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Through the individual partners the Project provides: Taster Courses Saturday Schools Masterclasses Information, Advice and Guidance Check out our website on www.nobarriers2uni.org Contact Claire Edden, Project Officer, the Advice Clinic, Royal Veterinary College, Royal College Street, London NW1 0TU TEL 020 7468 1235


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Selling ad space on your pet is one option, although how long they’ll put up with it is anyone’s guess. Do yourself a favour and apply for our Retail Development Programme instead. A three-year degree that combines study with on-the-job learning, it will prepare you for a career as a Barclays Bank Manager. Not only will we pay all your university fees, you’ll also receive an annual £12,000 salary for your in-branch work – and have the satisfaction of knowing you’re guaranteed a job when you graduate. You can bet your bottom dollar Max will be a lot happier too. Visit www.barclaysdegree.com to find out more.

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In this issue of Leaving School, we take a look at some of the industries which are looking to recruit more young women into their ranks. The motoring sector is always looking for bright young people in all sorts of roles. For example, there is still a shortage of women working the industry, so leading car manufacturers such as BMW have opportunities for Apprenticeships where you will get high quality training and scope to realise your ambitions. If you have the skills and the right training, find out about how you could make a successful career in motoring on page 16. In Civil Engineering too, there is also a shortage of women working in this field. So if you think you have the aptitude and interest to work in design, engineering and construction turn to page 20. In a similar field, Chartered Surveyors have rewarding Surveying Apprenticeships schemes, where you could even find yourself working on the London 2012 projects. In the world of business, young journalist Joyti Sharma caught up with “The Apprentice” Ruth Badger to hear all about her school days and how she made a name for herself in business. More and more women are making it to the top of the world of commerce, so if you think you have what it takes, turn to page 38.

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And still on the topic of girls, Girls Aloud talk about life in the fast lane and the ups and downs of fame.

Editor Isabel Appio

Publishers Isabel Appio, Ian Thomas & Adam Hayes

Business Development Director Darren Waite

Sales Executive Gurpreet Kundi & Brett Davey

Designed by Art Editor: Jon-Paul Daly Designer: John Blanco

Cover image Courtesy of Polydor Records

Acknowledgment & thanks RAF, BBC, Sea Vision UK & Kikizo.com

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Leaving School is published by Sugar Media Ltd© Sugar Media Ltd Studio 4, Hiltongrove, 14 Southgate Road, London, N1 3LY Tel: 0207 407 7747 Fax: 0207 407 6800 Email: isabel@sugarmedia.co.uk

Disclaimer No material in this publication may be used without permission from the publisher. The views expressed in Leaving School are not necessarily the views of the editor or the publisher.

Until next time, think big and stay safe Isabel

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Want to work in Media? Are you interested in working in the media? Then why not write for Leaving School magazine and get some real experience. We will publish your articles in the magazine and on the website leavingschool.co.uk. Hone your skills, gain some experience and it’s also a really good way of getting your CV noticed when you start your career. Got something to say? Email: us at leavingschool@sugarmedia.co.uk

Money minded Just about to leave School or College? Worried about what you’re going to do? Why not consider a career in local government? Working for your local council can be a rewarding and exciting experience and there are lots of opportunities to train while you work. Getting some practical work experience before you leave school or college can be a really good idea. Not only will it help you develop skills and experience, which you can add to your CV, but it will also give you more of an idea about the kind of work you might like to do in future. Lots of local councils offer work experience for school and college students in many different departments. After you have finished school or college, you may be able to apply for an Apprenticeship or similar trainee scheme with your local council. Apprenticeships offer you the chance to earn and learn at the same time and give you the opportunity to study for a nationally recognised qualification.

Nuclear Power Skills Minister, David Lammy (pictured), today announced the approval of a new National Skills Academy for the Nuclear sector which will improve the standard of industry training, increase productivity and tackle skills shortages across England. With the business planning stage successfully completed, the National Skills Academy for Nuclear will be opening

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A significant number of young people in the UK believe that they do not have adequate knowledge of finance, it has been claimed. Research by NatWest has revealed that 43 per cent of young people do not feel they know enough about how to manage their money. However, 59 per cent of respondents said that they will not follow the financial advice given to them by their parents. Mark Worthington, head of youth banking at the firm, said: “The reality of today’s teenagers is that their financial circumstances are much more complicated than that of their parents at the same age.” Young people are now able to access a wide range of goods and services, he stated, arguing that many now want to know how to manage their money “properly”. Young people aged seven to 19 spend £13.9 billion a year. The average amount owned by 18 to 24-year-olds is £12,790 – excluding student loans.

its doors to learners in January 2008. The National Skills Academy for Nuclear will join a network of existing national skills academies in the Construction, Financial Services, Food and Drink Manufacturing and Manufacturing sectors, with the aim of having 12 skills academies up and running by the end of 2008.

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Girls on top – or not •One in three girls and young women says gender influenced careers advice •Only one in five was encouraged to pursue a traditionally “male” career •Less than one in three got enough information on the pay implications of career choices New research published by Girlguiding UK today has revealed that careers advice for young women remains strongly prejudiced by gender. The survey showed 35% girls aged 14-26 believe being female has influenced the types of careers they are encouraged to follow. Nearly two-thirds of the girls aged 16-17 yrs (62 %) thought there was not enough information about how much you could expect to be paid in different careers, rising to 85% among those aged 22-26yrs. The findings suggest modern careers advice continues to affirm old-fashioned gender stereotypes. Girls say they are twice as likely to be actively encouraged to pursue more traditional female careers (34%) such as teaching and childcare as to be directed towards new opportunities in jobs that tend to be associated with their male counterparts (18%). Over three-quarters of girls said the reasons young women are deterred from entering male-dominated professions is largely down to lack of proper information (78%). Over two-thirds said girls tend to be concerned about possible discrimination from colleagues (69%) or from employers (68%). A lack of positive role models working in what are perceived to be traditionally male environments was also mentioned by 68%. In choosing future careers nearly six out of ten girls (57%) received information about going into teaching and over twofifths (43%) about working in childcare. Conversely less than a third were told about the opportunities to work in IT (29%) or business and entrepreneurship (28%), only a fifth were informed about engineering (21%) and fewer than one in 10 received enough information about construction (9%) or plumbing (6%). The good news is that more than nine in ten girls thought providing equal careers advice for both sexes could be achieved through better training for teachers and Only a fifth of girls were informed about careers advisers engineering careers (21%) (95%).

