain in education or training for two years, until you turn 18. If you’ve applied to study A-Levels, then you won’t notice as they take 2 years to complete anyway. If you’ve applied for an Apprenticeship, then once it’s completed, you’ll have to continue in something else; this could either be the next level up on the Apprenticeship, or it could be work based training in a job role you’ve found.
TRAINEESHIPS There’s a really annoying loop you can get into when looking for work. You’ll apply for a job, but you’ll be told that to get the position you need to have experience. But without working, how do you get that experience do you need? You need a job, which you can’t get because you don’t have experience. See how irritating that is? It’s a cycle that nearly everybody encounters when they start looking for work. In particular, this has become a common theme among young people applying for Apprenticeships. Apprenticeships have always been seen as the best way for people to gain experience and training while earning money. The problem now is that young people aren’t getting Apprenticeships because employers have deemed them ‘unsuitable’. The solution; the traineeship! A traineeship is part of the same family that the Apprenticeship scheme is in. Think of a traineeship as a practice Apprenticeship; there’s no qualiﬁcation at the end of it (unless you undertook an English or maths course during your traineeship), but that aside, you’ll often undertake everything you’ll encounter in a full Apprenticeship programme.
WHO THEY’RE FOR
Anybody between the ages of 16-24 (from August 2013) can undertake a traineeship; the program is available to young people with learning disabilities up to the age of 25. Traineeships are aimed at young people who aren’t in a job and have little work experience, but have a strong desire to ﬁnd employment. It suits those who are between the ages of 16 and 19 and are qualiﬁed below Level 3, or those between 19 and 24 who have not achieved a Level 2 qualiﬁcation. If you’re already in work then there’s no need to worry about it at the moment, but if for whatever reason you ﬁnd yourself out of a job, a traineeship could help you get back out there!
WHAT YOU’LL GET OUT OF IT
Traineeships are designed, ﬁrst and foremost, to prepare young people for work. Therefore, the focus is on building up the traits employers look for in people. This could be something as simple as practising for interviews or learning what to wear, right up to having solid maths and English skills. Skills training is an important part of a traineeship, as employers value good numerical and literary skills. If you already have a GCSE A*-C in those subjects, then it’s not something you’ll have to worry about. If you don’t, then the traineeship can help build up your qualiﬁcations to a level that you require. This level can be entry, Level 1 or Level 2; whatever suits your needs. The core of the traineeship will be a high quality work placement. This will be at a workplace of your choice, therefore helping
The aim of this is to ensure that the next generation of young people have the skills necessary to compete in today’s job market. By undertaking compulsory education, skills can be built up to a point where a young person feels conﬁdent when looking for work. It’s all about beneﬁtting you. You might not realise these beneﬁts straight away, but when it comes to applying for work, you’ll have an advantage if you’ve already had a job! Don’t think of it as having to spend 1 or 2 extra years in school, that’s a myth that’s completely wrong. The options you choose open up many gateways to your career, something which you and you alone will choose.
with the ‘lack of experience’ factor of job applications. Your work placement will be created to suit your needs and will last from anywhere between six weeks and ﬁve months. Employers will design a programme that gives you the best possible preparation for working in the job role full time. There’s even a chance that the company you do your placement at will offer you an Apprenticeship scheme!
GETTING ONTO A TRAINEESHIP SCHEME
You can apply for a traineeship by getting in contact with your local learning provider. It’s a very popular scheme, so be prepared to wait a little while to get a place. You can also call the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600; you’ll be put through to a friendly person who’ll take your details and help get you onto the scheme.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Ready for this? Nothing. It will cost you absolutely nothing. This scheme is aimed at those who might have trouble paying for other qualiﬁcations they might need to get into work, so it’d be a bit pointless charging people for it!
FINISHING THE COURSE
Your traineeship will be over when one of Traineeships have been brought in to shore three things happens: up a gap that has long needed ﬁlling. The age old ‘experience’ problem will become • You move into employment, a thing of the past. The traineeship scheme an apprenticeship or further has just started in the last few months and education/training has already received a huge number of • You’ve completed all the aspects applications. Don’t worry though; they can of the course, including the work be undertaken at any time of year, so if you placement ring up and get put on a waiting list then be • You’ve been in the programme for patient. You won’t be waiting long and it’ll more than six months really be worth it in the end, especially if the end result is a job or Apprenticeship. If it’s because of the ﬁrst one, then congratulations! If it’s one of the others, then don’t worry. While you’re working, your local learning provider will be working with employers to organise an Apprenticeship for you to start. You’ll also be provided with support if there are any qualiﬁcations you need to complete to ﬁnd work. At the end of the traineeship, you’ll receive certiﬁcates for any qualiﬁcations you took while on the course, such as maths and English awards. You’ll also receive a reference from your employer, highlighting your strengths and experiences. You can use this reference as part of your C.V. when applying for jobs and coupled with your experience, will give your application hopes a real boost!
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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 WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE AND BENEFITS CAN YOU OFFER POTENTIAL APPLICANTS?
We help our clients create the value they want, from public and private companies, to governments and charities. We help to measure, protect and enhance the things that matter most to them. Web: www.pwc.com/uk/employability
Join PwC and you’ll have the opportunity to be part of the world’s leading professional services network and enjoy the beneﬁts that come with that. You’ll get to work with big name clients where you’ll get to grips with the value they’re looking for by getting into the detail. We’ll provide an environment where you’ll be able to explore new opportunities, to help you grow and ﬁnd your niche. And we’ll also give you access to the best learning and development around. Everyone enjoys a structured career programme, including study towards a professional qualiﬁcation.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN AN APPLICANT?
Your intellect, willingness to learn, ability to build relationships, put yourself in others’ shoes, while always making a positive impact with our clients and each other. For most of our programmes we take any degree subject
WHAT WOULD THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOUR APPLICANTS?
No matter which area of the business you choose to join, all routes offer the same deal. The opportunity to grow as an individual, to meet new people, and build lasting relationships that will stay with you for life. Your hard work will be rewarded with a competitive salary and a personally tailored beneﬁts package.
IF YOU HAVE ONE TIP, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
You might not know it, but there’s a good chance you’re already developing the skills we’re looking for. To support you, we’ve developed an employability guide, to help you identify situations where you might be building them. Visit www.pwc. com/uk/employability for tips on how you can draw on these areas. What’s important is that you reﬂect on your experiences and use well thought-out examples, both in your online application and when we meet you.
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.
WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE AND BENEFITS CAN YOU OFFER POTENTIAL APPLICANTS?
You will gain a deep insight into and understanding of your chosen subject area, plus an internationally recognised qualiﬁcation that will enable you to start working towards a successful career. At DMU we focus huge amounts of effort ensuring our graduates go onto fantastic jobs – we offer placement years with many of our degree courses and have industry links with leading UK and international employers such as Deloitte, Hewlett Packard and the BBC.
Baltic Training Services provide real employment opportunities for young people who are looking to gain real life work experience, recognised qualiﬁcations and earn while they learn! We offer apprenticeships in; I.T. Professional Level 3 & 4, Software Development and Social Media and Digital Marketing across the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber and the Midlands.
WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE AND BENEFITS CAN YOU OFFER POTENTIAL APPLICANTS?
The ability to gain on the job training, receiving a guaranteed minimum salary of approximately £100 per week whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualiﬁcation, with the addition of free vendor qualiﬁcations including CISCO essentials, Microsoft Professional and CompTia depending on the apprenticeship completed.
The Shefﬁeld College is all about people, whether that is our learners, our staff or our partners. Our students come from many different backgrounds and we’re proud to support them in achieving the greatest of success. To do this we need the right kind of people working with us. We know that the right people really can make a difference. So we’re committed to recruiting and retaining talented individuals who share our values and can help us achieve our plans for the future
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Successful applicants will be encouraged to unlock their potential and develop their skills whilst working for us. They can expect to work along side a team working towards goals whilst improving their communication skills and increasing commercial awareness. It would be an opportunity for the applicant to experience the fulﬁlment of being part of a large organization dedicated to improving the learning opportunities of those in the region.
WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE AND BENEFITS CAN YOU OFFER POTENTIAL APPLICANTS?
The University Let’s not forget that the student lifestyle is key in making the experience memorable. You gain independence, meet lots of new people and live somewhere new (if you choose to). With this in mind, DMU has fantastic facilities, night life, a new £8 million leisure centre, societies and clubs that truly enhance university life.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN AN APPLICANT?
All applicants need a combination of academic qualiﬁcations and relevant experience (which always looks positive on an application) to get onto their chosen degree course. The personal statement is a really important part of the process and
demonstrates your ability to ‘sell’ yourself working, as well as excellent interpersonal – we are looking for enthusiasm and a real skills which are all invaluable in helping you passion for and dedication to the chosen ﬁnd your perfect job. subject.
WHAT WOULD THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOUR APPLICANTS?
DMU graduates have gone on to work in a number of careers for employers such as Barclays and Warner Bros, have created stunning digital visualisations for NASA of the latest space discoveries and research, and set trends by designing clothes for Lady Gaga. All graduates show that they are capable of studying at a higher level; you will also develop many ‘transferrable’ skills such as project management and team
IF YOU HAVE ONE TIP, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
University offers fantastic opportunities that are hard to come by at any other time of life – make the most of it! You’ll meet academic experts, advance your skill set, complete placement years and start networking. You can also join lots of clubs and societies, committees and community projects and make lifelong friends.
The Training Provider WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN AN APPLICANT?
As our qualiﬁcations are a Level 3 standard, a good level of English and Maths is required, as well as a genuine interest in the role. However if a candidate shows a natural aptitude and ability we will consider any application.
WHAT WOULD THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOUR APPLICANTS?
IF YOU HAVE ONE TIP, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
80% of our candidates are employed by the Be yourself, research the position and know employer on completion of their qualiﬁcation, your employer! if not they are in receipt of a high skill set, knowledge and work experience to transfer to future employment.
The College WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN AN APPLICANT?
A successful candidate will demonstrate they have the appropriate, driven attitude required to ﬂourish in the role. They will show genuine enthusiasm in the role and the projects that they may be involved with and it is particularly desirable that the candidate has undertaken a level of background research surrounding The College. Conﬁdence and strong communication skills combined with a driven, professional attitude are key ingredients for a successful candidate to possess.
WHAT WOULD THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOUR APPLICANTS?
IF YOU HAVE ONE TIP, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
The applicant would be encouraged to Make the most of your experience and develop their potential during their time at embrace every challenge that comes your The College and progress down their career way whether it is positive or negative. path. There is a wide range of avenues in which the applicant could choose to explore in the future and these opportunities would arise as a result of recognized dedication and hard work. We also support our staff in training for qualiﬁcations whilst they work here at The College.
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As you drive down Manchester Road it is difficult to overlook Kirklees College’s new Huddersfield Centre. For the past three years, residents, visitors and the whole Huddersfield community have seen the centre grow, brick by brick. With the building work now complete and the finishing touches being made, the wait is almost over for Kirklees College’s students, staff and partners.
Based in Skipton and at Leeds Bradford International Airport, students from across the district come and join the Craven College experience. Large enough to offer a huge range of courses yet small enough to care about your individual needs, high rates of success and specialist facilities ensure you have the best experience to learn and socialise.
The £74 million centre will open its doors to students in September 2013. It has state-of-the-art facilities, including an air-cabin simulator and check-in desks, hair and beauty salons, training kitchens and the Landings 72 restaurant, science labs, business suites, health, social care and childcare workshops, gym and fitness studio, a learning resource centre, conferencing facilities and 100 per cent wi-fi. The new centre will be home to Access to Higher Education, animal care and conservation, art and design, business, childhood studies, computing, English for speakers of other languages, foundation learning, hair and beauty, health and social care, hospitality and catering, public services, science, sport, and travel and tourism; full and part time courses and a number of Apprenticeships are available. The new Huddersfield Centre isn’t the college’s only reason to celebrate. Kirklees College opened its new Engineering Centre in Huddersfield in 2012, celebrated its best ever results as 96 per cent of students passed their course in 2011/12 and following a very successful re-inspection by Ofsted, received an overall grading of good.
With Apprenticeships, over 30 A Levels and a wide range of Vocational courses there really is something for everyone. Visit www. craven-college.ac.uk to see the full A-Z of options. At the newly refurbished High Street Campus there are luxurious salons for hairdressing, beauty and nail therapies while the Brasserie Restaurant has kitchens for students to train alongside industry professionals. The Travel & Aviation Academy at the Aireville Campus, Skipton and Leeds Bradford International Airport offers direct industry links to Jet2. com, TUI and Servisair. Apprenticeships are available in range of sectors giving you the opportunity to earn while you learn and gain qualifications recognised by employers and universities. New 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 with success figures being way above the national average. (Data Service SR Data April 13.) We have a generous travel bursary �full-time students only pay the first £1 per day of their main journey to Craven College.
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A careers success story - becoming a Sheffield Youth Worker
Theatre Apprenticeships give competitive edge to new recruits
Phabian is one of Sheffield’s Level 2 Youth Workers who is under the Sheffield City Council 100 Apprenticeships programme here at local young people’s charity, Sheffield Futures. His journey to become a Youth Work Apprentice began when he joined up with a group of young people and, supported by Sheffield Futures, went on to win some funding for their area to put on some positive activities for young people in their community.
It is ‘curtains up’ on a bright future for two Leeds City College students who completed apprenticeships at Leeds Grand Theatre, and have now secured jobs in the company.
Phabian fractured his skull in November 2008 and this had a long lasting effect on his personal life and impacted on his studies. After dropping out of 6th Form, Sheffield Futures helped him to re-engage his studies through a Sports Leadership Apprenticeship with the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme. When the programme ended, he registered with Sheffield Futures to become a Youth Work Apprentice. “When I look back, if it wasn’t for Sheffield Futures, I would almost certainly be working in a job I disliked. I wouldn’t be in education as I didn’t enjoy formal learning. I dropped out of 6th Form, so I’d probably be doing some kind of low paid job I wouldn’t like with no future.” Phabian has successfully completed his Level 1 and Level 2 course in Youth Work; he works as part of the multi-agency support for young people known as Community Youth Teams here in Sheffield. He has also managed to obtain paid youth work, so things are certainly on the way up for this talented young person. “I feel that for me, the future looks good. With regards to the area of work I’m in, I have got to where I am at a fairly young age, but that is only because I’ve been fortunate enough to develop an interest into a career. It worked for me, so hopefully it’ll happen for other young people too.”
Grace Dean (21) and Bethany Beal (20) successfully completed Cultural Heritage Operations Apprenticeships, delivering education programmes, tours and events within the Heritage Learning Department. When recruitment started for new positions, Grace applied for one of the new Heritage Learning Assistant roles (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund) and was against candidates which included higher education graduates. She was successful alongside another new recruit and will be based at The Grand’s sister venue - The City Varieties Music Hall continuing delivering tours and educational programmes. Beth secured a Finance Assistant role and had been working on other projects at the venue too. Grace said: “The apprenticeship allowed me to gain valuable experience in what is recognised as a highly competitive sector. Although I was nervous at the thought of an open recruitment process, I knew I had developed the confidence, skills and knowledge for the role. The apprenticeship was certainly the first step in what I hope will be a long career in this industry.” The cultural heritage apprenticeship is one of several creative apprenticeships Leeds City College founded with the National Skills Academy in 2011, alongside apprenticeships in community arts administration and technical theatre, with apprentices also working at venues such as Opera North, Freedom Studios and Live Nation Sheffield Arena.
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All aboard the Apprenticeship train. Next stop, employment
Sarah’s second chance gives her security
Is the expression ‘no vacancies’ familiar to you? How about ‘not enough experience’? Young people across the country are at a critical crossroads, faced with the decision as to whether to continue down the path of academia or go in search of employment. Apprenticeships provide a gateway for you to learn whilst you earn; to gain a practical understanding of a job in a sector that is of interest to you. Shipley College is an exemplary provider of Apprenticeships and has been offering up these opportunities for almost 20 years. Currently the College has more vacancies than it has candidates applying. Employers are queuing up to find suitable individuals like you. Shipley College Principal, Nav Chohan says that: “As a result of our partnership with the wider business community, we know that companies are crying out for students with transferable experience. We see this scheme as an effective way of plugging the skills gap in the area”
Sarah was expelled from school and didn’t have a chance to finish her GCSEs. She started a work placement, but it did not work out. “Although my behaviour was by no means acceptable, at that point I felt left behind because I’d not really been engaged at school from quite a young age,” remembers Sarah. With a Youth Worker’s help Sarah joined the Aspire2work programme. However, soon after joining Sarah found out she was pregnant and was not able to finish it. Six months after having a little girl Sarah started another Aspire2work course with security-training provider EMD UK. ‘The best thing was that the programme was there for people like me who needed a second chance or didn’t fit with the academic system. I not only gained vital qualifications, but my confidence, motivation and aspirations have been boosted massively,” she says. Sarah has been recognized by tutors and received the Aspire2work Award for the Most Dedicated Learner in 2012.
We believe in Apprenticeships so much that if there is an opportunity to play host to a student ourselves, we will.
As Sarah achieved the qualifications in Security and First Aid at EMD UK she was offered the chance to stay there as an apprentice. She accepted the offer and is working towards higher-level qualifications.
Just ask Jonothan Stockdale. 18 at the time, he completed a Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration with us. Eager to prove himself, Jonothan excelled and finished 3 months early. For his hard work and dedication, he was rewarded with permanent employment at Shipley College.
Sarah works with young people who may have come from difficult backgrounds. She also volunteers as a peer mentor on the Youth Contract where she inspires many other young people.
Now 21, Jonothan says of his Apprenticeship: “I found it a very rewarding experience and the training I received has certainly helped me into full-time employment” If you’re considering an Apprenticeship, why not consider one through Shipley College. To view our latest vacancies visit our website, look for the ‘Apprentices’ tab and hit the ‘jobs board’ button. To apply, email your CV to the address below or call us.
“I am very grateful for what I have gained and I am really proud of myself. I have improved as a person,” she says. Sarah has become a brilliant example - she didn’t give up at the darkest moment and proved to everyone how much can be achieved with the right support. Visit our website or give us a call to find out more about the fantastic courses available for 16-18 year olds.
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Engineering You can engineer pretty much anything these days and it’s a sector that we rely on heavily to produce some important stuﬀ! Aeroplanes, toxic chemicals, skyscrapers, cruise liners and tanks are all a result of an engineer’s thoughts. Read on to ﬁnd out how you can get into this sector…
WHAT’S THE ENGINEERING SECTOR ALL ABOUT?
Well, it certainly covers a lot of ground. Engineering is so diverse that pretty much everything you see around you is the product of engineering. It’s about creating technology to help us advance as people; engineers were behind the ﬁrst aeroplane, the ﬁrst cannon, the ﬁrst microwave and even the ﬁrst tin of beans. But it’s not just about creation, it’s also about improving; F1 teams use engineers to make their cars faster and lighter and car manufacturers always need new designs to keep ahead in the market.
WHAT KIND OF SALARY CAN I EXPECT TO EARN?
This is a very big sector, so you can expect a very big salary as you become more qualiﬁed. Starting salaries are around £17,000 and the average, fully qualiﬁed engineer can expect to earn £43,000 a year. Of course, the more specialised you go, the more you will get!
WHAT KIND OF ENVIRONMENT WOULD I BE WORKING IN?
Most engineers work in factories, but some ﬁelds such as chemical engineering might require you to work in a laboratory with complex equipment or in the case of Marine Engineers, on a boat in the middle of the ocean!
HOW DOES THIS SECTOR COMPARE TO OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY?
As we’ve mentioned a billion times already, engineering is a huge part of the UK economy. In fact, it comprises one ﬁfth of it. Over half the people who work in Engineering are in managerial and professional roles, so there is an obvious route to progression in this sector.
WHERE IS THE WORK MOST CONCENTRATED?
The North of England is one of the leading areas in the world for this sector; there’s aerospace, automotive, chemical and marine engineering in that region, but speaking more locally, most factories and plants are where the action is. Naturally, most work is on industrial estates so be prepared to look around to ﬁnd the type of engineering you would like to work with.
