Thursday, 28 January 2016

UEA Applicant Days, Spring Taster Events and Literary Event + Summer School

This month, university admissions teams around the country are busy reviewing applications following the UCAS deadline - UEA is no exception! We really recommend encouraging your students with offers to attend applicant days, as this will help them make confident firm and insurance choices.

If applicant days are a grey area for you, 
check out our article on UniBox to hear what they are all about and why it's a good idea to attend with first-hand advice from our Higher Education Adviser, Roshan.


What's on at UEA?

Take a look at what's coming up on campus this year:

Taster Events
Do your students want a taste of university life?
Bookings are open for our Spring programme of exciting and challenging
Enrichment Taster Events.

Our activities are aimed at students wishing to expand their horizons and learn more about their favourite subject areas within a university environment, with a chance to meet the University’s experts and current students. Your pupils can enhance their university applications by including these events in the ‘Activities in Preparation for Higher Education’ section of the form.

Events include:

• Discover Health - 24 February
• Language Revision Day - 4 March
• Discover Chemistry and Pharmacy
- 15 March
• Discover Law
- 15 March
• Festival of Literature for Young People (FLY)
- 20 June to 24 June
• Explore Chemistry and Pharmacy
- 21 June
• Sixth Form Conference
- 1 July
• Explore Maths
- 6 July

Find out more


Spring Literary Festival

The Centre for Creative and Performing Arts at UEA presents the 24th Spring Literary Festival, which sees eight exceptional writers and thinkers, whose works are variously compelling, capable of engaging our brains, arousing our compassion and at all times keeping us thoroughly entertained! Tickets for students from any school are now half price at £4 each.

See the full line up and book here

Spring 2016 Litfest line-up


Summer Schools

We are pleased to announce applications for our 2016 Enrichment Summer Schools are now open.

The residential Summer Schools will be held from
Sunday 10 – Tuesday 12 July giving Year 12 students (and high achieving Year 11s for the Law Summer School) the opportunity to stay on campus, meet current undergraduates and take part in hands-on activities.

This invaluable experience will give students a greater understanding of university life, which will help strengthen their Personal Statement.

Subjects include Law, Engineering, Maths, Geography, Chemistry and Pharmacy. Plus there are
free places and financial support available to students from lower income households or those in care.

Find out more

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Careers Event for students interested in using their language skills in future jobs

Routes into Languages East

Careers & Languages Event

Years 10-13

Thinking about a career in languages?

Hoping for a career using languages?


Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Wednesday, 3rd February

4.30-9.00 (with pizza supper)


Come along and hear about the opportunities available to you for study and the year abroad and find out how to make the most of your languages as you build up your CV and make decisions about your future…


Medicine….Export…Journalism...Business…National  Defense… Engineering…Law...Translating…European Commission… Teaching… Export…Interpreting…Science…Fashion…Travel…Tourism…Enhanced CV

