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Students need to play to their strengths for success in the classroom – and in the brave, new workplace

We all recognise that the world of work is changing fast, and one of the most sought-after skills is being able to work flexibly with people from all sorts of different backgrounds. This month’s guest blog is by Victoria Bird of team performance specialists, Belbin...

Neuro-diversity – what does the future hold for your child?

If you child has been identified as having Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) helping your teen to get work experience or into full time work can sometimes feel like a bit of a challenge, but it needn’t be. We asked Katie Smith, Partnership and Innovation Manager...

Why your child should consider an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering

Adam Bytheway is a mechanical technician at Chemoxy International, one of Europe's leading chemical contract manufacturers. He was able to train and qualify for his role through an engineering apprenticeship with the company. Here, he takes a look at why an...

Job Search ~ Strategies for Success

This brief guide will provide you with the formula for successful job search. Success is all about adopting a positive, organised and persistent approach. Starting Points You may have already identified some obvious places to look such as the internet, newspaper job...

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What does a Web Designer/Developer do?

Web designers or developers are responsible for the design, layout and coding of a website. They are involved with the technical and graphic aspects of a website, how the site works and how it looks. They can also be involved with the maintenance and updating of an...

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What does a chef do?

Chefs prepare food in restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels. Some work for a catering company. The work varies depending on the level of experience and responsibility, and also the type of operation and style of food offered: · commis chefs (trainees or apprentice)...

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What does a Civil Engineering Technician do?

Civil engineering technicians provide technical support to civil engineers in the design, construction and management of a variety of projects, from widening a motorway to building the world's tallest structure. A technician could be involved in: • surveying a chosen...

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What does a PA do?

Personal assistants (PAs), also known as senior or executive secretaries or executive assistants, provide administrative support to senior members of staff, usually a manager or director. Their main aim is to help reduce their manager's workload, implementing systems...

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Apprenticeship Applications – top tips

One of the best (but not the only) places to find and apply online for apprenticeships is through the official (government sponsored) 'Find an Apprenticeship' service at www.apprenticeships.org.uk. Having registered a user account (you need a valid email address) you...

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Personal Statements – the top ten mistakes to avoid

1.  Boring opening paragraph Pity the poor admissions tutor sitting at a desk groaning under the weight of UCAS forms.  Every year they have the task of reading (and rating) hundreds of personal statements.  How many of these begin with  “I am looking forward to...

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Traineeships: what are they?

What Are the New 'Traineeships' For? Traineeships are an education and training programme based on work experience that is focused on giving young people the work skills and experience that employers are looking for. Traineeships are designed for those aged 16-24 who...

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Types of Apprenticeships ~ by Industry and Level

It can be difficult to find out which job areas are covered by apprenticeships and at which level. There is a handy online tool for doing exactly this. All you have to do is to visit this website and scroll down to the third section entitled 'Browse by Issuing...

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