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This page is updated with any relevant career related opportunities, news and events that may be of interest.  We are keen to pass on details of these to our students as we are made aware of them and make every effort to ensure that the information comes from a reputable source, however the decision to pursue any of these opportunities and the responsibility for checking that they have appropriate health and safety checks and safeguarding in place rests with parents and carers. 

SACS Careers Bulletin Edition 1 (September 2023) 

SACS Careers Bulletin Edition 2 (November 2023)

SACS Careers Bulletin Edition 3 (January 2024)

SACS  National Apprenticeship Week Special Edition Bulletin (February 2024)

SACS Careers Bulletin Edition 4 for National Careers Week (March 2024)

SACS Careers Bulletin Edition 5 (April 2024)

SACS Careers Bulletin Edition 6 (June 2024)

CCCU Revolutionary Visuals Lecture

Wednesday 8th May 2024 4-5pm

An interactive lecture and Q&A with Will Hill and Tom Sharkey looking at how design choices affect how we communicate our politics, and how our politics affects how we make design choices.

Students will experience an interactive lecture led by academics that provides them with a taste of university study and inspires their questions or further interest in studying the discipline beyond sixth form.

On campus groups are currently limited to 30 per school. Students do not need to be studying the subject at level 3 to participate, just a keen interest in the topic!

If this is something you would be interested in accessing for your students, please complete the booking form here.

BA 2024 Exhibition

CCCU's 2024 BA Exhibition celebrates the achievements and talents of students from a range of courses in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education opens to the public on 28th May.

 

Over three floors you can immerse yourselves in an abundance of creativity, across a wide range of media featuring work to inspire and amaze, engage and move you. You will discover designers, makers, communicators and influencers who represent the future of the creative industries.

 

Opening Times: 10am – 3pm

Opening Dates: Monday 28th – Friday 31st May and Monday 3rd – Friday 7th June 2024

Location: Daphne Oram Creative Arts Building, CCCU (Canterbury Campus)

Booking: No booking required

 

This is a great free event for families, groups of students and anyone wanting to explore the creative industries. Last year we had 137 exhibitors showcasing 529 different artworks (from films, podcasts and AR images to posters, interactive games, clothing and photographs).

A Better Friend, A Better Cheater or a Better Tutor? Generative AI and the Law

Don't miss the last Pioneers Lecture of the year!

 

Join Dr Jaspal Kaur Sadhu Singh, Senior Lecturer in Law and expert in AI Law as he shares his expertise in an innovative lecture: A better friend, a better cheater or a better tutor? Generative AI and the Law.

 

Ideal for post-16 students, this interactive session will explore how developments in generative AI interact interconnect with legal and ethical questions. Students will be encouraged to think critically about legal and ethical risks of the technology (and it's use in education) and why AI poses some unique challenges that are not seen with other technologies.

Does the information, and analysis produced by an algorithm appear more authoritative and convincing?

Date: Tuesday 18th June 2024
Time: 3pm - 4:15pm
Location: Online (MS Teams) or at Canterbury Campus (CCCU)

Click here to book.

CCCU Healthcare courses and Careers session

Join this 'open to all' virtual session on Wednesday 15 May, 6:30pm - 7:45pm where guests can discover more about healthcare professions and their career pathways. This event might be good to share with your students, parents, carers, local community or friends that are interested in a career (or career change) in healthcare!

At this virtual event, in conjunction with the NHS and local universities, they will find out more about healthcare professions which enable them to make a difference to people's lives. They will learn about career pathways for a wide range of nursing, science and allied health professions, and:

  • hear from healthcare professionals about their role and career pathways
  • gain a better understanding of the entry routes to healthcare professions.
  • learn about healthcare courses from universities in Kent and Medway.

The interactive session will provide careers information and advice giving anyone interested the knowledge they need to take the next step towards a career in healthcare.

Click here to book.

NHS 12 month Paid Finance Insights Placement

We have a very exciting career opportunity for young people in Year 13 (or equivalent), from low-income families to take part in a PAID 12-month NHS Finance Insights Placement Scheme within the finance department of any of the following NHS organisations:

  • East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (Canterbury based)
  • Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Leatherhead based)
  • University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (Royal Sussex County Hospital, BN2 5BE based)
  • NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit (South East based/flexible)

Placements commence September 2024. Applications are invited by 24th May 2024.

Interested applicants must meet the following criteria: 
👍 Attending state school or college, minimum Grade 4 in GCSE Maths is desirable but not essential, and 
👍 Not planning on attending university, and 
👍 The occupation of your main household earner is categorised as a lower socio-economic background*, or 
👍 Have been eligible for free school meals.

Click here to see the brochure.

Click here for the application form.

