Careers Newsletter: February 2022

Careers Spotlight: Construction

The construction industry is far bigger and more varied than many of us realize. The construction industry employs over two and a half million people and is worth about £120 billion each year in the UK. Though construction sites are the most visible aspect of the industry's work many people are employed away from the construction site in roles such as IT, civil engineering or project management.

If you would like to find out more about jobs in the construction industry you may find the videos below helpful.

Further information on careers in the construction industry can be found at:

Boosting your CV

So what is a CV? CV is short for Curriculum Vitae and is a short document which summarises your unique skills, character, experience and achievements.

For students it can feel difficult to know what to write as you haven't had the time to build up the experience that employers always seem to want.

In this section we will look at ways of making your CV stand out for future employers so you can get that dream job. So far we have looked at after school clubs and voluntary work. This month we consider work experience placements.

Consider work experience placements:

The next logical step up from volunteering is to look for work experience placements. Although these can be hard to come by, they will give you the chance to experience what it’s like being involved in the day-to-day running of a business. Our year 10 students are just starting preparation for their work experience week in July and our 6th form students have work experience opportunities throughout the year.

Some work experience placements are paid and some aren’t, but you should aim to make a good impression all the same. In some cases, work experience placements can lead to full-time or part-time job offers.

We recommend that you take every opportunity you can to help out during your placement, this way you’ll have lots of experience and activities to talk about when it comes to updating your CV. You’ll also have a valuable reference that you can use when applying for full or part-time jobs.

National Apprenticeships Week 2022

National Apprenticeship Week 2022 (7th-13th February) is the 15th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships.

The week brings together businesses and apprentices across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Build the future

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2022 will be 'build the future'; reflecting on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills.

Letter from Alex Burghat MP - Minister for Skills to parents

Letter from Alex Burghat MP - Minister for Skills to parents and guardians

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Careers in Hertfordshire: Construction

There is no doubt that Hertfordshire is strategically placed to benefit hugely from schemes happening across the UK. Its proximity to London has always been a key asset, it’ll be at the heart of the new proposed infrastructure arc between Oxford-Cambridge, and it has strong infrastructure links to the wider UK network.

Therefore it’s no surprise that Hertfordshire is gearing up for growth. The 11 councils which make up Hertfordshire are planning to deliver 100,000 new homes by 2031, and a comprehensive region-wide study is underway to discover the investment needed into transport, infrastructure, schools, healthcare and more – and with a spurt of new job opportunities set to arise from major development zones across the region it’s an exciting period to be working in the Construction sector in Hertfordshire.

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Current Opportunities

This month there are opportunities to get involved with SKY, BaE systems, the accountants KPMG and BAM who are the construction firm currently building the Sky studio's. In addition their is a webinar by the university of Cambridge on subject choices.

University of Cambridge

The Subject Matters Webinar Thursday, 24 February 2022 (17:00 – 18:15)

Join us for a free subject advice webinar:

  • for students in Year 10 and 11 (or equivalent) and their parents/supporters

  • session will cover subject advice, careers and super-curricular suggestions

  • opportunity to ask current Cambridge students and admissions staff questions

  • recording available afterwards

BAM - Ask the employer

BAM operates in the construction, property, civil engineering, public private partnerships, mechanical and electrical contracting and consultancy engineering sectors. With around 19,000 employees, BAM is responsible for the implementation of thousands of projects every year, including the Sky studios in Borehamwood. BAM are strong believers in apprenticeships and training. They are hosting two live events to allow students and parents to learn about and ask about apprenticeships in the construction industry

Ask an employer – 8th Feb 1-2pm

Ask an apprentice – 9th Feb 1-2pm

KPMG Social Mobility Event

We hope you are well and have now settled in to your first term of 2022! We wanted to let you know about our upcoming Be the Difference - KPMG Social Mobility Event which is taking place virtually during National Apprenticeship Week on Thursday 10th February. This is a great opportunity for your students to learn more about KPMG, network with current employees and discover the opportunities available to them. Please share the following details with your students so they can register and attend:

Be the Difference - KPMG Social Mobility Event

During the session you’ll hear inspirational career stories from our KPMG Social Mobility network members and from gold medallist para-athlete and 2021 Celebrity Masterchef Champion - Kadeena Cox MBE! You will have the chance to ask our senior leaders, Graduate and Apprentice trainees your questions about their experiences of breaking down barriers and bringing their whole selves to work - and discover more about what KPMG are doing to help those from lower socio-economic backgrounds to thrive and reach their full potential.

