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Careers Bulletin 19 January 2024

Upcoming Events this Term


  • 220124 – Y12 & Y13 Healthy Market Place – 6F Café at lunchtime
  • 220124 – Y11 Virtual  Apprenticeship Assembly
  • 240124 – Y8 Faraday Challenge – Main Hall
  • 250124 – Alumni Scott Morgan talks to 12JBY about Careers in Finance
  • 260124 – Alumni Ollie East talks to Y12 & Y13 students who are interested in Football as a Career – 6F library at Pm Reg
  • 290124 & 300124 – Y12 First Aid Certificated Training Course in A19
  • 300224 – Y11 Motivational Talk by Dave Kitson ( Reading Football Legend) Main Hall

General Information


Berkshire Opportunities : Opportunities to share     


RSSL – Information Evening Y13

8th February, with 2 slots – either 5.30-6.30pm or 6.30-7.30pm

I wanted to share an exciting opportunity coming up at RSSL. We are pleased to be hosting an Apprentice Open Evening during National Apprentice Week 2024, for prospective students and their parents. There will be a quick introduction presentation from myself about the company, how apprenticeships work and the kind of work they’d be doing, as well as the chance to have a look around a couple of our labs and meet some of our current apprentices. This will be on the evening of 8th February, with 2 slots – either 5.30-6.30pm or 6.30-7.30pm.

Unfortunately, due to limited space we will have to cap the number of people able to attend, so would appreciate if it could be shared with specifically those in Year 13, and studying e.g. Chemistry A-Level, BTEC Applied Science/Forensic Science etc…


Please find below the sign-up link which I would be very grateful if you’re able to share with students/parents, and of course any questions do please let me know.


EY Open Evenings for Parents and Students

EY are hosting a number of open office events over the coming weeks for students and their parents and carers in your location.  This is a great opportunity to visit a local office, meet apprentices and find out more about the career pathways on offer. Each session runs from 6pm in the evening.

Please share the poster below with your students and via any parental newsletters or school website. Registration can be completed by scanning the QR code or via this link


Cyber Specialist Development Programme with MI5!

Technology is at the heart of everything we do at MI5, enabling us to disrupt the serious threats to UK national security. On our Cyber Specialist Development Programme, you’ll develop a unique set of technical skills, undertake several placements in specialist teams, and study the technical background to cyber security.

You don’t need to have any technical knowledge, but you will need an interest in technology and an aptitude for problem solving. If you have, or expect to obtain, the equivalent of three A Levels t grades B, B, and C or higher, find out more and apply now


Start Your Career in Real Estate with CBRE!

CBRE, the largest commercial real estate company in the world is offering your child the opportunity to earn a competitive salary, gain a fully-funded degree, and shape the future of global real estate.

Come along to our webinar where you will hear directly from the recruitment team who will break down the apprenticeship roles, and provide tips on how you can support your child in ensuring they make a successful application!

When: 23 Jan 2024

Time: 6:30-7:15pm


Apprenticeship Opportunities in Digital with Google

Are your students considering a career in tech? Join us as we chat to the recruitment team at Google and current apprentices who will go into their journey, and what you can expect as you shape the future of AI and technology!

On: 30th January 2024 at: 6.30 - 7.30pm


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Opening Monday 5th of February 2024 - Level 4 Junior Management Consultant, DevOps and Test


Opening Thursday 8th of February 2024 (open for one day only) – Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Degree


Creative Careers - Online industry insight: Focus on visual effects (VFX)

Wednesday 31st January, 10 - 10.45am

We're thrilled to be working with our partners at Framestore for this live industry insight event, famous for bringing characters from films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Paddington and Avengers to life.

Visual effects (VFX) is the art of combining computer-generated imagery (CG) with live-action pictures. Think of the dinosaurs in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom or the final battle in Avengers: Infinity War. If a scene in a film can’t be captured on camera, it’s made through the ingenuity of VFX.

