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Issue 4 | South East Edition | Spring 2012

Apprenticeships · Careers · Jobs · Training · A-Levels · College · UNI South EAST edition Issue 4 - Spring 2012 ISSN: 2046-1577





EARN WHILE YOU LEARN AN EXCELLENT WAY TO GAIN QUALIFICATIONS AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN THE WORKPLACE, WHILST GETTING PAID. Clean, professional, cutting edge – like today’s vehicle repair technicians, the modern crash repair environment is geared up for innovative, highly skilled repair techniques on technologically advanced vehicles. With nearly 33 million vehicles on the roads in the UK - Now is a great time to be a part of this fast paced, exciting industry. Thatcham’s Automotive Academy is the largest training facility of its kind in the UK, providing a state of the art facility for a new generation of crash repair technicians. We offer apprentice training leading to VCQ Levels 2 & 3 in Body Repair, Body Refinish and Body Fitter.

Contact our Apprentice team now, and find out how you can be a part of it

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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. It’s an exciting time, after all – young people like you up and down the country are planning for their futures in September 2012 – and did you know that there are endless opportunities, right on your doorstep! You could start earning money with an Apprenticeship; get a taste of the working world with employer funded study; carry on learning at sixth form or college, and much more. In this issue we will profile some of the biggest sectors in your region and explain how to take the first step to a career in the ones that interest you. We’ll also 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 social media 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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Throughout this Prospectus, you’ll see lots of facts and figures about our region and its sectors. We get them from UK National Statistics, various Sector Skills Councils, regional local authorities and industry experts. It’s all official stuff, there’s no Wikipedia where we’re involved!

Open Doors – Spring 2012 - South East edition Publisher – Karl Mason

Design – Studio Belly Timber

Editor – Stan Neal


Business Development – Simon Bell

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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


17 Construction sector

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

10 Qualifications table

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

Build a successful career for yourself

21 Retail sector

See how different qualifications add up, and how they compare

12 Life Stories

This exciting industry is so much more than life behind a counter

25 Travel & hospitality sector

You could make a career of helping people enjoy themselves

29 Environmental & land-based sector

Consider a career out in the fresh air

33 Business & finance sector

Fancy a high-flying career?

37 Imagine a 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 SOUTH EAST All about your region

52 More helpful stuff

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

54 Check us out on social media

A step by step guide on how to find us on facebook, twitter and google +

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Business Administration Carpentry and Joinery

Cleaning and Support

Customer Service Engineering

Electrical Installation


Health Care/Child Care Hospitality and Catering

Information Technology

Management and Team Leading Nail Services

Motor Vehicle Engineering

Painting and Decorating Retail Skills

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HOW TO APPLY Now you have an idea of what course or subjects would be right for you it’s time to think about taking the next step and making an application...

Do you know what the Common Application Process is?


(number of school leavers and graduates who enter the job market each year)


of employers say relevant work experience is the most important part of an application

How do you approach a company for work experience?


Around 70% of 16 year olds choose to remain in full time education

Applications without spelling mistakes are 61% more likely to get a reply

+ 0 0 ,0 5 7 2 500,000 There are more than university places in the UK each year

(number of apprenticeship starts in England each year)


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HOW TO APPLY By now you will have some good ideas about what industry and job role appeals to you. You will also be aware of what types of courses and providers can help you get there, but how do you apply? Here we cover some of the application processes for further and higher education courses as well as some general tips on how to make a successful application...

Common Application Process 14-19 area prospectuses use an online resource called the Common Application Process (CAP) which makes it easier to apply for different types of courses at age 14 or 16. What is the Common Application Process? Basically the CAP allows you to easily manage all of the applications you want to make for different courses. There might be lots of courses that interest you and the CAP lets you upload your application details so that you can quickly apply for any courses on your local 14-19 area prospectus. This means that you should not have to fill out lots of different application forms but can just upload your details once and then browse courses and click to apply. The system also keeps track of the status of all of your applications so you can check their progress and see if you have any offers of places. It also links to local Information Advice and Guidance services so that you can get some helpful advice if the providers you have applied to are unable to make you an offer. What kind of courses does the Common Application Process help me apply for? The courses on here are those offered by local colleges and training providers. As it is used for all applications through your 14-19 area prospectus you can use it to apply for the following types of courses: • AS and A Levels • Basic/Key Skills • BTEC’s • GCSE’s • Higher Education Courses • Vocational Qualifications How do I get involved? Your school should be able to give you a login to use on your 14-19 area prospectus, which will allow you to complete a personal profile and application form, browse the available courses and apply for them online. For the details of your 14-19 area prospectus turn to page 52 of this magazine or head to Most of the 14-19 area prospectuses are very easy to use but if you do have problems don’t be afraid to email them, they will be happy to help and guide you.



You might have decided that an app renticeship is the way to go! The National Apprent iceship Service operates a vacancy matching serv ice that allows you to search apprenticeship opportu nities and make applications for them online. To apply for an apprenticeship follow these simple steps: • Head to .uk and click ‘search for vacancies’. • Register on the site and activate your account. You only have to do this once and you will get a homepage that allows you to track your applications. • Search for apprenticeships by keywords, job roles, locations or learning providers. (Mak e sure to check the site regularly as new vacancies are uploaded all the time.) • When you find the apprentices hip you want you can click to apply through the site. You’ll be asked to fill in your personal info, outline your experience and possibly answer some question s. You can even save your application as a draft and return later if you have to. • Keep applying! You can apply for up to 10 vacancies and if successful will be invited for an interview or assessment.

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UCAS Application Process lication System The Universities and Colleges App cation course (UCAS) is the system for higher edu on the news as it seen applications. You’ve probably ly to university app ple peo of s hundreds of thousand undergraduate each year. The system is not just for uate degrees grad degrees; foundation degrees, post on this site. are ses cour n and most higher educatio are: y ersit univ for lying app The basic steps to literally Choosing your course – There are your research do to sure e thousands available, mak are lots of e ther you, for right on which course is ider where cons Also . help to site the on resources ns tutio insti you want to do the course, some specialise in certain courses. is all online and Applying – The application system ns you would tutio you select on the site which insti ’. You need ices ‘cho your like to apply to, these are why you’re ng sayi t men state onal to provide a pers too so make sure right for the course as part of this, to take your time. you a place Offers – If a university wants to offer system what they will let you know on the UCAS have to reply will results they expect you to get. You s. offer to accept or refuse these ersity asked Results – If you get the results the univ you will be and e for, they will probably offer you a plac you fail to If se. cour new able to start planning for your course at a find still can you es, grad get the necessary em. syst ring’ a different university through the ‘clea further help Your teachers will be able to offer you at find can you h whic using the system,

