Our School Leavers After School Options Fair

On 30th September, we’re teaming up with UK University Search to host an event at Emirates Stadium in North LondoEmirates cog 2n that provides school leavers with a chance to find out about all of their after school options.

We are offering exhibition packages to employers who are looking to attract school leavers into their business. This is an amazing opportunity for you to build your brand and engage with the marketplace. With over 3,500 registered school leavers to attend, it will definitely be a busy day!

Media Pack

To download our media pack, please fill in the form below. The Media Pack will be sent to you within 2 hours.

How do you engage with Career Development Professionals and School Leaver parents?

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We want to find out if engaging with key school leaver influencers is part of your recruitment strategy. We would really appreciate you taking the time to fill out this really quick, two paged survey.

If you leave your name and email at the end, you may also win a £100 Amazon voucher!*

Click here to take part.

*Winner will be chosen at random and contacted on 6th June 2016.


Latest edition of The Times Student Law supplement is here

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Our latest edition of the Student Law supplement made in collaboration with The Times came out last Thursday.

This supplement delves into subjects like anonymity, shocking opinions by lawyers, pay level gaps, innovative bonus schemes, and much more.

View the full digital edition of The Times Student Law Supplement here.

Alternatively, you can find all featured articles below.

You’re invited: Opportunities for Women in STEM

Join us on the 18th April to find out the results from our latest research project with SMRS: Opportunities for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Our research, conducted with over 2,400 school leavers, students and graduates, delves into how candidates feel about their opportunities in the STEM industries. The research specifically focused on women and their perceptions of the sector. The results establish:

  • Gaps in school and employer influence
  • Key motivations for school leavers, students and graduates
  • Work related opportunities they received while studying
  • Barriers for those who chose not to pursue a STEM career

SMRS will also be talking through their employer branding research, compiled from a series of focus groups conducted with graduate employers in mind. The focus groups produced some fascinating insights on the best ways to engage female candidates in the STEM space.

The details
18th April 2016
The News Building, 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF
What time?
9.00am – 11.30am

Please RSVP to confirm your place at the event by 13th April 2016. To RSVP, email Elizabeth.hunt@milkround.com

The Times Guide to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships

We are pleased to be hosting The Times Guide to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships, originally published in ‘The Times Guide to Elite Apprenticeships’ supplement in The Times on Wednesday, January 27th.

The guide features the 30 organisations that recruited the largest number of sixth form school-leavers in 2015 and offer prestigious training programmes which provide an alternative to going to university.

The BBC offers the highest salaries to its higher and degree apprenticeships, up to £23,000 pa, whilst Civil Service takes on the highest number with 564 Higher Apprenticeships on offer.

To compile the guide, High Fliers Research contacted more than 200 employers of school leavers, graduates and young professionals to research how many Higher Apprentices or Degree Apprentices each organisation recruited in 2015, along with the number of places available on employers’ sponsored degree courses and other comparable 18+ school-leaver training schemes.

The research shows that the UK’s leading employers of Higher or Degree Apprentices together recruited more than 2,800 sixth form school-leavers for programmes that lead to level 4 qualifications or above, the equivalent of a foundation or undergraduate degree.

Check out the content from the supplement here.



To view the table, please visit Milkround School Leavers: http://schoolleavers.milkround.com/article/the-times-guide-to-higher-and-degree-apprenticeships/

What do we do at Milkround School Leavers?

… We know school leavers don’t search for jobs the way students and graduates do. That’s why we not only have our job board for our candidates, but also run Employability Fairs to give them the chance to meet top employers. We also produce a quarterly supplement, to help their key influencers (teachers and parents) make informed decisions about their career choices.

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Halloween is coming… do you have tips to conquer career fear?


Spooky season is in full swing… and we’re helping our school and college leavers conquer their career fears!

16-18 year olds find the post-school decision very daunting. They have a variety of options to take- but which one is best?

Concerns range from

  • ‘How much money will I earn?’
  • ‘How easy is it to get a job or apprenticeship?’
  • ‘Will I miss out by not going to uni?’

We’d love to hear YOUR advice for school and college leavers who are having to make these life changing decisions- what piece of advice can you offer them?

Your wise words will be hosted on our advice site, sent to our database of over 49,000 school and college leavers and also our teacher database of 7,000.

Please leave your words of wisdom in the form below to help school and college leavers conquer their career fear:


Milkround School Leavers sponsors the South East Regional Apprenticeship Awards


Last night we were proud to sponsor the South East Regional Apprenticeship Awards.

A lovely awards evening was held at the unusual, yet grand venue: the HMS President Shore Establishment on St Katherine’s Dock. A mix of apprenticeship advocates attended in order to celebrate and recognise the hard work, dedication and achievements of apprentices in the South East, and also the companies who have gone above and beyond in their school leaver schemes.

Five of our marketeers attended the awards and were given the privilege of handing out the trophies to the winners.

Good luck to all the winners who are now in the running to win their categories at The National Apprenticeship Awards!

Check out some pictures below. For the full gallery, please see the National Apprenticeship Service’s Flickr account.

Record number of apprenticeships in the UK

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Figures released by the department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Bis) show that more people are doing apprenticeships than ever before.

Figures recorded for 2014/2015 show that more than 872,000 people enrolled on a government-funded apprenticeship programme over the annual period. The new count represents a healthy increase on last year’s figure of 851,000.

Only 500,000 people were on an apprenticeship scheme five years ago.

The news was welcomed by ministers following a number of schemes to boost apprenticeship numbers, including taxing large firms.

Nick Boles, minister of state for skills, said: “Our apprenticeship reforms are helping to build the modern highly skilled workforce British businesses need.

“Through protecting apprenticeship quality, reforming funding and working with top universities to launch new degree apprenticeships, we are making sure apprenticeships deliver for individuals, businesses and the economy.”

The minimum wage for apprentices was raised earlier this year from £2.73 to £3.30, the biggest ever single wage hike for apprentices.

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Check out pictures from our School Leavers Fair!

On Monday and Tuesday this week, we held our fourth Milkround School Leavers Employability Fair.

Over 1,000 school and college leavers came through the doors of our headquarters in London Bridge to meet employers and find out about their school leaver and apprenticeship opportunities.

The Event

Over twenty clients and partners exhibited, educating the students and teachers of their alternative options to university. These were just a few of the things going on across the two days:

  • Presentations from Deliotte
  • Q&As with a recent graduate
  • CV Workshops

Our clients

Our clients had the chance to network with school leaver influencers, such as teachers and careers advisers, in addition to enhancing their talent pool by building relationships with top school leaver talent.

Dates of our next events:

– 3rd & 4th February 2016 (London)
– 10th March 2016 (Birmingham)
– 22nd March 2016 (London)

For more information about getting involved in our next event, contact us.