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January Careers Update

Upcoming Events

Warsash Maritime Academy Open Day

Friday 22nd January 2016 10am-4pm. Chance for students to find out more about a career as a merchant seafarer, working for commercial shipping companies as a captain or engineering officer. See website for further details: www.warsashacademy.co.uk/openday[1]

Local College information evenings

The next round of local Further Education College open days for 2016 is coming up soon. No booking is required; you can just turn up on the day to find out more information about the courses available, see the facilities and meet staff and students. Wiltshire College campuses (www.wiltshire.ac.uk[2])

Trowbridge College Thursday 28th January 2016, 5-7pm

Chippenham & Castle Coombe College Tuesday 19th January 2016, 5-7pm

Salisbury College Thursday 21st January 2016, 5-7pm

Lackham College Saturday 30th January 2016, 10-12

City of Bath College (www.citybathcoll.ac.uk[3]) Wednesday 10th February 2016, 4-7pm

Welbeck Defence 6th Form College open days

If you are in Year 11 and considering applying for September 2016 entry, it is important to start your application ASAP. Next open days are Wednesday 10th and Saturday 27th February 2016. For more info, see: http://www.dsfc.ac.uk/[4]

What will you do next? What Career Live careers event for 15-18 year olds

The What Career Live? show launches on 26 & 27 February 2016 at NEC in Birmingham and will help school leavers decide what to do next, whether it s an apprenticeship, training programme or heading to university after A Levels. Representatives from a large number of employers, training providers and universities will be present to explain about the exciting opportunities they have. For more information and free tickets, please see www.whatlive.co.uk[5]

Debate Chamber summer schools now open for 2016

The Debate Chamber Summer Schools offer students aged 15-18 the opportunity to find out more about some fascinating subjects they may be considering as future careers, prepare for university applications, meet like-minded peers and get to grips with some tough intellectual challenges. Summer schools are available in medicine, law, economics, international relations, politics, English literature, maths, physics and philosophy, to name but a few. All the Summer School events will be held at the University of London in July and August 2016. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required. Full details of schedules, dates, costs and student reviews are at: http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/[6]

Work Experience and Voluntary Work Opportunities

My Kinda Crowd

This website offers a range of different challenges and competitions with large national and multinational employers (such as HSBC, 3, Nestle and Tata) with cash prizes and the offer of work experience placements for successful entrants. For full details of the competitions currently available please see: http://www.mykindacrowd.com/Challenges[7]

Work experience opportunities with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust are offering students in Year 10-13 the chance to gain experience either in a specific role, such as their river restoration project, or across a number of different activities the trust is involved in. Placements usually last between 1-2 weeks. Please note, part of the application process will involve an interview at the Trust s main office in Devizes. For more information and an application form, please see Mr Marlow in the careers office.

Two different international hospital work experience opportunities

Premed Projects specialise in providing hospital work experience for future healthcare students, together with a travel experience to remember. They are offering a range of exciting projects for your students currently in Years 11-13 that are looking to apply for university courses in either medicine, nursing, midwifery or dentistry. They have 1 or 2-week programmes in India, Thailand and the UK during the summer holidays 2016. For more info, please see www.premedprojects.co.uk[8]

Alternatively, another organisation offering similar opportunities is Medical Projects. They have an overseas medical work experience camp called Project India which offers structured hospital placements, allowing students to gain at least 25 hours hospital work experience each week. Places at the camp are limited, but are currently available in July/August 2016. For more info, please see:


Jobs and Apprenticeships

PLEASE NOTE If you would like any help with applying for any opportunities, please see Mr Marlow in the careers office.

Students considering a career in the Army Work experience / insight opportunity

The Army is offering a 5 day residential work experience opportunity for students aged 14-18 who have a keen interest in joining the Army. Whilst on the course you will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as field craft, patrols, assault courses, cooking in the field and learning how to do drill. Food and accommodation will be provided free of charge. The residential placements take place at Longmoor and are offered on a number of different dates throughout the year. To register your initial interest, please see Mr Marlow in the careers office ASAP.

Kaplan Financial Bristol 2016 AAT Scholarship Programme

If you have a passion for business and numbers then Kaplan s prestigious Accountancy Scholarship

programme could be the start of a fantastic career. They are offering students in Year 11 and 13 the chance to receive a scholarship to study the AAT Accounting qualification at Kaplan free of charge, as well as support with finding suitable employment. Applicants must have a passion to study for an accountancy qualification (and be able to state why) and will need to submit a CV and teacher testimony. It is also recommended they have a strong understanding of the accountancy profession and associated qualifications. For an application form, see Mr Marlow in the careers office. Closing date for applications is 28th February 2016.

KPMG higher apprenticeship and sponsored degree programme 2016 now open

Thinking about what to do after school or college? How would you like to make a positive, lasting impact on business, governments and society? The KPMG360 Apprenticeship Programme gives you the opportunity to work across a range of business areas, giving you a depth and breadth of insight and experience, or choose the Audit School and College Leaver Programme which gives you the opportunity to obtain a degree (paid for by KPMG), whilst working for us and getting hands-on experience. Both will lead to you becoming an Assistant Manager at KPMG on completion of the programme. For more info on these programmes, see here[10]

Range of different apprenticeships currently available via Wiltshire College

Please see the following link for a number of apprenticeship opportunities recruiting where Wiltshire College is the training provider http://www.wiltshire.ac.uk/courses/apprenticeships/appvac.asp[11] Current positions available locally include apprentice business administrator, fitter and IT assistant.

Gov.uk Apprenticeships site

The National Apprenticeship Service website has now been replaced by the following gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship[12] This is now the main site for apprenticeship vacancies and can be used to search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies in a wide range of industry sectors.

Investment Management vacancies for school leavers

Investment 2020 is a new website which features lots of entry level job vacancies in the investment management industry. There are 26 different employers involved, many of whom are currently looking for school leavers to apply to their programmes. For more info, see: http://www.investment2020.org.uk/?dm_i=2MCA,6QH3,3MEA9T,ERU1,1[13] Students can also register details and receive updates.

Higher Education, Study Abroad and Gap Year Opportunities

British Army Gap Year Commission opportunity for Y13s

Y13 school leavers have a new opportunity to spend a gap year as a commissioned Officer in the British Army. After 8 weeks of training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst , those that pass will be given the rank of Second Lieutenant and given the unique responsibility of commanding some of the finest soldiers in the world for the remainder of their gap year. This will provide a year out without comparison and will give any participant experience and skills which will make them a step ahead of their peers and provide a unique launch for graduate employment once they have completed university. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in overseas training exercises, adventurous training across the world and will be paid in the region of 18,000 for the year. Once an individual has completed their Gap Year Commission, there is no obligation on them to continue service but those that seek to continue their military career as a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve whilst at university will be able to do so. Those who wish to pursue a career as a Regular Officer following university will also be able to do that by attending the Regular Commissioning Course at Sandhurst. See Mr Marlow for application details

EDT Year in Industry (YINI) programme open for 2015/16

The YINI programme offers one year work experience placements pre-university at a wide range of companies involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). They place students with 300 top UK companies every year including National Grid, Shell, Rolls Royce, British Energy, L Oreal, Network Rail and GKN. They have placements available for students interested in all areas of engineering, science, IT, e-commerce, business, marketing, finance and logistics. This valuable experience will help students to learn how to work effectively, helping them make the most of university and maximise their graduate job prospects. Full support is offered from The Year In Industry through a year-long mentoring service at each company, including on-site visits from the YINI team, free management training and a certified Maths Course from Loughborough university. For more information and to apply, please see: http://www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry/about-yini[14]

Y12 Students interested in studying in the USA

Apply to the Sutton Trust US programme to find out what a US university could offer you. The Sutton Trust is expanding its US programme further to give state school students a taste of life at an American university. The initiative is centred on a one-week summer school in the US with introductory events and application support in the UK before and after. For more information and to apply, see http://us.suttontrust.com/about/[15] Deadline for applications is 20th January 2016

Gap Year travelling and voluntary work opportunities

Frontier is an international non-profit volunteering NGO that runs over 350 conservation, community and adventure projects in over 60 countries across the world. Frontier has over 25 years of experience in sending volunteers abroad on engaging and capacity building projects. By encouraging the combination of travel with volunteering, Frontier inspires people to step off the beaten path and make their travel meaningful. For more information on the range of projects available, please see: www.frontier.ac.uk[16]

One Degree More educational grants

Grants are available for local students to support them with the costs of higher education. Launched in 2010, One Degree More makes funding available to young people from across Wiltshire for university education or vocational training who may otherwise be excluded for financial reasons. For more information, please see: http://www.wscf.org.uk/onedegreemore.asp[17]

Information for parents/carers

Which? Parent s Guide to University

If you would like a copy of this useful resource which details everything you need to know to support your son or daughter with their university and degree course choices, please see: http://university.which.co.uk/advice/university-parent-guide[18] for a downloadable copy

Bath University Parents Bulletin

Bath University produce a monthly Parents Bulletin which is intended to offer advice and guidance to the parents of students making a UCAS application. Any parents who would like to subscribe can do so by visiting: go.bath.ac.uk/parents[19]

Useful careers and employability websites

Barclays Life Skills

Website featuring a range of useful resources and advice to help students develop the key employability skills and experiences they need to enter the world of work.


Careers programmes available for students

Kingdown School has licenses for both students and parents/carers to use three different careers programmes which will help with exploring and developing future career ideas and plans.

New KUDOS (suitable for students in Year 10 upwards)

This website has a career profiling tool it asks you questions about your interests, preferences and personality then suggests some careers that might be suitable for you. This can be useful if you don t really have much of an idea about what you might like to do in the future. To register to use the site, go online to www.cascaid.co.uk/newkudos[21] and click on New KUDOS

In the license code box on the right hand side, enter code: aimsyear44 Click sign up . On the next screen, choose a username and password (it s good idea to write these down somewhere so you don t forget). Enter your other details and click create my account . When using the programme again, just enter your login details on the first page.

Job Explorer Database (JED) (suitable for students in Years 7-9)

This website has a basic interests, skills and motivation quiz (called Suits Me ), which will make some job suggestions based on your answers. It also has lots of information and videos about a wide range of different jobs that may be of interest.

JED can only be accessed in school. Students need to log in to a school computer, then click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of the desktop. Click on the shortcut marked Choose JED profile then click on JED to access the programme.


  1. ^ www.warsashacademy.co.uk/openday (www.warsashacademy.co.uk)
  2. ^ www.wiltshire.ac.uk (www.wiltshire.ac.uk)
  3. ^ www.citybathcoll.ac.uk (www.citybathcoll.ac.uk)
  4. ^ http://www.dsfc.ac.uk/ (www.dsfc.ac.uk)
  5. ^ www.whatlive.co.uk (www.whatlive.co.uk)
  6. ^ http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/ (theschoolnews.co.uk)
  7. ^ http://www.mykindacrowd.com/Challenges (www.mykindacrowd.com)
  8. ^ www.premedprojects.co.uk (premedprojects.us10.list-manage.com)
  9. ^ http://www.medicalprojects.co.uk/february-work-experience (www.medicalprojects.co.uk)
  10. ^ here (www.kpmgcareers.co.uk)
  11. ^ http://www.wiltshire.ac.uk/courses/apprenticeships/appvac.asp (www.wiltshire.ac.uk)
  12. ^ https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship (www.gov.uk)
  13. ^ http://www.investment2020.org.uk/?dm_i=2MCA,6QH3,3MEA9T,ERU1,1 (www.investment2020.org.uk)
  14. ^ http://www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry/about-yini (www.etrust.org.uk)
  15. ^ http://us.suttontrust.com/about/ (us.suttontrust.com)
  16. ^ www.frontier.ac.uk (www.frontier.ac.uk)
  17. ^ http://www.wscf.org.uk/onedegreemore.asp (www.wscf.org.uk)
  18. ^ http://university.which.co.uk/advice/university-parent-guide (university.which.co.uk)
  19. ^ go.bath.ac.uk/parents (bath.us6.list-manage.com)
  20. ^ https://www.barclayslifeskills.com/ (www.barclayslifeskills.com)
  21. ^ www.cascaid.co.uk/newkudos (www.cascaid.co.uk)

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