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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

MyUniChoices

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.

www.myfuturechoice.com/myunichoices/

MyCareerChoices

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.

www.myfuturechoice.com/mycareerchoices/

MyAptitude

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

www.myfuturechoice.com/myaptitude/

MyFirstChoices

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.

www.myfuturechoice.com/myfirstchoices/

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.

www.telegraph.co.uk/education-and-careers/0/uks-highest-paying-degrees-according-graduate-salary/

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.

www.themedicportal.com/application-guide/personal-statement/universities-use-medicine-personal-statement/

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'

www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/moneysavingexperts-martin-lewis-explains-doesnt-matter-student/

'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.

www.theguardian.com/education/2019/jun/07/students-tips-for-choosing-right-university-guide

Careers

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.

successatschool.org/advicedetails/1152/how-to-become-an-economist

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.

icould.com/stories/jobs-can-travel-tourism/

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.

www.parentalguidance.org.uk/about-us

More from www.myfuturechoice.com/

 
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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.

Read the full article at www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-48268267

 
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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:

www.cumbria.ac.uk/summerschool

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

Click / touch to open PDF

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 www.energus.co.uk/training/apprenticeships/cyber-security/cyberfirst

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 www.energus.co.uk/training/apprenticeships/cyber-security/cyberfirst

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

To book, go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/healthcare-and-blue-light-school-engagement-event-2019-tickets-62138827907

 
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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
Email: Chris.Gibson@inspira.org.uk

 
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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 www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry/apply-now

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 EDTplacements@etrust.org.uk

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! www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry/apply-now

 
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Wednesday April 17, 2019

IWED Local Event
When: Wednesday June 26, 2019
Where: Energus, Lillyhall

 
The Opportunity: Women in Engineering Society Centenary Year Celebration

In 2019 WES will be 100 years old, across the UK, organisations are celebrating Women in Engineering, "the present, remembering the past and changing the future", Sellafield is having an event to mark the WES Centenary Year and celebrate the successes of our women in engineering. We are also looking forward with the aim of accelerating Sellafield's transformation with respect to Equality Inclusion and diversity such that we become the company we strive to be where talent is recognised and high performance made visible and is celebrated regardless of gender.

 
Strategic Aims

To recognise and celebrate the high performance and talent of our female engineers and promote the visibility of our women and what they have already achieved over the past 40 years at Sellafield.

To support transformation of Sellafield Ltd as we move forward with respect to equality, diversity and Inclusion. To put Sellafield Ltd in the national spot light as an organisation striving to go beyond the 9% of women in engineering roles.

 
Objectives

  • To celebrate the many achievements of our women in engineering
  • To influence and challenge barriers, hence optimising individuals' potential and providing greater opportunities for diversity within our organisation
  • To provide inspiration to our younger female engineering community
  • To provide information services on engineering institutions and other services from within SL (eg family network)
  • To encourage our community to become Chartered Professionals
  • To promote networking between our female engineering community
  • To encourage our male peers to be active in inclusion and gender diversity issues

 
Key Messages

We have come a long way at Sellafield, increasing our numbers of diverse gender to start their careers in Engineering and Technical careers, with numerous individuals being recognised nationally for their achievements

We need to work hard together, all leaders, all genders, and all communities to support our engineers regardless of gender to maintain and grow their careers at Sellafield giving equal reward to both the enterprise and individual

 
Next Steps

  • To make visible the community of engineers (all genders) to enable those in early careers the opportunity to ask, learn and grow from others' experience, use of Mysites as a networking system akin to Linkedin
  • Collaborate with our leaders to ensure the voices of all genders are heard
  • Promises made today by individuals to be taken forward and actioned to make the change start to happen

 
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Thursday April 4, 2019

MBBS Scholarships

The University of Central Lancashire, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust are offering 2 scholarships for the MBBS (Bachelor Medicine Bachelor Surgery) for UK students from the North West of England.

The scholarship offered jointly by UCLan and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is known as the Mackenzie Scholarship, while the scholarship offered jointly by UCLan North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, is known as the Dr Kate Granger Scholarship.

