Architectural technologist (Wk. 6 – Oct)

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SO WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ARCHITECT AND A CHARTERED ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST? 

The services that they would provide for a domestic project are broadly very similar. As a broad brush attempt to differentiate, architects are generally more ‘design led’ with greater interest, experience and training in the aesthetic and spatial qualities of a project. Whereas architectural technologists have often had more experience and training in the science and technology of building, e.g. how and why they are constructed in a certain way, using certain materials.

Not surprisingly, they are in great demand, especially now that people are more concerned about the environment and the need for buildings to be eco-friendly and energy efficient.

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need a degree in architectural technology, or a related subject like the built environment.

Your degree course needs to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

You may be able to work your way up from a qualified architectural technician (TCIAT) role.

You could get into this job through a degree apprenticeship.

 

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2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • drawing skills and the ability to picture objects in 3D
  • management skills for leading projects
  • the ability to analyse data and read technical plans
  • computer aided design (CAD) skills
  • maths skills
  • teamworking skills

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3. What you’ll do

You’ll work on the design plans of building projects like home extensions and sports stadiums. You’ll oversee projects from start to finish.

Your day-to-day task might include:

  • assessing clients’ needs and planning work
  • collecting and reading technical data
  • creating building plans using CAD software
  • checking construction plans for possible design problems
  • leading the design process and team
  • advising clients on environmental and legal regulations
  • managing contract bids and tenders
  • giving advice to clients and the construction team on which materials and processes to use
  • checking progress and inspecting completed building work
  • advising and reporting on the maintenance and future use of completed building work

You’ll work for private architects’ practices, housing associations, property developers, and building and construction companies.

 

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4. Salary

Starter: £20,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £30,000 to £40,000

Highly Experienced: £60,000 or more

You may earn more if you’re self-employed.

These figures are a guide.

 

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5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, although you may sometimes have to work extra hours to meet deadlines.

You’ll be mainly office-based, but you’ll also visit clients and construction sites. Travelling to sites and meetings may mean spending time away from home.

You may need to work outdoors in all weathers. 

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6. Career path and progression

Once you have at least 2 years’ work experience, you can work towards chartered membership of the CIAT (MCIAT).

With experience you could move into management, work as a consultant or set up your own practice.

You could also work in universities or research.

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Cyber security specialist (Wk.5 Oct. 2018)

Cyber security is fast becoming one of the most important roles in the tech sector as cyber criminals and hackers become ever more sophisticated. I’m sure you will all have read about the alleged role of hackers in the American Presidential elections, for example.

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What does a cyber security specialist do? Typical employers | Qualifications and training | Key skills

Any computer connected to the internet is vulnerable to cyber attacks. Cyber security, or IT security, is the technique used to protect computers and networks from criminal intrusion. Specialists in cyber security are among the most sought-after professionals in the tech sector as businesses and governments seek to fight off an increasingly daring and ruthless cohort of global cyber criminals and hackers. Skilled and dedicated security specialists work in this field that demands a mix of artistry and technical expertise. They need to be constantly one step ahead of the hackers and organised criminals behind a new crime wave.

There is increased potential for career progression, especially in larger organisations and financial service providers. There is also scope for experienced security professionals to go into business for themselves as consultants.

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Typical duties include:

  • seeking to build in security during the development stages of software systems, networks and data centres
  • looking for vulnerabilities and risks in hardware and software
  • finding the best way to secure the IT infrastructure of an organisation
  • building firewalls into network infrastructures
  • constantly monitoring for attacks and intrusions
  • when the cyber security specialist finds a potential threat or attempted breach, closing off the security vulnerability
  • identifying the perpetrator and liaising with the police if necessary

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Typical employers of cyber security specialists

  • Network providers
  • The government
  • Banks
  • Schools and universities
  • Airlines
  • Any large organisation with a database
  • Security consultancy firms

Qualifications and training required

Both university graduates and school leavers can enter the cyber security profession. Graduates tend to need a degree related to computer science or in a STEM subject.

A number of employers run apprenticeships in cyber security, some of which involve studying towards a degree at the same time as working. To find out more about getting into IT and technology via a school leaver route, visit the IT and technology section of TARGETcareers, a website aimed at school leavers.

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Key skills for cyber security specialists

  • Strong IT skills and knowledge including hardware, software and networks
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of IT systems
  • A forensic approach to challenges
  • A deep understanding of how hackers work and ability to keep up with the fast pace of change in the criminal cyber-underworld
  • Ability to seek out vulnerabilities in IT infrastructures

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Hotel manager (Wk 4 – Oct. 2018)

Accommodation and food are expected to be growth industries in the next few years (according to market research carried out by YouGov).  There are lots of opportunities for travel – there are hotels and guest houses in just about every country. You only have to watch TV to see the adverts for travel and hotel websites. 

