Helping pupils to find the right path.
The right career choice can make the difference between having an unfulfilling life and an exciting, happy life. At Adams we believe pupils should make choices that suit their passions as that is the route to job satisfaction and contentment.
Our careers education is designed to help pupils develop a good understanding of themselves. So, we encourage students to start thinking about their career options early in their time here. Very few will have a clear idea in KS3 of what path they wish to follow so research will be needed to ensure they pick the right subjects when choosing GCSEs and A Levels. Future careers are again a consideration for Sixth Formers and staff are always available to talk to pupils and their parents about the best options. All Year 11 pupils do work experience after their GCSE exams. This can help them to decide what kind of career will enthuse them in the years to come.
Employability skills can be just as important as exam results and the wide range of House events, clubs, societies and trips available at Adams help them to develop these. By combining these with a broad educational base, practical experience and access to the best information and advice (including visits by outside organisations), we can ensure they are equipped to make informed decisions about their options.
For the vast majority of our Sixth Formers those options will involve a university degree, but there are also other routes available for pupils who would prefer to go into an employment- based training programme such as an apprenticeship, pursue a military career or go straight into a job. We also provide advice to pupils considering a gap year and continue to support pupils who apply after their A-Level results.
In this section of our website, pupils and parents can find up-to-date information about courses and events designed to help pupils make informed decisions about their future. You will also find information about the wide range of organisations we work with to provide additional information and support.
Mrs B J Hayes
B.A. Hons. (Comparative Literature/French, University of East Anglia)
Head of Sixth Form & Careers
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University of London Taster Courses
The University of London run a wide range of taster courses across all of their locations and subjects. These include music, history of art, midwifery, politics, population health, pharmacy, nursing, law and liberal arts.
The Gap Year Guide Book 2018
For 25 years, The Gap Year Guide Book has provided up-to-date and unbiased information and advice for those considering a gap year. The guidebook covers health, finance, travelling, accommodation, career breaks, mature gappers, working abroad, volunteering abroad, learning abroad, sport, as well as volunteering, working and learning in the UK whilst on a gapyear.
Further information via website: http://www.johncattbookshop.com/the-gap-year-guidebook-2018
Pret - Paid work experience
Pret's Big Experience Week offers 500 paid (£8.25 an hour in London and £8.00 elsewhere) work experience roles for 16-18 year old students in Pret shops across the UK in July 2018. You will spend one week with Pret to experience work and learn about the career paths that exist within the hospitality industry. Work experience students will also have the opportunity to be fast-tracked through the recruitment process for the new Pret management apprenticeship programme which starts in autumn 2018.
For more information, go to: www.pretjobs.co.uk/big-experience-week
Premed Projects – Hospital work experience
Premed Projects are planning for the release of further UK hospital placements during February 2018 half term and the 2018 summer holidays.
Registration and work experience require booking. There are various payment options. Full support and help before, during and after placements.
Application and/or contact URLs:
For more information and booking:
Jasmine Little | Premed Projects
Engineering Development Trust - Computing/Electronics Placements. UK
Applications are open from September to September, but students who apply early will increase their chances of securing a paid, study and career relevant paid work placement through the YINI scheme. We will begin arranging company interviews from Dec’ onwards for placements commencing in the following summer/ autumn.
For further details and a booking form please visit:
Future Medics work experience – London and overseas
Medical Projects are offering you the opportunity to shadow leading Doctors and Consultants in hospitals for 1-4 weeks. These Pre-Medical Placements are designed for any student applying or reapplying to medical school. You are typically aged 16-25 years old and want to pursue an advanced career in healthcare.
Various dates, locations and durations available now to book. Fees apply.
T: 0191 704 2064
Further information and booking:
The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology
Careermap has numerous apprenticeships and vocational qualification advertised with some of the UK's leading businesses throughout the UK. You can search via job type and location and apply directly via the site.
Virgin Media Apprenticeships
Join the 2018 Apprenticeship scheme as a Residential Field Apprentice. On this Apprentice programme you’ll combine real work with studying for an NVQ level 2 or 3 in Communication Technology at state of the art training facilities with lots of support along the way.
£12,500 per annum, with an increase to £17,500 at 6 months subject to performance, plus performance related bonus during later months within the scheme.
Careermap is a handy resource for finding Apprenticeships. You can find and browse thousands of Apprenticeship vacancies across many different industry sectors and filter them by location.
Tarmac - Apprenticeships
Tarmac offers a range of apprenticeships including mechanical engineering, logistics and commercial management which combine earning a competitive salary in a hands-on working environment with time out to attend college to study for nationally recognised qualifications.
To find out more and register, please visit our website: https://tarmaccareers.com/apprenticeships/
Ernst & Young – Degree Apprenticeship in Digital Innovation
You'll gain the opportunity to specialise in either data analytics or software development, creating innovative solutions for their clients from day one. At the same time you will study towards a degree, helping you to develop in-demand digital skills that will prepare you for the workplace of the future, whilst earning a starting salary of up to £21,500.
Opportunities are available across all of our service lines – Assurance, Consulting, People Advisory Services, Tax and Transactions, with training delivered by ADA- the National College for Digital Skills and QA Apprenticeships.
To find out more and register, please visit our website: https://www.ukcareers.ey.com/schools/our-programmes/apprenticeships/degree-apprenticeship-in-digital-innovation
BBC – school leaver training schemes and apprenticeships
The BBC offers school leaver training schemes and apprenticeships covering many aspects of broadcasting including broadcast operations, software engineering, journalism and broadcast production.
