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
McKinsey & Company Leadership Academy
- Develop vital leadership skills
- Explore exciting career opportunities
- Build a network of like-minded peers
Sutton Trust Summer School - Application now open
Liverpool University - Physiotherapy
University of London Taster Courses
Loughborough University Engineering Experience
Jon Dennison Bursary
- Coventry University - Aerospace Engineering
- University of Liverpool - Aerospace Engineering
- University of Salford – Insight into Engineering (girls’ only)
- University of Sheffield - Broad Based Engineering
- Queen's University, Belfast - Broad Based Engineering
- University of Glasgow - Broad Based Engineering
Sutton Trust US Programme for Sixth Formers
Applications for the Sutton Trust US Programme for Sixth Formers NOW OPEN
What is it?
The Sutton Trust US Programme is designed to support high achieving Year 12 students from state schools across the UK to explore US study and access leading universities
It includes two residentials in the UK, before all students spend a week in the US staying on campus at a leading US university and visiting a variety of other American universities. An optional second year of the programme supports students to apply to US universities alongside their UCAS options.
In the past six years, we have helped more than 300 British students get places and funding at top US universities. The Programme is founded and funded by the Sutton Trust, the UK’s leading social mobility charity, and delivered in partnership with the Fulbright Commission, who are experts in helping UK students study in the US.
How much does it cost for students?
The programme is free for students – including travel, food, accommodation, admissions test preparation and more, all costs are covered by The Sutton Trust and its donors.
Who are we looking for?
To be eligible to apply, students must:
- Currently be in Year 12 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland), or Year 13 in Northern Ireland.
- Have always attended a state school or college (non-fee paying) in the UK
- Not hold US citizenship
- Be from a low-income family (generally, this will mean a household earning £45,000 or less)
- Be interested in US culture and higher education
Additional criteria: we are looking for applicants who also meet the criteria below. The more of these you meet, the more likely you are to secure a place:
- Would be the first generation of their family to attend university
- Have been eligible for free school meals
- Attend a school or college with a below-average A Level or Higher point score and/or a low rate of progression into higher education
- Live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression into higher education and/or a high level of socio-economic deprivation
- Have excellent GCSEs or S4 qualifications:
- England and Northern Ireland: Have achieved at least eight GCSEs at grade A or 7 or above, or near this level
- Wales: Have achieved at least eight GCSEs at grade A or above, or near this level
- Scotland: Have achieved at least six B passes at National 5 or above, or near this level
When is the deadline for students to apply?
Students must submit their application by 20 January 2019. However, we strongly advise they get started earlier, as the application form requires some thinking!
Where can I find out more and apply?
There’s lots more information on our website: https://us.suttontrust.com and the application form can also be found there.
For student videos about their US week last year:
Morgan Stanley Step In Step Up Programme
Study days at University College Oxford
Research in Sciences Year 12 Study Day - 18 February 2019 (for female students only)
University College, Oxford is hosting a day showcasing science research at a leading research university. With a choice of lectures across the Medical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, this event is aimed at Year 12 students at UK schools who identify as female. As well as an insight into science research from tutors and research students, this will be an excellent way for students to engage with subject/s of interest in preparation for applying to university. Alongside this, students will get the opportunity for an insight into life at University College through College tours with undergraduates and lunch in our dining hall. To apply students need to submit an application form, and a teacher from their school needs to submit a teacher approval form to support their application. These days can be oversubscribed so not all applicants will necessarily have a place on the day. The deadline is Friday 18 January. For a provisional programme and details of how to apply, please see Univ's website.
Medical Sciences Year 12 Study Day – 28 February 2019
University College are excited to host an engaging and challenging study day for 60 Year 12 students interested in the Medical Sciences, such as Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Psychology. The day will include lectures and workshops from Univ’s tutors and graduate students. The day will be a valuable opportunity to help you decide on a degree subject, as well as explore subjects you are interested in beyond your school curriculum. To apply students need to submit an application form, and a teacher from their school needs to submit a teacher approval form to support their application. These days can be oversubscribed so not all applicants will necessarily have a place on the day. The deadline is Thursday 24 January. For a provisional programme and details of how to apply, please see Univ's website.
Mathematical and Physical Year 12 Sciences Study Day – 04 March 2019
University College are offering a study day for 60 Year 12 students interested Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The day will include lectures from Univ’s tutors in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering. The day will also include some information and guidance on the Oxford aptitude tests, the (the MAT and PAT). Alongside this, you’ll get the opportunity for an insight into life at University College through College tours with undergraduates and lunch in our dining hall. To apply students need to submit an application form, and a teacher from their school needs to submit a teacher approval form to support their application. These days can be oversubscribed so not all applicants will necessarily have a place on the day. The deadline is Monday 28 January. For a provisional programme and details of how to apply, please see Univ's website. All enquiries should be sent to Nelli on email@example.com.
Advance notice of Summer Term study days:
We also plan to run two more Study Days for Year 12s later in the year. Check our website for details of how to apply in the Spring Term.
