Jobs and Apprenticeships

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

Accountancy and book-keeping apprenticeship in Warminster

NC Accountancy (Warminster) are looking to recruit a new accountancy apprentice ASAP. The role will include gaining AAT qualifications through Wiltshire College. Pay is £3.50/hour and working hours between 9am-4pm. Applicants must be 16+ and have achieved/be predicted C or above in GCSE English and Maths. To apply, please email your CV to for the attention of Dawn Jones.

Summer cleaning jobs at Botany Campsite, Warminster

Botany Campsite are looking for a number of part time cleaning staff to work over the summer (and possibly beyond). Working hours are flexible but typically between 10.30am-2pm. Pay is £6/hr. This opportunity is suitable for students aged 14+. If you would like to apply, you need to text your name, and age, as well as saying you are a Kingdown student applying to the cleaning job, to 07790153761. A member of the team will then call you back.

Longleat retail and hospitality summer jobs

Longleat are currently recruiting for a number of summer part-time roles suitable for students aged 16+. Opportunities are mainly available in retail and food & beverage, with various hours to suit and the possibility of work during future holiday seasons also. For more information and to apply, please see

Ashwood Care Centre, Warminster, currently recruiting

Ashwood Care Centre currently have a range of exciting opportunities for Day Carers and Night Carers which may be suitable for 6th Form students. There are various hours / shifts available. For more information please call 01985 213477 or visit

Bath Royal United Hospital Finance apprenticeship

Bath RUH have contacted the school to give advance notice of an upcoming apprenticeship position. They are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated person for the role of Assistant Purchasing Specialist (Advanced Apprentice) to join their Procurement Team within the Finance Department. The apprentice will provide admin assistance for the procurement of Goods, Services and Works across the hospital, under the supervision of RUH purchasing specialists.  The successful apprentice will start on a fixed term contract, circa 18-24 months. working towards their Assistant Purchasing Specialist Apprenticeship Standards, with a view to progressing into permanent employment in a Band 3 position that is being held for the candidate on successful completion of their level 3 apprenticeship.

To succeed in this role, you will be numerate and analytical.  You will have strong IT skills (including Microsoft Excel) and an excellent eye for detail.  You will be hardworking and motivated and a good team player with the communication skills to work well with people from a wide range of teams across the hospital. Full training is provided, and no previous procurement experience is necessary.

If this sounds like the role for you, please apply via NHS jobs (  The vacancy will be open for applications on Monday 17th July.  If you would like any further info about this post please contact Mike Pressey, Senior Purchasing Specialist on (01225) 826277 or email  Applications for this apprenticeship will close at midnight on Monday 24th July.

New national jobsite for seasonal jobs

At the end of July, a new national jobs noticeboard website purely concentrating on holiday/seasonal staff is launching. The website, will be a one-stop online presence where businesses advertise for temporary staff and job seekers can apply direct to the employer. Jobs will be listed by both category/job type and location, so anyone anywhere in the country can see all vacancies, and can easily apply on-line. This site could be really helpful for students looking to find work earn some additional money during the summer holidays.

Cyber security higher apprenticeship opportunities

Do you have what it takes to thwart cyber-criminals and help protect the UK Government and the UK’s critical infrastructure? If yes, then you could be what we’re looking for – a Cyber Security Apprentice! A number of leading employers Government departments have partnered to bring you opportunities to start an exciting career in Cyber Security. You could become a Cyber Apprentice in the following sectors: Broadcasting Media, Energy, Water, Telecommunications, Transport, Government and Civil Nuclear. These roles are based right across the country:

Broadcasting Media, Energy, Water and Transport:
o South-East: London, Basingstoke, Dover
o West Midlands: Walsall, Warwick
o North-West: Manchester, Stanlow

Government Departments:
o South-East: London Milton Keynes
o West Yorkshire: Leeds, Shipley
o North-East: Newcastle
o West Midlands: Telford

Civil Nuclear:
o Cumbria: Carlisle, Sellafield, Drigg
o Oxfordshire: Abingdon
o North-West: Warrington
o South-West: Oldbury

On the 2-year Level 4 Cyber Security Higher Apprenticeship, you will:
• Learn the fundamental skills you need to begin your career as a security professional.
• Tackle topics such as Cyber Security fundamentals, penetration testing, threats and vulnerabilities.
• Gain invaluable experience by learning challenging theory and applying this on-the-job.
• Be supported by experienced mentors and managers who will guide you through your apprenticeship.
• Develop the knowledge and skills required, such as how to defend against attack techniques and sources of threat, risk management and building a security case, to equip you to be a future Cyber Security specialist.

To apply for this role, you must:
• Have achieved or will have achieved by September 2017 a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (including Maths and English Language)
• Be eligible to work in the UK and will not be in full-time education by September 2017

For all roles it is desirable, and for some opportunities it is also essential that (by September 2017) you have achieved:
• GCSE’s or equivalent in STEM subjects
• 2 A Levels or equivalent in STEM subjects, with ICT or Computing particularly relevant

NOTE: Government Department roles will require that:
• You hold a current United Kingdom (UK) Passport
• You have lived in the UK for at least 2 of the previous 10 years

To apply:
Broadcasting Media, Energy, Water and Transport:
Government Departments:
Civil Nuclear:

Legal apprenticeship opportunities

The apprenticeship route into law is becoming more prominent, with an increasing number of legal firms offering entry level apprenticeship opportunities to students with excellent opportunities for progression. For an up-to-date list of opportunities, please see: ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ site

The government ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ website is the main website that employers use to advertise any apprenticeship vacancies that they have. The link is   This site can be used to search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies in a wide range of industry sectors. Vacancies currently available within 10 mile radius of Warminster include chef, horse care worker, estate agent, HR assistant, motor mechanic and childcare worker, to name but a few.

