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Open Doors – The Regional Training Prospectus


Issue 1 | East of England Edition | Autumn 2011


EAST OF ENGLAND EDITION Issue 1 - Autumn 2011 ISSN: 2047-3761

Supporting Apprenticeship Week 7 - 11 February 2011

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HELLO, WE’RE OPEN DOORS... ... and this is our Regional Training Prospectus, here to help you decide what to do next. This is the first issue of the new school year, and it’s an exciting time. Did you know there are endless opportunities, right on your doorstep? You could start earning qualifications and money with an apprenticeship, get a taste of the working world with employer funded study, carry on learning at sixth form or college and more. In this issue we will profile some of the biggest sectors in your region and explain how to take the first step to a career in the ones that interest you. We’ll also cover all of the main sectors out there; explore trends in your area; and take a look at some remarkable true stories of young people who have had success after leaving school. But that’s not all! We also have a guide to all of the confusing qualifications out there, advice on how to make the most of our useful website and we will answer some of the most common questions that you might have.

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CONTENTS The perfect place to start, jump straight to any section that instantly appeals or keep turning the pages and continue reading – it’s all here to help you find your dream career

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Careers Insight





Here we answer some of the most common queries you might have

See how different qualifications add up, and how they compare


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

Love cars? There are lots of careers on offer

Learn the skills that can be applied to almost every area of business


One of the most varied and diverse of all the industry sectors


Fancy a high-flying career?


How about a healthy career helping people stay fit?


vehicle p17 Motor sector


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

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ry term, we publish a new issue of Open Doors tha t covers five sectors in you get a good idea of detail so what a career in those industries would be like the sector you’re keen . Don’t worry if on isn’t one of the five – you’ll find it in our overvie sectors in the ‘Imagine w of remaining a career in...’ article. Wi th each new issue, we’ll new sectors in detail, so cover five totally make sure you look out for us next term. If there’s anything else you ’d like us to cover, or if you just want to say hel editor@opendoorsmed lo, email us at We want to ma ke sure our magazine offe you need (or just want rs everything to read about)! Happy rea ding, and hope you hav e a great term.

Useful Stuff 43 SPOTLIGHT ON EAST OF ENGLAND All about your region


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS There are so many options it’s no surprise you’re left scratching your head! So what do you need to know?

What is an Apprenticeship?

Is Foundation Learning the right programme for me?

Which A Level subjects should I choose?

How do I find out about colleges in my area? Can I get a job with an employer straight after leaving school? 07

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FAQ’S When it comes to making big decisions there is always lots to consider, and it’s inevitable that you’ll have lots of questions you want answering before choosing what’s right for you. Here we answer some of the most common queries you might have ...

APPRENTICESHIPS What is an apprenticeship? Apprenticeships are a great opportunity to gain qualifications and workplace experience at the same time! Apprenticeships involve working for an employer while studying for a qualification part time with a training provider or college (usually on day release). What different types of apprenticeships are there? There are over 190 types of Apprenticeships, in a huge range of industry sectors, such as engineering, childcare, veterinary nursing or even ceramic manufacturing. Apprenticeships in every industry generally fall into the three categories of intermediate, advanced and higher Apprenticeships, and all result in qualifications. Will an apprenticeship help me into a good career? Career progression is excellent for apprentices, and over the course of their careers, those who have completed an Apprenticeship earn, on average, £100,000 more than those without. Some Apprenticeships already result in UCAS points or allow you to study for a Technical Certificate. Once you have finished your Apprenticeship there’s the opportunity to carry on working, get promoted or in some cases go on to higher education in a college or university. I heard you get paid to do an Apprenticeship! How does that work? Apprentices have to be paid a minimum of £95 per week. However, as in most job roles, many apprentices get paid more by their employers as their skills develop. Research has shown that apprentices take home an average of £170 a week. The added bonus is that as long as you’re between 16 and 18 your studies are 100% paid for by the government.

A LEVELS What subjects should I choose ? There is a lot to consider when deci ding which subjects to do at A Level, but choosing wha t you enjoy and what you’re good at is usually a good plac e to start. Make sure you ask your subject teachers if you can’t decide, they’re there to help. Another way to approach your choi ces is to look at what university course or job role you want to go into after A Levels and see which subjects they prefer you to study. How will universities and employe rs view my qualifications and subject choices ? Universities will make it clear which A Level subjects are desired for certain courses (this is why choosing the right subjects is important). Having stud ied relevant subjects gives you a huge advantage when applying. Employers, more than universities, will look for your qualities as a person rather than focu sing so much on your academic subjects of study. Of course having studied relevant subjects or doing work expe rience will still reflect well when applying for the most com petitive jobs. How much harder are A Levels than GCSE’s? Is there a bigger workload? This depends on you and your cour se. If you’re studying a subject you have previously stud ied at GCSE you will find that the course builds on your existing knowledge, however if you’re trying out a new subject it may take some time to adjust. The workload for A Levels can also be a challenge, or for some people may actually suit their learning style better than GCSE’s. The main chan ge from GCSE’s is that you will have to do more work outside of school. Though this may be daunting at first remember that you’ll be doing fewer subjects so you can focus more time on them to make up for it. Can I change my A Level choices after I have started? Ideally you should stick to your subj ect choices. Most schools and colleges don’t allow you to change after a certain point in the term but if you are really struggling or not enjoying the subject the best thing to do is talk to your teachers or subject leaders. Sometim es the best thing to do is allow time to adapt and get used to the course, but if you do change subjects your teac hers will give you the help you need to catch up.


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FOUNDATION LEARNING What is Foundation Learning? which aims to help you if Foundation Learning is a programme e, skills or qualifications rienc you don’t have the necessary expe or a job. In Foundation se cour ge colle to start an Apprenticeship, ing you to agree a Learning you will work with those guid rs a range of skills. personalised programme which cove Foundation Learning? Can I study for a qualification on including Literacy, Numeracy, Yes, there are qualifications available practice most people on Health and Safety and First Aid. In to Level 2 qualifications ress Foundation Learning courses prog supported employment. or ) hips ices rent (GCSE’s, Diplomas, App lp me? How will Foundation Learning he build up your confidence to Foundation Learning will help you rience and develop the expe work gain and other skills.  You will help get you ready for further kind of skills and attitudes that will and prepare you for greater learning, make you more employable independence. t programme for me? Is Foundation Learning the righ ployed, or don’t have If you have left school and are unem huge benefits from see will the qualifications you need, you to remember is that thing t rtan impo Foundation Learning. The onalised and be aimed at the programme will be carefully pers achievable targets for you.