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General Tips on Applications Applications vary greatly on the system you are using or the course or job you are applying for, but there are some general tips that can be applied to most cases. Grammar and Spelling Take your time when applying. None of the application systems covered on this page force you to log on, find a course and apply all in one go. This means you have plenty of time to check your application thoroughly, applications with spelling mistakes or grammatical errors suggest that you have rushed the process. You might like to word process your application and then ‘cut & paste’. It’s often a good idea to get your parents, teachers or friends to help you by double checking! Work Experience You may decide to get some work experience to help you get the course, apprenticeship or job that you want. This can often be a good way to get ahead. If you have a company in mind for work experience you could telephone to find out who to approach or send a polite, and well written, letter or email with a CV attached. Be Yourself! This is a top tip for any application. In many cases the people you are applying to have to look through hundreds of application forms. Try to show what would make YOU the right person for the course. Do you have a real passion for the subject or is it your dream to go into a career in that sector? What makes you stand out as a good applicant and the best candidate for the course or job? Make sure you’re picking the course or job that suits your personality and skills best! If you are having trouble with your application your school careers advisor should be able to help.

Top 5 CV Writing Tips from InspireEducation

most companies will select only 4 Sometimes, 70 people or even more will apply for every vacancy, and g Letter right to give you the best Coverin and CV your get to l essentia is people to attend an interview. It chance of being interviewed. the pile, always use a word processor 1. Spelling and Grammar mistakes will put your CV at the bottom of and get someone to check it for you. an employer has 70 to read! Keep your CV, clear, 2. Remember your audience; CV’s can be boring to read especially if emphasize particular points or experience, which are to CV your tweak to want easy to read and to the point. You might relevant to that particular job. that makes the reader carry on or dismiss the 3. A good Personal Statement at the start of your CV will be the hook you would be good for the job, inspire them to why and are you application. In 3 – 4 sentences you need to say who want to interview you. skills match their requirements, using bullet points 4. Bullet point your key skills, the reader will need to see quickly if your will make it easier for them. , everyone does this; you need to stand out from 5. Do not list “reading, going to the cinema and socialising” in your hobbies and environment you are. the crowd and show them how involved in your community, activities students to be successful post education. Finding a job part-time or full-time is very tough; InspireEducation helps See our website for more information on our IAG workshops. www.i2


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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

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3


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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Apprenticeships are work based training programmes for anyone over the age of 16. They give ambitious young people like you the chance to get out into the real world and start a career after leaving school, and you will earn a salary too.

ffer… Apprenticeships on o tration • Business & Adminis • Childcare • Customer Service Foundation Diploma ousing • Distribution & Wareh nology • Engineering & Tech

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Life Stories LAURA’S CONFIDENCE IS TRANSFORMED BY HER APPRENTICESHIP Laura Ashton joined ICS Robotics & Automation Ltd several months ago to work as a Business Administration Apprentice within their busy, vibrant Southampton office. As an independent Systems Integrator with a 22 year track Left to right: Bev Templeman ( Managing record in providing Director), Laura Ashton (Apprentice), and flexible Robotic Lisa Wright (Finance Manager) Automation Solutions, ICS Robotics specialise in welding and handling, they design turnkey robotic systems, and provide re-engineering services for automotive tier 1 customers. When asked why she had chosen the Apprenticeship route she said “I wanted to have hands on experience in an office environment and an apprenticeship gives that”. More recently she said “I am very happy I joined ICS Robotics, as I feel very much part of the team and enjoy working well together with my colleagues. I have gained a variety of office skills and now feel very equipped and confident to deal with the day to day handlings in the office. I’ve benefited from my Apprenticeship by gaining a lot more confidence as a person at work and outside of work, thanks to the skills and experiences I have learnt ” Bev Templeman, Managing Director at ICS Robotics, says that the company started taking on apprentices in the workshop 3 years ago because they were continuously struggling to find qualified staff. Employees are the key to their success so employing apprentices and graduates enables them to continuously grow the skill base within the company. The Business Administration Apprenticeship is one of many apprenticeships that Totton College delivers. For more information call 023 80 874 874 or visit


Chris is on the road to a great career! Chris Simons is undertaking his Advanced Apprenticeship at Central Sussex College, having completed a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. Chris, 19, is helping to run the motor vehicle workshops at both the Crawley and Burgess Hill campuses. Chris says: “The apprenticeship has provided me with a wealth of skills and knowledge in maintena nce and repair and I have recently moved onto diag nostics. Working in the College means I have been able to call on the expertise of different staff for varying aspects of car maintenance, and they’re all reall y helpful. I was also able to undertake a work plac ement in another garage which was again a great lear ning experience.” Chris’ mentor, Bill Darnbrook, and the Faculty of Technology’s Work Based Learnin g Manager Robert Else, have been impressed with Chris’ performance both in the workplace and in the classroom. Robert says: “Since working with us, Chr is has completed further qualifications including MIG , TIG, First Aid at Work and a certificate in hybrid technologies in which he scored 100%. Chris has really developed during his time as an apprentice, and has been an asset to the organisation. He goes above and beyond what is expected.” For more information on apprentices hips available at Central Sussex College, visit nticeships or call 01293 442205.

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A Career on Superyachts 19 year-old Ed Collinge began his Yachting Cadetship at UKSA in October 2010. Knowing he wanted a career racing superyachts meant that the Cadetship was the perfect alternative to university. Having already completed a Level 2 NVQ in Activities Leadership, Ed was keen to continue to the Isle train at UKSA’s base in Cowes on e to train. Being plac of Wight. “UKSA is a fantastic perfect place for the is ng saili UK based at the hub of sailors who are willing to learn.” of shorebased Having completed his first phase began his paid Ed er, wint the training at UKSA over cht Sojana in work placement on racing superya the world elled early 2011. Since then he has trav e Week Rac gua Anti as competing in events such currently is na Soja e. Rac ntic satla and the 2011 Tran an. sailing and racing in the Mediterrane build a career in If you are aged 18-25 and want to Cadetship will g htin Yac a stry, the superyacht indu lifications and work provide you with the training, qua Unlike those leaving experience to help get you there. t, at the end of the deb ent university with a hefty stud back your training ed earn have uld Cadetship you sho fees and be free of debt! e shorebased Ed will come back to UKSA for mor back out ding hea re befo year training later this paid work ther ano on stry indu cht erya into the sup essional prof is A placement. “The training at UKS willing to are rs ucto instr with a fun atmosphere. The inning beg e Sinc . you ing help time spend their own my d rove imp my training at UKSA, I have greatly as well , nce fide con l team working skills and persona ds.” as meeting life-long frien