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Top online activities • Search and email are the two most popular online activities, with 87% using search engines and 81% email. In third place is social networking, with 42% of internet users across the ten European countries visiting one at least monthly. Type of websites used • News websites - visited at least once a month by 65% of web users. • Local information - 52% • Travel - 51% • Banking / finance - 50% • Music - 46% • Holidays - 46% • Price comparison sites - 44% • Tech sites - 41% • Films - 38% • Auction sites - 36%

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Don’t damage your future online Millions of young people could damage their future careers with the details about themselves they post on social networking websites, says new research. The survey found more than half of those asked made most of their information public. Some 71% of 2,000 14 to 21-year-olds said they would not want colleges or employers to do a web search on them before they had removed some material. The survey said the young needed to be aware of their electronic footprint and that young people could be putting themselves at risk of identity fraud because of the material they post on social networks such as Facebook and MySpace. The

data regulator’s survey found that two thirds of those questioned accepted as friends on such websites people they did not even know. Some 60% posted their date of birth, a quarter put their job title and almost one in 10 gave their home address. A spokesperson from the survey said: “Many young people are posting content online without thinking about the electronic footprint they leave behind. “The cost to a person’s future can be very high if something undesirable is found by the increasing number of education institutions and employers using the internet as a tool to vet potential students or employees.

University debt “pointless”

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A quarter of young adults see loans and debt to cover the cost of studies at university as a “pointless waste of time and money”, according to new research. One in four students could now be deterred from further studies, the research suggests, with one in four parents aged 45 to 54 agreeing that university loans are a waste of time. Karl Elliott, a 3GB spokesperson for the research, commented that young adults today are facing very different financial difficulties from those their grandparents dealt with in the past. “Whilst it is encouraging that many young adults recognise the need to save for their future, increasing costs of university and housing mean that young adults will have to think carefully about how much they save and how they invest,” he remarked. An encouraging statistic from the report was the recognition by youngsters that saving for the future is important, with 82 per cent of young respondents acknowledging the need to save compared to just 61 per cent of grandparents.

Raising the education leaving age in England to 18 is a key plan of the government. The leaving age bill includes a duty on parents to assist their children to participate in education or training. There are also moves to reform the apprenticeship system and to improve achievement for children in care. It means that in England by 2013, all pupils will have to stay in education or training until the end of the school year in which they turn 17. By 2015, this leaving age will be raised to the 18th birthday. The bill includes a duty on young people to comply with this regulation - and also a duty on their parents “to assist their children to participate”. This raises the prospect that parents as well as children will face legal responsibilities to ensure attendance until the age of 18. Employers will also be required to release young people for the equivalent of one day a week of training. There are currently 250,000 apprenticeships By 2020, there is a available, offered by target of 500,000 130,000 employers. In apprenticeships step with plans to keep all in the UK young people in education or training until the age of 18, by 2013 all school leavers will be entitled to an apprenticeship place. By 2020, there is a target of 500,000 apprenticeships in the UK - 400,000 of which will be in England.

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for each course, but to be accepted onto a BTEC Higher National you will usually need one of the following: • At least 1 A Level • A VCE (formerly Advanced GNVQ) • A BTEC National Certificate or Diploma • A Level 3 NVQ

Your BTEC Higher National – stepping stone to a degree

If you want to carry on studying after your Higher National, you can. Many of our students decide to do just that, and with a BTEC Higher National you can often go straight into the second or even third year of a related degree. Alternatively, many students go on to professional qualifications with exemptions from certain studying areas of the course, or on to occupational National Vocational Qualifications BTEC Higher Nationals will help you (NVQs) in their chosen develop essential skills for the future area of employment. LS

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You may have heard of them, you may know someone who has done one. They’re called BTECs and in 2007 more than one million learners registered to do one. But how does a BTEC work and does it really lead to career progression? If you’re contemplating a career in engineering, health and social care, IT, graphic design, business, construction or any other profession, university isn’t the only option available to them. Vocational qualifications can often deliver the same career outcomes as the more traditional academic qualifications. BTECs are vocational qualifications suitable for a wide range of learners, built to accommodate a broad spectrum of learner ambitions. They provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a key theoretical background. They can be taken as well as or in place of GCSEs and A-levels in schools and colleges. Some vocational qualifications have the reputation of being second best to academic routes, but BTEC qualifications are studied internationally and widely recognised by industry and employers in this country and around the world. They offer natural progression, whether it be directly into the workforce, into an academic environment (university) or into a more specialist vocational area. BTECs are also a great alternative for getting straight to higher education – completing a BTEC National is the equivalent of three A-levels. BTECs are offered for an extensive range of industries and services including Arts and Media, Business, Computing and IT, Construction and Engineering, Health and Care,

Hospitality, Land and Environment, Science, Sport and Leisure and Travel and Tourism. Each BTEC is made up of a number of units. The number of units is dependent on the level of qualification. In order to obtain a BTEC, learners achieve units by submitting assessments, often based on case studies and real-life work undertaken individually but also in teams, and they can incorporate work placements. BTECs continued to be developed and updated in response to the need and skills required by employers. This ensures that learners gain maximum benefit from their work whilst qualifying; and the qualifications stay up to date and relevant. Many learners complete BTEC qualifications through colleges or schools, whilst others will be introduced to BTECs through apprenticeship programs and workplace training programmes run by UK and international organisations. Over the last 20 years, millions of people have achieved BTECs across a range of industries. BTECs are delivered in local colleges so learners do not have to travel far to gain a qualification. Since it’s usually possible to study near home, students can often also make financial savings.

“Fewer than 25 per cent of parents know anything about many of the other options available”


Parents play a major role in guiding teenagers’ choices when they leave school. According to a survey undertaken by Edge, an educational charity which promotes vocational learning, 57 per cent of parents urge their child to pursue A-levels and go to university. Yet, nearly a quarter of graduates are doing a job that didn’t require a degree at all. Fewer than 25 per cent of parents know anything about many of the other options available, like further education, apprenticeships and jobs that offer workplace learning and vocational degrees.

Edexcel has developed the BTEC Guide for Parents to assist parents and students who want to learn more about BTECs. The guide includes information about how the courses are structured and the types of careers that these qualifications can lend themselves to.

If you would like a copy of this guide, please visit www.edexcel.org.uk/btecparentsguide or call Megan Fitzgerald on 020 7190 5191 or email megan.fitzgerald@edexcel.org.uk

Case studies

Meet the Learner… Mat Lazenby Age: 31 Occupation: Joint founder and graphic designer at LazenbyBrown Left academic education: After GCSEs, aged 16 in 1992 followed by two years at York College where he completed a BTEC in Art & Design Defining moment: Being selected by Channel 4 viewers and Design Week readers to represent young people at The Creative Summit

Meet the Parent… John Lazenby “Mat’s been really keen on art and graphics since he was about 11 or 12. He was always creating images of things that sparked his imagination – like making posters of his favourite bands. When he was a teenager and we were at a restaurant, Mat would say to the staff: ‘These menus aren’t very good, would you like me to design you some better ones?’ He’s certainly never been shy about asking the right questions; I suppose that’s one of the keys to his success. Mat would have gone to university, but he was offered a job as a result of what he did on a work experience placement at a design company and he hasn’t looked back. He was always much better at the more creative subjects at school and as he wanted to get into graphic design we thought that practical experience was really important for his future. I’m extremely proud of Mat’s achievements; he’s got a great job and he’s very happy so I don’t think either his mother or I would have wanted to change the route he took to getting where he is today.”