Higher and degree Apprenticeships – UK
New website lists current vacancies from prestigious companies such as:
- Ministry of Defence – Higher Apprenticeship
- RNLI – Higher Apprenticeship
- Vodaphone – Higher Apprenticeship
- Rolls Royce – Advanced Apprenticeship
- Direct Line – Advanced Apprenticeship
- Lancashire Cricket Club – Advanced Apprenticeship
- Ford – Degree Apprenticeship
- Barrett Homes – Degree Apprenticeship
- Zurich – Advanced Apprenticeship
The site also contains useful job seeking, CV preparation and interview resources.
Find out more and apply online at: GetMyFirstJob.co.uk
Deloitte BrightStart - Higher Audit and Assurance Apprenticeships
Deloitte’s BrightStart scheme offers school leavers with good academic qualifications the opportunity to make an early start to a professional career. The main benefits of starting a career through the BrightStart scheme are that school leavers learn business skills and competencies in a real work environment and study for an internationally recognised professional qualification without incurring student debt.
For more information, go to: https://jobs2.deloitte.com/uk/en/job/DELOA004X155726/2018-BrightStart-Higher-Apprenticeship-Audit-Assurance
Airbus’ website is filled with apprenticeship opportunities across all disciplines and bases nationwide. Follow the link below to search for new apprentice opportunities.
GCHQ Manchester – Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship
At GCHQ, we use cutting-edge technology to protect the UK against a range of cyber threats. We’re looking for technically savvy and motivated individuals to join our BSc Honours Degree Apprenticeship scheme.
You’ll have (or will be expecting to gain by September 2018) three A-levels at BBC or above – two of which must be in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) or equivalent qualifications in STEM subjects.
To find out more and apply, please visit: www.gchq-careers.co.uk
Johnson Controls – Engineering and apprenticeships
Johnson Controls, leading provider of building technology and the largest manufacturer of automotive batteries, would like to speak to all 15-18yr old students about their Advanced Apprenticeships in the following roles in our area:
- Apprentice Electrical/Mechanical Installation Engineer
- Apprentice Mechanical/Electrical Design Engineers
- Apprentice Electro/Mechanical Engineer
To find out more email: email@example.com
KPMG360° Business Services is a two year Apprenticeship Programme which will give you an overview of Business Services and how Business Services support the wider organisation, whilst working towards the Level Three Business Administration Apprenticeship. This is a recognised qualification that enables development of core business skills and knowledge, including project management, business regulation and personal development. Apprentices can choose to join the regional scheme, and will be based in some of the company’s largest offices outside of London in: Manchester, Leeds, Bristol or Birmingham.
The Law Apprenticeships Guide
The guide offers a comprehensive overview of the nature of apprenticeships, what the legal profession offers and advice on how to go about getting involved. It also signposts the legal apprenticeships vacancies page on LawCareers.Net which is the most complete and reliable guide to what jobs are available.
For more information, go to: https://www.lawcareers.net/Starting-Out/Law-Apprenticeships-Guide/LegalApprenticeshipVacancies
McDonald’s Management Degree Apprenticeship – UK
The School Leaver Degree Apprenticeship lasts five years and gives young people the opportunity to follow a structured training programme. It leads to qualifications including a Level 3 Apprenticeship (Hospitality Supervisor) and then the opportunity to gain a BA (hons) degree in Business Management and Retail from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and chartered manager status with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
To apply you’ll need to have 104–112 UCAS points (A level grades BCC – BBC) or equivalent alternative qualifications. You will also need specific GCSE grades of C or 4 in English and maths (Level 2 Functional Skills English and maths are also accepted).
To find out more please have a look on the website.
National Air Traffic Services – Trainee Air Traffic Controllers
A typical day for UK air traffic controllers involves over 5,000 take-offs and landings from UK airports. Although the minimum academic entry requirements (at least five GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above, including English and mathematics) to train as an air traffic controller are modest, other rigorous assessment tests and criteria mean that from over 3,000 applicants only 15 are selected to train at the NATS Centre in Fareham.
For more information, go to: http://www.nats.aero/careers/trainee-air-traffic-controllers/
Accenture – Consulting and Technology
London Technology Apprenticeship Scheme
The Accenture scheme starts in September 2018. Apprentices begin building their career through a mix of structured training and on-the-job experience, all while earning money from day one. The degree lasts for 4 years, does not have any academic requirements.
At the end of the programme, apprentices obtain a recognised Degree free of university debt and all the necessary skills and competencies to kick-start their career in technology.
Apply online at: Accenture careers pages
Australian and New Zealand University Open Days
WorldSkills UK LIVE
Held in London on 30 November 2018 and Manchester on 7 December 2018, the conferences offer an the opportunity to learn from and network with some of the UK’s most knowledgeable lawyers and recruiters, representing an array of prestigious firms.
Create your Future
27th and 28th November - Manchester
Create your future is an event for young people interested in pursuing a career in the creative arts. The exhibition will bring together hundreds of universities, colleges, and employers, all offering creative courses and traineeships.
Maritime Careers Open Day
Saturday 13 October 2018
This open days will give pupils an insight into what a career in the maritime industry has to offer. They can identify the career paths that fits their skills and aspirations, and find out what it takes to qualify.
USA College Day 2018
USA College Day 2018 provides you with the opportunity to meet representatives from over 150 American universities and educational service providers in London. It is the largest US university fair in the UK. Fair dates: Friday 28th September and Saturday 29th September in central London.
For more information, go to: http://www.fulbright.org.uk/events/usa-college-day-2018
Many thanks to all of the organisations, companies and individuals who have provided help and support to our pupils by attending one of our events or providing interview experience. If you would like to get involved please do get in touch with Belinda Hayes.
In order to make informed decisions, pupils need to be aware of labour market information. LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions. This tool supplies data and information from the Labour Force Survey; the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings; the UK Commission for Employment and Skills: the Employer Skills Survey and Working Futures.