Monday, 29 November 2010

Online Basics - free, easy to use courses to help you get started with computers and the Internet

Online Basics (click here)

Online basics is a free, easy to use course that will help you get started using computers and the internet. Online basics includes five short modules. They show you how to use a mouse and keyboard, how to email, and how to search for information and stay safe online.

Free Course for Introduction to tax and National Insurance

Tax Matters (click here)

Tax Matters offers an accessible introduction to tax and National Insurance. The resources are designed especially for young people aged 11-19.

Monday, 22 November 2010

2011 University intake likely to be more competitive than ever - do you have a back-up plan?

For those students considering applying to university entry in 2011, please take a look at the BBC article on the attached link (click here).

NOW, more than ever before, you should be thinking about back-up plans for your time after Long Road Sixth Form.  The number of students failing to get a place at university in 2010 increased from a quarter to nearly a third, and many of those will be applying for 2011 entry.  Not only does this increase the competition facing applicants, but this competition is likely to be boosted to even tighter margins next year as more students try to gain a place ahead of Government plans to allow the rise of student fees in 2012.

In short, those who are most likely to succeed in the future are those students who either gain a place at university, or who have thought through and arranged good, solid back-up plans.

If you need help considering alternatives, you can come and arrange an interview with a Connexions Personal Adviser in the Careers Department.

Remember, "Nobody plans to fail, but many fail to plan."

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

BT Apprenticeship Applications open today!

News Flash

BT are looking for new apprentices!  New Customer Engineering and Delivery Apprenticeships application window opens today.

All interested students who meet the minimum entry criteria should log onto to apply for the new Customer Engineering and Delivery apprenticeships.

On BT4ME you will be able to find out full details about this year's apprenticeships and how to apply.

To visit BT4ME: click here

To be considered for their new Customer Engineering and Delivery apprenticeships applicants will need to have at least 5 A*- C GCSEs including English Language and Maths as well as a full UK Manual Drivers Licence, permanent right to work in the UK and be able to pass a colour recognition test.

BT are recruiting with start dates from January 2011 so applications will need to be completed as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Good Luck.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Chemistry News Flash - ChemCareers 2010 - The Online Careers Fair

Chemistry Careers Fair: 15 -19 November 2010
Hosted by MyRSC, the professional network for the chemical sciences, ChemCareers is a careers fair with a difference.

An online event, featuring employees from over 30 top firms, ChemCareers will allow you to:

• Discover the huge range of career opportunities available
• Learn how to market yourself to employers
• Seek expert advice on career planning and making your next move
• Investigate further study options
• Network globally with both employers and other chemical scientists

Register now at and sign up to the ‘ChemCareers’ group to be kept up-to-date with the programme of events.

Some of the top employers involved in this event include: BASF, Pfizer, Revolymer, Novartis and more!

Brought to you by the Royal Society of Chemistry, this free event will offer a fantastic insight into the career opportunities available to chemistry graduates.

Microsoft Partner IT Apprenticeships

Microsoft Partner IT Apprenticeships available now

Also new to the Careersbox library this month are some new case study films from Microsoft's Partner Apprenticeship providers, QA.

QA are currently recruiting for IT apprenticeships in a number of locations nationally including London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Stockport, Slough and Reading and again all applicants will need 5 A*-C GCSE's including Maths and English.

For full details click here

BT Apprenticeships

BT to open apprenticeships soon

BT's award winning apprenticeship scheme is about to open for another year. All applicants will need to have a minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE's including Maths and English Language.

The new telecoms apprenticeships will be for Customer Service Engineers who, once qualified, will have a guaranteed job with BT and work at the forefront of technology and new innovation.

Anyone who is interested needs to register their interest at

Apprenticeship vacancies at Augusta Westland

Career opportunities with AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland are a global organisation recruiting graduates and apprenticeships for business, engineering and technical roles.

We've just added a collection of great new films to the Careersbox's National Career Film Library focussing on apprenticeship and graduate opportunities offered by AgustaWestland.

Find out more here: agustawestland/

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

New Gap Year Opportunities


For all of you thinking about taking a gap year, try clicking on to the following link. It will take you to the webpage of a new company with opportunities all around the world, and there's no time like the present for starting to secure that opportunity. Best of luck.