“We thought that practical experience was really important for his future”


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What qualifications do I need?

People who work as designers and engineers for car manufacturers usually have degrees in engineering or automotive-related subjects. It is competitive, but there are lots of opportunities for people who want to work in the different areas of design, development and production.

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What about a customer-facing role?

If you have good people skills and love cars, you could consider going into car sales or work in related areas such as servicing or after-sales. As well as Apprenticeships in Vehicle Sales, there is a whole range of certificate, diploma and degree courses for sales people.

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BMW Group Breaking with tradition

If you’re trying to get into the motor industry and are fed up hearing the phrase ‘jobs for the boys’, then consider a BMW Apprenticeship Programme.

The BMW Group prides itself on offering the highest quality training programmes to each and every candidate, which is why it is committed to attracting more and more women onto its apprenticeship programmes. And if that doesn’t sound attractive enough, just listen to what Serena Depradine, a former BMW Apprentice and now a fully trained service technician at BMW Park Lane, has to say: ‘I was attracted to BMW because unlike many other manufacturers they treated me like an individual, not as a female trying to get work in a male-dominated industry.’ If you want to follow in Serena’s footsteps and earn the opportunity to work with one of the most innovative and technically advanced automotive manufacturers in the world, then why not join the BMW Apprenticeship Programme? As a BMW Apprentice you will be based at a BMW Dealership so you get hands-on experience in a fast-paced working environment and, in most cases, you will also undertake a series of courses at BMW’s flagship trainee development centre, the BMW Group Academy UK. Located at Wokefield Park in Berkshire, this £17 million,

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state-of-the-art facility has 32 workshop bays, world-class IT and audio-visual equipment, 21 teaching rooms, all designed to provide you with a consistent and high-quality level of training. During your time with the Academy, you will get the opportunity to work on the latest cars and motorbikes – everything from the high-performance M5 to the iconic GS 1200 Adventure trailie – using the latest high-tech equipment. BMW also recognises that time spent away from the classroom is just as important as any of the theory-based sessions, which is precisely why this exclusive facility features modern residential accommodation, a swimming pool, golf course, health spa, gym and internet

café. Serena adds: ‘I did my training at BMW Battersea and I was one of five apprentices. The way BMW works is that each apprentice is assigned a mentor. These are full-time members of staff who help you through the course and make sure you’re happy and working well. You don’t get that kind of support at college!’ There are four different BMW Apprentice Programmes: Service, Parts, Bodyshop and Motorcycle. Courses vary in length from two to three years and on the successful completion of each course, you will gain an NVQ Level 2 and 3 (Level 3 only for the BMW Motorcycle Apprenticeship) in the area of study, the nationally recognised Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) Technical Certificate, plus core personal development skills in communication, group leadership and project management.

To find out more about the range of BMW Apprenticeships and to apply, go to www.bmw.co.uk/careers/ and complete the online application form. Alternatively, you can call the BMW Recruitment team on 0845 234 0000.

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BMW Group Apprenticeship Programmes. The definitive career opportunity.

Work with some of the most desirable brands in the world. How would you like to work in a BMW Dealership on the Formula One inspired BMW M5, the innovative MINI or the distinctive BMW Motorrad Motorcycle Range? As a BMW Apprentice, you’ll receive on-the-job training and, in most cases, attend workshops and tutorials at the state-of-the-art BMW Group Academy. BMW products are recognised worldwide for their quality, advanced technology and performance. Our apprentice training programmes are designed to the same high standards as the products themselves and lead to recognised qualifications and outstanding career opportunities. Apprentice programmes currently available include: •

Service Apprenticeship

Parts Apprenticeship

Bodyshop Apprenticeship

Motorrad Motorcycle Apprenticeship

Apply today. To find out more and to complete an online application form visit www.bmw.co.uk/careers/courses or call 0845 234 0000.

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learning a lot about different areas of environmental science, which I haven’t done since my GCSEs, and I am able to use aspects of my degree in my work. What do you dislike about the job? It’s not the best paid job, but the salary is respectable. Relocation may also be necessary to boost your promotion prospects. What skills do you need for this job? You need to be a good team worker, to have good communication skills and a thorough understanding of engineering principles. It’s important to feel comfortable working with computers. It also helps to have an interest in the environment. What are your plans for the future? I want to become chartered and to gain more responsibility, such as project managing. It’s also important for me to try and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Frances’s route • A Levels. • Degree in Engineering. • Masters Degree in Engineering. • PhD. LS

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Balfour Beatty

WANT A DEGREE, BUT DON’T WANT THE DEBT? Rather than graduating after a degree owing thousands of pounds, there is now an exciting alternative. After your A-levels or Highers, you could join a prestigious company in full-time employment and study for a degree on a part-time basis. The construction industry is the UK ‘s biggest single industry, responsible for 10% of GDP and employing 1 in 9 of the working population. By joining Balfour Beatty Construction you could work on a construction site in a management training scheme for four days a week and attend university the other day. It takes 5 years to get a degree – only one year longer than a full-time sandwich degree - and you would gain an enormous amount of work experience. Your tuition fees are paid and you receive a competitive and rising salary. Trainees will develop their career during their training and will continue into management after qualifying as a Chartered Builder, Engineer or Surveyor. The final goal is Project Management – being responsible for turning an empty field into a new hospital, school or office! The scheme gives young people the opportunity to both gain a degree and lots of work experience without having to suffer the financial hardships associated with full-time study today. The construction industry is booming and there are lots of long term opportunities to join a dynamic and interesting industry in which you can move up the management ladder quickly. Balfour Beatty Construction manages the construction of building for both the public and private sectors throughout the UK. Annual turnover is over £500 million and we are part of the Balfour Beatty Group – a £5 billion turnover international construction, engineering and services company.

Opportunities are available across the UK. Send a CV and covering letter to student.recruitment@bbcl.co.uk Further details at www.bbcl.co.uk 2216

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Want a degree – but don’t want the debt? Then choose a part time degree and earn while you learn. Commercial/Engineering Trainees

To join us you will need good A levels/ Highers/ Construction AVCE (230+ UCAS points), or ONC/HNC in a Construction-related subject. We offer a competitive salary, funding for college study and an interesting and diverse career path leading to managerial responsibility. Please send a CV and covering letter by e-mail to student.recruitment@bbcl.co.uk quoting ref: SL/LS/07. For more information visit www.bbcl.co.uk

School Leavers have the opportunity to: • graduate with money in the bank, not in debt • gain excellent experience • obtain a professional qualification • move upwards into management Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd. is a leading player in one of the UK’s largest and most dynamic industries – Construction. We build major projects for both the public sector – such as hospitals and schools – and the private sector – such as offices and retail developments. There are exciting opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to work on a wide range of building projects in their local area with an innovative and growing company and be able to study for a degree on a day release basis.

