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  • Open D

    oors The Regional Training ProspectusIssue 3 | N

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    Throughout this Prospectus, youll see lots of facts and figures about our region and its sectors. We get them from UK National Statistics, various Sector Skills Councils, regional local authorities and industry experts. Its all official stuff, theres no Wikipedia where were involved!

    HEllO, wErE OpEN DOOrS...

    Open Doors Spring 2012 - North West edition

    Open Doors The Regional Training Prospectus is published by Open Doors Media Ltd 2011.

    ISSN: 2046-6552All material is copyrighted both written and illustrated. Reproduction in part or whole is strictly forbidden without the written permission of the publisher. All images and information is collated from extensive research and along with advertisements is published in good faith. Although the author and publisher have made every effort to ensure that the information in this publication was correct at press time, the author and publisher do not assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.

    ... and this is our Regional Training Prospectus, here to help you decide what to do next.

    Its an exciting time, after all young people like you up and down the country are planning for their futures in September 2012 and did you know that there are endless opportunities, right on your doorstep! You could start earning money with an Apprenticeship; get a taste of the working world with employer funded study; carry on learning at sixth form or college, and much more.

    In this issue we will profile some of the biggest sectors in your region and explain how to take the first step to a career in the ones that interest you. Well also cover all of the main sectors out there, explore trends in your area, and take a look at some remarkable true stories of young people who have had success after leaving school.

    But thats not all! We also have a guide to all of the confusing qualifications out there, advice on how to make the most of our social media and we will answer some of the most common questions that you might have.

    the future is in your hands... right here in this prospectus. So turn the page and lets get started!

    Publisher Karl [email protected]

    Editor Stan [email protected]

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    Production Manager Lindsey [email protected]

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  • 07 HOw TO ApplY Here we answer some of the most common queries you might have

    10 QUAlIFICATIONS TABlE See how different qualifications add up, and how they compare

    12 lIFE STOrIES Past and present students tell us all about their experiences and how they succeeded

    17 CUSTOmEr SErvICE & ADmIN SECTOr Learn the skills that can be applied to almost every area of business

    21 CONSTrUCTION SECTOr Build a successful career for yourself

    25 CrEATIvE, DIgITAl & mEDIA SECTOr Exciting, trendy careers for artistic types

    29 ENvIrONmENTAl & lAND-BASED SECTOr Consider a career out in the fresh air

    33 SpOrT & FITNESS SECTOr How about a healthy career helping people stay fit?

    37 ImAgINE A CArEEr... We give you a heads-up on the other sectors out there, which well cover in later issues

    p17 Customer servi

    ce

    & admin sector

    the perfect place to start, jump straight to any section that instantly appeals or keep turning the pages and continue reading its all here to help you find your dream career

    CONTENTS

    The Intro Bits Careers Insight

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    & media sector

    43 SpOTlIgHT ON THE NOrTH wEST All about your region

    52 mOrE HElpFUl STUFF Useful links, contact details and more because you can never have too much information

    54 CHECK US OUT ON SOCIAl mEDIA A step by step guide on how to find us on facebook, twitter and google +

    p21 Construction se

    ctor

    p33 Sport & fitness

    sector

    p29 Environmental & land-based sector

    HErES How IT workSEvery term, we publish a new issue of Open Doors that covers five sectors in detail so you get a good idea of what a career in those industries would be like. Dont worry if the sector youre keen on isnt one of the five youll find it in our overview of remaining sectors in the Imagine a career in... article. With each new issue, well cover five totally new sectors in detail, so make sure you look out for us next term.If theres anything else youd like us to cover, or if you just want to say hello, email us at [email protected] We want to make sure our magazine offers everything you need (or just want to read about)! Happy reading, and hope you have a great term.

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  • HOw TO ApplY

    How do you approach a

    company for work experience?

    Do you know what the Common

    Application Process is?

    Now you have an idea of what course or subjects would be right for you its time to think about taking the next step and making an application...

    Around 70% of 16 year olds choose to remain in full time education

    70%

    of employers say relevant work experience is the

    most important part of an application

    34%

    (number of school leavers and graduates who enter the job market each year)

    800,000

    Applications without spelling mistakes

    are 61% more likely to get a reply

    (number of apprenticeship starts in England each year)

    275,000+there are more thanuniversity places in the UK each year

    500,000

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  • Common APPlICATIon ProCESS14-19 area prospectuses use an online resource called the Common

    Application Process (CAP) which makes it easier to apply for different

    types of courses at age 14 or 16.

    What is the Common Application Process?

    Basically the CAP allows you to easily manage all of the applications

    you want to make for different courses. There might be lots of courses

    that interest you and the CAP lets you upload your application details

    so that you can quickly apply for any courses on your local 14-19

    area prospectus. This means that you should not have to fill out lots of

    different application forms but can just upload your details once and

    then browse courses and click to apply.

    The system also keeps track of the status of all of your applications so

    you can check their progress and see if you have any offers of places.

    It also links to local Information Advice and Guidance services so that

    you can get some helpful advice if the providers you have applied to

    are unable to make you an offer.

    What kind of courses does the Common Application Process

    help me apply for?The courses on here are those offered by local colleges and training

    providers. As it is used for all applications through your 14-19 area

    prospectus you can use it to apply for the following types of courses:

    ASandALevels Basic/KeySkills BTECs GCSEs HigherEducationCourses VocationalQualifications

    HowdoIgetinvolved?Your school should be able to give you a login to use on your 14-19

    area prospectus, which will allow you to complete a personal profile and

    application form, browse the available courses and apply for them online.

    For the details of your 14-19 area prospectus turn to page 52 of this

    magazine or head to www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk. Most of the 14-19

    area prospectuses are very easy to use but if you do have problems

    dont be afraid to email them, they will be happy to help and guide you.

    APPrEnTICESHIPSYou might have decided that an apprenticeship is the way to go! The National Apprenticeship Service operates a vacancy matching service that allows you to search apprenticeship opportunities and make applications for them online. To apply for an apprenticeship follow these simple steps:

    Headtowww.apprenticeships.org.ukandclicksearch for vacancies.

    Registeronthesiteandactivateyouraccount.You only have to do this once and you will get a homepage that allows you to track your applications.

    Searchforapprenticeshipsbykeywords,jobroles,locations or learning providers. (Make sure to check the site regularly as new vacancies are uploaded all the time.)

    Whenyoufindtheapprenticeshipyouwantyoucan click to apply through the site. Youll be asked to fill in your personal info, outline your experience and possibly answer some questions. You can even save your application as a draft and return later if you have to.

    Keepapplying!Youcanapplyforupto10vacanciesand if successful will be invited for an interview or assessment.

    HOw TO ApplYBy now you will have some good ideas about what industry and job role appeals to you. You will also be aware of what types of courses andproviderscanhelpyougetthere,buthowdoyouapply?Herewe cover some of the application processes for further and higher education courses as well as some general tips on how to make a successful application...

    FInD oUT morE

    So now you may have a bit more of an idea about

    what type of course or learning provider might be

    right for you theres loads more to discover. You can

    find out what courses and qualifications are available

    in your local area with your local 14-19 prospectus,

    theyre on page 52.

    ... check out www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk for

    details of people who can help in your area.

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  • UCAS APPlICATIon ProCESSThe Universities and Colleges Application

    System

    (UCAS) is the system for higher education course

    applications. Youve probably seen it on the news as

    hundreds of thousands of people apply to university

    each year. The system is not just for undergraduate

    degrees; foundation degrees, postgraduate degrees

    and most higher education courses are on this site.

    The basic steps to applying for university are:

    Choosing your course There are literally

    thousands available, make sure to do your research

    on which course is right for you, there are lots of

    resources on the site to help. Also consider where

    you want to do the course, some institutions

    specialise in certain courses.

    Applying The application system is all online and

    you select on the site which institutions you would

    like to apply to, these are your choices. You need

    to provide a personal statement saying why youre

    right for the course as part of this, too so make sure

    to take your time.