Range of different apprenticeships currently available via Wiltshire College

Please see the following link for a number of apprenticeship opportunities recruiting where Wiltshire College is the training provider –   Currently positions available locally include in customer service, professional cookery, business admin and childcare.

Upcoming Events

GP careers event in Bath

Are you planning to apply for medical school? Would you like to know more about General Practice and GP careers to help you prepare for your application? Perhaps you are considering being a GP in the future, and would like to know more? Severn School of Primary Care and the Royal College of General Practitioners Severn Faculty invite you to a careers event on Wednesday 19th July, 8.30am – 1pm at Bath Racecourse, Lansdown, Bath, BA1 9BU. The event is intended to help prospective medical students learn more about General Practice and GP careers by providing:

  • Understanding of the role of the GP in the NHS, and what being a GP involves
  • Insight into the inspiring and diverse opportunities available to you in General Practice and GP training
  • Opportunities to meet with current medical students and GP trainees
  • Input from University of Bristol medical educators to support your applications to medical school

The morning is free of charge to attend. Lunch will be provided. You can book your place online here:

What Career Live – National Careers Event

This event is for students aged 15-19 and offers the opportunity to meet with the UK’s top employers and universities. It also includes hands-on skills experiences and free seminars, as well as guidance from current apprentices and graduates. The event takes place on 6-7th October 2017 in Olympia, London. For more information on who is attending and to book a free place, please see:

Year 12 & 13 students considering a career in medical or veterinary careers

Medlink are offering a 2 day conference dedicated to supporting your application to medical school. This event includes the chance to confirm your 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 17-18th December 2017. For more information and to book a place, please see

This organisation also arranges a conference for Y12/13 students interested in exploring veterinary related careers (also on the 17-18th December). See following website for details, dates and content, as well as booking info –

Higher Education, Study Abroad and Gap Year Opportunities

New football and sport-related degrees offered by UCFB

6th form students with an interest in careers relating to the operational and business side of football, sports and events industries should explore the degrees available at UCFB. The organisation has campuses based at Wembley, Etihad Stadium and Turf Moor. For more information on what is available, please see:

Useful website for university Open Day information

For information on upcoming open days at universities throughout the UK, the following site is really helpful – It also includes advice on choosing a university, what to ask when attending an open day and gives you the opportunity to book onto days of interest (which you will need to do prior to attending).

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships guide

This excellent guide from Which Uni and the National Apprenticeship Service gives you lots of information about Higher and Degree apprenticeship opportunities, which for many students could provide an excellent alternative to a more traditional university post-18 route (as your tuition fees are paid by the company which employs you).

Website offering university scholarships, grants and bursaries for university applicants

The Scholarship Hub ( is an online database of UK scholarships, grants and bursaries to help UCAS applicants fund their university studies and reduce students debts. Definitely worth a look for all students in Y12/13 intending to study at university.

‘One Degree More’ educational grants

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:

Useful careers and employability websites

Kingdown Careers website – Career Companion

The school now has a bespoke careers website, Career Companion (click here for direct access: external link), which is a one-stop shop containing a wide range of resources to help students to:

  • Understand the different options available to you at each stage
  • Develop career ideas and plans for the future
  • Find apprenticeship, job and voluntary opportunities
  • Build employability skills and experiences that employers want.

In addition, Career Companion has links to a number of external up-to-date, reliable and impartial careers websites and information (accessed by clicking the ‘Magnifying Glass’ button on the main site). There is also a parent/carer zone which includes lots of useful information on how you can help your son/daughter with their future plans.

The site can also be accessed from the main Kingdown webpage (under Learning > Careers Support and Employer Engagement) and via the Careers section of the Kingdown VLE.

New Parents e-book Guide to helping their children with career choice

The decisions young people make from an early stage at school can have a big impact on their future career choices and happiness. Young people today have more options available for their future than ever before but there are factors that affect them. With an ever-changing workplace landscape, it is even more important for them to make informed choices for their education, training and employment. As a young person makes these choices they look for support from those closest to them and this is where parents can really help in providing encouragement and advice.

CASCAID have produced an eBook to help parents get involved and encourage their children in finding their future careers. This guide is designed to provide an overview of how parents can help support their son or daughter with these important choices. You can download the guide via the following link:

Career Pilot

This site provides information on all the choices available to students at 14, 16 and 18, including info on job sectors, routes to qualifications and much more. There is also a parent’s zone, providing answers to career questions to help parents/carers support their children.

Barclays Life Skills

Website featuring a range of useful resources and advice to help students develop the key employability skills and experiences they need to enter the world of work.

Careers programmes available for students

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

KUDOS (suitable for students in Year 9 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 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.