Trainee Engineers You would work on site and play a key role in ensuring that our projects are built to the correct dimensional accuracy and planning and supervising the work of sub-contractors.

Commercial Management Trainees You would work as a Quantity Surveyor, managing the commercial and legal aspects of a construction site, making sure costs are controlled and that our clients are getting value for money. Both these positions include full structured and accredited on-the-job training and the opportunity to study for a part-time Degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management or Quantity Surveying. After your degree, you will be supported all the way to Chartered Surveyor, Engineer or Builder status. Balfour Beatty is an equal opportunity employer


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instance, if you’re impatient, forget a career in teaching. • do a brainstorming session of all the jobs you’d like to do, from your dream job; such as being a pop star; down to the most realistic. • research ways of getting into sectors that interest you. Talk to anyone you know who works in them. Get on the internet. Contact companies and ask speak to personnel about how to get started. Find a mentor. If you have a real passion for a job, see if you can find someone who has done really well in the field and seek their advice. You could even ask to ‘shadow’ them for a while. Start by asking your parents or friends’ parents if they know of anyone who could help. If you can’t find someone through personal contacts, identifying a person via the relevant magazines or trade organisation. LS

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SANDRA HEMMING, ‘TutorShip’ Distance Learning Manager, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers “I manage the tutors who are assigned to students for each of the 14 subjects that make up the ICS syllabus – currently there are 500 courses being studied by students worldwide. We need to monitor the quality control of the process and check a percentage of the marked assignments being returned to the students by the tutors. We also have PREP revision weekends for the 60 students who attend the course at Warwick University. I organise the timetable and social and travel arrangements, including negotiating the contract with the University. I liaise with the other providers of education and accredit colleges that teach the ICS syllabus in preparation for the annual examinations – it’s a role that gets me out and about meeting a variety of interesting people. Then there’s the managerial side to it – I collate and present TutorShip statistics for Board meetings and prepare the education cost centre input into the overall ICS budget. I attend managerial progress meetings to argue the income and expenditure figures for my account. One of the best elements of working in the maritime sector is the travel! I’ve travelled extensively to countries where there’s an Institute Distance Learning Centre, including South Africa, Australia and Copenhagen. There’s a visit to Bulgaria in the pipeline!”

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While you work onboard hi-tech modern ships operating worldwide, the Ship Safe Training Group (SSTG) provide world-class training programmes leading to first-class qualifications to progress your career in the Merchant Navy. With more than 25years’ industry experience the SSTG recruit on behalf of 30 maritime companies that operate in excess of 300 vessels. The SSTG now require applicants for our September intake. The main entry route is the Foundation Degree-based programme. Opportunities for the HND entry route are also available for persons with good GCSE grades in English, maths, physics /combined science and at least one other subject. As well as the Foundation Degree, you will gain professional seafaring Certificates of Competency that allow you to work on board any ship, anywhere in the world. The Degree also provides opportunities for further professional development with progression into the third year of an honours degree.

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All of your tuition and other fees will be paid by your sponsor and you’ll have the opportunity to travel the world while under taking your professional training: at the end of which you are free to leave with NO DEBT!

To find out more, visit our web site: www.sstg.org You can obtain a full information pack by completing the on-line enquiry form or contact us by phone, fax or e-mail, there will always be one of our friendly advisors ready to assist.

There are careers...and there are Merchant Navy careers. The future is exciting. Your future is here. The SSTG - Your future today!

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Russell’s sponsorship agreement is managed by the Ship Safe Training Group (SSTG) on behalf of Hatsu Marine and covers the following: • A personal allowance of £580.00 per month. • All of Russell’s tuition fees are paid. • Accommodation and food is paid on Russell’s behalf as is his travel to, and from, the college and ships. He also receives a uniform allowance.

outstanding opportunities for career progression. If an officer accumulates more than six months out of the country in one year they can even claim their income tax back! “I think it’s a great career for young people today,” Russell informed us, “I went in with relatively few qualifications – five GCSEs – yet I’m going to come out with a hell of a lot. I could have gone to college or university and got myself into massive debt, but here I am being paid to get qualifications and I am coming out debt free!”

Nautical Science. Entry requirement: 4 GCSEs level A-C to include Maths, English and Science. • 3-year Foundation Degree, Marine Engineering or Nautical Science. Entry requirement: 120 UCAS points. • 4-year Honours Degree, Marine Engineering or Nautical Science. Entry requirement: University acceptance letter.

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Most importantly, the Royal Navy are a highly versatile fighting force. Above and below the waves, on land and in the air, we represent and defend the UK’s interests at home and abroad. However, we deliver more than just military power. We also help to police the world’s oceans, enforcing trade sanctions and anti-smuggling operations. We provide humanitarian relief in places of crisis around the world and conduct world-leading scientific research of the oceans. We achieve all this because we work as a team of dedicated professionals.

The Royal Navy are made up of men and women* from all backgrounds and various levels of education. Just think of all that goes into putting a warship or submarine to sea or a naval aircraft into the air. It is no surprise we need Engineers and Submariners, Pilots and Observers, Nurses and Air Traffic Controllers, Communication Staff and Administrators. The Royal Navy can offer unique, challenging and varied job opportunities which can’t be matched by any other employer – travel, adventure, excellent training and prospects, great pay, variety, security and a wide range of sports and social opportunities. A level (or equivalent), university bursaries of up to £5,500 and golden hellos of up to £12,000 (dependent on specialisation) are also available.


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work anywhere in the UK, and are expected to serve at least three years in any one station.

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To be a coast guard you should: • have a serious interest in the sea and in all maritime issues • be able to understand and use modern communications equipment • have the ability to assess situations quickly and make sound decisions • have the ability to work as part of a team • have leadership ability as you may have to take charge in an emergency situation.

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Most entrants to the service join as watch assistants. For this you need good literacy and numeracy skills, an interest in maritime affairs and the potential to use VDU, keyboard and communications equipment. You must be able to work under pressure and in emergency situations. These posts are recruited locally and you should contact the District Controller at your nearest coastguard station for details. Watch officers usually need extensive experience of the sea, with six years sea-going experience or three years in a practical search and rescue capacity. This could be from the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force or the Merchant Navy, or from other seagoing activities involving boat work and navigation. Experience as an auxiliary coastguard is also useful. LS

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THE MERCHANT NAVY A Professional Seafaring Career What do you want from your career? Responsibility at an early stage? Work with new technologies? A career that takes you worldwide? Excellent salary levels? Something other than sitting behind a desk? A professional seafaring career offers all these – and more. British Shipping is a vital national industry – 95% of everything that comes in and out of the country goes by sea! British Merchant (commercial) ships operate all around the world and include modern ferries, large container ships, luxury cruise liners, oil, gas and chemical tankers and support vessels for the offshore exploration industry. Operating ships is a far from average job. You could be in charge of a technically sophisticated ship and its cargo worth millions of pounds, or you could have responsibility for all the mechanical and electrical equipment throughout the ship. After working at sea, you will have the opportunity to transfer your seafaring skills to a variety of marine-related occupations ashore. The number of crew, and the range of skills that are needed aboard any vessel differ by ship type. Cruise ships and ferries are effectively mobile hotels, and require large crews and hotel and entertainment staff. Other merchant ships mostly operate with a small team who run the ship round the clock. Time off

