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Open Doors – The Regional Training Prospectus


Issue 2 | North West Edition | Autumn 2011


NORTH WEST EDITION Issue 2 - Autumn 2011 ISSN: 2046-6552

Supporting Apprenticeship Week 7 - 11 February 2011

“Burnley College is Outstanding”

100% pass rate for Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships are available in: • Brickwork • Business and Administration • Carpentry, Joinery, Wood Occupations and Fitted Interiors (Kitchen Fitting) • Children’s Care, learning and Development

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Customer Service Electrical Installation Engineering Furniture Production (Assembled) and Upholstery • Health and Social Care • Horticulture

For further information on our Apprenticeship programmes and current vacancies with local employers, please visit or ring 01282 733013.

“My Apprenticeship with Barry Anforth Brickwork has meant I have been able to learn new skills in College and at work. I have really enjoyed my lessons at College because they have been practical and interactive.” Jack Fletcher Course: Advanced Apprenticeship in Brickwork Previous School: All Saints Catholic Language College

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Information Technology Painting and Decorating Plastering Plumbing Sport and Leisure Supported Teaching and Learning Warehousing and Distribution.

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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.

The future is in your hands... right here in this prospectus. So turn the page and let’s get started!

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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

A varied sector with endless possibilities


Fancy a high-flying career?


Get a career that never goes out of style


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


If you’ve got a big heart, put it to good use in a caring career


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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 THE NORTH WEST All about your region


Useful links, contact details and more – because you can never have too much information


Check out our step by step guide on how to get the best out of our fabulous website

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Health and Social Care* Business Administration Contact Centre Sales and Telesales Customer Service Team Leading

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Management Playwork* Hospitality* Retail Travel and Tourism Warehousing and Storage

*Only delivered in certain locations

If you are 16-24 and want to earn a recognised qualification. Call us today 0330 123 1300 (quote RTP001)

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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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Outdoor Classroom This is one of our classrooms. Imagine what the leisure facilities look like. Discover a different way of learning. If you enjoy working outdoors, or with plants, animals, machinery or in sports, talk to us about the great range of careers on offer.

Courses are available in the following areas: Agriculture • Countryside Management • Land Based Engineering • Motor Vehicle Technology • Care • Health and Social Care • Horticulture • Floristry • Sport • Public Services • Skills for Life • Initial Teacher Foundation Training • Equine • Forensic Science • Animal Management Diploma

Contact us now and see where your future leads! Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH Tel 01768 893400 Fax 01768 893459 Email

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LIFE STORIES PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR APPRENTICES Rob Baxter works at McBride’s in Middleton and is in his second year of his Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering at Oldham Training Centre (OTC). OTC is a well established independent provider of training in the Greater Manchester area. Learning hips & Customised programmes include Apprentices ners the chance lear ring offe ing, Commercial train supportive to study in a friendly, helpful and us specialised environment with access to vario s. urce reso equipment and training   ineering training Rob has completed his basic eng B-Tec National the at OTC and is in his first year on . Rob stated this ring inee Eng Certificate in Mechanical and skills to use nce fide con ter grea has given him far the machinery in the workplace.   not only given Rob said the apprenticeship has areas but has l nica tech in ing him excellent train nce to deal fide con l ona pers his d rove also imp ed the end mm with everyday life. He has reco as the best ds frien his to me apprenticeship program e. Rob feels that way to learn whilst earning a wag s in the future as this will give him better opportunitie er education. high into well as being able to continue   Engineering McBride’s are committed to their this is critical that say and me ram Prog ice Apprent McBride’s ns.  iratio to achieving their corporate asp rentice and App the both s give structured programme imum max a re ensu to rk ewo fram r McBride’s a clea return on their investment. Tel: 0161 624 5360 Email: Web:


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!

