Looking for great career options for students who don’t want to go to university? BDO has them.

Who we are

We’re one of the UK’s largest Accountancy and Business Advisory firms providing Audit, Advisory, Tax and Business Services & Outsourcing services to clients across the UK and the globe. When the most ambitious organisations need advice on accountancy and business, they turn to us.
Why we hire trainees

At BDO, we’re looking forward to the future. That’s why we have a long-standing commitment to hiring Apprentices, offering them world-class training and giving them the responsibility to take on real projects and become a key part of our business. That’s why we’re committed to helping our trainees succeed, no matter who they are and what their background is. Our Managing Partner, Paul Eagland joined us as a school leaver and worked his way up to become a senior leader in our business. We already know how integral school leavers are to our business; with the right attitude and the right opportunities, there’s no limit to what they can achieve.
What we offer trainees

Our Apprenticeship Programme is designed to help trainees learn the skills they need to build a stimulating Accountancy career without the debt that comes with a degree from university. The Programme is a tailored blend of real work and industry-leading training where trainees will gain knowledge and experience as they study towards a Masters-level professional qualification, and a full-time job offer upon successful completion of their Apprenticeship. With dedicated managers, exposure to real work and individual support, it’s a unique opportunity to earn while they learn, achieve a globally recognised qualification and get an unparalleled start in a career in Accountancy.
What trainees work on

We work with clients across a diverse range of sectors throughout the UK and the world. From hospitality and financial services to real estate and charities, trainees will work across a variety of sectors and develop an understanding of the areas they might want to peruse in their career.
They may find themselves helping with an audit for the NHS, providing advisory services to a premier league football club, counting sheep as part of a farm audit, or giving tax advice to a pharmaceutical client.
If that sounds interesting, come along to our virtual Insight Event on Wednesday 3rd March at 3pm to find out about our exciting schemes and see which ones could inspire your students.

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General Resources

Brought to you by RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk, the brand new Guide to Career Options 2021 has arrived, and we are so excited to share it with you.

This Guide is jam-packed with advice to help students choose the right path, find virtual work experience, ace video interviews and much more.

It also features the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers for 2020-2021, with insights into what it’s like to be an apprentice at each company.

We’d love it if you could share the link below with your students, so they can kick-start their careers in the right way!

View the guide here.

Join our Apprenticeship Hub

If you haven’t already, please sign up to our Apprenticeship Hub which is the home of valuable resources for you to share with your students, industry news, events and apprenticeship opportunities.

We will also be sharing helpful presentations to keep your students inspired throughout the academic year.

Sign in to the Apprenticeship Hub.

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Fair
Wednesday 17th March | 12pm – 6pm | 100+ Exhibitors
With university open days on hold, our UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair will be returning on March 17th to help students from Years 11, 12 and 13 explore their post 18 options, with over 100 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers from across the UK attending. Students will be able to speak directly with admissions teams and recruitment officers from Russell Group, Red Brick, Modern & Specialist universities, along with higher & degree apprenticeship providers. The event will also feature virtual campus tours so students can explore universities from their laptop.

You can view the list of exhibitors who’ve signed up so far here.

10 live webinars on a range of subjects will run throughout the day such as Choosing a Course, Careers & Employability, Degree Apprenticeships and Student Finance.

Register here.

Some new VWEX opportunities have been advertised on the Springpod Website. The ones I thought might be of interest for Rating Lane students are:

Broadcast Journalism – for media
TV and Film – for media
Dentistry – for the medics
Politics – for politics/sociology
Veterinarian – for science
Graphic Design – for art
Fashion – for art
Teaching – for anyone interested
Journalism – for English

The dates for all of these are between 6-16 April. For most of the experiences, students only need to complete at least 10 hours during the 2 weeks to get a certificate and can catch up on live talks in their own time if they can’t make it.

It’s really easy to apply. Students just need to google ‘Springpod’, click on the Work Experience tab and look at the opportunities listed. They need to apply for the one they are interested in and should hear if they have a place by 19th March.

CTEC Business Level 3 Tasks

The first unit of this course is called the business environment. You will develop a strong understanding of the business world, it’s different sectors and different forms of ownership.

Therefore completing the tasks below will really help prepare you for study.

Task One

Visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/companies-house .

Companies House will tell you what type of ownership a business has registered itself as.

Choose four different businesses and see if you can find out what type of business they are registered as.

Task Two

Can you find clear definitions for the following terms;

  • Private Limited Company.
  • Public Limited Company.
  • Sole Trader.
  • Franchise.

Task Three

Do some research in to businesses that have ceased trading recently. What was the reason/s for the business failing?

Was it due to Covid 19 and lockdown restrictions, or was the business already struggling before the Pandemic?

Task Four

If you have a part time job, do some research in to the business. What type of business are they registered as? How many staff members do the employ? How many years have they been trading for and who is their main competitors? Using your part time employment can be a really useful example throughout this course.

Chartered Institute of Marketing – Marketing Virtual Work Experience February 2021 https://www.springpod.co.uk/marketing-virtual-work-experience/

Vodafone – Innovators Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/vodafone-virtual-work-experience/

Law Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/law-virtual-work-experience/

Teaching Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/teaching-virtual-work-experience/

Nestlé – Employability Skills Programme https://www.springpod.co.uk/nestle-employability-skills-programme/

Finance Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/finance-virtual-work-experience/

BT – Insight Day https://www.springpod.co.uk/bt-insight-day/

Journalism Virtual Work Experience https://www.springpod.co.uk/journalism-virtual-work-experience/


CREATIVE DEGREE TALKS by The Northern School of Art
We have an exciting programme of Live and Pre-recorded Virtual HE Talks by Creative Professionals at The Northern School of Art.
Our live virtual sessions can take place anytime to suit you and will provide your students with a detailed insight into any one of our degree courses. Session includes a live Q&A.
Alternatively, links to our pre-recorded talks can be found below.
We also have a range of short 2-minute videos showcasing our courses, facilities and student life at www.northernart.ac.uk

Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship (DTS)
Duration – 4 Years
Qualification – BSc Degree in Digital and Technology Solutions (University of Warwick)
Salary – Circa £20,000

If you want to work at the cutting edge of car production, then look no further than our Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship. Working on the ideas that will be on the production line in five years’ time, means you will be fascinated by the world of tomorrow and the opportunities that brings.

And where better to put your technology skills and passion to the test than in a business that will change from a car manufacturer to a technology company that makes superb cars? If you are motivated by the power of technology to change the way the world moves, in a business that believes that technology can be a force for good, then this apprenticeship could be perfect for you.

The Apprenticeship

There are 4 pathways to choose from:

  • Software Engineering, in our Engineering and IT teams
  • Software Engineering with Data, in our Engineering and Manufacturing teams
  • Data Analytics with a variety of functions across our enterprise
  • Network Engineering in our Engineering and IT teams

For the first two years you will study the core range of subjects, with pathway specialism in years three and four. Modules are taught in week blocks at the University of Warwick and will be a mix of lectures, practical laboratories, seminars and tutorials. You will also have access to a Virtual Learning Environment for further support between blocks.

In year’s 1 and 2 you will cover modules in all 4 of the pathways and then in years 3 and 4 you will move into your chosen pathway.

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