Future Friday Blog

Friday 2nd April 2019

Bury College, Coding Cadets Course

Due to the success and popularity of their other after schools clubs that they run, Bury College are delighted to let you know about a brand new exciting after school club that is perfect for pupils in Year 9 – Year 11 wanting to gain an insight into Computer Programming and IT. It is also a great opportunity for those who are in Year 11 and have chosen a Computing/ IT or Computer Science course to gain more of an insight in to this curriculum area.

Students will have the chance to take part in an exciting robotics challenge and develop the logical, imaginative and creative skills needed to create the technologies of tomorrow.

If you are interested in this course, you should contact Nicola Williams at Nicola.Williams@burycollege.ac.uk. Places are limited so apply now to avoid disappointment.

Please see more details about the course below:

Bury College Coding Cadets

NCS The Challenge

I have spoken to a number of Year 11 pupils this week regarding their applications for the 2019 programme. These pupils need to complete their medical information as soon as possible in order for their applications to be processed.

Access Creative College Open Events

The Access Creative College in Manchester are to hold a number an Open Events at their premises at St James' Buildings, 65 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6FQ. This event will be of particular interest to those pupils considering a future in the music, games and media industries. The Open Day provide a great opportunity for both parents and pupils to see the campus, meet tutors and current students and find out more about careers. Here are the details of the forthcoming events:

Open Days

Saturday 30 March starting at 1.30 pm until 3.00 pm

For further details of any of this event visit accesscreative.ac.uk or alternatively call on 0800 28 18 42

Hopwood Hall College Open Event

Hopwood Hall are to hold an Open Evening on Thursday 4 April from 4.00 pm until 7.00 pm at both their Rochdale and Middleton campuses. Please ensure you attend the appropriate campus, depending on your area of interest (see below for further details)



Bury College Apprenticeship Jobs Fair

Bury College are to host an Apprenticeship Job Fair on Tuesday 23 April, 2019. The event will start at 2.00 pm and conclude at 5.00 pm.

Salford City College Open Events

Eccles Sixth Form College Open Event, 14 March. Venue: Eccles Sixth Form College

Adult & University Centre Open EventMarch 23. Venue: University Centre at Salford City College

Adult & University Centre Open EventApril 23. Venue: University Centre at Salford City College.

Phantom of the OperaApril 30. Venue: University Centre at Salford City College

Adult & University Centre Open Event, May 9. Venue: University Centre at Salford City College.

Equine Studies Open Evening, May 20. Venue: Ryders Farm Equestrian Centre.

Triptych Too Production, May 21. Venue: Pendleton College

Adult & University Centre Open Event, June 13. Venue: University Centre at Salford City College.

Romeo and Juliet, June 21. Venue: Pendleton College.

Into the Woods, June 25. Venue: Pendleton College.

The Growth Company, Rochdale Training Centre

The Growth Company formerly The Skills Company, provide the help and support you need to get exactly where you want. Whether it is to improve your qualifications, find an apprenticeship, gain work experience or secure a future college course, their courses are designed with your goals in mind.

Courses are available all year and can be anything between 6 and 40 weeks long, and you will be attending 2-3 days each week.

For further information call 01706 717 860, or alternatively you can email at:


Leaflets are also available from the LRC.

Careers In Racing

If you’re looking for a career that's out of the ordinary – or just want to work with horses - look no further than horseracing – there's something for everyone.

For further information follow the link below

Careers in Racing Website

Career/Apprenticeship Opportunities at Aldi

Aldi have some fantastic career and apprenticeship opportunities. For further details follow the link below:


Career Opportunities with Ryanair

Ryanair has announced that it is recruiting over 200 cabin crew for its bases throughout the UK, including Manchester.

Crewlink, Ryanair’s recruitment partner, will be hosting recruitment events in the coming weeks.

Reasons to join them include:

Recruitment Days
17/04/2018 Manchester
25/04/2018 London
26/04/2018 East Midlands
27/04/2018 Manchester
11/05/2018 London
14/05/2018 East Midlands
16/5/2018 Manchester
30/05/2018 London

For further information visit https://careers.ryanair.com

Apprenticeship Opportunities

There are currently 255 apprenticeships and 43 traineeships available in the Rochdale, Middleton and Heywood area, covering a wide range of sectors. Whilst you may not yet be eligible to apply, it is well worth taking a look at what range of apprenticeships are available. For more information check out www.rochdaleapprenticeships.org/.

Apprenticeships with Amazon

41 open jobs some of which will be based in the North West

Exciting Opportunities Start Here!

Amazon is the perfect place to learn new skills with a range of apprenticeship opportunities to suit candidates with different backgrounds, qualifications and career aspirations.

Our Operations, Engineering and Technical teams are crucial to ensuring that we continue to deliver and innovate for customers. We have big plans and want to continue to develop and retain the best talent. Our apprenticeship schemes are aimed at people who have a passion for learning new skills and who want to start a career now – possibly as an alternative to continuing in education or in order to retrain in a new direction. You will need to be committed to your own development and be prepared to make the most of the opportunities given to you. A desire to succeed and make the most of the hands on experience and qualifications on offer to you is essential. After graduating from an apprenticeship programme, you’ll be qualified to apply to join our team permanently in any of a number of different roles as you embark on an exciting career.

Engineering – Process Automation Engineering Degree Level 6 Apprenticeship

Join us on our 48 month Automation Engineering scheme and you’ll combine studying for a degree with hands-on practical training in both general engineering basics as well as PLC controls specialisms. The first year of your apprenticeship you will gain hands-on practical training on a residential basis at Trafford College, where you will also begin to study towards a HND in Electrical & Electronics engineering. In years 2 and 3 you will complete your HND on a block release basis whilst working alongside our Automation Engineers in one of our fulfilment centres. In year 4 of your apprenticeship you will complete a work based automation project and attend the University of Salford on block release to achieve a BEng degree in Controls and Automation.

Digital and Technology Solutions Professional – Software Development Degree Level 6 Apprenticeship (SDE)

Join us on our SDE Apprenticeship where you will work with cutting-edge technology to develop critical products for our customers, and offer excellent technical support. Developers at Amazon work on real world problems on a global scale, own systems end-to-end, and influence the direction of our technology that delights hundreds of millions of customers around the world. As an SDE Apprentice, you will have the opportunity to work in one of our corporate office across Bristol, Cambridge, London or Scotland.

You will build your skills over a 48 month period through Classroom based training hosted offsite, Amazon’s on-the-job training program- all delivered in a blended-learning approach, using a combination of digital learning and face-to-face sessions, video, core reading, exercises and online tutorial. Working towards a BSC in Digital and Technology Solutions Professional.

IT- MA (Hons) IT Management for Business – Scotland only

On this 48 month graduate apprenticeship scheme based in our development center in Scotland you will be part of the Global IT organization which supports growth through the implementation of technology solutions including: desktop productivity tools, systems, network and telephony infrastructure, and company-wide technology programs such as capacity planning and availability.

During your first year you will cover modules such as Interactive Systems, Software Development 1, Business skills, Enterprise and its Business Environment and continue to learn across the duration of the scheme while working alongside professionals and day release studying at a local university. You will work towards MA (Hons) IT Management for Business.

IT - Infrastructure Technician and Network Engineering/Project Management- Level 3 and Level 4 Apprenticeship

Join us on our IT Apprenticeships where you’ll combine studying, including both classroom based training hosted offsite and complimented with Amazon’s on-the-job training, supported by our specialist teams on site in our Fulfilment Centres or Corporate offices. You will be working with systems and technology, focused on delivering the highest service and delighting our end customer. During your first year you will be introduced to the fundamental technical skills you need to become a successful Amazon technical employee. 36 month scheme consists of Level 3 Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship standard in year 1 and then year 2 and 3 you will complete either a Level 4 apprenticeship in Network Engineering or IT Project Management (both are equivalent to first year of degree study).

Engineering - Advanced Mechatronics Level 3 Apprenticeship

Join us on our 48 month Mechatronics Advanced scheme and you’ll combine college-based learning with hands-on training. During your first year you will be based at a technical training centre on a residential basis, learning the engineering basics that you will need in your role with us. Outside of college term times you’ll enrich your studies by working alongside members of our skilled workforce in one of our fulfilment centres. During years 2, 3 and 4 of the apprenticeship you will build your skills in the workplace as well as continuing your academic studies either on day or block release. You will achieve the Level 3 Engineering Technician (Mechatronics Maintenance) apprenticeship standard as well as a HNC in Engineering.

Operations – Business Improvement Techniques (BIT) Level 2 Apprenticeship

Join us on our 13 month BIT Apprenticeship scheme and will be trained on our process paths while also growing your skills in crucial, complementary areas like safety first, problem solving, communication and project planning. Over the course of the apprenticeship you will be introduced to the fundamental operational excellence modules and will work towards a Level 2 apprenticeship in Business Improvement Techniques.

Visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en-gb/landing_pages/apprentices? or alternatively Click here to find out more about the schemes.

The Bridge GM

The Bridge GM is a website covering all aspects of current labour market information in the Greater Manchester area. It is easy to navigate and includes information for students and parents. It is well worth taking a look: