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Virtual Careers Fair

This virtual exhibition brings together organisations and training providers from Plymouth and the South West; including local universities and apprenticeship providers to small businesses and organisations with global interests.  From careers in IT and dentistry, manufacturing and engineering, the building environment, to landscape architecture, healthcare, music, IT, the Police and the Forces, the range is truly comprehensive.

Lockdown Events

Please click here to access Free Virtual Events and Webinars in January and February 2021

UK University and Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair – Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Meet the Russell Group Virtual Event – Wednesday, 10 February




Airbus is an international reference in the aerospace sector. They design, manufacture and deliver industry-leading commercial aircraft, helicopters, military transports, satellites and launch vehicles, as well as providing data services, navigation, secure communications, urban mobility and other solutions for customers on a global scale.

During this free two week virtual work experience programme you’ll meet (virtually) team members from some of the key teams within their business from space to civil aviation. You’ll learn about key elements of Airbus’ business including sustainability and manufacturing. Finally you’ll complete work and assignments to get an understanding of what life at Airbus is like. 

The programme involves around 10 hours of activity. You can complete the work over 2 weeks meaning you can fit it around your schedule whether that be school or college. There are live workshops but if you’re unable to attend these a recording will be added. 

The programme will take place between 30/11/2020 and 13/12/2020. You do not need to be available full time during those dates but you do need to be able to complete 10 hours-worth of activity over the two weeks.


BAE Systems Apprenticeships

It’s that time of year again when we reach out to young people to let them know what’s on offer within further education at BAE Systems. The application window for our Apprenticeship Schemes is now open with the deadline for applications closing on 28th February 2021.

To help you find the right scheme for you we normally hold Open Evenings at each of our sites. Unfortunately this year due to Covid restrictions we cannot meet face to face so we are now holding ‘Virtual Open Evenings’. The link below will take you to a page where you can book your place to attend whichever scheme/or schemes you would like to know more about. The plus side is you can now join open evenings which are normally miles out of your location.

Please register here:

The events can be viewed and registration links for an event are on the page in the link above.

There is also a downloadable Air Apprentice Booklet, as we will not issuing any hard copy books this cycle.

If you already know which scheme you would like to apply for you can go straight to the applications page. For applications for the AIR Apprenticeships specifically; please follow this link:!/?facet_field=facetstring_VacancyDetail_BusinessUnit_Text:Air

For more information on Early Careers and Apprenticeships/Graduates/Undergraduates please look here:

We are really looking forward to your attendance at the open events. Please remember to register online ahead of the event. The window to register will close 2 days before each event.

Armed Forces 


The British Army protects the United Kingdom’s interests at home and abroad, providing a safe and secure environment in which all British citizens can live and prosper.

We offer over 76 different entry level jobs, and in each and every one of these positions are opportunities for gaining skills and qualifications. No matter what your background or experience, you can find where you belong in the British Army.

We’ll help you uncover strengths you didn’t know you had, and you’ll feel the benefits not just for your Army career but wherever your career leads afterwards.

Army Foundation College –  Virtual Harrogate Open Day

Find out more about the wide range of opportunities on offer at AFC Harrogate, they can join this virtual open day on the 9th December 2020.  > Find out more and register


What age can I apply and how?

You can apply from 15 years, 7 months online

Do I get paid in training?

Yes, your pay starts at around £15,600 and rises to £20,000 after completing 26 weeks of training

What qualifications do I need to you?

It depends which role you want to do, some roles require no qualifications

Do I need specific training beforehand?

No, we give you all the training you need

Do I get an Apprenticeship from AFC Harrogate?

You start your apprenticeship journey at AFC Harrogate, but you will complete your apprenticeship as part of your Trade Training in your job role. 98% of soldiers enrol on an apprenticeship programme


Royal Air Force

  • Please click here to access an interactive PDF linking to RAF Recruitment pre-recorded YouTube videos, Q and A sessions on subjects such as Apprenticeships, Sponsorship, Parents Guide, etc.
  • RAF Apprenticeships Video



Royal Navy

Royal Navy Area Engagement Team-SW can offer you virtual or face to face workshops, please contact Leading Hand Karen Caller on or call 07891 729995.  We are here to support learning within schools and colleges with Practical Leadership Tasks that encourage and develop Team Building, Problem Solving, Communication and Leadership skills.

