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FuturesUP! Work Experience

Calling all S5 and S6 pupils who want to boost their employability!

FuturesUP is a multi-industry networking event, designed to support students to gain valuable insights into the world of work and build their professional network.
Students can build their own agenda, choosing from four inspiring sessions:


Welcome and resilience presentation from our partners, PwC

Session 1:  Finance and accounting with UBS, J.P. Morgan, PwC & KPMG
Session 2:  Digital and consultancy with PwC, Deloitte & IBM

Session 3:  STEM with Arm, MBDA and GCHQ
Session 4:  Law with Clifford Chance & DWF

Wrap up, survey and inspiring speaker (TBC)

Why you should attend:

1. Be inspired about different careers available
2. Gain access to a professional network
3. Ask questions & hear first-hand stories
4. Improve your confidence when applying to jobs in the future

Visit FuturesUP! YouTube account to view previous events: FuturesUP @Google and FuturesUP Online.

To apply, you will need to prepare a short motivation statement about why you want to attend the session and submit this via the Uptree website. Student’s should find out if they are successful one week before the event. 
Good luck!

Interested in Civil Engineering?

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Pitch 200

ICE are looking for your help! If you’re interested in Civil Engineering why don’t you have a look at the few short videos by clicking the link below. I’m sure you will find them interesting, informative and fun and you can take advantage of the opportunity to vote for the one you think is best.

What is Pitch 200?

Pitch 200 is a competition with a difference.

Pitch 200 challenges civil engineers to use their creativity to explain a civil engineering principle, concept or idea in an accessible and entertaining way, in just 200 seconds!

This year, due to the coronavirus lockdown, civil engineers from across Scotland have turned to everyday objects and the resources available to them at home to create a pitch video.

We are grateful to all who took part and we have a shortlist of three, who have each created a unique video to share their passion and enthusiasm for civil engineering.

Now, we’re asking you to vote for the pitch video you think is the best!

  • Did you learn something?
  • Did the video make you think?
  • Did it make you smile?
  • Do you understand an aspect of civil engineering a little better as a result of watching?

Watch the videos and cast your vote

Voting is free and the poll closes on Monday 29 June 2020.

If, having watched the videos, you have any questions regarding Civil Engineering, Alison Ward of ICE is happy to take them. Perhaps you want to find out about routes into Civil Engineering through the apprenticeship family. Whatever your question Alison is on hand to help and you can contact her on: 

Strathclyde University Virtual Presentations

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You’re invited!

Presentations for schools and colleges

The Recruitment and International Office at the University of Strathclyde are pleased to be able to offer you a range of virtual presentations that you and your students can access from home. These include a programme of presentations for students considering Higher Education on topics such as:

• Choosing a course and a University

• UCAS and the personal statement

• Transition to University and Student Finance

You and your students can register for one of the dates provided or contact us through and we may be able to arrange an alternative date for your school.

Virtual Visit Days

We will also be offering Virtual Visit Days throughout June and July that your students may wish to register for.  The virtual visit will include a presentation on the University of Strathclyde, our courses, facilities and student experience.  Students will also have the opportunity to speak to a member of the Recruitment Team and with our student ambassadors.  A virtual campus tour will also be available.  Please pass this information on to your students.

Register here

For more information and to book a place you and your students can register here.

Register here


Update: COVID-19 FAQs

We understand that you are currently facing various challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the changing nature of the situation we are regularly updating the information on our website and social media channels as it becomes available.  Please visit our FAQs for prospective students for the most up to date information. Rest assured that our team continues to be available to provide you with ongoing information, guidance and assistance during this time.

Read our FAQs


Check out these Modern Apprenticeships

There are over 75 Modern Apprenticeship opportunities currently advertised on They range from Office Administration and Finance related apprenticeships through IT  and Engineering to the Fisheries and Merchant Navy opportunities. There’s bound to be something here that excites you. Below are just a sample of these fantastic positions so why not visit and find your next move

Check these out!

