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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Going to University ~ advice from UCAS


advice on getting into higher education in the UK


Everyone knows that UCAS is the  organisation that manages applications to higher education. What is less well known is that they provide excellent online guides for the benefit of young people and their parents.  Some of these guides even cover topics that are not directly linked to the degree course admissions system.  The first of the links below is an example.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Guide

Friday, 18 March 2016

Applying for Apprenticeships as a School or College Leaver in 2016


how to apply for apprenticeships

I recently received this query from a pupil in Year 11:

“Hello, I am currently still at school. When will i be able to apply for an apprenticeship? Would this be after i have done my GCSE's?  Thanks.”

I thought it would be useful to reproduce my reply here in my blog as I suspect that many young people will be wondering exactly the same thing!

From around Easter onwards you will see a gradual increase in the number of apprenticeships advertised for school and college leavers as opposed to vacancies for people currently job seeking. The latter kind will have an immediate start date whereas the ones you're interested in will state a start date at any time from July to September/October.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

The differences between career information, career advice and career guidance


careers information versus careers advice versus careers guidance


The following story provided by the Career Development Institute (CDI) illustrates the distinctions between career information, advice and guidance and the benefits to the client and society of utilising the expertise of a Level 6 (or above) qualified Career Adviser.

 Chris is a Year 11 pupil and as part of the career education programme in his school he attended a talk by the Fire Service and spent some time as an observer at his local fire station. He has decided that he would like to be a Firefighter. At the fire station he learned that entry is very competitive and that how you complete the application form is a key part of the process. Back at school he requested some career information from the Career Co-ordinator and was directed to the National Careers Service website,  where he found information on the entry requirements and discovered that he will need to be 18. He also attended a career advice session where he learned how to complete application forms and how to write a CV.