Josh Derry, Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical Installation Josh joined Leeds College of Building in 2010 when he started an Apprenticeship with Shepherds Engineering Services (SES). He always knew when he left school that he wanted to do something hands on and after a lot of research he decided that an Apprenticeship was the best option for him, as he could earn money while learning. His role as an Electrical Installation Apprentice involves installing new electricity equipment to the correct specification and location shown on the plans. It can include wiring, terminating and installing cable containment. Josh has worked on big projects including Drax Power Station and Archbishop Sentamu Academy. Josh has taken part in various skills competitions and has recently won the northern regional final of the SkillELECTRIC competition. He came out on top after 12 competitors went head-to-head in a task to install conduit and trunking with three electrical circuits. Judges awarded Josh with the most points against tough criteria including accuracy, quality of work and health and safety. He was also selected as the “Electrical Installation Apprentice of the Year” at the College Award Ceremony due to his hard work and commitment with his studies. Josh said “My Apprenticeship with SES has benefited me massively as I have been lucky enough to progress through my exams at college whilst working, enabling me to put the theory into practice. I want to continue working for SES as there are great opportunities available to progress my career including supervisory and engineering roles.” To find out more about the Apprenticeships at Leeds College of Building: Web: www.lcb.ac.uk Tel: 0845 129 7690 Email: email@example.com
Careers Choices Engineering is behind the creation of pretty much everything in the world. That’s a bold statement, but everything you see around you was at some point in time a thought in the mind of an engineer. You need a logical thought process, patience and a willingness to improve on what you’ve already done. No project is ever quite ﬁnished and there is always a little more to tweak and make better, faster or stronger. Here are the main areas of the Engineering industry.
This sounds pretty complicated and it kind of is, as it deals with combining complex chemicals to produce products. However, it’s behind the advancement of some of our best medical cures and vaccinations, as well as creating new materials that are used in other areas of Engineering.
Everything you see that’s made from a metal was engineered by this industry. Metal production is vitally important and it contributes £15 billion a year to our economy. Plus with recycling on the increase, the industry will continue to grow and grow.
Electrical Engineering covers everything from the smallest microchips to ensuring the national grid (responsible for the power ﬂowing into our homes) is running smoothly. It covers maintenance and creation, as well as evaluating systems for improvement.
Marine Engineering covers all things oceanic. You could be designing cruise liners, ﬁshing boats and other aquatic vehicles. It also covers offshore oilrigs and wind farms. As the UK is an island, there’s plenty of business to be had in this sector!
Although most engineers that work in defence would probably fall into one of the above categories, there are projects (such as missiles, aircraft, satellites, advanced technology) that fall into a separate category. Some projects are kept top secret and require specialists to work on, so if you choose to follow this path, keep it on the low down…..
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO EARN?
Engineering pays very well, as there is a large demand for it. Starting salaries are around £20,000 and can go well over £40,000 with training and experience.
Did you know that the UK is the second largest manufacturer of space vehicles in the world? Aerospace covers satellites, commercial and military aircraft, space shuttles and all the bits that make them up.
PEOPLE ARE EMPLOYED IN AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING
A NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL CAR MANUFACTURERS HAVE UK BASED PRODUCTION SITES
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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…
As you can see, there are a lot of choices to make regarding this sector. It’s one of those careers where you specialise and stay on a particular path, so make sure you choose the right job for you. Here are the frameworks you can expect to see in this industry and all Apprenticeships result in a Level 2 BTEC, Diploma or NVQ. Engineering • Engineering Construction • Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration • Industrial Applications • Marine Industry
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. Engineers with Advanced Apprenticeships tend to progress to management a lot quicker than those without, as the skills they learn help them progress. 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. Engineering • Engineering Construction • Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration • Marine Industry
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: Biology • Chemistry • Design and Technology • Maths • Marine Science • Physics
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. They are available in a range of engineering subjects, including marine, aircraft and chemical.
College courses are also a great way to get into this sector. To check which colleges do courses relevant to you, head to www.careersworld.co.uk.
A higher Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 4) is also available in Engineering Technology. www.careersworld.co.uk
REGIONAL FOCUS You’re spoilt for choice here; Yorkshire and Humber is one of the largest engineering areas in Europe in a whole range of areas. South Yorkshire contains some of the largest engineering companies in the world, bringing in £5 billion to the Yorkshire economy! There is of course the British Aerospace complex in Brough, East Yorkshire, which constructs all kinds of aircraft for both commercial and military purposes. This region will require 29,000 new starters over the next few years, so it’s a good industry to get into now.
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Agriculture & Animal Care The UK is blessed with some of the most beautiful countryside in the world; rolling hills, green ﬁelds and more breathtaking views than you can shake a stick at. It’s also an important part of our economy, with farming, landscaping, conservation and national parks all bringing in money in various ways. Animal care is all about caring for animals (duh…); making sure they are ﬁt and healthy, as well as grooming them for both domestic and professional use.
WHAT’S THE AGRICULTURE & ANIMAL CARE SECTOR ALL ABOUT?
outdoors! You could be in a ﬁeld harvesting crops, on a farm looking after the animals or in a forest keeping everything natural looking. In an animal care environment, you could be working in a veterinary surgery treating people’s pets, or going out and about in your community doing house calls. You could even be working at a race track helping horses prepare for their next big competition.
Agriculture is quite a broad term for land based industries such as farming, landscaping, environmental conservation and forestry. It also covers the manufacturing of machinery for various uses on farms, forests and foliage alike. Animal Care involves the treatment of animals in both a domestic and professional environment. HOW DOES THIS SECTOR Whether this is through COMPARE TO OTHERS veterinary means or if you ACROSS THE COUNTRY? are grooming the next Grand National winner, you’ll need Just under half of the people to know everything about the that work in this sector are self animals you will be looking after. employed, as most agricultural farms are family run businesses. the animal care side of WHAT KIND OF SALARY On things, the demand for qualiﬁed CAN I EXPECT TO EARN? veterinary staff is on the rise; Because this is such a broad the government predicts that sector, we can’t list all the from now until 2020, this sector salaries for every single job, but will require at least 44,000 as a rough guide, farm based people with a minimum Level job roles start at between 3 qualiﬁcation in their chosen £10,000 and £13,000 and ﬁeld. increase as you progress up the career ladder. Specialist career WHERE IS THE WORK paths such as farriery (making MOST CONCENTRATED? horseshoes) and park rangers (who look after our national It goes without saying that this parks) can start on around sector is focused on working £18,000 and be on upwards in the countryside, so don’t of £30,000 after experience. In be looking to the big cities for animal care, a veterinary nurse work! Most farms are family run can expect to start out on about businesses, but you might ﬁnd £13,000, whereas professional some that are willing to take horse-groomers usually begin on apprentices. You’ll also ﬁnd veterinary surgeries in nearly all on about £12,000. small towns and villages, but you’ll ﬁnd it easier getting work WHAT KIND OF in surgeries that have a larger ENVIRONMENT WOULD I catchment area.
BE WORKING IN?
Well, given that it’s land based and animals are mostly found outside, then you’ll be doing most of your work in the great
Lauren Page Twenty-one-year-old Lauren Page works as an advanced apprentice in the equine industry. “I decided on a career with horses at quite an early age” says Lauren, who has spent much of her life around horses. Lauren began her working life with no qualifications, so at first she found it challenging to evidence her knowledge of horses: “It was hard to get a job as everyone wanted proof of what I could do and I only had the words of family and friends, so I decided to look into NVQs.” Lauren joined a Gloucestershire-based training centre and went on to achieve an Apprenticeship in Work-Based Horse Care Level 2. She also undertook a Riding and Road Safety Course and is now working towards her Advanced Apprenticeship Diploma Level 3. A typical day for Lauren includes activities such as feeding and mucking out the horses, riding lessons, sweeping, sorting out bedding and undergoing stable management training. One aspect Lauren really enjoys in her role is teaching and “seeing clients improve their abilities” as well as improving her own riding skills. For Lauren, patience and initiative are two key skills in her role. She highlights teaching as part of the role that can sometimes prove challenging: “You need to find different styles to suit different clients of different abilities.” Lauren’s plans for the immediate future include completing her Advanced Apprenticeship Diploma Level 3 and going on to study further qualifications. In the long term, she would like to work on a competition yard, exercising horses and ensuring they are in good condition for shows and events. Web: www.lantra.co.uk
Careers Choices So, do you think you could thrive in an Agricultural environment? If you don’t like working outside but still like the idea of working with animals, then perhaps you would want to consider a career in veterinary sciences or as an animal trainer! This sector is truly massive, so massive in fact that the job roles we’ve listed below don’t really begin to scratch the surface of what you can do! These are the most popular job roles you can expect to ﬁnd:
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Ever wondered what it is that makes our country that little bit more beautiful? From the city centre parks people stroll in to the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales, this sector is all about making the areas we visit look good. You might be arranging ﬂowers in a local community or maintaining our national parks; either way you’ll be getting plenty of satisfaction from people taking in your work. Your starting salary will be around £15,000, but could be more depending on what it is your working on.
Animals get sick just like people do (and unlike people, they can’t drive themselves to the doctors; their feet can’t reach the pedals for one thing) and require treatment, checkups and if necessary, surgery. Veterinary nurses assist vets in treating various different types of domestic animals, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, parrots and horses. You’ll learn all about the different types of animal anatomies, as well as the kinds of treatments each animal needs in each situation. Don’t be afraid to get your hands a bit messy in this industry! Your starting salary will be around £14,000, FARM WORKER It’s not all big beards and wellies (although but Senior Veterinary Nurses earn around you should probably get a pair for this; £25,000. you might end up losing your trainers pretty quickly). Farming is hard work, but LAND BASED ENGINEERING the rewards that come out of it, in terms As you can imagine, farm working involves a of money and pride, are well known. You heck of a lot of complex machinery, such as could be looking after animals such as threshers, harvesters, processors, tractors sheep, cows and pigs, or working with high- and many others. Land based engineers tech machinery cultivating and harvesting are responsible for building and maintaining crops. You can expect to earn around these machines, so an eye for mechanics £7,200 if you are aged 16 or over, while and systems will be handy here. Starting those who are 19 and over will expect to salaries in this sector are quite high and bring in around £10,000, rising to around usually between £20,000 and £26,000. £15,000 with experience.
Rangers are responsible for keeping our national parks clean and tidy, while also making sure that the wildlife and plants are also kept healthy and safe. This is deﬁnitely a career for those who want to work outdoors but also for those who are avid about the environment and working with animals. Salaries start out at around £18,000, but Senior Rangers can earn in excess of £30,000.
78,000 PEOPLE WORK IN ANIMAL CARE
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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…
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: Game and Wildlife Management • Animal Care • Horticulture • Environmental Conservation • Land Based Engineering
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. Animal Care • Environmental Conservation • Game and Wildlife Management • Land Based Engineering • Veterinary Nursing
A-Levels are the most popular gateway into university and are sought after by employers. They are also useful for getting into more senior roles such as management and team leading. The following A-Levels will help you get into this sector: Biology • Chemistry • Maths • English • Geography • Geology
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 Farm Management and Wildlife Conservation.
A college course is another way to get into this sector. For more information, check out www.careersworld.co.uk
These can be undertaken instead of doing A-Levels and can be done at Level 2 and 3. They, like Apprenticeships, can result in a BTEC, NVQ or Diploma and are handy for getting into more speciﬁc job roles in this sector.
REGIONAL FOCUS Our region is perfect for those who want to work in the great outdoors; the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales are both national parks that cover more populated land than any other national parks in the country! There are over 14,600 people working in farm related job roles in around 4,100 businesses.
The Yorkshire College of Beauty Therapy Was founded in 1983 by Christine Tilley. It has established itself both nationally and internationally as one of the leaders in the delivery of beauty therapy training and education. The college offers ITEC, CIBTAC and CIDESCO international diploma’s, advanced apprenticeships and a wide range of new and exciting courses in it’s newly opened nail & make up Academy. Graduates of the college are highly sought after in the industry and many have gone on to have very successful careers both in the UK and internationally.
International Diplomas Attending the Yorkshire College of Beauty Therapy is your foundation for a successful career in beauty and health. Study with us and you will learn at an internationally renowned College that provides a passport to jobs worldwide. When you enrol you can look forward to working under expert tuition and in the company of like minded students all in friendly, fun and stimulating surroundings. With courses accredited at the highest levels by ITEC,CIBTAC and CIDESCO nowhere is better equipped to help you graduate with the right blend of theoretical skills, practical abilities and relevant qualifications.
Advanced Apprenticeship Advanced Apprenticeship’s consist of NVQ levels 2 and 3 in beauty therapy and functional key skills level 2 in numeracy and literacy and are open to applicants between 16 and 18. A small number of Adult apprenticeships are also available. The course is funded by the government’s skills funding agency. Salons which employ our learners pay them directly to show commitment to the learners training and ultimately achieve their qualification.
Make – Up Academy An opportunity to become skilled in the specialist area of make up for the fashion and entertainment industry. A growing demand exists for skilled make up artists particularly those capable of creating special effects . We offer the ITEC International Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media make up which is highly regarded within the industry and covers theatrical, character and special effects make up and also make up for fashion T.V and film.
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Hair & Beauty From mullets to Mohawks, hair and beauty is something that we as people take very seriously. Everybody enjoys looking and feeling good and this sector is all about doing just that…
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE HAIR AND BEAUTY SECTOR?
Plenty of old ladies wanting perms. No, only joking, there’s so much more to this career path and when you get conﬁdent enough to create your own styles and treatments it’s very rewarding to see them elsewhere.
WHAT KIND OF SALARY CAN I EXPECT TO EARN?
The starting salaries in this sector are relatively low, starting somewhere between £10,000 and £12,000 a year, but you will earn more as you gain experience.
WHAT KIND OF ENVIRONMENT WOULD I BE WORKING IN?
Unsurprisingly, this job is favoured more towards women. I haven’t seen many men giving me advice on which eye shadow would compliment my complexion (not that I’ve asked…), however the number of male hairdressers
is increasing. Whatever your gender, you’ll be working with customers on a day to day basis so make sure your customer service skills are top notch. For therapists, the environment could be a nice relaxing spa area or if you go down the makeup line, you could ﬁnd yourself in a department store or even in a TV studio!
WHERE WOULD I FIND THIS LINE OF WORK IN MY AREA?
Hair salons usually have link ups with local colleges and training providers and nearly all towns have at least two or three hairdressers, while high street employers such as Toni & Guy tend to be found in the bigger cities.
Yorkshire College of Beauty Therapy Yorkshire College of Beauty Therapy is the largest provider of Beauty Therapy Apprenticeships in the UK, with a job outcome success rate of above 95% Attending the Yorkshire College of Beauty therapy is your foundation for a successful career in the Beauty and Health industry. Study with us and you will learn at an internationally renowned College that provides a passport to jobs worldwide. Salon experience is vital so Learning is based on 1 or 2 days in College and up to 32 hours a week in a Salon Placement. Shannon Burdett: ‘After studying my level 2 qualification at another College I chose to further my career at the Yorkshire College of Beauty therapy after hearing such high standards were maintained at all times. I never thought it would be possible to enjoy studying such an intense subject. Haleema Butt: ‘My Experience at the Yorkshire College of Beauty has been amazing from start to finish. With the welcoming staff and high standard of learning, they brought out the Therapist in me! If you want the best start in the beauty Industry join the Yorkshire College of Beauty’
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PEOPLE ARE EMPLOYED IN THE HAIRDRESSING & BEAUTY TREATMENT INDUSTRY THIS INDUSTRY HAS AN ANNUAL REVENUE OF AROUND
£4 BILLION HAIRDRESSING SALONS MAKE UP
OF TOTAL REVENUE IN THE SECTOR
Careers Choices Here are the main careers in this job sector; obviously you can specialise but the four main Hair and Beauty areas are as follows:
It’s all about the hair here; you’ll be cutting, styling, colouring, washing, perming and making people’s hair look exactly how they want it to. You will begin as an apprentice working in a salon before gradually taking on more and more responsibility as you complete your training. Many professionals move on to setting up their own businesses or even go into the ﬁlm and television industry as part of the make-up department – the ambitious will always be rewarded in this role. Salaries begin at around £10,000, but rise to £16,000 with experience and qualiﬁcations.
“Ahhh that’s better” – a phrase you’ll hear constantly in this career. Spa tourism contributes £1.4 billion a year to the UK economy and is growing all the time (everybody is so stressed these days). Spa Therapists offer a range of treatments that help improve somebody’s well being, such as facials, massages, aromatherapy and sauna. You can specialize in a particular area, such as holistic treatment, or have a general knowledge of all areas. Starting salary is between £12,000 and £14,000 a year.
Manicures and pedicures are the order of the day in this career; you will be focusing on improving and maintaining the skin and nails on both hands and feet. This might be through treatments such as hot wax therapy and foot wraps, or more artistic work such as airbrushing designs onto nails. This is for those who like to combine art and practicality, as you will have to have an eye for the creative and a steady hand to make those designs look good. You can expect to earn between £12,000 and £17,000 a year in this ﬁeld, which is dependent on qualiﬁcations and experience.
Like Spa therapy, you will be tasked with enhancing the well-being of clients through a range of different methods, such as various different types of makeup (that’s mascara, lipstick, eye-shadow etc to you lads) or electronic treatments and hair removal methods. The salaries vary depending on whether you work for a department store or a private ﬁrm, but the average starting salary is between £12,000 and £17,000 a year.
Where to begin If beautifying and energising is part of your dream career, then consider the following courses to help you on your way….
The majority of people aged 18-30 in this sector have an apprenticeship, so it’s always a good place to start. Half your learning will be on the job and half in the classroom and you can do them in range of subjects from barbering (hairdressing really) to spa therapy. Here are some of the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to this sector with the careers you will see and they will result in a level 2 qualiﬁcation such as an NVQ, BTEC or Diploma. Hairdressing • Beauty Therapy • Beauty Therapy (Make-up) • Nail Services
Unfortunately, there isn’t an A-level course in Hair and Beauty, but this sector is all about your customer service and personality rather than your academic qualiﬁcations. However, if you were interested in progressing into management or even taking on your own business, these courses may help you onto the right path: Business Studies • Economics • ICT
A foundation degree is a great way to gain a higher education qualiﬁcation while learning practical skills. They are designed by universities and employers to give you both ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIPS Like an apprenticeship, these are great a qualiﬁcation and the experience to carry for people who prefer to work while they into the working world. learn. Many people ﬁnd that it’s a natural progression to go onto Level 3 because of the They are the equivalent to the ﬁrst two years experience they get from doing so. A Level of an honours degree and many people 3 qualiﬁcation is yours for upon completion, take them having worked in the sector for such as an NVQ, BTEC or Diploma. Here some time. There are various courses are the relevant Apprenticeship Frameworks available, such as Salon and Business Management. for your sector: Hairdressing/Barbering • Beauty Therapy • Nail Services
Colleges are also a good way to get into this sector; it is more learning based, but there is a fairly heavy practical element as well. To ﬁnd out which colleges have courses relevant to the Hair and Beauty sector, visit www.careersworld.co.uk. Alternatively, check your local council to see which colleges provide courses. www.careersworld.co.uk
REGIONAL FOCUS Yorkshire folk like to look good, make no mistake about it. So there’s always going to be a call for people to beautify, style and shape both hair and body. There are a wealth of colleges in the area that provide training and courses, such as Doncaster College, Hull College and Leeds City College so you won’t be short of options. And these institutions provide courses on all sorts of areas, such as hairdressing, nail services, spa therapy (a growing trade in this region) and beauty therapy.
Automotive Okay, so cars are totally awesome. From the Mini to the Mercielago, cars come in all shapes and sizes and require a fair old bit of work to keep them roadworthy. If you’re a regular old petrol-head, then this is deﬁnitely the career for you!
WHAT’S THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR ALL ABOUT?
It’s all about ﬁxing stuff that breaks down. Anything that has an engine, from a basic 50cc moped to a £300,000 supercharged sports car, that breaks will be down to you to ﬁx. This might involve something simple like doing an MOT or a service, to more complicated procedures such as replacing internal engine parts or restoring panels on the vehicle that have become damaged or dented.
WHAT KIND OF SALARY CAN I EXPECT TO EARN?
in a mechanical garage working with tools and machinery to ﬁx vehicles. If you choose roadside assistance, you will be out and about on roads recovering stranded vehicles. Finally, if you work in sales, you’ll ﬁnd yourself in a shiny showroom full of clean cars and those weird fake plants they have in every car salesroom for some weird reason.
HOW DOES THIS SECTOR COMPARE TO OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY?
This sector generates a whopping £6.5 million to the UK economy each year! There are over 32 million vehicles on the roads in this country alone, to which 740,000 people work to maintain and service. There are also 8 F1 teams based in the UK, who employ staff in a whole range of job roles, from pit technicians to performance analysts.