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You will be able to access and apply or simply find out all you need to know about all the apprenticeship family opportunities in The apprenticeship family includes Foundation Apprenticeship, Modern Apprenticeship and Graduate Apprenticeship opportunities.

If you need to contact a member of staff for advice then email Mr McCarthy on

Good luck!

Data Scientist Graduate Apprenticeship

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Job overview

The Engineering arm Aqualife Services Ltd is excited to offer the position of Trainee Data Scientist to a candidate who has a passion for coding, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

This is an exciting opportunity to simultaneously get into the world of work for an innovative, exciting company, earn salary, and gain a fully funded BSc degree in Data Science.

Based in Stirling, you’ll get to work on real projects from day 1, helping to develop the intelligence behind Aqualife’s disrupting fish farm management and fish vaccination technology, all while studying for a BSc degree at Stirling University.

Full-time (35 Hours)
£17,000 per year

The successful candidate will be offered employment with Aqualife Services Ltd on the basis that they have successfully been accepted onto the Data Science Graduate Apprenticeship with Stirling University.

Applicants are to email CV and covering letter to Kristian Clezy (Head of Engineering) at:

What will I learn?

You will complete both off-the-job and on-the-job training. You will study for a bachelor’s degree (Hons) with modules such as:

 Computing Science and Data Science

 Data Systems Development, modelling and Integration

 Programming in Python, MySQL, MongoDB, R and R Studio, Java and MiniTab

 Practical Statistics

 Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision

 Research and Development of prototype Data Solutions for Aqualife’s new Fish Farm Management Systems

Through a series of university taught modules and industrial experience we will prepare you as the new addition to Aqualife’s Engineering team.

What qualification or qualities are required?

You’ll have a head start in this vacancy if you’ve completed a Foundation Apprenticeship in a related field. We’ll need you to provide evidence of your qualification and show you gained the relevant skills from your placement

Any of the following will be considered for entry to the programme:

BBB at SQA Higher or equivalent qualifications (to include Computing Science or Mathematics)
Relevant Foundation Apprenticeship and 2 Highers (to include Computing Science or Mathematics)
Relevant Modern Apprenticeship (SCQF Level 6)
Applicants with non-standard qualifications including SVQs/NVQs and access programmes will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants with work experience and/or professional qualifications can be considered through Recognition of Prior Learning. This is the process for recognising learning that has its source in experience and/or previous formal, non-formal and learning contexts.

Mathematics competency
Where there is no evidence of competency in mathematics either in a formal or informal context, candidates will be required to undertake a short test. This can be administered by the University or the Graduate Apprentice employer.

Applicants must also be:
Living and working in Scotland
At least 16 years old
Working for an employer based in Scotland in an area related to one of the programmes recommended by the employer

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30 Technology Graduate Apprenticeships with Barclays

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Job overview

Apprentices are some of the brightest minds in our impressively talented team. You’ll be working alongside industry experts who are behind major leaps in FinTech – brilliant minds who are always ready to support you and share their extensive knowledge.

Of course, you’ll also be following a learning programme that’s as trail-blazing as our technology. There’ll be on-the-job training where you’ll learn through valuable hands-on experience. And you’ll have the chance to gain a recognised Apprenticeship Degree Qualification – fully-funded by us. That means you could earn an Apprenticeship qualification and also earn a salary. Don’t forget you’ve got wide-ranging support from a line manager, career coach and a technical buddy, as well as a network of peers. Wherever you’re based, you’ll find the spirit of teamwork and a highly collaborative community, one that’s fizzing with new ideas and full of disruptive thinking.

Each candidate will apply for the Technology Apprenticeship Programme and will be made aware of the technology department they are placed into, once they have joined the business.

Apprenticeship purpose and responsibilities may vary dependent on the role they have been allocated. Apprentices follow a clear development route over the 4 year Apprenticeship programme during which time they will develop skills, knowledge and experience relevant to their specific role and will be able to learn more about organisation.