Time: Thursday 10th February at 12.30-1.45pm

Register today, to secure your place.

School & College Students, register here

Interested in jobs? Search and Apply for our Graduate roles and Apprenticeships today.


We’re expecting high demand this year, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to be in the best position to secure your 2022 apprenticeship role, ahead of the competition.

**Applications are open for a limited time only**

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About our apprenticeship programmes

With a wide range of programmes available, we’re confident you’ll find an opportunity that will inspire you. Designed for those who have, or are about to, complete GCSE’s (or equivalent) onwards; opportunities span areas such as Engineering, Business and Finance – from intermediate to degree level.

Your career with us

Apprentices are our future, so we invest in yours. We recognise the vital part they play in our success, so you’ll be encouraged to bring your unique perspective and showcase your ideas right from the start. Many of our colleagues began their career as an apprentice, and each one of your team will be passionate about guiding you on your own journey.

Who we are

At BAE Systems we serve, supply and protect those who serve and protect us. Ours is a culture that values diversity, rewards integrity and merit, and is a place where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, no matter what their background.

Making a difference

At BAE Systems, we’re not just proud of what we do, we’re proud of how we do it. So when you join us, you’ll be part of an inclusive culture that’s committed to working to the highest ethical and environmental standards, making a positive contribution to the countries and communities in which we operate.

Switch on your career with us.

We look forward to receiving your application very soon – and good luck! BAE Systems Apprenticeship Recruitment Team

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Welcome to National Apprenticeship Week.

Sky’s commitment to apprenticeships increases year on year and as part of National Apprenticeship Week, we would like to showcase our Apprentices with a week-long celebration of who they are, and what they do. Starting with our introduction to National Apprenticeship Week on Monday 7th February all the way to our closing video on Friday 11th February. We hope that you can join us and tune in to meet our Apprentices.

This year our Apprentices will take over our Instagram channel with the theme ‘Build the Future’. Join us to hear all about the range of Apprenticeship opportunities Sky can offer in programmes including Software, Business, Finance, Cyber Security, Home Service and Customer Service. Use this opportunity to find out how Apprentices at Sky have kick-started their careers.

Or are you a Parent/ Guardian/ Teacher? Then why not join us for our dedicated ‘Parent and Teachers Q&A session’ on Friday 11th February (from 12:30) to find out what an Apprenticeship at Sky offers and answer any burning questions that you might still have about this career path.

Our events have no sign-up process, just click on our links below to join us.

Monday 7th February:

09:30 -10:30 Introduction to National Apprenticeship Week

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10:30 – 16:30 Instagram takeover Marketing #AskAnApprentice

(by Renee Dacres and Ciara Smith) Visit our Instagram here

Tuesday 8th February:

09:30 – 12:00 Instagram takeover Finance #AskAnApprentice (by Keziah Williams)

12:30 – 14:00 Instagram takeover Contact Centre #AskAnApprentice (By Sophie Gilchrist)

14:00 – 15:30 Instagram takeover Contact Centre #AskAnApprentice (By Lewis Edwards)

15:30 – 16:30 Instagram takeover Contact Centre #AskAnApprentice (By Cameron Ownes)

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Wednesday 9th February:

11:00 – 18:00 Virtual event: National Apprenticeship Show

10:00 – 18:00 Virtual event: UCAS Discovering Apprenticeships

Thursday 10th February:

09:30 -11:30 Instagram takeover Home Service #AskAnApprentice (by Erin Bingham)

12:30 – 14:00 Instagram takeover Home Service #AskAnApprentice (By Gemma Reeve)

14:00 – 15:30 Instagram takeover Home Service #AskAnApprentice (By Craig MacQueen)

15:30 – 16:30 Instagram takeover Home Service #AskAnApprentice (By Harry Jessop)

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Friday 11th February:

12:30 -13:15 Virtual event: Parents & Teachers Q&A session Click here to join the meeting

14:30 -16:00 Instagram takeover Cyber Security #AskAnApprentice (by George Ayre)

16:00 -17:00 Closing and what’s next from the Apprentice team

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