In the Know – Apprenticeships at top companies!

In the Know – Apprenticeships at top companies!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Leading social mobility charity, The Sutton Trust, reports that good quality apprenticeships offer lifetime earnings on average better than many degree courses. They also offer the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’, gain marketplace value skills and a foot on the career ladder. Here are three good quality apprenticeships for school-leavers at top companies in the country.

The EY Business Apprenticeship
EY offers apprenticeship opportunities in four areas of their business – assurance, tax, transactions and consulting. In each programme, you have the chance to drive lasting change, take advantage of new technology and help build a better working world from day one. You will also complete the CFAB qualification leading to a full qualification through the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Applications for the September 2018 intake are still open and you can find out more here.

KPMG360° Apprenticeship
KPMG offers rotational apprenticeship programmes for school and college leavers. It gives ambitious, free-thinking young people the chance to work with some of the very best and brightest people in the business world. By ‘rotational’, they simply mean you get to move around different areas of the organisation, gaining invaluable insights, work experience and professional qualifications along the way. Applications for the October 2018 intake are still open and you can find out more here.

Amazon Apprenticeships
Ranging from Operations Fulfilment to Engineering & Facilities to IT, Amazon is the perfect place to start your career with a range of apprenticeship opportunities to suit different candidates with different backgrounds and career aspirations. Their apprenticeship schemes are aimed at ambitious young people who have a passion for learning new skills and who want to start their career now. Find out more about these programmes and how to apply here.

GT Scholars offers after-school programmes that focus on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

In the Know – Apprenticeship opportunities to kick-start your career!

In the Know – Apprenticeship opportunities to kick-start your career!

In The Know Parents What's new?

An apprenticeship gives young people hands-on experience, a salary and the opportunity to train while they work, and is available across a wide range of industries and organisations, from local businesses to large national brands. Here are some resources for your child to find out more about apprenticeships or to find the perfect apprenticeship to kick-start their career.

Get In, Go Far
With government funding of apprenticeship schemes increasing every year, this is their official apprenticeships website. You can search thousands of vacancies from great companies in a range of industries, from engineering to nursing, and law to design. The levels of apprenticeship on offer range from level 2 (equivalent to GCSE) right up to higher and degree apprenticeships. There are also great resources for parents to learn more about apprenticeships. Find out more here.

Future Talent
This online resource is specifically designed for school and college leavers looking for their next step, whether that is an apprenticeship, school leaver programme, entry-level job, or a sponsored learning programme. Their platform is easy to use and you can discover, search and apply for a variety of different opportunities. They also provide advice about applying for roles and insights into what it’s like working in different industries. You can register for free here.

The Apprenticeship Guide
The Apprenticeship Guide contains concise summaries of every apprenticeship framework offered in England, plus general careers advice, real-life stories, a regional directory of training providers and much more. The Guide is fully revised and updated annually, as the world of apprenticeships changes constantly as new schemes are created and old schemes are revised. Take a look for yourself here.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

The Financial Value of an A grade

The Financial Value of an A grade

Post 16 What's new? Young people

During your secondary school years, you often don’t realise that your decisions and actions can have a long-term impact on your future. Young people are often ignorant of the fact that they are paving the way for success or failure. It is during these years that we start laying the foundations of our lives. The skills you learn in school will stay with you forever. You learn to set goals and apply yourself so that you can achieve those goals. You learn to balance work and play and you learn to prioritize, ensuring that you focus on what needs to be done instead of what you would like to do.

More often than not, young people underestimate the value of good grades and the impact it can have on one’s future. Good grades can open many doors, especially when it comes to applying for a tertiary education programme. With good grades, you can translate a solid education into a rewarding & well-paying career. Many students are not able to access the tertiary education programme of their choice, due to not achieving the required marks in secondary school. That is why it is important for students to understand this and work hard during school to get good grades. The future is yours, and it can be a bright one with good grades.

In addition to opening the doors to a stellar tertiary education, obtaining above average grades in secondary school can also improve your employability. Employers look at secondary school results to determine whether or not a candidate has the ability to perform well academically and if the candidate will be able to learn and thrive in a specific setting.

If you are unsure about which career path you would like to embark on, good academic results will allow you to secure an entry-level job which pays relatively well while you decide on the career that will be best suited for you. This way you will also be able to discover your strengths and weaknesses and also your likes and dislikes.

Universities, such as the Liverpool John Moore University, offers full merit-based scholarships, wherein exceptional students are rewarded for their outstanding achievements in academics. Most of these scholarships offer to settle the tuition fees for an entire undergraduate study programme, leaving the recipient of the scholarship free from any obligation to repay the programme fees. There is a wide range of scholarships available including scholarships for Masters and Doctoral studies.

Young people that excel academically can also consider applying for a scholarship abroad which will, in turn, open up a whole new world of possibilities to consider. Studying abroad will also give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in another country and its culture.
Education is a personal and financial investment and possibly one of the best investments you will make as it makes a huge difference in your life and can secure your future. It can even empower you to make a change in the world as we know it.

Having a good education, with exceptional results can provide a stable career with high earning potential. A recent article in the Telegraph stated that a person without a degree can earn up to £12,000 less per annum than a graduate entering the job market. Furthermore, the report states that this amounts to over £500,000 difference in earning potential difference over an average working life. After a survey carried out by Adzuna, a jobs website, where they’ve analysed a million vacancies, they’ve concluded that there is a widening pay gap between non-graduates and graduates. This demonstrates the difference in earning potential that having a solid education can make when pursuing the career of your choice.

There is a proven correlation between not doing well in school, and not doing well in university or your job. An article by James Rosenbaum on the American Federation of Teachers website states that students who do not perform well in school will probably not graduate from college, many not progressing further than remedial courses. High numbers of college enrolment rates and low graduation rates are known facts in most open admissions and less selective colleges (both two- and four-year). The tight connection between high school preparation (in terms of both the rigor of courses taken and grades received) and college completion are well known to statisticians, researchers, and policymakers who follow such matters.

Education is a lifelong journey, which adds lasting quality to our lives. There are so many different educational pursuits we can follow and so many different fields of study, that the only difficulty is choosing what you want to pursue! The GT Scholars Awards programme focuses on helping young people understand the variety of career and study options available to them and can assist in making an informed decision about your future career.
If you are struggling to achieve good results in school, our flagship programme, The GT Scholars Academic Programme, has been proven to help students to improve by two grades within a year of joining the programme. This unique after-school programme combines tutoring in either Maths or English, Enrichment and Skill building classes. If you are interested in one of our programmes you can register your interest here, and one of our team members will get in touch with you to discuss thing in more detail.

10 Websites young people can use to learn anything online

10 Websites young people can use to learn anything online

What's new? Young people

Knowledge is power! Learning new things can change your life for the better. It will give your self-esteem a boost and it will also affect the way you do things on a day to day basis. On top of that, you will experience personal growth.

Being in a constant flow of learning new things ensures that we are current and up to date with our ever-changing, fast-paced environment. It makes us open to new, exciting opportunities and will kick start a personal growth journey filled with endless possibilities. As long as we can learn, the sky’s the limit! If we do not learn new things we stagnate and eventually we will start moving backwards.

Because there is absolutely nothing to lose, except your comfort zone, there should be no reason why you should not visit one of these awesome websites to embark on your new journey!

  1.  CodeAcademy  – The demand for people who have coding skills are on the rise. This is not only true for developers, programming is on the way of playing bigger roles in everyday career paths. With coding added to your list of skills, you can definitely pursue a more rewarding career. Codecademy offers free coding classes covering 12 different programming languages, which include, Python, Java, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, and Sass, to name a few.
  2. PhotographyCourse.net – A picture is worth a thousand words. It will be worth your while to have photography added to your skills list. It is a powerful tool which allows us to share and to communicate to those around us.  This website offers free online photography courses. You can enrol in comprehensive photography lessons that cover various topics, such as Photographic Lenses, How to Use Your Camera, Light and the Photographer, and Digital Cameras.

  3. Adobe Photoshop CC – The Complete Beginners Guide – Photo editing is just as important as the actual photo shoot.  Editing defines the mood of the photograph and enhances the overall message that a photo is supposed to deliver. Up your skills with this free course by Adobe Know How. Having photo editing skills can open many doors.

  4. Channel 9 Web Development – If you are interested in a career in web design, go check out  Channel 9 Web Development. This website offers a course for beginners wanting to learn web design.  The course is presented online in a series of 21 videos of 30 minutes long in length. You will only be able to move on to the next lesson if you can master the basics of the lesson before.  At the end of the course, you should be able to create a very good website.

  5. Yousician –  Yousician is an interactive music service that allows you to learn and play a musical instrument.  The website supports the guitar, piano, ukulele and bass.  The site offers easy step by step tutorials and proves exercises based on your performance level.  Starting a band has never been easier.

  6. Developing Android Apps Android Fundamentals – Google and Udacity have teamed up to launch a free crash course in Android development. This course covers theory as well as practice to teach you how to build great apps in a jiffy. The course has step-by-step instructions to teach you how to build a cloud-connected Android app. You will also learn the best practices of mobile development, mainly focussing on Android development.

  7. DuDuolingo – Knowing an additional language can open a world of job opportunities and at the same time establish meaningful connections and be the start of possible cross-cultural friendships. Whether you want to learn a new language from scratch or just want to brush up on your French skills, this site is ideal.

  8. Blender – Animation is everywhere, whether it is in a movie, a TV commercial or business presentation. It will be definitely worth your while to master this skill. Blender is a 3D animation software that can be used to create amazing 3D images and animate them. The best of all is that the software is free and so are the courses. So if you are interested in a career in animation, be sure to check out this site.

  9. Alison.com’s Sketchup course – Do you want to become the next most sought after architect? Get a headstart with yet another awesome program that is completely free to download. The good news is that some architect firms actually recognises Sketchup as a valid 2D plan drawing tool. A free course, plus a free software! Isn’t that cool?

  10. Music Technology Foundations by EDX – All features and materials may not be available as this is the free version of the course. EdX keeps courses open for enrollment after the end to allow learners to explore content and continue learning. The course offers history, theory and practice of music technology, Sound, audio, MIDI, effects and sequencing. It also entails hands-on practice with music-making using contemporary digital tools

So, what are you waiting for? Information has never been this easily accessible We need to grasp every opportunity to learn with both hands. The world (or should I say web) is definitely your oyster!  There are numerous free and low-cost websites and apps available on the Internet.  The list above is only but to name a few. It is also worth to mention that Youtube also offers thousands of video tutorials on a wide variety of topics.  To find out about more great opportunities and events for young people, feel free to sign up to our newsletter.

The GT Scholars programme wants to help young people aged 11-16 to achieve excellent grades and reach their future goals. If you’re interested, you’ll need to register your interest or give us a call on 020 881 68066.

 

In the Know – Make a difference in the world!

In the Know – Make a difference in the world!

In The Know Parents What's new?

When young people are faced with injustice, they are keen to change things for the better. However, they are often told that they are too young to make a significant difference and to leave it to the grown-ups. This is not true! Young people can and should help where they can. Here are three amazing programmes that young people can volunteer with to make a positive impact in different issues:

British Red Cross: Volunteering with the Red Cross is about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people in your community and around the world. It also gives you the chance to develop new skills and gain confidence, whether it’s performing first aid, giving presentations or pricing merchandise. Volunteering opportunities are available for young people aged 15-18, and you can find how to apply here.

The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA):  The PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity providing free veterinary care to the sick and injured pets of people in need and promoting responsible pet ownership. Volunteers at PDSA can start at 14 years old, and young people, passionate about animals can help by donating their time or volunteering in one of the shops. Find out more about the programme and how to join here.

The Lynk Up Crew (LUC): The LUC is a group of young Londoners aged 7-15, who meet monthly to address the issues young Londoners face and also contribute to shaping policies that affect young people. Some issues that they have worked on include obesity, the environment, bullying, families, labelling, and drug and alcohol addiction. They are currently recruiting new members, so if you are interested in the opportunity to become part of their team, please follow this link.

Young people are going to be the leaders of the world someday, so they should be given ample opportunities to make a difference now. The GT Scholars programme is committed to inspiring and motivating young people to take the initiative to bring about positive change. If you want to know more about how we can help your child to improve their leadership skills and reach their future goals, then contact us or give us a call on 02088168066. If you want to stay updated on great opportunities and events for your child, feel free to sign up to our parent newsletter here.