    Offers If a university wants to offer you a place

    they will let you know on the UCAS system what

    results they expect you to get. You will have to reply

    to accept or refuse these offers.

    Results If you get the results the university asked

    for, they will probably offer you a place and you will be

    able to start planning for your new course. If you fail to

    get the necessary grades, you can still find a course at

    a different university through the clearing system.

    Your teachers will be able to offer you further help

    using the system, which you can find at

    www.ucas.ac.uk.

    GEnErAl TIPS on APPlICATIonSApplications vary greatly on the system you are using or the course or job you are applying for, but there are some general tips that can be applied to most cases.

    GrammarandSpellingTake your time when applying. None of the application systems covered on this page force you to log on, find a course and apply all in one go. This means you have plenty of time to check your application thoroughly, applications with spelling mistakes or grammatical errors suggest that you have rushed the process. You might like to word process your application and then cut & paste. Its often a good idea to get your parents, teachers or friends to help you by double checking!

    Work ExperienceYou may decide to get some work experience to help you get the course, apprenticeship or job that you want. This can often be a good way to get ahead. If you have a company in mind for work experience you could telephone to find out who to approach or send a polite, and well written, letter or email with a CV attached.

    Be Yourself!This is a top tip for any application. In many cases the people you are applying to have to look through hundreds of application forms. Try to show what would make YOU the right person for the course. Do you have a real passion for the subject or is it your dream to go into a career in that sector? What makes you stand out as a good applicant and the best candidate for the course or job? Make sure youre picking the course or job that suits your personality and skills best!

    If you are having trouble with your application your school careers advisor should be able to help.

    Top 5 CV writing Tips from InspireEducationSometimes, 70 people or even more will apply for every vacancy, and most comp

    anies will select only 4

    people to attend an interview. It is essential to get your CV and Covering Letter right to give you the best

    chance of being interviewed.

    1. Spelling and Grammar mistakes will put your CV at the bottom of the pile, always use a word processor

    and get someone to check it for you.

    2. Remember your audience; CVs can be boring to read especially if an employer has 70 to read! Keep your CV, clear,

    easy to read and to the point. You might want to tweak your CV to emphasize particular points or experience, which are

    relevant to that particular job.3. A good Personal Statement at the start of your CV will be the hook that makes

    the reader carry on or dismiss the

    application. In 3 4 sentences you need to say who you are and why you would be good for the job, inspire them to

    want to interview you.4. Bullet point your key skills, the reader will need to see quickly if your skills match

    their requirements, using bullet points

    will make it easier for them.5. Do not list reading, going to the cinema and socialising in your hobbies, every

    one does this; you need to stand out from

    the crowd and show them how involved in your community, activities and environment you are.

    Finding a job part-time or full-time is very tough; InspireEducation helps students to be successful post education.

    See our website for more information on our IAG workshops. www.i2e-education.co.uk

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  • QUAlIFICATIONSExplAINED

    Did you know that completing an Advanced Apprenticeship is the same as getting an A level? There are lots of different qualifications heres how they compare. Remember that within any one level, qualifications can cover a wide mix of subjects, and take different amounts of time to complete.

    ENTrY lEvEl lEvEl 1 lEvEl 2 lEvEl 3

    Entry level Certificates

    5 gCSEs (grades D-g)

    5 gCSEs (grades A*-C) A levels

    Skills for life

    BTEC Introductory

    Diplomas and Certificates

    Advanced Apprenticeship

    Functional Skills at entry level

    (English, maths and ICT)

    OCr NationalsBTEC First

    Diplomas and Certificates

    gCE in applied subjects

    Diploma of Higher Education

    Awards, Certificates, and

    Diplomas at entry level

    NvQs at level 1

    Foundation Diploma

    NvQs at level 2

    Higher Diploma

    BTEC Diplomas, Certificates and

    Awards

    NvQs at level 3

    Advanced Diploma

    HND, HNC

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    IntermediateApprenticeship

    FoundationDegree

    HigherApprenticeship

  • Foundation Diploma

    We have a wide range of Apprenticeships available at Intraining Health and Social Care* Business Administration Contact Centre Sales and Telesales Customer Service Team Leading

    Management Playwork* Hospitality* Retail Travel and Tourism Warehousing and Storage

    Earn

    while

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    Take the first steponto your career withan Apprenticeship.

    www.intraining.co.uk/apprenticeships

    *Only delivered in certain locations

    If you are 16-24 and want to earn a recognised qualification. Call us today 0330 123 1300 (quote RTP001)

  • JEmmAS In THE PInkJemma ONeil, 26,

    had two children at

    a young age and

    her circumstances

    left her looking for

    work and struggling

    with childcare. She

    secured employment

    through the Future

    Jobs Fund and completing an NVQ

    at College set her on

    the path to success.

    When I finished

    the NVQ, it was my

    assessor at College

    who suggested I apply for an Apprenticeship

    explains Jemma. I had an interview with Pink Link

    then a trial day and Ive been here since February.

    I love my job Im working on events, meeting loads

    of people and getting qualifications which will help

    me to move on in my career and feel more confident.

    Ive finished my Level 2 in Business Administration

    now so next Im planning to progress to Level 3.

    Having an apprentice has been so beneficial for

    boss Coral Horne that she is already looking through

    CVs for another: We were lucky to find the perfect

    candidate in Jemma. Shes helped the business

    launch a new events section as well as coming on in

    her own development.

    We use Blackpool and The Fylde College as we

    want to hire local people to help the economy.

    Theyve been professional and supportive

    throughout, filtering CVs and even offering us a

    meeting room to conduct interviews.

    For more information about Apprenticeships with

    Blackpool and The Fylde College, call 01253 504030,

    email [email protected] or visit www.

    blackpool.ac.uk/apprenticeships

    lIFE STOrIESYoUnG AnD GIFTED, THE FUTUrE IS lookInG BrIGHT For TAlEnTED HAnnAH mAY.The 18-year-old began working for Midlands-based letting agent Howland Jones after starting an apprenticeship with national training provider Intraining.

    And through her apprenticeship, Hannah demonstrated so much talent, dedication and enthusiasm that after less than six months, she won Property Professional Awards Young Letting Agent Of The Year.

    She said: I am delighted and still shocked to have won.

    Without the training and support I have received from both my employer and Intraining, I would never have had the confidence and ability to win.

    In her work, Hannah deals with inquiries from tenants and landlords, carries out property viewings and advertises any new homes that have come onto the letting market. While working, she also has completed NVQ Business Administration Levels Two and Three.

    She says: I really enjoy my work. I have been able to gain experience of a career,

    earn money and develop new skills at the same time.I would definitely recommend apprenticeships.

    Director Rebecca Howland said the team knew from the start that Hannah had something special.

    She said: Hannah decided to take the Apprenticeship route, rather than going to university, and she has shown that she can compete with the best. She is continuing with her studies, while getting a good grounding in the business, which is a combination for success.

    We are incredibly proud of Hannah for what she has achieved in such a short time with us. She has taken to the lettings industry very quickly and is Immensely talented and able, and, although still an apprentice, we have increased her salary to reflect that.

    This is just the beginning for her.

    For more information visit:www.intraining.co.uk/apprenticeshipsTel: 0330 123 1300

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  • lAUrA roDrIGUEz, AGED 18, workS For mArSH BElloFrAmOn leaving school she decided she would like to gain some qualifications and experience in Business Administration, which will one day allow her to follow her dream and join the Army as a Military Administrative Clerk.

    She applied to Babington for an Apprenticeship in Business and Administration, and after being accepted, Babington helped Laura to find employment as an Office Junior at Marsh Bellofram.

    Laura has been working for the company for two years now. She has completed an Apprenticeship in Business Administration.

    Laura really enjoys her job at Marsh Bellofram. She likes being part of the team, and gets on well with her colleagues. She has progressed considerably since starting work for the company, and is now involved in sales and meetings as well as general administration.

    Laura said, Babington Business College have supported me all the way through my qualification. They have excellent pass rates, you get work experience and I am gaining a recognised qualification all at the same time!

    Laura feels that undertaking the Apprenticeship has helped her progress at work. She also knows that the experience and qualifications will assist her in meeting her career goal of working as an Administrator in the Army.

    For more information call 0845 605 6045 or visit www.babingtonbusinesscollege.co.uk

    nEw rESTAUrAnT SETS APPrEnTICES oFF To A FlYInG STArTKendals oldest building has become Kendal

    Colleges latest training ground for young aspiring

    hospitality professionals. The Castle Dairy

    opened its doors

    as a restaurant just a few short weeks ago, staffed by Kendal College

    apprentices

    who will spend the next two years learning their trade

    both at the front of house and in the busy kitchen.

    The apprentices have been joined by chef Robert

    Stacey, who will develop the restaurants menu, to

    create a fine dining experience for luncheons and

    dinners. Although aged only 22, Robert has worked

    in the prestigious More London development, as

    the Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows and Cold.

    Veg. Sauce.

    The new restaurant will set apprentices off to a flying

    start: giving them two years of practical experience

    in a commercial restaurant as well as nationally

    recognized qualifications.

    The Castle Dairy, a grade 1 listed 14th Century building

    situated on the North side of Kendal, has sat empty

    since 2005. A project with Kendal College and the local

    council saw the interior of the Castle Dairy restored and

    refurbished with a new gallery area and commercial

    kitchen. As owners of the building, the council invested

    120,000 into the development with further financial

    support from English Heritage who allocated a grant of

    30,527 to help restore the building.

    The college, which was judged Outstanding by

    Ofsted in January 2011 has spent over 24 million

    on new build and facilities over the past four years,

    including a new Heritage Construction Centre,

    conference suite and seminar rooms and a new

    performance space, The Box . The college also

    manages Kendal Museum as part of a 10-year

    partnership agreement with the local council.

    For more information on the fantastic training

    opportunities at Kendal College, call 01539 814700

    or see our website at www.kendal.ac.uk

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  • HArD work AnD DEDICATIon ArE THE kEYTwo professional

    cookery students

    at The Manchester

    College have enjoyed

    a string of successes

    in competitions,

    including winning the

    UK Young Seafood

    Chef of the Year

    trophy. Chelsea Taylor and Danielle

    Heron were also

    offered jobs in a top

    restaurant when they

    finish their studied.

    Hard work, dedication and supportive

    tutors have been key, according to Chelsea, 18, and

    Danielle, 19. The students were offered jobs at the

    Villa Country House Hotel after showing impressive

    dedication and teamwork at a competition earlier

    this year.

    Chelsea and Danielle competed as a team at the UK

    Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition, held in

    Grimsby. Competitions and work placements have

    given the girls an opportunity to travel around the UK

    and meet students from other regions. When asked

    what advice shed give future students Danielle said:

    If you work hard and dedicate yourself youll get the

    most out of it. Always ask for more jobs, dont just

    slack off in the corner! Youll get to learn more.

    Chelsea has won Lancashire Young Student Chef

    of the Year with Danielle assisting her. Danielle also

    finished runner-up in the final of Essential Cuisine

    North West Young Chef of the Year in June.

    For more information call 0161 203 2100 (option 2)

    or visit www.themanchestercollege.ac.uk

    APPrEnTICESHIPS PUT SAm In THE DrIVInG SEAT!Seventeen-year-old Sam Dysart turned his hobby into a career with the help of Blackburn-based training provider, Training 2000.

    Sam had enjoyed working on cars since the age of 14, and used Training 2000s Train Up Pre- Apprenticeship programme to help him gain the skills and experience necessary to work in the motor trade. After achieving Level 1 in English, Maths and Motor Vehicle, he has now begun his Level 2 Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle at National Tyres, Blackburn.

    I didnt like doing school work, but I enjoyed being in a real working environment during my Train Up placement. Sam said.

    Im really pleased to have been accepted on an Apprenticeship and I would definitely recommend Train Up to other people because the work placement gives you real on-the-job skills and it is totally different to school.

    Sams supervisor at National Tyres, Andy Hilton, said: Sam has made an excellent start to his Apprenticeship and we would like to thank Training 2000 for providing a great scheme to young people in the area which helps them gain interest in a career and get on the first rung of the ladder.

    For more information about Apprenticeships at Training 2000 call 01254 54659 or visit www.t2k.org.uk

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  • Jump into the future with T2K Apprenticeships! Automotive

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    Apply Online at: www.t2k.org.ukTel: 01254 54659 | Email: [email protected]

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    To find out more come to one of our Apprenticeship events which are:Thursday 2nd February 2012 at our Nelson site, Netherfield Road, Nelson,Lancashire, BB9 9AR from 5.30pm to 8.00pm.Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February 2012 at our Blackburn site,Furthergate Business Park, Harwood Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 3BDfrom 5.30pm to 8.00pm.Thursday 23rd February 2012 at our Blackpool site, 250 Bristol Avenue, Bispham, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY2 0JF from 5.30pm to 8.00pm.

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  • With our industry approved Apprenticeships youll work in a real job from day one, its a great way to start your career and the perfect stepping stone to getting ahead. And the best part? Youll earn a wage and gain invaluable experience too.

    Hairdressing and Barbering Health and Social Care Hospitality and Catering Retail

    Want to earn while you learn?

    The employmentand skills group

    Take your first step towards a brighter future and call us now on 0333 444 3973, or

    text JOB to 80011 and well give you a call back. You can also visit www.esggroup.co.uk

    The choice is yours

    During your Apprenticeship youll receive training, within a work environment. All of our training is sector specific and will equip you with the right skills to get you where you want to be. You can get qualifications in areas such as:

    Business Administration Childcare Customer Service

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  • CUSTOmEr SErvICE & ADmIN SECTOr

    (number of businesses

    that say they rely on

    admin)

    97%

    Many top executives were once

    administrators

    take a fantastic first step on the career ladder

    20,725 per year

    (average full-time administrators

    wage in the UK)

    You could be the face of a major national company, like Orange or bt

    Statistics show that

    86% of customers stop using companies when they receive bad customer

    service. You could be

    vital to your companys success or

    failure.

    86%

    (the number of admin job

    openings expected by 2017)

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  • CUSTOmEr SErvICE & ADmIN

    norTH wEST FoCUSCustomer service and admin is more than just a sector, it is a

    driver of business across all sectors here. Businesses across

    the region need friendly employees to provide their customers

    with the best service possible, to keep them coming! From

    serving the customers in Manchesters retail outlets to

    welcoming the tourists to the Lake District, the North West has

    plenty of customer service opportunities.

    Fast facts: Hometosomeofthecountrysbestandbiggestshops;

    they need great customer service representatives.

    ThesamegoesfortheNorthWestsmanyrestaurants,

    hotels, bars and tourist attractions.

    ApprenticeshipsareavailableinCustomerService,

    Contact Centres and Business and Administration.

    Start learning!Want to find a course in the North West? Then turn to page

    52 to find out how to access your local 14-19 prospectus. It

    will tell you whos offering what course in your local area, or

    you could visit www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk

    GET A JoBThere are many admin and customer service roles that

    dont require previous experience or qualifications. If youre

    interested in admin, then look for office junior, receptionist

    and administrative assistant vacancies. If youre interested in

    customer service, working in any high street shop or a call

    centre will give you real experience.

    Once youve got a job, you can start working towards work-

    based qualifications like NVQs. Your employer could even help

    turn your job into an Apprenticeship.

    The benefits: Youll get on the career ladder and start earning

    money youll also be in a good position to pick up work-based

    qualifications.

    customer serviceYouve probably heard the phrase the customers always right. Any business that wants to be successful has to keep its customers happy, and thats what customer service is all about. From helping a shopper find the right size at Topshop to answering customer queries at a BT call centre, customer service jobs come in all shapes and sizes.

    For this career, you need to be good with people and able to help them with any questions or problems they might have. Youll also need to learn your organisations products and services inside and out. It can be a very rewarding career youll get satisfaction every time you help a customer.

