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Labour Market Information for March 2024

Please find below the update Labour Market Information from the Office for National Statistics for March 2024. Labour Market Information (or LMI) is a useful tool to help parents/guardians/carers and young people research future jobs in your local area, or nationally, understand the skills needed for certain roles and also the demand for future employment. This type of information can help our families and young people explore future employment options that can lead to exciting potential careers.

Labour Market Islington Report March 2024

Breakdown report of LMI in Islington, and the top recruited jobs and skills in the borough

Labour Market Islington Report March 2024

Islington Top Jobs and Skills Demand March 2024

National Careers Week 2024

This week is National Careers Week, which is a one-week celebration of careers guidance and careers education across the UK. Thinking about the future can be exciting when we focus on exploring the wealth of opportunities that are available to our young people – the world of work is vast and diverse, and it is important to highlight these pathways and encourage our young people to open up to every possibility.

The Virtual Careers Fair is a great place to start and we would encourage our families to take time this week to explore with their young person and talk about their interests and passions for the future.

You can visit the Virtual Careers Fair: HERE

Sustainable Futures Showcase with WWF

Join WWF across National Careers Week to explore how sustainability is now linked with a wide range of professional sectors, and how every job can help towards ensuring a greener future.

Join their events: HERE

March After School Clubs: Augmented Reality and Engineering

STORE STORE have two exciting After School Clubs that are coming up in March. This month, they are going to open these opportunities up to students aged 14-18: Augmented Reality Digital Future Superpower run by Lucy Hardcastle and the engineering Curating Water run by Manja van de Worp (YIP engineering)

Augmented Reality Digital Future Superpower run by Lucy Hardcastle
Curating Water run by Manja van de Worp (YIP engineering)

Big Creative Education’s Open Interview Evening

Students are invited to BCE’s Open Interview Evening on Wednesday 13th March! Join BCE for a captivating experience and the opportunity to tour their state-of-the-art facilities, witness exciting student performances, and admire their outstanding work. Students will have the opportunity to meet with industry professional tutors as well as have an informal interview to secure their place for September 2024.

Click Here to Read More

 

London Met National Saturday Club

Young people across the country are spending Saturday mornings at their local university, college or museum discovering subjects they love. London Met is delighted to host two Saturday Clubs which are open to 13–16-year-olds of all abilities and are FREE to attend.

The two programmes running this year are:

  • Art & Design Saturday Club
  • National Writing and Talking Saturday Club

For further details, click HERE to visit the London Met Saturday Club website

 

 

NHS Careers Untapped webinar 5 March: Mental Health Careers

NHS Careers Untapped, developed by 10 London trusts working in partnership and supported by the Talent for Care and Widening Participation programme in the London region, showcases clinical and non-clinical careers on lesser known roles, that students may not have heard of in the NHS using videos, podcasts and webinars.
The next session is being held on Tuesday 5 March from 4.30 – 6pm on Mental Health Careers.

Click HERE to sign up for the NHS Careers webinar

 

NHS Health and Social Care Careers Fair for Y10 & above – 7 March

The Islington GP federation would like to invite your students to their upcoming event NHS Health and Social Care Careers Fair at Middlesex University Campus in Hendon.

  • When: Thursday 7 March 2024, 4.30pm-7.00pm
  • Where: Middlesex University, Hendon

Aimed at Year 10 and above, this fair is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn more about the 350+ careers available within the NHS. On the day, your students will be able to:

  • chat with healthcare professionals and receive personalised advice
  • learn about the NHS and social care in live talks and career panels
  • ask questions about the routes into the sector during talks with healthcare workers

Exhibitors include representatives from a number of professions, including GPs, nurses, pharmacists, opticians, paramedics, dentists, Allied Health Professionals (including Occupational, Speech and Physiotherapists) and social workers as well as colleges and further education institutions offering a variety of health-related courses. Last year’s careers fair had over 100 exhibitors.

Click HERE to Book NHS Careers Fair

 

Labour Market Information

New LMI figures are now available from the Office for National Statistics for January 2024:

Breakdown report of LMI in Islington, and the top recruited jobs and skills in the borough:

 

 

Degree Apprenticeship Spotlight with Queen Mary, University of London

This week was National Apprenticeship Week, and to celebrate Queen Mary delivered some fantastic sessions all focused on understanding the degree apprenticeship pathway and how to apply. If you’d like to learn more about degree apprenticeships and what they have to offer, please follow the below links to view the recorded sessions:

How to Apply: Degree Apprenticeship Spotlight: Watch it HERE

Degree Apprenticeship Q&A Panel: Watch it HERE

 

 

Mythbusting Apprenticeships – for all parents/carers who would like to understand apprenticeship opportunities for young people

When: Tuesday 6 Feb, 6pm – 7pm

Where: Islington West Library Youth Employment Hub

For: Parents/Carers and young people who would like to hear honest and open feedback about apprenticeships and have their questions answered.