There are lots of different types of roles in this thriving sector, from artists, programmers, producers, managers and many more - it's home to a full spectrum of skill sets, from art to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). Many roles also require both set of skills.

During the session, your students will hear from members of the Framestore team who have worked on Loki Season 2 . They will share more about their specific roles and their involvement in the series and also discuss their own career paths before offering some tips and advice for young people wanting to enter the industry.


Focus on architecture with RIBA

Wednesday 28th February 10am – 10.45am

Are your learners creative problem solvers who love to build and create? Delivered in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects, this online event will introduce the many hidden jobs that exist in the sector.

Find out more and register here:


Focus on film and television with ScreenSkills

Friday 22nd March 10am – 10.45am

Movies and television programmes are big business! But what does it take to get a film or TV programme from idea to screen? Production companies need a range of skills from carpenters, accountants, lawyers and much more.

Find out more and register here:

Follow us on Twitter @creativecareer5 and LinkedIn for the latest news, events and opportunities.

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National Apprenticeship Week - 5-11 February 2024

This year, National Apprenticeship Week is 5 to 11 of February 2024.

Wednesday’s theme is Apprentice Wednesday, so join for a chat hosted by Success at Schools with three apprentices who have overcome different barriers to share their personal journeys to land apprenticeships in Technology, Investment Banking and Law.


All About School Leavers: All About Apprenticeships

5 February 2024

What matters is different to everyone. Right now, you're exploring options for what direction to take as you start your career. There are a sea of opportunities, deciding what's most important to you can feel really daunting. But you don’t need to have it all figured out just yet. All about schools may be able to help you make the right choices, for you.

Read more here:


Discover your career potential through sports!

Do you love playing sports? In this NEW series of the Find Your Force podcast we discover what career routes you can take if you have a love for sports including: Football, Rugby, Swimming, Gaming and more ⚽️🏈🏊🎮,1LHS7,127B1P,7HJZV,1


Unifrog Apprenticeship Fair 2024 - Wednesday 7th February.

Encourage your students to join our virtual fair to learn all about the world of apprenticeships! Students can explore the latest apprenticeship opportunities, attend live sessions with top employers including KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group and Unilever, and network one-on-one to get top tips on how to find and apply for their dream apprenticeship. Please share this link with your students to sign up, it is such a great event!


Work Experience


In Person Engineering Work Experience at Reading Town Hall with AWE

On Tuesday 6th February 2024, between 5pm - 8pm

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at some of the UK Governments most highly secured agencies?

We are so excited to announce our first in-person work experience event with one of the highest profiles / top secret defence agencies in the United Kingdom, Atomic Weapons Establishment, AWE!


AWE are a high security organisation that are part of the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence. The Ministry of Defence protect people, territories, values, and interests at home and overseas.  Through their strong-armed forces and in partnership with allies, AWE help ensure the nation’s security, support our national interests, and safeguard the UK’s prosperity. Working for the government / civil service is a highly rewarding career which is why they are ranked among one of the best sectors for school laver to work in.


AWE are working on some of the most top-secret missions, building nuclear warheads that sit on submarines and war ships all helping to keep the country safe using some of the best technology and systems in the world. And what’s more incredible is that you as a school lever can join them straight from school on one of their student programmes.


On Tuesday 6th February 2024, between 5pm - 8pm at Reading Town Hall, we will be hosting an in-person Get into Engineering with AWE event, an incredible experience for any student looking to get into engineering! This will allow you to learn a lot more about the organisation as well as the defence industry, and you will have the opportunity to take part in a hands-on top-secret workshop. AWE are also launching some brand new apprenticeships, so if you have an interest in working for the government and would like a future career in this sector then this will be ideal for you.


Places are strictly limited due to the capacity of the venue, so if you’d like to apply please do so ASAP through the application link below.

Application Link:


Sutton Trust  - New Access Apprenticeships programme?