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COLLEGES Should I study at my school 6th form or a college? This can be a difficult decision and the best advice is to make sure you attend open days at both! The main difference many students find is that colleges are a lot bigger and you have more independence. Though some people relish this you have to be self motivated as you won’t be pushed to do work, or even turn up, in the same way as at school. Of course at 6th form you will already know most of your teachers and friends but the key is choosing what is right for you. Whether that’s staying in your comfort zone or trying somewhere new. How to find out about colleges in my area? of course! Our site has links to all of the colleges in your area which is a good place to start browsing their sites and the courses they offer. A good way of searching through all the colleges offering the Apprenticeships, A Levels or courses you want to do is to check out your local 14-19 prospectus. These are all featured on page 52 of the magazine and are really easy to use. You’ll notice that different colleges have different specialities and your careers advisors will help you work out which are best for the courses that interest you. What extra-curricular opportunities are available to me at college? Going to a college or staying on at 6th Form is a great way for you to get involved with activities outside of lessons, whether you choose to carry on with your current interests or take up new ones! Colleges and 6th Forms will encourage you to broaden your horizons, and most will have opportunities to get involved in: • Performance activities (such as drama, dance, plays). • Sports activities (playing for a school, county or area team). • Community based activities (these can include charity fundraising, amnesty international or the Duke of Edinburgh scheme). • Business and Leadership opportunities (such as the young enterprise scheme or roles on school councils).

UT MOanRE FIND Ohave learning provider might idea about what type of course or a bit more of So now you may courses and qualifications to discover. You can find out what be right for you there’s loads more on page 52. ’re they us, pect your local 14-19 pros are available in your local area with help in your area. can who ple peo of ils deta for ... check out www.opendoorsmedia


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QUALIFICATIONS EXPLAINED Did you know that completing an Advanced Apprenticeship is the same as getting an A level? There are lots of different qualifications – here’s how they compare. Remember that within any one level, qualifications can cover a wide mix of subjects, and take different amounts of time to complete. ENTRY LEVEL





Entry Level Certificates

5 GCSEs (grades D-G)

5 GCSEs (grades A*-C)

A Levels

Foundation Degree

Skills for Life

BTEC Introductory Diplomas and Certificates

Intermediate Apprenticeship

Advanced Apprenticeship

Higher Apprenticeship

Functional Skills at entry level (English, maths and ICT)

OCR Nationals

BTEC First Diplomas and Certificates

GCE in applied subjects

Diploma of Higher Education

Awards, Certificates, and Diplomas at entry level

NVQs at level 1

NVQs at level 2

BTEC Diplomas, Certificates and Awards


Foundation Diploma

Higher Diploma

NVQs at level 3

Advanced Diploma


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LIFE STORIES SOPHIE CURTIS: “I WANTED A JOB I COULD PROGRESS IN” When on my job search I didn’t just want a job like other teenagers, I wanted a job that I could progress in and do well in. On my search I came across an Apprenticeship vacancy advertised on the Job Centre website through Mymar Training. I applied at around 9:30am and by spoken to Mymar 15:00 on the same afternoon I had dule me an sche to d age man had staff and they day. Mymar’s interview at Jamy for the following knew where I ys communication was great; I alwa ess. proc the of stood through every step here at Jamy I felt very comfortable in my interview my interview. on even and was made to feel welcome and staff to ed duc intro I was shown around and to work. e plac g estin inter fun, a be ld knew Jamy wou far and I am My apprenticeship is going well so y day and gaining ever s skill able learning new transfer be choosing my more and more experience. I will ice of what units units soon and I am given the cho mandatory and are I choose to take, some of them s I choose are unit the so it e some aren’t. I can mak I wish to do in jobs to but job this only relevant to not the future. to gain experience An apprenticeship is a great way as working and time e sam the at s and qualification transferable so earning. All the skills and units are ent job and curr my I can use them again through future jobs. 188 For more information tel: 01480 414 Email: Or visit


A SUCCESSFUL CAREER FOR TOM In just one year, Tom Waterworth went from A-level dropout to launching a successful career. The Castleford 18-year-old found his A-level course in sports science too theoretical and was struggling to see a clear route into employment. But things changed when he signed up for Lifetime’s funded apprenticeship in fitness instruction. Tom said: “It was great to be studying in an adult environment. What’s more, there was plenty of gym-based, practical work, so I knew my job prospects would be much better upon finishing the course.” After just a week’s voluntary work placement, Tom was offered a full time, paid position as a fitness instructor. So keen to progress in his new career, Tom is currently completing a workbased qualification in personal training and has recently secured a new job as a Personal Trainer with Fitness First. “I’m now doing what I always wanted to do.” Lifetime Fitness Academy and to book your place, call 0870 120 1207 today!

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YOUNG AND GIFTED, THE FUTURE IS LOOKING BRIGHT FOR TALENTED HANNAH MAY. The 18-year-old began working for Midlands-based letting agent Howland Jones after starting an apprenticeship with national training provider Intraining. And through her apprenticeship, Hannah demonstrated so much talent, dedication and enthusiasm that after less than six months, she won Property Professional Awards Young Letting Agent Of The Year. She said: “I am delighted and still shocked to have won. “Without the training and support I have received from both my employer and Intraining, I would never have had the confidence and ability to win.” In her work, Hannah deals with inquiries from tenants and landlords, carries out property viewings and advertises any new homes that have come onto the letting market. While working, she also has completed NVQ Business Administration Levels Two and Three. She says: “I really enjoy my work. “I have been able to gain experience of a career, earn money and develop new skills at the same time. “I would definitely recommend apprenticeships.” Director Rebecca Howland said the team knew from the start that Hannah had something special. She said: “Hannah decided to take the Apprenticeship route, rather than going to university, and she has shown that she can compete with the best. She is continuing with her studies, while getting a good grounding in the business, which is a combination for success. “We are incredibly proud of Hannah for what she has achieved in such a short time with us. She has taken to the lettings industry very quickly and is Immensely talented and able, and, although still an apprentice, we have increased her salary to reflect that. “This is just the beginning for her.” For more information visit: Tel: 0330 123 1300

