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CONTENTS

JUN/JUL 16 For your eyes only

20 Jobs for life

27 Ask the teacher

Get a clear view of jobs and careers in the eye health sector.

Find out about the people and jobs we just can’t live without.

What’s it really like being a teacher? A student turns the tables and asks his teachers how they feel about their jobs.

5 Letter from the editor

Kate Newton introduces the summer edition of Moving On which features jobs and careers in healthcare and teaching.

6 News

Information, updates and fun facts – read all about it on the Moving On News pages.

9 How to become a paramedic without doing A-levels

Joe Strauss tells us how he’s following his dream without going down the traditional route.

12 Operate within the law

Find out all about careers in healthcare law.

15 Inside information

Health informatics jobs are just as important as hands-on medical care when it comes to patients’ health.

19 The real Tooth Fairy

Read up on the new dental technician apprenticeship – it’s where fine art and science meet!

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23 Level 1 Health and Social Care qualifications

Getting started – all you need to know.

24 Think local

Make a difference to your community by working in local government.

28 Sell your skills on your CV

How to write a CV if you've never had a job.

29 Good to know

Some helpful tips for anyone with autistic spectrum condition (ASC) transitioning from school to college.

30 Subscriptions

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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elcome to the sensational, sizzling, summer issue of Moving On magazine! In our June/July, end-of-term edition, we bring you a healthy assortment of job options in the healthcare sector as well as an insight into careers in the teaching profession. If you’re interested in a job for life, have a look at our main feature on pages 20 and 21 – we’ve reinterpreted the phrase and taken a look at roles such as midwife, tailor and tax adviser, which affect all our lives, either every day or on specific landmark occasions. Find out how you can become a paramedic without going down the A-levels and university route, by reading our interview with Joe Strauss on page 9. There’s also an in-depth article on page 15 on the importance of information in the healthcare system – healthcare informatics – and the job roles available in this sector and there’s a great feature on the new dental technician apprenticeship on page 19. On page 27, student writer Kieran Daly turns the tables on his teachers and asks three of them a few questions about their own careers and how they got into teaching and there’s a great Good to know article on page 29 about how to get support moving between school and college if you have autistic spectrum condition (ASC). We also take a close look at jobs and careers in eye health – optometrist, dispensing optician and ophthalmologist to name the main three roles in this sector on page 16. Have you ever considered working for local government? There are lots of job roles you could choose to pursue in this line of work and some very interesting career options you may not have considered – have a look at what’s on offer on page 24. Don’t forget – the Moving On Results Day Guide is going live online on 11th July – It’s full of really good advice and tips for dealing with things on the big day. Have a great summer everyone – see you in September!

Kate Newton, Editor

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NEWS

UPDATE ON CHANGES S H T A M D N A H IS L G N E TO 6 1 0 2 S N IO T A IC IF L A U Q

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ind out what changes have been made to qualifications in English and maths – the most important basic requirements you’ll need if you want to progress into further education or employment after school.

ratio, proportion and rates of change and you will have to memorise some formulae for the exams. Another change to maths GCSE is that the questions will be more open-ended and less clearly structured.

GCSE CHANGES

A-level maths was set to change but this has been delayed until 2017. This is to give pupils a chance to study the new maths GCSE before doing the A-level. A-level English language has changed, though – the coursework part of the AS-level has been removed although at A-level, 20 per cent of the final mark is still given to the the research-based work you do. The other big change affecting all A-levels is that the AS or A-level is now assessed at the end of the course (linear assessment rather than modular). This means that you will sit all of your exams in the summer and you won’t do any modules in January. Also, your AS-level results are only for that AS-level – they do not count towards your final A-level qualification.

English language GCSE now involves reading more texts, fiction and non-fiction, from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries as well as more attention on spelling, punctuation and grammar. If you studied GCSE English before, you would be entered for a foundation paper or a higher paper. These levels have been removed and so has controlled assessment, which means that you’ll be tested by doing only exams. The new maths GCSE is still tiered so you will be entered for either the foundation paper, which will be graded 1 – 5 or the higher paper, which will be graded 4 – 9. There is more content in the new maths GCSE including