What: Hear from apprentices, a parent of an apprentice and experts from Islington Council who will answer your questions about the benefits of an apprenticeship and how it can kick-start you or your child’s career.

Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/myth-busting-apprenticeships-2024-tickets-790209226067

 

NHS Health and Social Care Careers Fair at Middlesex University Campus in Hendon

 Thursday 7 March 2024, 4.30pm-7.00pm, at Middlesex University, Hendon.

Aimed at Year 10 and above, this fair is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn more about the 350+ careers available within the NHS. On the day, students will be able to:

  • chat with healthcare professionals and receive personalised advice
  • learn about the NHS and social care in live talks and career panels
  • ask questions about the routes into the sector during talks with healthcare workers

Exhibitors include representatives from a number of professions, including GPs, nurses, pharmacists, opticians, paramedics, dentists, Allied Health Professionals (including Occupational, Speech and Physiotherapists) and social workers as well as colleges and further education institutions offering a variety of health-related courses. Last year’s careers fair had over 100 exhibitors.

Click HERE to book your place

 

 

 

Year 9 & 10 Taster Weeks at City, University of London

Over the course of a week, students will be able to experience university life through lectures, workshops, social activities on campus and by working with our current university students. Students will obtain a holistic understanding of the subject areas, providing them an opportunity to meet academics, students, and professionals in the field.

Please Click HERE to see the Flyer for more information

 

 

Capital City College Group’s Schedule of Open Evenings

Capital City College Group have updated their schedule of Open Evenings into the New Year. Please see below the schedule for City and Islington College, Westminster Kingsway College and College of Haringey, Enfield and Northeast London (CONEL). We encourage all of our young people exploring their post-16 options to attend Open Evenings as they will support families on deciding the next step for their Year 11 pupil.

City and Islington College

Tuesday 5th December – 4-6pm

  • Centre for Lifelong Learning, Finsbury Park: Book Here

Wednesday 6th December – 4.30-7pm

  • Centre for Business Arts and Technology, Camden Road: Book Here

Wednesday 17th January – 4.30-7pm

  • Centre for Business Arts and Technology, Camden Road: Book Here

Wednesday 21st February – 4.30-7pm

  • Sixth Form College, Angel
  • Centre for Applied Sciences, Angel
  • Book Here

 

Westminster Kingsway College

Monday 5th February – 4,30-7pm

Wednesday 7th February – 4.30-7pm

 

College of Haringey, Enfield and Northeast London (CONEL)

Drop-In sessions – Every Monday – 4-6pm

 

City of London Academy Islington Sixth Form Taster Day

COLAI will be hosting their Sixth Form Taster Day on Saturday 2nd December. At this event, there will be the opportunity to experience life as a COLAI Sixth Form student and attend lessons of courses that are of interest to find out more about these qualifications. This will also be an opportunity to speak to current sixth form students to find out more about our Key Stage 5 courses and the enrichment opportunities on offer.

If you would like to attend this event, please use the link to sign up here: https://forms.gle/n6fg6LqAJTbk9GQy5

 

Big Creative Education’s Open Evening

Wednesday 15th November – 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Big Creative Academy, Clifton Avenue E17 6HL

 

City of London Academy Islington’s Sixth Form Open Evening

Thursday 2nd November – 4.30pm – 7.00pm

Open Day at Westminster Kingsway College – Kings Cross Centre

Tuesday 21st November – 4.30pm – 7.00pm

 

Applications for the Social Mobility Foundation’s (SMF) free Aspiring Professionals Programme are now open for 2024!

Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP)

The APP supports high achieving Year 12 or S5 students from low income backgrounds across the UK to access top universities and careers. Support is offered through SMF’s four pillars:

  1. Mentoring by a professional
  2. Tailored skills sessions and career workshops
  3. University application support and guidance
  4. Internships with top employers

How students receive SMF’s four pillars of support is dependent on where they live. Please see below for further details of the programmes offered.

Students must apply by 12 noon, Friday 15th December 2023 by completing our application form HERE.

Application form and resources

Subject Specific Taster Weeks for Years 9 and 10 at City, University of London

The Taster Weeks aim to give an insight on what it is like at university over the course of a week spent at City. Students will be able to experience university life through lectures, workshops, social activities and by working with our current university students. Students will obtain a holistic understanding of the subjects given, providing them an opportunity to meet academics, students, and professions in the field.

