Work Experience

Today we are focussing on that all important first step into the world of work. Work Experience.

Getting your foot in the door

From tea buyers to set designers, these successful professionals tell us how to get your foot in the door to land your dream job.

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Equipping young people through work experience

As part of the City & Guilds TechBac development, we asked employers about the importance of work experience. Over three quarters (77%) think work experience makes young people more employable.

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76% of employers cite a lack of work experience as one of the key reasons young people are unprepared for work.

British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) annual Workforce survey with 3,000 firms, September 2014.

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What are the best paid jobs in the UK?

When choosing a career it’s really important to understand what kind of salary your chosen career path will pay.  Below is an article from ‘This is Money’ which highlights the average salaries in 350 industries.

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City & Guilds careers insights

Below are some of the great jobs that people who studied for a qualification with City & Guilds have gone on to do. From working at River Cottage to making a masks for Lady Gaga.

Meet Jonathan Batten, Lion Award winner who made mask for Lady Gaga. He describes his career path and what he gained from taking a vocational jewellery-making course after finishing university.

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Meet Kostadinos Karanikas, the salesman who re-trained as a jewellery maker. He was a senior manager in a direct sales company before he realised that his true passion is jewellery making.

Watch his inspiring story >

Meet Sam and Samantha, River Cottage apprentices. Sam has since left to full-time work, but they told us what they've learnt through their apprenticeship.

Hear from apprentices Sam and Samantha about the River Cottage chef school >

Exploring Careers in agriculture. We took YouTuber Joe Sugg to Cleave Farm in Devon to find out. Part of the #opendoors campaign we did for The Skills Show.

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Opening doors to the automotive industry. We took YouTuber, gamer and TV presenter Ali-A to the Jaguar Land Rover Academy to find out about apprenticeships in the automotive industry. Also part of #opendoors

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Careers Week - Future Jobs

Learn more about the jobs that learners are preparing for today for the workplace of tomorrow.

More on future jobs >

Careers Week - Soft Skills

What are soft skills? And what are they so important?

Learn more about soft skills >

Careers week - enterprise

How do we give young people the skills they need to succeed in business?

Learn about enterprise >