Jobs and Apprenticeships

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

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

Local plastering apprenticeship recruiting

PJ Plastering, who are based in Warminster, have contacted the school to see if any students in Y11 + are interested in taking up a plastering apprenticeship. The apprenticeship will start soon (probably July) and will last two years. The college part of the training will be delivered at Poole College (but transport / accommodation costs will be paid). Applicants need to be hard-working and dedicated. Pay will be £150+ / week (to be confirmed). If you are interested, please see Mr Marlow in the careers office.

Local butchers seeking new apprentice

Linham’s Butchers (in Chinn’s Court, Warminster) are looking to hire an apprentice butcher. This job is suitable for students in Year 11 +. The apprenticeship could start either in July or September, depending on the applicant’s summer plans. Pay would be £5.50-£6/hour, depending on age. Good dexterity and an enjoyment of practical work required. If you are interested in this opportunity, please see Mr Marlow.

Electrical apprenticeships with Clarkson Evans

The electrical contractors currently have apprenticeship vacancies open in Trowbridge aimed at Year 13s . The roles will have flexible start dates after exams. For more information and to apply please see:

Boeing Aircraft technician apprenticeships

Boeing have just launched their Aircraft Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship Scheme. This three-year programme is aimed at developing individuals into professional Aircraft Engineers, assisting in the delivery of Boeing’s engineering maintenance operation across their various sites within the UK.

Any 6th Form students looking for summer work

Partners Employment are currently recruiting for a range of temporary roles including catering, cleaning, warehousing and production. The roles are available in a range of different locations including Warminster, Westbury, Trowbridge and Melksham. Various shifts are available. No experience needed as full training given.

If you are interested, you need to register with one of their recruitment consultants at Partners Employment Ltd, 7 Church Walk, Trowbridge, BA14 8DX. Please bring your passport or birth certificate and proof of National Insurance with you.

New Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Vacancy Listing

The following site provides a comprehensive listing of all the organisations currently offering higher and degree apprenticeship opportunities, as well as closing dates for applications. This is a growth area and for many students, provides a viable and cost effective alternative to university – click here ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ site

The government ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ website is the main website that employers will 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. There are currently 32 vacancies within 10 miles of Warminster including in multimedia journalism, care work, engineering, electrical installation, motor mechanics, cheffing and sports coaching to name but a few.

Investment 2020 – Jobs / Apprenticeships in the investment industry

Great website offering an up-to-date database of apprenticeship vacancies available in the investment management industry. Viable alternative to university for 6th form students:

Guide to jobs within the Hospitality industry

Any students considering working within this sector should read the following comprehensive and informative guide to the varied roles available in hotels, restaurants, foodservice, pubs and bars. With comments from students, apprentices and young managers, the guide illustrates how it’s possible to forge a rewarding and exciting career in hospitality. Leading operators offering a variety of opportunities are also featured, with contact details to link potential employees to prospective employers. Please see:

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 landscaping, hairdressing, customer service, professional cookery, business admin and childcare.

Upcoming Events

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 12-13th October 2018 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 16-17th December 2018. 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 16-17th December). See following website for details, dates and content, as well as booking info –

Higher Education, Study Abroad and Gap Year Opportunities

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. 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 now has a careers Twitter feed @KingdownCareers on which the latest information, opportunities and vacancies in the local area will be posted. All students and parents/carers are welcome to follow this feed, which will be updated on a regular basis.

Kingdown Careers website – CAREER COMPANION

The school 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 In the ‘Sign Up’ box on the right hand side, enter the license 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 be accessed in two ways:

-Via the school website – click on the top bar under Learning > Careers Support > Career Companion -Year 7 button > Job Explorer Database

-Via school computers. Students need to log in to a school computer, then click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of the desktop.