Upcoming Events

Local College information evenings

The first round of local Further Education College open days for 2014 is coming up soon. No booking is required; you can just turn up on the day to find out more information about the courses available, see the facilities and meet staff and students.

Wiltshire College campuses (www.wiltshire.ac.uk)

Trowbridge College: Thursday 16th October 2014, 5 – 7.30pm

Chippenham College: Wednesday 8th October 2014, 5 – 7.30pm

Salisbury College: Thursday 9th October 2014, 5 – 7.30pm

Lackham College: Saturday 11th October 2014, 10am – 12

City of Bath College (www.citybathcoll.ac.uk): Thursday 6th November 2014, 4 – 7pm

South Wiltshire UTC (University Technical College) information evening

In September 2015, a new University Technical College will be opening its doors in Salisbury to students in Y10 and Y12. UTCs are a brand new type of school for 14-18 year-olds that teach practical skills that employers want alongside academic subjects. South Wiltshire UTC will focus specifically on Science and Engineering and is backed by the University of Southampton and by many of the areas world class employers.

To find out more about the UTC, there is an information event being held on Tuesday 7th October at Warminster Civic Centre, 6 – 7.30pm. This will be an opportunity to meet both staff and employers involved in the school.

Students interested in becoming an airline pilot – Professional Flight Training Exhibition

Career exhibition for students considering a career as an airline pilot. The exhibition will include comprehensive information on the costs, selection process, types of training and career prospects. The event is held at Sofitel Terminal 5, London Heathrow Airport on 1st November 2014, 10am – 5pm. For further information and to order tickets, visit: www.pilottrainingexhibitions.com/London

Higher Education, Study Abroad and Gap Year Opportunities

Year 12 & 13 students considering a career in medicine, physiotherapy, dentistry, law, forensics, psychology, chemistry or veterinary related roles

MEDLINK 3 day conference dedicated to supporting your application to medical school. Offers chance to confirm career ideas through presentations, clinical skills sessions and patient contact as well as the opportunity to meet medical students and representatives from medical schools. Event is held on 15-17th December 2014. For more information see www.medlink-uk.net

The event also incorporates specialist conferences for students specifically interested in exploring physiotherapy, dentistry, chemistry, forensics, psychology and veterinary related careers. See following website for details, dates and content, as well as booking info – www.workshop-uk.net

Au Pair in the USA opportunities

Cultural Care Au Pair are a company that supports students interested in working in the USA as an au pair. They help provide a working visa, accommodation with a US host family, plus a weekly wage and opportunities for travel at the end of the placement. This opportunity is open to students aged 18+ who hold a driver’s license. For more info, see www.culturalcare.co.uk

USA College Day events

This free event provides students, parents and advisors with the unique 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.

Date: Friday, 26 Sept 2014 (4:30 pm – 7:30 pm) & Saturday, 27 Sept 2014 (10:30 am – 3:30 pm)

Venue: Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Cost: Free to attend if you register in advance

Registration: Opens in August 2014. Fill in our online form, and we will email you once registration opens. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014CDreminder). You can also Register online for a free e-newsletter to receive monthly advising tips, information about USA study events, new resources, scholarships and more.

EDT Year in Industry (YINI) programme

The YINI programme offers one year work experience placements pre-university at a wide range of companies involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). They place students with 300 top UK companies every year including National Grid, Shell, Rolls Royce, British Energy, L’Oreal, Network Rail and GKN. They have placements available for students interested in all areas of engineering, science, IT, e-commerce, business, marketing, finance and logistics. This valuable experience will help students to learn how to work effectively, helping them make the most of university and maximise their graduate job prospects. Full support is offered from The Year In Industry through a year-long mentoring service at each company, including on-site visits from the YINI team, free management training and a certified Maths Course from Loughborough university. For more information and to apply, please see: http://www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry/about-yini

Gap Medics programme

Overseas work placement programme for students interested in training for medical, dentistry, nursing or midwifery careers. The programme is ideal for Sixth Form students to ensure that they are making the right career decision, as well as providing a valuable addition to put on the university application documentation. See http://www.gapmedics.co.uk/ for further information.

Copies of the ‘Which? Parent’s Guide to University’ available

If you would like a copy of this useful resource which details everything you need to know to support your son or daughter with their university choices, please see Mr Marlow in the careers office or call 01985 224249 to request a copy be sent to you.

Shuker Educational Grants – ‘One degree more’

Grants are available for local students to support them with the costs of higher education. Launched in 2010, One Degree More makes funding available to young people from across Wiltshire for university education or vocational training who may otherwise be excluded for financial reasons. For more information, please see:

Apprenticeships, Work Experience and Voluntary Work Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE – If you would like any help with applying for any opportunities, please see Mr Marlow in the careers office.

The National Apprenticeship Service

For full listings of currently available apprenticeships in all sectors in the local area, see the National Apprenticeship Service website – www.apprenticeships.org.uk You will need to register on the site first in order to apply for any vacancies of interest.

IT apprenticeships available through QA

QA is a training provider currently offering over 200 IT apprenticeships nationally. For a searchable index of opportunities, please see http://apprenticeships.qa.com/vacancy-search?utm_campaign=ad-hoc&utm_source=careersworld&utm_medium=email&utm_content=solus-090414

Careers programmes available for students

Kingdown School now has licenses for both students and parents/carers to use three different careers programmes which will help with exploring and developing future career ideas and plans.

Careerscape (suitable for students in Year 10 upwards)

This website contains lots of information on a huge range of different jobs (what they involve, skills and qualities required, entry requirements, pay and conditions and so on). It also explains about different subjects you can study and what types of work they can lead onto as well as a section on HE courses. There is also lots of general info about education, employment and lifestyle.

To register to use the site, go online to www.cascaid.co.uk/careerscape and click on ‘Use Careerscape’.

In the ‘license code’ box on the right hand side, enter code: aimsyear44 Click ‘sign up’. On the next screen, choose a username and password (it’s good idea to write these down somewhere so you don’t forget). Enter your other details and click ‘create my account’. When using the programme again, just enter your login details on the first page.

KUDOS (suitable for students in Year 10 upwards)

This website has a career profiling tool – it asks you questions about your interests, preferences and personality then suggests some careers that might be suitable for you. This can be useful if you don’t really have much of an idea about what you might like to do in the future.

To register to use the site, go online to www.cascaid.co.uk/newkudos and click on ‘New KUDOS’

In the ‘license code’ box on the right hand side, enter code: aimsyear44 Click ‘sign up’. On the next screen, choose a username and password (it’s good idea to write these down somewhere so you don’t forget). Enter your other details and click ‘create my account’. When using the programme again, just enter your login details on the first page.

Job Explorer Database (JED) (suitable for students in Years 7-9)

This website has a basic interests, skills and motivation quiz (called ‘Suits Me’), which will make some job suggestions based on your answers. It also has lots of information and videos about a wide range of different jobs that may be of interest.

JED can only be accessed in school. Students need to log in to a school computer, then click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of the desktop. Click on the shortcut marked ‘Choose JED profile’ then click on JED to access the programme.