The scholarship will cover all tuition fees for the duration of the 5 year programme and clinical placement costs in the respective Trusts, plus a bursary for subsistence which will be equal to the maximum amount of subsistence allowance that the Student would be entitled to if they were to borrow from the Student Loans Company. The latter will be means tested as part of the UCLan's MBBS UK Scholarship application process.

Scholarship students will be taught alongside the MBBS cohort throughout the 5 year programme, commencing at the Preston campus.

Through these scholarships, the University and Trusts aim:

  • To support local, disadvantaged students in their application to medicine.
  • To support those whose circumstances mean they are unlikely to study medicine despite being academically capable.
  • To attract local doctors to NHS employment in the region.

ELIGIBILITY Dr Kate Granger scholarship: be resident in Copeland or Allerdale. If no successful applicant from Copeland or Allerdale is eligible then students from the wider Cumbria region will be considered

See more at www.uclan.ac.uk/study_here/fees_and_finance/bursaries-scholarships/medicine-scholarships.php

 
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Thursday March 7, 2019

"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with great mentor"
Japanese proverb

Inspira currently support employer mentors to work with 90 students across 6 schools in Carlisle and West Cumbria.

These volunteers work with pre-GCSE students exploring their study techniques, employability, careers options and anything else that comes up in conversation!

We have a small window of opportunity to help c20 more students. Could you, or someone you know, spare just one hour per month to mentor a student in school time?

This short programme runs between March and July. Places available for immediate start (subject to Enhanced DBS check and induction).

For more information go to www.inspira.org.uk/employer-mentoring

 
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Monday March 4, 2019

NCW has happened every year since 2011 and this year it is being held between the 4th to the 9th March 2019

#NCW2019 is the official hashtag for the week and it's a celebration of brilliant careers ideas, resources and experiences developed by educators all over the UK.

National Careers Week CIC is a non-profit organisation that is set up to promote, develop and share ideas and resources - FOR FREE - for educators to use. So how can you get involved?

1. A full suite of materials, games, tasks, tools and resources can be downloaded from the website at www.nationalcareersweek.com - where you can sign up for the newsletter.

2. Use the website to find out who your local NCW Ambassadors are and how to get in touch with them.

3. Down the full graphics pick and use them on your school website, twitter pages and other social media.

4. Print off the resources (Primary, Secondary and SEND school resources are available) and use them to start conversations.

5. Go to the pop-up site for 2019 and download everything super quick www.ncw2019.co.uk

6. Use the assembly templates to launch #NCW2019 in your school.

7. Share your great ideas and activities on Twitter / Instagram using the @CareersWeek tag and the #NCW2019 hashtag.

8. Check out the Case Studies on the website - they all won awards as exemplars of best practice.

9. Enter the #NCW2019 Competitions - there's one for Primary / SEND and Secondary.

10. Start great conversations with parents and local businesses about what work they do and why!

If you would like us to organise anything for your school as part of Primary Business Partnership please do get in touch with me ...

 
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Thursday February 21, 2019

Energus are excited to announce our 2019 Cyber Skills Open Evening

There will be an opportunity to learn more about the Cyber Skills Pipeline across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group and the Nuclear Supply Chain, including talks from the NDA, Energus and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit and a chance to learn more about the NCSC's Cyber First programme.

To book your place, please email cyber@energus.co.uk

 
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Monday February 4, 2019

 
National Nuclear Laboratory Year 12 Work Experience

The National Nuclear Laboratory Year 12 work experience is now available to apply for.

The placements will take place on the following dates:

  • 22nd to 26th July: Cumbria week 1
  • 29th July to 2nd August: Cumbria week 2

If you know someone who is interested in applying for a place, please go to NNL .

Important! The deadline for applications is 14th February 2019. Applications received after this date will not be accepted.

 
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Thursday January 10, 2019

 
Explorations in clinical vascular optics — shedding light on the opportunity.

Contact name: Sellafield.IET@sellafieldsites.com
Register at: localevents.theiet.org/671043

 
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