Apprenticeships and Training 

Becton Dickinson

BD invites you to become an integral part of a company that makes a difference in human health, saving and improving the lives of people in all corners of the globe.


Achievement Training

  • Virtual tours of AT's Adult and Children's Services, Foundation Learning and Business Departments

  •  A private training organisation in Plymouth, offering a wide range of flexible educational and vocational training courses to young people and adults.


GP Strategies Training Ltd


Skills Group


Skills Launch pad

Careers Advice 

CSW Group

Helen Bartlett - Ivybridge Community College Careers Advisor

Civil Engineering 

ICE - Institution of Civil Engineers

Become a civil engineer

Civil engineering is the art of planning and building the world we live in.

In other words: roads, buildings, wind turbines, bridges, railways, airports, tunnels, flood defences and much more.

Civil engineers transform lives by designing and building safe structures and providing essential life-giving services. They also tackle global environmental problems like climate change and pollution.

What’s more, there aren’t enough civil engineers to go around and their skills are in high demand in across the UK, so it’s a great career option for the future.

Here are some links to videos and guides from the Institution of Civil Engineers about working in civil engineering. We hope you enjoy finding out more about this exciting career!


Take a magical journey through our world built and designed by civil engineers, with a few surprises along the way. Find out what civil engineers do and how they’ve shaped our world:


Why civil engineering? Hear from civil engineering student Sam Whelan in this interview by vlogger and YouTube star Jack Edwards:


Featuring inspiring engineers and projects and useful information about subject-choices and study pathways:


Featuring real-life civil engineers answering questions about apprenticeships, studying at uni, saving lives through engineering and how to become a civil engineer:


Featuring case studies and useful information about subject-choices and study pathways:

If you have any questions, please get in touch:



Construction Careers and Apprenticeships 

Building Plymouth

  • Building Plymouth is a Plymouth City Council-led partnership set up to connect local people with career opportunities in construction in Plymouth.
  • Plymouth City Council Expertise Directory

Go Construct: Construction careers:

Find out which construction roles are most suited to your interests, skills and qualifications.

Skills Launchpad Plymouth Resource Bank: All careers:

On our site we have loads of advice for:
-       Choosing a career

-       Choices at age 16

-       Gaining working experience

-       Volunteering

-       Support for guardians

-       Support for care leavers

Construction careers video on Youtube: 

Education, Training and Research Programmes 

Emergency Services Careers and Apprenticeships 

Engineering Services 

Babcock International

  • Babcock is a provider of critical, complex engineering services which support national defence, save lives and protect communities
  • Link to our website 

  • Video

  • Prospectus

Finance and Banking, Careers / Apprenticeships 

Santander Bank

  • ‘Whether you’re interested in doing an apprenticeship, graduate scheme, internship or some work experience, the Santander programme will bring out the best in you. You’ll build skills, confidence and your network at one of the leading financial services providers in the UK. And, on the way to a fulfilling career with us, you’ll discover talents you never even thought you had’.
  • The link is below Santander Emerging Talent website



Further and Higher Education (Inc Apprenticeships) 

Duchy College 

Details on the Foundation Learning Provision - 


University Technical College and Education South West 

  • Online event (Thursday, 11 March at 7.00pm) for Engineering and Health Care Sciences


City College Plymouth


Cornwall College Group


Exeter College, Centre for University Level Studies

Exeter College’s accountancy training is provided by A Plus Training, a specialist training provider. 


Exeter University


Marjons (University of St Mark and St John)


Plymouth College of Art


Plymouth University


Solent University


South Devon College

Highway Services and Construction 

South West Highways

We do take on annually Highway Maintenance Operatives from the local area and there are graduate entry levels too.

Our parent companies are Ringway and Eurovia and are also part of the Vinci Group who are a global organisation. 