If you have any questions or queries email southeast.academy@nhs.net

Kent Choices Apprenticeship Webinar

Kent Choices recently held a webinar for parents and carers across Kent looking at apprenticeships, what they are, how they work and how you can support young people in looking and applying for them. Click here for the video.

Exam Stress Podcast

Dr Maryhan Baker presents a podcast on exam stress.

Whether they are struggling with motivation or feeling overwhelmed with stress, understanding some basic principles can make a huge difference.

👉🏽Here are the highlights:

(01:40) Revision should be a time our children refresh knowledge
(03:00) Our role as parents
(4:00) Practical support
(10:00) Reasons your child may lack motivation
(19:20) Self-care, especially for highly driven children

Listen 🎧in for my strategies to support your child here.

Get Into Medicine Conference

Medic Mentor want to help support aspiring medics with information about different careers paths, help with applications to medical courses and more. As such they have two virtual conferences coming up for students to attend:

Sunday 12th May 2024 0930-1530

Sunday 19th May 2024 0930-1530

For more information and the register click here.

Attending these conferences provides students with valuable insights and strategies for tackling the UCAT, as well as giving them an opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals who share their passion for medicine and/or dentistry. The sessions will cover:

  • UCAT and UCATSEN overview and resources
  • Tactically choosing universities
  • Medical and Dental school interview skills
  • Medical and Dental Awards and Leadership Programmes
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Work experience
  • Building a medical/dental CV
  • Applying for scholarships to study medicine or dentistry

Students will not only leave with enhanced test-taking abilities but also invaluable connections and resources to support their dream of a career in healthcare. 

If you have any questions or queries you can email education@medicmentorfamily.org or call 01530 417299.

St. Anselm's Careers Exhibition Fair

Last Wednesday saw the St. Anselm's Biennial Careers Fair take over the Sports Hall. We had over 50 employers, colleges and universities talking to students about future education, training and career paths. All the employers  commented that the students of St. Anselm's were polite, well presented and asked good questions. Here is a sample of organisations that were represented at the Fair:

  

   

   

  

 

Deloitte Apprenticeship

Students can start their professional career with a global business and bypass university. On Deloittes Audit and Assurance programme, they'll get paid to learn and progress, gain real-world experience and make a unique impact from day one.

It’s a rewarding leap into the world of professional services that lets them earn while they learn. They can even gain degree-level and professional qualifications.

Deloitte have nationwide opportunities across their entire business. 

Click here for more information.

National Careers Week

University of Kent Year 10 Summer School

Tuesday 30th July 2024 - Thursday 1st August 2024

The summer school provides the opportunity for students in Year 10 to consolidate their learning and experiences with higher education and the University of Kent, by participating in a residential programme designed to raise aspirations and encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds to consider progression to higher education.

The Summer School is free for students to attend. 

The residential programme will be based on the theme of ‘Breaking Barriers’ and will include academic sessions, in addition to sports activities, society taster sessions and a formal dinner and social evening.

Click here for more information and to apply. 

Careers in Quantum Technologies

Join The STEM Hub for a special assembly on careers in quantum technologies.

In this free 30 minute assembly you can find out more about a variety of career opportunities available in quantum measurement and how exciting developments will affect your world.

You will hear from three researchers from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) part funded by the UK’s Quantum Technologies Programme, about their career journeys in quantum science, the fascinating research they’re undertaking, and the exciting applications of it, before having the opportunity to ask them questions via a Q&A.

We hope you can join us for this event.

To book your place please visit: https://thestemhub.org.uk/events/more-information/careers-in-quantum-technologies-measurement-by-npl

Pfizer Apprenticeship Programme

Pfizer Apprenticeship Program 

Pfizer is proud to support the National Apprenticeship Programme.

Having an apprenticeship at Pfizer means doing work that helps millions of people across the world benefit from life-changing treatment. It means working for a company that believes in equity, excellence and protecting your work-life balance. And it means working with colleagues who take your ideas seriously and support your learning and development. 
If you want an apprenticeship that matters, you’ll find it at Pfizer.

 

Why we think apprenticeships are so important 

You’re the future. Your ambition, talents, ideas and unique way of looking at the world will help us drive innovation in every part of our business. 
We need people with a hugely diverse range of talents.

Our apprenticeship scheme, run in partnership with Cogent Skills, offers the best of both worlds. You’ll work with world-leaders in your field, from researchers to business gurus. You’ll study towards a nationally recognised academic or professional qualification. And, you’ll be earning a highly competitive salary.

 Click here for more information.

Work Experience for 6th Form with Concorde International

Concorde International, based in Canterbury, are currently recruiting students in years 12 and 13 for the summer work experience programme. Concorde welcomes students from around the world who come to the UK to improve their English skills and experience British culture first hand. This would be ideal for students currently studying languages or who are interested in a career in the travel or education sectors. For more information email info@concorde-int.com.