Your salary will vary massively on your experience and your area of expertise. Many garages are privately owned businesses that have a good register of customers; these returning customers mean they have faith in your work and will pay (and possibly tip) more. Your starting salary will be between £9000 and £13,000, WHERE IS THE WORK but will quickly rise as you MOST CONCENTRATED? become more established. If you choose to work in sales, You will ﬁnd mechanics garages you can also earn commission and workshops in nearly every town in the UK. Car show rooms on top of your salary. are also found nationwide, but are mostly concentrated on WHAT KIND OF business parks located on the ENVIRONMENT WOULD I outskirts of towns and cities.
BE WORKING IN?
In this sector you’ll be working in one of three environments depending on your choice of career; if you choose ﬁtting, repairs or body work, you’ll be
Nottingham apprentice takes top spot at national awards Remit works with almost 7,000 young people across the country, and its awards ceremony, which takes place on the 20th December at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham, is there to celebrate the individuals who have excelled. David Price joined the Surf Blue Garage in Giltbrook as an Apprentice Vehicle Technician in 2009. He has a real passion for Minis, having converted one at the age of 15, and was delighted to secure a position with the local Mini specialist. But it was two years into his apprenticeship that everything changed and David was presented with an opportunity he couldn’t turn down. He said: “I’d really enjoyed working at the garage and the owner was ready to sell up and retire, so he gave me and the others an opportunity to buy the garage, before it went on the open market. I wanted to keep the business going and carry on with restoring these old Minis. “Remit were fantastic and gave me a gap year in my apprenticeship to allow me to set up the business. “Not many people get to do their hobby as their job, but I do and I’m so glad I took on my apprenticeship. Winning this award is a fantastic honour; I hope I can inspire other young people to follow their dreams.” Remit currently has dozens of apprenticeship vacancies across the country. For more info, contact the recruitment team on the number below. Web: www.remit.co.uk Tel: 01623 410 020
Careers Choices Cars, motorbikes, buses, campervans, transit vans and Lorries all have one thing in common; they’ll all inevitably break down at some point and leave you standing by the road waiting in the rain for a man in an orange jacket to take you to a garage. However, if you’re a mechanic, you can ﬁx the issues without a problem (not necessarily by the road if it’s something major like a wheel falling off, you’ll probably be at a mechanic’s garage for that). Fixing automotives is a highly skilled trade that requires a fair amount of knowledge; from engines to exhausts, each part of a vehicle requires a different set of skills. This sector also covers body and paint work, roadside assistance and the selling of automotives.
MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
This is all about keep vehicles on the road. You might specialise in cars, buses, motorcycles or campervans, but every vehicle needs a different sort of attention as the engines, tyres, transmission and the other parts differ depending on what you’re working on. You might be doing a routine service, or replacing whole mechanical systems in your daily routine; either way, I hope you like the smell of petrol! You’re looking at a starting salary of around £13,000 here.
You can guarantee that at some point in the future, you’ll be in a vehicle that breaks down. 50 years ago, this would have meant walking miserably to the nearest town, but becoming stranded now is a thing of the past. Roadside Technicians ﬁx broken down vehicles and if the repairs can’t be done there and then, they’ll tow your stricken vehicle to the nearest garage for you. Salaries here range from £13,000 to £16,000.
BODY AND PAINT TECHNICIAN
Fitting involves the installation things such as tyres, exhausts, batteries and brake pads while the customer waits. You’ll have to have a familiarity with a wide range of vehicles and makes so that you can ﬁt the right parts to the right model of car. Salaries start at around £12,000 and rise to £15,000 when fully qualiﬁed.
From the tiniest chip to the biggest smash, prangs, knocks and little accidents are commonplace in the driving world and when the unexpected happens, people need their cars ﬁxing up. This is where Body and Paint technicians come in; it might be a full body rework or it might just need a touch up of paint but no two jobs will ever be the same. This is quite a specialised ﬁeld, so the salary is a little higher, usually between £13,500 (starting out) and £20,000.
Selling parts is an important part of the automotive industry, as most people from customers right up to car dealerships and garages require parts to sell in their workplaces. You’ll be in charge of stock checking, dealing with customers (so best customer service voice on!), processing payments and organising distribution. Salaries are fairly low to start with, at about £9,000, but your income will increase quickly as you progress.
Selling cars isn’t easy; your earnings will be based on commission, so you’ll have to sell honestly but productively in order to please both your employer and your customers. Cars are expensive, so you’ll have to make sure the customer is getting exactly what they want for the price offered. You get a base salary of around £12,000 which is boosted by commission you make on sales. As you progress and grow in the industry, both your salary and your commission rate will signiﬁcantly rise.
514,000 39,700 PEOPLE WORK IN THIS INDUSTRY
BUSINESSES MAKE UP THIS SECTOR
QUALIFIED MECHANICS CAN EARN OVER
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: Roadside Assistance and Recovery • Vehicle Body and Paint Operations • Vehicle Fitting • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair • Vehicle Parts Operations • Vehicle Sales
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. Roadside Assistance and Recovery • Vehicle Body and Paint Operations • Vehicle Fitting • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair • Vehicle Parts Operations • Vehicle Sales
A-Levels are the most popular gateway into university and are sought after by employers. However, for this industry it’s a less popular pathway to take due to the lack of practical learning the student receives. It could, however, be used to get onto a Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
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 Mechanical Engineering and Motor Vehicle Performance.
A college course is another way to get into this sector. For more information, check out www.careersworld.co.uk
This is the most popular route into the automotive industry, as it allows students to combine practical and theoretical study. In this way, students gain working experience while also learning about things like Maths, Science and English.
REGIONAL FOCUS You’ll probably be surprised to hear that the Yorkshire and Humber region employ 10% of the total automotive retail industry in the UK. Major cities such as Leeds, Bradford, Shefﬁeld and Hull all have a varied amount of car showrooms as they are located next to motorways and dual carriageways (where most car showrooms are found). Yorkshire and Humber also contains 6,000 automotive employers across the region, so you won’t be short of options when it comes to getting your career started.
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Business & Customer Service Business is all about getting stuﬀ done. Whether it’s launching and selling a product or starting up a company in your kitchen, business boils down to one thing; making money. If you have good business acumen, then you won’t be far from success. Every business is hinged on meeting and dealing with customers and for that you’ll need good customer service. A smile, a friendly demeanour and a professional but helpful attitude will help your customers feel at ease and in good hands.
WHAT’S THE BUSINESS & CUSTOMER SERVICE SECTOR ALL ABOUT?
It’s a huge sector that covers nearly every other industry out there. Everybody needs to make money to survive, from your local corner shop to the people who run the world’s largest companies. It goes hand in hand with customer service, which businesses rely on to not only attract new customers, but also keep hold of current ones. This sector covers everything from management to entrepreneurial ventures (that’s starting your own business to you and me!). With regards to customer service, you’ll ﬁnd roles in telesales, reception and more!
WHAT KIND OF SALARY CAN I EXPECT TO EARN?
It depends on your role in a business and the type of company you work for. As a money orientated sector, you’ll be making plenty of cash if you keep hitting targets. The average salary for starters in business is around the £15,000 mark, but don’t be surprised to see this ﬁgure increase very quickly. Customer Service starts out at about £11,000, but is a career ladder that’s easy to climb with the right attitude and can in some cases lead to a career in PR.
WHAT KIND OF ENVIRONMENT WOULD I BE WORKING IN?
far. Customer Service is a little more laid back, as you have to act as the face of the company and therefore require a more relaxed demeanour (you’ll still have to be professional; don’t be greeting top customers with ‘Yo dude, how’s it hanging?”!).
HOW DOES THIS SECTOR COMPARE TO OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY?
This country sees over 8000 new businesses started every week; some from current companies merging, others starting up with just one staff member in somebody’s house. Nearly a quarter of UK private enterprises are situated in the business services sector and recently new schemes have been brought in to help people aged 18-24 start up their own companies.
WHERE IS THE WORK MOST CONCENTRATED?
It probably won’t surprise you to hear that the largest concentration of work in the business sector can be found in the South of England, towards the London area. However, many new start up companies are found in the North, around major cities such as Manchester and Shefﬁeld. Leeds is also renowned for its business district, where the headquarters of supermarket giants Asda, hair product company GHD and video games developer Rockstar are located.
Chikumo Fiseko, A Level Maths, Psychology and Business Studies ‘I’ve really enjoyed my time at college I have had a lot of support.. and had the chance to be part of the Careers Academy, Base Competition and start my own business, Most Muffins. Without Longely Park i wouldn’t have the chance to start my own business which will have a big impact in whatever I do in the future.’ During her time at College Chimuko has also been a Student Ambassador for the College ands taken part in competitions including the B IG Challen3egd where she was awarded Sheffield’s Post 16 price for Mostly Muffins. Chimuko was also individually recognised by picking up the Shining Star award. On finishing her studies this year, Chimuko hopes to go on to study Business Management at the University of Sheffield, specialising in Accounting.
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A business environment is competitive and fast paced; sales targets have to be met in order to satisfy customers and management alike. If you’re ambitious and enjoy a challenge then you’ll revel in it and go www.careersworld.co.uk
Careers Choices Business is vital to our economy; without it, there wouldn’t be any money. And without money, there’d be no society. So it’s imperative to make sure that businesses run to their best potential. To make these businesses work, there are many cogs in the machine, such as administration, human resources and management, all of which require a different set of skills.
Administration is the part of business that we as customers rarely see. Whenever we sign up for a contract on a phone or buy a house, that contract has to be processed, checked and ﬁled away for future reference. These aren’t skills to be taken lightly and the function of admin should never be underestimated. You can expect to earn between £15,000 and £20,000, with the possibility to earn more with progression.
Customer Service is all about making customers feel like they’re in safe hands when doing business with your company. Whether it’s a friendly telephone demeanor or a simple smile and a handshake, a company’s treatment of their clients goes a long way to doing future business. It also helps garner reputation to attract new customers that previously slipped through the net. Starting salaries are around £12,000, but progression can come quickly and with it comes a higher wage.
Somebody has to look after the employees in a company and this job falls to the human resources department. This is no easy task, especially when it’s a large company with hundreds of people in various job roles. Responsibilities for the HR department include hiring and recruiting, keeping employee records, dealing with complaints and providing staff training for development. Salaries start out at around £15,000, while managers can earn close to £50,000 a year.
Ever wonder why there isn’t a product in the world that probably should exist but doesn’t? Then why not go for it and start up your own business? Perhaps you have a talent which you can showcase as a service to other people or know how to turn a struggling business into a successful one. The government is currently running a scheme for 18-24 year olds who want to start their own business, providing funding, training and help to make sure young people starting from scratch are on the right path.
SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS THE UK
A FULLY QUALIFIED ACCOUNTANT CAN EARN OVER
BUSINESS SKILLS CAN BE TRANSFERRED TO ALMOST ANY OTHER SECTOR!
Where to begin Fancy a career in business? Well read on to ﬁnd out how you can get started...
If you are 16 or over then you can enter an Apprenticeship, which would teach you the skills that you need while you work, you’ll also earn a salary. On your Apprenticeship, half of your time will be spent doing the job and the other half will be spent learning in the classroom. 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: Business and Administration • Contact Centre Operations • Customer Service • Management • Sales and Telesales
These are equivalent to A-Levels and can usually be joined after you complete the associated Intermediate Apprenticeship. Advanced Apprenticeships are perfect for those who want a practical role as they learn while gaining relevant employment experience. People with Advanced Apprenticeships often progress up the career ladder faster than those without, because the skills that they learn are more suited to management or supervisory roles. Here are some of the Apprenticeship Frameworks for this sector, completing any of these will result in a Level 3 qualiﬁcation such as a BTEC, NVQ or Diploma. Business and Administration • Contact Centre Operations • Customer Service • Enterprise • Management • Sales and Telesales
A-Levels are the most popular route into University and are sought after by most employers. The following A-levels provide a great path into this sector: English Language • Maths • Business Studies • IT
A foundation degree combines the University lifestyle with practical, hands on work. It’s basically a cross between an Apprenticeship and an Honours Degree. They are both used as gateway qualiﬁcations to a full time Degree because they count towards the ﬁrst two years of your Honours Degree. Foundation Degrees normally take about two years to complete and you will be in both the work place and on the university site. Nearly all universities provide Foundation and full Honours degrees in Business related ﬁelds.
A College course is another good way to get into the Business and Customer Service sector. To ﬁnd out more about these courses, have a look at www.careersworld.co.uk.
REGIONAL FOCUS Yorkshire is a growing business hub, with cities such as Leeds, Shefﬁeld, Huddersﬁeld and York providing the headquarters for some of the country’s biggest companies. 20% of all visitors to our county are here on business. The average salary for this region is £15,337 with regards to customer service, whereas 89% of companies have attributed their success to their admin department.
Sheffield Futures offers impartial careers information, advice and guidance to Year 11 students in most schools across Sheffield. As part of our offer we are proud to introduce the Options 2014 booklet; your essential guide to help you make the right career choices. Sheffield Futures Careers Specialist, Sarah Traynor says “At this stage it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the choices on offer. Take things one step at a time and gather all your information together. Options 2014 contains all you need to guide you through this process. There’s also support for parents and carers too”. For more information contact: Tel: 0114 201 2800 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk Sheffield Futures is a charity for local young people. Registration No: 1044940
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.
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 which will take place in hostile environments so a cool head is a good trait to have!
Building structures is something the human race has always prided itself in; from simple houses to the Empire State Building, every building requires a different method of planning and construction. Actually building the structure is just one part of the process; there are a whole host of job roles in this sector! Civil engineers and surveyors plan and design building projects, scaffolders construct safe platforms for others to use, plumbers ﬁt pipes for various water outlets and painters make everything look eye catching. This is an industry that combines both practical and theoretical job roles.
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: 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)
Example Job Roles: Bricklayer • Plumber • Plasterer • Surveyor • Civil Engineer • Painter/ Decorator • Joiner • Carpenter • Scaffolder Salaries: Civil Engineering starting salaries are around the £15,000 mark. Salaries around practical roles such as Joinery and Bricklaying tend to start at around £13,000. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3 - this is a popular route into this sector) • A-Levels • College Courses • Foundation Degree • HND
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 teaching, namely, working with toddlers and very young children. This could be through a nursery, pre-school or a day care/activity centre. Whichever age group you choose to work with, you’ll need a caring, helpful and patient personality.
ENERGY & RENEWABLES
Traditionally, our energy came from burning fossil fuels, which were pretty harmful to the atmosphere. But, being a smart, proactive species, we’ve adapted our energy sources to make the most of our environment. Now, we can generate power via wind turbines, geothermal reactors, tidal generators and solar panels. We also have nuclear power, which might not sound environmentally friendly, but it generates a lot of energy and is relatively cheap to run. The government have also invested a lot of money in recycling our household waste and goods, in a bid to keep our country clean.
FINANCE & LAW
Both of these are vital to how our country runs; ﬁnance is all about working with money, while law covers everything from the justice system to working in a courtroom. With ﬁnance, you might ﬁnd yourself working in a bank serving customers, or working personally with people providing ﬁnancial advice on areas such as mortgages, loans and savings. The legal sector also has plenty of job roles that require you to work with the public, such as court clerks, paralegals and admin staff.
HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE
Our healthcare system is renowned for being one of the best in the world, so what better sector to get into? Nearly 1.5m people work for the NHS, which is the main employer for healthcare in this country. But this sector also covers private companies and professions, such as therapists, dentists, social workers and support staff. You could be working in a hospital helping to heal sick people, or going out visiting patients and clients in their own homes. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll ﬁnd this sector provides you with a rewarding and satisfying career.
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: 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)
This sector offers job roles in a wide variety of areas, such as plant maintenance, recycling operations and nuclear working. Example Job Roles: Recycling Operator • Plant Technician • Radiation Monitor Salaries: Starting salaries in this sector are quite high, starting at around £17,000. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3) • A-Levels (Sciences are useful here) • College Courses • Foundation Degrees
Example Job Roles: Paralegal Assistant • Finance Assistant • Payroll Clerk • Finance Advisor • Legal Administration Assistant Salaries: Expect your salary to start at around £14,000 for the legal sector, while you’ll be starting on around £11,000 in a ﬁnancial role. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3) • A-Levels • College Courses • Foundation Degrees
Example Job Roles: Healthcare Assistant • Dental Nurse • Maternity Support Worker • Optical Care Assistant • Social Worker • Clincial Support Staff Salaries: Starting salaries are between £11,000 and £18,000. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3) • A-Levels • College Courses • Foundation Degrees
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 thing 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!
Well, who doesn’t love shopping? Retail is big business in the UK and we spent £311 billion on shopping last year (when I say we, I mean the country, not me and the missus...), therefore there is a need for skilled retail staff to cover the demand. Retail covers all forms of shopping, from high street clothing stores to giant supermarkets. Customer service and communication skills are vital to this industry, so if you are a helpful, happy person, then a career in retail could be right up your street. Get it? Street? Shopping? Ah, never mind.
SPORT & FITNESS
Getting ﬁt and healthy has become a really important part of people’s lives. This sector is all about helping people improve through various forms of exercise; this might be in a gym using weights, or on a football pitch playing in a cup ﬁnal. Either way, this sector is about making people feel good about themselves so you’ll need good interpersonal skills and a determined nature to help push people to achieve their goals. You could ﬁnd yourself training somebody in a health club, or outside coaching athletes in various sports.
TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS
Ever wondered how that present you ordered online makes its way to your front door? Nearly every business makes use of Logistics at some point, whether it’s ordering new parts for a project, sending out a new product to stores or something as simple as sending a birthday card. You could ﬁnd yourself working at a port or airport, or even working oversees on a freighter. It isn’t just deliveries, though; this sector also covers the public transportation industry. The vast network of railways and bus routes requires constant upkeep and maintenance and keeping everything running on time is a job that requires
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: 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
Example Job Roles: Sales Assistant • Visual Merchandiser • Manager/Supervisor/Team Leader • Retail Buyer Salaries: Starting salaries in the retail sector are usually around £11,500. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3) • College Courses • Foundation Degrees
Example Job Roles: Personal Trainer • Sports Coach • Fitness Instructor • Outdoor Activities Supervisor Salaries: Gym based job roles tend to start out at around £13,000, while coaches start on anywhere between £12,000 and £18,000. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3, including a route into professional sports) • A-Levels (Sport Science and Biology will be of use) • College Courses • Foundation Degree • Industry Speciﬁc Qualiﬁcations
hundreds of people. Be aware that a clean driver’s licence will be required for any full time driving jobs. Example Job Roles: Railway Operative • Airport Ground Staff • Mail Service Technician • Warehouse Operative • Bus/Coach Driver Salaries: Starting salaries in this sector are around £12,000 a year. Qualiﬁcations: Apprenticeships (Level 2 and 3) • A-Levels (Geography is useful for transport related job roles) • College Courses • Foundation Degree 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
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So, it’s autumn term; everything is fresh and new and the students are taking the next steps, as well as making decisions that will hopefully feed and nurture their aspirations. Everybody, from year 10 through to year 13 has important choices to make which will aﬀect them in diﬀerent ways. Some people know exactly what they want to do; some people have absolutely no idea. We’ve asked our editor to provide you, the careers advisor, with some helpful advice to aid students with any choices or worries they might have. Over the next few pages, we will tackle some of the common problems, options and concerns students face during the autumn term.
The Autumn Term The ﬁrst term of the school year is always greeted with mixed feelings. For some, it’s a chance to see friends they haven’t seen all summer. For others, it means the end of the holidays and is greeted with a fair amount of disappointment. However people feel about it, it’s an important time of the year for everybody because it marks the start of the decision making process. Whether they’re making choices at the age of 14, or whether they’re in the ﬁnal year of Sixth Form, everybody has some important choices to make in the coming months. There’s no set pathway for anybody and there are options available to suit everyone. Let’s start by looking at the choices that are available at various levels and how you can help.
