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If you are considering alternatives to university, there are lots of useful resources available, but you do need to do quite a bit of research. Use this booklet to get you started . 2017-2018-not-going-to-uni-booklet (2) (updated June 2017)
Pwc have created many useful resources to help you prepare applications and prepare for selection processes, including psychometric tests. Visit http://www.pwc.co.uk/careers/schools/employability.html.
Psychometric tests can be a key part of selection processes, and often they are usually used at an early stage so it is important to practise for them in order to give yourself the best chance of getting through to the next stage. Practice tests can be found on a number of sites such as http://www.practiceaptitudetests.com/. You may also find the tests on Target Jobs useful. The website is https://targetjobs.co.uk/ – then click on the ‘careers advice’ tab. This website is really for graduate careers but many selection processes for school leaver schemes are similar to those used for graduate jobs.
You can also sign up with Milk Round to get details of school leaver schemes: Sign up to get access to:
- A range of jobs including apprenticeships and school leaver jobs
- Career guidance to help you make the right choice after school or college
- Exclusive events and courses
We have built up a good relationship with The Brokerage, an organisation which helps students find jobs in the City. Visit http://www.thebrokerage.org.uk to find out what is available. To contact The Brokerage, e-mail Kieron Lock at email@example.com
Sanctuary Search is another useful organisation. Read their brochure here: Sanctuary School Leavers Information pack.
Access Professions advertises a range of tasters, internships and jobs. Find out more and register to receive their notifications at http://www.accessprofessions.com/
Jobs and insight events recently added
Bexley Council offer apprenticeships in various business areas. These will all be advertised on their website: https://jobs.bexley.gov.uk/wrlive/
Year in Industry (YINI) provides real life experience on the job, including:
- Career confirmation – are they selecting the right pathway/degree?
- Transferable skills, academic, professional, and personal.
- Payment by the Placement Company – £12,000 to £17,000pa.
- Work on exciting and valuable projects.
- Gain key skills to increase their
- Make key contacts for their future.
- Opportunities for company sponsorship or paid vacation work.
- Feel positive about their future – become more mature and focused.
- Support by a local YINI Mentor and the local YINI office.
- Independence – placements can be close to home or farther away.
- Training in Maths and Business
A number of YINI employers are looking for people to start in Summer 2017. Apply online at http://www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry/apply-now
The Army is now advertising its apprenticeships in areas from medicine and healthcare to engineering. To find out more go to http://army.mod.uk/apprenticeship/?c3ch=Recruitment_JobBoard&c3nid=Careermap&c3placement=Apprentice&c3creative=Email-HTMLApprentices1&utm_medium=JobBoard&utm_source=Careermap&utm_campaign=Apprentice&utm_content=Email-HTMLApprentices1
M&G Investments Apprenticeship Insights Afternoon on 19th September 2017 from 4pm to 6.15pm. Register here: http://careers.mandg.com/cw/en/job/495737/school-leavers-insights-afternoon-19-september-2017
Do you want to develop your skills in the largest hotel chain in the world? Looking for an opportunity with a clear route to management?
Marriott Hotel is now hiring for the next generation of hospitality professionals!
As a Marriott Apprentice, your first year will be fully supported with training and guidance from Step Forward. If successful during this time, you will then have the opportunity to continue with Marriott earning up to £15,000 and the possibility of working at any Marriott Hotel in the world. Everyone on this pathway will be able to experience a full 360 view of what the hospitality industry looks like including experience in a supervisory position. To register interest go to https://www.stepforward.uk.com/
MyKindaFuture work with companies to organise apprenticeships. The companies they work with are very varied, so it is worth registering on their website to see when suitable events arise: https://www.mykindafuture.com/Events
BT offer an array of apprenticeships including Security Apprenticeships. Our former student, Jamie Starr, writes: “BT Security is big deal in the security world and are very good at what they do, especially regarding network security and training. These guys offer security advisement to banks and offer penetration testing of their networks and is a great opportunity for Post-A Level careers and alternative routes to university, and I think they are even offering Post-GCSE positions too.
If you are interested in working for BT register here: http://www.btplc.com/Careercentre/earlycareers/apprentices/index.htm
Investment 2020 work with 29 investment management companies and offer a paid year-long gap year ‘apprenticeship’. Openings with different companies at different times of year – go to www.investment2020.org.uk for more information.