NHS Finance Insights Placement Scheme

The NHS Finance Insights placement scheme offers paid work experience in NHS organisations throughout England to individuals aged 18 and above, who do not plan to attend university and come from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The scheme aims to attract diverse talent from local communities served by the NHS into the finance sector. It provides a 12-month experience in an entry-level (band 2) finance role, allowing candidates to develop new skills and gain on-the-job work experience. Upon completion of the placement, each candidate should feel well-prepared to apply for NHS opportunities, including apprenticeships or other entry-level roles, and be confident in transitioning to professional working environments.

Click here for more information.

Time + Space Award

The National Trust has just launched the Time + Space Award, offering 16 - 25 year olds the chance of time, space, support and inspiration to unlock their ideas at Sir Isaac Newton’s home in Lincolnshire, where he discovered gravity and the famous apple tree still stands in the garden. 
 
Each award will be up to the equivalent value of £5000, which will be a bespoke package of mentoring, time with experts and extra support and expenses to help winners realise their big idea. These experts include Professor David Olusoga, British space scientist Dame Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, zoologist, wildlife TV presenter and science communicator Megan McCubbin and TV presenter, social & environmental activist Tayshan Hayden-Smith.
 
Closing date for applications is 30th April 2024.

Click here for more information.

UK Creative Arts Festival and Careers Fair

Insight into PwC and Professional Services

PwC are running their Virtual Insight Programme 29th-31st July 2024 providing opportunities to gain lots of valuable skills and explore careers interests and options with PwC. You can experience different business areas such as Auditing, Consulting, Tax, Technology and Operate as well as take part in a variety of skills session to build your personal and professional skills. Click here for more information.

Year 11 Taster Day 2024

Tuesday 23rd January 2024 saw Year 11 experience life as a 6th former for the day at St. Anselm's. Students came dressed as a 6th former with access to the 6th form block and all it's benefits. Some students experienced A Level Taster Lessons in subjects they were considering taking in 6th form either at St. Anselm's or elsewhere and had an assembly about life in St. Anselm's 6th form. Others had workshops with ASK Apprenticeships about the benefits of apprenticeships, where to look and how to apply. There were also workshops with out external Careers Adviser about how to complete applications on Kent Choices, with The Education People for those students needing more intensive support around planning their next step and an online workshop from Canterbury Christ Church University on Learning Effectively. In the afternoon a select group of students were taken to EKC Canterbury College to learn about the difference between studying at College compared to school and then had a tour of the facilities at College.

 

NHS Volunteer to Career (for those aged 17 years +)

 

Speakers for Schools: National Boots Campaign

Click here for details of the National Boots Camp - going behind the scenes at Boots to learn about the world of healthcare, beauty and retail.

St. John's Ambulance The Cadet Programme

Ever thought about a career in the NHS or Healthcare sector? Want to get a head start or see if it is the right career for you? Why not join the NHS Cadets Programme:

Click here for the NHS Cadets Advanced Programme (16-18) - Dover Kent

Click here for the NHS Cadets Foundation Programme (14-16) Ashford Kent

Click here to see the latest vacancies for apprenticeships following year 11 and year 13 both nationwide but you can also search for vacancies at their Rochester site.

 CareersSense from

Only 34% of young people in education think they understand the skills employers are looking for and with support from Career Sense we believe we can help change that.

CareerSense offers Free programmes and tools to help make the 'education to career transition' as easy as possible, supporting students in unlocking their full potential. Click here to access the website.

The Next Step Magazine

UKC Succeed Programme

Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools are a UK-wide youth charity on a mission to help young people find their feet and get the best possible start in life. They have lots of talks from different professionals on how to get into their line of work, work experience opportunities and talks on lots of different subjects.

 

Click here to see past and upcoming talks.

 

If joining a live talk please join 10 minutes before the broadcast starts and you can join without needing an account.  It is completely free. 

Archive

Amey (February 2024)

Coding Apprenticeship (January 2024)

Medic Mentor (January 2024)

Degree Apprenticeships in Business

Careermag

Healthcare Careers

Careers in Construction

Future Learn

PwC

Canterbury Christ Church University Application Support

Accountancy, Banking & Finance Careers

Central Film School

UKC BA Architecture

Dentistry Work Experience

Royal Opera House Apprenticeships

RAF World (Nov. 2023)

Gatwick Airport Careers (Nov. 2023)

Green Careers Week 2023

Gallagher Group - Careers Open Day (July 2023)

Medicine and Dentistry Conferences (April 2023)

NHS Allied Healthcare Work Experience (April 2023)

Pfizer Work Experience (April 2023)

Construction and Engineering Work Experience Day (April 2023)

Business & Accounting Virtual Event (March 2023)

HSBC UK Work Experience Programme 2023

Year 11 Taster Day (January 2023)