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KRISPY KREME LAUNCHES NEW NUTELLA-FILLED DOUGHNUT Top doughnut people, Krispy Kreme, have just launched a new flavour to add to their range of super-sweet treats. Have you tried it yet? If you’re a fan of the hazelnut and milk chocolate spread that we all know and love as Nutella and if you’ve often wished that Krispy Kreme would make us all really happy by combining their delicious doughnuts with the aforementioned sticky spread, then you need wait no longer. It has happened! But the new flavour isn’t going to be around for long, apparently. The world-famous doughnut company have decided to make the Krispy Kreme Nutty Chocolatta a limited edition product. The new flavoured doughnut was launched on 27th May, so you might well be reading this having been lucky enough to have sampled one already – lucky you! But you’ll have to make the most of your favourite new snack because it’s only going to be around until Sunday 4th September this year. Unless of course, the new Nutellafilled offering proves to be a best-seller. Then those nice Krispy Kreme people couldn’t possibly pull it from their range of yummy multi-coloured, multi-flavoured doughnuts, could they? How cruel would that be?! Priced at £2 each the Nutty Chocolatta is available from Krispy Kreme stores and cabinets around the country. To find your nearest stockist, go to: To find your nearest Krispy Kreme store or cabinet go to www. krispykreme.co.uk and enjoy!

NHS IS CREATING 100,000 HEALTH SECTOR APPRENTICESHIPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

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he NHS will create 100,000 apprenticeships – almost 7 times the current number – across the country by 2020, offering opportunities to thousands of young people who want a career in the health sector. This commitment follows the launch of the government consultation to make 2.3 per cent of workers in large public sector bodies apprentices. The roles will be created in a range of areas within the NHS, including: • • • •

Nursing and healthcare IT, estates and facilities Domestic and housekeeping services Business administration and accounting

Health Minister Ben Gummer said, “As one of the largest employers in the world, I am immensely proud that the NHS is leading the way in offering

thousands of aspiring young people the opportunity to become an apprentice. The scheme will mean existing NHS staff can have the opportunity to try a new role or enhance their current role.” It is hoped that these apprenticeships will support the NHS commitment to employing more young people and improving diversity within the workforce. This drive was backed by ministers when they announced the introduction of the new nursing associate apprenticeship, in December 2015. It is anticipated that up to 1,000 people could be trained in this new nursing support role from 2016. For more information on new NHS apprenticeships go to: www. gov.uk/government/news/new-nhsapprenticeships and for information on the new nursing associate apprenticeship, go to: www.gov.uk/ government/news/nursing-associaterole-offers-new-route-into-nursing

WHAT HAVE HIPSTERS EVER DONE FOR US? We give them a hard time but take a look at some of the old-fashioned things hipsters have made popular again. • Beekeeping – tell ‘em about the honey, mummy • Taxidermy – making art using stuffed animals • Typewriters – the joy of writing like an oldfashioned novelist • Beards – barbers have benefitted from the hipster face-fur trend • Soap – trendy beard soap is all the rage

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• Foraging – find your own lunch in the woods – what’s not to like? • Blacksmithing – not just horseshoes, hipster blacksmiths make metal stuff for homes and gardens too • Butchery – they’ve made proper meat from the butcher’s shop trendy again • Jam – hipsters buy lots of jam so they can use the jars for fancy cocktails • Beer – once made by funny old men with beards in sheds, real beer is the thing now and it’s being made and drunk by – funny young men with beards.

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hat do a chartered surveyor, junior journalist, laboratory scientist and a cybersecurity technologist have in common? The answer is that they are all careers that you can begin through an apprenticeship. There are about 100 new apprenticeship standards that have been approved and are now ready for delivery. These range from Level 2 apprenticeships with no requirement to complete a nationally recognised qualification, such as the Retailer Apprenticeship to Level 7 apprenticeships, and the Systems Engineering Masters Level Apprenticeship where you will study for a post-graduate Diploma or Certificate in Systems Engineering. Here are just a few of the new apprenticeship standards available:

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Aviation ground operative Healthcare support worker

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Railway engineering design technician Live event rigger

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Actuarial technician Conveyancing technician

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Bespoke tailer and cutter Laboratory scientist

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Product design and development engineer Relationships manager (banking)

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Solicitor Outside broadcasting engineer

You can find the full list of apprenticeship standards and details of these on the Government website, and you can read all about the new solicitor’s apprenticeship on page 12.

A THIRD OF A-LEVEL STUDENTS WISH THEY’D CHOSEN DIFFERENT SUBJECTS A survey of more than 1,000 A-level students who applied to university found that 28 per cent of them would have chosen different A-level subjects, had they better understood the connection between A-levels and university applications. According to the survey, 41 per cent of A-level students wish that they had thought more about how their choice of A-levels would affect their

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application to university. The same percentage had no idea that some universities have a list of A-level subjects that they look on less favourably than others. It’s really important to check university entry requirements for the courses that you might want to apply for before you select your A-levels, and if in doubt, ask for some advice.

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CASE STUDY

How to become a paramedic without doing A-levels MOVING ON SPOKE TO JOE STRAUSS WHO IS STUDYING TOWARDS BECOMING A PARAMEDIC, AT KINGSTON COLLEGE IN SURREY. HE TOLD US ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE HE IS TAKING INTO THE PROFESSION.