ADAM IS IN HIS ELEMENT A 3rd year Panel Apprentice at Thatcham’s Automotive Academy, Adam Illstone is in his element - in a job he’s always wanted to do and learning his craft from the best. “It started out as a hobby,” says Adam, “I had a VolksWagen Polo and with the help of a friend we managed to lower it and I also had a go at fixing some bodywork. At around the same time I was finishing at school and I saw an opportunity as a panel technician with Peugeot UK in Cov entry.” A successful interview later and Adam found hims elf exactly where he wanted to be – working with cars . Adam’s on-the-job learning was to be supported by formal learning through the Thatcha m Apprenticeship Programme. Thatcham offers app rentice training leading to NVQ Levels 2 & 3 in 3 disc iplines, Panel, Paint or Fitter. The programme wor ks on a block release basis so apprentices are relea sed from their employer for two weeks at a time , 4 times a year, allowing them to learn new skills and techniques, which can be immediately put into practice on their return to the workplace. The apprent iceship can be completed in as little as 2 years. After the initial welcome and settling in process at Thatcham it was down to busines s for Adam and during the first block he was alrea dy trying new skills and techniques. “We learned abo ut Health & Safety and then it was all about practical skills -pulling dents out, filler repairs, working on double skin panels, hammer and dolly work. The Aca demy itself is a really excellent place to learn – clean, load s of facilities and equipment, as well as friendly, knowledgeable instructors who treat us like adults. Now I’m into the 2nd year and taking on more com plex repair work. Eventually I hope to have my own bodyshop – there’s loads of possibilities – I would defi nitely recommend this career to anyone and I would tell them they need to do their training at Thatcham.” This service can be accessed onlin e at www. or through a local Connexions office or Job Centre. You can also contact the Thatcha m Apprentice Team, who will be delighted to offer help and advice. Find out more at www.thatcham. org/apprentices or call our Apprentice Team on 016 35 294816


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PHILIP IS FIRST APPRENTICESHIP GOVERNOR AT HRC ALEXANDRA HOPES TO TRAVEL THE WORLD Alexandra joined Colchester Institute after completing her GCSEs at The Ramsey College. She has just come to the end of her BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care. Why did you choose to study at Colchester Institute? nurse My ambition is to become a paediatric course would be r icula and I knew that studying this part ege also had Coll The ree. a stepping stone to my deg n and being tatio repu d goo a ng havi of the added bonus in a central location. r course? What’s been the best part of you opportunities to n give were we rse As part of the cou been great as they go on work placements which have tions work. I nisa provide a real insight into how orga ity towards char a with k wor also went to Romania to – a real eye zing ama was h whic rse, the end of the cou . face ntries opener into the poverty some cou of your course. You have just come to the end re? futu the for s plan What are your nursing this ren’s child in ree deg a t star to I’m due travel the to e hop I September. After I’m qualified tice prac into world and put my degree Campus, Sheepen Colchester Institute, Colchester 3LL Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 Lane, Braintree The College at Braintree, Church Essex, CM7 5SN Road Campus, The College at Clacton, Church x, CO15 6JQ Esse ea, on-S tonChurch Road, Clac Road, Thomas Road Campus, Thomas 3JL Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 Course Enquiries: (01206) 712777

Phillip Lidgey, 21, is an engineering apprentice at Hertford Regional College (HRC). He is on a three-year apprenticeship at Enfield-based Johnson Matthey, studying towards From left: Jayson Villaflor, Daniel Martin (apprentices), Nick de Bois MP, Phillip Lidgey, Rhys a level two NVQ Stockbridge (apprentices) and Barry Connelly (site manager) qualification. Before starting his apprenticeship, Phillip attended HRC to study a BTEC National Diploma in Engineering. Phillip spends four days a week onsite, and one day at College. “I enjoy everything abo ut my job, there is so much variety in the jobs I do, which range from refurbishing and replacing a pump out onsite to testing a delicate piece of equ ipment. At work I shadow a member of staff. I will spend 11 weeks in total in each area of the site.” At college, Phillip learns the theo ry and practical elements which are related to his place of work. “I am currently learning the basics of electrical installation. We will be moving on to mechanical principles and computer-aided des ign.” Phillip has friends who have either recently finished, or are currently in their last year, at univ ersity. “They have told me about the debt they have built at university and I would not like to have that hang ing over me,” he said. “Besides, if I could learn in my chosen career and have the chance to come out at the end of my threeyear apprenticeship with a job, then I feel it would have been foolish to go to university.” Phillip enrolled on the course thro ugh HRC. “It wasn’t difficult to enrol,” he explaine d. “I handed in my CV and they sent it to Johnso n Matthey. I was invited in for practical and men tal testing. The dexterity and basic literacy and num eracy tests were used to evaluate my current level. Then I was invited back for a formal interview.” At the end of the apprenticeship, Phillip hopes to carry on into a career as an enginee r. Phillip has recently been made the first Apprenticeship Governor at HRC , becoming the learner voice for Apprentices. For more information on Apprentices hip Schemes with HRC call 01992 411579 or email k


Join The Apprentice Training Academy Learn the skills necessary to succeed in a career Understand how IT is used in businesses Get real work experience with qualifications and be paid for doing it What we need from you Desire to succeed “The team at Mymar have inspired me to take my dreams even further and I am currently applying for a job that involves me working with young people who have physical and mental disabilities.” Willow Handyside

Dedication to your employer “I am now enrolled in University of Bedfordshire doing my B A Honours degree and I owe this to Mymar for starting the wheels turning in this new adventure in my life.” Jackie Turney

“Mymar’s communication was great; I always knew where I stood through every step of the process.” Sophie Curtis

Successful candidates will be given pre-employment training in:

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MOTOR VEHICLE SECTOR If you love cars this is the sector for you

Job opportunities are growing faster here than in other parts of the UK

The industry needs people in lots of different and exciting job roles Vocational training is the best way to get into this sector And the money’s good... so why not consider a career working in the motor vehicle industry?


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MOTOR VEHICLES There are 32 million vehicles on the UK’s roads, and all of them need to be serviced, repaired, bought and sold. That’s where the motor vehicle industry comes in… The motor vehicle sector deals with all aspects of cars, vans and motorcycles – selling them, fixing them, servicing them and even rescuing stranded drivers. There are lots of career paths on offer, from technical to customer-service based roles – it all depends on what interests you. The good news about this sector is that vocational training is the best way to get into it, though academic routes, such as engineering degrees are a possibility. Here are the main areas within the motor vehicle sector – there are vocational routes into all of them.

Maintenance and repair


Body and paint

Our region isn’t one of the motor sector’s biggest employers, but it’s not one of the smallest either. There are various different roles within the sector that you can get involved with; these include vehicle sale, roadside assistance, vehicle repair, body building, vehicle rental and parts distribution and supply. Sales and light vehicle maintenance have the highest number of employers here. Bedfordshire is probably your best bet for employment in this sector as it is home to Vauxhall, Chevrolet UK and Saab Great Britain.

One of the most popular areas, maintenance and repair is about keeping cars roadworthy. These technicians service, fix and replace parts of all sorts of vehicles. They can work in independent garages or as part of dealerships, say working on just BMWs. Some technicians specialise in things like electrics or motorcycles. Earnings: Between £13,000 and £20,000 a year.

Body and paint technicians fix cars that have been damaged in accidents. Body work can be sorting out rust or dents and scratches and paint work is about sprucing up after to make everything look like new again. Earnings: Between £13,500 and £18,000 a year.

Roadside assistance

When someone’s car breaks down on the side of the road, it’s the roadside recovery technician who comes to the rescue. They either fix the car onsite or safely tow it back to a garage. Earnings: Between £13,000 and £16,000 a year.


Motor vehicle fitters repair and replace parts on cars, like tyres, batteries, brakes and exhausts while the customers wait. They can work in fast-fit centres, dealerships or alongside motor vehicle technicians. Earnings: Between £12,000 and £15,000 a year.

Parts operations

This area is about selling car parts to the public – dealerships, motor vehicle technicians and everyday customers. It’s a customer-service based role that requires good organisation to process payments, manage inventory, advise customers, and more. Earnings: Between £9,000 and £14,500 a year.


This is about selling cars, which involves broad knowledge of cars and negotiation skills. It’s also about understanding people – sales people need to find the car that’s right for the customer, and have the confidence to seal the deal. Earnings: Between £10,000 and £15,000 a year, plus commission.


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• 11% of the UK’s motor retail industry employees are in the East of England. • Over 55,000 people in the East of England are employed in the motor vehicle sector. • There are over 7,000 workplaces in the motor vehicle sector here. • The most common sub-sector is motor sales, followed by light vehicle maintenance.

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There are plenty of vocational courses in this sector...

Samantha Dodds – Service Technician apprentice


Apprenticeships are the recommended route into this sector. You’ll get a job with an employer and do half of your learning on the job, and half in the classroom with a college or training provider. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 2: • Roadside Assistance and Recovery • Vehicle Body and Paint Operations • Vehicle Fitting • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair • Vehicle Parts Operations • Vehicle Sales

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Historically Advanced Apprentices have progressed significantly in the industry and many have gone on to become supervisors or managers, because of the hand-on practical nature of the sector this is a good route to take. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 3: • Roadside Assistance and Recovery • Vehicle Body and Paint Operations • Vehicle Fitting • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair • Vehicle Parts Operations • Vehicle Sales

A Levels

A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree, which are explained below, but which ones are right for you depend on what role you want to do. Most people take the vocational routes into the motor industry, but you could do the more practical Foundation Degree after A Levels or study something like mechanical engineering at university.

Samantha Dodds completed her three year apprenticeship at Vickers 4x4 in July 2011. Sam who is a confident and pro active young woman approached Vickers 4x4 for an apprenticeship placement. Ian Vickers had set up the business only two months before being approached by Sam and was keen to taken on an apprentice as he had trained on an apprenticeship programme through Remit himself. Ian gave Sam a trial at the garage and knew straight away she would be an asset to his business. Ian wants to ensure his apprentices receive the best training possible so he chose Remit as he was aware through his own training experience of the standard of support Remit can provide. Sam has enjoyed her apprenticeship and feels much happier to have learnt in a work based environment. She enjoys working with real vehicles which have real problems to fix. Sam attended College one day a week throughout her apprenticeship arranged and funded by Remit. Sam puts her interest in mechanics down to a passion for fixing things and solving problems, along with the influence from friends who also have an interest in cars. For more information about Remit contact:e mail Phone 08458399200 Web

Foundation Degrees

A Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification which combines academic study with practical hands-on experience. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employers, they should give you the right skills to be ready for employment. They are university-level qualifications and are equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree. A typical full-time Foundation Degree takes two years to complete, and are different from honours degrees as they usually involve learning in the workplace as well as at university or college. They are available in a range of subjects, from motor vehicle performance to mechanical engineering, and are a good way to get qualified and gain experience

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Put your ambitions first. Lowestoft College is your college and your passport to a whole range of exciting and rewarding job opportunities including: engineer ambulance crew carpenter beauty therapist carer travel agent air cabin crew member hotelier artist/graphic designer counsellor boatbuilder administrator teaching assistant sports or complementary therapist

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If your chosen career is not included in this list please contact us to see how we can help you reach your goal. And, if you want to earn while you learn, why not think about joining an apprenticeship where you will be able to combine training in the workplace with college sessions. Just pick up the phone or step through our doors and our friendly and supportive team of advisors will be able to guide you on to the best course suited to your needs and ambitions. Why not come along to one of our open evenings to have a look round and talk to tutors and staff about the courses?

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CUSTOMER SERVICE & ADMIN SECTOR You could be the face of a major national company, like Orange or BT

97% of businesses say they rely on admin

If you’re good with people, then customer service could be for you! Many top executives were once administrators

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

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘the customer’s always right’. Any business that wants to be successful has to keep its customers happy, and that’s what customer service is all about. From helping a shopper find the right size at Topshop to answering customer queries at a BT call centre, customer service jobs come in all shapes and sizes. For this career, you need to be good with people and able to help them with any questions or problems they might have. You’ll also need to learn your organisation’s products and services inside and out. It can be a very rewarding career – you’ll get satisfaction every time you help a customer. Entry-level roles: Customer service representative, call centre operator, plus lots of other jobs involve customer service.   Earnings: Salaries start around £12,000 to £18,000 a year. Career progression: With experience, you could become a team leader or manager, which could lead to a higher salary. Customer service skills are transferable to other careers, too.


Businesses can’t function without administrators – in fact, 97% of organisations say that administration is crucial to their success. Administrators are responsible for running the daily operations of the office. They answer the phone, input data, keep schedules, type up letters and anything else that needs to be done. They’re an important part of business, which is why there are over 5 million of them in the UK. For this career, you’ll need to be organised and have good computer skills. Since administrators are needed in most organisations, you could work across many sectors. You could be a receptionist in a record company, or help run the office of a national charity. Whatever you do, you’ll be learning skills that will help you progress in your career. Entry-level roles: Administrative assistant, office junior, personal assistant, office secretary. Earnings: Salaries start around £15,000 to £20,000 a year. Career progression: Admin is a great way to get in with a company and move up the ladder. Admin skills are transferable to many other careers as well.


EAST OF ENGLAND FOCUS Customer service and admin is more than just a sector, it is a driver of business across all sectors here. Businesses across the region need friendly employees to provide their customers with the best service possible, to keep them coming! From working in one of the East of England’s call centres, like Aviva, to serving the customers in the regions visitor attractions, the region has plenty of opportunities in this sector.

Fast facts:

• Home to a number of call centres, including Aviva and the RAC. • Southern accents have been found to be positively associated with advertising financial related services, making our region a good base for customer service in this industry.

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GET INTO THE SECTOR There are many admin and customer service roles that don’t require previous experience or qualifications. If you’re interested in admin, then look for office junior, receptionist and administrative assistant vacancies. If you’re interested in customer service, working in any high street shop or a call centre will give you real experience. Once you’ve got a job, you can start working towards workbased qualifications like NVQs. Your employer could even help turn your job into an Apprenticeship. The benefits: You’ll get on the career ladder and start earning money – you’ll also be in a good position to pick up workbased qualifications.

