M&G Pre Apprenticeship Programme

 M&G’s Business Administration apprenticeships starting in September 2022!

Bridge to M&G will give S5 & S6 students the opportunity to gain an immersive insight into the business administration-focused apprenticeship roles at M&G, whilst being mentored by a professional facilitator from The Talent Foundry, and experts from M&G plc and Odgers (an international head-hunting company).

The fully funded pre-apprenticeship programme will cover: 

  • Is M&G the right fit for them? Students will find out more about what life at M&G looks like, and the key values they look for in applicants.  This will help students ensure that the company is the right fit for them and demonstrate their understanding of the organisation during the application process.
  • Detailed walkthrough of the apprenticeship itself and the application process: Students will learn about how an apprenticeship works and learn the application process in depth – including what M&G look for at different stages of the interview process.
  • Engagement with M&G employees: Students will have several encounters with M&G’s current apprentices throughout the programme and gain key advice about how to approach the application process from their experience.
  • Coaching sessions with TTF: These sessions will help students in smaller groups identify and gain confidence in talking about the skills they have, what makes them stand out, and sell themselves as an ideal candidate!

What are the dates of the programme? 

Sessions with M&G and Odgers will be taking place virtually at the following times:

Date    Start time  End time
11th January 2022 M&G & The Talent Foundry 9:00am 11:00am
25th January 2022 M&G & The Talent Foundry 1:00pm  3:00pm 
8th February 2022 M&G & The Talent Foundry 9:00am 11:00am
1st March 2022 M&G & The Talent Foundry 1:00pm  3:00pm 
w/c 7th March 2022 Odgers & The Talent Foundry TBC TBC

Are students eligible? 

  • As a minimum students should have 5 National 5s with good grades in Maths and English (A-C).
  • Be interested in applying for a business admin apprenticeship with M&G when they leave school.
  • The programme is looking to attract students from ethnic minority backgrounds

How do I book a place for my students? 

Visit – www.talentfoundry.org.uk/Bridge-to-MG/ or email Gemma Hellawell, Programme Manager at gemma.hellawell@talentfoundry.org.uk or call us on 0207 148 0934 for more information.



Apprentice Play Practitioner opportunities

ELOSCN is a Charitable Organisation who operate 12 Breakfast and After School Clubs in Edinburgh & the Lothians, we are currently looking to recruit Apprentice Play Practitioners in a few of our settings in East and Midlothian, our website address is www.eloscn.com for more information on our clubs.

The successful applicants must want a career within the Childcare industry, we offer a 30 hour a week contract, 27.5 hours are club based, 7.30 – 9am breakfast club and 2.30-5.45pm Monday to Thursday After School and 12-5.45pm Friday after school, the other 2.5 hours will be used either covering local creche’s looking after babies/toddlers,  or completing essential CPD and spending time on completing their Qualification Level 3 Social Services Children and Young People.  They are fully supported through their qualification both within their setting and with our Training Provider Q-Train.  The current rate of pay for apprentice at the age of 16 is £4.15 per hour rising to £4.81 next April, their pay will increase to £9.50 on completion of their Qualification.   All our services are Care Inspectorate registered, we would therefore require successful applicants to be PVG checked and registered with the SSSC.

Application form here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/5600f7f73f1640d5901fac0d11865f43

Zoo Summer School Opportunity

FREE Science Summer School 2022, run at Edinburgh Zoo or the Highland Wildlife Park, has begun. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is now accepting applications for this course that runs within the school summer holidays,  and is open to interested students (current S4-S6) . The application deadline  is on March 7th 2022.

This is a FREE week long course aimed at school students between the ages of 16-18 years who are pursuing a career in science. Run at Edinburgh Zoo or the Highland Wildlife Park over the summer and delivered by a host of zoo professionals including keepers and vets, this is an excellent opportunity for students to gain more experience in research and conservation, whilst adding to their CVs in a fun and immersive manner!

The Science Summer School runs multiple times throughout the summer. This year’s dates are:

Highland Wildlife Park:                Weeks Beginning 11th July & 18th July 2022

Edinburgh Zoo:                              Weeks Beginning 1st August & 8th August 2022Students wishing to apply should complete the application form found on the RZSS Science Summer School website before the application deadline on March 7th 2022.

To find out more about our Science Summer School, including how to book, check the website or online albums.

Scottish Education Exhibition 9th September 10am-7pm

Booking for the 2021 virtual Scottish Education Exhibition is now open – Thursday 9 September 2021

18 Scottish education institutions along with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and SAAS, are hosting a virtual Scottish Education Exhibition for senior phase pupils who are considering their pathways to further and higher education.  The event is free to attend.

Featuring 14 Scottish universities and four colleges, the Scottish Education Exhibition will give pupils the chance to speak to the universities and colleges, view resources and videos, download prospectuses and join live webinars. SDS and SAAS will also be on hand to provide career information and advice, and funding advice respectively.

To register to attend , please check here: Scottish Education Exhibition (vfairs.com)

New Joinery Apprenticeships Vacancies

Those interested in becoming an apprentice joiner should follow the links below, and submit an application for one / all of the vacancies available now. If you’d like support with applying, please come and see Carla or Karolina in the library:

Apprentice Joiner – Edinburgh – Indeed.com

Apprentice Joiner – Edinburgh EH8 – Indeed.com

Bonningtons Joinery: Apprentice Bench/ Installations Joiner (Loanhead) | Skills Development Scotland www.myworldofwork.co.uk (edubuzz.org)


SDS exam results Helpline now open

Speak to an adviser

Our Results Helpline opens on 10 August. You can speak to an adviser by calling the free* helpline on 0808 100 8000.

No matter what your results are, you have options and you’ll get the support you need from us to take your next steps.

The helpline is open until Wednesday 18 August at the following times:

  • Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 August – 8am to 8pm
  • Thursday 12 and Friday 13 August – 9am to 5pm
  • Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 August – 9am to 5pm

Our advisers have access to information on course vacancies at UK colleges and universities. They can help with UCAS Confirmation and Clearing and give information on apprenticeships, jobs, volunteering or staying on at school.

BSL users can use Contact Scotland. You can use their app to sign with an interpreter who will make the phone call for you.

If you would prefer to speak to someone in person, most of our career centres are now open for face-to-face appointments. Contact your local centre to make an appointment with an adviser.

***OR: contact your local Musselburgh SDS centre 01316653120**

*Charges may apply depending on your telephone provider.

Edinburgh College 2021 Clearing and Nat5 / Higher / Advanced Higher application

The announcement on the Edinburgh college website states applications for Nat 5 / Highers and Advanced Higher courses will open on the 10th of August.

Clearing courses are advertised on the website here

The college Course Clearing Helpline will be open on the 16th and 17th of August 10AM – 4 PM. The number  0131 297 8500.

If you would prefer to email our teams, you can email clearing@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

There are other course options you can check on the college’s website now before the clearing helpline opens; check here