Ian aims high Once a gang member at a very young age, Ian Perkins 21, knows only too well the tragedy of taking the wrong path in life and losing friends due to crime and unrest. Looking for his second chance in life and to prove wrong those people who once doubted him, Ian’s determination and will to succeed led him to Lifetime. Enrolling into the Lifetime Fitness Academy and with the support of tutor Mark Pemberton, Ian successfully completed his Level 2 Fitness Instructor Apprenticeship; not only could Ian earn while he learned, but he was able to gain ‘on the job’ skills and a true understanding of the industry. Ian says: “I have turned my life around, influenced people and shown never to give up on anyone. In the space of just 20 months I have come from “just an apprentice” to becoming the youngest ever Health and Fitness Manager of the largest Fitness First club in Europe. I have received two awards from my employer on consecutive months, which has never been achieved by anyone in the company. I always aimed high from the very start and never gave up on that goal.” A bright future awaits Ian; he now teaches ‘PT Business’ courses and has worked hard to establish himself in the fitness industry. “Eventually I want to have a say in how the industry is run. I feel that my passion behind health and fitness can influence change; my ambition is to aim high!” For more information please get in touch T: 0870 120 1207 W: E:

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Life Stories Adam is in his element 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 the same time I was fixing some bodywork. At around ortunity as a panel opp an saw finishing at school and I y.” A successful entr Cov in UK t geo technician with Peu self exactly where interview later and Adam found him . cars he wanted to be – working with be supported by to was ing Adam’s on-the-job learn Apprenticeship m tcha Tha the ugh formal learning thro rentice training leading Programme. Thatcham offers app Panel, Paint or es, to NVQ Levels 2 & 3 in 3 disciplin k release basis bloc a on ks Fitter. The programme wor loyer for two emp their from sed relea so apprentices are to learn them ing weeks at a time, 4 times a year, allow tely edia imm be can h new skills and techniques, whic The ce. kpla wor the to rn retu put into practice on their s. year 2 as little as in d plete com be apprenticeship can ess proc in After the initial welcome and settling Adam tcham it was down to business for Tha at trying new dy alrea was he k and during the first bloc really a is y dem Aca “The es. skills and techniqu ities facil of s excellent place to learn – clean, load ble gea wled kno dly, and equipment, as well as frien I lly ntua Eve lts. adu like instructors who treat us I would definitely hope to have my own bodyshop. and I would tell them recommend this career to anyone tcham.” Tha they need to do their training at at www. e onlin ssed This service can be acce l Connexions loca a ugh thro or .uk .org apprenticeships office or Job Centre. m Apprentice You can also contact the Thatcha and advice. help r offe to hted Team, who will be delig pprentices rg/a m.o tcha .tha www at e Find out mor 816 294 35 or call our Apprentice Team on 016 loyer open day Thatcham will be holding an emp shire on the 8th Berk in y dem at their Apprentice Aca apprentices ntial pote or rs loye February. All emp renticeships in the wishing to find out more about app nd for an informal atte motor industry are welcome to requested to are ors Visit 0. look around from 12:3 via e, anc adv in e confirm their plac on 01635 293 174. or


Apprentices your next generation The Langham Hotel has a longstanding commitment to employ young people and has worked with Sussex Downs College over a number of years. Andrew Coy General Manager at the hotel is a true ambassador for Photo left to right: Stephen Lloyd staff development. MP, Melanie Hunt - Principal and Chief Executive SDC, Nick Clegg - Deputy Prime Minister The Langham has and Faye Chillingworth – Head Recep tionist Langham Hotel not only developed their existing staff in catering and management roles through apprenticeship schemes, but has hosted work placement opportunities for students studying at Sussex Downs on 14/16 programmes, BTEC business and hospitality and travel and tourism courses. The Langham is such a shining example that The Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg made a fact finding visit to Eastbourne last autumn with Stephen Lloyd MP who had been instrumental in the Eastbourne 100 in 100 apprenticeship campaign. An excellent example of progression at the hotel is Head Receptionist, Faye Chillingworth, who originally completed a level 2 apprenticeship in front office and reception. Faye has now successfully gone on to complete an advanced apprenticeship in hospitality supervision and leadership. She was thrilled as Mr Clegg presented her with her latest certificate. Support for both day release and work based apprentices from Sussex Downs is key to student success. In hospitality for example the College has a success rate of 91% of students completing their apprenticeship and going into full time work - well ahead of the national average of 74%. If you want to follow in the steps of the Langham and embrace the training ethos that has led to their success, then contact our skills advisers today on 0845 2302 007 or email

Apprenticeships in Brighton There are many different Apprenticeships you can take - not just the traditional routes that you might imagine. An Apprenticeship is a valued and recognised qualification for many industries, including: Service Industries • Hairdressing • Early Years Care and Education • Catering & Hospitality • Health and Social Care Business Skills • Accountancy • Business Administration • Customer Service • Information and Guidance • Management • Retail • Teaching • Team Leading Creative and Cultural • Museum Curator Construction Trades • Brickwork and Trowel Occupations • Carpentry and Joinery • Maintenance Operations • Painting and Decorating Sport • Boxing Technology • Electrical Installation • Plumbing • Motor Vehicle Please contact us if you have any questions or wish to receive an application pack

cityBusinessskills City College Brighton and Hove Pelham Street Brighton BN1 4FA Main switchboard: 01273 667756

Careers Insight


43,000 Number of new workers are needed in the sector each year

Supervisory roles can pay as much as

£45,000 a year!

Construction Apprentices earn around


Of people in this sector are self employed

Your work could be admired by people for years to come…

£8,700 !

in their first year

It’s not just for the boys – almost 200,000 women work in this sector too

There are over 2.35 million people employed in this sector in the UK

Investment in green technology will create more demand for construction skills


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Construction It’s more than just bricks and mortar. The construction industry is worth billions and builds the world around us, from hospitals and houses to bridges and football stadiums. Be a part of it! Construction is one of the UK’s biggest industries and turns over billions of pounds a year. This sector is responsible for creating the buildings and structures we rely on – the houses we live in, the motorways we drive across, the stadiums we watch matches in, the bridges we cross, and so on. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of people working together to pull off major construction projects. Whether you like physical outdoor work or drawing technical plans in the office, there is a career path to suit everyone. Here are some of the most popular trades. You can get into all of these areas through a Construction Apprenticeship:


One of the most popular trades and Apprenticeships, bricklaying is about building and repairing walls, using a range of materials and techniques. It can be really creative work too and you may be called on to produce decorative and interesting effects. Salary Range: £17,000 - £28,000


