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Careers

Our careers education runs throughout our curriculum and all year groups have regular opportunities to engage in careers planning, which can then be put in to practice with work experience in Year 10 and Year 12.

We have a variety of careers events, assemblies and trips which we run throughout the year to support all of our children in their learning about careers.  From starting our careers programme in Primary, we believe we can help teach our pupils the importance of striving for their goals to achieve their desired career choice. We also hope that in doing so, every student regardless of their age or background, believes in our ethos of "everyone, every lesson, every opportunity" and that any career goals they strive for are achievable. 

Speakers for Schools - Youth Card

Speakers for Schools is delighted to announce a brand-new programme to support students: Youth Card
 
WHAT IS YOUTH CARD?

Youth Card is a free mobile app that provides a one-stop shop for 11-25-year-olds for self-led discovery of educational, career and personal development opportunities in a safe environment. 

Youth Card is uniquely placed to help students by offering:

  • Free access to UK-wide work experience placements and workshops with leading employers, including: Spotify, Bentley Motors, bp, Google, NHS, Virgin Atlantic, The Financial Times, Santander and the BBC.
  • Free access to UK-wide financial and enterprise programmes.
  • Free access to a UK-wide network of 7,000 youth organisations.
  • Free access to inspiring podcasts, broadcasts and short films by heads of industry and high-profile speakers like: 
  • Nick Ross (TV broadcaster) 
  • Rich Waterworth (GM of TikTok) 
  • Shai Weiss (CEO of Virgin Atlantic Airways) 
  • Gareth Southgate (England football manager – men's team) 
  • Roger Federer (professional tennis player) 
  • Dame Kelly Holmes (former Olympic athlete) 
  • Free access to a wide range of youth-friendly discounted services in the UK and Europe.

To find out more about Youth Card, visit www.youthcard.org

Webinars/ Events

Please click on the + symbol below for more information on some upcoming webinars!

The MK Job Show

The MK Job Show, the region’s biggest recruitment event is back! On Friday 17 and Saturday 18 September you could meet up to 70 top employers. 

The event will take place at: Middleton Hall (area outside John Lewis), centre:mk shopping centre, Milton Keynes.

For more information, please visit: https://www.mkjobshow.co.uk/

 

Work experience

Please click on the + symbol below for more information on work experience opportunities. 

InvestIN

InvestIN are delighted to announce an extensive schedule of immersive career experience programmes for ages 12-18 this term. Where students can:

  • Work alongside experienced professionals in live simulations, role-plays and seminars
  • Network with senior doctors, engineers, lawyers, psychologists, artists, filmmakers, UN staff, investment bankers and many more
  • Gain life-changing, interactive career experiences to advance their future

If you wish to register to for the event, please visit: Choose Your Work Experience - InvestIN Education

Virtual Routes into STEM - Year 9 & 10 students only

If you are interested in a future in STEM but are unsure how to take the next step, this course provides guided learning for students to work through flexibly and find out all about college, university, apprenticeships pathways. Students will have a unique opportunity:

  • to access live sessions from Cambridge, Birmingham, Southampton, Herts and West of England, Hertfordshire, Kent, Loughborough universities
  • to participate in an exclusive live Q&A session and hear from His Royal Highness Prince of Wales Ambassadors about their career journeys and why they think Industrial Cadets experiences are important
  • to hear from Balfour Beatty and Murphy about career options, apprenticeships, and pathways into the industry
  • to take part in fantastic workshops and variety of project work to choose from including:
  • to take part in fantastic workshops and variety of project work to choose from including:
    • Biopharm challenge by GSK
    • Flight challenge by University of Cambridge
    • Maths Murder Mystery challenge
    • Tempest Cockpit Design challenge by BAE Systems
    • Let's go Fission challenge by Babcock

Please click on the link below for more information:

Virtual Routes into STEM flyer

Apprenticeships

Please click on the + symbol below for more information on apprenticeship opportunities. 

Digital Apprenticeships available

Local employers are keen to recruit apprentices and there are some brilliant opportunities out there. If your students are interested in starting their career in the digital industry, get them to check out our latest digital apprenticeship vacancies including:

Software Developer
Company: Toru Interactive Ltd
Location: Northampton
Duration: 24 months
Salary: £15,000

Click here to find out more

 

Digital Marketer
Company: PAASE Digital Limited
Location: Leighton Buzzard
Duration: 18 months
Salary: £16,500

Click here to find out more


Click below to discover more digital apprenticeships that MK College currently have available, as well as other apprenticeships from different industries. 

Engineering Apprenticeships available

The Engineering Trust now have apprenticeships available:

Our mission, here at The Engineering Trust, is to help students find the ideal apprenticeship and our recruitment process is designed to understand them, their motivations, their capabilities and try to match them to a suitable opportunity.

Why do an Engineering Apprenticeship?
The best people to answer this question are those who have done an apprenticeship or are doing one. Here is what Saadiq, Lydia, Alice and Jacques have to say....

https://www.theengineeringtrust.org/apprenticeships/why-when-how-apply/

 

Other useful links and resources:

www.instagram.com/northamptoncollege – Why not check out Northampton College on Instagram and information on any upcoming Virtual Open Events!

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – This website provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills – This website provides general advice about further education. It focuses on apprenticeships and advertises current vacancies.

www.ucas.com – search for university courses and their entry requirements.

www.prospects.ac.uk – This website lets you research options to your degree, guidance for jobs and work experience and provides information of industries.

www.beta.nationalcareers.service.gov.uk – here is an questionnaire to find out what job categories and job roles may suit you. It take 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

www.careersbox.co.uk – this is a free online library for careers using film, news and information.

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