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Wednesday August 7, 2019

Great news from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership about creation of a shadow board. Info in PDF and link attached to view on LEP website:

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Monday June 24, 2019

Here is information on a Creative Careers Event with Hello Future on Weds 10th at Energus. This provides a great opportunity for students to meet professionals working in the creative sector.
There are workshops & taster sessions - ideal for students who want to find out more about careers in arts and culture!
Ideal for some of our DreamPlacement alumni to explore options.

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Friday June 21, 2019

The Latest from My Future Choice News


Our popular, affordable Higher Education programme is a dynamic tool which supports sixth form students all the way from deciding on a course which interests them, to writing that all-important personal statement.


MyCareerChoices is our guidance programme for students in Year 10 and 11. It analyses individual student response to 300 questions and produces an Interest Profile based on over 40 broad career areas.


MyAptitude is a psychometrically based aptitude test which gives students valuable insights into the work and careers best suited to their skills and interests.


MyFirstChoices is a careers introduction programme for Year 8 and 9 designed to inspire students into thinking and learning about the many careers out there that may interest them.

Higher Education

Britain's Highest Paying Degrees, According to Graduate Salary.

You may well be thinking of Oxbridge excellence in Law or Economics, but some of the highest paying jobs actually come from lesser known institutions.

How Universities use your Medicine Personal Statement

Many potential medics may well be working on their personal statements already. Find out how universities will use them in the admissions process.

Why it Doesn't Matter if Your Student Loan is £30,000 or £3million

Students and their parents have obsessed over the size of university loans for years, but Moneysavingexpert founder Martin Lewis explains that for most people, the amount you borrow 'is a complete irrelevance'

'Don't Focus on Prestige': Students' Tips for Choosing the Right University

11 current students talk about what they wish they had known when choosing a university.


How to Become an Economist

If your students have a knack for breaking down complex information and thinking critically, a career as an economist may well be for them.

What Jobs Can I do in Travel and Tourism?

Travel and Tourism jobs cover a wide spectrum. Peter Jenkins, Managing Director of Sun-Hat Villas and Resorts explains what he has learned during 35 years in the industry.

Careers Website for Parents

Parental Guidance is a web site designed to provide support and careers information to parents and carers, many of whom feel at a loss about the best way to advise the young people in their care.

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Wednesday June 19, 2019

Specsavers Whitehaven are pleased to offer work experience placements to students during both Year 10 and Year 12.

We are fully insured to offer this opportunity and advise that students will be shadowing experienced members of staff.

Specsavers offer a vast number of career opportunities from retail and customer service to laboratory technicians, optometrists and management.

During their placement, students will learn all about our working day such as making appointments, performing spectacle repairs, assisting to pre-test patients in preparation for their sight test, sitting in on sight tests, aiding patients choose glasses, learning how spectacles are glazed and finally providing patients with their new products. We also perform hearing checks and contact lens tutorials.

Our line of work can offer students an insight into the world of optics and also be educational.

For further information, please contact Beth Hully on 01946 598 190.

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Tuesday June 4, 2019

Careers lessons push up GCSE grades

By Sean Coughlan BBC News family and education correspondent

Teenagers taught about the world of work are more motivated to get higher GCSE results, say researchers.

A careers charity study found pupils who heard directly from employers about the realities of getting a job went on to get better grades.

It also seemed to provide the incentive for increased revision.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds says it shows the value of telling students how subjects taught in school are "relevant in later life".

The research, on behalf of the Education and Employers charity, examined the progress of a group of about 650 secondary school pupils in England in the year before their GCSEs - with some given careers talks and meetings with employers.

'Authentic' influence

Those pupils who had careers sessions with employers, and had seen the direct implications of their exams, were slightly more likely to exceed predicted GCSE grades, says the study.

Low achievers were particularly likely to be motivated, with a 9% increase in their revision hours.

Employers and people with first-hand experience of different industries appeared to provide more "authentic" influences on young people, say researchers.

"Those who were initially more sceptical of the value of the education reported a greater increase in motivation to study harder," says the charity's head of research, Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel.

The study says that many independent schools have recognised the advantages of "extensive links" with employers.

But it argues that state schools should make better use of careers advice.
'Tangible role models'

"Connecting with employers in this way is invaluable for us," says Jan Shapiro, head teacher of Addey and Stanhope, a state secondary school in south London.

"It gives our students tangible role models," she said.

Geoff Barton, leader of the ASCL head teachers' union, said: "Careers talks are a great way of showing young people how their learning in the classroom links to the world of work".

"School leaders absolutely see the impact of exposure to the world of work and careers ideas on children's enthusiasm for learning, focus, and attainment," said Paul Whiteman, leader of the National Association of Head Teachers.

"A key finding of this new research is that the low achievers and less engaged learners have the most to gain in improving their academic attainment," said Nick Chambers, chief executive of Education and Employers.