- English and History Study Day – Thursday 13 June 2019
- Social Sciences Study Day – Thursday 20 June 2019
Other events in Oxford
The other Colleges and Departments in Oxford run a large programme of events for students and teachers. You can always check out this handy calendar to see what might be on offer. http://www.ox.ac.uk/outreachevents.
Engineering Experience Residential
Loughborough University are now accepting applications for their annual Engineering Experience residential for Year 12 students.
The two day residential gives Year 12 students the opportunity to visit three of their engineering departments to experience studying this subject area at undergraduate level. In addition to this, students will be provided with all meals and an overnight stay in a hall of residence.
• Interested students are invited to complete an online application form at lboro.ac.uk/engexp
• Offers of places on the residential will be made based on the information received within their application form (rather than on a first come first served basis).
• The deadline for receiving applications is 12 noon on the 4th January 2019
• The cost of the event is £60 per student (to cover meals and accommodation).
Opportunities with PwC
PwC are offering over 400 work experience places in 2019 across the UK.
Digital Insight Week
Join PwC for our week-long Digital Insight Week designed to provide you with the knowledge and experience required to prepare you for work in the digital world. You’ll spend time getting excellent tuition from technology experts from a range of business areas across PwC, as well as gaining key employability and professional skills for your career going forward. This action-packed week is a great way to network, learn and kickstart your career in technology and beyond.
Business Insight Week
During PwC’s Business Insight Week, you’ll gain an insight into life at PwC as an apprentice or a graduate. We’ll welcome you with a day’s training at a central location within your region where you’ll get to meet other students on the programme, helping you make friends right from the start. You’ll then spend time in the office working on live projects and buddying up with a member of the PwC team. You may even have the opportunity to visit external client offices with your team. If it goes well, you’ll have the opportunity to: secure a full-time job with us when you leave school or college; explore our Flying Start degree programme, or join one of our undergraduate work experience programmes if you decide university is for you.
Whether you’re looking for a general introduction to potential career pathways into business, or are keen to get stuck into some cutting edge technology, these programmes are worth exploring.
The deadline for applications is Thursday 31 January 2019
Barclays Creative Horizons 2019
Work Experience Opportunities for Year 12 students at PWC
Work Experience programmes
Throughout March and April, seasoned professionals from the world of Investment Banking, Medicine, Engineering, Law, Politics, Journalism, and Business Leadership will coach ambitious young minds through an inspirational journey of interactive simulations, engaging content and guidance on how to gain a competitive advantage.
UCL: Sunday 10th March
University of Manchester: Sunday 24th March
The Young Investment Banker Programme:
UCL: Sunday 24th March
University of Manchester: Sunday 17th March
The Young Politician Programme:
UCL: Sunday 17th March
The Young Journalist Programme:
UCL: Sunday 24th March
The Young Lawyer Programme:
UCL: Sunday 31st March
The Young Business Leader Programme:
UCL: Sunday 31st March
The Young Engineer Programme:
UCL: Sunday 7th April
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:
IBM are hiring Apprentices
Nestlé Apprenticeship Opportunities
Santander - Emerging Talent
Start your Career with EY
GSK – Exciting Minds
Flying Start Degree Partnership Programmes with PWC
J.P. Morgan apprenticeship programme
Software Tester apprentices at IBM
Goldman Sachs - Technology Degree Apprenticeship
Looking for an alternative route into a law career?
Higher Apprenticeship with Deloitte
Our BrightStart Higher Apprenticeship is an opportunity for curious, smart people like you to leap into the world of professional services. Earn-while-you-learn, gain a professional qualification and get stuck in, helping to solve some of our clients’ most complex problems right from the start.
Where can you join us?
- Audit & Assurance
- Business & Financial Advisory
- Governance, Risk & Regulation
- Human Capital
- Strategy & Operations
- Tax Consulting
Entry Level Apprenticeship - Cardiff
Left school already? Aren’t liking college? Or want to consider an alternative to uni? Launch your career as an Entry Level Apprentice and support our client-facing staff with critical day-to-day administrative tasks. Learn on the job and study towards your Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma in Business Administration. You’ll get all the support you need to thrive, grow and develop your future. Find out more here.
Looking for a career full of challenges, learning and progression? Where you’re free to create your own career path?
Discover more about careers with us at deloitte.co.uk/careers.
Apprenticeship Opportunities with Johnson Controls
An apprenticeship with Johnson Controls will see you building new skills while applying your knowledge to real-world projects. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore your potential and you’ll enjoy full support from your line manager and a mentor. They are offering a full-time permanent Advanced Level 3/4 Apprenticeship Programme for talented people. This is a genuine alternative to university for people who have a passion for engineering and who want to launch their career.
Johnson Controls have a large number of apprenticeships available across the UK:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Haberdashers' Adams Careers Fair
The school's annual Careers fair brings together a wide range of different professions, employers and training providers. Pupils from Year 9 upwards will be invited to spend time at the event talking to the providers, many of whom are former pupils of the school and can offer relevant and up to date advice on a range of opportunities.
January 25th 2019
The National Apprenticeship Event
WorldSkills UK LIVE
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.