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oe Strauss is 20 years old and has wanted to be a paramedic for quite a while. After passing his GCSEs, he struggled with A-levels for a year, finally deciding to quit school to work full time at a local boatyard where he’d previously been working part time and in school holidays. Undeterred, Joe still wanted to pursue his goal of becoming a paramedic one way or another and with his mum’s help, he found out about the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Paramedic Science course at Kingston College in Surrey. The course is a very intensive one – it is the equivalent of doing three A-levels in one year and it involves attending college for two days a week for one year. Joe was told that the course involves a lot of hard work but despite his worries about his ability to cope with academic study, he decided that the course was right for him because it’s short and is totally focused on the thing he wants to do. Joe is now coming to the end of his course and he’s decided to take the student paramedic route into employment – he had considered going into the Army to further his career but he’s decided

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that he would rather work his way into the profession via the student paramedic pathway. The student paramedic course involves Joe studying one day a week at university – the rest of his week will be spent working handson with a team of qualified hospital-based

quickly and provide on-the-spot emergency care until an ambulance arrives. Joe says he will spend the summer looking for suitable student paramedic positions at hospitals around the country and that his college has been very supportive all the way through his course, helping him with essay writing, research and job searches and applications. Joe told us that there are all sorts of people of different ages and abilities on his course and that he is one of the youngest students in his group. Joe’s fellow students tend to have come from related backgrounds – they include an ambulance callhandler, a St. John’s Ambulance Service volunteer, a police officer and a hospital security officer. Anyone who is under 24 years of age, who has no Level 3 qualifications and has had a job for two years can apply to do the course. The course is free and is funded by Government grants. Joe told us that he is enjoying his course very much and that he’s coping well with the academic nature of his studies because the hard work is all going towards getting into a career he is passionate about pursuing. Moving On wishes him the best of luck and we hope to catch up with him at a later date, to see how his career is progressing.

“Joe is now coming to the end of his course and he’s decided to take the student paramedic route into employment.” paramedics. The course comprises an initial 12week training period followed by 12 months working in a hospital as a trainee paramedic and a further 6-7 weeks spent working with a hospital paramedic team before Joe can fully qualify. As far as other qualifications go, Joe is a trained CFR (Community First Responder) CFRs are volunteers attached to the ambulance service, who can get to local emergencies very

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HEALTHCARE LAW

O P E R ATE WIT HEALTHCARE LAW IS A FASCINATING SPECIALISM TO CONSIDER IF YOU’RE A BUDDING LAWYER. DISCOVER THE LEGAL ISSUES YOU MIGHT HAVE TO DEAL WITH IF YOU CHOOSE THIS CAREER.

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ou may not have considered a legal career specialising in healthcare, as you may not have gone beyond thinking that you simply want to be a lawyer. However, it’s a good idea to give some thought to what kind of lawyer you might want to be, early on in the process, while you’re still at school and choosing qualification options. Most employment sectors need specialist lawyers because different kinds of businesses have to deal with different legal issues. For example, the law as it applies to the motorsport industry or to buying and selling property will differ significantly from the legal issues faced by the medical and healthcare sector.

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healthcare sector is very important, even if you are not a lawyer.

“As a specialist healthcare lawyer, you might find yourself working on litigation or arbitration, resolving disputes and advising clients”

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New legal issues in healthcare are emerging all the time due to technological advances in the sector, such as the development of robotics in medicine and the use of big data. As a healthcare professional, you would be expected to understand the ethical and legal issues that arise in healthcare, such as patient consent and confidentiality as failure to comply with the law surrounding these could lead to legal action being taken against you. Understanding and practicing healthcare law requires a high level of qualification and there are a number of specific legal healthcare careers that you could opt for.

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T H I N T HE LAW will be able to select particular modules or courses that are either relevant to medicine or healthcare, or which are specific to medical law. These will often be available at both undergraduate and post-graduate level and you could study either full time or as a distance learner.

WHAT KIND OF HEALTHCARE LAW ISSUES WOULD I BE DEALING WITH? Some law firms specialise in medical and healthcare law and employ lawyers who can advise clients on legal issues in both the public and private sectors. One of these issues would be patient confidentiality, information management and data sharing, as healthcare information is held electronically (see page 15 for our article on healthcare informatics) Other legal issues that are specific to healthcare include: the law relating to vulnerable adults and children; mental health law and capability; clinical negligence and professional misconduct; organ transplants; public health; legal issues surrounding beginning and end of life care, and medical research.

