Tuesday, 31 January 2017

NHS Apprenticeship Opportunities

NHS Apprenticeships
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NHS Apprenticeship


Are you 16-24 and looking for an apprenticeship with the NHS?

The NHS offers several benefits starting from the famous quote “job for life”. At least 27 days annual leave. Invaluable work experience to be added to your CV. You will undergo a full time internship which consists of working in the following departments:


We have live vacancies in the following departments:
Outpatients Reception
Respiratory Administration
(General Practices) GP’s
Central Bookings
Sexual Health Reception
Healthcare Records and Clinic Support
Booked Admissions


register your interest-click here


NHS Benefits


If you are aged between 16 - 24 and have a level 2 qualification or below then we can help you access the following benefits:
The UK’s largest discount card
At least 27 days annual leave
An improved CV and CPD
The UK’s best pension scheme
A full-time internship leading to a ‘job for life’


Additional NHS benefits


As a member of the NHS you will also receive a NHS ID Badge which entitles you will receive a variety of fabulous discounts, incentives and offers on top High Street brands.



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Monday, 30 January 2017

Webinar information about Apprenticeship Opportunities

There is a series of webinars over the coming months with some excellent companies talking about their apprenticeships and school leaver opportunities.

If you are considering what your options are and would like to know more about apprenticeships then join us for our first webinar in the series, Unilever tells all about apprenticeships.

Date – Wed 15th Feb 2017
Time – 13:00 – 14:00
Location – This is a virtual webinar so you all you need is an internet connection and a laptop or tablet.  Hopefully as this is during half term you’ll be able to find a quiet space at home to log into the webinar.

This webinar is open to students and parents who would like to know more about what an apprenticeship entails, hear from current apprentices and get some hints and tips on the how the Unilever recruitment process works. You can read more about the Unilever apprenticeships below.

To register for this webinar, please click here

If you know any other young people who might be interested, please forward this onto them.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

How valuable is Enrichment Activity?

Record one in four graduates in UK awarded top degrees
The proportion of students getting high grades in their degrees rises from 17% to 24% in five years, reaching record levels according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), and this can make it difficult for employers to choose between applicants.  Martin Birchall from High Fliers Research, said some employers no longer required a particular degree classification as “in recent years diversity has become a real issue for many employers and they’re keen to have as broad a spread of applicants for their graduate programmes as possible,” he said. “That means they don’t necessarily want to cut out graduates who did not get a first or a 2:1 but have CVs that are jam-packed with other skills and experiences that may be more relevant in the workplace." Clearly, this points in the direction of students improving their profiles through undertaking a broad range of Enrichment activities.  Never before have these activities had such high value in helping students to differentiate themselves from competing applicants.... 
Read the article

Well done! Comments by our visitors...

Well done to all those students who attended last week's Apprenticeship Event in the Student Centre.  You should know that the overwhelming response from Exhibitors was that they were very impressed with students at our college.  The were particularly complementary about the insightful questions they were asked, and they thought that students presented themselves in a mature and respectful way.  One exhibitor went to great length to compliment the communication skills of our students, saying that this is exactly what employers are looking for when deciding between applicants, and it is just as well - some stands had as many as 40 students signing up for more information about the opportunities they had on offer! 

It is action like this that will help you to prepare for your future when you leave this college, lining up opportunities for a smooth transition into the career you want.

Well done.

Employment statistics for youth...

Labour Market Statistics show strong youth labour market performance

Youth unemployment decreased by 3.6 percentage points over the last year to 9.4 per cent, the lowest youth unemployment rate since the series began, and below the UK. Scotland now has the 2nd lowest youth unemployment rate in the EU. Despite rising by 0.4 percentage points over the last quarter, Scotland’s overall unemployment rate also fell by 0.4 percentage points over the year to 5.1 per cent, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures.

Female employment hits an all-time high as wage growth rises, according to the latest government figures

The Office for National Statistics reported that 69.9% of women aged from 16-64 were in work in the three months to November, compared to 69.1% a year earlier, and the highest female employment rate since records began in 1971.
Wage levels, excluding bonuses, rose by an annual rate of 2.7% in the same period - the strongest increase since August 2015. With bonuses included, the increase was 2.8%.

