Sixth Form Careers Newsletter
Week Beginning 8th August 2011
This week’s newsletter is aimed specifically at Year 13 who are awaiting their results next week, Thursday 18th August 2011. This can be a very anxious time of year but you need to be aware that there is help available should you need it.
I will be available on A’ Level results morning in school but if you need to speak to me or another Careers Adviser sooner then ring the Pontypridd Careers Centre on 01443 484264.
Important UCAS Information
Track Login Details – Make sure that you make a note of your Track username, password and Personal ID so you can follow the progress of your application and to find out if you have met your offers in August. Also remember to keep your contact details updated. If you have moved or changed telephone numbers then login to TRACK to change them. This is important as universities or colleges may want to contact you.
UCAS TV – This will have important information on How to Use Clearing, How to use Adjustment and for any late applicants – How to Apply. Visit www.ucas.tv
Clearing vacancies published in the Telegraph – The UCAS website will list course vacancies from 18th August until late September.
The Telegraph will publish Clearing vacancies in their newspaper on the following dates:
Thursday 18 August
Friday 19 August
Saturday 20 August
Thursday 1 September
Thursday 8 September
Track will not be available to applicants or advisers until mid-morning on 18 August – so please make sure you do not try to access Track at midnight on 17/18 August – the only system available at this time will be the Clearing vacancy search.
Guides for Clearing
- Applicants are eligible if no places are held or they applied after 30 June.
- One Clearing choice can be added at a time. Applicants are advised to speak to multiple universities and colleges before adding a choice and to get provisional confirmation of a place.
- Eligible applicants can add Clearing choices from mid-July and only when their exam results are known.
- Applicants who originally applied to one choice can enter Clearing if they pay the additional application fee of £10.00. Payments must be made direct to UCAS, no invoicing option is available.
Confirmation of offer letters
- Applicants must follow the advice on their own Confirmation letter (AS12, AS12B and AS12N) as each letter will differ depending on the university or college.
- Applicants are only eligible if their original conditional firm (CF) conditions are met and exceeded.
- Applicants who have changed from CF to UF have five days to apply for Adjustment and find a new place.
- Adjustment opens on 18 August and closes on 31 August.
- Applicants have five days to reply to a changed course offer, indicated on Track as UCC. If no reply is recorded, the choice will be declined automatically.
- Applicants are advised to check Track mid-morning on results day to see their updated status. If the applicant has been successful and confirmed, a message will appear stating:
“Congratulations! Your place at X university to study Y course has been confirmed.
You will receive a Confirmation letter shortly.”
If the message still reads, “You are holding a place” the place is NOT YET confirmed.
For Those of You Who Haven’t Applied to University
How about considering an apprenticeship such as those below? For a full list of vacancies, register on the Apprenticeship Matching Service on the Careers Wales website www.careerswales.com where employers can see your details and contact you direct if they feel you are suitable. Closing dates are imminent on some of these vacancies so you need to apply as sooon as possible.
One such vacancy suitable for A’ Level candidates is: –
Position Title Trainee Technician – Transportation – Cardiff
Job Category – Internship / Vacation Student / Graduate / Sponsorship
Business Line – Transportation
Office Location UK – Cardiff
Why Choose AECOM? – AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation, and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural, and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 100 countries and had revenue of $7.0 billion during the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2010. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at www.aecom.com.
About the Business – Line Transportation. We provide professional services in areas such as aviation, transit, freight rail, highways and bridges, planning, and ports and marine. Our global network of top-tier specialists delivers comprehensive services over the full life cycle of a project to benefit clients in government and private industries.
Job Description – Our Transportation Planning Business Line in Cardiff is currently seeking an ‘A’ level student to fulfil their trainee position. We are looking to recruit the brightest and best ‘A’ level qualified school-leaver who shows commitment, aptitude and enthusiasm towards science, engineering and technology careers with AECOM; careers that provide variety, interest and responsibility with a leading global organisation.
The successful applicant must meet the following criteria to be considered:
Qualified to ‘A’ level standard, or predicted to attain ‘A’ level qualifications in at least 3 of the following subjects at grade ‘C’ or above; Maths, English, Physics (or other similar science based subject) or a Language.
Show an aptitude towards software-based engineering and drawing e.g. Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Demonstrate an interest in Civil and Transportation Engineering, Technology and Science and a desire to pursue a career in Transportation Planning.
A highly motivated individual with excellent communication skills
Demonstrate a commitment to continued education and improvement through on-the-job learning and training opportunities.
Successful candidates will combine work-based on-the-job training and learning with further studies and must be willing to progress their career by undertaking a 2 year day release course at a Further Education college to study a BTEC Higher National Certificate in a relevant engineering discipline which would be funded by AECOM – and all the time earning money by working with us.
Driven by the successful completion of a Higher National Certificate you may want to continue your studies at a higher level. AECOM fully expects this and is keen to develop and nurture its talent. For those wishing to continue with their education AECOM would continue to support individuals through an appropriate part-time degree course.
Trainee salaries are typically in the range of £12,000 to £13,000 per annum. Traineeships are scheduled to start summer 2011.
What We Offer – AECOM employees around the world enjoy a wide range of benefits and competitive compensation package. AECOM is much more than just a place to work. It’s a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It’s a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world’s most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It’s a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It’s what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
New Apprenticeship Vacancies
New vacancies since last posting include 27000745 Mechanical and Electrical Maintenance Apprentices, Rockwool,Pencoed; 27000750 Nursery Assistant Apprentice Day Nursery, Cowbridge; 27000710 Apprentice Appliance Fitter Llantwit Fadre; 27000743 Vehicle Technician Apprentice South Wales Police Bridgend; 2700751 Horticultural Apprentices RCT County Borough Council Llantrisant; 27000755 Building Services Apprentices Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Talbot Green.
(For more information on these and for a full list of vacancies look on the Careers Wales Website www.careerswales.comunder the New Apprenticeship Matching Service or Jobs in Wales).