    Entry-level roles: Customer service representative, call centre operator, plus lots of other jobs involve customer service. Earnings: Salaries start around 12,000 to 18,000 a year. Career progression: With experience, you could become a team leader or manager, which could lead to a higher salary. Customer service skills are transferable to other careers too.

    AdministrationBusinesses cant function without administrators in fact, 97% of organisations say that administration is crucial to their success. Administrators are responsible for running the daily operations of the office. They answer the phone, input data, keep schedules, type up letters and anything else that needs to be done. Theyre an important part of business, which is why there are over 5 million of them in the UK.

    For this career, youll need to be organised and have good computer skills. Since administrators are needed in most organisations, you could work across many sectors.

    You could be a receptionist in a record company, or help run the office of a national charity. Whatever you do, youll be learning skills that will help you progress in your career.

    Entry-level roles: Administrative assistant, office junior, personal assistant, office secretary Earnings: Salaries start around 15,000 to 20,000 a year. Career progression: Admin is a great way to get in with a company and move up the ladder. Admin skills are transferable to many other careers as well.

    its more than a sector customer service and administration help drive businesses forward in all industries. Learn these skills and youll be very, very employable

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  • CASE STUDYNaomi has a great partnership with OTC

    Naomi Crabtree was encouraged to join OTC through a friend. She chose to take up the work-based learning route rather than go to university. Here is what she has to say about her apprenticeship:

    I started my NVQ in Business Admin and Customer Services in August 2010. I attended The Blue Coat School from September 2003 until the summer of 2008 achieving 11 GCSEs A*-B, I then continued my studies at Blue Coat 6th form completing 4 A-levels September 2008 May 2010.

    I wanted to continue training, but through experience rather than academically and so university was never on the cards. My friend Ste, who is currently training as an engineer at OTC, mentioned this as an option. Once the initial forms were complete I was offered a position at TP Matrix, a local electronic and manufacturing company as Service Administrator on the 16th July 2010.

    As an employee I get all the benefits plus my training at OTC. I attend OTC every Thursday where I am undertaking a Diploma in Administration completing numerous units within my online e-Portfolio qualification, allowing me to work both at the centre, in work or at home. Since starting my role at work, the number of responsibilities has massively increased and I feel much more confident at dealing with different situations and working under pressure. I also had the opportunity to complete a telephone techniques one day training OTC.

    OTC has helped me greatly offering support and carrying out regular reviews and observations on my work ethic within a business environment. Its a great partnership.

    For more information call 0161 624 5360 or visit www.otctraining.co.uk

    USEFUl lInkSwww.breakinto.biz - for m

    ore information about

    admin careers.

    www.instituteofcustomerservice.com - The Institut

    e of

    Customer Service .

    www.cfa.uk.com - The Council for Administration.

    www.careersbox.co.uk - Careers films on the web.

    www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk - Our online careers res

    ource.

    GET QUAlIFIEDThere are plenty of vocational and academic courses relevant for this sector...

    ApprenticeshipsThere are several Apprenticeships available: customer service, contact centres, and business & administration. In all of them, youll learn on the job while attending a college or training provider on day release, and earn the right qualifications that will help you progress. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 2:BusinessandAdministrationContactCentresCustomerServiceSales&Telesales

    Advanced Apprenticeships Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Advanced Apprenticeships help you become more qualified whilst gaining employment experience. You can build on all of the above Apprenticeships; all of these frameworks are NVQ level 3:BusinessandAdministrationContactCentresCustomerServiceSales&Telesales

    You can also do a Higher Apprenticeship, NVQ level 4 in:ContactCentres

    A Levels A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree, which are explained below. Most employers will value your personality most of all, but certain subjects do give you skills that could be useful in this sector. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction:BusinessStudiesEnglishICT

    Foundation DegreesA Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification which combines academic study with practical hands-on experience. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employers, they should give you the right skills to be ready for employment. They are university-level qualifications and are equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree. A typical full-time Foundation Degree takes two years to complete, and are different from Honours Degrees as they usually involve learning in the workplace as well as at university or college. You can do a Foundation Degree in Customer Service Management.

    college coursesA college course can also be a great route into this sector. To see which colleges have relevant courses in your region check out www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk.

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  • Apprenticeship TrainingLancaster & Morecambe College

    Due to popular demand and thesuccess of our existing Apprenticeshipprogrammes Lancaster & MorecambeCollege have added NEW subject areasincluding: Property Sales & Management Sales Equine Studies Data Cabling andTelecommunications

    Creative Media Business & Finance Administration Bar Management Beauty General Maintenance Construction

    Teaching Assistant Information Technology Qualification

    Business Improvement Techniques

    Make Apprenticeships Work for YOUCall 01524 521413 or e-mail [email protected]

    Zoe TaylorWorks at Lou-b-Lou as a full timestylistCompleted Level 2 and 3hairdressing apprenticeship

    What is your job role?I have my own clients who I see ona regular basis. I help manage theSalon when my boss is off andsupervise our trainee hairdresser.

    What is your favourite thingabout your job?Making people happy! I really enjoyworking on the weddings as well.

    What were the best bits about theapprenticeship?I really enjoyed coming into college

    and learning new anddifferent techniques, I learnta lot on the job but thenwhen I came into collegethey showed us differentways of cutting hair so Icould bring this informationback and share it with mycolleagues.

    What would you say tosomeone who was thinkingabout doing the course?Its hard work and you haveto be really committed toHairdressing as a career, if itis what you want to do thengo for it, its 100% worth it!

    open doors regional training ad aug 11:Layout 1 03/08/2011 13:09 Page 1

  • THE CONSTrUCTION SECTOr

    Of people in this sector are self employed

    investment in green technology will create more

    demand for construction skills

    Supervisory roles can pay as

    much as 45,000

    a year!

    there are over 2.35 million people employed in this

    sector in the UK

    Your work could be admired

    by people for years to

    come

    its not just for the boys almost 200,000 women work in this sector too

    construction Apprentices earn

    around

    8,700 in their first year!

    Number of new workers are needed in the sector each year

    43,000 37% Apprenticeship Training

    Lancaster & Morecambe College

    Due to popular demand and thesuccess of our existing Apprenticeshipprogrammes Lancaster & MorecambeCollege have added NEW subject areasincluding: Property Sales & Management Sales Equine Studies Data Cabling andTelecommunications

    Creative Media Business & Finance Administration Bar Management Beauty General Maintenance Construction

    Teaching Assistant Information Technology Qualification

    Business Improvement Techniques

    Make Apprenticeships Work for YOUCall 01524 521413 or e-mail [email protected]

    Zoe TaylorWorks at Lou-b-Lou as a full timestylistCompleted Level 2 and 3hairdressing apprenticeship

    What is your job role?I have my own clients who I see ona regular basis. I help manage theSalon when my boss is off andsupervise our trainee hairdresser.

    What is your favourite thingabout your job?Making people happy! I really enjoyworking on the weddings as well.

    What were the best bits about theapprenticeship?I really enjoyed coming into college

    and learning new anddifferent techniques, I learnta lot on the job but thenwhen I came into collegethey showed us differentways of cutting hair so Icould bring this informationback and share it with mycolleagues.

    What would you say tosomeone who was thinkingabout doing the course?Its hard work and you haveto be really committed toHairdressing as a career, if itis what you want to do thengo for it, its 100% worth it!

    open doors regional training ad aug 11:Layout 1 03/08/2011 13:09 Page 1

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  • norTH wEST FoCUSThe construction sector has been continually on the rise here,

    which means good news for future construction hopefuls! There

    are a variety of sub-sectors in construction that you can work

    in, from repair and maintenance to public housing and industrial.

    The biggest sub-sector here is repair and maintenance; we have

    a larger than average infrastructure sub-sector here.

    Fast Facts Non-constructionoperativesandarchitectsandtechnical

    engineers are the most common job roles in construction here.

    TheNorthWesthasahigher-than-averagenumberof

    electricians, wood traders, glaziers, technical staff and plant

    mechanics/fitters.