In The Know: Code Like a Ninja!

In The Know: Code Like a Ninja!

In The Know What's new?

It’s the last day of school for most young people in London and the summer holiday is the perfect time to discover new interests. This week, we’ve listed three activities that promote the development of young people’s coding or software development skills.

CoderDojo: This volunteer-led community aims to offer free programming lessons to young people between the ages of 7 and 17. Individual clubs or Dojos, act independently to offer programming knowledge in an effort to address the global shortage of programmers. Each Dojo has its own rules regarding registration and attendance. To attend, young people need to have a laptop but some Dojos do have spare laptops to lend. For more information, click here

Teens code the collection: The British Museum has a free event scheduled for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 15 years of age. Young people will be taught how to create LED badges using the new BBC micro:bit. Creations will be inspired by medals and brooches from the Museum’s own collection. This event will be held on the 5th of August between 11:00 to 1600 at the Samsung Discovery Centre . For more information, click here

Code Academy: This interactive online platform offers free classes in 12 different programming languages. Programming languages that offered include JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, AngularJS, SQL, Java, HTML, CSS, PHP and Python. The site boasts over 25 million users from around the world and has a “Pro” paid option which gives access to learning plans, quizzes, realistic projects and live help from advisors. For more information, click here.

Thinking of what to do next year? The GT Scholars programme is an after-school programme for young people aged 11-16. Our goal is to help young people achieve excellent grades, especially in STEM fields. We’ve still got a few spaces left for young people that want to join GT Scholars next term. If you’re interested, you’ll need to register your interest here or give us a call on 02088168066

PS: ‘In the know’ will be taking a short break from Tuesday 1st August to Friday 25th August as there will be limited availability in the office. You can still reach the office during this period as we’ll still be open during normal office hours Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.

We need to make sure students are well informed about their options post 16

We need to make sure students are well informed about their options post 16

Narrowing the gap Post 16 Private tuition Private tutors What's new?

Post 16 options

Every young person is required to be in some form of education or training from the ages of 16-18. These years can be an incredibly exciting period, as young people for the first time are in full control over what subjects and qualifications they take. It is an opportunity to begin specialising in certain areas/subjects and to truly begin down the road to independence and adulthood. We at GT Scholars think it essential for all students to know the options that are available to them post 16, so we’ve made a list to help young people make the right choice for themselves. There is most certainly something for everyone.

A levels –

A levels are the next step for many young people post 16. They are subject-based qualifications, taken at school or college, that open up a variety of options later on. Universities and employers hold A level qualifications in high regard. They are a particularly good stepping stone towards university, as they offer a bridge between the teaching styles of schools and universities. A levels are a great academic challenge and give students the chance to further enhance their knowledge of familiar subjects such as English, Maths, History etc, or perhaps to delve into subjects that they may not have come across at school, such as Psychology or Politics.

Vocational Courses –

Another college-based post 16 option are vocational courses. They are different from A levels in that they typically are more hands-on, practical qualifications. They are specialist qualifications which focus on specific subject and employment areas, a few examples from the long list being business, social care and hairdressing . Vocational courses can help students gain employment skills and also provide a path towards a variety of university courses. They are a respected and well-established option post 16.

Apprenticeships –

Apprenticeships are gaining popularity in the UK, as more and more young people are recognising their value as a legitimate alternative to A-Levels. They offer something very different; practical, hands-on experience in a workplace. The skills you gain through apprenticeships are mostly job-specific and offer a fantastic route towards eventual full-time employment in your industry of choice. As an apprentice you can gain qualifications whilst working and earning money. The scope of apprenticeships has widened in recent years, with roles now available in a wide variety of sectors from engineering to IT to business. The modern apprenticeship is a challenging, rewarding and dynamic post 16 option.

Below are a list of links with further information to help you make the right choice for you-

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/info/your-choices-at-16
https://www.ucas.com/ucas/16-18-choices/getting-started/what-are-my-options
https://www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/articles/article/100/post-16-options
https://www.connexions-tw.co.uk/moving-forward-options-post-16