GCSEs are the qualiﬁcations taken at the end of Year 11. They’re mandatory to everybody in education and are the ﬁrst set of qualiﬁcations young people receive on the path to their career. Given that the autumn term has already started, pupils in years 10 and 11 will have already chosen their options towards the end of Year 9. It doesn’t hurt to prepare the current Year 9 pupils for these choices, so it’s a good idea to have them think about what kind of career they want to pursue. If they already know, then guidance towards the further future is a good idea; you could discuss the eventual consequences of each option or which future educational choices are the best ways to kick start their careers. If they aren’t sure of what they want to do, then it might be a good idea to suggest subjects that the pupil excels in or enjoys, in the hope that it prompts a decision on a future career. There are two types of GCSEs: Compulsory subjects such as English, Maths and Science are mandatory. Employers value English and maths skills, as they provide a good indicator of the person’s abilities. Even in careers that don’t necessarily require writing or mathematics,
having solid English and maths skills can A-LEVELS & SIXTH FORM show a candidate’s conﬁdence in both the A-Levels are qualiﬁcations that can be seen technical and communicatory aspects of as the next step from GCSEs. At one time, the job role. they were seen as the best pathway for those that wanted to go to university. This is Optional subjects, such as photography, no longer true, but they’re still recognised as sports studies and religious education valuable qualiﬁcations by both universities should be chosen for the purposes and employers. Your school might have a of specialisation, academic ability or Sixth Form attached to it; a lot of students enjoyment. The latter option might not wishing to study A-Levels choose to stay seem integral to the learning process, but if where they are for convenience. However, a student is engaged in the subject content, students need to be made aware of the then they’re more likely to excel. fact that A-Levels aren’t just limited to Sixth Forms; they can be studied at colleges, This will more than likely be a student’s dedicated institutions or in some rare cases, ﬁrst experience with coursework, so it in the comfort of their own home. might also be a good idea to explain the fundamentals of working on a long term As with GCSEs, the important thing when project. Students that are in Year 11 will choosing A-Levels is to think one step be looking to complete their ﬁnal pieces of ahead. If a student wants to study Medicine, coursework this year and will be making they’ll need to choose scientiﬁc subjects like their choices for their next step in education. Chemistry and Biology. If they’re looking to As with the Year 9s, it’s probably best to work in animation, they’d be better served talk to them about their future, especially studying art and IT based A-Levels. as there’s more chance of them knowing what it is they want to do (and how they’ll Students will enjoy this if...they enjoyed go about it). learning in a school environment. The topics they study will be ones they’ve chosen and will be able to combine an educational learning environment with subjects they’re passionate about. www.careersworld.co.uk
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Studying at college is a great alternative to Sixth Form, as it offers a larger degree of freedom. Often students can plan their own schedules, workloads and social life to suit them. It’s worth pointing out to them that college is a lot more laid back than the school environment; perhaps suggest advantages over schools, such as the fact that the students can wear their own clothes and call teachers by their ﬁrst names.
when they start the course, their training especially as it’ll be the ﬁrst time they’ve left home for a prolonged period of time. It’s fees will be paid by the government. a good idea to talk about what university While working as an Apprentice, they’ll will have in store for them; discuss positive receive all the beneﬁts that the other aspects such as helpful tutors and the employees get, such as a wage, holiday social side of things as well as what a pay and any other perks that come with university degree means in the context of the company. The student will study a employment. structured course called a ‘framework’, which consists of mandatory and optional Applications for university can be from a units (which are used to specialise within wide variety of qualiﬁcations, from academic chosen ﬁelds). Apprenticeships take studies such as A-Levels to vocational around a year to complete and at the end courses and even Apprenticeships. To of it the apprentice receives a nationally apply, the student will need to go through recognised qualiﬁcation, such as a BTEC UCAS application, which is a simple, online or NVQ. They’ll also have valuable work process. It’s also a good idea to point out experience, which is highly prized by an that the student shouldn’t feel obliged to go to university when they leave college or employer. sixth form, as universities accept people Students will enjoy this if...they want to from all ages and backgrounds. swap the classroom for the workplace and complete their learning while working and Students will enjoy this if...they fancy the idea of meeting new people, studying a earning a salary subject they love and being independent.
Colleges offer a wide range of courses at varying levels, from vocational courses in cookery and hairdressing to more technical subjects such as engineering and IT. Vocational courses are aimed at preparing students for employment and are found in subjects that require a large amount of practical work. Colleges also offer GCSEs, A-Levels and, in some cases, Higher Diplomas and Foundation Degrees. It’s also worth seeing if the student is eligible for funding for their chosen course, as well UNIVERSITY as the perks that come with them (such as There was a time, in the distant past, where reduced fees and grants). university was seen as a place for the elite. Of course, this hasn’t been the case for a Students will enjoy this if...they want long time and university is now a popular something a little different to school. It choice for further education. combines the academics of a Sixth Form with the independence of university. University offers people a chance to pursue independent study in a subject they feel passionate about. At the end of the APPRENTICESHIPS Apprenticeships are a way for people course, students receive an internationally to earn money while they learn a trade. recognised qualiﬁcation, highlighting them There are courses available in pretty much as an asset to their subject area. every industry you can think of, from bookkeeping to tennis coaching. They’re There is of course the small matter of paying a popular choice for those who don’t enjoy for it, but pretty much everybody is eligible studying in a classroom, or for people who for a student loan, which doesn’t need want to get straight out into the world of repaying until the student has graduated work. In the majority of cases, the student and is earning at least £21,000 a year. will have to visit college once a week, but Some people are also entitled to grants the rest of their training will take place in the and bursaries, which are non-repayable amounts of money (again, it’s a good idea workplace. to mention these beneﬁts and help the They’ll be paid a weekly wage (they are student check if they’re eligible). working there after all!); the average apprentice earns around £130 a week – it’s The vast majority of students live away a good idea to mention this as many young from home and learning takes place in a people want to know how much they’ll be social environment with other people in earning and when. On top of this, provided their age group. Leaving for university can they’re between the ages of 16 and 18 be a worrying time for many young people,
Travelling is the most popular use of a gap year and many people head to exotic locations such as Thailand or Peru. Some also travel around Europe using the Eurostar rail network, or work abroad in programmes that help young people in less fortunate areas. There are literally hundreds of destinations available and there are dedicated companies that will provide the student with all the help they need to go travelling. They say travel broadens the mind; with a year’s travelling on their C.V., they’ll certainly stand out to employers and be somewhat richer for the experience too! Students will enjoy this if...they just want a break from everyday life and want to try something different.
Here are some top tips for getting through the autumn term:
FOR THOSE IN YEAR 9...
Most people associate gap years with university. However, some people at 18 decide that they want to earn money or travel before heading off to uni or going into full time work. It’s unlikely that this will be the most popular option for this age group, but it’s something that students sometimes forget about.
FOR THOSE IN YEAR 11...
GCSE options are being chosen this year, be sure to;
It’s about taking the next step this year, make sure that;
Speak to the teachers of the subjects that are being considered; they’ll have a good idea of course suitability. Choose options that are enjoyable. GCSEs take two years to complete and once the choice is made it’s difﬁcult to switch to something else. Consider the future. While it might seem like a way off, it helps to have some idea what career choices lay ahead and which options are the most attractive.
All available options are fully explored and considered. The pros and cons of each option is understood, along with other consequences such as cost, enjoyment and future choices. A C.V. has been prepared for those applying for Apprenticeships. It would also be helpful to have a good interview technique and an idea of what to expect when it comes to meeting the employer. We’ll be covering C.Vs and applications in our next issue, so be sure to check out our Spring edition for tips!
Qualifications There are many, many diﬀerent types of award at varying levels; for example, a Level 3 NVQ is the equivalent to an Advanced Diploma. This can throw many people, especially those who have no experience of other qualiﬁcations. Below is a handy chart, listing all the levels of study and the qualiﬁcations students can take. This way, everyone can see which qualiﬁcations are the equivalents of others, which is handy when people applying for courses and jobs.
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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
FOR THOSE LEAVING SIXTH FORM, COLLEGE OR AN APPRENTICESHIP...
It’s another big step, so be sure that;
The search for universities has begun, if that’s the preferred choice. Applications should preferably be completed before the end of November. It’s a good idea to start collecting university prospectuses and checking out potential destinations. A C.V. has been prepared or updated for those wishing to undertake an Advanced (or Higher) Apprenticeship. Brushing up on interview skills couldn’t hurt either. If the preferred choice is a gap year, all destinations have been researched thoroughly, including all laws and medical advice (some countries require inoculations before entry is accepted). It’s also a good idea to ﬁrm up travel arrangements and accommodation, as well as getting currency sorted from a reputable source.
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UNIVERSITIES The University of Bradford www.bradford.ac.uk 0800 073 1225
York College www.yorkcollege.ac.uk 01904 770400
WEST YORKSHIRE Bradford College www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk 01274 433333
The University of Huddersﬁeld www.hud.ac.uk 01484 473969
Barnsley College www.barnsley.ac.uk 01226 216 216
Calderdale College www.calderdale.ac.uk 01422 357357
The University of Hull www.hull.ac.uk 01482 346311
Dearne Valley College www.dearne-coll.ac.uk 01709 513355
Huddersﬁeld New College www.huddnewcoll.ac.uk 01484 652341
University of Leeds www.leeds.ac.uk 0113 243 2336
Doncaster College www.don.ac.uk 0800 358 7575
Kirklees College www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk 01484 437000
Leeds Metropolitan University www.leedsmet.ac.uk 0113 81 23113
Longley Park Sixth Form College www.longleypark.ac.uk 0114 262 5757
Leeds City College www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk 0113 3861996
The University of Shefﬁeld www.shefﬁeld.ac.uk 0114 222 2000
Rotherham College of Arts and Technology www.rotherham.ac.uk 08080 722777
Leeds College of Building www.lcb.ac.uk 0113 222 6000
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
UNIVERSITY TECHNICAL COLLEGES Shefﬁeld UTC www.utcshefﬁeld.org.uk 0114 260 2327
COLLEGES NORTH YORKSHIRE Askham Bryan College www.askham-bryan.ac.uk 01904 772277 Craven College www.craven-college.ac.uk 01756 791 411 Harrogate College www.harrogate.ac.uk 01423 878 211 Selby College www.selby.ac.uk 01757 211000
Shefﬁeld College www.sheffcol.ac.uk 0114 260 2600
Shipley College www.shipley.ac.uk 01274 327222 Wakeﬁeld College www.wakeﬁeld.ac.uk 01924 789789
Bishop Burton College www.bishopburton.ac.uk 01964 553000 East Riding College www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk 0845 120 0037 Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education www.grimsby.ac.uk 0800 315002 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
The autumn term is upon us! This means that for some of you, it’s time to think about applying for university. It may seem like a way oﬀ (it is, you won’t be going until next year), but the application process does take a bit of time. It’s not diﬃcult, but you’ll have to set aside some time to make sure it’s completed.