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As a specialist healthcare lawyer, you might find yourself working on litigation or arbitration, resolving disputes and advising clients. Alternatively, you might find yourself specialising in criminal and regulatory law and prosecuting or defending in cases of misconduct or negligence.

or above or you will need to have completed a relevant apprenticeship. These include the Level 3 Advanced or Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services, a Paralegal Apprenticeship or a Legal Executive Apprenticeship.

WANT TO BECOME A LAWYER THROUGH AN APPRENTICESHIP? There is an existing apprenticeship route to becoming a lawyer available through the Level 6, Chartered Legal Executive apprenticeship. Now, a new Level 7 Articled Apprenticeship has been approved for delivery from September 2016. This is a six-year apprenticeship route to qualification as a solicitor, offering an alternative to the traditional full time university pathway.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SOLICITOR APPRENTICESHIP For successful entry to the solicitor apprenticeship you will either need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths and English and three A-levels at grade C

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HEALTH INFORMATICS

Inside information YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A DOCTOR TO CARE FOR HOSPITAL PATIENTS – WORKING IN HEALTH INFORMATICS IS JUST AS CRUCIAL TO THEIR WELLBEING AS HANDS-ON MEDICAL TREATMENT. in the future, to running systems that are designed to store and am h t share X-ray, ultrasound and MRI n li F Jack WORDS: scans. If you’re interested in this particular career path you A-levels ollege, C m or F th Six Bilborough can start in a junior role where Nottingham clinical experience is not necessary. This area of work can lead you to one day areers in the NHS are highly publicised developing your very own problem-solving but have you ever heard of health projects within the NHS. informatics? Good patient care depends on the fast and accurate flow of Salary: Depending on your experience, you can information about those patients and having earn between £19,000 and £40,000 a year in access to those facts is just as important as the clinical informatics. physical, hands-on medical care performed by doctors and nurses. Health informatics involves INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION collecting, managing, using and sharing data TECHNOLOGY inside the NHS so if you’re interested in IT and A job in ICT, as it is more commonly known, computer technology, this could be a great career would involve you working as part of a team path for you. Read on for more information on to oversee the personal computers, email the three main areas of health informatics. systems and mobile communications that operate inside an NHS hospital. An average CLINICAL INFORMATICS day would see you working with hardware A role in clinical informatics involves capturing, e.g. computers, printers etc., software systems communicating and using data and clinical e.g. patient records, email systems and wide knowledge to support healthcare professionals. area networks such as WiFi which link systems The job ranges from analysing information inside healthcare organisations. Jobs in this about patients falling over on hospital wards, department range from ICT support technicians in order to prevent further accidents occurring to network managers.

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Salary: Starting salaries in this sector range on average from £18,000 to £24,000 a year, depending on your qualifications and experience.

LIBRARIES AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT This role would involve you supporting health professionals and other staff in their education, training, development and professional practice. This would involve you finding information for healthcare workers or training the professionals to use the tools on offer to search and critically appraise the information themselves. You would need to be able to keep on top of the changing world of health in order to support healthcare professionals carrying out their tremendous work. Roles in this sector include being a librarian and becoming a knowledge services manager. Salary: You can earn on average between £19,000 and £29,000 a year in a job like this.

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EYE HEALTH

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WANT TO SEE INTO THE FUTURE AND GET A CLEAR VIEW OF YOUR EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS? TAKE OFF THOSE ROSE-TINTED GLASSES AND HAVE A CLOSER LOOK AT CAREERS IN EYE HEALTH.

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DISPENSING OPTICIAN What does a dispensing optician do? An optician’s job is to advise and fit patients with the correct glasses or, after further training, contact lenses. If you think you are capable of understanding an entire spectrum of customer needs and you have an eye for style, this could be your pathway into the eye health job sector.

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he three main job roles in the eye health industry are optometrist, optician and ophthalmologist. If you’re good at precision and you have great communication and people skills, take a good look at the following three eye health job roles:

OPTOMETRIST What does an optometrist do? An optometrist’s role includes examining patients’ eyes, giving advice on any eye health issues, and prescribing patients with glasses or contact lenses. What qualifications does an optometrist need? To begin your journey towards becoming an optometrist, you must study Optometry at a GOC approved university – the full list of these can be found on the GOC website: www.optical. org/en/Education/What_to_study_and_where. These universities have many different entry requirements for optometry degrees – the average requirements are five GCSEs at grade C or above, which should include English and maths, followed by three A-level passes or 320 UCAS points, gained from studying physics, biology, chemistry, or mathematics. As an undergraduate optometry student, you would then study on a three year degree course (four years in Scotland) and after you have passed all the required assessments and gained this degree you must complete one year of paid employment. This would include working with a qualified optometrist or an eye health professional who should be officially registered with the GOC.