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 Coventry.” A successful interview later and Adam found himself exactly where he wanted to be – working with cars. Adam’s on-the-job learning was to be supported by formal learning through the Thatcham Apprenticeship Programme. Thatcham offers apprentice training leading to NVQ Levels 2 & 3 in 3 disciplines, Panel, Paint or Fitter. The programme works on a block release basis so apprentices are released 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 apprenticeship can be completed in as little as 2 years. After the initial welcome and settling in process at Thatcham it was down to business for Adam and during the first block he was already trying new skills and techniques. “We learned about 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 Academy itself is a really excellent place to learn – clean, loads 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 complex repair work. Eventually I hope to have my own bodyshop – there’s loads of possibilities – I would definitely recommend this career to anyone and I would tell them they need to do their training at Thatcham.” This service can be accessed online at www. or through a local Connexions office or Job Centre. You can also contact the Thatcham Apprentice Team, who will be delighted to offer help and advice. Find out more at or call our Apprentice Team on 01635 294816

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LOCAL APPRENTICES SWEEP THE BOARD AT NATIONAL ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING COMPETITION Five Electrical Engineering apprentices have caused a spark at the Electronic Skills Competition final in Ireland. The five MBDA and Wigan & Leigh College apprentices took the top 5 places in the final. The 12 finalists were chosen from an original 270 entries from students and apprentices. The final took place at the South East Regional College in Ireland where the 12 final ists took part in a intense two day final.  They com peted in the 3 different heats in circuit board crea tion, building temperature controllers and measurin g and testing pre made circuit boards. Out of the 12 finalist the five apprent ices came in 1st to 5th with Heather Peach in 1st place, Gareth T Humphreys 2nd place, Lee Bibb y joint 3rd place, Mike Cox, Highly commended and Jon Chapman commended. The five apprentices all work fulltime at MBDA missile systems and for one day a week they come into College to gain a recognised qualification.  Whilst at MBDA they rotating 3 mon th placements as test engineers, manufacturing engineers, project managers, quality assurance and design engineers to give them all the experience they need to move forward with their careers. 1st place, Heather Peach commen ted “The final in Ireland was really intense and whe n it was announced I had come in first plac e I was really shocked and happy.” Tutor, Steve Hollis commented “It’s fantastic so many winners from Wigan & Leig h College.  We are really proud of their achievements. The amount of preparation they all put in the prac tical and theory classes was superb.” For more information call 01942 761 111 or visit


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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 Year. Awards Young Letting Agent Of The ked to have won. She said: “I am delighted and still shoc received have I port sup “Without the training and ld never wou I , ining Intra and r loye from both my emp ” win. ty to have had the confidence and abili iries from tenants In her work, Hannah deals with inqu ings and view erty prop out ies and landlords, carr e onto the com have that es hom new any s advertise completed has also letting market. While working, she Three. and Two ls Leve n ratio NVQ Business Administ She says: “I really enjoy my work. ce of a career, earn “I have been able to gain experien same time. the at s skill money and develop new iceships.” rent app end mm reco y “I would definitel team knew from Director Rebecca Howland said the special. g ethin som the start that Hannah had the She said: “Hannah decided to take going to university, than er rath e, rout hip ices rent App compete with and she has shown that she can studies, while her with ing tinu con the best. She is iness, which is a getting a good grounding in the bus combination for success. for what she has “We are incredibly proud of Hannah She has taken us. with time rt sho a achieved in such and is Immensely to the lettings industry very quickly an apprentice, still talented and able, and, although that. ct refle to ry sala we have increased her her.” for g innin beg “This is just the For more information visit: ships 0 Tel: 0330 123 130


SHYRANNE FINDS HER DIRECTION Shyranne started her education with Beacon Learning a Southport based training provider in September 2008 on their Schools programme. The former Meols Cop High student was struggling to engage with traditional subjects at school, and as a result of this admits her attendance was poor. Since starting at Beacon Learning in year 10, Shyranne has gone from strength to strength achieving qualifications in Functional Maths, English, & ICT, Asdan Silver, a GCS E in Leisure & Tourism and a level 1 Certificate in Childcare. Shyranne decided to continue her education at Beacon Learning when she left scho ol, and opted to study Hair & Beauty Therapy on their post 16 programme. The diverse range of vocational sub jects available has meant that she could develop her skills in a hands on environment with the ben efit of working in small groups. Shyranne feels her whole attitude to learning has changed for the bett er since attending. “ I never understood why I didn’t like school, it just seemed a real struggle at time s. Since coming to Beacon I have enjoyed learning in a practical way. The lessons are fun and the tutors always have time for us if we are struggling with anyt hing” Shyranne exceeded all expectation s on the Hair & Beauty Programme. She achieve d the qualification at Diploma level, and was given a work placement assisting the Beauty Department by providing support for the younger students . “ My work placement in the Hair & Beauty Department gave me responsibilit y and taught me about the real skills I would require for work. I feel my confidence has really improved and I am now ready for the next step into the world of work!!” For further information on all courses on offer at Beacon Learning including App renticeship Opportunities call 01704 541811 or email