Year 9 Taster Week Dates
Pathways to the Professions (various subjects) 3rd-7th June 2024
Year 10
Engineering 19th -23rd February 2024
Business and Enterprise 4th– 8th March 2024
Creative Industries 25th-28th March 2024
Law & Criminology 22nd-26th April 2024
Psychology 13th-17th May 2024

Applications can be made: HERE

 (Application deadlines for Year 9 and Year 10 Taster Weeks is the 19th of January 2024)

 

 

The London School of Architecture Courses for 13-16 year olds

The London School of Architecture (LSA) is running an up-coming course for 13-16 year olds, (Un)Building, from Saturday 4th November until Saturday 11th May. The deadline for applications is Friday 20th October.

(Un)Building is a free 20-workshop that introduces students to core skills and knowledge required for professions in the built environment sector, such as architecture, structural engineering, quantity surveying, project management and many more.

Throughout the course students will work with a range of professionals from the built environment sector, gaining an insight into potential future careers. These professionals will also present their education pathways and experience of working in their industry, helping inform students of how they could pursue their interests.

This year’s (Un)Building curriculum centres on collaboration and project-oriented learning, with a focus on ecology and site-specific design. Working in groups, students are challenged to design and improve the existing ‘Cumberland Square Garden’, adjacent to the LSA’s new home in Dalston. Students are encouraged to find inspiration in the site’s context, their own experiences as well as cultural traditions that have been passed down through generations.

Coming away from this course, students will have a well-rounded overview of the built environment sector, key skills and knowledge required to work in the sector, as well as a portfolio of work that will be incredibly beneficial as they apply for education or career opportunities in the future.

 

Y11 (or equivalent) BME Taster Programme – deadline 31 October

Fitzwilliam College’s annual BME online taster programme for BME students with a follow up in-person visit in July. Admissions talks, careers information, study skills advice, plus taster sessions across a whole range of subjects. https://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/opportunities-prospective-applicants/year-11-bme-taster

 

STEM SMART 2024 – Registration deadline 31 October

This is an advance note to flag that the deadline for students to apply for STEM SMART (Cambridge’s flagship sustained support programme for students interested in a STEM degree) will be 31 October. STEM SMART is not just for students thinking of Oxbridge, but is for any student thinking of applying to any competitive university (Queen’s, King’s, Imperial, Bath, Edinburgh, Warwick etc).

The 17 month long programme provides problem solving support from January 2024 through to the A-level exams the following year, and those students who fully engage with the programme have on average seen an improvement of a whole grade in their chosen STEM Subject. Whilst there are eligibility criteria, students are encouraged to apply even if they are not sure if whether they meet them or not.

Sign-up form for STEM SMART 2024 is now open: Click Here to Sign Up

This is the flagship University of Cambridge access programme for students thinking of applying for a STEM degree, and provides 17 months of free problem solving supervisions plus a residential in Cambridge for those who have been the most engaged with the programme. This is also not solely aimed at students thinking of Oxbridge, but is for any student thinking of applying to a competitive university (Queens’, Edinburgh, Imperial, Warwick, Bath etc) for a STEM degree.

Please note that this year the programme has been expanded and it now covers the following A-level subjects:

  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Computer Science (new this year)

To be eligible, Year 12 students must be taking at least maths + one of the other listed subjects above. Click Here for more info on Eligibility Criteria.

 

STORE STORE has three exciting courses coming up:

  • Bottle Bags run by Jaimus Tailor from Greater Goods
  • Designing with Found Materials run by Material Cultures
  • Design and Reconstruction Saturday workshop run by Flimsy Studio

These after school clubs are for state school students aged 14-18. Students can sign up by emailing school@storeprojects.org with their name, school, age and which course they would like to sign up to.

Finally, we are going to be hosting an exhibition showcasing some of the student work from last years After School Clubs this Sunday 17th September 4-7pm in STORE STORE Hackney.

For more information, please view the posters below:

Start of academic year for Year 12:

  • 9AM Leonard Street Entrance on 6th September

Start of academic year for year 13:

  • 11AM Leonard Street Entrance on 6th September

 

Calling all prospective Young Grant Makers!

Recruitment for Islington Giving’s 2023/4 Young Grant Makers’ Programme is now live! The opportunity is open to all 17–24-year-olds who live in Islington, want to gain skills, earn money and make change in the community. This year, the programme is led by two former Young Grant Makers, Izzy and Freya.

Young Grant Makers is a five-month programme that gives young people the power to choose how money is spent on youth projects in Islington. It is a paid, part-time opportunity (2-3 hours per week) and all participants will receive support and training to build new skills and learn about funding services.

No prior experience is necessary, only a desire to get involved. Some of the most common FAQs are answered by Izzy on the Islington Giving website, but please get in touch if you have any questions. The closing date for applications is Friday 15th September, 12pm.