    Start learning!Want a course in the North West? Then turn to page 52 to find

    out how to access your local 14-19 prospectus. It will tell you

    whos offering what course in your local area, or you could visit

    www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk

    its more than just bricks and mortar. the construction industry is worth billions and builds the world around us, from hospitals and houses to bridges and football stadiums. be a part of it!

    CONSTrUCTION

    bricklayingOne of the most popular trades and Apprenticeships, bricklaying is about building and repairing walls, using a range of materials and techniques. It can be really creative work too and you may be called on to produce decorative and interesting effects.Salary Range: 17,000 - 28,000

    plasteringThere are two types of plastering roles: Solid Plasterers apply wet finishes to walls, ceilings and floors, and Fibrous Plasterers work in workshops to produce ornamental plasterwork as decoration.Salary Range: 17,000 - 28,000

    plumbingThere never seems to be a plumber when you need one. Plumbing is the skilled trade of working with pipes, tubing and plumbing fixtures for drinking water systems, the drainage of waste and heating systems. It is one of the most varied roles, you could be working on existing pipe work or installing something new.Salary Range: 16,500 - 35,000

    painting and decoratingApplying the finishing touch to surfaces, like wallpaper, gloss and emulsion; Painter and Decorators can work on construction sites or on commercial and domestic projects.Salary Range: 17,000 - 23,000

    civil engineeringCivil engineering is about the design and construction of buildings and other important structures like pipelines, bridges, railways and roads. They provide technical support on construction projects to help turn complex designs into reality.Salary Range: 15,000 - 37,000

    carpentry and joineryAs timber is so widely used, the building and installation of wood products, such as floors, staircases, doors and roof trusses, is vital work. Joiners can work on construction sites and domestic premises bench joiners work in joiners shops on complex wood products.Salary Range: 17,000 - 31,000

    ScaffoldingBuilding safe working platforms for construction workers to use when working on buildings and other structures. Scaffolders work on a variety of projects, including some very tall buildings.Salary Range: 17,000 - 26,000

    SurveyingBuilding surveyors give detailed advice on the construction, design and maintenance of proposed or existing buildings. They have to work out the distances and angles between various points of the construction. Salary Range: 15,000 - 37,000

    Construction is one of the UKs biggest industries and turns over billions of pounds a year. This sector is responsible for creating the buildings and structures we rely on the houses we live in, the motorways we drive across, the stadiums we watch matches in, the bridges we cross, and so on.

    As you can imagine, it takes a lot of people working together to pull off major construction projects. Whether you like physical outdoor work or drawing technical plans in the office, there is a career path to suit everyone.

    Here are some of the most popular trades. You can get into all of these areas through a Construction Apprenticeship:

    SAlArYGenerally, tradespeople with a Level 2 qualification will earn around 325 a week and those with a Level 3 will earn close to 385 a week.

    If you choose to do a Construction Apprenticeship, you can expect to earn around 8,700 the first year, 11,600 the next, and 15,350 the third year.

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  • USEFUl lInkSwww.bconstructive.co.uk

    - For information about

    Construction careers.

    www.bconstructive.co.uk/contact/offices/index - F

    ind

    your local Construction Skills office.

    www.careersbox.co.uk - careers films on the web

    www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk - Our online careers res

    ource.

    CASE STUDYDaniel Roarty Apprenticeship:Carpentry&JoineryLevel3

    After working in various jobs since leaving sixth form as I decided I wanted to learn a trade. My dad was a carpenter and after helping him out at work many times over the years I knew it was the trade that most interested me.

    After completing my apprenticeship worked for the same company until I decided to travel to Australia. At first, I lived in Perth, Western Australia and worked for a builder doing carpentry work on home renovations. I decided I wanted to try and live permanently in Australia so needed to find a company to sponsor me. From the thirty companies I contacted, the one who offered me sponsorship was a luxury yacht builders. Although I had never worked on boats before, the owner of the company said the carpentry skills I had would be relevant.

    My job role involves many different aspects of building the yachts and I use all the skills I learnt during my apprenticeship. Each yacht is totally custom made so everything on it is unique. My favourite thing about my work is the fact that I am learning lots of new skills because the job is a whole different side of carpentry.

    My course at College was interesting and there was a good mix between practical and classroom work. The tutors were always there to help out if anybody struggled and their standard of teaching and level of knowledge was very high in both the classroom and workshop.I chose Lancaster & Morecambe College because I heard it was a good place to go. I would definitely recommend it to anyone and after three years I have a qualification which I can use anywhere in the world.

    To find out more about the wide range of Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships available at Lancaster and Morecambe College visit www.lmc.ac.uk or call contact us on 0800 306 306 / [email protected]

    GET QUAlIFIED!Vocational qualifications are the way to get ahead in this sector...

    ApprenticeshipsThis is one of the best ways to get into the industry. The construction Apprenticeship scheme is a two-year programme for a level 2 award. To apply, youll need to have found an employer that will sponsor you. Get in touch with your local Construction Skills office for job opportunities and vacancies in your area (see useful links box). As well as those already mentioned on the previous page, here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 2:ConstructionElectricalandElectronicsServicingEngineeringConstructionPlumbingHeating,Ventilating,AirConditioning&RefrigerationConstructionBuilding Painter and Decorator, Maintenance Operative (repairs, tiling, plastering), Bricklayer, Craft Mason, Carpenter, Joiner, Woodmachinist ConstructionTechnical,Supervision and Management Team LeaderConstructionCivilEngineering Construction Operative, Formworker, Highways Maintenance, Plant Mechanic, Plant Operator, Tunnelling Operative ConstructionSpecialist Scaffolder, Roofer, Roof Tiler, Wall and Floor Tiler, Kitchen/Bathroom Fitter, Floor Layer, Dry Liner, Ceiling Fixer, Partitioner, Mastic Asphalter, Plasterer, Thatcher, Stone Mason, Insulation Installer

    Advanced ApprenticeshipAdvanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Advanced Apprenticeships in construction are a one-year addition to the two-year apprenticeship. Here are the some of the advanced Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 3:BuildingServicesEngineeringTechniciansConstruction ElectricalandElectronicsServicingElectrotechnical EngineeringConstructionHeating,Ventilating,AirConditioning&RefrigerationPlumbingSurveyingConstruction Building Bricklayer, Carpenter, Joiner ConstructionTechnical,SupervisionandManagement SiteTechnician,CivilEngineeringTechnician,WorkSupervisorConstruction Civil Engineering - Plant Mechanic Construction Specialist Plasterer, Roofer, Stone Mason, Wall and Floor Tiler

    A Levels A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree, which are explained below. Most employers and universities value practical and scientific subjects; these demonstrate that you would be able to understand how things work. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction:ChemistryDesign&Technology ElectronicsMathsPhysics

    Foundation DegreesA Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification which combines academic study with practical hands-on experience. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employers, they should give you the right skills to be ready for employment.

    They are university-level qualifications and are equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree. A typical full-time Foundation Degree takes two years to complete, and are different from Honours Degrees as they usually involve learning in the workplace as well as at university or college.

    college coursesA college course can also be a great route into this sector. To see which colleges have relevant courses in your region check out www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk.

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  • How do I get to work in a theatre? What opportunitiesare available to me? What grades do I need?

    How do I get to work in a theatre? What opportunities are available to me? What grades do I need?

    All of these questions and more can be answered at www.getintotheatre.org,where youll nd the latest training and job opportunities, advice from professionals already in the industry and loads more...

    What are the best routes into the live music industry? Whatroles are there? Where can I nd work experience opportunites?

    All of these questions and more can be answered at www.getintolivemusic.org,where youll nd advice from industry professionals, the opportunity to askthem questions, training & workshop events and loads more...

  • CrEATIvE, DIgITAl & mEDIA SECTOr

    Size of the tv workforce50,100

    Want to work with famous actors on a tv set?

    people work in creative Media

    in England

    506,000

    (percentage of female

    employees in creative media

    industries)

    39%

    You could chase down hot stories for a newspaper

    22,300 per year (average wage in the publishing industry)

    if youre a creative person,

    there are so many exciting career paths before you

    Lots of self-employed or freelance workers in this sector

    20% 12%of animation

    workforceof publishing

    workforce

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  • From fashion and film to design and new media, its all about the creative buzz in this exciting, fast-paced industry. vocational learning is a great way to get your foot in the door!