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Guest house manager, hotel general manager

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements. You can get into this career by applying for a place on a management trainee scheme with a hotel company. You’ll normally need an HND or degree in a subject like hotel or hospitality management, though other subjects may be accepted.

Another route is to start out in a more junior position, like front of house manager or kitchen supervisor, and work your way up.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

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2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • business, marketing and communication skills
  • excellent customer service skills
  • budgeting skills

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3. What you’ll do

You’ll deal with everything from budgeting and marketing to staff recruitment and building maintenance.

You’ll be responsible for:

  • setting budgets and forecasting income
  • deciding business targets and marketing
  • fire safety and building security
  • licensing regulations as they relate to the hotel
  • overseeing larger corporate bookings and events
  • managing staffing and resources
  • organising building maintenance
  • dealing with customer complaints and comments
  • in charge of health and safety, including environmental health

In larger hotels, department managers would report to you. These departments might include housekeeping, event management, human resources, catering and maintenance.

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4. Salary

Starter: £20,000 to £35,000

Experienced: £40,000 to £50,000

Highly Experienced: £60,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

Your working day will usually be office hours, 9am to 5pm, but early starts, evenings and weekends are possible. You may have to travel to meet suppliers, contractors or corporate clients.

 

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6. Career path and progression

Your career prospects will depend on the size of the business, your experience and whether you are willing to relocate.

In larger hotel chains, you could move into regional management or specialise in areas like corporate finance or training. You may also have the chance to work overseas with an international hotel group.

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Social work assistant (Wk 3 – Sept. 2018)

The aging population means that the human health and social work activities sector will experience the most growth over the coming years, with almost 320,000 or 23% of all new jobs that will be created by 2022.

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Community support worker, home care officer, social services assistant

Social work assistants give advice, guidance and support to help people with their physical, emotional and social needs.

How to become

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly if you have relevant experience

College

Qualifications in health and social care may help you to find a job. Level 2 or 3 courses in health and social care will include work experience placements, which will help when you apply for a job afterwards.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grade 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

More information

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to get into this job through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship for the children and young people’s workforce, or youth work.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

More information

Volunteering and experience

Salary

Starter: £12,500 to £16,000

Experienced: £17,000 to £22,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000 (manager)

You may work for a specialist recruitment agency. Hourly rates for agency work can be between £7 and £11.

These figures are a guide.

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Direct application

You could apply directly after getting experience in a care role, like a care worker or a healthcare assistant in a:

  • hospital
  • hospice
  • care home
  • children’s home

You’ll usually need a GCSE in English for this route.

More information

Career tips

Experience of caring within your own family or community can help you get into this job.

Further information

Think Care Careers has more information and advice about careers in adult social care.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of psychology
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • active listening skills
  • basic digital skills for communicating and recording information

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • contacting clients and following up enquiries
  • advising clients and their families about help that’s available
  • visiting people at home to check how they are
  • following a social worker’s care plan, and sometimes creating your own
  • keeping records and writing reports
  • keeping up to date with the law
  • going to meetings with your department and other agencies
  • liaising with other health and care professionals

Working environment

You could work in the community, at a children’s care home, at a client’s home, in an office, in an NHS or private hospital or at an adult care home.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

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Career path and progression

With experience you could work towards qualifying as a social worker. You could do this yourself, or with support and funding from your employer.

You could also move into related careers like family support work or counselling.

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Training opportunities

Apprenticeships in England

Visual merchandiser (Wk 2 – Sept 2018)

Economic modellers EMSI have analysed what the jobs market is going to look like in 2022. From this we know the number of available jobs is expected to continue to grow, but the all important question is what are the jobs going to be and how do young people’s aspirations match up to the realities of the jobs market they will enter? Only just over 2% of teens questioned wanted to work in the wholesale and retail trade, but the industry makes up 15% of available jobs! So let’s think beyond ‘shop assistant’ or ‘shelf stacker’ and start looking at some of the careers associated with this industry.

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1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but sales assistant experience could be helpful.

Qualifications in art and design, retail design, or retail skills may also be useful.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

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2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • creativity and imagination
  • design skills to create product displays
  • technical drawing skills
  • IT skills to use computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • attention to detail

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3. What you’ll do

You’ll usually work in stores’ fashion and homeware departments. Your day-to-day tasks will include:

  • designing product displays and floor plans, or following plans from head office
  • drawing designs and plans by hand or computer
  • using space and lighting creatively
  • sourcing materials like models, props, signs and equipment
  • arranging displays and dressing dummies
  • teaching sales staff how to display goods
  • producing brand guidelines so all stores have the same look and feel

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4. Salary

Starter: £12,000 to £16,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £25,00

Highly Experienced: £25,000 to £55,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work 37 to 40 hours a week, including evenings.

The job is physically demanding. It involves climbing ladders and lifting goods. Working in shop windows can be hot and cramped.

You could be based at head office or at a store. You could travel to different branches to set up displays.

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6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to team leader, then visual merchandising manager.

You could also move into retail, exhibition or interior design, or set up your own business creating one-off displays

You could become a member of the British Display Society to increase your job prospects.

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Software Developer – Week 1, Sept 2018

A new £8.4m advanced digital office park creating 54,000sq ft of state-of-the-art office space providing high value jobs for hundreds of people is being built at Euxton Lane after Chorley Council won financial backing from Europe.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader, said:  “Digital technology is the business of the future and this development will put Chorley right at the centre of digital technology in Lancashire.

“We are really excited to be creating such a high quality business facility in Chorley which will create the wealth of tomorrow with hundreds of well paid and skilled jobs.

“This is one of the most significant business developments to happen in Chorley for a generation and it will drive forward economic growth. It has been estimated by independent experts that it could generate an additional £18.5 million for the Chorley economy.”

1. Entry requirements

You may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship if you’ve developed some programming skills and can show a strong interest in the subject.

The TECH Partnership has details of digital apprenticeships at all levels.

It also has details of the Software Development for Business degree available at some universities.

Other suitable qualifications are a foundation degree, HND or degree in computing or a related subject, like:

  • computer science
  • information technology
  • software development
  • software engineering
  • mathematics
  • business information systems

Some companies will accept you onto their graduate training scheme without an IT-related degree if you understand programming languages and frameworks, project management and development methods.

You could also study for a postgraduate IT conversion qualification.

The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) has information about training and qualifications.

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2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to understand the development process
  • some programming knowledge
  • the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • maths skills

3. What you’ll do

You could work in a wide range of businesses and industries, public services, utilities, defence and research.

You’ll work closely with project managers, business analysts and graphic designers, to find out what the client wants and the best way to achieve it.

Usually, you’ll work in a team.

You could work on a wide variety of projects, from financial databases to robotics to apps for phones and tablets. You may use a number of programming languages or project management tools.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

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  • talking through requirements with the client and the development team
  • taking part in technical design and progress meetings
  • writing or amending computer code
  • testing software and fixing problems
  • keeping accurate records of the development process, changes and results
  • carrying out trials and quality checks before release
  • maintaining and supporting systems once they’re up and running

As an experienced developer, you may supervise a programming team and provide feedback on coding work.

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4. Salary

Starter: £20,000 to £30,000

Experienced: £30,000 to £40,000

Highly Experienced: £50,000 to £70,000

These figures are a guide.

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5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week. You may need to do overtime and weekend work to meet deadlines or to fit around your client’s business.

You’ll be office-based but may travel to meet clients and fulfil contracts. You may need a full driving licence.

 

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6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior developer, with team or project management, planning or research responsibilities. You could move into related areas like systems design, IT architecture and business systems analysis.

You could also set up your own business or work as a consultant.

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Meteorologist (Wk 34)

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As the weather is currently such a ‘hot’ topic!

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need a degree in a related subject like:

  • physics
  • maths
  • environmental studies
  • geography
  • computer science

You might also need a postgraduate qualification.

 

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Some Met Office support roles may not need a degree, but you must have:

  • 2 A levels at grade C or above in maths or physics
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English

The Met Office offers some summer placements, work experience positions, and has more information about becoming a meteorologist.

The Royal Meteorological Society also lists degree courses and postgraduate courses that can help you get into this career.

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2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to analyse and present complex data
  • excellent mathematical and computing skills
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills

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3. What you’ll do

You’ll specialise in forecasting or research.

As a forecaster you’ll:

  • collect data from satellite images, radar, remote sensors and weather stations
  • measure air pressure, wind, temperature and humidity
  • predict the weather by analysing information and using computer programmes
  • give weather information and reports to customers

As a researcher you’ll:

  • study weather patterns and climate change
  • improve computer predictions
  • use research to predict floods
  • study how the weather affects the spread of pollution or disease

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4. Salary

Starter: £20,000

Experienced: £25,00 to £35,000

Highly Experienced: £60,000 and over (manager)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

As a forecaster or observer you’ll work 30 to 40 hours a week, including shifts and at weekends.

As a researcher you’ll work 30 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.

You’ll work in an office, but may sometimes have to travel to remote places, or to attend conferences in the UK and overseas.

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6. Career path and progression

With experience you could manage a team of weather forecasters. You could also move into teaching and train future forecasters and scientists.

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