Mr Hinds said: "A chance to experience the world of work first hand can play a huge part in helping young people develop the skills and personal qualities they need for workplaces.

"This report underlines the value of good careers education which builds confidence, broadens horizons and fuels ambition. Good careers education must be available to as many young people as possible," he said.

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Monday June 3, 2019

Academic Masterclasses from University of Cumbria

We are continuing our Academic Masterclass programme as it has been a great success with students attending from all across Cumbria and further afield. Masterclasses give A-Level and Level 3 students the opportunity to explore academic subjects of interest which we offer here at the University.

Students that take part and then go on to apply to our courses will be awarded 16 UCAS tariff points! Coming up we have some exciting topics such as:

  • The Psychology of Gender and Sexuality
  • Group Leading with Children, Young People and Families
  • Growing up neglected: Using Harry Potter to explore the impacts of child neglect & abuse
  • Mud Monsters: A playful approach to working with children and families

If you would like more information on any of these Masterclasses or the programme in general please do get in touch.

Summer Schools

This year we will be hosting three Summer Schools across three of our campuses:

  • Carlisle Y10 & 11 - Tuesday 9th - Thursday 11th July 2019
  • Lancaster Y12 & 13 - Tuesday 9th - Friday 12th July 2019
  • Ambleside Y12 & 13 - Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th July 2019

These residentials are completely free for students to take part in and will equip them with a better understanding of what it would be like studying at University of Cumbria and a better understanding of Higher Education as a whole! The web link for them to find out more about the different subject pathways on offer and apply is:

You can also download the University of Cumbria School and College Booklet here...

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Above: University of Cumbria School and College Booklet

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Monday June 3, 2019

Cyber First Courses

Free STEM courses for students aged 13-17 sponsored by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) which is part of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Cyber First are 5 day non-residential courses in Cyber Security aimed at 13-17 year olds and there are 3 levels: Defenders ages 13+, Futures 14+ and Advanced 16-17. The courses are aimed at generating an interest in Cyber Security, whether as a future career or to supplement another career option e.g. online businesses, Public Relations, Engineering etc... where an increased reliance on the Internet may be putting businesses at risk from Cyber threats. Details of the courses can be found on our website

Although the Cyber First Futures and Advanced courses are better suited to students studying computer science and science subjects (or those that have attended the Defenders' course) the Defenders course is specifically designed so that anyone can attend.

  • Cyber Defenders 12-16 August 2019
  • Cyber Futures 19-23 August 2019
  • Cyber Advanced 26-30 August 2019

Energus also runs Level 4 and Level 6 Apprenticeships in Cyber Security and we are looking to develop a Level 3 AQA Technical Certificate in IT Cyber Security all as part of developing a Cyber Security career pathway.

Find out more at

And download the Cyber Leaflet here...

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Above: Cyber Leaflet

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Saturday May 25, 2019

Healthcare and Blue Light Event

September 12, 2019, 10:30 - 16:30

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Tuesday May 21, 2019

Are you interested in working in the gym / leisure industry? This Leisure Package starts on 28th May 2019. Limited places available.

During the 5 weeks learners have the possibility of completing 8 qualifications:-

  • Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
  • Good Nutrition
  • Understanding Nutrition, Performance and Healthy Eating
  • Safeguarding
  • First Aid for Mental Health
  • Health and Safety
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Employability Skills and Personal Development (including budgeting)

Along with the work experience and options to go on to achieve L2 gym instructors / circuit instructors and studio cycling instructors this is a great package for anyone wanting to gain employment.

If you are interested, please let me know ASAP to enable us to ensure all the funding is in place prior to commencement on 28th May 2019.

Please don't hesitate to ring anytime if you require any further information.

Chris Gibson​
Deputy Area Operations Manager, Inspira

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Wednesday May 15, 2019

EDT's Year in Industry (YINI) Scheme

Applications are open for the placement year 2019/20. In order to be considered for a placement, you will need to register with YINI, please follow the instructions below:

1. Fill in our on-line form at

2. Select your preferred region

3. Once you have submitted your on-line form, our Placements Applications team will email you to ask you to provide your Right to Work documentation and a CV in the YINI format within 1 week

4. You will then be invited to arrange a YINI telephone interview to discuss what kind of placement you are looking for

5. We will send your details out to companies that match your criteria and arrange company interviews for you

6. If successful, you will be offered a placement with the company which will start in the summer / autumn.

We look forward to receiving your application!

We will share your CV with companies for potential placements that match your requirements. You can withdraw from the scheme at any time by emailing

Your contact details will only be shared with a company and with your YINI Mentor once you have had a verbal offer of employment and verbally accepted. This is to enable the company to send you the formal offer letter and contract and for your mentor to contact you and provide support during your placement. In any other instance your specific permission will be requested.

We will hold your records for 6 years, providing you with a continued option to 'opt out' of further contact. After 6 years you will be asked to 'opt in' for further contact.

Apply Now!

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