Plymouth City Council expertise Directory, which has a description of what we are as a company and many other providers to the Construction and built environment in Plymouth.

Health and Care Professions, Training Courses, Apprenticeships 

Proud to Care

Proud to Care Devon represents all health and care organisations across Devon and provides lots of information on careers, career pathways, qualifications required for roles and much more.

 The Proud to Care website provides information across health and care including;

For more information, please email or phone 01392 383000 and ask for Proud to Care.

Information Technology 

Bluescreen I.T.

The courses are a mix of IT courses ranging from hardware, software, coding, Linux and cyber security. They’re 100% free as they are created and sponsored by Cisco Networking Academy.  We host these courses on our site and offer support/resource if required, the link here contains some details for you on the courses, where to register and what they contain,

The courses are self-enrolled and can be done at any time, the links expire next October.



IT, networking and cybersecurity

Cisco’s Pathway To Your Future Girls’ Work Experience

Programme details:
17-19 February 2021
9am-5pm each day
Online – Cisco Webex

The programme will take a deeper look into Cisco departments and provide opportunities to spend time with teams, albeit virtually.  We’ll do some networking, there will be a business challenge that you work on as a group and we’ll be learning about and practising employability skills such as interviewing and CVs.  Plus learn about routes into Cisco straight from school via the apprenticeships, as an intern once at university or as a graduate after university.  This is a full three days of learning opportunities. You will need a device, preferably with a camera, to join the virtual meetings.  A laptop is best, with a tablet and then a phone in the order of how to get the best experience.

If you are female or identify as female and are in Year 12 or 13 you can apply for this programme.
Deadline for applications is 11 December 2020.


Insight into Entrepreneurship 

Insight into Entrepreneurship – Peter Jones Foundation (Can be accessed at any time after the event)

During this free virtual insight day you’ll create your own business idea for how to turn £500 into £5,000. You’ll build a marketing strategy and then pitch your idea to investors. The best pitch idea will win £500 to turn the idea into reality. You can take part in the event live or catch up by watching the recordings once you finish college.

You’ll take part in virtual workshops covering: how to identify a gap in the market, how to build a successful marketing strategy and how to pitch to investors.

Landscape Architects 

Rathbone Partnership

Students interested in the following subjects might be inspired:

  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • Geology
  • Ecology

Degrees are 4 years long or you can do another degree (e.g. Geography) followed by a 2 year Masters in Landscape Design,

Our own website shows the variety of work that a landscape architect can be involved in: from tiny gardens to large public open spaces, improving wildlife, to creating better places for people to live and work.

Marine Biology 

Marine Biological Association

Medical and Bio Sciences 

BD Life Sciences

Three new videos about the Plymouth site - 

BD will once again be recruiting for engineering apprentices next February / March 2021, with the successful candidates starting with the company in July 2021.

Medicine / Healthcare Careers and Apprenticeships 

NHS Trust (Devon Partnership)


NHS Apprenticeships

Medicine / Dentistry 

Plymouth University

Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

Please see the link below which takes you to the different Faculty of Health degree programmes. On this page you will see a series of video clips which includes a pre-recorded talk for Biomedical Sciences, Diagnostic Radiography, Medicine and Dentistry. There is also a Biomedical Science example lecture, Dentistry EBL example session and Medicine EBL example session. You will also find at the bottom of the page a ‘virtual tour’ of the University of Plymouth campus.


Newsomes Opticians

For further information please contact Jane on -

Performing Arts 

Academy for Music

Stem careers - Apprenticeships / Placements 

MET Office

Veterinary Science and Careers 

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

 Please contact - Jill Macdonald, VN Futures Project Manager, to ask any questions about a career in veterinary nursing -

Yacht Building Apprenticeships 


**Disclaimer** While we have made every effort to verify all contributors and their contributions to the 2020 Virtual Careers Day, Ivybridge Community College is not responsible for the content that third parties publish, upload or transmit via You Tube or from their own websites.  Although we have checked all links prior to publishing under no circumstances will Ivybridge Community College be responsible or liable for any link or video content communicated within this Virtual Career’s Event.