Labour market statistics – January 2017

  1. Unemployment is 1,604,000, down 12,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline down 52,000) and the unemployment rate is 4.8%, no change on last month.
  2. The number of claimant unemployed is 797,800, down 10,100 on last month, and the claimant rate is 2.3%.
  3. The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,014,000, down 5,000 on the quarter, representing 14.1% of the youth population (down 0.1 percentage points).
  4. There are 2.1 unemployed people per vacancy.
  5. The employment rate is 74.5% (up 0.1 percentage points on last month’s published figure and down 0.1 percentage points in the preferred quarterly measure).

The latest Treasury survey of independent forecasters, showed that their current expectation is for modest economic growth of 1.4% and modest employment growth of just 0.2% in 2017.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Do we need to change our views on the concept of work/life balance?

So, a gap year now, or when you are 50?!  Retrain later in life and the end to life-long careers, or slower development of skills?  Should we consider that working after 60 will need to part of a future working philosophy, but in the context of keeping or minds switched on, bodies active, and helping to contribute to society as a whole?  These are all interesting questions that challenge current views of working to our 60s, and then retirement.  But things might need to change...

Click on the link below for an interesting take on what may lie ahead in the world of work.

Do you need help searching for Apprenticeships?

New apprenticeship available on www.careermap.co.uk

Search all our latest Apprenticeship and school leaver vacancies now.


College Apprenticeship Event proves a huge success

We would like to say a huge thank you to all our Apprenticeship Exhibitors who attended the Long Road Apprenticeship Event on Wednesday.  Feedback by students was VERY positive, and we are delighted that a number of stands reported in excess of 40 sign-ups to the offers they have for this summer!  Clearly, switched on students have recognised that Apprenticeships offer a viable progression route, helping them to achieve their career goals.  Well done to everyone involved.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Apprenticeship Event, TODAY!!

Today is the launch of this year's Apprenticeship Event in the Student Centre.  Running from  11.00 - 2.00, we welcome a broad range of exhibitors who want to meet you!

If you have ever wondered what Apprenticeships are all about, or how they might offer a valid alternative to university (YES, you can secure a Degree Apprenticeship!), then today is the day to find out more.  You do not have to book in to the event, simply turn up between 11.00 and 2.00 and approach any of the stands you are interested in.

Consider, even if you have decided that university is the route you want to take, do you really want to pursue that goal without fully understanding other options you have turned down?  Come and satisfy your curiosity and leave feeling secure in your decisions.

Careers Department

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Apprenticeship Event in College, 18/1/17

We look forward to hosting a fantastic Apprenticeship Event in college tomorrow, with may exhibitors coming to speak directly to students about their organisation's opportunities. 
  • If you are unsure about what Apprenticeships are, for example, have you heard about "Degree Apprenticeships"?
  • If you would like to ask what a day or week in the life of an Apprentice is really like
  • If you want to know how to find out more
  • If you want to know what jobs are available and how to apply
...then come to the event and speak to people with the answers you want.

Where: Student Centre
When: 18/1/17
What time: 11.00 - 2.00

The list below shows all those companies who will be present, so don't miss out (many are advertising now!)

Peterborough NHS
The Army
The Navy
West Anglia Training Association (WATA)
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
West Suffolk College
Carter Builders
First Intuition (accounting)
PA Consulting
Ion Sciences
Papworth Hospitals
Grant Thornton
EY (Formerly Ernst and Young)
LGC Group
Medical Research Council (MRC)
British Sugar

Progression and Careers Department

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Marshall Aerospace - Apprenticeship Opportunities

Marshall Aerospace has opened applications for their apprenticeship programme. This year anyone who wishes to apply will do so through www.aeroacademy.co.uk.
            Level 2 – Aeronautical semi-skilled fitters
            Level 3 – aeronautical fitters
            Level 3 – design engineers
            Level 3 – Technical Support Engineers
There’s a new level 2 apprenticeship for which the minimum requirements are 5 GCSEs at  A-D which must include Maths, English and Science. The craft level 3 apprenticeships require 5 GCSEs at A-C)which must include Maths, English and Science and applicants for the Engineering Design Apprenticeships need 5 GCSEs A-B which must include Maths, English and Science. This is an excellent apprenticeship programme with a top Cambridge company and it would be fantastic to see local students secure these jobs.

Please note: Applications close on 31st January 2017.