More information and how to apply

Watch Freya’s video about the programme

 

KickStart –A new, free 12 week employability course with the Good Nugget Academy (GNA)

Helping underrepresented young people aged 18-25 gain industry insights and soft/practical skills needed to progress into entry-level opportunities.

Over the 12 weeks, there will be live workshops, online learning modules, networking opportunities, dedicated mentors and the opportunity to apply for 1 weeks paid work experience with one of GNA’s industry partners!

Please see the info pack and flyer below for more details:

 

The Maker Challenge

The Maker Challenge is a free design and making programme for 14-18 year olds. Over 13 weeks, you’ll learn 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics, coding, woodworking and business skills. Using advanced equipment and tools, you’ll bring your invention to life and compete to win prizes.

To apply, you must be aged 14-18 and live in London. You don’t need any making experience and it’s completely free. Located in White City.

Get inspired to invent, create and make, and become a young inventor this autumn!

Application deadline: Sunday 10 September 2023

Are you in Year 12 and interested in architecture, design & the environment?

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in Architecture

The EPQ is delivered by the London School of Architecture (LSA) and accredited by Pearson exam board.

  • The EPQ will take place from late September 2023 until July 2024.
  • Sessions and workshops will take place on Thursday afternoons from 4pm – 7pm.
  • Students will also have the summer holidays to work on their EPQs, with the deadline for submission, September 2024.

Find out more details in the document below and by clicking: HERE.

Click Here to Read More about the EPQ in Architecture
Your Community, Your Imperial – 5th July 2023, 3.15-7pm

To get all the information on the scholarships and other activities at Imperial College London, students are highly encouraged to sign up on the main campaign site: HERE

If students would like to join the event on 5th July, 3.15 – 7pm, this safeguarding registration must be completed by attendees: HERE (Students are allowed to come on their own, but the registration will cover any safeguarding eventualities).

Please find the Event Programme below for more information:

Your Community, Your Imperial - Event Programme
The Maker Challenge

The Maker Challenge is a free design and making programme for 14-18 year olds. Taking place over 9 days during the summer holidays, you’ll learn 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics, coding, woodworking and business skills. Using advanced equipment and tools, you’ll bring your invention to life and compete to win prizes.

To apply, you must be aged 14-18 and live in London. You don’t need any making experience and it’s completely free.

Get inspired to invent, create and make, and become a young inventor this summer!

Application deadline: Sunday 16 July 2023

Session Information and How to Apply

Mayamada presents Summer Events

Mayamada is running several events with the aim of challenging negative stereotypes around the word “gamer” as we open up awareness of career paths in the industry to young people, aspiring professionals and family members.

The three events over the summer are as follows:

  • Friends & Family Game Design Jam – Saturday 24th June, 1PM to 6PM
  • Cupcake & GamePad Social – Saturday 15th July, 1PM to 7PM
  • Games Industry Explained – Thursday 10th August, 5.30PM to 7.30PM
Friends & Family Game Design Jam – Saturday 24th June, 1PM to 6PM
Cupcake & GamePad Social – Saturday 15th July, 1PM to 7PM
Games Industry Explained – Thursday 10th August, 5.30PM to 7.30PM
July After School Club and Summer School programmes with STORE STORE in collaboration with The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Students can sign up to the After School Club by emailing school@storeprojects.org with their name, school, and age.

Students in years 11+12 can apply to the summer school by completing this form

These courses will be especially valuable for students who are considering applying to undergraduate architecture, design or art courses. Equally these courses are suitable for students interested in art, design and related subjects.

Milk Vases
Squeezy City
Walking the City Summer School
Sixth Form and College Guide

The Central Futures Team have put together an overview of the most popular and regularly applied for sixth forms and colleges for Central Foundation Boys’ School pupils. Please be advised this is not an exhaustive list, but we hope this will support students in exploring the options available to pupils. We would encourage all families to book and attend an Open Day for any post-16 provider you may be thinking about applying for.

CLICK HERE for the Sixth Form and College Guide

Details of Open Days are provided within this guide, as well as the sixth form’s/college’s application policy.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with the Central Futures Team

Ms Browne – brownec@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

Ms Shaw (careers advisor) – shawd@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

 

 

The post-16 subject choices that students make can have a major impact on their course and university options. Selective universities such as the University of Cambridge often require applicants to have qualifications in certain subjects, or combinations of subjects, because they prepare students more effectively for degree courses. In these talks in November and January, we will discuss how to choose appropriate A-Level subjects for selective universities.

Year 10 and 11 students can find out more and register: HERE.

 

 

Dear Students,

Please see below a letter in relation to the end of Year 12 and the beginning of Year 13.