High-quality apprenticeships not only offer young people the opportunity to earn while they learn but also ensure they gain valuable skills and get a foot on the career ladder.


Over a year, we will be offering students the opportunity to learn more about one of three different apprenticeship sectors: Banking and Finance (London based), Engineering (Birmingham based), and Law (London based). They will need to live within commutable distance of the programme they are applying for.


At the end of the programme, students will walk away with:

  • A work experience placement at one of our partner organisation.
  • An in depth understanding of apprenticeships and whether it could be the right route for them.
  • Networking opportunities for future career opportunities.
  • Access to our online portal STO for ongoing application support and career advice.
  • A personal application mentor, including learning where to find current apprenticeships and understanding different application processes.


All costs including travel, food and activities are covered by the Trust and our partners which means it is completely free of charge for students to attend.


How can they apply?

To apply for either programme, they should:


  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non-fee-paying school/college
  • Currently be in Year 12
  • We prioritise students based on a range of social mobility criteria including eligibility for free school meals, and the context of their school and neighbourhood


Both programme applications close on March 7th at midday. We are unable to accept any late submissions so please do encourage your students to apply soon!


InvestIN Work Experience Programmes

InvestIN is a London based organisation that provides students aged 12-18 with an immersive

experience of their dream career, offering programmes in London, Manchester and Dubai.  They

have programmes in Medicine, Investment Banking, Entrepreneurship and Fashion to name a few.

Read more:


Aspire: Virtual Dentistry Work Experience

27 January 2024

A unique 2 ay session to provide an increased insight into Dentistry as a career! All participants

will get a certificate of participation.


Medical & Dental Work Experience

I hope you're doing well. We understand how challenging it can be for students to secure meaningful work experience in the fields of dentistry and medicine. That's why attending a Get Into Medicine or Get Into Dentistry conference is crucial, as it provides INSTANT access to our Virtual Work Experience programmes.

Virtual work experiences have been accepted by the Medical Schools and Dental Schools Council as valuable alternatives to traditional, in-person shadowing, and this month we're diving into the fascinating world of Emergency Medicine and Dental Hygiene, Dentures & Difficult Decisions.

Students can find out more here:

Participating in this virtual work experience not only opens doors for students to gain insights and opportunities that may otherwise be hard to access but also serves as a crucial step in preparing them for their upcoming physical placements. Partnering with Birmingham Universities Hospitals Trust, our Virtual Work Experience has been a game-changer for thousands of secondary school students in the past year.

Combined with the essential knowledge on how to get into medicine or dentistry and valuable advice from doctors and dentists shared at the Get Into conferences, registering for the conference becomes vital.

If your students aged 14-18 haven't yet attended a Get Into Conference but are interested in joining the Virtual Work Experience, they can sign up for the upcoming conferences on these dates to gain INSTANT access after attending:

For aspiring Doctors: FREE LIVE VIRTUAL Get Into Medicine conference dates:
Saturday 27th January, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Saturday 3rd February, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Sunday 4th February, 9:30am - 3:30pm

For aspiring Dentists: FREE LIVE VIRTUAL Get Into Dentistry conference date:
Sunday 28th January, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Students and parents can register for free at these links:


Throughout these conferences, students will have the chance to interact directly with doctors, dentists, and medical and dental students LIVE. They'll gain critical information to make a competitive application to study medicine or dentistry at university.

Students aged 14 - 18 are invited to attend with a parent or guardian, equipped with a working camera and microphone.

Medical Registration Link:

Dental Registration Link:




Supported Internship

If this is of interest to you please see attached – Applications are open.


PwC - Flying Start Degree Programmes are now open.

Flying Start degree programmes offer you the opportunity to start a career and gain a degree at the

same time. Join them in


Accounting -


Business Management -



Technology -


where you can earn a salary and fast-track your career while studying for your chosen subject. Whichever programme you choose, you’ll work on a range of projects in a culture that embraces difference and encourages you to think imaginatively.


At PwC they want you to feel challenged, to grow and to flourish. You’ll have the opportunity to

make an impact, making a difference to their clients from day one.


Live Apprenticeships:






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University Information & Summer Schools


University of Cambridge – Legal Events to sign up for

We are hosting a free webinar series, Exploring Legal Futures, which offers seven sessions on a variety of topics, including our Demystifying Cambridge Law session, applying to university, different career paths that might be available through a legal education, and ways to join the legal field without studying law at undergrad. This will be over the evenings of the 12th and 13th of February and would be a great resource. More information and registration here:


Additionally, we are relaunching our Exploring Law online course. This is a completely free, six-week online resource that was designed to help students decide whether law might be right for them. It’s a couple hours a week during which they’ll learn the basics of law, explore fascinating issues in depth, develop key skills, and hear first-hand from current university law students and inspirational figures from the world of law. Enrol here:


Study in the North: Collaboration between the Universities of Sheffield, Sunderland, Newcastle and Lancaster

I am writing to let you know about a collaborative webinar taking place in February, hosted by staff and students from the Universities of Sheffield, Lancaster, Sunderland and Newcastle. The webinar is designed for students who are in the early stages of their university research and are considering relocating for their university study.


The session will introduce the North to those who are less familiar with the region, followed by a quick insight into the respective universities. Most valuably, there will be a Q&A session with current student ambassadors from each of the institutions, where attendees will be encouraged to ask any questions they have about studying in the North and making informed decisions about choosing where to study.


Study in the North: Webinar and Live Q&A

Join us as the Universities of Lancaster, Sheffield, Newcastle and Sunderland talk through the benefits and opportunities that come from studying in the North of England. You can also ask your questions to a selection of current students!

When: Thursday 29th February 2024

Time: 17:30-18:30

Location: Online


To sign up for the event, please register here and we will send out the joining link in due course.


Sutton Trust – Summer Schools Open for Application

The Sutton Trust Summer School Programme offers school-age students the opportunity

to immerse themselves in university life. Students will walk away with the confidence and skills needed to choose where to apply and what to study, be competitive applicants wherever that is, and find support with a network of like-minded peers.


Students will apply to one of our 13 top-tier UK university partners where they will take part in:


  • Social activities
  • Taster academic sessions
  • Application skills workshops
  • Alongside the in-person programme, every student will have access to long-term support with university applications via our online portal STO.

All costs including travel, accommodation, food and activities are covered by the Trust and our partners which means it is completely free of charge for students to attend.


How can they apply?

To apply for either programme, they should:


  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non-fee-paying school/college
  • Currently be in Year 12
  • We prioritise students based on a range of social mobility criteria including eligibility for free school meals, and the context of their school and neighbourhood


Both programme applications close on March 7th at midday. We are unable to accept any late submissions so please do encourage your students to apply soon!


Northeastern University: Taster Lectures

These Taster Lectures are designed for you to experience a university-style lecture, expand your

knowledge, and build a super-curricular portfolio.  Current NU London students and academics will

be available to share their insights into studying each of the taster lecture subjects.

Register now:


Ravensbourne University: For Aspiring Creatives

Make it Ravensbourne is a progression programme to support people aged 14+ to access creative

education and careers. Across the Autumn, Spring and Summer they have a number of free

workshops in creative and digital skills, holiday schools and 1-1 opportunities.

Read more:


Aston University: Spring Taster Sessions

Spring Taster Sessions are a great way for you to experience what the courses at Aston University

have to offer.  running through February across many faculties including Business, Engineering and

Health & Life Sciences

Read more:


Sheffield Hallam University: Science Week

Science Week with Sheffield Hallam University is an annual celebration of science, engineering and

much more.


The 2024 programme will run from 8th – 18th March - bookings are now open.

Read more: