Apprenticeships let you train on the job, earning a salary while you gain qualifications and in some cases even a degree.
National Careers Week
6th – 11th March 2023
About National Careers Week
Sponsored by The Nat West Group, National Careers Week (NCW) is a one-week celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people develop awareness and excitement about their future pathways.
NCW is a dedicated week every year for allowing schools, colleges, universities, alternative provision settings and organisations to work towards enhanced careers provision.
TBSHS will be marking the week with some special form tutor activities for Years 7-11, plus we have lots of guests coming in to talk about careers & opportunities. Here’s a quick round-up:
Form Tutor Sessions
Year 7 The World of Work – learning from Labour Market Information (LMI)
and what is the labour market of the future?
Year 8 Skills For The Future – learning about skills for the future and how they relate to
the subjects you are studying and discovering our employability skills
Year 9 What Are My Options After GCSE’s? Learning about vocational and occupational
pathways; A Levels, T Levels, Traineeships, BTECS….. jargon-busting information!
Year 10 Exploring Careers – exploring different careers to help plan for the future and discovering careers in the Priority Sector
Year 11 Occupational Pathways – learning more about the different pathways after
GCSE’s and consider which pathway is best for you.
Careers Assemblies & Lunchtime Careers Workshops
Monday 6th March – lunchtime pop-up stand with Harlow College; firstly in the Reading Garden 1pm-2pm for Year 11 then moving to Reception for Years 12-13. We look forward to seeing their Outreach Coordinator, Debbie Wallace
Tuesday 7th March – lunchtime Careers Workshop for all students with IT Vets – careers/apprenticeships in IT/Computing.
IT Vet is a local company and much in demand. We’re delighted to be welcoming Laura Rock and her colleague Paul.
Tuesday 7th March – Year 11 Assembly from Weston Homes – careers/apprenticeships in Construction. Successful local company, Weston Homes, have won many awards and received industry recognition that reflects their commitment and dedication to provide great new homes for clients. Paige Parker is our guest from Weston.
Wednesday 8th March – Price Bailey lunchtime pop-up stand in Reception for Years 12-13 – careers & apprenticeship in Tax/Accounting.
Following on from Duncan Crooks careers workshop session last week, Charlotte Waters will be our guest today.
Thursday 9th March – lunchtime Careers Workshop for all students with Deloitte – careers/apprenticeships in Finance/Tax/Auditing.
Thursday 9th March – Year 7-8 Assembly from Deloitte – careers in Finance/Business.
It’s always fantastic to welcome back ex-students and even more so when they are willing to support current students who learn of their personal career journeys and success stories. We look forward to our visit from Beth Bloomfield.
Friday 10th March – Year 9-10 Assembly from Titan Airways – careers/apprenticeships in aviation/engineering. Following a hiatus due to the pandemic, the aviation industry is thriving and Titan Airways are growing with it. Matt Gilks, Station Engineer, is our guest.
Do encourage your son/daughter to attend the workshops; not only are they great for finding out more about different roles in various sectors, but they’re a great way of making contacts for work experience and post-18 recruitment. They are very informal and fun to attend – with occasional freebies!
National Careers Website
There are some fantastic resources on the National Careers Week website: https://nationalcareersweek.com/ including this Parent Guide:
Parents Guide To National Careers Week 2023
The Parents’ Guide aims to provide parents with the information they need to help their teenage children make the right choices to create successful futures after GCSE and sixth form.
Here’s a link to where you’ll find general careers guidance including information on green careers, careers magazines, careers films, booklets & guides … there’s even a virtual careers fair to check out click here
Career Profiles are listed on the Start website along with information on study choices. Explore here
There are more quizzes on the Careers section of the TBSHS website, and sixth form students can complete the Personality Quiz via Unifrog.
In Hertfordshire there are industries that require talented people now and in the future, so it is important when choosing your career to have an understanding of the main purpose of these industries, what skills are needed and why the sector could be right for you. Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal showcases careers across many industry sectors. Explore the sectors via the link to find out about some of the employers near you, watch videos that will describe how other residents have found great careers in Hertfordshire’s local industries and search for live jobs, courses and apprenticeships. https://www.hopinto.co.uk/sectors/
Apprenticeship Week 6th – 10th February 2023
National Apprenticeship Week 2023 is the 16th annual celebration of apprenticeships.
The week brings together businesses and apprentices from across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
Skills for Life
The theme for National Apprenticeships Week 2023 is Skills for Life; the week will reflect on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career and help businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with skills for the future.
CareerMap are hosting lots of special online events during NAW with online webinars from companies as diverse as Bentley, National Grid, GCHQ and PwC. Have a look at the full list. Click here
The National Apprenticeship Week website has more information for students; discover the different sorts of apprenticeships out there and what’s currently available to apply for.
At TBSHS, we began celebrating National Apprenticeship Week early this year by hosting a lunchtime Careers Workshop in January delivered by ex-student Eilidh Malcolm from GSK. Eilidh is well placed to talk about her career journey so far having almost completed her Degree Apprenticeship with GSK, and was recently placed runner up in a national competition Apprentice of the Year. In the afternoon, Year 12 benefitted from a comprehensive session with Laura Hackett of Amazing Apprentices, co-hosted by Eilidh and with another ex-student Jake Hepworth, they gave the Year 12 students terrific accounts of their apprenticeship journeys to date. Jake is also working towards a degree apprenticeship with Hill Developers – it was delightful to welcome them both back.
On February 7th ex-student Kira Shaw returns to TBSHS to talk about her Solicitor Degree Apprenticeship plus the opportunities with leading high-profile and prestigious London law firm Mischon de Reya and, on 24th February, we will welcome ISG & Mace (construction).
See below for events lined up in National Apprenticeship Week:
Year 10-Year 11 – Reading Garden – Monday 6th February
Deborah Wallace of Harlow College will visit TBSHS on Monday lunchtime and host a pop-up stand in the Reading Garden. Students can find out everything they need to know about Apprenticeships & courses at Harlow College.
Following Deborah’s slot in the Reading Garden, we will move to the Reception Area for the benefit of 6th Formers who can find out more about Apprenticeships & Higher Education opportunities at the College.
All Year Groups – Lunchtime Careers Workshop – Tuesday 7th February
Ex-student Kira Shaw will host a lunchtime session in Room 21 on Tuesday 1.15pm-1.55pm.
Kira was hugely successful in gaining a law apprenticeship at the prestigious and high profile London law company Mishcon de Reya. We’re thrilled that Kira can spare the time to tell students all about the firm, apprenticeship opportunities and her own apprenticeship journey.
Year 10-11 – Reading Garden – Tuesday 7th February
Camilla Carter of Cambridge Regional College will visit TBSHS on Tuesday lunchtime and host a pop-up stand in the Reading Garden. Students can find out everything they need to know about Apprenticeships & courses at CRC.
Following Camilla’s slot in the Reading Garden, we will move to the Reception Area for the benefit of 6th Formers who can find out more about Apprenticeships & Higher Education opportunities at the College.
Camilla will also a Year 11 assembly on Apprenticeships.
Year 12 Apprenticeship Session – Period 5 Tuesday 7th February
Ex-student Kira Shaw will be hosting a special apprenticeship session for Year 12s on Tuesday.
Following a rigorous application process, Kira was successful in gaining one of the prestigious Solicitor Degree Apprenticeships at high profile London law firm Mishcon de Reya. She will be able to provide a deeper insight into the legal profession in general, routes into it and more information about her own role, her company and top tips for applications and how best to prepare for interviews etc.
All Year Groups – Lunchtime Careers Workshop – Friday 10th February (TBC)
We look forward to welcoming James French of Sporting Futures who will present an overview of the coaching & teaching apprenticeships in sport offered by this leading training provider. Current TBSHS apprentices with Sporting Futures are ex-students – and they are really enjoying the opportunity to train, learn and earn.
All Year Groups – Lunchtime Careers Workshop – Friday 24th February
ISG & Mace will visit school to discuss careers in the construction sector – more information nearer the time.
Find an Apprenticeship – register with the Government Apprenticeship website Click here
Information on Apprenticeship Roles Click here
Key Facts Click here
The Apprenticeship Guide – explore the following website for some excellent information on apprenticeships Click here
All About Apprenticeships Click here
Everything you need to know about Degree Apprenticeships Click here
What to look for in Apprenticeships Click here
How Much is the Apprenticeship Wage? Click here
Amazing Apprentices have a terrific website packed full of information, advice, case studies, video interviews & blog plus lots more. Click here
Apprenticeship Activity Pack – Amazing Apprenticeships have created a Parents Pack. Click here and there’s an alternative one here
Interactive Apprenticeship Quiz
This fun 10-question multiple choice quiz will encourage students to think about the benefits and opportunities of apprenticeships.
How to launch your career with an Apprenticeship
Apprenticeships let you train on the job, earning a salary while you gain qualifications and in some cases even a degree. Here’s a link to guides that help you find the apprenticeship that’s right for you. Different Apprenticeships explained Click here
Apprenticeship information from Success at Schools, information here
What roles can I train in?
Here are a few apprenticeship roles you might not know existed, click on the following: Graphic Design – Science – Law – Pharmacy – Digital Media – Environment – Journalism
What will it be like?
Find out what doing an apprenticeship is really like, from these real-life apprentices, click on the names: Olivia/technical theatre – Phil/chef – Ellie/event coordination – Megan/signalling and telecoms – Dale/conductor – Ali/business
Ready to apply?
There are plenty of school leaver apprenticeships you can apply for today, with everything from law and accountancy to software development and engineering.
All apprenticeships can be found here
‘Virtual’ STEM Careers Fair – Recordings from Springpod
For information, advice etc on some STEM employers, click the links below.
Jaguar Land Rover – Drive your career ahead with a Jaguar Land Rover apprenticeship
Atkins – Shape your future with an Atkins apprenticeship
Airbus: Fly high as an Airbus apprentice
Accenture: Discover life after school with Accenture
Debunking Science stereotypes with Roche
Innovative engineering with SSE
BT: We’re not just Broadband and Telephones
Recordings for all the sessions are now available via the on-demand library Click here
The new January Parents Pack is here and includes: NAW2020 info, 10-step 2020 apprenticeship plan, life as an apprentice at Coca-Cola, recruitment tips from The Royal Navy, support for disabled individuals seeking apprenticeships, current vacancies and much more.