What will I learn?

• Completion of all in-team training requirements and attendance at all sessions allocated by Apprenticeship Team.
• Completion of all individual objectives agreed with Line Manager within timescales
• Delivery of work which encompasses technical/team learning
• Ensure adherence to Barclay’s policies, standards and controls
• Prompt response to meet the business needs for changes
• Effective liaison with peers & stakeholders
• Building and maintaining an understanding of the various stages of operations and processes
• Ensure that they actively participate in their own development and contribute to ensuring that their understanding of technology is current in line with their job description;
• Operate within and contribute towards the success of their team ensuring that the overall capability of the team is leveraged;
• Maximise the use of relevant toolsets

Of course, you’ll also be following a learning programme that’s as trail-blazing as our technology. There’ll be on-the-job training where you’ll learn through valuable hands-on experience. And you’ll have the chance to gain a recognised Apprenticeship Degree Qualification – fully-funded by us. That means you could earn an Apprenticeship qualification and also earn a salary. Don’t forget you’ve got wide-ranging support from a line manager, career coach and a technical buddy, as well as a network of peers. Wherever you’re based, you’ll find the spirit of teamwork and a highly collaborative community, one that’s fizzing with new ideas and full of disruptive thinking.

What qualification or qualities are required?

• For roles in Scotland, 4 Bs in your Highers (or equivalent), including maths or computing
• Interest in Technology
• Good communication skills

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Software Engineer Graduate Apprenticeships – Glasgow

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Job overview

The VeryConnect Graduate Apprenticeship program ensures you will benefit from the excellent career growth opportunities available to all of our team. You will be working and learning alongside people a wide range of experience: from other Graduate Apprentices, new graduates, to senior technical professionals with global experience.

We will help you build your career and you will play an active role in shaping our software, with ongoing peer to peer support and mentorship.

What will I learn?

VeryConnect offer you the opportunity to complete your University of Glasgow degree while working in an exciting, rapidly growing company with customers from Edinburgh to Fiji.

Our culture is all about learning and applying the latest web technologies. You will be working with a team of developers who are always learning and are happy to share knowledge. We have a close relationship with the teaching staff at the University and we will ensure that the tasks you are completing will progress alongside what you are being taught in your degree.

After 4 years at VeryConnect you will have attained a full Computing Science or Software Engineering BSc and have 4 years of work experience. The position offers exceptional opportunities for growth and will present you with the chance to build your network and professional experiences.

What qualification or qualities are required?

From day one you will be working with experienced professionals on customer projects utilising a variety of technologies and business skills.

• In your first period of work, you will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with our software and get to know the team.
• You will also learn how to use our different tools and industry processes with the guidance and support of the team.
• After you get to know the team and software, you will be given the opportunity to work on small features which go live to all of our customers globally. Within the team, everybody has their code and worked looked through by another team member. You will have the opportunity to both review other people’s work and get supportive feedback on your own tasks.
•As your knowledge and skills increase, you will have the opportunity to work on increasingly larger tasks with more challenging aspects.
• You will be working with the latest technologies and experience both writing new software and updating existing software to the latest technology.
• You will be given exposure of other areas of the business and will target your development on what you enjoy most and what suits you best.

Standard academic entry requirements: AAAA/AAABB
Minimum academic entry requirements: BBBB
Other mandatory academic requirements: Higher Maths at B or above is required, and Highers should include two Science subjects. Grades should be achieved by the end of S5.

Candidates who did not achieve the minimum grades in one sitting and are studying towards additional Highers and Advanced Highers in S6 may receive a conditional offer based on a higher entry tariff by agreement with the University.

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SDS School Leavers Webinar


School Leavers Webinar


SDS are planning a fun & informative series of short 30 minute webinars to support you with the next steps of your career journey!

We understand everyone is facing challenges just now and your plans may have changed or seem unclear due to the current situation. We want to let you know we are still here to help and provide you with the career information and guidance you need for your future.