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What qualifications does a dispensing optician need? Unlike becoming an optometrist, there is more than one route into starting a career as an optician. As a trainee, you could choose to do a full time training course, where you would train for two years at a GOC approved centre and then complete one year’s paid work under a GOC registered professional. Alternatively, day-release dispensing optician training involves doing supervised work and weekly training at the same time, and it takes three years.

“Once you’re qualified, you’ll have a good number of potential employers to work for and you’ll earn a pretty decent salary.” At the end of both these courses, students must take exams set by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). Approved training courses are available at City University, Bradford College, Anglia Ruskin University, City and Islington College, Glasgow Caledonian University, and the ABDO Distance Learning Institute. After you have gained a dispensing optician qualification you may be able to enrol on a oneyear career progression course, which could earn you a degree in optometry.

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In order to get on to this course, you will need to have at least five GCSE passes, including a pass in maths, English and a science-based subject. However, alternative, equivalent courses in general science, human biology, mathematics and optics and dispensing are provided by ABDO (The Association of British Dispensing Opticians) for students who do not achieve these grades. Dispensing optician salary and hours The pay rates for a dispensing optician vary depending on where you work and your level of experience. Optical assistants and preregistration students are paid the same at £16,000 per annum; salaries then increase to £18,000 for newly qualified dispensing opticians. You can then earn between £25,000 to £35,000 as an experienced dispensing optician, specialist or manager. Employees are paid to work similar daily and weekly hours to those of an optometrist, although you would be expected to work a six day week.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST What does an ophthalmologist do? Ophthalmologists are medically trained doctors who care for patients who have eye conditions. They manage those with acute and long term eye disease and treat patients of all ages. Ophthalmologists also perform surgical procedures, such as keyhole surgery and laser surgery, as well as managing emergency eye clinics, outpatient clinics or other specialist eye clinics. What qualifications does an ophthalmologist need? To become an ophthalmologist, you’ll need to get a five-year degree in medicine first. Competition for medical school is fierce, and most applicants will need very strong maths and science A-levels. Alternatively, there are graduate entry-level medicine courses for those with a first degree already. Ophthalmologist salary and working hours Newly-qualified ophthalmologists can earn up to £40,000 a year. After completing further specialist training, an ophthalmologist could earn between £44,000 and £67,000 a year. Consultant ophthalmologists can earn between £74,000 and £176,000 a year. Ophthalmologists work fairly regular working hours, although they may have to be on call sometimes. General career prospects within the eye health sector Once you’re qualified, you’ll have a good number of potential employers to work for, like Boots, Specsavers and Vision Express and you’ll earn a pretty decent salary. The majority of careers in this field are regulated by the General Optical Council (GOC), which you will be required to register with in order to practice.

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ental technician is a lab-based role and the job of a dental technician is to design, make and repair custom dental appliances. Dental appliances are things like temporary and permanent crowns, dentures, bridges and braces. Basically, your dentist will take X-rays and

(computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided manufacturing). Dental technicians work in collaboration with dentists. A dental technician will advise a dentist on choosing the right dental appliance based on the information they have about each patient. The dental technician will then make the dental

“The starting salary for a dental technician is around £21,500 rising to an average salary of £31,000.” take an impression of your teeth and the dental technician will then make the appliance to fit each individual client. It takes three years to become a dental technician if you do an apprenticeship. Over the course of those three years, you’d learn about oral anatomy and how the design of dental appliances can help prevent oral disease. You would also learn about the procedures used in the design and making of devices, such as CAD

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appliance for the dentist to fit. Dental technicians are qualified professionals and you would be expected to have the relevant qualifications and to comply with the associated medical standards.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS WOULD I GET? The dental technician apprenticeship involves you studying towards a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Science in Dental Technology. Once you have completed your apprenticeship you

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can apply to register with the General Dental Council as a dental technician.

WHAT’S A DENTAL TECHNICIAN’S EARNING POTENTIAL? The starting salary for a dental technician is around £21,500 rising to an average salary of £31,000. Progression to the position of dental laboratory manager offers the opportunity to earn anywhere between £39,000 and £67,000, so there's some great earning potential if you are good at what you do and learn the skills required to lead a team effectively. Job prospects are good and official labour market information predicts that job opportunities for dental technicians are set to rise between now and 2022 (possibly because people eat more sugar-rich food and drink and don’t look after their teeth very well). Either way, if you think that making peoples’ smiles beautiful l 3 study is a job that you Finish your Leve A-levels s an me his first –t would enjoy urse and co l na or a vocatio and be good at, you’ve got make sure that ths and it’s well worth some decent ma under ing rn lea checking out this science your belt. apprenticeship.

