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hen I was growing up (many moons ago now!) I was told by my mother that I had to work hard at school in order to get good results and go to University in order to get a great job. I love my mum and the fact that today it isn’t necessary to follow only one pathway to get to your destined career is something she’s as happy about as I am, especially as the things I do now have very little connection to what I did at school. Whatever you studied and whatever your results, this guide will outline a varied array of exciting career options to consider. From my time on The Apprentice to now running and working with some amazing businesses and people, the thing I learnt is that “knowledge is power” so let this guide empower you to get started on the career of your dreams! Tim Campbell

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Contents 08 GETTING YOUR EXAM RESULTS A guide to surviving results day 2016 and some tips from hopeful students.

011 CLEARING AND ADJUSTMENT EXPLAINED Get all the information about Clearing and Adjustment you could possibly need.

013 GETTING YOUR GCSE RESULTS Information about the options available after GCSEs, and all your questions about A-levels answered.

015 THE VOCATIONAL ROUTE NVQs explained, including the benefits and differences between NVQs, BTECs and academic pathways.

016 APPRENTICESHIPS: WILL YOU BE ONE OF THE 3 MILLION?

029 CAN YOU FILL THE SKILLS GAP?

037 A-Z OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE CAREERS

Find out all the answers to your

Learn all about the skills gap and optimise

The A-Z of careers available within the

apprenticeship-related questions here.

your employment opportunities with our

health and social care sector.

019 CHOOSING A UNIVERSITY

quick guide.

All about applying to university complete with

031 GAP YEARS: THE FACTS

041 CAREERS IN WHOLESALE AND RETAIL

university rankings and employment prospects.

All is revealed about gap years and what to

A breakdown of careers in wholesale and

expect from your year out of education.

retail, including how to make it big.

An experienced student tells all about

032 BUILD YOURSELF A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION

042 A BANQUET OF OPPORTUNITY IN HOSPITALITY AND CATERING

his experiences of moving into shared

Find out about careers in construction,

The complete guide to opportunities

accommodation.

including construction management and

available in the field, including typical jobs

machine operation.

and qualifications.

035 MAKE IT IN MANUFACTURING

047 JOB HUNTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Discover the benefits of studying higher

Careers in manufacturing explained,

Get the low down from social media ninja

education at a college of further education.

including what you need to succeed.

Tom on how to use social media to find a job.

020 SURVIVING SHARED ACCOMMODATION

025 DO I HAVE TO GO TO UNI TO GET A DEGREE?

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ED ITO R ’S LE T T E R

Letter from the

Guest Editor Walpole Media Group CEO Sharon Walpole Publisher Lynette Daly Editorial Editor: Kate Newton Social media coordinator: Tom Clover Guest editor: Melissa Snow Student writer: Henry Tysoe Student writer: Nathan Redford Student writer: Kieran Daly Student writer: Emily Dujon Production Production manager: Anthony Brooks Guest junior designer: Hattie Throssell Advertising Moving On Careers CIC James Warrender Email: james@movingoncareers.org Direct line: 01789 509004 Not Going to Uni Spencer Mehlman Email: spencer@notgoingtouni.co.uk Direct line: 0203 691 2802 Subscriptions Distribution coordinator: Samantha Beishon Email: samantha@walpolepublishing.co.uk Walpole Publishing Ltd. Union House 7-9 Union Street Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire CV37 6QT Tel: 01789 509001

Walpole Media Group Limited Walpole Publishing Ltd is part of Walpole Media Group Ltd. Walpole Publishing Ltd. has made every effort to ensure that the information in this publication was correct at the time of going to press and hereby disclaim any liability to any party caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence or any other cause.

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ello everyone, and welcome to the The 2016 Results Day Guide! As the title suggests, this issue will be mainly focused on results day and the options available to you afterwards – whether that be university, gap years or apprenticeships. But before I go into too much detail, I would like to introduce myself. I’m Melissa (or Mel), and I’ve just finished my first year at the University of Birmingham, studying English Literature and Creative Writing. I love the creative writing side of my degree in particular. I’d love to go into journalism after finishing my degree, and do some writing on the side…I’d love to become an author one day! Now, back to this edition of The Results Day Guide, which is jam-packed with all the information you could possibly need on surviving results day and what to do next. Turn to pages 8, 11 and 13 to read all about getting your results including some key terms, such as Adjustment and Clearing, explained. On page 31 you’ll find all the options after results day explained, such as university, apprenticeships, gap years and NVQs. But don’t worry – we haven’t missed out information about specific career pathways! Page 32 is all about careers in construction. Or if you want to make it in the world of hospitality and catering, page 42 is the one for you. Following on, careers in health and social care, wholesale and retail and manufacturing are also explained. If you’re eagerly awaiting your results this summer, I’d like to wish you the best of luck! Most importantly, remember to stay positive and consider all of your options.

Melissa Snow Guest Editor

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T H E B I G DAY

Getting your

Exam Results WHETHER YOU’RE DREADING YOUR EXAM RESULTS OR YOU’RE EXCITED ABOUT THEM, HERE’S A QUICK GUIDE TO SURVIVING RESULTS DAY 2016.

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xam results day is a big event, regardless of whether you’re getting GCSE or A-level results. We’ve got some top tips here for getting through the day.

TOP FIVE TIPS FOR COPING ON RESULTS DAY EAT BREAKFAST It may be the last thing you feel like doing but eating something will help calm your nerves.

DON’T GO ON YOUR OWN If you can, take a friend with you to pick up your results. Be careful not to get sucked into a joint ‘we’re doomed’ spiral of panic on your way there though. Try to keep each other positive and perhaps think twice about going with that friend who will cry if they get one B in amongst a bunch of A grades.

HAVE A PLAN Planning is all important. They say that most students know what kind of results they are going to get already. If you have a sneaky feeling that you may not have done as well as you could have or that you’re going to do far better than anticipated, be prepared. You need to know who to speak with and what your options are if you need to change your plans – so be ready!

DON’T ASSUME ANYTHING Don’t pick up your results and assume that you have missed out on your place at uni, in the sixth form, or at college, if those results aren’t quite right. Talk to someone straight away and see what your options are. If you pick up full A-level results and they’re not quite what you needed, check on UCAS Track – you may find that you’ve still been offered a place. If you need a B in GCSE English to take certain A-levels and you pull a C grade, talk with someone. It may be that your other results are good enough for them to make an exception.

TAKE A COPY OF YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT WITH YOU If you end up going through Clearing or Adjustment the information from your personal statement will be a useful prompt.

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WHAT I’LL BE DOING ON RESULTS DAY 2016 We spoke to some young people who will be getting their results this year. Here’s what they’ll all be doing on A-level results day…

RACHEL WILL BE COLLECTING HER FULL A-LEVEL RESULTS “I’ll be going to the Green Man Festival in Wales to party, either in celebration or in sorrow. I’ll get my results from my school website and I’ll only go to school if there is an issue. I’ve applied to university but no longer want to go so my place does not rely on my results. I plan on working and saving for a year then looking into an apprenticeship or the like after that. I’m excited about leaving school and joining the real world but I’m also worried about being in the real world and having to stand on my own two feet.”

ARRAN IS GOING TO BE GETTING HIS ASLEVEL EXAM RESULTS “I’ll be relaxing in the sun on results day, so I’ll pick up my results by email. I’m expecting results in law, history, PE and sociology and I’m predicted C grades for everything except PE, for which I’m predicted to get a D grade. I’m worried about failing.”

ELLIE WILL BE PICKING UP HER AS EXAM RESULTS FOR PSYCHOLOGY, ENGLISH LITERATURE AND PHILOSOPHY “I’ll be going into school to pick up my results. Hopefully I’ll get the results that I want although I’m worried about not getting the results that I need. I’ll be excited if I do get the results that I want and hopefully I’ll go home and celebrate with my family.”

CHARLI IS AN AS-LEVEL STUDENT “On results day I’ll be making my next decisions on what to do. I’m expecting AS results for philosophy and ethics, psychology and sociology and I am worried about my results not being good enough to stay on at sixth form. If my results are good enough, I’ll be excited to continue and do better in something else though.”

RACHAEL IS AN A-LEVEL STUDENT IN HER FIRST YEAR “I’m hoping that I’ll be celebrating with friends and family after I pick up my results from school. I’m studying PE, philosophy and ethics, fine art and graphics. I am worried about not getting what I need and having to change my plans, but I will be excited about carrying on and doing well.”


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C L EA R IN G & A DJ U ST M E N T

Clearing & Adjustment explained

IF YOU DON’T GET THE RESULTS YOU NEED, YOU DON’T GET ANY OFFERS, OR IF YOU DIDN’T APPLY TO UNIVERSITY BEFORE THE CUT OFF DATE OF JUNE 30TH, YOU MAY GO THROUGH THE CLEARING PROCESS – HERE’S HOW: CLEARING – IN FIVE STEPS

APPLY

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Apply as usual and include your personal statement

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Access UCAS Track and get your clearing number

Search the vacancies list and contact universities or colleges you want to apply to

Get a verbal offer and add the course in Track

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CAS Clearing is the way that universities fill any spaces that they have left on courses. Clearing opens on July 5th, which is the results day for International Baccalaureate (IB) students, and closes on September 30th.

ONLY PAID TO APPLY FOR ONE COURSE? If you only applied for one course in your initial UCAS application, you will need to pay a top-up fee of £11 to access Clearing.

MY EXAM RESULTS ARE BETTER THAN I EXPECTED Did you come away with better results than you were expecting? If so, well done you! Now, if

you want to, you can change your application and apply for a different course or for a similar course at a different university. Maybe you’d dreamt about applying to a certain uni, or for a particular course, but didn’t think that you would get the grades – but hey! Now you have, so go ahead!

“Clearing opens on July 5th.” If you decide that you want to trade up, you can go through a process called Adjustment. You can access Adjustment until the end of August, and, as with Clearing, if you only applied for one course previously, you’ll have to pay an additional £11.

ADJUSTMENT – WHAT TO DO Register with Track and have your personal ID ready. Once you’ve done this, telephone the universities you’re interested in and sell yourself to them. Important! You only have one choice, so don’t accept any offers until you are absolutely certain. Your unconditional firm offer is safe while you look at Adjustment places, so don’t worry that you’ll lose your original offer. Once you’re sure, accept your place and the university will be added to your application and Track will be updated.

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Getting your

GCSE Results PICKING UP YOUR GCSE RESULTS CAN BE JUST AS WORRYING FOR YOU AS COLLECTING A-LEVEL RESULTS – SO MAKE SURE YOU’RE READY.

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CSEs are the first big educational gateway you need to get through. For most Level 3 courses, whether they’re vocational or academic, you’ll need to have passed GCSEs in English and maths at grade A* - C. Most university courses will require you to have these basic qualifications too, so they are likely to be the subjects you’ll be most worried about passing. Your plans after taking your GCSEs might include taking a vocational course of study, doing A-levels, doing a combination of A-levels and vocational study, or doing an apprenticeship. We’ll cover all these options, but let’s start with those of you moving on to A-level study.

ARE A-LEVELS RIGHT FOR YOU? What are you studying for, ultimately? Sure, you might have a goal in mind, like getting a place at university, but you’re also studying to increase your choices and put yourself in a good position to go into the right job or career when you finish education. There are plenty of ways that you can prepare yourself for work besides doing A-levels and going to university, so you shouldn’t feel that A-levels are the only option. Your school might offer the

International Baccalaureate (IB) as well as NVQs or National Diplomas and if they don’t then your local college of FE will. The other option is an apprenticeship, which combines part time study with employment and in work training.

“If you are not yet sure what you want to study at a higher level, it’s a good idea to take at least one of the facilitating subjects, such as English literature, history or maths.” ARE YOUR SUBJECT CHOICES THE RIGHT ONES? If you are going to be studying A-levels with a view to going to university, it is really important that you check the entry requirements for the course and universities

that you are interested in, and make sure that you are studying the right subjects to be accepted onto that course. If you are not yet sure what you want to study at a higher level, it’s a good idea to take at least one of the facilitating subjects, such as English literature, history or maths.

UNDERSTANDING THE NEW A-LEVELS Most A-levels have been reformed. The biggest change is that AS-levels have been separated from A-levels. This means that the marks that you gain in your AS exams will not count towards your final A-level grade, so you can’t underachieve at AS and hope to make up the marks in your second year.

ARE YOU READY FOR A-LEVELS? Most students find the leap from GCSEs to A-levels a hard one. There’s a lot of reading, a lot of thinking and a lot of writing. You’ll also be expected to master referencing your work properly. All of this is a great challenge of course, but if you want to get a head start, it will never hurt to get novels and textbooks early and start having a read in the run up to September.

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Step up to a better career

On a student apprenticeship programme with CGI They say the ladder of success is never crowded at the top. At CGI we’re offering you a unique opportunity to find out. We’re a company that each day enables the transfer of £3 trillion, protects against 43 million cyber attacks, drives two thirds of the world’s SMS messages, helps satellites journey into space, and who employs 68,000 professionals in 40 countries across five continents. And right now we’re on the lookout for talent – students and school leavers, people who are passionate about technology and hungry to learn. You’ll be proving yourself from day one – solving problems, taking responsibility, making decisions, working on classified mission-critical projects. And with open-ended prospects for advancement, you’ll have every opportunity to reach the top. We also have a Sponsored Degree programme where you can study (one day a week) towards a degree in Business or IT while you are working and earning a salary. Ready to step up? If you’ve got what it takes to succeed with CGI, we’re here to support you all the way. To learn more about our exciting student apprenticeship programmes, visit: cgi.com/careers

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VO C AT IO N A L ST U DY

The

Vocational Route VOCATIONAL OR TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS COME IN MANY SHAPES AND SIZES AND THEY ARE OFFERED AT DIFFERENT LEVELS. MIGHT A VOCATIONAL STUDY ROUTE BE THE BEST OPTION FOR YOU?

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ocational courses cover a huge variety of work-related subject areas – for example, instead of taking three A-levels, you might choose to take a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering or a Level 3 NVQ in Professional Catering. Your school or college might offer a combination of study options, where you can study three AS-levels alongside a one-year Level 3 Award or Certificate in year one and then continue the three A-levels in your second year. The level of difficulty of the Award, Certificate and Diploma is the same, but the size of the qualification (how long it takes to complete) will be different.

WHY CHOOSE A VOCATIONAL COURSE? Vocational qualifications are directed toward a particular occupation, for example construction and the built environment or business. They contain units of study which enable you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required by the specific sector, and also to gain general employability skills.

In contrast, whilst academic qualifications like A-levels are subject specific such as history or geography, they are not aimed towards any particular occupation in the way that vocational qualifications are.

“NVQs are competency-based qualifications. This means that you’ll have to demonstrate your skills in a practical way.” Neither the vocational or academic pathway is better. They offer different ways of developing your skills and knowledge and both are a pathway to university study, if that’s what you want to do. As a rule though, if you want to learn how to use equipment and ‘do the job’ so to speak,

you will have more opportunity to do so if you choose the vocational pathway than if you choose the academic route, because the academic option is more theory-based.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BTEC AND AN NVQ NVQs are competency-based qualifications. This means that you’ll have to demonstrate your skills in a practical way like cooking, for example. BTECs are knowledge-based, where you will develop and evidence your understanding. Some BTECs are combined qualifications, which means that they are both knowledge-based and competence-based.

THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VOCATIONAL AND ACADEMIC PATHWAYS Exams are the biggest difference – or rather the lack of them, in the case of vocational courses. You’ll have a lot of coursework to complete and plenty of hard work to do on a vocational course, but you won’t have to do any exams at the end of the year.

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AP P REN T IC E S H IP S

Will you be one of the

3 Million?

APPRENTICESHIPS OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE WAY OF KICK-STARTING YOUR CHOSEN CAREER. WILL YOU BE ONE OF THE 3 MILLION APPRENTICES CREATED?

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n apprenticeship combines employment and on-the-job training with off-the-job learning with a training provider.

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE? You must be 16 or older to do an apprenticeship, and you must not be on a full time course – you cannot be an apprentice at the same time as doing a course of A-levels or a full time vocational college course, for example.

WHAT CAN I DO AN APPRENTICESHIP IN? Apprenticeships are available in just about every sector area that you can think of, from animal care to youth work, and they are available at Level 2 all the way up to degree level. So, whether you are thinking that you would like a career as an engineer in the car industry, or whether you want to be a lawyer, there is an apprenticeship option suitable for you.

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Your school or college might be able to set you up on an apprenticeship. Otherwise, you can contact employers directly or you can apply through the Not Going to Uni website, which allows you to search by location or by sector area. You can also register to receive updates direct to your email account.

“Apprenticeships are available in just about every sector area that you can think of, from animal care to youth work and they are available at Level 2 all the way up to degree level”

Although not all apprenticeships under the new standards require that you do a nationally recognised qualification, many do, because having a specific qualification is necessary to the job role. For example, successful completion of the new nuclear scientist apprenticeship includes gaining an Honours Degree.

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HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP?

HOW MUCH WILL I EARN? The national minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.30 per hour, although some employers pay their apprentices more than this.

ARE APPRENTICESHIPS JUST FOR MANUAL JOBS? Absolutely not – apprenticeships are not solely about ‘getting a trade’ – apprenticeships are available in things like accounting, management and legal services and the new apprenticeship standards include exciting additions, such as actuarial technician, solicitor and cyber intrusion analyst apprenticeships.

Search for apprenticeship vacancies on the jobs section of the Not Going to Uni website, and to find out what an actuary does, to decide what type of lawyer you might want to be, or to discover the importance of careers in cyber security, visit the Moving On Careers website.


Apprenticeships The key facts INFOGRAPHIC BY HATTIE THROSSELL

59% 499,900 47% 298,300 apprentice starts There were

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The 37% 181,900 North Level 3 West 4% 19,800

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Level 4+

129,820 went into health, public service and care apprenticeships

142,980 went into business, admin and law apprenticeships

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H IG H ER ED U C AT I O N

Choosing a

University IF YOU ARE COLLECTING YOUR AS-LEVEL RESULTS, THEN IT WILL SOON BE TIME TO THINK ABOUT APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY.

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hich unis rank the highest according to the Complete University Guide and which degree subjects are most likely to lead to employment? Find out here.

TOP TEN UNIVERSITIES FOR STUDENT SATISFACTION 1. Buckingham 2. Surrey 3. Keele 4. Coventry 5. Liverpool Hope 6. Loughborough 7. Bangor 8. St Andrews 9. Essex 10. City University London

TOP TEN UNIVERSITIES FOR GRADUATE PROSPECTS 1. St George’s University of London 2. Imperial College London 3. Cambridge 4. Oxford 5. Birmingham 6. King’s College London 7. Bath 8. Sussex 9. Durham 10. Loughborough

WHAT IS A RUSSELL GROUP UNIVERSITY? The Russell Group is a collection of universities with a shared focus on research and an excellent reputation for academic achievement. Russell Group universities tend to rank very highly in all university league tables. There are 24 universities in the group: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Imperial College London, King’s College London, Leeds, Liverpool, London School of Economics, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Queen Mary, Queen’s, Sheffield, Southampton, University College London, Warwick and York.

EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS FOLLOWING UNIVERSITY When you finish university, no doubt you’ll want to get a job. There are two things to think about when choosing a university course. One is, will it help you get a job, the other is will it land you a job in a related field of work? STEM related degrees continue to offer good job prospects. Unsurprisingly, graduates of architecture and building degrees, engineering degrees, computer science and IT degrees have some of the highest chances of being employed full time, six months after graduating. Data shows that 73.5 per cent of civil engineering graduates and 64.9 per cent of mechanical engineering

graduates were employed in a related field of work after graduating. Hospitality, leisure and tourism degrees were another good subject with 64.1 per cent of UK graduates being in full time employment after six months. It’s well worth doing your research to see which skills will be needed and which job opportunities are likely to grow in the future, as this will help you to make good education and training decisions now.

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Surviving

SharedAccommodation MOVING AWAY FROM HOME AND INTO SHARED STUDENT ACCOMMODATION IS A BIG MOVE FOR ANYONE. SOME ARE CONFIDENT, OTHERS ARE SHY. IT TAKES ALL SORTS, AND YOU WILL MEET THEM. A STUDENT WHO’S BEEN THROUGH IT GIVES US THE LOW DOWN ON WHAT TO EXPECT. WORDS: HENRY TYSOE

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f you think that living with your neat freak mum, annoying siblings and DIY obsessed dad has prepared you for life in shared accommodation with total strangers then think again! One year on and I’m finally getting a handle on student living. Here’s a brief outline of the main protagonists you are likely to meet in the drama to come.

THE LANDLORD Your landlord can be either the worst part of your year or just a name at the bottom of your rent invoice. Your landlord will normally be the first local that you have to deal with, which can be scary. But don’t worry – it’s all part of the learning process.

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THE POLITICIAN If you’re into your politics you’ll be able to find a reasonable amount of intelligent discussion in shared accommodation together with some less than eloquent discussion. If you’re after a more organised political debate then whether you choose the local CommieBar™, where they won’t serve you if you look like the bourgeoisie (as my Dad found out the hard way), or the campus Conservative Society, which is usually too small to be taken seriously, you’ll find something to suit. You’ll also meet some very interesting people, and while some of these will become student union reps, who can be really helpful, and a few may be lucky enough to win

real political power, for most of them the only means of production they could seize is your frying pan.

THE LOUDEST GUY IN THE BUILDING With 200W speakers, a sub that would make a Hummer shake and terrible taste in music, you’re sure to be best friends. There are always a few of this lot in halls and if they’re too close to each other, full-on loudness war may commence. But if you can’t make as much noise as humanly possible in student halls then where can you? Pro-tip: usually any loud neighbours will be obliging enough if you level with them before filing a noise complaint.


THE KITCHEN KLEPTOMANIAC

THE WASTER

In any student kitchen there are always people who believe everything is up for grabs. Bit of milk? – theirs, baked potato? – gone, kilogram of bacon? – didn’t want it anyway. Watch out for this – it doesn’t always stop at food and soon enough cutlery, kettles and toasters can start disappearing too and you’ll find yourself forced into a daily pilgrimage to the next kitchen just to make a cup of tea. If you can get one, a mini-fridge to keep in your room is a good idea.

For this person, living with other people and personal responsibility doesn’t come easy. They lose their keys in the first term and never pay for the replacements, which you may as well do because it’ll be taken out of your deposit anyway. Washing up, for the waster involves chucking their stuff in the sink, turning the

THE GHOST This silent, mouse like roommate may avoid detection for the entire year. You may never realise they’re there and whether they know they’re living with others or not, we may never find out. You genuinely may never see them, but there are signs, like the shower being on at 3am and the hob cooling down at 3pm.

“Washing up involves chucking their stuff in the sink, turning the tap on and leaving it there.” tap on and leaving it there, and they run the shower for 10 minutes before using it. They’ll often tell you they’re off to ‘sort their lives out’.

Sorting their lives out however doesn’t involve any retrospective activity, so all their mess remains as a reminder of their need to reform and of your diminishing patience.

MAKING THE MOST OF UNI Your first year at university will be whatever you make of it. Your first year is really about the people that you meet and the person that you become. Sort the wheat from the chaff and don’t take others too seriously. In years to come you’ll laugh about all these people – most probably with the other people you were observing them with. Some of those strangers you awkwardly wave hello to as your mum tries to organise your kitchen cupboards might become your business partners, godparents to your children and your friends forever. Embrace the change – and maybe knock on the door of the ghost – you never know they might appreciate it.

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We are looking for 12 amazing people to come and work with us at Channel 4 on our 2016/17 apprenticeship programme. You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to join us, you just need to love TV and be passionate about starting a career in your chosen department.

Opportunities are available in: • Continuity The people who announce what shows are up next live on air • Production Finance The people who set and manage the budgets for our shows • Press and Publicity The people who promote our shows and our brand through the press • Digital Sales The people who sell our online advertising space to brands • Corporate Relations The people who manage our relationship with the government and other stakeholders • Commissioning The people who decide what shows go on our Channels

• Advertising Research The people who provide research and data to our sales team to evidence that we know our audiences and how brands can reach them • Agency Sales in Manchester The people who manage our relationships with advertising agencies based outside of London • 4Creative The people who make the ads for our upcoming programmes and high profile marketing campaigns • Information Systems The people who make sure the technology systems work across the business • Nations and Regions in Glasgow The people who support production companies outside of London to make our programmes

2016 is the Year of Disability at Channel 4 and this year we particularly welcome applications from disabled people for our apprenticeship programme. To be eligible for this scheme you must be over 18.

Details 7th July Applications open

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19th – 30th September Assessment days at Channel 4

17th October Start working at Channel 4


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Case Study: Nicole Steven

Hello! My name is Nicole, I’m 24 and I work as the Commissioning features apprentice. In my job I work with the features team doing PA tasks but also working with the programme coordinator. So I get to watch A LOT of television looking for surgery scenes, swearing and nudity, then noting them down for editing. It’s definitely safe to say it’s not your average office job. The way I came about my apprenticeship is pretty unusual. I had never worked in the media business and before this job I was working as a receptionist at a hotel doing night shifts. But as cheesy as it sounds, I had a dream! Television has always been my passion I have never seen it has a hobby or something I like to do, to me it’s a lifestyle choice. However I was pretty stuck having no media experience and only customer service jobs on my CV – I thought ‘how could I ever work in television?’. And that’s where Channel 4 came in. Whilst reading about the commissioning apprentice role I knew that even though I had the basic admin skills, there was something I needed to do to make me stand out - something to show my creative side and how passionate I am about working for Channel 4. I decided to write a song; it took me 3 weeks, lack of sleep and breaking my boyfriend’s PlayStation 3 microphone (don’t ask), but it was something I was so proud of and really enabled me to physically show Channel 4 how much they have inspired me. Luckily they weren’t horrified by my singing and asked me to an interview, and I guess the rest is history!

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Did you know that one bubbly chocolate bar can have more than 20,000 tiny air bubbles inside? Incredible really, and it is all down to engineering to get them all the perfect size. Just some of the many fantastic brands supporting the courses include the makers of Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire puddings, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, Lurpak butter and McCain oven chips.

If this sounds intriguing and you love maths and science, then the Bachelors (BEng) and Masters (MEng) Food Engineering degrees at Sheffield Hallam University could be for you. With the BEng and MEng Food Engineering degrees, you could well be on your way to a

fantastic career with one of the UK’s bestloved food and drink brands. These exciting courses have been designed together with top engineers at some of the UK’s most well-known food and drink companies.

Students on the courses will get: 1. A Food and Drink Federation 3. The opportunity to apply for 6. The opportunity to meet and network with industry bursary of £2,500 if jobs exclusively on offer to experts throughout the they start the courses in course graduates (subject course, in the form of guest September 2016 and 2017 to final grades, references lectures, events and an and employer recruitment 2. The chance to work with industry mentor scheme processes) some of the UK’s, and the 4. Guaranteed, competitively- 7. Expertise in mechanical world’s, greatest food and engineering, process paid work placements whilst drink companies including: systems design and you study - the equivalent Arla Foods, Mondelez much more - gaining the of up to £17,000 pro-rata International, KP Snacks, industry’s most soughtMars , Burton’s Biscuit 5. Access to the UK’s after skills Company, Nestlé UK, first national Centre of PepsiCo UK, Tate & Lyle Excellence for Food and Sugars and many more Drink Engineering, providing exposure to cutting-edge For the full list go to technology and the latest www.foodengineer.co.uk developments

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Do I have to go to uni to get a

Degree?

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU DON’T NEED TO GO TO UNIVERSITY TO DO HIGHER EDUCATION? YOU CAN DO IT AT YOUR LOCAL COLLEGE OF FURTHER EDUCATION – FIND OUT ALL ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF HE IN FE HERE.

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ou can study for all sorts of higher education qualifications at a college of further education. You could do an HNC, HND, Foundation Degree, or a Bachelor’s Degree, as well as lots of other HE qualifications, all at a college of further education.

An HNC or HND (Higher National Certificate or Diploma) is a common progression from doing a Level 3 National Diploma. As with a National Diploma, they are directed at industry. HNCs normally take one year to complete and are roughly equivalent to the first year of degree study. HNDs are equivalent to the first two years of a degree and usually take two years to complete full time. HNCs and HNDs can provide a pathway directly into employment, and with many sectors reporting a shortage of associated professionals who are qualified to just below degree level, they’re a great option.

“Studying at an FE college can be a lot cheaper than university.” Foundation Degrees are also vocational in nature so they’re a good option for those who want to gain workplace-based skills whilst also gaining an academic platform into their chosen career. Although a Foundation Degree is a degree in its own right, many students go on to top up their Foundation Degree to a full Honours Degree.

THREE BENEFITS OF HE IN FE THE COSTS Studying at an FE college can be a lot cheaper than university. Fees are often lower and there are no associated accommodation costs if you are staying at home.

CLASS SIZES Studying at college will normally mean smaller class sizes, which can mean more opportunity to interact with lessons and lecturers and more one-to-one support.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT Often bursaries and scholarships are available. With fewer students, there will be less competition when it comes to securing this kind of financial support to help you through your studies.

HOW TO APPLY Full time courses will be listed and can be applied for via the UCAS website. If you choose to study part time, you will need to apply directly to your chosen college. Full details of entry requirements and fees can usually be found on the college website.

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would have made a snap decision, by his own admission he now “takes a breather and analyses a situation”. Something he attributes to his time as a British Army Apprentice. Keen to train as an electrician, Mills realised as a civilian that he would need to work nights to support his study. Even as a modern civilian apprentice, he could expect a salary somewhere in the region of £3.30 an hour. Barely enough to live on. Looking for a better option, Mills enlisted as an Army Apprentice. With a current starting salary of £18,305, Mills saw this as an opportunity to get ahead without sacrificing his free time. While the rest of his family were supportive, it was Mills’ mother who expressed her scepticism. What impact would Army life have on such a young man?

lifestyle – something many overworked young people miss as they strive to succeed. From weekly football matches to weekends with his family and adventurous training, Mills is proving that a British Army career is much more than nine to five. The British Army offers over 500 qualifications, ranging from GCSE to degree in 40 different areas of study. From business administration to carpentry, there’s an apprenticeship for anyone with ambition in the British Army.

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Can you fill

The Skills Gap? IF YOU UNDERSTAND WHERE THERE ARE SKILLS GAPS THEN YOU CAN PLAN YOUR EDUCATIONAL ROUTE TO MAXIMISE YOUR CHANCES OF EMPLOYMENT.

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skills gap exists when employers struggle to find employees with the right skills and qualifications to fill their job vacancies.

WHY DO SKILLS GAPS HAPPEN?

business services, manufacturing, wholesale and retail, transport and communications, and the hotels and restaurants sector. Machine operatives are needed to work within the construction and the business services sectors.

Sometimes certain subjects and types of study or courses go out of fashion. This can happen for a number of reasons but it can result in a skills gap, where there simply are not enough people trained or qualified in certain skills to support business growth and industry.

SOFT SKILLS

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Managers are needed in construction. Professionals are needed to work in public admin, health and social care, business services, manufacturing, and transport and communications. There is a shortage of associate professionals in business services as well as the wholesale and retail sector. More skilled tradespeople are needed for

Aside from technical, job-specific skills, employers list the following employability skills – or soft skills, as they’re known – as most in need of improvement. Planning and organisational skills Problem solving skills Team working skills Communication skills Numeracy skills Literacy skills

Remember – when it comes to soft skills, it isn’t enough to just tell an employer you have them. You need to show them the evidence by giving examples of how you developed your

skills and when and where you made use of them. This could be a successful presentation that you delivered, an event that you helped to organise, or an example of when you worked successfully as part of a team. These are all examples of you having used and understood the value of soft skills.

“When it comes to soft skills, it isn’t enough to just tell an employer you have them.” You don’t need to have developed these skills through paid work. There are plenty of home or school activities and voluntary jobs which require them. This is why doing things like your National Citizen Service or the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards look good and are really important to add to your CV or any job applications.

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From AMG to Actros.

The complete Apprenticeship Programme from Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz are searching for bright and ambitious young stars to join their Apprenticeship Programme to train as a Parts Operations Specialist, Passenger Car Technician or Commercial Vehicle Technician.

Do you have what it takes to become a star? To find out more, or to apply, visit our website www.mercedes-benztraining.co.uk/apprenticeships or email us at mb.apprentice.academy@daimler.com

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GAP YEAR

Gap Years The facts

UNSURE ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE? DON’T WORRY – YOU’RE NOT ALONE! WORDS: EMILY DUJON

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hether you are set on going down the traditional university route, starting an apprenticeship, or you’re undecided, it may be worth taking a little time to consider a gap year.

WHY TAKE A GAP YEAR?

or a traineeship, both of which could result in you gaining some new qualifications as well as improving your CV and giving potential employers another reason to employ you.

GAP YEARS ABROAD

The number of people taking gap years has risen steadily since 2011. An obvious cause may be the increase in university fees, but it appears that young people and employers alike are seeing the benefits of time well spent learning life skills and building the foundations for a worthwhile career.

Gap years abroad introduce you to different cultures, languages and people, which are all brilliant life and CV enhancing experiences. However, be under no illusion – a working gap year is not a holiday and you won’t be spending it chilling out on the beach, sipping a drink and topping up your tan – you will be working hard.

GAP YEARS IN THE UK

THE COSTS

It’s a myth that gap years are only worthwhile if you are able to go abroad and many choose not to. According to one survey, 80 per cent of gappers had worked in the UK at some point during their gap year. You can gain work experience in the UK by doing an internship

A gap year costs around £3,000-£4,000 on average. That’s not cheap, so you’ll need to work out a clear plan of action and keep to a strict budget if you’re going to be able to pay for your year out. You may want to find some part time work to boost your income.

THE UPSIDE OF A GAP YEAR One student who travelled South America during her gap year gushed that it was a very fulfilling experience, which boosted her confidence in her ability to read certain social and professional situations. She came away with a best friend, a newly acquired language and a scuba dive master qualification saying, “I would recommend it. All the hard work and planning beforehand made me appreciate it so much more!”

“80 per cent of gappers had worked in the UK at some point during their gap year.” A gap year can be a time for personal growth and gaining new skills, so make it count.

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CON S T R U C T IO N

Build yourse

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WANT TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION, BUT UNSURE OF WHERE TO START? READ ON TO DISCOVER IF A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT OR MACHINE OPERATION IS RIGHT FOR YOU. WORDS: MELISSA SNOW

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f you’re good at leading, organising, planning and problem solving, a job in the construction management field could be for you.

WORKING IN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT Construction managers oversee and lead the operations on a particular construction project, making sure it is completed by a given deadline, does not exceeded budgets, and is completed safely. You would be responsible for ensuring an entire project is completed, or perhaps a large part of it. Typical work activities for a construction manager, also known as a site manager or site agent include discussing the project plans, creating work schedules, preparing the building site, monitoring all costs and progress, ensuring safety guidelines are adhered to and communicating with a wide range of people. You’ll need excellent

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communication and management skills to get the job done.

HOW CAN I GET INTO CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT? You’ll usually need a Foundation Degree, an HNC (Higher National Certificate), an HND (Higher National Diploma), or a Bachelor’s Degree in a related subject such as building engineering, civil engineering, construction engineering or construction management. These courses focus on developing your management, IT and accountancy skills. However, if studying full time for a degree doesn’t sound right for you, don’t worry. Higher apprenticeships at Levels 4, 5 and 6, are a brilliant option for construction careers at all levels and are available in many related fields, for example: site management, construction operations management, as a civil engineering technician, in commercial management, quantity surveying, and much more.

As jobs in this sector are very hands-on, you’ll usually be required to have a certain amount of practical experience in the field. Training and experience needs to be completed with a certified employer in the field. The more experience you gain, the more you’ll stand out. A reasonable level of physical fitness is also required. This job is not suitable for those under the age of 18, but is perfect for those who have the required qualifications, or lots of experience, and are looking to climb the construction career ladder. If you’re a born leader and are passionate about managing construction projects, a job in construction management may be worth considering.

WORKING AS A CONSTRUCTION PLANT OR MACHINE OPERATIVE If working with machinery appeals to you, a job in construction plant operation or machinery operation could be your calling.


elf a career in

Robotics, 3D printing and BIM (building information modelling) are all important developments in the construction sector – it’s important that you keep up with these trends.

ruction

Construction plant operatives work with machinery which is specifically used on construction sites. You’ll need to be passionate and knowledgeable about vehicles and equipment, be able to follow instructions to a given standard and have excellent communication and teamwork skills. Construction plant operatives work on building sites, roadworks, demolition sites and railways to name a few. Typical machinery worked with includes bulldozers and dump trucks, many varieties of cranes, compactors, loading shovels and concrete pumps. There’s always loads of variety involved! You would be required to carry out safety checks on the machinery or equipment every day to ensure the machine is safe and is working at its optimum, and to change attachments on the machinery. The good news is that qualifications are not necessarily required to work as a construction

 plant operator, although GCSEs in relevant subjects such as maths, English and design technology may be asked for by some employers.

“Higher apprenticeships, at Levels 4, 5 and 6, are a brilliant option for construction careers at all levels.” One way to prepare for working in plant operations is through a vocational qualification, such as the Diploma in Construction and the Build Environment, an NVQ (see page 13) or an alternative plantrelated technical certificate. Often, these cover

the full range of equipment needed in the job and many related skills, such as demolition, quarrying and road building. A related job role is that of a machine operator. They run and maintain machinery, but the tasks required are slightly different. You’ll be expected to set up machines, perform detailed testing procedures, maintain and clean machinery, input information into the machinery, calibrate and recalibrate the machinery, troubleshoot any problems that may arise and perform safety tests. Experience is what will get you noticed in this field. If you can prove you have experience in the machine operator field, you will excel at finding job opportunities. You’ll need a working knowledge of tools and machinery, be able to adhere to health and safety procedures, good reading skills, analytical skills, teamwork skills and physical stamina and strength.

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Make it in

Manufacturing WITH DEMAND FOR SKILLED WORKERS IN ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING BEING HIGH, CAREERS IN THIS SECTOR ARE WELL WORTH CONSIDERING. WORDS: NATHAN REDFORD

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ngineering accounts for a quarter of all UK turnover. The industry is progressing quickly, with new technologies being developed every day. Due to this rapid success and expansion, three-quarters of companies have reportedly had trouble finding the right workers in the last three years. Whilst this might be bad news for the companies, it means great employment prospects for young aspiring engineers who are willing to put the work in. When it comes to choosing a career path, it’s easy to pick one area, and end up forcing yourself into a tight market, without much room for movement. If you’re looking to avoid this and gain experience that can be applied across a range of industries, perhaps a career in manufacturing and engineering is for you. You could work in anything from aerospace, to music, biotechnology, film, or food and drink.

Maybe you want to help save the planet? well, with a career which involves manufacturing products that use renewable energy, you could do your bit whilst earning yourself a reasonable salary.

“You could work in anything from aerospace, to music, biotechnology, film, or food and drink.” I know what you’re thinking though; you thought that ‘the robots’ were taking all of the jobs in manufacturing, and nothing was left for us inefficient human beings. Well you’d be right…partially. You see, whilst it’s correct that machines are responsible for the vast majority of production nowadays, it is also true that

somebody has to design and maintain those robots. In fact, there’s a whole load of new jobs coming in each day along with technological advancements. You just need to be the right worker for the job.

SO HOW DO YOU MAKE YOURSELF THE ‘RIGHT WORKER’? You could take the academic route into a career in engineering or manufacturing, opting to study A-levels (STEM subjects are desirable) followed by a degree in engineering or an associated subject. You don’t have to take the academic route however. If the academic route isn’t for you, you could study on a vocational course or opt for an apprenticeship instead, receiving on-the-job training, whilst working towards a qualification and earning a wage. However you choose to get there, a career in manufacturing and engineering can be a rewarding one.

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Social care Apprenticeships

Join the biggest team of apprentices! An Apprenticeship is one of the best ways to get into social care. As an apprentice, you’ll: ■ gain work experience ■ achieve nationally recognised qualificationsyou could even get a degree! ■ earn a wage

What is social care? To work in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges.

My Apprenticeship has let me progress further than I ever thought I could

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H EA LT H & S O C I A L C A R E

A–Z

of Health & Social Care Careers CAREERS IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE CAN BE INCREDIBLY REWARDING AND WHETHER YOU ARE WORKING WITH CHILDREN OR WITH THE ELDERLY, YOU WILL BE PROVIDING IMPORTANT SUPPORT FOR OTHERS. ACTIVITY WORKER

REGISTERED NURSE

Activity workers plan and oversee social activities that are designed to stimulate the interests of people in receipt of care and support.

Employed by a primary healthcare team rather than a social care employer, registered nurses need to have a three-year Diploma or Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

CARE WORKER Care workers respond to the individual needs of people who need care and support. They look after their wellbeing, care and support.

COUNSELLOR Counsellors enable people to work through their feelings in a supportive and confidential environment. They can work in schools, colleges, youth agencies, the voluntary sector or the NHS and all are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

SAFEGUARDING OFFICER A safeguarding officer supports those in social care. They aim to protect vulnerable adults and children against abuse.

SOCIAL WORKER* Social workers provide advice and emotional support to enable people to live successfully within their communities. They also intervene in cases of safeguarding concerns and have special legal powers to act.

EDUCATIONAL WELFARE OFFICER

WELFARE RIGHTS OFFICER

Welfare officers offer advice, guidance and support to those in education who need care. As a welfare officer you might work with an individual or with groups.

The role of a welfare rights officer is to advise people on matters such as housing and employability benefits, disability allowance, sick pay and rent support, making sure that the individual’s voice is heard.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, supporting them so that they can engage in their usual occupations, such as working, studying, and participating in hobbies.

*The term social worker is a protected title. It may only be used by someone who is registered by the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and who has a professional qualification in social work.

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Launched in 2012, Changing the Face of Property (CTFOP) is the joint initiative of major property firms working to improve diversity and inclusion across our industry and introduce property careers to students from all pathways.

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We partner a number of state schools across the UK, offering students work shadowing and work experience opportunities enabling them to gain a better understanding of what a career in property offers. In addition to well established, successful graduate schemes, each CTFOP firm is developing its own unique apprentice scheme, to offer an alternative route into the industry. Since 2014 CTFOP has collaborated with Pathways to Property*, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Working together as ‘Property Needs You’ we attend careers fairs for school students and careers advisers to raise awareness of the variety of careers and pathways into the industry *Reading Real Estate Foundation, in partnership with British Land and The Sutton Trust introduced ‘Pathways to Property’ in 2013, working to attract UK state school and college Year 12 students from backgrounds not traditionally associated with real estate. www.reading.ac.uk/pathways-to-property. We are all totally committed to ‘changing the face of property’ and you can learn more about who is involved in the CTFOP initiatives; the variety of career opportunities and the skills you can develop via our website www.propertyneedsyou.com.

Case Studies Katie Nelson - Trainee Surveyor, Cushman and Wakefield After completing my A-levels in 2013 I joined the C&W Trainee Surveyor Programme. They have sponsored me to complete a BSc in Real Estate at the University of Westminster. I studied the first two years of the degree full time and will complete the final two years part time whilst working in the Account Management team. I will join the graduate programme in 2016 and aim to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor in 2018. Jessica Neale - Apprentice Surveyor, CBRE I joined the CBRE Apprenticeship scheme in September 2013 at age 17. Over a period of 6 years I will rotate into 6 different business lines, and at the end of the programme I will be a fully qualified Chartered Surveyor, completed a NVQ, BTEC and MSc in Real Estate and achieved the Assessment of Professional Competence. Remi Akinkunle - Apprentice, JLL I joined the JLL Apprentice Scheme in 2014 and was placed in the UK Retail Management Team working alongside property professionals whilst studying for Business Admin NVQ Level 3. My department has given me a real insight into how the business works and the role of a property surveyor. Adelle Rhule-Martin - Apprentice, Bilfinger GVA I joined Bilfinger GVA in 2015 as a Business Admin Apprentice in Birmingham. After gaining work experience with a few professional service organisations, I realised I wanted to pursue a career in property which offered a client facing role. I knew I enjoyed interacting with people and wanted a job which provided a quality service.

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W H O L ES A L E A N D R E TA I L

Careers in

Wholesale & Retail THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL SECTOR NEEDS TWO MILLION EMPLOYEES BY 2022 AND NOT JUST IN CUSTOMER SERVICE ROLES.

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actors like the ageing population, technological developments and changes in the way people like to shop are reshaping the way the wholesale and retail sector operates, which in turn affects the types of jobs and careers on offer within the industry. There is much more to the retail industry than customerfacing roles in shops. Technical and managerial occupations behind the scenes are vital to business success in the retail sector and they’re the jobs we’re going to focus on here.

SKILLS YOU WILL NEED TO WORK IN THE RETAIL SECTOR Much of what happens in the retail sector is data driven, as it is in many other large employment sectors. This means that IT, data management and data analysis skills will be very important. Developing these skills, along with gaining some formal qualifications, will increase your chances of employment.

the retail sector. Data analysis helps to predict consumer trends which can help companies prepare for market demand and get ahead of the game in this competitive sector.

BIG DATA – THE IMPORTANCE OF ANALYTICS IN THE RETAIL SECTOR Big data is big business. Being able to analyse web browsing data and social media data is a valuable skill in

MANUFACTURER/ SUPPLIER

WEB AND APP DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT Customer shopping habits have changed and people shop online more as well as communicating with retailers via websites. This means that if you choose a career in web design or development, either as a freelancer or as an employee, the retail sector has plenty going on in this line of work.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND DIGITAL MARKETING

“Much of what happens in the retail sector is data driven, as it is in many other large employment sectors.”

If you’re studying IT or computing and see your career going in that direction, you might assume that you’ll end up working in industry, but you don’t have to limit yourself to jobs in this area alone. IT professionals play a big part in the wholesale and retail sector.

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Most businesses, whether they are big or small, make use of social media to promote their brand as well as their products and services. Employees with an understanding of digital marketing and a bit of commercial know-how are in demand and there is plenty of scope for progression in the retail sector if you have the right IT and data analysis skills.

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RETAIL MANAGEMENT JOBS Because the retail sector is making use of sophisticated digital tools, managers need to have a clear understanding of how these technologies work, even if their role does not directly involve using these. This is because most managerial roles involve analysing data for the purposes of planning and reporting.

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Hospitality HOW DO YOU SELECT A CAREER IN HOSPITALITY AND CATERING WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM? WORDS: KIERAN DALY

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he UK hospitality and catering industry is massive and the job roles within the sector are varied. You could begin your career straight from school as an apprentice, or after studying for a degree in hospitality or a business related subject. One of the most obvious career choices is that of a chef. Chefs are responsible for preparing and cooking food and they come in many varieties. The executive chef is head of the kitchen and the sous chef is the executive chef’s second in command. If you are thinking that you might like to specialise as a chef then consider finding out about roles such as the patisserie or pastry chef, the poissonier (fish) chef, the saucier chef, who specialises in sauces, or a rotisseur (meat) chef.

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There are many other roles which are important to food preparation and service. These include the kitchen porter, who deals with basic food preparation and cleaning, and service staff, such as waiters and waitresses, who deliver food to customers and deal with any queries that customers may have about their food or drink. Hospitality and catering isn’t all about food. We have become a nation of coffee drinkers and there is a demand for baristas. Baristas deal specifically with the making and serving of hot drinks. Bar staff and other drinks specialists are also a key part of many establishments, selecting, matching and mixing drinks skilfully for customers. For those of you who would prefer to deal with the business side of hospitality and catering, there are plenty of hospitality management

careers, such as restaurant manager, hotel manager and catering manager, and if you’re interested in hospitality jobs which are not specifically food and drink related then there are many roles, such as hotel porter, receptionist or housekeeper that you might consider.

WORKING HOURS AND LOCATIONS Hospitality and catering roles exist in a range of places, not just in the restaurants you see on the high street. If you pursue a career in the hospitality catering sector there are many different places you could work. For example, you could find yourself working in a restaurant, a hotel, a leisure venue, such as a theme park or zoo, or on a cruise ship. This may be a great idea for a gap year work placement, as these jobs can help support you


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A barista is a bartender, a barrister is a lawyer – it is important not to confuse these when selecting the right training path.

 financially whilst you travel. Furthermore, you may even decide to open your own establishment, using knowledge gained from working in a variety of places.

DO I NEED A DEGREE TO WORK IN HOSPITALITY AND CATERING? Many people develop within the profession and move from a lower ranked role to a higher ranked job, like a trainee chef developing to become head chef. To begin, degrees are not always needed to become a trainee chef. Also, there is a significant shortage of skilled chefs in the UK, with 47 per cent of chef roles difficult to fill as there is a lack of skilled applicants. So, you may need to become an apprentice to gain the skills necessary to become a chef or another skilled role. However, you may aim to gain an advantage by taking a diploma in professional cookery, offered at both

Level 1 and Level 2, with courses also specialising in pastry and confectionary.

“The hospitality industry is a vibrant, fun and exciting place to be with many opportunities for growth and promotion.” There are also higher education opportunities in hotel management specifically, which can give you a competitive edge in getting into

the field. For those looking to start early, it may be a good idea to take up part time work in the industry as a waiter or receptionist at a younger age. The hospitality and catering industry is one with many vacancies that can be filled by young people, and these are often very advantageous for those who work hard. This is backed up by TV chef and chef patron of the Michelin starred The Hand and Flowers, Tom Kerridge, who says, “The hospitality industry is a vibrant, fun and exciting place to be, with many opportunities for growth and promotion, travel and experiences. The skill levels are so varied with so much to learn, from base level catering through to highly skilled cookery or simple customer service, all the way through to fine dining. It is a wonderful career that I’m very proud to have chosen”.

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ospitality Industry Training (HIT) is your local apprenticeship training company working with the hoteliers, publicans, restauranteurs and caterers in your town. We operate from 50 offices across the country. Therefore there is a HIT team near you to deliver the hotel and catering apprenticeship you want with the employer of your choice.

HOSPITALITY AND CATERING A CAREER WITH A DIFFERENCE Complete a HIT Hospitality and Catering Apprenticeship and with your qualifications and experience you can continue your career anywhere in the world. Apprentices who graduated from HIT are now working in restaurants, bars and hotels around the world or on cruise liners travelling the world. Graduating from one of our apprenticeship programmes is your passport to a job anywhere on the planet!

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A GREAT VARIETY OF CAREERS AND PLACES TO WORK If you’re creative and enjoy cooking we have apprenticeships available in fine dining restaurants, hotels, gastro pubs, school canteens and event catering to name but a few. If you enjoy meeting and mixing with people try a career working behind a cocktail bar, as a barista, in a nigh t club, behind a hotel reception desk or in a variety of restaurants. HIT has apprenticeship opportunities availabl e at all these locations.


STAYING ON ’TILL 18 DOESN’T MEAN MORE SCHOOL Staying on ’till 18 doesn’t mean more school if you undertake an apprenticeship with HIT. We offer entry level apprenticeships for cooks and chefs, waiters, baristas, housekeepers, receptionists, cleaners and bar staff. Earn while you learn and jump ahead of those remaining at school or going to college.

WHY HIT? Hospitality Industry Training (HIT) are the acclaimed market leaders for apprenticeship training in the hospitality and catering industry. Half of all hotel and catering apprentices were trained by HIT last year. We work with over 3,000 hospitality and catering employers across the country. HIT has the highest completion rate of any national provider in the hotel and catering sector. So signing up for an apprenticeship with HIT could guarantee you a greater chance of success.

THE HIT CHEF ACADEMY Have you noticed the growth in fine dining outlets, gastro pubs and restaurants offering locally sourced and seasonal produce? Where Brita in was once the poor relation for culin ary excellence, now we lead the wor ld. In London alone there are 28 Michelin starred restaurants making the Cap ital a culinary destination for gourmets from around the world. At HIT we train around 2,000 cookery apprentices each year and our Che f Academy will provide selected app rentices from fine dining outlets the extr a skills required. These include master classes from Michelin chefs, recipe and wine tastings, butchery and fresh prod uce workshops in addition to their full professional cookery apprentices hip.

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mployers might look at your social media to find out a little bit more about you, so it’s a good idea to make sure your social media is work-friendly. This means making sure there are no embarrassing pictures or comments on view that you wouldn’t want a future employer to see. Once your social media is looking good it is time to connect with potential employers. Don’t be tempted to just start firing off random or duplicate messages asking for work, you need to be smarter than that.

BE YOUR OWN PR Think of yourself as your own PR firm and consider how you might market yourself over social media. If you are using several different platforms then do use them differently. Use Facebook to let family and friends know that you are looking for employment. You might be looking for an apprenticeship or for a full time job and family members or friends

might know of a vacancy. It is best not to use Facebook to connect directly with employers as it is not really the right space for this.

“Use Facebook to let family and friends know that you are looking for employment.” LinkedIn is used by professionals to connect with each other, so when you don’t have much experience or any business contacts LinkedIn can seem pointless. Don’t be put off though, make your LinkedIn profile as professional as possible and keep updating it with skills and experience. You can follow companies, search for professionals who work in the kind of industry you are interested in and connect with them. Twitter might be the best social media platform

for young job hunters who don’t have lots of contacts and experience. Make sure that your twitter bio contains a job pitch and that your profile picture or avatar is sensible – you could include a link to your CV too. Search for and follow companies that you are interested in and comment on relevant news stories that they post because this shows that you are interested. Finally, if you do contact an employer to express an interest in working for them, use @reply.

61 per cent of job seekers use social media when looking for a job. LinkedIn is the most popular social media platform for job hunting, followed by Twitter and Facebook.

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