    USEFUl lInkScourses.skillset.org Great place to search for media courses.

    www.skillset.org The sector skills council for creative, digital

    and media.www.ccskills.org.uk Creative and Cultural Skills.

    www.bbc.co.uk/workexperience work experience

    placements at the BBC.www.careersbox.co.uk - Careers films on the web.

    www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk - Our online careers resource.

    graphic designWe live in a world of visual messages: websites, billboards, magazines, signs, packaging, etc. A graphic designer uses type (lettering) and images to get information across and make an impact. The wide use of graphic design means you could be working on any variety of projects.Earnings: Salaries start anywhere between 13,000 and 18,000 a year.

    Film & tvWe all know who the actors are, but what about the hundreds of names that scroll by during the end credits? They all perform technical roles that equal a great film: production assistants, camera operators, set designers, lighting technicians, directors, special effects people, etc. This is one part of the sector where there are similar levels of male and female employees.Earnings: Salaries start quite low (12,000 a year), but can build up with experience and hard work.

    performing artsIt takes years of practice, talent, hard work (and luck) to be a performer, but there are plenty of supporting roles on offer. You could help light the productions, dress the actors in wardrobe or man the ticket booth all without the risk of stage fright!Earnings: Salaries are between 12,000 and 16,000 a year.

    interactive mediaInteractive media or new media covers any digital product that responds to the users action by presenting pop-ups, text, video and sound. Facebook is a perfect example others include iPhone apps, viral ads and dynamic websites. Its all things digital, and its a fast-paced industry where technology pushes forward each day.Earnings: As creative and IT-type role, salaries are quite high for the industry you could make between 16,000 and 20,000 a year.

    CrEATIvE, DIgITAl& mEDIA

    Forget the starving artist. If youre a creative person, there are many ways to have a successful career. This industry covers things that play a big role in our everyday lives, from the television we watch to the websites we click on. Because its such an exciting sector, competition for jobs can be high so work experience and on-the-job training is highly recommended.

    Herearesomeofthebiggestareaswithinthissector:

    computer gamesIt takes a team of creative types to produce something like Call of Duty level designers who map out the game, graphic designers who imagine what it all looks like, and games testers to make sure theres no glitches. There are just under 7,000 people working in this sector.Earnings: Salaries start between 15,000 and 19,000 a year.

    FashionThis stylish industry needs fashion designers to dream up the next hot look, pattern cutters to turn the designs into real clothes, buyers to stock shops with the best trends, managers to make sure everything runs to budget, plus many more hard-working people.Earnings: Starting around 12,000-15,000.

    publishingWithout this industry, the media youre reading wouldnt exist. From journalists looking for the big story to book editors crafting an authors manuscript into a bestseller, this is an industry for people who love the written word. Many publishing companies are small and specialised, focusing on a particular niche type of publishing.Earnings: Starting between 15,000 & 20,000 a year.

    AnimationIts more than just cartoons films like Toy Story proved just how profitable animation can be. In addition to films, youll find animated content on TV, in films, adverts, website and computer and video games. Earnings: Between 16,000 and 20,000.

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  • GET QUAlIFIED!There are plenty of vocational & academic courses in this sector...

    ApprenticeshipsThe creative Apprenticeship is a way to get your foot in the door

    of this exciting industry. Youll get a job with an employer and do

    half of your learning on the job, and half in the classroom with a

    college or training provider. The work experience will give you a

    real advantage over other candidates. Here are the Apprenticeship

    frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 2:

    CreativeDesignFashionandTextiles

    Freelance(MusicPractitioner)GamesTesting

    Advanced ApprenticeshipsAdvanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like

    Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Advanced

    Apprenticeships help you become more qualified whilst gaining

    employment experience. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks

    relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 3:

    CreativeCreativeandDigitalMediaDesign

    FashionandTextilesFreelance(MusicPractitioner)

    PhotoImagingforStaffPhotographers

    A Levels A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree,

    which are explained below. Most employers and universities

    will value subjects that demonstrate you have solid base level

    knowledge and would be able to develop skills relevant to the

    industry. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which

    could set you in the right direction:ArtandDesignDanceDramaandTheatreStudies

    FineArtGraphicDesignHistoryofArtMediaStudies

    Music/MusicTechnologyPerformanceStudies

    PerformingArtsPhotography3DDesign

    Foundation DegreesA Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification which

    combines academic study with practical hands-on experience.

    Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employers, they should

    give you the right skills to be ready for employment.

    They are university-level qualifications and are equivalent to the

    first two years of an honours degree. A typical full-time Foundation

    Degree takes two years to complete, and are different from Honours

    Degrees as they usually involve learning in the workplace as well

    as at university or college. They are available in a range of subjects,

    such as creative writing or animation.

    college coursesA college course can also be a great route into this sector. To see

    which colleges have relevant courses in your region check out

    www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk.

    CASE STUDYMohammad Reza Mojaddar Asil (Jordan)

    Jordan is a highly committed and motivated learner, and has enjoyed many successes in the last academic year 10-11. He constantly strives for and achieves high grades throughout the disciplines within the performing arts. As well as being dedicated member of the performing arts team, Jordan represented the college at open evenings and college events as a student ambassador. He even appeared in this years college video and was the face of the college in its marketing campaigns.

    Jordans commitment to his studies paid off this year when he was the youngest student ever to make it through all the stages at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

    Jordan even took the time to mentor other learners through the UCAS process. Last summer, Jordan represented the college at the BYFA Summer School and landed a leading role in their forthcoming film R-evolution.

    He won a Greater Manchester Aimhigher Award this year and he is now studying BA (Hons) Contemporary Theatre & Performance at the Manchester School Of Theatre (Manchester Metropolitan University), and his latest achievement is winning the Stockport Young Star Award. He also recently won the Stockport College Major Prize for the academic year 2010-11 which is the highest profile prize that a student can win.

    Jordan is a talented, polite, intelligent and modest individual who is a great example of what can be achieved at Stockport College.

    For more inrofmation call 0161 958 3100 or visit www.stockport.ac.uk

    norTH wEST FoCUSA lot of people in our region are employed in this industry, and it is growing. We h

    ave the largest number of broadcasting

    employees outside of London. If you like the idea of not being tied down to one employer, freelancing is quite common in this

    industry. The roles available vary from content production and photo imaging to publishing and computer game production.

    Manchester is opening an entire Media City, set to train and nurture the next generation of creative talent, you.

    Fast facts:Over34,000peopleworkinthisindustryhere.TheBBCarerelocating5ofits

    departmentstoManchesterin2011/12.

    ManchestersnewMediaCityissettorivalothercreativehubsaroundtheworld.

    Start learning!Want to find a course in the North West? Then turn to page 52 to find out how to

    access your local 14-19 prospectus. It will tell

    you whos offering what course in your local area, or you could visit www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk

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  • Myfuture

    If youre leaving school or college this year and arent sure ofthe next step take a look at the full-time courses, degrees andwork based apprenticeships available at Myerscough College.Theres a great choice of subjects, excellent teaching andamazing facilities! Plus superb regional transport links andgreat on-site accommodation for 750 students.