UCAS have made applying for university as easy as it could possibly be! The ﬁrst thing to do is to head to www.ucas.co.uk, ﬁnd the ‘Apply’ button and click it. There’s loads of online help to assist you with your application, but you can also call a UCAS advisor on 0871 468 0 468 (have your UCAS ID ready) and they’ll be able to help you with anything you get stuck with. You can also get in contact via social media, through both Facebook (www.facebook. com/ucasonline) or through Twitter, using the handle @ucas_online. If you’re applying from the UK or the EU, then the normal time to start your application is in mid-September and you should have your application completed by the 15th of January 2014. However, there are some exceptions to this rule; for those of you applying to medical, veterinary science, veterinary medicine, dentistry or Oxbridge (Oxford or Cambridge) courses, you need to submit your application by the 15th of October 2013. For those of you applying to art and design courses, be aware that some courses have deadlines on the 24th March, so be sure to check if this applies to you!
Whichever deadline you have to meet, it never hurts to start the application process early; this way, you’ll have plenty of time to go back and make any changes you need to make. You’ll need to register in the ‘Apply’ section; if you’re applying from school or college, then you’ll need to get hold of their buzzword. This lets the UCAS application system know where you’re applying from. You won’t be able to access your application without it, so don’t go forgetting it! Don’t worry if you don’t have the time to complete everything in one sitting; you can save your application at any time and come back to it later. Just remember your password and username and you’ll be ﬁne!
A very important part of your application, the personal statement is your chance to talk about yourself to potential universities. It looks like you’ve got a lot of space to write in, but you only get 47 lines to ﬁt everything in, so you have to get straight to the point! Here are some tips for writing a great personal statement!
For those of you applying from school or college, you’ll need to send your completed application to your referee. Unless you’re told otherwise, this will be your form tutor or a teacher in the subject you are applying to study. The referee will check your application and if they ﬁnd any mistakes, they’ll send it back for you to amend. Once you’ve changed it, you need to send it • Try to be clear and concise; remember back to them. Once the referee adds their that universities have to read thousands reference, your application will be sent to of these, so you have to get across UCAS. what you’re trying to say without wafﬂing on. If you are applying as an individual (rather • Be sure to use paragraphs to space than through school, sixth form or college), out your statement; if you change the you need to make sure your chosen subject or make a new point, start a referee are willing to provide a reference new paragraph. Be sure everything through the UCAS online method. Enter ﬂows properly; don’t follow up a their contact details in the reference paragraph about travelling with one section and click ‘Ask referee to complete about your school subjects, it’ll come reference’. UCAS will then contact them across as disjointed and difﬁcult to to request your reference. When they’ve follow. provided it, you’ll be notiﬁed that you can • Ask somebody else to read it for you. complete and submit your application. If If they can’t understand what you’re your referee is at a school, college or other talking about, then neither will the registered centre, you can request that university. Ask somebody you know they complete their part online. Go to the will tell you the truth; if they point out ‘Options’ section in Apply and click ‘Ask a some mistakes, don’t take it personally, registered school, college or organisation it’s important to get this right! to write your reference only’. If they agree, • You can’t list everything about yourself then the reference will be attached to your in this statement, so pick out your best application. Once every section (including strengths and skills. Talk about your the reference) is completed, you can then hobbies, your subjects and any teams send your application off to UCAS. or clubs you’re in, as well as why you really want to study your chosen COST subject. Once all the sections are completed, you’ll • Don’t just copy somebody else’s have to make a small payment. The fee is statement! UCAS use very strict £12 if you’ve only applied for one course plagiarism software that can tell when or £23 if you’ve applied for two or more statements are duplicated; feel free courses. to look at online examples of good statements, but never use the text and CLEARING claim it as your own. Results aren’t always what people expect, You don’t know who is going to be reading but it doesn’t mean the end of the road. your statement, so make sure you make Many universities will have spaces on their as good a job of this as you can. In many courses that you can apply to do and once cases applicants are not interviewed by you have your results, the application universities, so this is your one and only process becomes much simpler. If you wish chance to make your case for a place on to apply, then check the UCAS website for vacancies, then once you’ve found one, ring their course. the university and if they want to consider you, simply send them your application online and you could have a place conﬁrmed that very day! www.careersworld.co.uk
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UCAS Progress is a great way for young people to ﬁnd courses and training providers to help them make that next step in education. The search option allows you to ﬁnd courses that interest you and save them to your own unique ‘favourites’ page, meaning you can sort and share them with later with family and advisers. The best way to ﬁnd courses near you is to enter your postcode into the search option, select the subject you’d like to study and the distance from your home. UCAS Progress will then list all the educational institutions that match your search criteria, allowing you to easily explore all the options available to you (some of which you might not have even been aware of!). Applying is easy; in participating areas, you can use the ‘Apply’ section to track the stages of your application. Once it’s submitted, you can track your progress and use the communications tool to contact the course providers about interviews, start dates and any other queries you have. Visit www.ucasprogress.com to start taking that next step in education! www.careersworld.co.uk
You aren’t the only one in your position right now; thousands of others are facing the same choices you are and many of them will have no idea what it is they want to do. What we have here are some of the common questions we get asked at this time of year and the answers to those questions.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO AS A CAREER! HELP ME PLEASE?
Don’t panic! There are thousands of people in your position! Remember that a job is temporary, but a career is for life. A career should be in something you love doing, so it’s important to think about what you want to do in life. It’s a decision that takes some people minutes and others years to make; so don’t worry if you’re leaving education not knowing, it’s something that requires a great deal of thought!
I HAVE TO CHOOSE MY OPTIONS, WHICH ONES ARE THE BEST?
Erm. There isn’t really a right answer here. It sort of links into the “What do I want to do?” line of questioning. A GCSE or A-Level in Graphic Design is worth more to an employer in the publishing industry than a qualiﬁcation in Physics; you have to choose your options to suit what it is you want to do. More creative lines of work, such as those in media, will favour theory based subjects such as English, Art and History. Practical careers, such as engineering and IT will be better served with qualiﬁcations in things like Maths and Science. It’s worth skipping ahead and ﬁnding out what universities and employers look for down the line, so you can choose your options to suit decisions you have to make in the future.
I’M LEAVING SCHOOL, WHAT CAN I DO NOW?
A number of things. At 16, you can leave school and go straight into employment. Some people already have work lined up, or they undertake an Apprenticeship, which is essentially a job with training. If you want to continue studying, then you can undertake A-Levels or a college course in any number of subjects. Leaving school at 18, you’re faced with pretty much the same choices, but no doubt you’ll have been told about university. Uni is one option and it’s certainly popular, but some people prefer to work (again Apprenticeships are available) or even take a year out from studying to do something else, such as earn money working or travelling.
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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I’M NOT GREAT AT STUDYING AND MY GRADES AREN’T BRILLIANT, WILL THIS AFFECT GETTING A JOB?
In short, no, it won’t. If school isn’t for you, you probably aren’t going to spend your next few years studying; you’ll want to be going out into the world of work. Most employers look for people who have good English and Maths skills; this doesn’t mean they want somebody who can recite Shakespeare and do algebra, but rather they want somebody who can communicate clearly and problem solve. But even if your grades aren’t great, you can take something called Functional Skills, which provide you with employer standard levels of basic English and Maths.
Absolutely; it’s a common misconception that A-Levels are the only way into university. In the olden days this was probably the case, but as more people are now applying, the criteria for getting in has changed a lot. Universities use a points system to grade qualiﬁcations. Each university course has a points requirement that has to be met (special circumstances are usually allowed) to see if the student is suitable for the course. You can see a list of which qualiﬁcations are worth what here: www.ucas.com/how-itall-works/explore-your-options/entryrequirements/tariff-tables
I WANT TO START WORK NOW! HOW DO I GO ABOUT IT?
Well, for starters, it’s probably not a good idea to look for full time work until you are at least 16; the reason for this is that when you start work, your employer needs a NI number from you, something you don’t get until you turn 16. This makes applying for work when you’re under 16 very difﬁcult, but not impossible. If you’re leaving school with qualiﬁcations, you’ll have a better time of it. The best way into full time employment from school is an Apprenticeship (see earlier in the magazine) and you’ll need a C.V. (make sure you read our next issue for tips on C.V building!).
CAN I GO TO UNIVERSITY WITHOUT A-LEVELS?
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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You’ve made it to the end of the magazine, congratulations! You will see below that this page isn’t like the others; in fact, it’s totally diﬀerent. Welcome to the randomness that is our Oﬀ Topic page.
Find us at facebook.com/careers. world and follow us on twitter using the handle @careers_world. If that wasn’t enough, we are currently running a competition which rewards all of our Facebook friends; every time we get another 500 likes on the Careers World page, we’ll choose one lucky winner to receive a prize! If that wasn’t enough, the prizes will continually get better as we get more likes! So our 10,000th liker might be getting a speedboat*!
SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU SMILE...
NASA uses the ﬁlm ‘Armageddon’ as part of its training program. A little worrying to say the least.
Each morning I appear, to lie at your feet, all day I will follow, no matter how fast you run, yet I nearly perish in the midday sun. Two in a corner, one in a room, none in a house but one in a shelter. What am I?
The width of your arm span stretched out (pretend you’re an aeroplane) is almost exactly the height of your own body.
What English word has three consecutive double letters? I’m full of holes, yet I’m full of water. What am I? In order to keep me, you have to give me. What am I?
Men’s shirts are made with buttons on the right, while women’s shirts have them on the left. I bet you just checked... Cows have best friends and they become very stressed and agitated if separated. A little bit like Jedward...
What has a head, a tail, is brown, and has no legs?
What word is the same written forward, backward and upside down?
Famous ice cream maker Ben and Jerry’s has its own private graveyard, in which is buried all of their discontinued ﬂavours.
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The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language. Not surprising really, it’s hard enough reading it. Answers: A penny, A shadow, The letter ‘r’, bookkeeper, A sponge, Your word, noon (in capitals)
A COUPLE OF BRAINTEASERS FOR YOU TO TRY OUT ON YOUR FRIENDS! (ANSWERS FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE; THEY’RE UPSIDE DOWN SO THEY’RE HARD TO READ.)
Ok, so we said in the intro that this page would take your mind off school. Well, we bent the truth a little. Below are some genuine answers to exams; these aren’t made up by us, people actually answered like this.
An owl is the only bird in the entire world that can see the colour blue. Which is bad news for Smurfs.
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Where are you heading? We can help you… The National Careers Service offers millions of young people and adults the chance to develop their potential. We also support the experts who are there to help you. If you live in England and are aged 13 or older, then you can use our service. What’s more, it’s free. We can offer you plenty of information, advice and support to help you decide what’s best for your future development and help you make the most of your skills. Whether you’re interested in an Apprenticeship, taking a university degree or simply volunteering, we’re here to help you take that next step.
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Published on Sep 12, 2013
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