Apprenticeships are a great way to set you apart from the rest. Employers are more likely to employ people who have the right skills and experience to do the job. An Apprenticeship will give you real work experience while you study for a qualification part-time, and you are paid a wage. Wigan & Leigh College work with employers to offer a wide range of training programmes:


Currently on offer

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Accounting (AAT) Beauty Therapy Bricklaying Business Administration Carpentry & Joinery Catering & Hospitality Childcare Civil Engineering Cleaning Construction Customer Service Electrical Installation Engineering Fashion and Textiles Hairdressing/Barbering Healthcare

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IT Systems Professionals Management Motor Vehicle Nail Services Painting & Decorating Performing Engineering Operation Plastering Plumbing Retail Sales Sport Spa Therapy Teaching Assistants Team Leading Warehousing & Storage

To find out more about how you can apply for one of our Apprenticeship programmes visit or call 01942 761111 You can also search for job vacancies in your area at

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ENGINEERING SECTOR Qualified engineers are in huge demand

Want to shape the future?

Engineers solve some of the biggest problems in modern life

After an Engineering Apprenticeship you could be earning ÂŁ20,000 a year!

You could end up doing anything, from shaving a millionth of a second off lap times in Formula One to putting communications satellites in orbit


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ENGINEERING From making aeroplanes fly to maintaining sophisticated machinery, engineers are behind the greatest achievements of mankind. Get into engineering and you’ll be on one of the most exciting career paths out there! At the heart of every technological advance is an engineer. In fact, an engineer has played a role in almost every aspect of our society. Chemical engineers create new fuels to keep vehicles moving; civil engineers design our railways and roads; and aerospace engineers design the most modern aircraft. Engineers use problem solving, creativity and imagination to come up with answers to problems. The main challenge is doing more with less. How can they make something more cheaply, quickly and effectively than ever before? Engineering is one of the most varied sectors out there. Here are some of the main areas:


The processing of raw materials into fuels, chemicals, plastics and pharmaceuticals.


Designing motors, machinery and other engines.


The fabrication and welding of metals.


Designing and making electrical systems and components.


Designing and maintaining aircraft. (The UK’s industry is the second largest in the world, behind the USA.)


Designing ships and boats and other watercraft.


Dsigning and maintaining aircraft, navigation systems, rockets, satellites etc for the Ministry of Defence. Apprenticeships are a recognised pathway into engineering. Popular job roles for apprentices in the region include: automotive or aerospace assembly, mechanical engineering, maintenance, welding, and fabrication.


SALARIES If you get an Apprenticeship, you can expect to start earning minimum of £95 per week – this will increase as you train. Currently, many skilled people in the engineering industry earn over £400 per week – that’s over £20,000 per year.

NORTH WEST FOCUS Around 3% of the North West’s emp loyment is in this sector. An estimated 32,0 00 jobs need to be filled by around 2014, main ly due to replacing staff that have left, due to retirement for example. This makes your potential prospects good. There are a number of colleges here that offer qualifications in engineering based subjects. These include Blackburn College, Furness College, Carlisle College, Liverpool Community Colle ge and the North Area College.

Fast facts:

• There are 44 centres that offer engi neering Apprenticeships here. • There most popular qualification for this sector is NVQ in Performing Enginee ring Operations. • Around 3% of employment here is in this sector.

Start learning!