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THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WE JUST CAN’T DO WITHOUT IN OUR SOCIETY – PEOPLE WHO DO JOBS WHICH AFFECT OUR LIVES EITHER ON A DAILY BASIS OR ON LANDMARK OCCASIONS IN OUR LIVES. NUCLEAR ENGINEER Energy is the driving force behind the economies of most developed countries. To cook your dinner you need energy, to watch your TV you need energy, to light up your home and the streets, you need energy. There are job roles and careers on offer in energy production, sales and marketing and opportunities in research and development for the renewable and sustainable energy sectors. Nuclear engineers are involved in the design and build of nuclear power plants and equipment. You can begin a career as a nuclear engineer with an HNC, HND, a foundation degree or a BSc. If you want to study for a science or engineering degree before going into a career in the nuclear power industry, you will need five GCSEs and A-levels in maths and science (physics) or you could do a Level 3 Diploma in a related field of study. www.theengineer.co.uk/why-you-shouldnt-rule-out-a-career-in-nuclear/

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FOOD SCIENTIST One thing that we all have to do is eat and drink so why not think about a career in the food and drink industry? Food scientists develop and test food and drink products. These might be totally new products like a ready meal or a fizzy drink or they might be involved in the modification of existing food and drink items, like low fat or gluten-free versions of popular products. Food scientists are involved in nutritional analysis, quality control and costing as well as the health and safety aspects of food production. You would need a strong educational background in science and to have some knowledge or qualifications in food safety or food technology. There are over 30 Food Science or Food Technology degree courses available in the UK but if you don’t want to specialise at degree level you should make sure that you study science or science-inclusive subjects if you want to go into food science as a career. www.movingonmagazine.co.uk/food-engineering-putting-thebubbles-in-a-chocolate-bar/

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MIDWIFE We are all born – and unless you are born by caesarean section, a midwife is usually the first person you’ll ever come into contact with. We will always need people to deliver babies and look after their mothers, so midwifery might well be a career for life. Midwives do much more than just deliver new born babies. They care for pregnant women before, during and after childbirth too. Don’t be fooled by the title either, midwifery is not a job exclusively for females – being male is no barrier to becoming a midwife. If you want to be a midwife you will need to study for a degree in midwifery and to do this you will need a minimum of five GCSEs including English, maths and science, and A-levels that include a science or health related subject or an appropriate vocational Level 3 qualification. You will also need to have a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check completed, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults from time to time. www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/midwifery

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CONSTRUCTION WORKER As with food and drink – all human beings also need shelter. The UK construction industry is massive and varied and there are many different careers available within it, from architect to bricklayer. If you are interested in a career in the construction industry, now is a great time because the industry is crying out for workers, particularly construction site operatives. www.citb.co.uk/careers-in-construction/

TAILOR We can’t have everyone running around naked now, can we?! Everyone needs clothes to keep them warm – and for reasons of modesty, obviously! The fashion and textiles industry has many jobs on offer but let’s focus specifically on being a tailor. As a tailor you would meet with clients, take measurements, select fabrics, work out costs, create designs, make mock-ups, cut fabric, fit, make adjustments and stitch clothing. You could begin your career as a tailor after studying for a vocational qualification, such as the fashion and textiles diploma, or you could look for a tailoring apprenticeship. www.asuitthatfits.com/offthecuff/5-steps-bespoke-tailor/

TAX ADVISER As the saying goes, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain – except death and taxes.” (Thank you, Benjamin Franklin!) A career as a tax adviser can be a very rewarding and respectable one. There are two types of tax adviser – corporate and personal. Both kinds are basically employed to make sure that their clients pay their taxes and also to advise them so that they benefit from any tax advantages or exemptions that may apply to them. There are several educational training routes into a career in tax and much will depend on when you want to begin your career and at what level. There are school and college leaver programmes, apprenticeships and graduate training schemes available. You’ll need a good general level of education, which includes English and maths, but you don’t necessarily have to be a maths whizz to become a tax expert! www.insidecareers.co.uk/career-advice/graduate-entrantsinto-tax/

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FUNERAL ORGANISER There are many roles within funeral care, from admin roles to the preparation of and transporting of the deceased’s body for burial or cremation. All of these people have a part to play in an individual’s final event and they have to deal with family members who are often distressed, so being compassionate and professional is a key part of this profession. An apprenticeship might be the ideal route into a career in funeral care and you don’t need any formal qualifications. You could register with the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) and do the funeral service awareness training online. Once you have six months of experience, you are eligible to take the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Arrangements and Administration. www.nafdqualifications.org.uk

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Level 1 Health and Social Care qualifications – all you need to know DOING A LEVEL 1 QUALIFICATION IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE COULD GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO KICK-START A FULFILLING, CARING CAREER.

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hoosing to study for a Level 1 award, certificate or diploma is ideal if you're thinking about a career in health and social care. A Level 1 qualification in Health and Social Care will cover the basic things you need to know when you first start working in the sector. You will then be able to build on your knowledge and take further qualifications while you’re in the job.

HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER A LEVEL 1 QUALIFICATION IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE IS RIGHT FOR ME? A Level 1 qualification in Health and Social Care is the ideal choice if you're hoping to start a career working with adults in this sector – or if you know that you want to work with children. You can choose the specific Level 1 Health and Social Care qualification you want to do – units include communication, health and safety, safeguarding, duty of care, and the role of the social worker. These units will enable you to gain the knowledge that you require in specific areas. You will learn in a variety of settings, not just in the classroom. You’ll be assessed by doing assignments which are set externally but marked by tutors at the college you attend. www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk is a useful website that provides information on the different roles within the NHS and the necessary entry requirements. There are also video stories

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and case studies with information from people currently working in a variety of specialist areas. There are many pathways to a career in the health sector. Your chosen entry route does not mean you have to stay on one pathway – once you are in employment there are lots of different progression routes. After completing a Level 1 qualification you could choose to go directly into work and train on the job through an apprenticeship or other employer provided training, which may allow you to gain vocational qualifications (NVQs) and even progress to degree level.

QUALIFICATIONS AVAILABLE AT THIS LEVEL There are three different types of qualification you can achieve at Level 1, depending on how many units you study. These are called an award, a certificate or a diploma. Each option provides an introduction to working in the relevant area of health and social care and units include: Awareness of Equality; Diversity and Inclusion; The Introduction to the Role of the Social Care Worker, and Awareness of Duty of Care.

• Level 1 Award in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings • Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings • Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings

PROGRESSION Once you have finished a Level 1 Health and Social Care qualification you could progress on to do a Level 2 Health and Social Care qualification. Alternatively, you could seek employment in the care sector or move on to further study in a related vocational subject.

BASIC LEVEL 1 QUALIFICATIONS These qualifications can help you get started in a wide range of health and social care roles. • Level 1 Award in Preparing to work in Adult Social Care

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to help promote equality in your community in terms of class, race and gender and to help address issues of social injustice.

DIVERSITY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT JOBS AND CAREERS It would be silly to list all of the possible vocations and careers available in local government because the list would go on and on for pages. The fact of the matter is that the job and career opportunities in local government are many and varied. Councils offer jobs ranging from unskilled work right up to fully-qualified professional roles. Local government work can lead to jobs in teaching, finance, architecture, social work and much more. As well as offering a wide range of jobs, working in local government can also offer great work and life experience. Jobs offered by local councils range from roles in IT and human resources to those in environment

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or the leisure industry. So, for people with even the most specific of interests, career aspirations can flourish if you choose to work in local government.

THE BENEFITS OF WORKING IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT There are many other benefits to be gained from working in local government aside from the variety of job choices. Full time, part time and term time work options allow you to work flexibly. You’ll get fair pay and pension options – local authorities pay competitive salaries, many commit to paying the minimum living wage and they offer a generous holiday allowance. These are just three examples of the many positive contract terms local governments offer.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT APPRENTICESHIPS If you are thinking about going down the apprenticeship route, local councils offer apprenticeships in a large variety of areas including entertainment, sport, business, horticulture and health and social care.

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GRADUATE AND ENTRY LEVEL JOBS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT For graduates, councils offer a range of opportunities and many operate their own graduate schemes. A lot of local government jobs require degree level qualification. These can range from specific qualifications like social work or town planning, to generic degree qualifications like business

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management or economics. The Local Government Association (LGA) also has a programme set up called the National

“Councils are at the heart of running and maintaining all the places where we live, work, learn, shop, socialise and exercise.”

LOCAL GOVERNMENT – A GREAT CAREER CHOICE To sum up, working in local government offers a vast range of job and career opportunities for young people with all sorts of different skills and abilities, regardless of their background or demographic factors. Whether you choose to do a local government job like working in a library or you choose to work in local government economics or management, local councils will support, advise and supply you with all the information you need to pursue a successful career in local government, as long as you are willing to commit to the job and work hard in return.

Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) which is a two year management programme aimed at training graduates to become the successful local government managers of the future. You can contact NGDP at www.ngdp. org.uk for more information.

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Apprenticeships can offer a fantastic opportunity for young people who choose not to go to university. Apprenticeships offer on-the-job training which is a good option for people who learn better in a more hands-on environment rather than through studying text books. On a local government apprenticeship you could gain nationally recognised qualifications, valuable work experience and you’ll earn money on top of all of this. But as you can imagine, you’ll have to put in a lot of hard work and dedication to reap the rewards of doing a local government apprenticeship.


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f you are after a career that keeps you close to the academic subject you’re passionate about then teaching could be the perfect line of work for you. Nurturing young peoples’ potential is a rewarding responsibility so who better to give us an insight into the teaching profession than teachers themselves? I interviewed some of my teachers at Coopers Company and Coborn School in Essex, to hear what they had to say about working as a teacher. Mrs. Cheale is a key member of the teaching staff in my school’s history department. She’s also Head of Faculty and is the school’s safeguarding officer. Her early career was spent working in a London bank but she found that she missed her subject too much and retrained as a teacher. “I love the process of history.” she told me. Never bored, because of the varied nature of her job, Mrs. Cheale loves inspiring young people to enjoy the subject she teaches. Asked whether she would recommend a teaching career to Moving On readers she said,

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“You get to work with different people every day and I enjoy the challenge of bringing PE to my students.” MRS. WILKES Mrs. Wilkes is both a PE teacher and Head of Year 12 at my school and she has to juggle both these responsibilities every day. Mrs. Wilkes has a degree, as well as having Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which you need to work as a school teacher. Having had a positive experience at school herself, she decided that she wanted to pass this on to others. Mrs. Wilkes told me that she would

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not like to go into management as it would involve less actual, hands-on teaching. She gave me a really positive view about being a teacher, telling me, “You get to work with different people every day and I enjoy the challenge of bringing PE to my students.” She says that the job is all about self-improvement and that the pressure of the job is significantly outweighed by the many positives she finds in her role as a teacher. Miss Gibson teaches geography at my school. She told me that her love of the subject was what made her choose to become a teacher. Careerwise, she would either like to teach a single subject or go into a pastoral leadership role. She likes the variety of her teaching job and the fact that no two days are the same – a view shared by all the teachers at Coopers Company and Coborn School! A key reason for Miss Gibson choosing to become a teacher – and a comment made by all the teachers I spoke to – is that they all want their students to do well. Although Miss Gibson says that her desire to reach perfection creates a large workload, she assures me that it is all worthwhile – especially when you factor in the great geography trips!

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Sell your skills on your CV HOW DO YOU SHOW AN EMPLOYER YOU’RE EMPLOYABLE WHEN YOU’VE NEVER HAD A JOB? FIND OUT WHAT SKILLS EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR AND HOW TO EVIDENCE THEM.

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This is about your ability to talk to and understand other people. They might be clients, team members or bosses. You have probably written essays or projects, given presentations or perhaps been on the debate team, so draw on this.

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No manager wants an employee who just sits there, doing nothing, when faced with a problem or difficulty. No one will be expecting you to know everything and part of problemsolving is about knowing when to ask for help.

“Make sure that your CV uses the same terminology (keywords) as the advert.”

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goal. If you have done any kind of group work at school, then you should have some evidence of this.

ORGANISATION You can evidence organisational skills by giving an example of an event or trip that you have planned, having managed your workload (completing a project or studying for several different A-levels would be good examples).

CV SCANNING SOFTWARE Recruitment agencies and large companies tend to use scanning software to filter CVs. It’s important to make your CV fit the job that you are applying for – one CV will not work for all! You need to go through the job description and the skills that the advertisement provides and you need to make sure that your CV uses the same terminology (keywords) as the advert; otherwise, the software might reject your CV, even though you’d be perfect for the job – and that’s bad for you and for the employer.

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How to transition into further education if you have Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). STARTING A NEW LIFE AT COLLEGE CAN BE DAUNTING AT THE BEST OF TIMES, BUT IF YOU HAVE AUTISM IT CAN BE EVEN MORE DIFFICULT.

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oe Hibbert is the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) transition and review lead at Gloucestershire College and he’s got some helpful tips for making sure that your transition from school into FE is a smooth one. “Colleges and other further education providers must make sure that you have a fair opportunity to do well. If the college you’re thinking of applying to is proactive then they are likely to have a team of helpful staff to support your transition from school, and strategies to overcome the difficulties that people with ASC commonly face. “Look at your local college’s website and see what their local offer is like. A local offer is information about which support services the local authority think will be available in their local area for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities. Individual college websites should be packed with information about how they will support you during your time there and this will help you to decide whether they can meet your needs or not. “Before you have your annual education, health and care plan (EHCP) reviews at school,

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I recommend that you think about including a further education provider as a preferred choice. You, your parents or carers can then request that your school invites someone from the FE provider to attend your reviews. They will be able to

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