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is generous to compensate for time spent on board and away from home. For example, after a voyage of around four months, you could get around two months or more of paid leave. The two main types of job available are Deck Officers and Engineering Officers Deck (navigating) Officers are responsible for driving the ship and planning its route (navigation), communications, and making sure the cargo is loaded and secured safely – so that the ship is safe to go to sea. They use the latest technology to control sophisticated ships and to manage the cargo (often worth millions of pounds). Engineering Officers are responsible for the high-tech instrumentation and computercontrolled engine rooms, including all the mechanical and electrical equipment throughout the ship – engines, pumps, fuel systems, control equipment, generating plant and electronic/ automated equipment. The course combines collegebased study with hands-on experience at sea. Shore-based study takes place at one of the UK’s maritime colleges or universities. State-of-the-art computer-controlled engine room, radar and navigation simulators complement other forms of study to provide the knowledge and skills needed. The main entry route for officers is a 3 year Foundation

Degree course. This is a residential course at a nautical college and includes time spent at sea training worldwide aboard ship – and you’ll get paid to study! Individual shipping and training companies recruit and sponsor trainees direct. The sponsoring organisation pays all tuition fees and living costs as well as a training allowance. So instead of ending up with student debt you will actually be paid to train. The entry requirements are 120 UCAS points in unspecified A Levels. You will also need good GCSE grades (A or B) in English, Maths or Physics (or Dual Science). Individual training companies and colleges may have additional entry requirements. Alternatively, for GCSE entrants there is an HND Course or a BSc for those with Maths and Physics A Levels. All trainees must pass a preemployment medical examination including an eyesight test.

You need to apply directly to shipping/training organisations. For a list of companies log onto www.careersatsea. org or phone 0800 085 0973.

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Minimum academic qualifications are 3 GCSEs (A-C) / S grades (13), including English and maths, or the equivalent. For details of qualification equivalents see: • Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) • Scottish Qualifications Authority • If you do not have these, competency tests can be arranged by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), under whose jurisdiction the work falls. Auxiliary coastguards must be at least 16, with an interest in, and concern for, safety at sea. The posts are recruited locally. High standards of physical fitness, hearing and eyesight are essential. Posts are open to UK and

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Entry

A degree in Biology, Marine Biology or Biochemistry is the usual requirement for entry to this type of work. 2 or 3 A levels / 4 H grades, together with 5 GCSEs / S grades, A – C / 1 – 3 are the usual entry requirements for a degree course. The following subjects are usually specified: Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology or Physical Sciences. An Advanced GNVQ / GSVQ Level 3 in Science is sometimes admitted as an alternative, although

some institutions may require candidates to have an additional A level / H grade. A relevant BTEC / SQA may also be accepted. Relevant experience, either paid or voluntary, is often expected by employers. There are current changes in the qualification systems including: • the reorganisation of the Edexcel (BTEC) national and higher national system • the introduction of National Qualifications in Scotland • the introduction outside Scotland of Advanced Subsidiary (AS) levels, three unit and six unit GNVQs and the Key Skills Qualification. • universities and colleges are reviewing their entry requirements to take these into account. You should check with them at an early stage.

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Many companies and organisations offer funding to science students, which will usually require them to spend some time working for the company on placement, whilst they are studying for their degree. Some employers may offer the opportunity to study for a postgraduate degree.

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Great choices on the horizon If you’re about to leave school, take five minutes to read this before you make any career decision. The global shipping company, The Maersk Company, is a great example of a dynamic employer that recognises the many valuable skills that you can bring to the organisation. The Maersk Company was set up in the UK over 50 years ago, and has a strong history of investment in - and development of –people. ON THE CAREER RADAR FOR HALF A CENTURY. The Maersk Company established The Cadet Training Scheme for those who are interested in developing a career at sea. The scheme offers many opportunities for development, whether a person wants to be a Marine Engineer Officer or a Deck Officer. In addition, seafarers often move into careers ashore within The Maersk Company. Callum Deane joined the scheme to further his interests in engineering: ‘I’ve always been interested in this area

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and a Cadetship seemed to be the best way to become an engineer. It’s good to see and learn. I’ll be doing more main engine work before I go back to college and qualify for engineer work.’ SEE THE WORLD. GAIN A QUALIFICATION. The Scheme provides people with an unrivalled opportunity to travel the world and see different places. Deck Cadet Jason McAloone developed an interest in the sea from his Granddad and joined the training scheme at 16: ‘I’ve already seen Dubai, India, Sri Lanka and Singapore. It’s really enjoyable, with a different experience every day – meeting new people, doing practical work as well as studying theory and being part of a team .’ Maria Quigley enjoys her career, on The Maersk Company vessels: ‘After my first academic year, I embarked on a three-month sea trip aboard the container vessel, Maersk Gateshead, en route from the west coast of the USA to the far east. It was a great trip and an amazing experience. I’ll never

forget sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge or into Hong Kong Harbour. Spending time at sea gave me a new prospective on life.’ ON COURSE FOR A BRILLIANT FUTURE Life at sea with The Maersk Company offers a challenging and rewarding career for highly motivated and proactive individuals. The company is currently seeking to recruit talented people to embark on its sponsored officer cadet schemes. Those selected will be sponsored whilst studying towards their Officer of the Watch Certificate at college. What’s more, The Maersk Company offers the ultimate 24 hour experience, unrivalled travel opportunities to all four corners of the globe and outstanding long term prospects with a company that has a proven reputation for excellence. This is a fantastic opportunity to launch your career – seize it today.

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candidates must pass aptitude tests, a pre-joining fitness test, a health assessment and interviews. The upper age limit for entry to most trades is 29 years. Promotion to senior aircraftman/ aircraftwoman is usually after airmen/ women have passed their trade ability test and completed one year’s total service. Further promotion to corporal and above is by competitive selection based on merit. Noncommissioned aircrew are promoted to sergeant on completion of their training. Further promotion is to flight sergeant and master aircrew. LS

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administrative jobs are available where a degree might be useful or even essential. Would I have to wear a uniform? Personnel whose job brings them into contact with the public are usually in the uniformed branch. This enables them to be easily recognisable and provides them with visual authority. In the police, some work in plain clothes either as CID or special branch officers or when on special duties. Civilian employees do not usually wear uniform. How do I get a civilian job in one of these services? The same way. Apply to your local police station, coastguard station, fire station or regional authority or watch for advertisements in the local press. Tell them what you would like to do and what experience you have to offer. LS

