GCSE a level

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Careers with Asda

Asda offers a huge range of opportunities across all areas of the business including retail, distribution and Head Office. Within retail this could be anything from optometry or pharmacy through to a range of positions in not just our traditional Superstores but also our Asda Living, George and Home Shopping operations.

Our Distribution Centres encompass ambient, chilled, general merchandise and George clothing, and range from traditional Distribution Centres through to state-of-the-art automated facilities. At our Head Offices we have an enormous range of functions, from merchandising to procurement, and HR to IT to name but a few.

Benefits include: Competitive salary • Colleague discount • Bonuses • Flexible working • Private health cover • Pension • Sharesave plan


Careers with CEMEX

GCSE English and Maths grade C and above is a minimum requirement.

  • Plant Operators – NVQ Level 2 (Plant/Process Operations)
  • Service Agents – NVQ level 2 (Business admin/Customer services/Sales)
  • Supervisors – NVQ level 3 (SHE/Business admin/Plant or Process Operations)
  • Team Leaders – NVQ level 3 (Business admin/Customer Service/Sales)
  • Technicians – City & Guilds or LATA
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Careers with Enterprise Rent-A-Car

GCSE English and Maths grade C and above is a minimum requirement.

We offer a wide range of opportunities in our administrative offices across the country as well as in our business support operation in Aldershot. Qualifications required will vary depending on the role.


Apprenticeship opportunities are available at our administrative officers as well as in our business support operation in Aldershot. You will receive a recognised national apprenticeship as well as the opportunity to advance across the business.

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Careers with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

If you are considering entering the workforce straight after school or college, you can study the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. In order to do this, you will need to be competent in Mathematics and English. The CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting is a recognised qualification in its own right, or it can be a stepping stone to the CIMA Professional Qualification.

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Careers with Morrisons

As part of our dedication to developing employees we launched our own Academy and aim to train all 40,000 of our 16 to 24 year old employees to achieve a QCF Level 2 Retail Skills Qualification. With one third of all staff in the retail industry aged under 25, Morrisons’ commitment emphasises the pivotal role that the retail sector plays in helping young people into work. We also offer a variety of sponsored degree programmes across the UK – see www.iwantafreshstart.com


Careers with OPITO

There are a wide variety of careers available in the oil and gas industry in both technical and commercial disciplines, in general the core subjects of Maths and English are a minimum requirement. These should be at a minimum of GCSE (grade C or above), SQA Standard Grade (credit or general level), Intermediate 1 or 2 or equivalent GNVQs/general SVQs.

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Careers with Institution of Engineering and Technology

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Careers with Tesco

Our Commercial Development Programme is the chance to kick start a successful career in the Commercial division as a Trainee Buyer or Trainee Merchandiser based in our head office in Hertfordshire. You’ll learn how, as the largest retailer in the country, we keep our competitive edge within the marketplace, always putting the customer at the heart of everything we do.

Requirements: GCSEs in Maths and English, at grade C or above; 240 UCAS points; passion to work in a retail office; hunger to succeed. Applications open in August.

Our Trainee Management Programme is a 12 month hands on, fast track management programme. Trainees are given responsibilities from early on in their programme. With coaching and support Trainees are developed to a Line Manager role in six months and supported in their first appointment role for the remaining six months of the programme.

Requirements: 3 A levels or equivalent, at grade C or above and 240 UCAS points. Applications open in September.

Benefits: Competitive salary, excellent benefits package and much more.

Please visit our website for more details: www.tesco-careers.com

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Careers with National Grid

We have two school leaver programmes to offer individuals looking for vocational training. Our Advanced Apprenticeship Programme and our Engineer Training Programme. The entry requirements for the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme are 5 GCSEs A to C grade or equivalent qualifications. For our Engineer Training Programme you will need to have 2 A-Levels A2: grades A to C or equivalent qualifications.

Benefits Iinclude: The Advanced Apprenticeship Programme starting salary is £14,950 p.a. rising to £23,715 p.a. on completion of the training and for the Engineer Training Programme £23,500 p.a. rising to £30,150 p.a. on completion of training.


Careers with NATS

As an Air Traffic Controller you will be at the heart of NATS’ business, issuing instructions and information to pilots by radio to keep air traffic flying safely, efficiently and on time. It’s a highly responsible and immensely satisfying role where safety is key.

We’ll expect you to have at least five GCSEs, or equivalent, at grade C or above, including English and Maths and be over the age of 18 on application.

Benefits: • Pay whilst you’re learning • Contributory pension scheme • Generous annual leave • Voluntary benefits and family-friendly policies • A weekly accommodation payment of £60

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Careers with TNT

GCSE English and Maths grade C and above is a minimum requirement.

Roles are available across a wide range of functions: Sales (indoor and field), Operations, Customer Services, Delivery and Administration.

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Careers with Zurich

Recruiting the very best talent means offering a benefits package that’s up there with the very best. Join us, and we’ll pay you a salary matching your talents and position and reward you for outstanding performance. The best thing about the benefits package is that it will be unique to you. Because it’s flexible, you can change it depending on what you need.

Benefits include:

  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Private medical cover for you and your family
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Incentive scheme including an annual performance bonus
  • Up to 30 days holiday a year
  • Company sick pay
  • Car parking
  • Private dental cover
  • Insurance discounts
  • Retail vouchers
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Careers with Co-operative Food Group

We offer a wide range of opportunities across all areas of the business, from working in our retail stores to the many career options available in our Head Office. Qualifications required will vary depending on the role.

Benefits include: Generous holiday entitlement • Competitive salary • An award-winning pension scheme • A share in the profits • Discounts up to 30% from our family of businesses • Tax-and NIC-advantageous salary sacrifice schemes (currently pensions & childcare vouchers) • An Employee Assistance Programme, which provides expert help and advice on a wide range of issues.

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Careers with Cristal Global

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Careers with Sheffield Forgemasters International

A variety of apprenticeships are available for school or college leavers

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Careers with Kellogg’s

Not offered at present.

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Careers with Whitbread PLC

Further qualifications or not going to university? Any employee joining us can enrol on our management development programmes which are designed to support you as you progress through the management roles. These programmes are now mapped to nationally recognised qualifications all the way up to the equivalent of a Foundation level degree so you really can earn whilst you learn.

We offer a number of opportunities to become part of the Whitbread team. This could be in one of our stores or in supporting our store network in a functional role at our Support Centre such as in Customer Care or Operations. Qualifications required will depend on the role.

Benefits: • Career progression programmes • A Whitbread privilege card (get 25% off all our brands, at any time) • ‘Your Benefits’ – your personal interactive discounted shopping portal • Optional Whitbread Group pension fund • Our employee assistance programme

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Careers with CB&I

The aim of CB&I’s trainee career path for Designers is to provide the structure and systematic training and development that will enable you to build on your academic achievements and to gain from the experience and skills of engineering professionals. ‘I started with CB&I as a Trainee CAD Designer. One of the most important things I have discovered working for CB&I is the dedication my work colleagues have to take time out of their daily routine to provide me with help and guidance if it is required.’ Dan

Benefits: As below

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Careers with United Utilities

A variety of apprenticeships are available for school or college leavers.

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Careers with Logica

Our Sponsored Degree programme allows students to combine paid work with a fully funded 3 year degree. The degree is delivered in partnership with the University of Winchester, where students will study one day a week for a BA (Hons)
Business Management or a BA (Hons) Business Management with IT degree. The other four days a week are spent working for Logica in either the Reading or Leatherhead offices. Upon completing the degree, students move on to full time employment with Logica.

Benefits include: £13,000 starting salary • 25 days holiday • private medical cover • home purchase support/contributory pension scheme • subsidised sports & social clubs

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Careers with Nestlé


Careers with UNISON

UNISON offers a wide range of opportunities across the organisation, from people who have the potential to be trade union organisers who work in our regions, supporting branch activists in recruiting, developing and representing UNISON members, to the many career options available in our national UNISON Centre. These range from admin and support roles to the highly-skilled negotiators who set national bargaining policies and standards, legal advisors, policy and campaigns specialists and IT or communications staff. Qualifications will vary depending on the role.

Benefits: • 32 days annual leave plus 11 public and extra statutory holidays • UNISON staff pension scheme • Relocation expenses (where applicable) • Car (where needed for the post) • Interest-free season ticket loan • Cycle-to-work scheme • Time off for public duties • Full training and development support • Parental/carers leave • Maternity leave • Adoption leave • Job share scheme • Childcare allowance/childcare voucher scheme • Employee assistance programme • Occupational health scheme.

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Careers with National Trust

Maybe you’re green-fingered and want to join the NT Academy to fulfill your leafy dreams of gardening or countryside management? Maybe you want to apply for our Passport To Your Future programme to learn more about heritage? Maybe you want to get stuck in to building work – conserving, repairing and maintaining some of our prized places? Maybe you want to work as part of the central support services in administration, IT or finance? The choice is yours.

Benefits: • Great working environments • Competitive salary • 25 days’ holiday a year (rising to 28 days after 3 years and 30 days after 10 years) • Employee Assistance Programme • Staff card (free admission to all National Trust properties) • Cycle to work scheme • Flexible working • Stakeholder Pension Scheme • Life Assurance

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Careers with IMI

Some of our facilities in the UK and around the world offer work experience for those in full time education and would need to be contacted independently for available opportunities.

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Careers with Lafarge

If you’re at school or college, we can offer opportunities to get hands-on, practical experience. You can join us for a few days or a few months. We also offer holiday cover and internships in most areas. You’re welcome to apply at any time and if we can fit you in, we will.

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Careers with ARM

Not offered

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Careers with Harrods

For any 18 year old deciding where their future lies, our School Leavers Programme offers an exciting and challenging insight into business, working with the very best from the outset. The 18-month programme aims to educate the individual in understanding retail, selling and more about themselves and how to work in a professional environment.

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Careers with Aldi


Careers with ACCA

If you are a school leaver with a minimum of three GCSEs and two A Levels, in five separate subjects including maths and English or if you have equivalent qualifications, you can start studying the ACCA Qualification straight away.

The ACCA Qualification is broadly equivalent to degree standard when you take the first nine papers (the Fundamentals level). When you take the Professionals level, it is equivalent to a master’s degree.

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Careers with National Skills Academy for Power

A variety of apprenticeships are available for school and college leavers.

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Careers with GE Oil & Gas

School leavers can apply for a variety of work placement and apprenticeship opportunities as detailed below.

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Careers with Portakabin

Typical roles for school leavers include administrative and clerical support, perhaps in finance or customer supports roles.

We also support our people to gain further vocational qualifications, such as HNCs or HNDs which are relevant to their professional development.

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Careers with Hewden

We encourage entry at this level for a wide range of opportunities across all areas of the business, from working in our operational depots to the many career options available in our Head Office. Qualifications and experience required will depend on the role.

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Careers with Capco

Not offered at present.

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Careers with Virgin Media

We offer a variety of apprenticeships for school and college leavers.