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There are several Apprenticeships available: customer service, contact centres, and business & administration. In all of them, you’ll learn on the job while attending a college or training provider on day release, and earn the right qualifications that will help you progress. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 2: • Business and Administration • Contact Centres • Customer Service • Sales & Telesales

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Advanced Apprenticeships help you become more qualified whilst gaining employment experience. You can build on all of the above Apprenticeships; all of these frameworks are NVQ level 3: • Business and Administration • Contact Centres • Customer Service • Sales & Telesales You can also do a Higher Apprenticeship, NVQ level 4 in: • Contact Centres

A Levels

A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree, which are explained below. Most employers and universities will value subjects that demonstrate you have solid base level knowledge and skills, and would be able to further develop skills relevant to the industry. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Business Studies • English • ICT

CASE STUDY Amy Watson Customer Service Apprenticeship Amy passed her A Levels with flying colours, but knew she didn’t want to go to uni. Instead, she wanted to go straight into work and start earning. Amy applied for many jobs but was turned down due to her lack of experience, until she applied for an Admin Apprentice vacancy at Cambridge Regional College. Amy explains, “It was an ideal opportunity to learn and gain work experience whilst being in a job.” Amy is now on her way to completing an Apprenticeship in Customer Service. Her new skills have been put to good use - Amy has been promoted to Employment and Skills Advisor at the college, dealing with different customers and promoting apprenticeships to employers. Amy rightly feels proud of her achievements and strongly believes that her success is due to the skills, experience and confidence she has gained through her Apprenticeships, “I have learnt to communicate with all sorts of people - colleagues, young people, parents, employers – I know what it is like to be on the ‘other side’, being an Apprentice myself, which is why I can give first-hand advice. I have seen a lot of Apprentices start out like me and they have progressed as well. It shows that Apprenticeships work and there is a successful alternative to university.” Cambridge Regional College Tel 01223 418778 Email:

Foundation Degrees

A Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification which combines academic study with practical hands-on experience. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employers, they should give you the right skills to be ready for employment. They are university-level qualifications and are equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree. A typical full-time Foundation Degree takes two years to complete, and are different from Honours Degrees as they usually involve learning in the workplace as well as at university or college. You can do a foundation degree in customer service management.

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ENERGY AND RENEWABLES SECTOR You could be working with state of the art nuclear technology Lots of fresh recruits are needed with the new technology being developed

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ENERGY & RENEWABLES The energy and renewables Sector is one of the most varied and diverse of all the industry sectors. There are lots of different job roles, from engineers and technicians, to operatives and customer care staff. With the development of low carbon and renewable energies it’s also one of the most exciting sectors to work in! Here are some of the most popular job roles you can get into, for more information on these check out the useful links across the page:

ROLES Nuclear Technician Technicians perform design, specification, testing and procurement, as well as assessing plant safety and procedures. Laboratory Technician Laboratory technicians provide quality control by carrying out routine and non routine testing on different sample products, such as petroleum. Maintenance Engineer Maintenance engineers are responsible for ensuring the continuous running of machinery and equipment, organising routine maintenance procedures and carrying out repairs. Oil and Gas Maintenance These roles are usually based on offshore oil or gas platforms, and can involve repairing machinery, instruments and electronics. Network Officer Provide engineering support and management of design, construction, operation and maintenance of the network. Making sure energy gets from power stations to customers safely and effectively. Electrical Generation Worker Directly operate equipment within the power station. Whether utilising gas, coal, wind power or nuclear power they are on the frontline of generating the energy. Recycling Operative Collect and transfer recyclable materials to designated facilities, from a variety of households, industrial and commercial premises. Water Network Operative Work outside on the heavy machinery that is vital to the network, a physical job for those who have an aptitude for using tools and instruments. With many roles in the industry being engineering or technically focused there are lots of vocational pathways into the energy and renewables sector. There is also a lot of scope for progression as more skills are gained too, with roles for university graduates, as well as entry level apprentices.


SALARIES If you decide to enter the industry thro ugh an apprenticeship you can expect to start earning a minimum of £95 per week – increasin g as you train. Salaries within the industry vary from £13,000 - £30,000 depending on skill level and the role. This industry is one of the best in terms of earning pote ntial for those who enter through vocational pathways, for example many off-shore roles pay as much as £45 ,000. The EDF Advanced Nuclear Apprent iceship scheme is a good example of how a vocational route can help you get ahead. It is a four year scheme whic h starts with a basic pay rate of £8,900 and increases up to £17,000 by the end, meaning that you’ll have earn ed money and gained a valuable qualification in the industry at the same time.

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CASE STUDY GET QUALIFIED! There are multiple routes into the energy and renewables sector. With many of the roles being hands-on and technically challenging, vocational courses offer qualifications to help your career progress...


Apprenticeships are a great way to get into the energy industry as they offer the practical experience required to quickly progress as an engineer or technician. Because the sector is so varied the type of work undertaken will depend on the employer and the role you’re in. Below are the Apprenticeship frameworks available in the sector, all of these are NVQ level 2: • Gas Industry • Polymer Processing and Sign making • Power Industry • Sustainable Resource Management • Water Industry

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Historically Advanced Apprentices have progressed significantly in the industry and many have gone on to become supervisors or managers. Many have remained in the industry for their whole career as this is the start of progressing to a skilled status. Below are the Apprenticeship frameworks available in the sector, all of these are NVQ level 3: • Advanced Nuclear • Gas Industry • Nuclear Decommissioning • Polymer Processing Operations • Power Industry • Sustainable Resource Management • Water Industry

A Levels

A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree, which are explained below, but which ones are right for you depend on what role you want to do. Most employers and universities value practical and scientific subjects, these demonstrate that you would be able to understand how everything works. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Biology • Chemistry • Physics • Maths

Foundation Degrees

A Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification which combines academic study with practical hands-on experience. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employers, they should give you the right skills to be ready for employment. They are university-level qualifications and are equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree. A typical fulltime Foundation Degree takes two years to complete, and are different from Honours Degrees as they usually involve learning in the workplace as well as at university or college. They are available in a range of subjects, from power distribution to sub-sea engineering, and are a good way to get qualified and gain experience.