There are two types of plastering roles: Solid Plasterers apply wet finishes to walls, ceilings and floors, and Fibrous Plasterers work in workshops to produce ornamental plasterwork as decoration. Salary Range: £17,000 - £28,000


There never seems to be a plumber when you need one. Plumbing is the skilled trade of working with pipes, tubing and plumbing fixtures for drinking water systems, the drainage of waste and heating systems. It is one of the most varied roles, you could be working on existing pipe work or installing something new. Salary Range: £16,500 - £35,000

Painting and decorating

Applying the finishing touch to surfaces, like wallpaper, gloss and emulsion; Painter and Decorators can work on construction sites or on commercial and domestic projects. Salary Range: £17,000 - £23,000

Civil engineering

Civil engineering is about the design and construction of buildings and other important structures like pipelines, bridges, railways and roads. They provide technical support on construction projects to help turn complex designs into reality. Salary Range: £15,000 - £37,000

Carpentry and joinery

As timber is so widely used, the building and installation of wood products, such as floors, staircases, doors and roof trusses, is vital work. Joiners can work on construction sites and domestic premises – bench joiners work in joiner’s shops on complex wood products. Salary Range: £17,000 - £31,000



Building safe working platforms for construction workers to use when working on buildings and other structures. Scaffolders work on a variety of projects, including some very tall buildings. Salary Range: £17,000 - £26,000


Building surveyors give detailed advice on the construction, design and maintenance of proposed or existing buildings. They have to work out the distances and angles between various points of the construction. Salary Range: £15,000 - £37,000

Salary Generally, tradespeople with a Level 2 qualification will earn around £325 a week and those with a Level 3 will earn close to £385 a week. If you choose to do a Construction Apprenticeship, you can expect to earn around £8,700 the first year, £11,600 the next, and £15,350 the third year.

SOUTH EAST focus The construction sector has been continually on the rise here, which means good news for future construction hopefuls! There are a variety of sub-sectors in construction that you can work in, from repair and maintenance to public housing and industrial. The biggest sub-sector here is repair and maintenance, even bigger than the national average in fact; 50% of construction is in this sub-sector.

Fast Facts

• Architects and technical engineers are by far the most common job roles in construction here. • The South East has a higher-than-average number of plumbers, plasterers, floorers, clerical and managers.

Start learning!

Want a course in the South East? 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! Vocational qualifications are the way to get ahead in this sector...


This is one of the best ways to get into the industry. The construction Apprenticeship scheme is a two-year programme for a level 2 award. To apply, you’ll need to have found an employer that will sponsor you. Get in touch with your local Construction Skills office for job opportunities and vacancies in your area (see useful links box). As well as those already mentioned on the previous page, here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 2: • Construction • Electrical and Electronics Servicing • Engineering • Construction • Plumbing • Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration • Construction Building – Painter and Decorator, Maintenance Operative (repairs, tiling, plastering), Bricklayer, Craft Mason, Carpenter, Joiner, Woodmachinist • Construction Technical, Supervision and Management – Team Leader • Construction Civil Engineering – Construction Operative, Formworker, Highways Maintenance, Plant Mechanic, Plant Operator, Tunnelling Operative • Construction Specialist – Scaffolder, Roofer, Roof Tiler, Wall and Floor Tiler, Kitchen/Bathroom Fitter, Floor Layer, Dry Liner, Ceiling Fixer, Partitioner, Mastic Asphalter, Plasterer, Thatcher, Stone Mason, Insulation Installer

Advanced Apprenticeship

Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Advanced Apprenticeships in construction are a one-year addition to the two-year apprenticeship. Here are the some of the advanced Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 3: • Building Services Engineering Technicians • Construction Electrical and Electronics Servicing • Electrotechnical • Engineering Construction • Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration • Plumbing • Surveying • Construction Building – Bricklayer, Carpenter, Joiner • Construction Technical, Supervision and Management – Site Technician, Civil Engineering Technician, Work Supervisor • Construction Civil Engineering - Plant Mechanic • Construction Specialist – Plasterer, Roofer, Stone Mason, Wall and Floor Tiler

A Levels

A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree, which are explained below. Most employers and universities value practical and scientific subjects; these demonstrate that you would be able to understand how things work. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction: • Chemistry • Design & Technology • Electronics • Maths • Physics

Case Study Alex Burns Nescot Level 3 Advanced Apprentice Nescot Plumbing student Alex Burns saw his ingenuity and hard work recognised on September 5 2011, when he was awarded the John Coleman Trophy for overall winning apprentice at the Surrey County Scholars and Apprentices Awards at County Hall in Kingstonupon-Thames. Alex’s success came, not just as a reward for his determination, despite low school grades due to serious ill health, but for the dramatic impact his hard work and commitment has had on his workplace. Alex came to Hollands Heating and Plumbing after his previous employer was forced to make him redundant. He now routinely works late and over weekends to both complete jobs and keep the firm up to date with admin.   He has also taken on a big role in marketing the firm. By enrolling the company on the CheckaTrade website, arranging for the workforce to have logoed workwear and business cards - prominently featuring the company’s status as Worcester Bosch Accredited Installers  -  and keeping the firm’s own website updated, he has brought in more work for the company and freed his bosses to focus on more pressing concerns. Alex also researched and compiled a list of likely firms which he then contacted to offer the company’s services, resulting in even more trade for his employers.  All of this was done in his own time. Needless to say, Alex’s work in college has also benefited from this determination and positive attitude.  His practical and theory work has always been of an extremely high standard and his interest in plumbing and hunger to learn has a very positive impact on his classmates. Alex has taken every opportunity offered to him by his employers and the college and works hard to exceed expectations.  He is now bringing that same attitude and commitment to his Level 3 course at Nescot . Interested in becoming an Apprentice, or need help finding a work placement?  For more information call Nescot on 0208 394 8400 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.

College Courses

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Retail It’s not just about working on a till – the Retail sector offers a range of career paths, from managing a shop to creating shop window displays. Everyone loves to shop, which is why this sector turns over more than £321 billion a year in the UK. Retail is about the sale of products and services to consumers (that’s people like you). It covers high street shops, supermarkets, independent shops, large national chains and more. It’s also one of the most fun and young industries out there, with more than one third of the workforce under 25 years old. Whether your strengths are creativity or organisation, there’s a role for you. Here are the main areas in the sector:

Store operations

One of the most exciting places to work, store operations is about delivering customer service. Sales assistants help customers in the shop and make the overall shopping experience better. To do this it is important to have top knowledge of the products you are selling, as well as being friendly and approachable. Salary: starting between £11,000 and £15,000 a year.


Buyers are the people who choose what is sold in the shop, and buy the products directly from designers and wholesalers. As well as knowing all about the latest fashions and trends you have to be a keen negotiator. It’s the buyers at Topshop, for example, who bring trends to the high street. Salary: starting between £16,000 and £20,000. With experience, you can earn over £45,000 a year.

Visual merchandising

From window displays to mannequin dressing, this creative career is about making visual displays to catch the customer’s eye. Visual merchandising is vital to the stores overall profitability. Salary: starting between £12,000 and £16,000 a year.


From managing a shop to overseeing a region of national chains, store managers are needed to keep things running smoothly and profitably. To be a successful store manager you have to be able to motivate staff and sales teams but you may also have to deal with human resources, marketing, customer service and finance. Salary: starting between £16,000 and £20,000, while managers of large stores can make £40,000 or more.


SOUTH EAST Focus 11% of the South East’s workforce is employed in retail. There are a lot of opportunities in this sector; available roles range from customer service and sales to managing, these are the most common job roles here. Nearly two thirds of vacancies in the retail sector here are in customer service and sales.

Fast facts:

• 17% of the UK’s retail employees are in the South East. • 16% of the UK’s retail establishments are here. • Bluewater is the largest retail centre in the region.

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Get qualified There are several courses you can take to help start a career in Retail. Once you have work experience these qualifications will help further your career...


The Retail Apprenticeship covers a wide range of job roles in retail, from visual merchandising to sales. You’ll get a job with an employer (for example, a national chain like Superdrug) and do half of your learning on the job, and half in the classroom with a college or training provider. Though this the only apprenticeship framework in the sector it can vary hugely based on the employer, the apprenticeship gives you an NVQ level 2: • Retail

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 continue the retail apprenticeship to NVQ level 3: • Retail

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 rather than academic qualifications; but if you’re interested in retail management or a role as a buyer, here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction:

Case Study Lara hopes to pursue her career overseas Omolara (Lara) Martins is 17 and studying on the National Diploma in Business (Retail) I enrolled at the Fashion Retail Academy wanting to expand my knowledge in the business retail industry, meeting key industry people and learning first-hand what the industry is looking for. I have had a taste of the industry by working with an online fashion magazine, styling on shoots and two retail jobs (Topshop and Mulberry). I first heard about the Academy whilst working at Topshop in a conversation about career path choices and applied online. A few months on and I am fully committed and enjoying learning business retail as it is shaping my future, from marketing to business communication my knowledge of industry is multiplying. After starting at the Academy and adding the FRA to my CV, I obtained an interview at Mulberry and successfully got the job.

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With help from the Fashion Retail Academy, I am looking into a career in PR and Marketing in the Luxury goods sector and hoping to progress onto University and then move overseas in the next 6-7 years to pursue my fashion retail career.

Foundation Degrees

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

Employer Funded Study

Many of the big national chains (like M&S, Tesco and Sainsbury) run special training schemes for school leavers – lots of them are linked in with a management option. Entry requirements vary with each scheme – check the websites of shops for more information.

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Travel & Hospitality Sector You could take the first career step that Jamie Oliver took

More than half of the people in this sector are between 16 and 28

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Which areas employ most people in this sector? (% of overall sector employment) Restaurants – 30.5% Pubs, bars and nightclubs – 16.10% Hotels – 12.1% Hospitality Services – 17.6% So why not get into one of the UK’s largest, most popular (and fun) sectors?


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Travel & hospitality Fancy a career where you help people enjoy themselves, with opportunities to travel in the UK and abroad? Then look no further than the travel and hospitality sector… This is one of the most popular sectors. In our country alone, it employs nearly 2.1 million people and covers a range of industries from restaurants and hotels to tour operators and nightclubs. People working in this industry arrange our holidays, cook for us in restaurants, serve drinks at the bar, lead our tours, and more. It’s a buzzing, exciting sector with many opportunities to work in the UK and abroad. In fact, businesses in this industry take on close to 15,000 new apprentices each year. Here are some of the major areas in travel & hospitality:

Travel services

These are the travel agents and tour operators who help people book their holidays. They work in both call centres and high street travel agencies (like Thomas Cook, STA Travel), advising people on anything from flight schedules and tour packages to travel insurance and visa information. Good customer service is an essential part of this career. Earnings: Salaries start between £11,000 and £14,000 a year.


This is all about professional cooking – for restaurants, takeaways, canteens, pubs, cafes and anywhere else that boasts a menu. It’s an industry that rewards hard work and ambition. As you can imagine the types of cooking you could be doing vary massively depending on where you work, but many chefs who get into the industry with little or no qualifications can be very successful. After all, Jamie Oliver started out as a cooking apprentice. Earnings: Salaries start between £10,000 and £13,000 a year.

Air cabin crew

Fancy a career up in the air? These are the people who make sure we’re comfortable and safe during flights. The perks are lots of free travel and a career that’s always on the go. Good customer service, as well as a friendly and reassuring personality are vital in this career; air cabin crew have to ensure travellers are comfortable and be trained in passenger safety. Earnings: Salaries start between £14,000 and £16,000 a year.

Bars & wait staff

We Brits love to go out. This is the perfect industry for people who like to get out there and mingle. Bar and wait staff work ‘front of house’ in restaurants, pubs and nightclubs and serve customers. It’s all about good customer service…and the tips of course! Employers are always looking for outgoing young people to fill these job roles - bar and wait staff are the youngest in average age in the entire industry. Earnings: Salaries start between £9,000 and £12,000 a year (plus tips).

Hotels & resorts

It takes a lot of people to run a successful hotel – the receptionists who check in guests, the housekeeper who keeps the sheets crisp, the reservations assistant who makes bookings, the porter who ferries luggage to the room. This industry covers work in hostels, caravan parks and holiday parks too. Service with a smile is key to hotel work as customers expect excellent service and attention from hotel staff. Earnings: Salaries start between £10,000 and £13,000 a year.


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Apprenticeships are the recommended route into this sector. (It’s how Jamie Oliver started.) 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. There are Apprenticeships ranging from catering to air cabin crew. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 2: • Cabin Crew • Cleaning and Support Services • Hospitality and Catering • Travel Services

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: • Hospitality and Catering • Travel Services

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: • Food Technology • Travel and Tourism

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 hospitality and tourism management.

College Courses

A college course can also be a great route into this sector. To see which colleges have relevant courses in your region check out

Case Study HTP Training works for Tony Each year thousands of people embark on an Apprenticeship to start or progress their chosen career. An Apprenticeship will provide you with the opportunity to achieve nationally recognised qualifications that will make a real difference to your future prospects and career. HTP Training has very high success rates; in fact 87% Tony at work at UKSA of Apprenticeships were completed last academic year. We’ll work with you to find employment and adapt training to you and your employers needs. We know the issues that those embarking on their first career can face and we will guide you to your full potential. Not to mention that Ofsted has graded HTP as outstanding and one of the best in the UK. Tony Wyeth joined HTP Training in March 2009 as he was keen to become a chef but didn’t have a job. HTP secured a work placement for him at UKSA in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, a globally recognised professional watersports and yachting training establishment. His manager recognised that he was ‘a natural cook’ and he was enrolled onto a Professional Cookery Apprenticeship Just over two years later Tony has now achieved his Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeships; he now has much more responsibility and has recently been promoted to ‘Shift Leader’. Completing his Apprenticeship has made Tony more confident as a person and is looking to undertake further study in management when he has more experience. If you’re currently employed we would be delighted to meet you and your employer to discuss your requirements. If you’re not - don’t worry. Contact us to discuss your needs and get you started on an Apprenticeship. Just call 0844 3244144.

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Environmental & Land based Sector You could work in an area of natural beauty

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Environmental & Land based From agriculture and animal care to conservation and horticulture, there are many paths towards a rewarding career in this sector… Not everyone has to spend their career tied to a desk – in this sector, you could be one of the lucky people who get to work outside. It’s an exciting time to join this sector, Britain is trying to produce more of its own food, fight climate change, and protect areas of natural beauty. There are lots of opportunities to make a difference to the planet, and future generations. So what can you do? Loads! This sector covers farming; protecting the environment; landscaping; growing flowers; caring for animals and wildlife; maintaining the turf on pitches and much, much more. Here are some of the main sub-sectors:

Horticulture & landscaping

This is about creating and looking after designed landscapes in cities and the countryside. It covers work like maintaining sports turf, gardens, parks, golf courses and even business grounds. This role can be very hands on or, as in the case of landscape managers, can focus on environmental knowledge and advising on the long-term care and development of sites. Earnings: From £12,000 to £20,000 a year.


As the UK strives to increase its own food production, opportunity is growing in this area. Agriculture covers work in farms, dairies and ‘agribusinesses’ or companies that supply the industry with things like animal feed, fertilisers and farm machinery. A growing area in the industry is the role of agricultural advisors and consultants who offer specialist support to farmers on specific areas, like crop production or livestock. Earnings: From £12,000 to £17,000 a year.

Animal care

From running a cattery to training horses, this career is for the animal lovers. Animal care is about handling, supervising and caring for animals, from small domestic pets to wildlife. Includes work with breeders, pet shops, groomers, animal welfare charities and zoos. Veterinary nurses are some of the most popular roles in the industry and can range from household pets, exotic animals and equine specialism’s. Earnings: From £11,000 to £13,000 a year for animal care. £14,000 to £22,000 for veterinary nurses.

Environmental conservation

This area is for people who are passionate about environmental issues. It’s not just about saving the planet – conservation is all about coming up with solutions that will lead to a more sustainable, healthy environment. From park rangers to farm managers environmental considerations are very important across this sector. Environmental policy officers can work for the government, industry or charities. Earnings: From £15,000 to £20,000 a year.

Land-based engineering

These are the people who design, manufacture and maintain agricultural equipment, like combine harvesters and tractors. Working for dealerships and manufacturers, these engineers use technical knowledge to solve problems for the agricultural industry. Roles in this area could involve field testing, technical support and the education of customers. Earnings: From £20,000 to £26,000 a year.


SOUTH EAST Focus Here in the South East, we’re spoiled with beautiful outdoor spaces and a historic rural community. All of this adds up to a thriving sector, with plenty of opportunity for young people willing to roll their sleeves up and dig in. Our regional sector is actively looking for new recruits at all skills levels.

Fast facts:

• There are about 24,700 businesses in this sector. • Employs 155,000 people, 32% of which are self-employed. • The largest sub-sectors are animal care, agriculture and horticulture. • 14% of businesses have at least one vacancy.

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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. There are Apprenticeships ranging from agriculture to animal care, and more, here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 2: • Agriculture • Animal Care • Environmental Conservation • Equine • Fencing • Floristry • Game and Wildlife Management • Horticulture • Land-based Engineering • Trees and Timber • Veterinary Nursing

Advanced Apprenticeship

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: • Agriculture • Animal Care • Environmental Conservation • Equine • Farriery • Floristry • Game and Wildlife Management • Horticulture • Land-based Engineering • Veterinary Nursing

Case Study Tom is motivated by Sparsholt College College doesn’t have to be about sitting in a classroom all day. At Sparsholt you might just as easily be sitting on a tractor, or a horse, or at the top of a tree. As Hampshire’s leading college for environmental and land based training, Sparsholt takes students from the age of 16 and provides the best start for a career in areas like fishery management, animal care, conservation, horticulture and landscape maintenance and gamekeeping. For students like Tom Blagdon, Sparsholt has “proved a really friendly and aspirational place to be.” Tom is studying Fish Management following an interest that started at school. He says “The staff are all so well-respected in industry, and knowledgeable - the more they’ve shared, the more motivated to succeed I’ve become.” For more information on careers with animals or on the land see

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 • Environmental Science • Geology

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 trees and timber to farm management.

College Courses

A college course can also be a great route into this sector. To see which colleges have relevant courses in your region check out

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of workers in financial services are female

Almost 1 million people are employed in financial services in England

70,000 Around 70,000 young people start new businesses in the UK each year


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£26,000 - £50,000 per year (typical salary range for a qualified accountant)

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Business & finance

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 a year.

The finance and business sector is quite big in our region and is expected to grow in the future. More and more business and financial services are looking for office space in the South East, which will bring plenty of career opportunities for residents. Financial service companies provide nearly 5% of the employment for the region, around half of these work for banks or building societies.


Fast Facts

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 adviser’s 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 a year.


Think you’ve got a fantastic idea for a business? Well almost two-thirds of entrepreneurs say that they had no experience of managing a business before they took the plunge. Organisations like the Prince’s Trust offer help and support to young people who are interested in starting their own businesses. If you have determination and are willing to put in the hard work starting your own business can be a wise career choice.


• 13% of the UK’s finance workforce is in the South East. • Over 182,000 people in the South East work on finance. • The average salary is around £36,000 a year.

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Get Qualified There are plenty of academic and vocational courses for this sector...


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 of all sector, the to relevant rks Here are the Apprenticeship framewo 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 gone on to become supervisors or managers. 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 & 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 Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales or Price Waterhouse Coopers offer funded training for students Level who have just completed A Levels. Here are some recommended A this in career a for direction right the subjects, which could set you in sector: • Accounting • Business Studies • Economics • Maths • Statistics

Foundation Degrees

s A Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification which combine by jointly d Designe ce. academic study with practical hands-on experien 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.

Case Study Joe Hayes Certificate for Introduction to Securities & Investment Joe is among the first wave of candidates to take the Certificate for Introduction to Securities & Investment, a new CISI introductory qualification for school and college students. The certificate is a two unit qualification and is the ideal place to start if you’re interested in a career in financial services. Unit 1 – Vocational qualification that provides a basic introduction to the financial services industry Unit 2 – Project that allows you to gain up to 60 UCAS points which could help you secure a place at University “I had previously studied economics and am very interested in the financial services industry. I believe the Certificate will give me a head start in the financial sector, as City firms often ensure that graduates complete an element of this course on entering the industry. It will show that I am passionate about this industry and help to differentiate me from other applicants. In terms of classwork, I have enjoyed looking at the structure of the industry, considering such things as custodian banks and insurance companies.” Find out how the CISI can help you achieve a successful career in financial services 020 7645 0714

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 have gain two professional qualifications in four years. As mentioned PwC the Though leavers. school recruit also KPMG and a HEADstart scheme friends your time the by that is benefit the years 6 takes scheme KPMG are finished university, you’ll be earning and able to command a good salary.

Professional Qualifications

Professional bodies (such as Chartered Institute for Securities and d Investments, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Chartere you allow which courses short offer ants) Account ment Manage of Institute to study specific areas of finance and gain a qualification employers will value. For example, if you want to work for an Investment Bank then the CISI’s Introduction to Investment Award could really boost your CV and teach you more about the Investment and Securities industry.


Apprenticeships Our Next Generation

There are many different types of Apprenticeship suitable for hundreds of job roles from accountancy to motor vehicle, electro-technical to hospitality, business administration to construction. Sussex Downs College wants to raise the profile of apprenticeships so that more people understand what they are. We want to help employers and encourage individuals to start on the apprenticeship journey, whatever their age and experience. Overall apprenticeships offer: • An opportunity to earn while you learn with a clear career path • Structured form of vocational training • Nationally recognised higher level qualification • Apprenticeships make an organisation more effective, productive and competitive • Apprentices are part of the skilled workforce trained for the future

Rachael Bessant works for The Lady Plumber based in Cross in Hand. “ I am currently doing my level 2 plumbing studies apprenticeship and then I hope to complete an Advanced Apprenticeship which includes gas qualifications.”

The benefit for employers:

The benefit for apprentices:

Apprenticeships are an effective and affordable way to provide training for staff. We will provide your apprentices with all the training they need. We can even help find you a suitable apprentice, or provide apprenticeship training for an existing member of your staff. Benefits of employing an apprentice are: • Lower recruitment and training costs • Improved productivity • Improved competitiveness • Introduces enthusiasm and a new perspective Research says that over 80% of people are more likely to use a business if they offer apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships are an opportunity for people to get into a working environment, gain valuable experience and earn money. Whilst participating in a ‘tailored’ training programme, you will gain the knowledge and experience to enable you to take the initial steps on the ladder to a first or alternative career. Becoming an apprentice you: • Earn a salary • Get paid holidays • Receive training • Gain qualifications • Learn job specific skills

Tom Clark completed an advanced bench joinery apprenticeship in 2009 studying one day a week at Sussex Downs College. He has now become a fully qualified Master Carpenter working at Harveys Brewery in Lewes. “Apprenticeships are a brilliant idea as you gain a qualification at the same time as you are working. Apprenticeships are a real alternative bridging the gap between education and work.”

Curtis Murray is a carpentry apprentice working for Firle Estates. “I was one of the youngest apprentices when I started at College completing my level 2 in July last year with a distinction in my final exam. I am now looking at options for higher education after I complete my Advanced Carpentry Apprenticeship this year.”

Charlie Roberts is undertaking a work based apprenticeship in Business Administration at Hearing Concern LINK in Eastbourne. “I found this role through the apprenticeship vacancy matching service which allows employers to market their apprenticeship opportunities at no cost. It was fantastic and I am so pleased to have found my ideal job with training included.”

Ritza Sindon, HR and Training Manager from Westridge Contruction said: “I really appreciate the total support that the College offers our apprentices. The wrap around support they provide reassures me that our apprentices will receive not only the skills they need but support for any issues that they may also have.”

For more information on Apprenticeships contact one of our skills advisers on 0845 2302 007 or email

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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.

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.

Energy & Renewables

This essential sector deals with the utilities we rely on: water, electricity and gas. It also covers waste management and alternative sources of power like nuclear energy, wind power and solar energy. Careers in this sector cover the distribution and supply of gas; the generation and transmission of electricity; the collection and purification of water; the treatment of sewage; and nuclear fuel processing. Apprenticeships are a recognised route into this industry and offer excellent career progression. Job roles: Gas network engineer, gas service technician, wastewater plant worker, process operator, decommissioning operative. Salary: Starting anywhere between £12,000 and £20,000 a year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships in Gas, Nuclear and Utilities; Foundation Degrees, including Power Distribution.

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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.

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

If you’ve got a big heart and want to work with people, then a career in Health and Social Care could be for you. This sector is about helping people live healthy, full lives. Health care covers careers in medicine (nurses, physiotherapists, dental nurses, etc) while social care is about supporting people with special needs. Most people in this sector work for the NHS while the rest are employed by private practices. Because healthcare is an essential part of our society, there’ll always be jobs on offer for qualified people. In fact, this is one sector that continues to thrive during recessions. Job roles: Care assistant, nursing assistant, dental nurse, porter. Salary: Starting between £13,000 and £16,000 a year. Qualifications: Apprenticeships and Foundation degrees in Health and Social Care.

Hair & Beauty

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 upto-date knowledge of what’s in (and what’s out).

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

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.



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MidKent College is one of the top providers of Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships in Kent. If you are working with an employer and wish to gain a “Gold Standard” qualification, this is the programme for you. We offer Apprenticeships in: > Accounting > Business Administration > Customer Service > Decorative Occupations (Painting and Decorating) > Electrical Installation (Electrotechnical) > Engineering (Fabrication and Mechanical) > Hairdressing > Plumbing > Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying) > Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Heavy and Light) > Vehicle Body and Paint Operations > Vehicle Fitting > Wood Occupations (Carpentry and Joinery)

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

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.

Sport & Fitness

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

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

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.

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Key colleges: Brooklands College, East Surrey College, Esher College, Godalming College, Guildford College, North East Surrey College of Technology, Reigate College, Strode‘s College, Woking College. Key universities: University for the Creative Arts, University of Surrey.

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The beautiful countryside is a stone’s throw from Central London. That combined with its closeness to Heathrow and Gatwick make Surrey a thriving local economy. 25% of Surrey is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty! This means tourism opportunities but also many people living in Surrey commute to London for work. Business is vital too as Surrey is home to 61,000 businesses. There are some huge organisations here and more company headquarters than in any other county in the UK. Key employers: Unilever, SC Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive make up some of large FMCG multinationals here; Samsung, Toshiba and Nikon head-up the electronic heavyweights; and Toyota and Kia make up the motoring giants. 14-19 prospectus:

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Buckinghamshire ombe College, Key colleges: Amersham and Wyc Aylesbury College. Buckingham, Key universities: The University of y. ersit Univ New Buckinghamshire e culture with more new This region is known for its enterpris than any other part year each here businesses popping up hamshire is home to the of the country. That’s why Bucking h will be enrolling 18,000 National Enterprise Academy, whic learners over the next 5 years. important sector, Manufacturing continues to be an ers. The regions ‘new work ten in one than e employing mor largest concentration of city’ of Milton Keynes today has the South East. the in es large manufacturing business , GE Healthcare, Citrix, Key employers: Rightmove, Alphatec ick, Martin Baker Aircraft, Pinewood Studios, Volvo, McCorm and Goodrich Power Systems 14-19 prospectus: www.buckingham

Key colleges: Berkshire College of Agriculture, Bracknell and Wokingham College, East Berkshire College, Milton Keynes College, Newbury College. Key universities: The University of Reading, Berkshire is home to some very famo us sites, like Windsor Castle, Ascot racetrack and Reading Festival. All of these sites bring in lots of visitors each year and the area is easily commutable from London. Reading is also a major retail centre, which often performs better than large r cities in the UK in terms of high street sales! This region is less dependent on pub lic sector employment than many of its neighbours. There is lots of private investment here reflected by the fact it is home to 13 of the world’s top 30 brands. With a huge concentration of IT companies. Key companies: 3M, AWE, Dell, Cisc o Systems, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell, Microsof t, Oracle, Panasonic, Sony, Symantec, Verizon, Vodaphone, John son & Johnson Medical 14-19 prospectus: k

Sussex Key colleges: Bexhill College, Brig hton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College, Central Sussex College, Chic hester College, City College Brighton and Hove, College of Rich ard Collyer, Northbrook College, Plumpton College, Sussex Coast Colle ge, Sussex Downs College, Varndean College, Worthing College. Key universities: University of Brig hton, University of Chichester, University of Sussex. Sussex is one of the UK’s greenest counties and attracts millions of visitors each year to its stunning Eng lish Channel Coastline. Coastal spots like the city of Brighton and scen ic areas like the South Downs pull in the tourists, which mean plen ty of travel and hospitality jobs. Brighton is the biggest city in Sussex and has remained strong economically through the recession. Brighton has two universities and a medical school, which includes the renowned University of Sussex. The city has a large number of digital and new media businesses, attracting many creatives which is why some call Brighton ‘Silicon Beach.’ Key employers: American express has its HQ here and employs around 3000 people. Local councils are also major employers. 14-19 prospectus: www.myfuturesu

Kent t Key colleges: Canterbury College, Hadlow College, K College, Mid-Ken College. Thanet gy, Technolo of College College, North West Kent Key universities: Canterbury Christchurch University, University of Kent. ‘The Garden of England’ is Kent’s proud nickname and tourists flock to Kent each year to see landmarks such as Canterbury Cathedral, Leeds Castle, Dover Castle and the ‘White Cliffs of Dover’. This tourism, and due to large areas of the county being in the London commuter belt, has caused a shift toward a service-based economy with lots of opportunities in travel and hospitality. Kent has a high employment rate of 76%, that’s well above the national average. The Thames Gateway has been a major regeneration scheme which has given North Kent potential for new jobs and reduced journey times to London to 17 minutes.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Key colleges: Alton College, Barton and Peveril College, Basingstoke College of Technology, Brockenhurst College, Eastleigh College, Fareham College, Farnborough College of Technology, Havant College, Highbury College, Isle of Wight College, Itchen College, Peter Symonds’ College, Portsmouth College, Queen Mary’s College, Farnborough Sixth Form College, South Downs College, Southampton City College, Sparsholt College, St Vincent College, Taunton’s College, Totton College. Key universities: University of Portsmouth, University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, University of Winchester. Two of England’s largest ports are situated on the Hampshire coastline, with Southampton handling a significant proportion of the UKs freight and Portsmouth home to a large Royal Navy base. The ports are still vital to the economy but other sectors provide job opportunities too. Just over a quarter of jobs in Southampton are in the education and healthcare sectors! Portsmouth is also changing with over a billion pounds being invested into infrastructure and local amenities creating construction jobs. Hampshire’s economy is largely service based, and the New Forest and South Downs and the UK’s premier yachting and watersports on its coastline brings in plenty of tourism. Retail is also important with shopping centres providing employment in Portsmouth and Southampton. Key employers: IBM, Sun Microsystems, BAE Systems, MoD 14-19 prospectus:

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Why choose Totton College? We are a thriving, vibrant and friendly college with high standards and a national reputation for innovation and success. We are proud to be able to offer high-quality education and training for 16-18 year old students and adult learners both full and part-time. We have established strong links with employers and can provide apprenticeships and specialist training for businesses across the area.


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Berkshire College of Agriculture 0800 0711 666

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East Berkshire College 0845 373 2500 Newbury College 01635 845000

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Highbury College 023 9238 3131 Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Itchen College 023 8043 5636

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Peter Symonds College 01962 857500

Alton College 01420 592200

Portsmouth College 023 9266 7521

Barton Peveril College 023 8036 7200

Queen Mary’s College 01256 417500

Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141

South Downs College 023 9279 7979

Brockenhurst College 01590 625555


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Southampton City College 023 8048 4848

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The Henley College 01491 579988

City College, Brighton & Hove 01273 667788

St Vincent College 023 9258 8311


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Thanet College 01843 605040


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Bexhill College 01424 214545

Milton Keynes College 01908 684444


Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College 01273 552200

Abingdon & Witney College 01235 555 585

Central Sussex College 0845 1550043

Oxford & Cherwell Valley College 01865 550550

Chichester College 01243 786321

Plumpton College 01273 890 454 Sussex Coast College 01424 442222 Sussex Downs College 01273 483188 The College of Richard Collyer 01403 210822 Varndean College 01273 508011 Worthing College 01903 243389

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Open Doors - South East, Spring 2012  

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