Great opportunities…Study Abroad…etc, etc…




Wednesday, 13 January 2016

pwc - Tax College leaver programme

Ndiwe from PwC comments on her Tax School & College leaver programme

I chose a School & College leaver programme because…
I liked the idea of working towards a professional qualification that would have a direct link to the work I’d do on a day-to-day basis and I wanted to further my learning without incurring the financial cost of going to university. For me PwC’s School & College leaver programme was the perfect opportunity for me to achieve my career goals, with the added benefit of earning a salary.
The first thing I do when I get to work is…
I make a cup of tea and check my calendar. Once I’ve checked my calendar to see what meetings I have that day, I then look at my emails and action anything outstanding from the previous day in order of priority and action accordingly.
Advice I’d give for a smooth transition from school into work is to…
1)    Take advantage of pre-joiner networking opportunities. The more familiar faces you recognise on your first day in the office, the less nervous you’ll be.
2)    Ask any questions you may have, whether it’s to the recruitment team or your school careers advisor.
My top tips for working as a School Leaver…
1)    Ask questions. It’s the only way you’ll learn and expand your knowledge, whether it’s technical questions to help you do your job better, or practical things, like how to use a printer. People will be more than happy to help.
2)    Get involved in different projects and committees, it’s the best way to expand your internal network and gives you exposure to different roles and activities that may be available.
3)    Nobody knows how much work you have unless you tell them, so if you’re working at full capacity and you can’t take on any more work, let your team know, they’ll appreciate your honesty.
Within the School Leavers programme your main responsibilities are…
Responsibilities vary across different business areas. In Tax, your main responsibilities will be the preparation of tax returns and holding client meetings to gain the information needed to prepare client tax returns and explain the tax position that will be taken.
The aspects of my role I enjoy most are…
I really enjoy studying towards my professional qualification as it’s nice to see that what I’m learning actually impacts my work through the advice I’m able to give my clients and my technical ability. My role is really rewarding and frequently offers the opportunity to learn about new topics and apply my improving knowledge.
PwC’s opportunities
Find out more about our Business Insight Week, School and College leaver programmes, Flying Start degree programme, Career Open Days and virtual events by visiting our website. If you’re going to university it’s important to study a subject you love. Whatever that is, it could still lead you to a place on one of our graduate training programmes.

Take the opportunity of a lifetime. Join PwC. We'll help you realise your potential.

Retail Optical Assistant roles with Specsavers

Want to become a qualified Retail Optical Assistant in just 12 months – and get paid while you do it? Look no further than Specsavers.
At Specsavers, we’re always looking to the future. Which is where people like you come in. Our apprenticeship scheme gives you the chance to really set yourself up for a great career in a fantastic company, and earn a full-time wage at the same time.
We say company, but when you join us you’ll actually become part of a family. You’ll not only spend 12 months in a paid job, but also learn your trade while surrounded by our friendly, passionate and highly experienced team who’ll support you every step of the way.
What’s in it for you?
  • Earn a salary whilst learning new skills
  • Structured career opportunities for the future
  • Get experience of full-time work...and enjoy paid holidays!
  • Work for a friendly employer who values you
  • Receive comprehensive and structured training
  • Bag yourself a great, nationally recognised qualification
  • Learn transferable as well as job-specific skills
And that’s just the start. With a highly respected and award-winning business behind you – one that invests in its people – there’s nothing to stop you getting on here. Who knows, you might even end up running your own store in years to come...
What’s in it for us?

Day-to-day, you’ll help us out by giving customers top-notch advice (as well as a warm welcome to the store), booking in eye tests, pre-screening patients and measuring frames. You’ll also make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible by keeping an eye out for any little problems that crop up. Your on-the-job training will sit alongside structured learning that will lead to a nationally recognised qualification, and at the end of your year as an apprentice, you’ll be a fully-fledged Retail Optical Assistant. But we’re just as happy to learn from you too, so a head full of ideas will come in handy and could make a real difference to how we do things right across the business.
A bit about us
Chances are you’ve never set foot inside a Specsavers store unless, of course, you’ve ever needed to call on our excellent service yourself. But we’ve been on the high street for nearly 30 years, and we’re the UK's Most Trusted Optician with one in three people who wear glasses choosing our frames. And even though we have over 1,750 stores around the world and 25,000+ employees, we’re still a family-run business, which makes one of our stores a fab place to learn as you earn!
How to make it happen
First up, you’ll need grade A-D GCSEs in English and Maths (or equivalent/predicted result), but no qualification Level 4 (higher than A-levels) or above.
It’s essential you haven’t worked in the Optical Retail Sector before – this is a new adventure – but you will need the organisation, commitment, motivation and enthusiasm to deliver the great customer service our Specsavers visitors love.
So, ready to grab your future with both hands? Then kick start your career with the Specsavers Apprenticeship programme.
Before applying, please check that you are able to travel to the store location on a daily basis.
Click here to find out more

Business, Accountancy, Finance and Law Apprenticeships – apply today

Don’t miss these amazing apprenticeship vacancies with fantastic companies including BT Group, Jaguar Land Rover, J.P.Morgan, RBS and more.
Gain experience, earn a salary and study for your professional qualifications, or even a degree
with new Degree Apprenticeship vacancies!
Ready for the real world? Search and apply today.
Why BPP?
BPP is a national apprenticeship training provider for many of the UK’s leading companies, the companies we work with include RBS, Fujitsu, Ford and J.P Morgan trust us to help them find the fresh talent their businesses need.
How to apply
Simply search and apply via our website or submit your CV via GetMyFirstJob and our expert Recruitment Managers will get in touch if there’s a suitable role for you. Search and apply
 What are the progression routes?
BPP Professional Apprenticeships are aligned to recognised professional qualifications and institutions. They offer a clear pathway from one qualification to the next up (such as to chartered status), enabling apprentices to follow career paths that typically have previously only been accessible to university graduates.  Not only do they provide a true alternative route into these professions, they provide a real job, a real wage, real experience and opportunity to progress.
We work with employers to create apprenticeship or School Leaver Programmes tailored to their business that provides training and progression.
What apprenticeships do BPP offer?
Business Apprenticeships:
•             Business – Level 2, 3
•             Business & Marketing – Level 3
•             Business & Human Resources – Level 3
•             HR Management – Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship

Finance Apprenticeships:
•             Financial Administration – Level 3
•             Accounting – Level 2, 3, 4
•             Audit/Accounting – Level 4 Higher Apprenticeships
•             Management Accounting – Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
•             Tax – Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
•             General Insurance – Level 3
•             Investment Operations – Level 3
•             Retail and Business Banking – Level 2, 3
Law Apprenticeships
•             Legal Apprenticeship Scheme – Level 3

What are the entry requirements?
Minimum requirements set by the Government to be an apprentice state you must be:
•             Aged 16+
•             Employed in a relevant role for more than 30 hours per week at the time you start your apprenticeship
•             Permanent resident in England
For more details on the exact entry requirements for each pathway, and to check you eligibility, please visit our website.
Individual employers will also state entry requirements.
Where can I study?
We work with employers across the country and offer flexible study options including In Centre Face to Face, Online Classroom and Online Classroom Live to fit around work commitments and travel restrictions.

Start your career:

Mercedes-Benz are searching for, 'the stars of tomorrow' to join their apprenticeship programme

Mercedes‑Benz invented the automobile over 125 years ago and has pioneered its continued development ever since. Today, our vehicles continue to set new standards in safety, technology, design and performance on the road and on the race track.
Now we're looking for rising stars to help us drive the future of the automobile to new heights. If you're a driven individual with an eye for detail and a curiosity for how things work then an Apprenticeship with Mercedes‑Benz might be for you.
By choosing an Apprenticeship with Mercedes‑Benz you are taking the first step onto a career ladder full of potential and opening the doors to a world of opportunity limited only by your ambition.
Working for the famous three pointed star at one of our Truck, Van or Car retailers, you could be part of one of the best apprenticeship training schemes in the UK, training at the state of the art Mercedes-Benz Apprentice Academy.
The Mercedes-Benz Apprenticeship Programme offers you:
  • A career to put you alongside some of Britain’s brightest young talent
  • A career with one of the world’s most prestigious companies
  • A chance to earn whilst you learn
“I chose the Mercedes-Benz Apprenticeship over A-Levels and I haven’t looked back since. I get to work towards Academic qualifications and earn at the same time. Plus, I’ve had the chance to specialise in the Mercedes-Benz brand and learn a variety of skills from the experienced staff. It’s challenging but I know if I work hard there are long-term career opportunities” - Courtney Nelson-Ford – Mercedes-Benz Apprentice Technician
Apply now for our September 2016 intake for the opportunity to train as a Passenger Car Technician, Parts Operations Specialist or Heavy Vehicle Technician.