How to search for apprenticeship vacancies

Guidance for Year 12 and Year 13 students You should start looking for vacancies early as some employers start advertising in the summer of Year 12 or early autumn of Year 13 (for apprenticeships to start the following summer/autumn). Do also keep looking because some employers don’t advertise their vacancies until the summer of Year… Read more »

Job profile – Become a Forensic Scientist

Entry requires a good Honours degree in biology, chemistry, forensic science or a related subject. The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences accredits university courses so it might be worth looking out for these at an early stage. For degree entry you will usually require at least 2 A levels/3 H grades, including Biology and/or Chemistry,… Read more »

Careers in the Curriculum: Making Gatsby Benchmark 4 work for all staff is a marathon, not a sprint!

Speak to many careers practitioners working in secondary or further education regarding the challenge of achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks and the conversation will often return to the same topic – namely, the difficulties around hitting Gatsby Benchmark 4, otherwise known as embedding careers within the curriculum. Although the figures from the Careers and Enterprise Company’s… Read more »

National Careers Week: Become a Robotics Engineer

In honour of National Careers Week 2019, we’re profiling some of the latest jobs from Careers 2019. Next in the list of roles is Robotics Engineer, download a PDF of this job profile here: Robotics Engineer job profile:   Qualifications and courses Most entrants have a bachelor’s degree in robotics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or computer… Read more »

Job profile – Become a Personal Assistant

Entry level: 4 Qualifications and courses There are no specific qualifications required but employers do want you to have a good standard of general education, including GCSE/National 5 passes in English and Maths. A business-related BTEC or HND could help you find a position with greater responsibilities. You may find it useful to have an NVQ… Read more »

Job profile – Become an Architect


Entry level: 6 Qualifications and courses Professional architects must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). The main route to qualification is through a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)/ARB-recognised degree. Minimum entry requirements are 3 A levels/H grades which should be drawn from academic fields of study. In addition you must have passed… Read more »

Job profile – Become a Midwife

Careers 2019

Entry level: 6 Qualifications and courses All midwives must hold a degree in midwifery that has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Entry requirements for degree courses depend upon the individual university but you will usually need 2 A levels/3 H grades, ideally including a science-based subject, and 5 GCSEs/National 5s (C… Read more »

Job profile – Become a Carpenter/Joiner

Job profile

Qualifications and courses Although there are no formal entry requirements, GCSEs/National 5s in Maths, English and technology will be helpful for calculations, measurements and theory. Most employers will require some on-site experience so you may choose to shadow a professional or begin your career as a labourer. Your employer may then offer you training in… Read more »