Want to find an engineering course in the North West? Then turn to page 52 to find out how to access your local 14-19 prospectus. It will tell you who’s offering what course in your local area, or you could visit

Careers Insight

GET QUALIFIED! To get into engineering, you’ll need hands-on experience and a good head for maths and science...


An Apprenticeship in engineering offers the best possible preparation to becoming a trained operator within the industry. Because the engineering industry is so big and varied, the type of work you do will depend on your employer and the engineering pathway you choose – this could be mechanical, fabrication and welding, electrical or electronic. You might work on the production of products or service and repair production machinery in many industries. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 2: • Engineering • Engineering Construction • Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration • Industrial Applications • Marine 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, 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: • Engineering • Engineering Construction • Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration • Marine Industry You can also do a Higher Apprenticeship, NVQ level 4 in: • Engineering Technology

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 • Design & Technology • Maths • Marine Science • Physics

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; you can even do them in aircraft engineering.

CASE STUDY Michael is “Apprentice of the Year” Michael Hoole left school with good GCSE grades, went to Runshaw College to complete a Level 2 qualification in Engineering & Electronics, took a year out and then decided to embark on an Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He is currently in his final year of his Apprenticeship and has already been promoted to team leader. Michael thinks that this is the best decision that he ever made and is very happy at both work and College. “I like being an apprentice – I’m doing something I enjoy and learning at the same time as making money.” Michael has been so successful on his course that he was named Blackpool and The Fylde College’s ‘Apprentice of the Year’. His employer, Forsberg Radix, has stated that ‘He has been such a valuable asset to our company that we consider the B&FC Apprenticeship Award a wonderful sign of his achievement. His crucial and valuable contributions have made him a very important part of our engineering department and his services have ensured the high quality and timely delivery of our products’. Please telephone 01253 504030 or email for more information.

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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 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.


NORTH WEST FOCUS If you want to work in the finance and business sector, there are a lot of job role options; jobs in this sector include accountants, wage clerks and bookkeepers, it also covers all employees who work in customer service in banks and building societies. The North West houses plenty of call centres for financial businesses including big names Barclays, Santander and Co-operative Bank.

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• 9% of the UK’s finance employees are in the North West. • The vast majority of jobs in this sector are full-time. • Over 100,000 people are employed in the financial sector in our region.

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

CASE STUDY Kirstie Simpson Kirstie was encouraged to enrol on the Business and Administration Advanced Apprenticeship at Burnley College by her employers at St Peter’s Health and Leisure Centre in Burnley. She chose the Apprenticeship route because it allowed her to gain a qualification while learning skills in the workplace. Kirstie, who works as an apprentice administrator in the Paediatric and Audiology Department at the Health Centre, said: “The Advanced Apprenticeship was the best of both worlds for me; I was learning in the workplace and in College from experienced tutors and other apprentices who were working in similar roles to mine with different organisations. Their experiences helped me to improve in my own job. “The Apprenticeship has opened up study and career progression routes for me; I am progressing to a Foundation Degree in Administration Management at Burnley College and hope to secure promotion at work.” To find out more about the wide range of Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships offered by Burnley College, visit or ring 01282 733013 or 01282 733016.

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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Due to popular demand and the success of our existing Apprenticeship programmes Lancaster & Morecambe College have added NEW subject areas including: • Property Sales & Management • Sales • Equine Studies • Data Cabling and Telecommunications Zoe Taylor Works at Lou-b-Lou as a full time stylist Completed Level 2 and 3 hairdressing apprenticeship What is your job role? I have my own clients who I see on a regular basis. I help manage the Salon when my boss is off and supervise our trainee hairdresser. What is your favourite thing about your job? Making people happy! I really enjoy working on the weddings as well. What were the best bits about the apprenticeship? I really enjoyed coming into college

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and learning new and different techniques, I learnt a lot on the job but then when I came into college they showed us different ways of cutting hair so I could bring this information back and share it with my colleagues. What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course? It’s hard work and you have to be really committed to Hairdressing as a career, if it is what you want to do then go for it, it’s 100% worth it!