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number of songwriting credits for the girls, building on the handful of B-sides and album tracks they’ve contributed to in the past. “We never got into this industry to be brilliant lyricists,” says Cheryl, “but recently we?ve felt more comfortable with writing bits and pieces. Sometimes you just have to let people do what they’re talented at, and stick to what you know best. “We are singers and performers, and I could never imagine Brian Higgins standing ����� on a stage singing Love Machine, but don’t you think it’d be a shame if no one could bring that song to life?” Thrown together as winners of Popstars: The Rivals, the girls soon gelled as a band and have gone on to break chart records. When their last single Sexy! No No No hit the Top 10, they also entered the Guinness Book Of Records as the most successful female group in UK chart history. The song was their 16th consecutive song to hit the Top 10, smashing the previous standards set by Destiny’s Child and GA’s spiritual mothers, the Spice Girls. Such success does have it?s downsides, however. Namely being pursued by mercenary photographers on a daily basis. Nadine remembers finding a photographer with his face pressed up against her front door, just to see if she was in. “I was freaking out. But you get used to it.” “You have to,” adds Cheryl. “You can either let the press rule your life and let them stop you going out because the snappers will be there, or you can make them totally irrelevant to your life and just get on with it.” LS You can purchase Tangled Up now from all major music outlets.

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We believe that sustainable conservation initiatives need long-term support that pays for more than just the basics. This is why up to 60% of your placement fee goes directly to the projects to pay not only for your food and accommodation but also for vehicles, good staff wages, camp maintenance and equipment – the continued existence of the project! Everyone involved with African Conservation Experience – Founders, UK Staff, African Support Staff and all the Coordinators (and you as a Volunteer) – work towards the same goal: to conserve wildlife and ecosystems in southern Africa.

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& June 28th to work at camp for a minimum of 9 weeks (you’ll have time to travel after this!) •Able to cope with a bit of on-line paperwork & attend a local interview •Willing to submit 2 references & a police check with your application •Able to meet our medical, criminal and visa requirements •Energetic, enthusiastic & up for it!

Added Benefits: The Camp America experience doesn’t just give you the chance to combine work and travel – it also provides you with some pretty serious personal development opportunities. When you live and work abroad you find you develop skills like confidence, maturity and independence in abundance at a pretty fast pace – and all while you’re having fun!

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South Downs College in Waterlooville and Totton College as well as those in HCIU, valued mentors who support students whilst carrying out their own busy workloads and South Central Strategic Health Authority who continue to support students’ tuition fees. At graduation this July, an important event will take place alongside students’ celebrations; Lesley O’Dell, working until recently in clinical education with Southampton City Primary Care Trust and latterly with HCIU, will receive the prestigious Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award in recognition of her energetic commitment to students and to service change. This will be a popular and well deserved recognition of a real champion of Widening Participation for health service and social care employees.

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laboratories, pharmacies, opticians and dental practices. Some work may involve visiting patients in their homes. Hours can vary. Evening, weekend and shift work may be required. �����There are opportunities for part-time working and flexible working arrangements. Healthcare professionals need strong communication and team-working skills, the ability to pay attention to detail, to work on their own initiative, and a genuine concern for the well-being of their patients. A total of around 2,221,000 people work in this sector, with jobs available across the UK. Most healthcare workers are employed by the National Health Service (NHS), which is the UK’s largest single employer, and includes over 70 different professions. Other healthcare providers include the Armed Forces, the prison service, charitable and voluntary organisations, and the private

sector. There is a shortage of workers in some parts of the NHS. Most who work in the private sector have first undertaken their training in the public sector. There are opportunities at all levels. Some jobs do not require formal qualifications. However, for some positions, degrees or postgraduate qualifications and a great deal of supervised practical experience are required before the individual is considered fully qualified. Training is given for many positions. This could involve on-the-job training and in-house or college courses. Organisations like the NHS and Armed Forces have a clearly defined career structure and employees are encouraged to take additional training and work towards promotion. Continuing professional development is an essential part of many jobs. There may be opportunities for overseas work. Self-employment is possible in the private sector, for example most complementary therapists are selfemployed. LS

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Coping with death The grieving process

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ealing with your emotions when someone close to you has died is really tough, and there’s a number of feelings that you can go through. There isn’t a right way to cope with someone dying - everyone reacts differently. If someone has died unexpectedly, you may feel shocked and confused about why it has happened. You can also feel angry that someone has been taken from you. If an elderly relative or someone who has had a long illness dies, your feelings may be just the same even if you have been preparing for it. You can also feel relieved that someone you loved is no longer suffering from their condition. Grieving for a loved one can affect every aspect of your life. You may find it hard to sleep, eat or concentrate on your work. If you’re struggling at school, college or at work, you may be able to get time off if you explain your situation to your boss or a teacher.

Talking it over

It’s really important that you talk to people to help you deal with your grief - you don’t have to try and get through the situation by yourself.

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If a member of your family has died, your parents or other relatives may be having similar feelings. Sharing your thoughts with them may help you come to terms with the death. Some of your friends may have gone through a similar experience themselves, so talking to them can also help you understand what you’re going through.

Funerals

Funeral ceremonies celebrate the life of the person who has passed away and give friends and family a chance to grieve together and share their memories. They’re often held in a place of worship, but some ceremonies can be non-religious and they can take the form of a burial or a cremation. Whether or not you decide to go to the ceremony is up to you, but some people find that it can make the grieving process easier. To help you make the decision, you may want to talk to your parents or friends about what happens at a funeral.

Other ways of dealing with a death

As well as talking to friends and family, you may want to speak to your doctor. There are also lots of organisations that can help you to understand your feelings. Some of them run helplines, and some have online message boards where you can ask questions or post your memories of the person who has died. LS

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Racial discrimination is against the law. It is a criminal offence to discriminate against people because of their race, colour or ethnic nationality. It is also illegal to incite racial hatred. This includes the publication and distribution of written or visual material. The grieving process

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he 1976 Race Relations Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against people because of their racial, ethnic or national origins. For example, if someone stops you applying for a job or won’t let you rent a flat or buy a drink in a pub because you are Black this is blatantly unfair. Discrimination of this kind is called direct discrimination. The same law applies if anyone makes up unnecessary rules which discriminate against a group of people. For example, if an employer insists on women employees wearing skirts it is unfair on women whose cultural and religious traditions mean they wish to wear trousers. This is called indirect discrimination as it is a less obvious way of discriminating against people. The difficulty is often to bring the charges against someone. Bringing a case to court or to an industrial tribunal on the grounds of racial discrimination is not easy. Some people have criticised the laws on race discrimination because there are so few people successfully sued or convicted. The Race Relations Act also says that if a person bringing a case of racial discrimination is later treated unfairly for doing so, then this is victimisation.