Join our advisers, Hilary & Erin for our first session on Tuesday 2nd June at 3pm as they take a look at: –

  • Acknowledging the current situation
  • Looking at the positives
  • What skills could come from this?
  • Understanding how Skills Development Scotland can help you
  • Learn about the future sessions we will be running
  • Some actions & links to resources that you can do yourself
  • You can also get involved through the poll questions and comments

Click the link to join – JOIN CAREERJAM SESSION 1

We hope you can join us!

Trainee Pharmacy Technicians (Modern Apprenticeship)


What are we looking for?

We are recruiting 9 individuals to join a two year training programme.  You will be responsible for supporting the coordination and delivery of a range of prescribing support services under the direction of the Prescribing Support Pharmacist.

Whilst you will be mainly based in our hospitals (the acute sector) this post is rotational, offering experience in the dispensing and supply of medicines and products directly towards, departments and patients.

The successful completion the Training programme will result in you achieving a National Certificate (NC) in Pharmacy Services SCQF Level 6 and a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Pharmacy Services Level 3 (SCQF Level 7)  and the achievement of any Core Skills that you have not achieved through previous learning.

Attainment of both of these national qualifications along with the workplace experiential learning that you will receive will ensure that you are then eligible to apply to the pharmacy professions regulatory body – General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to practice as a pharmacy technician (Reg. Pharm. Tec)

What qualifications do I need to apply?

At the time of submitting your application you must already hold a minimum of a National 5 Qualifications (or SCQF equivalent) in Chemistry at grade A to C and a three National Four (or SCQF equivalent) qualifications  in Biology, Maths and English.

These vacancies are aligned to the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Modern Apprenticeship Programme and therefore only open to those applicants aged 16 to 24 years (or 16 to 29 years for Disabled Applicants or applicants who are care experienced*), in line with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Widening Access to Employment Strategy and workforce projections.

* Care experienced applicants are people who live/have lived with foster parents/kinship carers or who live/have lived in a residential children’s setting/secure unit. If this describes you please indicate this in your supporting statement.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident employer. We welcome applications from disabled people, minority ethnic groups, those who are care experienced and from LGBT+ applicants.

Who is this apprenticeship suitable for?

This is an entry level position suitable for someone willing to learn and develop within the role. As well as meeting the educational requirements you will need to be enthusiastic with good manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination with excellent attention to detail, good communication skills and a strong team-work ethic.

You must also demonstrate in your application that you possess good written and verbal communication skills, are enthusiastic and highly motivated, and are hardworking with good attention to detail

For full details and to apply visit our website

Closing date Noon on Tuesday 9th June.

ICE Scotland’s Home Engineering Challenge

ICE Scotland’s Home Engineering Challenge

A Queensferry Crossing from straws? The Falkirk Wheel from K’nex? Young people across Scotland are being challenged to show-off their engineering creativity using household objects.

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The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) want to challenge all school pupils across Scotland to demonstrate their creativity and problem-solving skills by building an iconic civil engineering project just from household materials.

Could you create a Queensferry Crossing from straws? A Burj Khalifa from Lego? A Channel Tunnel from toilet rolls? The Falkirk Wheel from K’nex? Or even the Hoover Dam from papier maché? The possibilities are endless!

Looking for inspiration? Look at some civil engineering projects of the last 200 years for ideas then see what you have around the house and get building!

This challenge is open to Scottish school pupils of all ages, from early years to S6.

It’s an ideal opportunity to explore the creativity, ingenuity and problem-solving skills that civil engineers use every day. Whether it’s for a UCAS personal statement or a primary school portfolio, this is a fun way to show you’ve got what it takes to be an engineer.

To enter, simply tweet a picture of your construction, tagging @ICEScotland.

The civil engineering project should be identified in the text as should the age of the pupil who built it.

The young person shouldn’t appear in the picture and no personal information should be given.

So get cracking! Build your structure and tweet your photo. Remember to tag @ICEScotland.

Good Luck!

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