December Careers Update

Support for Parents and Guardians

If you’re a parent, guardian or carer, you can help inspire the apprentices of tomorrow.

Working as an apprentice means they earn as they learn. An apprentice works in a real job and spends 20% of their working hours training. So they gain the skills needed for their chosen occupation. 

Some apprenticeships include a qualification, including a degree. All of the training is free, so the apprentice has no student debt to worry about. 

A school or college leaver can apply for university and an apprenticeship at the same time. They can make their final decision after they’ve had time to consider their options. 

See the November 2023 Parent pack here.

Minimum wage rates for 2024

The government has announced the rates of the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) which will come into force from April 2024. The rates which will apply from 1st April 2024 are as follows:

World’s most searched-for jobs

A new study has looked at the most searched-for jobs in the UK in 2023 using a year’s worth of Google search data. Here is the top five, followed by the search volume:

  • Teaching Assistant – 275,000
  • Cleaner – 163,367
  • Teacher – 141,300
  • Cabin Crew – 139,733
  • Project Manager – 123,233

My Furniture Career

My Furniture Careers is a new website aimed at young people (15-24 years old) who are still deciding on a career path. It signposts those looking for industry-specific training and connects those seeking a job in the industry with employers. Visit their website here for more information.

Upcoming Events

Event: Apprenticeships with Dunelm Webinar
Where: Online Webinar
When: Saturday 9th December

Join the Dunelm Early Careers team to learn about their amazing apprenticeship opportunities and exciting range of vacancies available in 2024.

With apprenticeships available across the business, from Finance to Retail, Sustainability to Logistics, Buying & Merchandising to Insight & Analytics, Dunelm is inviting parents and carers to hear more about the exciting career opportunities available.

Register now.

Event:  University of Surrey Taster Day
Where: University of Surrey, Duke of Kent Building, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH
When:  Tuesday 12th December 2023
(9:30am – 2:30pm)

Taster days available on 12th December are Biological Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, and Nursing. To book any of these sessions, please use the following link Subject Taster Days 2023.

Event: The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) Virtual Postgraduate Open Day
Where: Online Virtual
When: Wednesday 13th December 2023
(5:30 – 6:30pm)

This is a virtual event where LIBF academic staff will discuss the four postgraduate programmes running in 2024, with specialisms including fintech, sustainable finance and risk & compliance. Their degrees are all online, meaning students have the flexibility to complete their studies around work and other commitments. See this link for more info on LIBF’s online postgraduate degrees.

And see here to sign up for the virtual postgraduate open day.

Event: Workshop Taster Day
Where: SETA Apprenticeship Centre, First Avenue, Millbrook, SO15 0LJ
When: Saturday 20th January 2023 (10am – 2:30pm) (arrival times are staggered throughout the day and you will need to book your arrival time from a choice of 10am, 11am, 12pm & 1pm)

If you’re interested in engineering, enjoy getting hands-on with practical stuff, then this is the event not to be missed!  You can find out what SETA offers in this workshop, as well as speak to current first year apprentices about what life is really like at SETA, chat to staff about your options and how to apply for an apprenticeship (either now or in the future depending on what year you are in).  But the best part is you can have a go at numerous engineering activities!

Visit their website for further info and to register.


Amazing Apprenticeships have just launched ‘Amazing Apprentices: This is my story’ at an exclusive event at BBC New Broadcasting House in London. They were joined by the amazing apprentices who featured in the film, their family, employers and training providers, to celebrate the film’s first screening.

This brand-new film (with British Sign Language interpretation) follows the inspirational stories of apprentices with learning and physical differences, disabilities and health conditions.

Watch the film to learn how these apprentices are progressing their careers through apprenticeships and the ways that their employers and training providers are supporting them.

Vacancy of the Month

In-Store Sampler, Demonstrator & Brand Ambassador for Costco, Farnborough

Costco are the fastest growing company in the UK and are looking to hire a passionate, enthusiastic and honest Brand Ambassadors with massive smiles who like to have fun.

This excellent opportunity offers you working hours to suite your life style, and training given.

You must have a great personality and be able to communicate with the public.

This role involves the demonstrating of varied products such as food, beauty, electrical equipment, kitchens and many more exciting products!!

Job Types: Full time, Part time

Salary and Benefits:
Monday – Saturday – £12.32 Per Hour (Inc Holiday pay)
Sunday/Bank holidays – £13.92 Per Hour (Inc Holiday pay)

For more info and to apply for the job, click here.

Learner Feedback

Here is some constructive feedback from a few of our students who have attended careers appointments over the last few weeks:

“I really like how they were so supportive and not pressuring us whether we should take their advice or not”

“It was good as I was listened to and my questions were answered”

“Very easy to talk to and understanding. I now have helpful resources to use and good strategies to use within my job interviews, thank you”

“Gave me lots of ideas on future and helped me gain an understanding of what my first steps will be”

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