Victimisation of this kind is unlawful

People who stir up racial hatred by using abusive language or threatening behaviour, or who publish racist material, can also be charged under the Race Relations Act. This is an area which some people feel is not taken seriously enough by the police. Government proposals currently under discussion include longer sentences

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for assaults where there is a proven racial motive. For more information on race attacks, including support organisations, see the section on Race attacks. It takes a lot of courage to stand up against racial discrimination, especially if your job is at stake. It’s often what other people think and do which affects you most, no matter what the law says. If you or someone you know is being treated unfairly because of their race, the first step is to talk to someone you trust and get advice and support. If you feel you can talk to someone such as a teacher, supervisor or trade union official about it, then go to them and ask what they can do about it. If you can’t go to them or they don’t support you, there are other people who are trained to help you in this situation. Go to your local Race Equality Council for advice. The Commission for Racial Equality can put you in touch with your nearest Race Equality Council.

Race discrimination in school

Schools have a responsibility to maintain an environment which gives respect and opportunity to all members. Everyone should have the opportunity to learn in a welcoming and positive environment and many schools have policies on racial harassment and violence. In reality, racism is a serious problem still in schools and if you are being victimised you should talk to your parents, to a youth worker, or someone you trust who can identify with your situation. If you can, talk to your teacher or another member of staff that you trust. If your teacher is the source of the problem then you may want to talk to the head teacher. This may be difficult to do as well. You can call the

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������������� Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) who will tell you where your nearest Race Equality Council is. Someone there will be able to give you advice and support. If you feel the issue is not being taken seriously enough at the school, you should make a complaint to the governors or the local education authority. It is a good idea to write down the details of the incident or incidents soon after they happen, so you have a record. This should include who, what, when, where, how and why the incident occurred.

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Racism in Sport

Racist taunts on football terraces have long cast a shadow over the ‘nation’s game’. Show Racism the Red Card is a new organisation whose aim is to completely eradicate racism in the game. They believe that there are lots of different reasons for racism existing in society and they also state that racism grows through ignorance and stupidity. The organisation is well supported by football stars, managers and team coaches. If you would like to get involved, contact them at the address listed. LS

Organisations

BLINK - Black Information Link BLINK aims to bring about improvements in race relations. Their website includes the Black Youth Charter and links to the 1990 Trust. This Charter has been written by the National Black Youth Forum (NBYF) on behalf of all Black young people in the UK. Telephone: 020 7582 1990 Address: The 1990 Trust, Suite 12 Winchester House, 9 Cranmer Road, London, SW9 6EJ. Fax: 020 7735 9011 Email: blink1990@gn.apc.org Website: www.blink.org.uk/

Helpline: 020 7932 5360 Telephone: 020 7939 0000 Address: St Dunstan’s House, 201-211 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1GZ. Fax: 020 7939 0001 Email: info@cre.gov.uk Website: www.cre.gov.uk/

Britkid This website is about race and racism. It is intended as an educational tool for use mainly in areas where young people do not have frequent contact with minority ethnic groups. Website: www.britkid.org/

Kick it Out (KIO) Kick it Out is football’s anti-racism campaign. Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football was established in 1993 by the Commission for Racial Equality and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and works throughout football, education and community sectors to challenge racism and work towards positive change. Telephone: 020 7684 4884 Address: PO Box 29544, London, EC2A 4WR. Fax: 020 7684 4885 Email: info@kickitout.org Website: www.kickitout.org/

Commission for Racial Equality The Commission for Racial Equality aims to work towards the elimination of racial discrimination and promote equality of opportunity and good inter-relationships between people of differing ethnic groups.

Me Too Me Too is an educational charity seeking to challenge violence against minorities and attempts to intimidate any such ethnic, social, or religious groups on account of their beliefs, origins, or lifestyle. The organisation grew out of

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the public reaction to the bombings in London in 1999. Telephone: 020 7367 0523 Address: Ferroners House, Shaftesbury Place, off Aldersgate Street, London, EC2Y 8AA. Fax: 020 7367 0501 Email: info@metoo.org.uk Website: www.metoo.org.uk/ National Black Youth Forum The National Black Youth Forum is a national network of children and young people of Asian, African and Caribbean heritage. It encompasses the 12 - 25 age range and the organisation is run for and by these young people. The aim of the organisation is to raise awareness about black young people’s rights, how to access them and have them protected. They have written the Black Youth Charter in which over 200 Black youth groups from around the UK have contributed. It is dedicated to all young people who have died through racist attacks and is available to order by email. Address: PO Box 139, East Oxford DO, Oxford, OX4 1FT. Email: infodesk@nationalblackyouthforum.org.uk Website: www.nbyf.org/

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Youth Funds?

Youth Funds are available for every teenager living in England

How would you improve your local area? Maybe by improving sports facilities... or by providing new communal resources at your local youth centre... or by cleaning up grafďŹ ti by designating legal areas.

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Youth Funds’ is the name given to the Youth Opportunity Fund and Youth Capital Fund. If you’re between 13 and 19 years old and you want to see things improve in your neighbourhood, then Youth Funds are for you. There’s £115m to make better activities for teenagers in England – and you can be part of it.

Money for your ideas

When the government did a survey about local facilities for young people in 2005, teenagers agreed that they’d like to have a bigger say in what projects were given the go ahead. So to make sure that your voice is heard, the Youth Opportunity and Youth Capital Funds have been introduced, giving teens the opportunity to give their local facilities a bit of a makeover. There’s £115m in Youth Funds, and it’s all got to be spent by March 2008. Here are the best bits: • you come up with the ideas • young people like you decide who gets what • your local authority has got to spend Youth Fund money on projects for teenagers in your area The money is there to help 13 -19 year olds in England just like you, to: • take a lead role in improving youth facilities • enjoy your life and spare time • learn new skills that look great on a CV or college application form You apply for Youth Funds through your local authority - it doesn’t matter who you are, everyone can have their say and get involved. All you need to do is show how your project can improve your area, fill in the application pack and send it in to your local authority (don’t forget to check the ‘funding conditions’ – ie ‘small print’ to make sure your idea qualifies). If everyone in your group is under 18, you may need to have an adult to sign the form.

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Who decides who gets the money?

Youth Funds are available for every teenager living in England. Young people also get to decide where the money goes. Some local authorities have set up panels of teenagers from their area to help choose the best projects. Others are asking all young people in their area what they think the money should be spent on. Your local authority will have a ‘Youth Funds co-ordinator’, or ‘YOF co-ordinator’ working for them. They will be able to tell you how the decision in your area will be made. If you want to get involved in your local Youth Panel, find out how other members think they’ve benefited by watching a video.

What’s in it for me?

Don’t worry if you’ve never done anything like this before. Coming up with a project idea and plan involves a number of people and you can decide how much responsibility you want to take on. What’s good about Youth Funds is that you can get together with your mates and work out what’s missing in your area. You can have a say in what activities and facilities are needed, get involved and see your plan come to life. If you know your neighbourhood could do with a few improvements, but struggling to come up with a specific idea, have a look at our real-life examples pages to see what projects are already running around the country and how Youth Fund money has helped them.

What does YOF and YCF stand for?

YOF stands for the Youth Opportunity Fund YOF money is usually awarded to the projects themselves and the money can be used to buy equipment. YCF stands for the Youth Capital Fund. YCF projects tend to be larger in size than YOF ones, and help to pay for the buildings and facilities that each project needs, as opposed to the cost of running a project. You don’t need to worry about the terms; the most important thing is to come up with a top idea and get in contact with your local authority. Their Youth Funds co-ordinator will be able to help you with. LS

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH

FILM OF THE MONTH

Whitest Boy Alive - Dreams

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The Berlin-based dance band, Whitest Boy Alive, have pinned down their electronic style to back-to-basics pop for their debut album Dreams. Formed in 2003 as a project between the Norwegian singer of Kings of Convenience, Erlend Øye, and German DJ, Marcin Öz, now playing bass, the band also now include drummer, Sebastian Maschat, and Daniel Nentwig on Fender Rhodes and Crumar synth. Although the band has its own German record label, Bubbles, in the UK, Modular Records has signed the group; an interesting new direction for the label that tend to focus on more upbeat electronic dance bands with attitude. The band played their first UK gig at the London Astoria with New Young Pony Club, another Modular signed band, in September 2007. With no structural or programmed elements the music makes for a clear-headed, no frills, approach to dance music: A refreshing change for club floor classics. However, after a promising start to the album with the catchy minimalist pop tunes “Burning”, “Golden Cage”, and “Fireworks” the tracks start to merge into one. The subject matter is generally melancholic; not a natural bed fellow for dance music. However there is optimism in the lyrics, and the sereneness of Øye’s voice masters the sound in a controlled environment. Quietly unassuming to the point of being in danger of getting overlooked, at best Dreams will go down well in the chill-out room of an über cool club. But at worst it could be snapped up by a bland chain bar playing non-descript background music that you don’t know, and don’t want to know. The simple sounds fit into the very current ‘80s’ vein, but without any of the usual bravado and day-glo. Also, Øye’s super-smooth vocals are so distinctive that Dreams may be regarded as little more than the electronic dance version of Kings Of Convenience. Yet in the grand scheme of things that’s not such a bad thing.

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Bee Movie is a typical Dreamworks cartoon critter feature, combining a flimsy storyline with amiable one-liners and endless pop culture references. Starting in the same vein as Antz, the film follows the fortunes of Barry B Benson (Jerry Seinfeld), a worker bee who dreams of life beyond the regimented bureaucracy of the hive. An unscheduled flight around Manhattan lands him in the care of sweet-natured florist Vanessa (Renee Zellweger), whereupon he acquires a radical conscience and campaigns for bee’s lib. Fans of Jerry Seinfeld, who wrote the movie with his TV team, should brace themselves for a disappointment: Bee movie bumbles fruitlessly from coming-of-age tale to romance to courtroom drama like a wasp batting against a window. Like so many modern cartoons, it is caught in a no man’s land between childish magic and adult sass. Life in the hive is presented, oddly, as a cross between corporate slavery and nostalgic Jewish cliché (“Is she beeish?”, Barry’s mum asks about his new girlfriend), and the film is so awash with knowing celebrity cameos and movie references that children are liable to be mystified. What Bee Movie really lacks is a compelling hero. Seinfeld is essentially playing himself, so what we get is a stand-up comedian in a black and yellow sweater. This can be wearying, especially when the jokes are so lazy (“Bee yourself,” “to bee or not to bee”, that kind of thing). Renee Zellweger’s voice adds some much-needed honey, but the best laughs come from Chris Rock as a manic mosquito.

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GAME OF THE MONTH Super Mario Galaxy

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Despite seeing Super Mario Galaxy at a few events over the past year I was far from convinced that this wasn’t going to be just another Mario game. From my limited time with the game it wasn’t clear to me whether the controls were anything more than a gimmick, something to help pretty up a game we’ve already played before. I was wrong. Very wrong. Super Mario Galaxy is everything Mario fans and platform aficionados have been craving since Super Mario 64 redefined how we think about the genre. It’s constantly fresh and entertaining and the perfectly ramped difficulty will ease you in before twisting you to your limit. In short, Mario is back, and he’s better than ever. It all starts familiarly enough. The residents of the Mushroom Kingdom are out on the streets of the realm on the night of the Star Festival, a celebration of the arrival of a sparkling comet many years ago. The occasion is expectedly interrupted when an armada of pirate ships comes floating in, and Bowser abducts Princess Peach, stealing her away to a faraway place with the help of an alien ship. Your goal: to save the princess. Not entirely original, I’m sure you’ll agree, but this nod to the past is supplemented by a huge cast of characters new and old who will help you on your way, including Rosalina, a beautiful woman who just happens to have an interstellar craft called the Comet Observatory. But there’s a problem. Rosalina and the cute, star-like Lumas entrusted to her can’t go anywhere until they repair their ship, and to do that, you need to help them to collect Stars. Sprinkled around the observatory are various domes equipped with telescopes that allow you to travel to galaxies far away. These galaxies are the stages in Super Mario Galaxy, and the planets within them are the various sub-stages. The levels themselves are a good place to start, because it’s their variation that is the heart of the appeal of Mario’s new game. Mario games live and die by the level design and Nintendo has surpassed all expectations. The visual flair of each of the galaxies is only matched by their impeccable layout, little treats luring you to all the crucial spots just as easily as the hints lead you to the hidden areas with their bonus rewards. If exploration is your thing, Galaxy is a dream and the curious mind will be rewarded at every turn. Learning each of the levels has its rewards too, as sometimes you’ll need to pick out a level you’ve played based on nothing but a taunting snapshot. That’s all part of one of the best secrets in the game, something I

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wouldn’t think of spoiling for you here. It’s a long road to Bowser, a path paved with 120 stars (though you only need half that to actually finish the game) and many boss encounters and sub-bosses along the way. Some you’ll recognize, some you’ll think you recognize, and they’re all perfectly designed to test how well you’ve learned the skills you pick up along the way. Because, when you boil it right down, that’s what makes Super Mario Galaxy such an enormous joy to play. This is a game that’s all about the journey. How you get to your ultimate goal is mostly up to you, with the design of the galaxy clusters made in such a way that you can make the game as hard or as simple as you want. It’s been a decade since Shigeru Miyamoto gave us Super Mario 64, and many fans have been waiting for a game that could equal the Nintendo 64 game’s well-deserved status. This is not that game. Super Mario Galaxy is the sort of game that makes you want to call up your friends and ask them what they thought of this and that stage, but since uncovering it all is such a large part of the fun, it would be selfish to ruin it here. Instead, I’ll end off by saying that I came into this game looking for Nintendo to show me that it still knows how to make games for gamers, and I walked away feeling satisfied that they’ve done that and much, much more. The Final Word: Super Mario Galaxy is pure joy from start to finish. Play it and you’ll see. By Alex Wollenschlaeger www.kikizo.com

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Grey Beenie, TBA, French Connection. Buffalo Trapper, £18, Topman. Indigo patent clutch bag, £15, Dorothy perkins.

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