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February Careers Update

National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2024 is an annual celebration of apprenticeships.

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week this year is “Skills for Life”.

An apprenticeship can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to develop a workforce with future ready skills.

If you’re a parent, guardian or carer, you can help inspire the apprentices of tomorrow. Here is the January 2024 Parent and Carers Pack for helping your child search and apply for apprenticeships.

Working as an apprentice means you earn as you 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. 


UCAS Exhibition – Wednesday 17th April

This year the UCAS exhibition is being held in Farnborough on Wednesday 17th April.

If you are on the first year of a Level 3 course, you are invited to attend this exhibition. Complete this form to Register your Interest

At the UCAS Exhibition you can:

  • chat with universities and colleges about their courses and uni life
  • speak to employers and apprenticeship providers about what an apprenticeship is like and the options available
  • speak to qualified careers advisers about your future
  • listen to talks from experts in their fields
  • hang out with UCAS experts to get dedicated support about your options

Careers Fair – Wednesday 6th March

We are holding our annual Careers Fair on Wednesday 6 March at Farnborough siteAt this fair there will be a number of stalls with local employers who will be on hand to speak to students about any careers and training opportunities they may have. Make sure you save the date! Both Farnborough and Aldershot students are invited to attend. A return coach will be organised for Aldershot students on the day. Further details will be released nearer the time.


Upcoming Events

Event: Engineering Apprenticeship Jobs Fair
Where: Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA), First Avenue, Millbrook, Southampton, SO15 0LJ
When: Wednesday 6th February 2024 (5:00 – 7:00pm)

This event is for anyone thinking of a career in engineering and is an ideal opportunity to meet and chat to local employers about some of the amazing apprenticeship opportunities available. Find out about apprenticeship vacancies for September 2024 and how to apply. Speak to current apprentices about what life is like at SETA and speak to SETA staff about your options. FREE to attend! Parking is available on a first come first serve basis.

Register your place here.


Event: PwC Females of the Future
Where: PwC, 3 Forbury Place, 23 Forbury Rd, Reading, RG1 3JH
When: Tuesday 20th February 2024 (1:30 – 5:00pm)

This is a work experience event open to all Year 11 and Year 12 female students interested in business, accounting or technology. This event will be all about female empowerment in the workplace, diversity, and inclusion along with some brilliant skills workshops to help you progress your careers after college.

Application Link


Event: KPMG Insight Evening
Where: KPMG Reading, Two Forbury Place, 33 Forbury Rd, Reading RG1 3AD
When: Thursday 22nd February 2024 (5:00 – 7:30pm)

This event is open to all Year 12 and Year 13 students! KPMG is one of the most prestigious professional services firms in the world. It is a global accounting firm which has some huge profile clients! KPMG will be hosting this event to give you opportunity to learn about the professional experience and skills you would develop if you started a career wit the global firm.

Application Link


Event: Begin Your Future 2024 Event
Where: University of Portsmouth
When: Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd February 2024
(10:00am – 2:30pm)

University of Portsmouth are holding their annual Begin Your Future event, as an opportunity for you to join them for the day, see what life is like on a vibrant city campus, tour some of their unique facilities and take part in workshops delivered by their student ambassadors and staff.

To register your interest, please click here.


Event:  UK University & Apprenticeship Search Fair
Where: University of Surrey, Surrey Sports Park, GU2 7AD
When:  Tuesday
5th March 2024 (9:30am – 2:30pm)

This event is the perfect way for you to choose which university or apprenticeship is right for you. The fair is completely free! It will provide you with the opportunity to speak to a multitude of universities. Students will also be able to talk to a variety of the UK’s best apprenticeship providers, HE colleges, specialist institutions, and student related organisations. The fair is for students of all abilities and aims to widen participation as well as cater for higher academic achievers.

See more details here.


Vacancy of the Month

Farnborough Airshow Admin/Customer Service Temps

Dates and temporary contract lengths vary from 2 – 12 weeks between May – July 2024.

Skills and experience required are excellent customer service skills, good organisational skills, and must be proactive and flexible.

Applicants must be able to commit to the full duration of the contract.

For further details and to apply for this 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:

“Gave useful websites and ideas on how to find work experience”


“Very informative and answered all my questions”

“I was easily able to book the appointment, and when I was there my questions were very clearly answered”


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