    Agriculture - Animal Studies - Arboriculture - Cricket - Ecology andConservation - Equine Studies - Farriery - Fishing Studies - Floral Design - Football Coaching - Garden Design - Golf Coaching - Horticulture - Landscape - Mechanisation - Motorsports - Photography - Rugby - Sports Studies - Sportsturf - Veterinary Nursing - Dedicated Access Courses

    To receive a prospectus call 01995 642211or visit www.myersco ugh.ac.ukMystudiesMysuccessMyrewardsMyfutureMyambitionMycourseMyerscough

    MORNINGSEVERY MONTH CHECK WEBSITE FOR DATES

    Myerscough College, Bilsborrow, Preston, Lancashire. PR3 0RY

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  • ENvIrONmENTAl & lAND BASED SECTOr

    (of workers in the sector are self employed)

    42%You could work in an area of natural beauty

    60,000 per year (Experienced farm managers earnings)

    On average youll earn 100 more a week in this sector

    than you would in the retail, hotel or restaurant industries

    You could protect wildlife, grow the home turf of your

    football club or care for animals

    So, why spend your life tied to a desk? continue reading to start

    growing your potential

    Almost 50,000 people are

    employed in veterinary activities

    in the UK

    50,000

    From 2010 2020 lots more workers will be needed in the sector:

    40,000 people with level 1 Qualifications47,000 people with level 2 Qualifications44,000 people with level 3 Qualifications34,000 people with level 4 Qualifications

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  • norTH wEST FoCUSAround 87,000 people are employed in this sector here. If you dont like the idea of working for someone else then perhaps this is the industry for you; over half of the workforce here are self-employed. There are a number of areas within this sector that you could work in, including floristry, landscaping, animal care and environmental conservation. The sub-sector with the most employees here is agricultural crops and livestock.

    Fast facts: Therearearound18,000environmental

    and land based businesses in the North West.

    81%ofemployeesworkfulltime. TheNorthWesthasabiggerconcentration

    of skilled trades in this sector than the country as a whole.

    Start learning!Want to find an environmental course in the North West? Then turn to page 52 to find out how to access your local 14-19 prospectus. It will tell you whos offering what course in your local area, or you could visit www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk

    Not everyone has to spend their career tied to a desk in this sector, you could be one of the lucky people who get to work outside. Its an exciting time to join this sector, Britain is trying to produce more of its own food, fight climate change, and protect areas of natural beauty. There are lots of opportunities to make a difference to the planet, and future generations.

    So what can you do? Loads! This sector covers farming; protecting the environment; landscaping; growing flowers; caring for animals and wildlife; maintaining the turf on pitches and much, much more.

    Herearesomeofthemainsub-sectors:

    horticulture & landscapingThis is about creating and looking after designed landscapes in cities and the countryside. It covers work like maintaining sports turf, gardens, parks, golf courses and even business grounds. This role can be very hands on or, as in the case of landscape managers, can focus on environmental knowledge and advising on the long-term care and development of sites.Earnings: From 12,000 to 20,000 a year.

    AgricultureAs the UK strives to increase its own food production, opportunity is growing in this area. Agriculture covers work in farms, dairies and agribusinesses or companies that supply the industry with things like animal feed, fertilisers and farm machinery. A growing area in the industry is the role of agricultural advisors and consultants who offer specialist support to farmers on specific areas, like crop production or livestock.Earnings: From 12,000 to 17,000 a year.

    Animal careFrom running a cattery to training horses, this career is for the animal lovers. Animal care is about handling, supervising and caring for animals, from small domestic pets to wildlife. Includes work with breeders, pet shops, groomers, animal welfare charities and zoos. Veterinary nurses are some of the most popular roles in the industry and can range from household pets, exotic animals and equine specialisms.Earnings: From 11,000 to 13,000 a year for animal care. 14,000 to 22,000 for veterinary nurses.

    Environmental conservationThis area is for people who are passionate about environmental issues. Its not just about saving the planet conservation is all about coming up with solutions that will lead to a more sustainable, healthy environment. From park rangers to farm managers environmental considerations are very important across this sector. Environmental policy officers can work for the government, industry or charities.Earnings: From 15,000 to 20,000 a year.

    Land-based engineeringThese are the people who design, manufacture and maintain agricultural equipment, like combine harvesters and tractors. Working for dealerships and manufacturers, these engineers use technical knowledge to solve problems for the agricultural industry. Roles in this area could involve field testing, technical support and the education of customers.Earnings: From 20,000 to 26,000 a year.

    From agriculture and animal care to conservation and horticulture, there are many paths towards a rewarding career in this sector

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    bsite for land-based careers

    www.lantra.co.uk - The Sector Skills Council for

    the industry.www.lantracoursefinder.co

    .uk - Helps you find a course in

    your area.www.growcareers.info -

    Careers in horticulture for young

    people.www.careersbox.co.uk -

    Careers films on the web.

    www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk - Our online careers reso

    urce.

    GET QUAlIFIED!There are plenty of vocational routes into this sector...

    ApprenticeshipsApprenticeships are the recommended route into this sector. Youll get a job with an employer and do half of your learning on the job, and half in the classroom with a college or training provider. There are Apprenticeships ranging from agriculture to animal care, and more, here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 2:AgricultureAnimalCareEnvironmentalConservationEquineFencingFloristryGameandWildlifeManagementHorticultureLand-basedEngineeringTreesandTimberVeterinaryNursing

    Advanced ApprenticeshipAdvanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for practical roles. Advanced Apprenticeships help you become more qualified whilst gaining employment experience. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 3:AgricultureAnimalCareEnvironmentalConservationEquineFarrieryFloristryGameandWildlifeManagementHorticultureLand-basedEngineeringVeterinaryNursing

    A Levels A Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation Degree, which are explained below. Most employers and universities will value subjects that demonstrate you have solid base level knowledge and would be able to develop skills relevant to the industry. Here are some recommended A Level subjects, which could set you in the right direction:BiologyEnvironmentalScienceGeology

    Foundation DegreesA Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification which combines academic study with practical hands-on experience. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employers, they should give you the right skills to be ready for employment.

    They are university-level qualifications and are equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree. A typical full-time Foundation Degree takes two years to complete, and are different from Honours Degrees as they usually involve learning in the workplace as well as at university or college. They are available in a range of subjects, from trees and timber to farm management.

    college coursesA college course can also be a great route into this sector. To see which colleges have relevant courses in your region check out www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk.

    CASE STUDYPaul comes to the rescue at Real Madrid

    Paul Burgess, Head Groundsman for Spanish Football giants Real Madrid, demonstrates that the skys the limit for those with determination and talent.

    Paul joined Blackpool Football Club as an Apprentice Groundsman after leaving school at the age of 16 and immediately started his three-year course at Myerscough College in 1994, during which time he successfully applied for the Assistant Groundsman post at Arsenal.

    When he began work at the club, then based at Highbury, he continued his studies on a pioneering distance-learning programme provided by tutors at Myerscough. He acknowledges that the practical experience he gained, alongside his qualifications and references from his tutors, helped launch his meteoric career.

    He said: Im very lucky to have had the opportunity to study at such a fantastic college. Its no coincidence that so many top venues around the world feature groundsmen who have trained at Myerscough College. The facilities, the quality of the teaching and the support they give is second to none.

    Considered by many in the profession to be the best at what he does, Paul swiftly progressed to Head Groundsman at Arsenal in 2000 and oversaw the design and construction of the clubs new grounds at the Emirates Stadium.

    He acted as an advisor to UEFA for the 2004 and 2008 European Championships, the UEFA Cup and the Champions League Finals at various stadiums around the world before he was headhunted by Real Madrid in 2009 and asked to rescue their pitch at the Santiago Bernabu.

    For more information contact Myerscough College, Bilsborrow, Preston, PR3 0RY. Tel: 01995 642222www.myerscough.ac.uk

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  • SpOrT & FITNESS SECTOr

    Of the workforce in this sector is female

    58%

    Love sport?

    You could make

    a career out of it ...

    With the 2012 Olympics

    around the corner, this sector is set

    to boom over the next few

    years!

    What do employees in this sector do?

    Sport and recreation 311,200 employeeshealth and Fitness 43,200 employees

    playwork 126,600 employeesOutdoors 21,900 employees

    30,000 per year

    (You could be earning more than this as senior staff)

    16-24 year olds make up 24% of the employees in this sector

    Dont want to be stuck behind a desk? get

    paid to enjoy your hobbies ...

    More than 2 million people volunteer to get involved in sports every week. its a good way to get ahead with a sporting career!