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HAIR AND BEAUTY SECTOR Get a career that never goes out of style

A job where creativity and personal expression is encouraged

You could one day style the rich and famous Help people feel good and look great! This exciting and stylish sector is always looking for young people with proper training‌


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HAIR & BEAUTY If you have creative flair, style and a desire to help people feel relaxed and good about themselves, then you might want to consider a career in health and beauty… We all want to look and feel our best, which is why the UK’s health and beauty sector makes billions each year (and people will always want to look good, so there’ll always be jobs available.) A career in this sector could see you working in a busy salon, a resort spa or even on the set of a fashion shoot. There are many different paths within this sector, depending on your interests. 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). Most importantly, you’ll need to be good with people and sensitive to their needs. Here are some of the main areas:


Part of the fast-moving fashion industry, this covers cutting, styling and colouring all types of hair. Hairdressers begin by training in salons and helping customers improve their look. With talent and experience, many hairdressers go on to prepare models, work on magazine shoots, or even style celebrities! The UK hairdressing industry is considered the best in the world, so there’s opportunity to travel internationally for successful hairdressers. Earnings: Training salaries start low (around £10,000), but can increase to around £16,000 with a qualification and experience.

Beauty therapy

This covers treatments and services that enhance a client’s appearance and wellbeing. It can include anything to simple facials and make-up to more complicated electronic treatments to remove unwanted hair or improve body tone. Some of the treatments, like body massage, aid relaxation and help relieve stress. Earnings: £12,000 to £17,000 (with experience) a year.

Spa therapy

Spa tourism in England is worth £1.4bn a year and is one of the fastest growing industries. Similar to beauty therapists, spa therapists give treatments that improve appearance and well-being. They offer a full range of treatments to suit a client’s needs, which may include Indian head massage, aromatherapy, holistic treatments and all aspects of heat and wet treatments (like hydrotherapy, sauna and steam). Some therapists may focus on health and fitness while others on relaxation. Earnings: £12,000 – £14,000 a year.

Nail services

There are roughly 18,000 businesses that employ nail technicians in the UK. Their job is to improve the appearance and condition of the skin and nails on hands and feet. They offer basic treatments like manicures and pedicures, as well as nail enhancements like wraps and hot wax treatments. Nail technicians are also skilled in creative nail art, which includes air brushing designs on the nail. Earnings: £10,000 to £15,000


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Apprenticeships are the recommended route into this sector. You’ll need 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. However some colleges also have in-house salons so you can do an NVQ qualification at college full-time. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 2: • Barbering • Beauty Therapy • Hairdressing • Nail Services

CASE STUDY Michelle’s a winner Michelle Selby, Full time stylist Hair Boutique, Lancaster. Competition Winner and L’Oreal ID Artist Team Completed Level 1, 2 and 3 Hairdressing

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After finishing my course I got a job at the Hair Boutique so I’ve been working as a stylist. I have also been involved in lots of different competitions!


The latest competition I entered was the L’Oreal I.D artist for which I created a 1960’s hairstyle and the whole look to go with it. I was selected to be part of the Artist ID team. I get to go to training sessions with top hairdressing professionals like Trevor Sorbie and Herman Ho.

Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Advanced Apprenticeships help you become more qualified whilst gaining experience. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 3: • Barbering • Beauty Therapy • Hairdressing • Nail Services • Spa Therapy

You can also do a Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies. The Diploma basically gives you the opportunity to mix school studies with work related learning, meaning you can gain experience of what a job would be like in the sector whilst still learning subjects and skills that can be applied to any job. For more info on what the Diploma entails check out

A Levels

A Levels can either lead on to university or onto a Foundation Degree, which are explained below. In this industry a lot of your success will be down to your personality and experience rather than academic qualifications; but if you’re interested in management or a support role, here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Business Studies • Economics • ICT

I also get to be involved in shows, I’ve been to Manchester and Liverpool styling someone’s hair live on stage. I’m also going to be doing hair for London Fashion Week and this summer I am going on the L’Oreal Barcelona tour! What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course? Absolutely, go for it! I started right from the beginning, at Level 1 and now I’ve got a really bright career ahead of me. Enter competitions, any opportunities you get take them – get involved with the shows, wedding fairs anything like that get as much experience as you can, it’ll pay off in the end! For more information call 0800 306 306 or visit

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. A Foundation Degree could be a good step after working in the sector for some time, for example there is a Foundation Degree in salon and business 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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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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HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE SECTOR Do you want to help people?

Health and Social Care is one of the biggest sectors in the UK

There are hundreds of different career paths, from IT and admin to nursing and physiotherapy

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HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE It’s one of the biggest sectors in the UK. It’s also your chance to start a rewarding, challenging career that helps people live healthy, happy lives. 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 keeping people healthy, happy and looked after – and it takes all sorts of job roles to do this from nurses and care assistants to administrative assistants and IT specialists. Healthcare is an essential part of our society, which means that there’ll always be jobs on offer for qualified people. In fact, this is one sector that continues to thrive during recessions. Here are some of the main areas in the sector, along with the entrylevel job position that could be your first step on the career ladder.

Allied health professions

People who specialise in a specific area, like speech and language therapists, radiographers, occupational therapists and psychologists. Entry-level job: Therapy clinical support worker


The dentists and dental hygienists who look after our teeth. Entry-level job: Dental nurse

Healthcare science

The scientific side to it all – includes pharmacists, biomedical scientists and laboratory assistants. Entry-level job: Pharmacy dispensing assistant

Health information

The people who help process, store and analyse patient information and medical records – medical records clerk, clinical researcher, IT professionals. Entry-level job: administrative assistant

Nursing and midwifery

Assisting doctors and consultants in patient care. Entry-level job: Healthcare assistant, nursing assistant

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Social care workers and personal assistants help people with disabilities maintain their independence and live fuller lives. Entry-level job: Care assistant, personal assistant

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All the other jobs that keep the NHS running smoothly, like technicians, porters, gardeners, caterers, cleaning staff, etc. Entry-level job: Porter


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SALARIES Most people in this sector work for the NHS, where an entry-level position will earn you between £13,000 and £14,000 a year . With a level 2 or 3 qualification, you could be earning £16,000. The more experience you pick up, the more you’ll earn.

GET QUALIFIED! Apprenticeships

If you’re aged 16 or over, you could take an Apprenticeship in health and social care and get a job with an employer. You’ll 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: • Health and Social Care • Pharmacy Assistants and Technicians • Support Services in Healthcare

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Advanced Apprenticeships help you become more qualified whilst gaining employment experience. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 3: • Dental Nursing • Health and Social Care • Pharmacy Assistants and Technicians

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 would be able to develop skills relevant to the industry. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Biology (Human) • Health and Social Care • Physical Education

CASE STUDY A route into the care sector Sian Hendry was recruited to take on an apprentice’s role within a team who provide care for customers with mental health issues who live in a supported housing complex of self-contained apartments. Prior to undertaking the apprenticeship, Sian had waitressed for a number of years after completing her GCSEs and a university access course in media. She soon realised that she would prefer to take up a paid vocation that offered on-the-job and skills training, rather than just a qualification. Sian’s role is varied. She relishes the combined day’s study at college, with four days of on-the-job training. The course gives her an overview of health and social care and she is tasked with live assessments that enable her to reflect on her practical experience. On a daily basis, she can be helping customers to manage their appointment schedules, identifying signs of health deterioration and ensuring their health and safety. Sian believes that for a role in care you need empathy and patience towards others. The apprentice role has helped her to build personal confidence and gain a better understanding of mental health. For more information about social care apprenticeships visit or email

Foundation Degree

You can also do a Foundation Degree in health & social care. 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.

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

Cooking five-star meals

Travelling around the world

Fitting Repairing sports shop Renovating fronts cars old houses

Organising holidays

Working behind the scenes in TV

Designing websites

Saving the planet

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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

Britain’s armed forces – the Army, Royal Navy, RAF and MoD – all invest a lot in their personnel to give them an education that’s relevant in the civilian world as well as in the services. They all offer Apprenticeships so recruits can earn nationally recognised trade qualifications alongside their regular training. For example, a cook for the Royal Navy could also complete a chef Apprenticeship. Each organisation offers different schemes, so visit their websites for more details. Salary: Starting around £13,400 the first year, with excellent benefits and progression. Qualifications: The armed forces offer Apprenticeships in many areas, including Engineering, Fitting, Maintenance, Cookery, IT, Admin, Marine Engineering and more.


