CLF Post 16 Newsletter

26th March 2015

Upcoming Post 16 Dates

27th March 2015

JCA INSET Day, site closed

2nd April 2015

Law information Day - Burges Salmon 10.30am - 3pm

13th April 2015

BMA Inset Day - Site closed

14th April 2015

UCAS Convention at Exhibition Centre

17th April 2015

Bristol Meningitis Swabs at JCA for relevant students

15th May 2015

Bristol Meningitis Swabs at JCA for relevant students

4th June 2015

UCAS for Parents Information night 6pm - 8pm - Venue TBC

24th June 2015

Gap Year Fair (Bristol Grammar School) 4pm - 6pm

Leadership Award

Last Friday the Sports Leaders at HWA organised a bench ball competition in order to complete their leadership award!

Well done to everyone involved!

ID Cards

Students who have been assigned photo ID cards by their site must wear these at all times as a matter of safety. We will be introducing cards in KOA just after Easter and will look to introduce cards into BMA and HWA asap.

Student Academy Council Representative

The term would be for one year and you would represent the opinions and ideas of all 5 sites as part of one centre.

Also on the academy council would be;

· One Chair

· One Director

· Two support staff

· Two students

· One parent

· Four experts from the field

In order to become a student representative, you would need to be voted in by your fellow students across all five sites. This will mean writing and publishing a manifesto on our website and going to talk to post 16’s in the different centres in order that they have one person, one vote and vote you in.

You will be campaigning between now and mid-June when we will hold our first meeting with the Chair who is Guy Keith-Miller head of Partnerships at UWE.

Please contact if you are interested in this position.

COMPETITION - Photography, art and all creative students!

Would you like your work to be showcased on this newsletter? Email with your entry of work to to have a chance to appear as the background to Post 16 newsletter which is shared across 5 sites!

Click here to see the previous newsletters for ideas of what you can do.

45 Days until the start of exams Use the Easter Holidays Wisely!

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Star Track!

Network Rail are looking for 20 candidates across the country to join for their track design engineer scheme which is in its 3rd year of running.

What will I be doing?

You'll see your track designs come to life. This is a hugely varied role with real scope to developing a rewarding career in the rail industry. You'll be part of a challenging training programme which includes producing your own designs for track layouts and seeing them installed.

What does a track design engineer do?

Typically, track design engineers take a project, develop an understanding of the needs and then design the solutions. This involves developing designs and drawings, working with surveyors, contractors and other engineering specialists throughout the project. You’ll use computer aided design (CAD) to develop the plans, referencing handbooks containing the industry standards and design specifications. Also by going on-site you can get a closer look at the projects you are working on.

To find out more about a career in track design hear from some who are doing it right now:

Study while you work

We have worked with Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) to develop a two-year Foundation Degree in Railway Engineering.

The course includes 23 weeks at SHU learning engineering fundamentals before moving on to the specifics of track design.

  • Year 1 P/T Level 4
  • Maths and Engineering Science
  • Rail Specific Engineering
  • Business & Legislative Studies
  • Industrial Project
  • Year 2 P/T Level 5
  • Geotechics and Drainage
  • Track Engineering
  • Track Engineering Standards
  • Project & Quality Management

Local work placements

Your studies will be interspersed with local work placements with design consultancies and with Network Rail. You’ll be supported by a mentor who will guide you through the scheme and make sure that you get the experience needed as you start your career. The placements may mean working out of a maintenance unit at night and at weekends – the times when we can get access to the track to carry out work. You’ll see how we maintain and upgrade the infrastructure, and you’ll see the latest technology and equipment in use.

Where you’ll be based

The scheme is being run in partnership with our track design partners. You will either be based with one of our design partners or with Network Rail, in one of these city centres:

  • Birmingham
  • Croydon
  • Derby
  • Glasgow
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Milton Keynes
  • Swindon
  • York

How to apply

If you think you’ve got what it takes then apply here. Applications close on 17 April 2015.

Pay and benefits

You’ll receive a salary of £14,000 in the first year.

On successful completion of the first year, your salary will increase to £15,000.

Scheme members who successfully complete the two year programme will receive a £1,000 bonus.

You will also be enrolled into a pension scheme.

You will receive 21 days annual leave plus the statutory bank holidays.

Travel, accommodation and food costs will be covered while you are studying at Sheffield Hallam University and as long as your performance is satisfactory we’ll pay all your tuition fees.

For full information click here or contact for more information FAQs are found . Closing date is the 17th of April.

Bristol Psychiatry Summer School

27th - 31st July 2015

Are you planning to apply for medicine in Autumn 2015?

Would you like help with your application?

Are you struggling to arrange work experience?

This week-long, non-residential event based at Bristol University and nearby clinical units will include:

  • Work experience with psychiatrists and GPs
  • One-to-one help, including interview practice and personal statement advice
  • Informative Psychiatry-themed seminars
  • Learning about ‘Life as a Medical Student’ from current Bristol medical students
  • On-going support after the event

Spaces are limited - to apply please complete the application form

Then email it to us at Deadline for applications - 17th May at 5pm.

Cambridge Summer Events

Trinity Hall Small Subjects Residential for y12

Robinson Science and Maths Residential for y12

Robinson Essay Prize

Main university open days are on the 2nd and 3rd July if you would like to book college accommodation for the night before an open day let Katie Vernon on

Free Finance Event - 8th April

Pure Potential is working in partnership with leading firms and organisations from the financial industry to host an event for students interested in kick-starting their careers in finance.

PP: Finance is a completely free event, where we will introduce leading financial firms from a range of sectors to ambitious sixth formers, through workshops, presentations and a careers fair.

The event takes place at Cass Business School, London during the Easter break on Wednesday, 8th April. There are very limited places remaining at PP: Finance 2015! We will be allocating places to those students that fit the following criteria:

  • Achieved / predicted ABB at AS-Level or equivalent (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking)
  • Attend a state school or college (non-fee paying)
  • In Year 12 or Year 13

We will prioritise students from lower-socio-economic backgrounds, and those with no parental history of higher education. Please still apply if you do not meet these criteria, as we will consider all applications.

To apply, please complete our short online application form. Applications will close at 5pm on Friday, 27th March.

Please email or call 020 7122 1220 if you have any questions about the event.

Free this Easter holidays for some Work Experience in Business and Law?

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Click below for the weekly apprenticeship bulletin from Apprenticeship Hub West

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Construction Fair - Taylor Wimpey

Click right to read the first part of the article about construction apprenticeships - and below to read the rest of the article.

The Construction Fair will be taking place on the 23rd of April at the Fry Club, Somerdale, in Keynsham. Please submit any interest to If there is enough interest there may be a chance for a minibus.

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Have a great half term!

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