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  • You dont have to be a world-class athlete for a career in sport. With the build-up to London 2012, nows the perfect time to get involved in this booming sector

    Many people think the only way you can get a career in sport is to become a professional athlete or a PE teacher but this couldnt be further from the truth. For example, behind every professional football player are the people running the club, maintaining the pitch, training the players, keeping the spectators safe and so on and thats just football.

    This sector is about more than just sport its about promoting health and fitness, helping people enjoy the outdoors and public health. No matter what your interests or physical abilities are, theres a rewarding career path for you.

    Here are some of the main areas within this thriving industry you can take a vocational route into any of them.

    SpOrT & FITNESS

    Exercise & FitnessThis is about helping people stay fit and healthy, and includes roles like personal trainer, fitness instructor, yoga instructor and swimming teacher. You could work for a gym or leisure centre, or be self-employed and choose your own hours. All types of people need fitness instructors, from children to the elderly, or high level athletes.

    coachingCoaches are needed to teach skills and techniques at all levels, from beginner to professional. They help teams and individuals train to reach their full potential. Coaches need to get a special qualification recognised by their sports national governing body. These roles vary greatly depending on the sport and skill level, volunteering is a good way to get started in this career.

    playworkPlayworkers organise and lead play activities for children (aged between 4 and 15) in after-school clubs, play schemes and youth clubs. This is one of the job roles in which you can use a Foundation Degree to get ahead.

    Activity LeadershipOutdoor activity instructors help people enjoy themselves in the great outdoors. They lead a wide range of expeditions and trips, such as walking, hiking, canoeing and rock climbing. You need good people and leadership skills, and to be a natural with young people to be a successful activity leader.

    Spectator controlEvent stewards and marshals make sure crowds are safe and under control at matches and other large events. You can do an NVQ in spectator safety, some of the key areas include: teamwork, conflict management and dealing with emergencies.

    OperationsIt takes all sorts of people to run a leisure centre or gym, from leisure centre assistants and managers to cleaning and maintenance staff. Sports management can include anything from making sure the facilities are maintained properly to making sure everything financial is in order too.

    What will i earn?For all of these areas, salaries start around 12,000 and can rise to 25,000 with experience and qualifications. Senior staff could earn more than 30,000.

    norTH wEST FoCUSMost of the sport and fitness employees are aged between 16-24- so youll fit right in! The sector is about to get bigger too, the worlds biggest sporting event- The Olympic Games- is going to be held in London in 2012; theyre going to need a lot of employees to keep it running smoothly! The new 2012 Sport England initiative will bring bigger opportunities and budgets to the North West.

    Fast facts: Coachingbursariesareavailableinthe North West. ThePersonalBestprogramme,inspiredby

    the London 2012 Olympics provides even more opportunities.

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  • GET QUAlIFIED!How to get your foot in the door...

    ApprenticeshipsThe Apprenticeship in active leisure and learning

    covers a wide range of career paths, whether youd

    like to coach, be a fitness instructor, lead outdoor

    activities or run a leisure centre. Youll learn on the job

    while attending a college or training provider on day

    release, and earn the right qualifications that will help

    you progress. So even though this is the only NVQ

    level 2 Apprenticeship framework in the sector it can

    take you a number of directions: ActiveLeisureandLearning

    Advanced ApprenticeshipAdvanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to A

    Levels, but like Apprenticeships are advantageous for

    practical roles. Advanced Apprenticeships help you

    become more qualified whilst gaining employment

    experience. Here are the Apprenticeship frameworks

    relevant to the sector, all of these are NVQ level 3:

    ActiveLeisureandLearning FacilitiesManagement SportingExcellence

    A LevelsA Levels can either lead to university or a Foundation

    Degree, which are explained below, but which ones

    are right for you depend on what role you want to do.

    As there are so many varied careers in the industry,

    from coaching to operations, no single subject is right

    for everyone, but here are some which could set you

    in the right direction: Biology(Human) LeisureStudies SportandPhysicalEducation

    Foundation DegreesA Foundation Degree is a higher education

    qualification which combines academic study with

    practical hands-on experience. Designed jointly by

    universities, colleges and employers, they should give

    you the right skills to be ready for employment.

    They are university-level qualifications and are

    equivalent to the first two years of an Honours

    Degree. A typical full-time Foundation Degree

    takes two years to complete, and are different from

    honours degrees as they usually involve learning in

    the workplace as well as at university or college. They

    can be done in playwork and youth studies.

    college coursesA college course can also be a great route into this

    sector. To see which colleges have relevant courses in

    your region check out www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk.

    USEFUl lInkSwww.skillsactive.com - T

    he Sector Skills Council for this

    sector.www.careers-in-sport.co

    .uk - Learn about different careers

    in sport here.

    www.careersbox.co.uk - Careers films on the web.

    www.opendoorsmedia.co.uk - Our online careers res

    ource.

    CASE STUDYIan aims high

    Once a gang member at a very young age, Ian Perkins 21, knows only too well the tragedy of taking the wrong path in life and losing friends due to crime and unrest. Looking for his second chance in life and to prove wrong those people who once doubted him, Ians determination and will to succeed led him to Lifetime.

    Enrolling into the Lifetime Fitness Academy and with the support of tutor Mark Pemberton, Ian successfully completed his Level 2 Fitness Instructor Apprenticeship; not only could Ian earn while he learned, but he was able to gain on the job skills and a true understanding of the industry.

    Ian says: I have turned my life around, influenced people and shown never to give up on anyone. In the space of just 20 months I have come from just an apprentice to becoming the youngest ever Health and Fitness Manager of the largest Fitness First club in Europe. I have received two awards from my employer on consecutive months, which has never been achieved by anyone in the company. I always aimed high from the very start and never gave up on that goal.

    A bright future awaits Ian; he now teaches PT Business courses and has worked hard to establish himself in the fitness industry. Eventually I want to have a say in how the industry is run. I feel that my passion behind health and fitness can influence change; my ambition is to aim high!

    For more information please get in touchT: 0870 120 1207W: www.lifetimetraining.co.uk/looking-for-a-jobE: [email protected]

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  • YOUr CArEEr, YOUr CHOICEWondering what other careers are out there?here are some of the other sectors in your region...

    Armed Forces Britains armed forces the Army, Royal Navy, RAF and MoD all invest a lot in their personnel to give them an education thats relevant in the civilian world as well as in the services. They all offer Apprenticeships so recruits can earn nationally recognised trade qualifications alongside their regular training. For example, a cook for the Royal Navy could also complete a chef Apprenticeship. Each organisation offers different schemes, so visit their websites for more details.

    Salary: Starting around 13,400 the first year, with excellent benefits and progression. Qualifications:The armed forces offer Apprenticeships in many areas, including Engineering, Fitting, Maintenance, Cookery, IT, Admin, Marine Engineering and more.

    business & Finance This sector is about money saving it, borrowing it, managing it and most of all, making lots more of it. Its the UKs most global industry and covers a wide range of services and products that everyone uses like bank accounts, mortgages, pensions, credit cards and insurance. The perk of working with money is that salaries tend to be higher than average.

    Job roles: Accounts assistant, payroll assistant, admin assistant, bank cashier, trainee accountant. Salary: Starting between 13,000 and 20,000. Qualifications:Apprenticeships in Business & Admin and Financial Services; A-level Traineeships; Foundation Degrees.

    Energy & renewablesThis essential sector deals with the utilities we rely on: water, electricity and gas. It also covers waste management and alternative sources of power like nuclear energy, wind power and solar energy. Careers in this sector cover the distribution and supply of gas; the generation and transmission of electricity; the collection and purification of water; the treatment of sewage; and nuclear fuel processing. Apprenticeships are a recognised route into this industry and offer excellent career progression.

    Job roles: Gas network engineer, gas service technician, wastewater plant worker, process operator, decommissioning operative.

    Salary: Starting anywhere between 12,000 and 20,000 a year. Qualifications:Apprenticeships in Gas, Nuclear and Utilities; Foundation Degrees, including Power Distribution.

    EngineeringAt the heart of every technological advance is an engineer. Chemical engineers create new fuels to keep vehicles moving; civil engi