Thursday, 11 October 2012

Kier Construction Open Doors Event at St John’s Halls, Northampton

A weekend of Open Door events inviting members of the public to visit working construction sites.

The collaborative initiative is the first of its kind for the sector and intends to raise the profile of the industry, challenge stereotypes and encourage greater engagement with the public and local communities to attract talent into the industry.

The event will provide a unique opportunity to witness first-hand the scale and complexity of major construction developments and also demonstrate an industry-wide commitment to welcoming a wider, more diverse range of talent into the sector.

Representatives from The University of Northampton and Moulton College will be available at this event, to discuss any course options.

To register for the event please click on the link below:


If you have any queries regarding this event, please contact David Coleman at Kier Construction on 01933 376077

University College London - Taster Days for Arts and Science

UCL has just announced that they will be running an Arts & Science taster course for interested year 12 students on Wednesday 14 November 2012, 1pm - 4.30pm at UCL in London.  Please inform your year 12 students of this great opportunity to spend half a day at UCL and find out more about their Arts and Sciences (BASc) degree. For further details and to apply, students should visit our website here

Please find below an updated list of all our free university taster courses taking place at universities in London which year 12 students can currently apply to:

Arts and Sciences
Wednesday 14 November 2012, 1pm - 4.30pm (details/apply)

King’s College London
This taster courses will be repeated on the following dates.Please click on the relevant link for further details and to apply to attend on that date.

Wednesday 7 November 2012, 1pm - 4.15pm [details/apply]
Wednesday 12 December 2012, 1pm - 4.15pm [details/apply]
Wednesday 16 January 2013, 1pm - 4.15pm [details/apply]
Wednesday 6 February 2013, 1pm - 4.15pm [details/apply]

Applications and further details for all other taster courses taking place in 2013 will be available on our website from 11am on Thursday 10 January 2013.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Careers Event – Baker Tilly Accountancy - Bury St Edmunds

I’m delighted to announce that Baker Tilly, a leading provider of Accountancy and Business Advisory Services, will be holding a Careers Event in our Bury St Edmunds office on the evening of Thursday 8th November.  The event is open to anyone considering a career in accountancy and offers the chance to find out about Baker Tilly and the reality of being a modern day accountant (it’s about people and relationships, not just balance sheets).  There will also be the opportunity to meet current students and staff.    

Baker Tilly is one of the UK’s Top 10 firms of accountants and business advisors, with more than 1,600 staff and 220 partners generating a fee income of £171m.  We have offices across the UK and are part of an international network too, so in the longer term we can offer opportunities across the country and beyond.

Each August, we look to take on high calibre students, at either school leaver (18+) or graduate level.  They’ll have the opportunity to study for industry leading qualifications, in a structured and well supported programme, enabling them to become fully qualified accountants across a range of disciplines.  Whilst we’re maintaining a graduate intake, we are very keen to recruit more school leavers, and feel we can offer a real alternative to university as students can study with us whilst earning a decent salary. At the end of two years of study with us, students joining immediately after A level will typically be at the same level as a newly recruited graduate, only with valuable business experience and without the graduate’s significant student debt.

To join us immediately after secondary education, applicants will need a good academic track record of 5 or more GCSEs grade C or above, including B at Maths & English Language, plus a predicted 260 UCAS points, excluding General Studies.   To join at graduate level, the requirement is 280 UCAS points and a 2:1 degree.  Full information about Baker Tilly and our study programmes can be found at  Alternatively, please contact me on 01245 454072 to discuss further.

I do hope that both you and your students will be able to attend our Careers Event on 8th November, where you’ll hear more about Baker Tilly, the world of accountancy and get a chance to meet our current students.  We aim to run sessions from approximately 5pm to 8pm.  Booking is essential: to book a slot, please call 01284 763311.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Bubble Jobs have launched a new Digital Career Portal

Designed to help young people realise their digital potential. This not-for-profit part of the site has been created to provide invaluable information to anyone interested in a career in the digital industry. Featuring a career finder quiz which matches candidates up to their ideal digital jobs based on their skills to career path guides which map jobs to relevant A-Levels and university degrees. The site is a great resource for any careers team that wants to help their students secure a job in one of the fastest growing industries in the UK.  

Which? launches new university website  - Another way to find out information about university. 

New website helping students pick the right university courses

The completely revised Unistats website ( provides extensive information for over 31,000 courses in the UK, including student satisfaction ratings, graduate salaries and employment, tuition fees and financial support, and the cost of accommodation.

Careers in Sport & Exercise Conferences

Free to attend and offer careers guidance from leading organisations in the industry.

·         Thursday 25 October – University of Worcester

·         Friday 2 November - UEL

Below is just a sample of some of the organisations that are attending and the topic's they will be presenting. Tickets are going fast! To book a ticket for one of the three conferences, visit


·         Fitness Industry Association - Working in the Fitness Industry

·         British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences - Careers in Sport Science

·         Association of Physical Education - Becoming a PE Teacher

·         News Associates - Careers in Sports Media

·         Sports Coach UK - Sports Coaching as a Profession

·         Lawn Tennis Association -  Pathways to a Career in Tennis

·         The Training Room - Personal Training and Beyond

·         Snow Skool - Working as a Ski & Snow Instructor

·         Sports Xtra - From Graduate to Business Owner in to Sports Industry

·         Sporting Opportunities - Volunteer Sports Coaching Projects Abroad

·         Premier Training - Becoming a Personal Trainer

PwC – Top employer - who want to work in finance?

PwC – Top employer
Voted the top graduate employer for a record-breaking ninth consecutive year, PwC is welcoming the last of the 1,200 new graduate joiners through its doors this October, BUT NOT JUST GRADUATES!
With over 22,000 applications received for graduate roles starting this year, the aspiring accountants faced stiff competition to secure their place.  Across all student programmes, the firm received a record 35,500 applications for nearly 1,800 places, split by 1,200 graduate, 100 school leaver and almost 500 paid internship opportunities, which includes partner shadowing and work placements.  
Students can apply at

National Minimum Wage update

Know your rights!

The following new rates came into force on 1st October 2012:
£6.19 per hour for workers aged 21 and over
£4.98 per hour for workers aged 18-20 (no change)
£3.68 per hour for workers above school leaving age but under 18 (no change)
£2.65 per hour for apprentices

Employment Outlook Stronger

The UK’s employment outlook now stands at its best level since 2008 according to Manpower Group. Employers in Wales report the most optimism with a +15% outlook. The southern half of the UK continues to perform well with the South West reporting an outlook of +5%, the East of England +4%, and the South East +3%. Businesses in London retain a positive outlook of +2%.

Yorkshire and Humberside fell to -8%, Scotland at -2% and the North West is down at -3%. The North East reports an outlook of +9%. The East Midlands remains at +6%, and the West Midlands is at +5%.