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National Audit Office Trainee Accountancy

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The National Audit Office are recruiting for their September 2017 Accountancy Scheme. Vacancies in Newcastle and London. Applicants must be expecting 120 UCAS points. Please see    for full details.


  • A starting salary of £18,000-£23,000 which will increase year-on-year to £30,000-£36,000 in the final year subject to passing exams
  • Formal training courses covering the latest accounting and auditing techniques with the ICAEW
  • Comprehensive support network, including managers who will provide support and a NAO ‘buddy’, a more experienced trainee, who will be on hand to answer any questions during those first few months
  • After qualifying you could be offered a job as an Audit Principle earning £40,000-£50,000 per year
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Opportunities in Construction, Commercial, Design and Planning with Day release for a degree qualification.

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BAM Construct are a major UK company with a turnover of approximately £900 Million per year. They are looking to recruit a small number of A level/BTEC Level 3 students for Summer 2017. The opportunities are in Construction, Commercial Design and Planning. As well as a competitive salary BAM offer day release to either Leeds Beckett University or Sheffield Hallam University for an appropriate degree course. BAM have recruited New College students in the recent past.

If you are interested please see

Please read the tips on making a successful application carefully before applying.

Deadline for applications is likely to be late December.

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Trainee Technician in a Scientific Laboratory. Starting Salary £16,000 plus part-time study for a Chemistry degree

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SNF (UK) Ltd in Normanton

Are looking to recruit a Trainee Technician next summer to play an active role in a scientific laboratory. This role offers the prospect of full time employment with sponsored higher educational studies.

To be considered you should be expecting at least 112 UCAS points (approximately BBC)

Applicants must be studying either Chemistry, Physics or Biology. The type of work in the technical team at SNF (UK) requires hands on problem solving skills. The company have stressed they are particularly interested in someone’s personal qualities.  Studying and working full time requires real strength of character.

The successful applicant will be offered the opportunity to study for a FdSc/BSc in Chemistry part-time.

Starting salary approximately £16,000

 To apply:

Interested applicants should send a personal statement to (Kerstin Botham Technical Manager) by Friday 16th December 2016 explaining a bit more about themselves, the reason for being interested in this position and what they feel they could bring to the company. (Please note Kerstin is not wanting a CV)

About the Company


SNF are the world’s leading manufacturer of water soluble polymers with global sales in excess of €2.4bn. These water soluble polymers are used in drinking water production, wastewater treatment, enhanced oil recovery, mining, paper, agriculture, textile and cosmetics.

The SNF (UK) Limited operation, based in West Yorkshire, has a turnover in excess of £50m and currently employs 83 people in a variety of Sales, Technical, Engineering and Administrative positions.

The diverse nature of products and clients provides their staff with the opportunity to learn and develop with the business. The role will also provide the successful applicant with the opportunity for UK and European travel and exposure to a fast paced learning environment.

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Student Finance 2017 entry

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This week Year 13 students should receive a small booklet from your tutor about student finance during your UCAS tutorial. (If you have already completed your UCAS form please pop back to see your tutor) I will also have booklets available for parents next week at the consultation evening.

I have also arranged for a representative from Student Finance England to be in college on Thursday Nov 10 to provide information and answer questions from students who will be progressing to university in 2017. They will be based in the Foyer between the LRC and Students Union from 11.50 until 1.15.

In the new year a member of the Careers team will also deliver a presentation on Student Finance in tutorial. Applications to student finance usually opens in late January or early February.

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Social Mobility Foundation Programme for Aspiring Professionals

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The Social Mobility Foundation Aspiring professionals programmes target high-achieving Year 12 students from less-privileged backgrounds.

To be eligible to apply, student must:

Be in Year 12

Have been entitled to FSM during secondary education or are in the first generation of their family to attend university and attend/previously attended a school on this list

Have at least 5 A grades at GCSE (or 4 A grades if taken at a school where the GCSE pass rate was 50% or lower) – this can include BTECs

Be predicted ABB at A Level

Students must apply by 9am, Monday 19th December 2016 by completing an application form here.


Useful links

Watch SMF video to hear from students.

Read about APP City here, and find eligibility criteria here.

Read about APP Residential here, and find eligibility criteria here.

Find their online application form and student guidance notes here.

  • 63% of SMF students have gone on to Russell Group universities
  • 97% of students said their work placements exceeded their expectations
  • 95% of students feel more confident about being able to enter their chosen profession

Their programmes are free.

The Aspiring Professionals Programme

The programme has four parts:

  1. Internships with top employers
  2. E-mentoring by a professional
  3. Tailored career and skills workshops
  4. University support and guidance

They offer support in 11 career sectors: accountancy, architecture, banking & finance, biology & chemistry, business, engineering & physics, law, media & communications, medicine, politics, technology and no preference.

Residential Internship Programme

Students interested in accountancy, banking & finance, engineering, law and medicine can also apply for our all-expenses paid summer Residential Internship Programme. Students work with prestigious firms in London and participate in exciting evening activities. Firms include: CH2M, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, Linklaters and NHS Health Education England.

Useful links:

Read about their Aspiring Professionals Programme here.

Find online application form here.


If you apply can you please let your Progress Tutor know.


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Ernst and Young Accounting and Financial Services Open Evening

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Ernst & Young will be hosting a careers choices evening on 8th November in their Leeds office and 15th November in their Hull office.

The aim of the evening is to give students that are interested in becoming an accountant, insight on what it’s like to work for EY, the programmes that they offer and how they can apply.

Please see the link here to register for the event-

The evening will run from approx. 5pm-7.15pm.

They currently offer the following-

–          EY Business Apprenticeship- this is where students join after A Levels/equivalent and train for 5 years to become a Chartered Accountant

–          EY Scholarship- this is where students do an accounting degree at either Bath/Lancaster/Warwick University, have paid placements at EY during the holidays and then join EY as a graduate to train as a Chartered Accountant

–          EY Graduate Programme- where students join us after completing their degree, and then train for 3 years to become a Chartered Accountant

All programmes lead to full qualification as an accountant and are in various service lines within EY (i.e. audit, tax, advisory etc).

EY have removed the need for any minimum UCAS requirements, so their application process is open to anyone.


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Insight into Law course

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BPP University Law School is running an insight into law on Saturday 3 December at its Whitehall Quay centre.  The day event is aimed at year 12 and 13 student who are thinking of entering a career in law and want to have a taster of what it is like to be a lawyer.  The event is free.

If you are interested please register using the link below. Please ensure that you tell your parents that you have registered for the event. BPP will not be providing lunch so you should bring a packed lunch or money to buy a sandwich at one of the shops local to the Law School.

Depending on the level of interest from the schools in the area BPP may have to limit numbers.  Registering early is therefore recommended.

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Interested in sailing and adventure?

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An ex-student of New College called Richard Priestley is running a Prince of Wales project that involves a 5 month sailing trip starting in November 2018. This may interest Year 12 students thinking about a gap year prior to university with an interest in adventure!

Please note that there is a cost. (However, there will be a £1,000 student discount) Please see below for further information.



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