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.


Creative, Digital & Media

This sector covers a range of exciting and creative careers in TV, film, graphics, publishing and journalism. Production assistants help out on television and film sets; graphic designers create adverts and billboards; journalists write news stories; publishers print books and magazines; and photographers shoot and edit images. If you thrive on a creative buzz, there’s no better industry to be in. Competition for jobs is high so work experience is highly recommended. Job roles: Graphic designer, web designer, production assistant, editing assistant, photographer assistant. Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £17,000. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Creative and Digital Media; Foundation Degrees from Creative Writing to Animation.

Customer Service & Admin

Any business that wants to be successful has to make its customers happy. 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. Another thing businesses can’t function without is effective admin. Administrators are responsible for running the daily operations of the office. They answer the phone, input data, type up letters and anything else that needs to be done. Since administration and customer service are needed in most organisations, you could work across many different sectors. Job roles: Admin assistant, office junior, personal assistant, customer service representative. Salary: Starting anywhere between £13,000 and £18,000 per year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Customer Service and Business & Admin; Foundation Degree in Customer Service Management.

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Environmental & Landbased

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.

IT & Telecoms

From mobile phones and satellite TV to broadband and fibre optics, IT & Telecoms are a major part of life – it helps us keep in touch with our friends, stay entertained, conduct business and more. The IT side of things is all about computers and information systems – designing them, developing them, making them, selling them and installing them. Telecoms is a broad term for any technology that transmits information, like phone lines, broadband, TV, mobile phones and satellites. This industry includes internet suppliers, mobile phone companies and the big companies like BT and SKY. Job roles: IT trainer, helpdesk assistant, telecoms technician, customer service representative. Salary: Starting £16,000 - £20,000 for IT and £12,000 - £15,000 for Telecoms. Qualifications: IT Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees.


From the cars on the motorway to the clothes in your wardrobe, many of the things we rely on have been manufactured. This sector is all about making things on a massive scale: cars, TVs, clothes, aeroplanes, fuel… it’s a very important industry. There are many career paths in the sector, from operating machinery that makes plastics or testing the quality of finished engine parts. Job roles: Production and process engineers, technicians, maintenance engineers, welders and machine setters. Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £18,000 a year. Qualifications: Manufacturing Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees.

Motor Vehicles

This sector deals with all aspects of cars, vans and motorcycles – selling them, fixing them, servicing them and even rescuing stranded drivers. There are lots of career paths on offer, from technical to customer service based roles; maintenance and repair; sales; body and paint operations; roadside assistance; and fitting and selling motor vehicle parts. Job roles: Maintenance and repair technician, sales assistant, fast-fit technician, body repair technician. Salary: Starting between£13,000 and £18,000 per year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Motor Vehicles; Engineering Foundation Degrees (Automotive specific).

Public Services

In this sector, your work could help other people and improve your local community. Public services are an essential part of our society – education, housing, the police, and the fire service are all services that the government provides for its citizens (that’s you and us). In this sector, you could help organise a community arts programme, work for a housing association or support a teacher in the classroom. Your local council is a large employer in this sector. Contact them directly for job vacancies. Job roles: Classroom assistant, nursery nurse, admin assistant, youth support worker. Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £16,000 a year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees in Public Services.




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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. 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.

Sport & Fitness

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Job roles: Personal trainer, fitness instructor, swimming coach, leisure centre assistant, playworker. Salary: Starting around £12,000 and can rise to £25,000 with experience and qualifications. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Sports Management, Leadership and Coaching; Foundation Degree in Playworking.

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.

Many people think the only way you can get a career in sport is to become a professional athlete or a PE teacher – but this couldn’t be further from the truth. This sector is about promoting health and fitness. For example, exercise and fitness instructors work for gyms and leisure centres and help people stay fit and healthy. Sports coaches teach skills and techniques at all levels, from beginner to professional. Outdoor activity instructors help people enjoy themselves in the great outdoors and operations managers make sure gyms and leisure centres run smoothly.

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.

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.


Want to find a course in one of these sectors? Then turn to page 52 to find out how to access your local 14-19 prospectus. It will tell you who’s offering what in your local area.

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE NORTH WEST Home to 6.9 Million people

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YOUR REGION Take a look at some of the major opportunities in the North West

Cumbria Known for its beautiful Lake District, Cumbria is a hive of tourist activity. In fact, 1 in 4 jobs here are linked to tourism. There are perks to working in this industry too; many career opportunities could offer discounted hotels, tourist attractions and leisure clubs. Imagine a live-in job in this sector, no flat-hunting or travel costs to worry about! Tourism isn’t the only cultural industry that plays a large part here, creative industries, sport and leisure, and heritage together provide over 15% of employment in the whole of Cumbria.


Key city: Carlisle Carlisle, Cumbria’s only city provides plenty of jobs in the service sector. Private firms in the service sector, including hotels and restaurants for example, combined with public sector services, council run services for example, account for nearly three quarters of the employment here. Key places: Carlisle, Barrow-in-Furness, Penrith and Kendal Key sectors: Leisure and Tourism, Public and Private Service, Food and Drink, Nuclear Key Employers: Nestle, Center Parcs, Kimberley Clark, The Stobart Group 14-19 prospectus:


Cheshire Cheshire isn’t just home to Manchester United’s footballers and their wives; it is home to a number of large employers in a number of sectors. Cheshire also offers plenty of careers with international leaders in the food and drink industry, particularly packaging; Quinn Glass is a packaging technology leader based in Cheshire.


There is even room for a few creatives too; McCann Erickson is one of the highest ranking advertising agencies in the world, and they have an office in Prestbury. Key City: Chester Chester is a strong financial centre for the country; this sector employs over 12% of Chester’s population. Not surprising when Chester houses Bank of America, HBOS and Marks and Spencer Financial Services. Key Sectors: Financial, Food and Drink Key Employers: Bank of America, HBOS, Marks and Spencer, Airbus UK 14-19 prospectuses:,


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Greater Manchester A world renowned city for its musical exports Manchester is also home to one of the biggest shopping centres in the country, The Trafford Centre, providing 8000 retail sector jobs in one build ing alone! Manchester city centre also provides the UK’s large st city centre shopping mall. An entire ‘Media City’ is being deve loped in Salford Quays. Among this bustling creative and media industry hub will be the home of five departm ents of the BBC, as well as work space for more than 1000 creative businesses. It will create around 150 0 jobs. At the moment Manchester is responsible for 16% of the entire UK’s media output. Manchester’s biomedical commun ity is also thriving for both manufacturing and clinical rese arch companies. It’s also the biggest commercial finance centre outside of London; it houses massive financial institutions such as Bank of New York Mellon and Han delsbanken. Key Sectors: Media, Digital and Crea tive, Biomedical, Financial and Retail. Key Employers: PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Kelloggs, Arcadia Group, BBC, ITV Granada, Adidas 14-19 prospectus: gm.portal.s-coo


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Local apprentice, Rachael Carr from Poulton-le-Fylde in Lancashire, was selected to represent Team UK in Manufacturing Team Challenge at WorldSkills London 2011. She spoke to us about her Apprenticeship and competing in WorldSkills. What made you become an Engineer? I got into engineering after showing a natural interest in maths and science at school. I applied for the BTEC at college, thoroughly enjoyed it and when BAE Systems did a careers evening there it made me very interested in the company. I was lucky enough to receive a place on their Apprenticeship scheme in September 2005 and have enjoyed every year since. What are your biggest personal achievements so far? Personally, my biggest achievements are working on an un-manned Air Vehicle that was the first to fly within the UK – I was part of the FLAVIIR (Demon Aircraft) Team. Going through the design, build, test and flight of that was something that I will probably never experience again and I was very fortunate to be a part of that team. What would you say to other young people considering a vocational career? Taking a vocational career is a fantastic opportunity as it gives you the skills and

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