Danny Broadbent – Welding Apprenticeship Flying around the world and competing in international competitions... it may come as a surprise, but this is all down to a Power Sector Apprenticeship. Danny Broadbent has successfully completed his Apprenticeship in Welding and is now working for Alstom at Kings North power station in Kent. Danny has carried out his Welding Apprenticeship over four years; one of them at college, with the remaining three working on site with the other Apprentices. Recently returning from Portugal with a silver medal after competing in the International Welding Competition, Danny’s new skills have given him the opportunity to see the world and the flexibility to develop within his role. He plays a very important part in the future of power. Danny works as part of a team of welders, in an encouraging environment, where everyone supports each other and where there is always someone around to offer advice and help if there are any problems. “Day in day out everything tends to be different, it’s a good set of people you work with, with great managers who have taught me a lot. I’d recommend an Apprenticeship to anyone.” Danny Broadbent, Welder, Alstom With Apprenticeships available in the Power Sector there’s never been a better time to think about how you could get involved. The power sector offers you variety, career development and job security and relies on the innovation and hard work of people within it. Be a part of it. National Skills Academy for Power Friars Gate
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BUSINESS & FINANCE SECTOR Highflying careers

A non-stop environment for competitive people

Some of the biggest salaries going

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Money makes the world go round in this suited and booted sector. If you have ambition and a head for numbers, you could set out for a very rewarding career! Put simply, the business and finance sector is about money – saving it, borrowing it, managing it and most of all, making lots more of it. It’s the UK’s most global industry and covers a wide range of services and products that everyone uses like bank accounts, mortgages, pensions, credit cards and insurance. The perk of working with money is that salaries tend to be higher than average. Here are some of the main areas within the sector:



Accountants keep track of companies and individuals’ finances so they can manage their money properly. Depending on their client’s needs, they might produce account reports, forecast future profits, calculate tax or audit accounts. All organisations – from football clubs to supermarkets – need accountants, so they can work in many different sectors. Entry-level role: accounts clerk, trainee accountant. Starting salary: £12,000 - £16,000.

The East of England is the third largest financial services centre outside of London. The main activities within this sector here are insurance and banking. The large financial company Aviva is based in Norwich, as is Virgin Money and N&P Building Society. Even the country’s banknotes are printed in our region!


• 12% of the UK’s finance sector workers are in the East of England. • The average financial services employee here earns around £34,000 a year. • Over half of the employees in this sector here are between the age of 35 and 59.

The banking sector is huge. There are loads of international and domestic banks who manage our money, give loans, exchange money and more. There are three types: retail banking (like your local HSBC or Lloyds), corporate banking (banking services for businesses) and wholesale banking (large transactions for big clients like governments and other international banks). Entry-level role: customer service adviser, bank cashier. Starting salary: £10,500 - £16,000 a year.

Financial advice

It’s not just for the wealthy – everybody needs financial advice at some point. Financial advisers help people make the most out of their money, whatever they have. A career in financial advice is about working with people to plan their financial goals, whether that’s choosing a mortgage, investing their savings or planning for their retirement. Entry-level role: insurance technician, customer service adviser in a bank or building society. Starting salary: around £17,000.

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There are several Apprenticeships that will get you qualified in this sector. The business and administration Apprenticeship covers all the skills needed to start a career in the office. On the finance side of things, there are a few options: payroll, accounting and providing financial services. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 2: • Accounting • Business and Administration • Marketing and Communications • Payroll • Providing Financial Services • Team Leading and Management

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Historically Advanced Apprentices have progressed significantly in the industry and many have remained in Business or Finance for their whole career. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 3: • Accounting • Advising on Financial Products • Business and Administration • Marketing and Communications • Payroll • Providing Financial Services • Team Leading and Management You can also do a Higher Apprenticeship, NVQ level 4 in: • Accounting

A Levels

A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree, which are explained below, but can be particularly useful in this sector as big companies such as KPMG or PwC offer funded training for students who have just completed A Levels. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction for a career

CASE STUDY Chloe Chapman Chloe began her Business and Administration Apprenticeship with Lota Training back in 2007, whilst working for Little Owls Day Nursery as an Administration Assistant and Receptionist. Chloe impressed us so much that we offered her a job with Lota, where she completed her Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Business Administration. This enabled Chloe to gain supervisory experience to the point where she is the Executive PA to Lota’s directors. Chloe said -‘Lota has given me so much help, guidance and experience over the last three years and really moulded who I am today. They really have given me the best start into the working world possible!’ Managing Director Jan Smith says “Chloe has gone from strength to strength; she has now moved on to become a brilliant example for other learners. Chloe will go far in life due to her positive attitude and willingness to learn” Find out more at or call on 01376 503324.

in this sector: • Accounting • Business Studies • Economics • Maths • Statistics

Foundation Degrees

A Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification which combines academic study with practical hands-on experience. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employers, they should give you the right skills to be ready for employment. They are university-level qualifications and are equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree. A typical full-time Foundation Degree takes two years to complete, and are different from honours degrees as they usually involve learning in the workplace as well as at university or college.

Employer-funded study

You don’t have to go to university to train to be an accountant. Organisations like the ICAEW offer a training scheme for people who have completed their A Levels. You’ll start working for an employer and gain two professional qualifications in four years. As mentioned PwC have a HEADstart scheme and KPMG also recruit school leavers. Though the KPMG scheme takes 6 years the benefit is that by the time your friends are finished university, you’ll be earning and able to command a good salary.


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SPORT & FITNESS SECTOR Love sport? You could make a career out of it

You could work for a premiership club, train athletes to reach their potential or lead canoe trips

You could even play a part in the 2012 London Olympics

Get paid to enjoy your hobbies!

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SPORT & FITNESS You don’t have to be a world-class athlete for a career in sport. With the build-up to London 2012, now’s the perfect time to get involved in this booming sector… Many people think the only way you can get a career in sport is to become a professional athlete or a PE teacher – but this couldn’t be further from the truth. For example, behind every professional football player are the people running the club, maintaining the pitch, training the players, keeping the spectators safe and so on – and that’s just football. This sector is about more than just sport – it’s about promoting health and fitness, helping people enjoy the outdoors and public health. No matter what your interests or physical abilities are, there’s a rewarding career path for you. Here are some of the main areas within this thriving industry – you can take a vocational route into any of them.

Exercise & Fitness

This is about helping people stay fit and healthy, and includes roles like personal trainer, fitness instructor, yoga instructor and swimming teacher. You could work for a gym or leisure centre, or be selfemployed and choose your own hours.


Coaches are needed to teach skills and techniques at all levels, from beginner to professional. They help teams and individuals train to reach their full potential. Coaches need to get a special qualification recognised by their sport’s national governing body.


Playworkers organise and lead play activities for children (aged between 4 and 15) in after-school clubs, play schemes and youth clubs.

Activity Leadership

Outdoor activity instructors help people enjoy themselves in the great outdoors. They lead a wide range of expeditions and trips, such as walking, hiking, canoeing and rock climbing.

Spectator Control

Event stewards and marshals make sure crowds are safe and under control at matches and other large events.


It takes all sorts of people to run a leisure centre or gym, from leisure centre assistants and managers to cleaning and maintenance staff.

What will I earn?

For all of these areas, salaries start around £12,000 and can rise to £25,000 with experience and qualifications. Senior staff could earn more than £30,000.


EAST OF ENGLAND FOCUS Over 61,000 people are employe d in this sector in the East of England; this includes 9% of the UK’s practicing coaches. Most of the sport and fitness employees are in your age category too, 16-24 year olds make up 25% of the workforce. The sector is about to get even bigg er too, the world’s biggest sporting event- The Olympic Games- is going to be held in Lon don in 2012; they’re going to need a lot of emp loyees to keep it running smoothly!

Fast facts:

• There are around 4,000 workplac es in this sector based here. • 17% of establishments have a vaca ncy.

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Joshua Richards – BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport “Suffolk New College has really good facilities and offers a great opportunity to meet new people. The environment at the College is brilliant, the people are friendly and there’s always something going on. It’s a great place to study. As a sportsman I’d say the practical side of the course was definitely the part I enjoyed the most. I would recommend this course to anybody who enjoys sport and is interested in learning about it. Having finished the course I’m looking forward to continuing my education at the University of East Anglia in Norwich where I will be studying Physical Education and Sport.” To find out more about the BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport at Suffolk New College visit or contact Student Support on 01473 382738

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IMAGINE A CAREER... Helping to cure life threatening diseases Making big money deals

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YOUR CAREER, YOUR CHOICE Wondering what other careers are out there? Here are some of the other sectors in your region... Armed Forces

Creative, Digital & Media

Salary: Starting around £13,400 the first year, with excellent benefits and progression. Qualifications: The armed forces offer Apprenticeships in many areas, including Engineering, Fitting, Maintenance, Cookery, IT, Admin, Marine Engineering and more.

Job roles: Graphic designer, web designer, production assistant, editing assistant, photographer assistant. Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £17,000. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Creative and Digital Media; Foundation Degrees from Creative Writing to Animation.

Britain’s armed forces – the Army, Royal Navy, RAF and MoD – all invest a lot in their personnel to give them an education that’s relevant in the civilian world as well as in the services. They all offer Apprenticeships so recruits can earn nationally recognised trade qualifications alongside their regular training. For example, a cook for the Royal Navy could also complete a chef Apprenticeship. Each organisation offers different schemes, so visit their websites for more details.


Its more than just bricks and mortar. The construction industry is worth billions and builds the world around us, from hospitals and houses to bridges and football stadiums. One of the most popular ways into this career is the Construction Apprenticeship Scheme, which takes two years for a Level 2 award, and one more year for the Level 3 qualification. To apply, you’ll need to have found an employer that will sponsor you. Job roles: Bricklayer, labourer, joiner, painter and decorator, plasterer. Salary: Apprentices can expect to earn around £8,700 the first year, £11,600 the next, and £15,350 the third year. Qualifications: Construction Apprenticeships; Foundation Degrees.


This sector covers a range of exciting and creative careers in TV, film, graphics, publishing and journalism. Production assistants help out on television and film sets; graphic designers create adverts and billboards; journalists write news stories; publishers print books and magazines; and photographers shoot and edit images. If you thrive on a creative buzz, there’s no better industry to be in. Competition for jobs is high so work experience is highly recommended.


At the heart of every technological advance is an engineer. Chemical engineers create new fuels to keep vehicles moving; civil engineers design our railways and roads; and aerospace engineers design the most modern aircraft. Engineers use problem solving, creativity and imagination to come up with answers to problems. The main challenge is doing more with less. How can they make something more cheaply, quickly and effectively than ever before? Engineering is one of the most varied sectors out there, with specialist areas like chemical, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, marine and defence. Job roles: Maintenance fitter, welder, mechanical engineering technician. Salary: Starting anywhere between £15,000 and £18,000 per year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Engineering; Foundation Degrees.

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Environmental & Land-based

This broad sector offers lots of opportunities to make a difference to the planet, from farming and protecting wildlife to looking after parks and conservation. The main areas within this sector are: Horticulture & landscaping, Agriculture, Animal care, Environmental conservation, and Landbased engineering. Salary: Starting between £12,000 and £18,000. Landscape engineers make between £20,000 and £26,000 a year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships from Animal Care to Agriculture; Foundation Degrees.

Food & Drink

Food and drink is one of the largest industries in the UK – in fact, it even helped pull the country out of the recession. This sector is about taking what’s grown by farmers and transforming it into our favourite foods and beverages. It takes a lot of people working together to make this happen, which means loads of career paths on offer. You could be processing ingredients, fixing machines on the production floor, processing meat, baking cakes or testing quality. Job roles: Production operative, bottling operative, baker, warehouse worker. Salary: Starting between £11,000 and £17,000 a year. Qualifications: Food Manufacture Apprenticeships; Foundation Degree in Food & Drink Management.

Health & Social Care

IT & Telecoms

Job roles: Care assistant, nursing assistant, dental nurse, porter. Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £16,000 a year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships and Foundation degrees in Health and Social Care.

Job roles: IT trainer, helpdesk assistant, telecoms technician, customer service representative. Salary: Starting £16,000 - £20,000 for IT and £12,000 - £15,000 for Telecoms. Qualifications: IT Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees.

Hair & Beauty


Job roles: Hairdresser, spa therapist, beauty therapist, aromatherapist Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £16,000 a year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships from Hairdressing to Beauty Therapy; Foundation Degree in Salon Management.

Job roles: Production and process engineers, technicians, maintenance engineers, welders and machine setters. Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £18,000 a year. Qualifications: Manufacturing Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees.

If you’ve got a big heart and want to work with people, then a career in Health and Social Care could be for you. This sector is about helping people live healthy, full lives. Health care covers careers in medicine (nurses, physiotherapists, dental nurses, etc) while social care is about supporting people with special needs. Most people in this sector work for the NHS while the rest are employed by private practices. Because healthcare is an essential part of our society, there’ll always be jobs on offer for qualified people. In fact, this is one sector that continues to thrive during recessions.

This industry is all about helping people look good and feel better about themselves. It’s a booming sector that makes billions each year. There are many different paths within this sector – hairdressing, nail services, beauty therapy, spa therapy – and all of them require common skills: creativity, the ability to work on your feet for long hours, good hand-eye co-ordination and up-to-date knowledge of what’s in (and what’s out).

From mobile phones and satellite TV to broadband and fibre optics, IT & Telecoms are a major part of life – it helps us keep in touch with our friends, stay entertained, conduct business and more. The IT side of things is all about computers and information systems – designing them, developing them, making them, selling them and installing them. Telecoms is a broad term for any technology that transmits information, like phone lines, broadband, TV, mobile phones and satellites. This industry includes internet suppliers, mobile phone companies and the big companies like BT and SKY.

From the cars on the motorway to the clothes in your wardrobe, many of the things we rely on have been manufactured. This sector is all about making things on a massive scale: cars, TVs, clothes, aeroplanes, fuel… it’s a very important industry. There are many career paths in the sector, from operating machinery that makes plastics or testing the quality of finished engine parts.


Perkins is a recognised world leader in the design and manufacture of diesel engines. As part of Caterpillar – a technology leader in off-road machines and engine development – we have access to the resources of a leading global organisation. We offer a wide range of career opportunities including Engineering Apprenticeships and Commercial Trainees. Both programmes offer the opportunity of paid employment with a competitive salary and benefits while working towards appropriate qualifications. Our Engineering Apprentices are exposed to various areas of the business to gain knowledge, learn skills and perform tasks towards completion of a three to four year apprenticeship through using high-tech equipment in our manufacturing facilities. The programme develops skills and expertise across a broad section of our manufacturing operations while working towards an NVQ Level 3, a Technical Certificate at Level 3 and Function Skills to complete an Advanced Apprenticeship. Our two year Commercial Trainee programme offers placements in diverse areas of the business such as Sales and Marketing, HR, Supply Chain and Purchasing to provide a wide range of administrative experiences alongside a programme of part-time study leading to a Foundation degree in Management. For further information about apprenticeship and recruitment opportunities at Perkins, visit We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome diverse applicants.

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Public Services


Job roles: Classroom assistant, nursery nurse, admin assistant, youth support worker. Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £16,000 a year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees in Public Services.

Job roles: Sales assistant, visual merchandiser, team leader, buyer. Salary: Starting between £12,000 and £18,000 per year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees in Retailing, Employer sponsored traineeships.

In this sector, your work could help other people and improve your local community. Public services are an essential part of our society – education, housing, the police, and the fire service are all services that the government provides for its citizens (that’s you and us). In this sector, you could help organise a community arts programme, work for a housing association or support a teacher in the classroom. Your local council is a large employer in this sector. Contact them directly for job vacancies.

Retail is about the sale of products and services to consumers (that’s people like you walking around the shops). It covers high street shops, supermarkets, independent shops, large national chains and more. It’s also one of the most fun and young industries out there, with more than one third of the workforce under 25 years old. Whether your strengths are creativity or organisation, there’s a role for you in Retail. The main areas are: store operations, buying, visual merchandising, and management.

Transport & Logistics

This sector deals with all sorts of vehicles and their different purposes – the cars and motorcycles we drive, the lorries that transport goods, the trains and buses that travel across the country, even the aeroplanes that arrive and depart from our airports. All of these vehicles require skilled mechanics to keep them running, drivers to operate them safely, and organised people behind the scenes keeping everything to schedule. Many jobs involve manual and mechanical skills, however many roles deal with the public, so people skills are important too. Job roles: Vehicle technician, bodywork repairer, rail engineering technician, lorry driver, baggage handler. Salary: Starting between £12,000 and £17,000 a year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees.

Travel & Hospitality

This sector helps people enjoy themselves during their free time and holidays. People working in this industry arrange our holidays, cook for us in restaurants, serve drinks at the bar, pamper us in salons, and more. It’s a buzzing, exciting sector with many opportunities to work in the UK and abroad. You could be a chef, a spa therapist or even a member of air cabin crew! While working hours often take place when other people are enjoying themselves (evenings and weekends), many prefer escaping the typical 9-5 lifestyle. Job roles: Travel agent, waiter, trainee chef, air cabin crewmember. Salary: Starting between £11,000 and £16,000 a year. Qualifications: Travel Services and Hospitality & Catering Apprenticeships; Foundation Degrees in Hospitality Management.


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Norfolk Much of the economy in Norfolk is agricultural; in fact over 20% of the employment in the county is in the agriculture and food industries. But it’s not all farms and fields; it houses several big name companies including Aviva, the RAC and Virgin Money, which are all based in the main city of Norwich. As well as big business Norfolk has a reputation for edible excellence. Food and drink manufacture is also a big employer here; Colmans (now part of unilever), Bernard Matthews and Britvic are all based in the area and provide a lot of jobs in various different roles in the sector. Tourism is a big contributor to Norfolk’s economy; Norfolk sees lots of visitors to various popular destinations from areas of natural beauty, such as the Norfolk Broads, to historical sites, like the Queens residence at Sandringham. Key Sectors: Agriculture, Retailing, Health, Tourism Key Employers: Aviva, Bernard Matthews, Unilever, RAC 14-19 prospectus:

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As employees, apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills, and real workplace experience. At the same time, they also receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Perhaps best of all, since apprentices are employed, they receive a wage and benefit from paid holidays whilst they’re learning their trade. You can enhance your Apprenticeship by taking part in WorldSkills UK national skills competitions. Run annually in over 50 different skills, these competitions allow apprentices to test their skills against the best in the UK. To find out how to enter, please visit So why not visit WorldSkills London 2011? The competition is taking place from 5 - 8 October at the ExCeL centre, and if you come along you’ll have the chance to cheer on Team UK, try a skill as part of our Have a Go campaign and get impartial information, advice and guidance about Apprenticeships and much more, from on-hand careers advisors. There will also be the opportunity to find out how you can enter WorldSkills UK competitions. To find out how to visit, please go to

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07/08/1989 Southend-on-Sea Belfairs High School (Leigh–on–Sea) Belfairs 6th Form (Leigh–on–Sea) Honda Institute Glyn Hopkins Honda Diagnostic Technician Completed Apprenticeship in Honda Maintenance and Repair Technician in 2010, NVQ Level 1, 2 and 3 Already competed in WorldSkills UK Automobile Technology (SkillAuto), 2009, Gold medal winner

Local apprentice, John Couldridge from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, was selected to represent Team UK in Automobile Technology at WorldSkills London 2011. He spoke to us about his Apprenticeship and competing in WorldSkills. What made you become an Automobile Technician? I loved cars and was always interested in learning everything about them. I wanted to fix, repair and work on them all day. Nothing satisfies me more than when a car has a fault and I can repair it. What’s your ambition? I would love to be the best, so that if there was something wrong that was difficult to fix, that I would be able to do this. Also, I would like to design new motor cars and their systems. What would you say to other young people considering a vocational career? Do it. It’s the best thing that ever happened to me and I wouldn’t change it for the world. What are your biggest personal achievements so far? Getting into Team UK after many assessments and lots of training. Also, winning the SkillAuto 2009 Competition.

What do your family and friends think about you competing? They are all very proud and pleased for me and have been very supportive. They can’t express their feelings enough for me; this is a very nice feeling to have. What do you think getting involved in international competitions could do for your career? It would put my name out there for having competed in a WorldSkills competition and show employers that I’m dedicated and hard working. It would also give me an idea to how other countries compete. Something we didn’t know about you... I absolutely love remote control cars; I also used to make circuit boards as a hobby. My family say when I was very little I used to dismantle everything in the house!

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EAST OF ENGLAND EDITION Supporting Apprenticeship Week 7 - 11 February 2011 Issue 1 - Autumn 2011 ISSN: 2047-3761 Open Doors – The Regional...