Katie Stafford
Assistant Principal, Futures and Community


Welcome to Futures.

I am proud to share with you a Magna Academy initiative called Futures Online. This concept was tentatively launched in Autumn 2020 with a letter to parents, followed by our first Futures Newsletter.

I now want to properly share Futures Online with all of you and our students.

As teachers know, the very best futures-focused education involves students being able to learn from employers, academics and admission tutors about their jobs, courses and different pathways.

Currently, the Coronavirus pandemic means that we cannot invite people in to the Academy. But, ever resourceful, we have ensured instead that the provision has gone online. In fact, a positive development from lockdown is the number of videos and live events that employers, universities and other providers are offering towards Futures education.

Magna Futures Online will recommend opportunities to students and will provide them with the links to easily access these events.

We hope you like it and that your children find it empowering in considering all the available pathways open to them.

Work Experience

Work experience will help our students decide if the role or industry is somewhere they could see themselves in the future. In our current lockdown, we do not wish our students to miss this opportunity so we will continue to advertise anything suitable that comes up.
Here are just some of the reasons for taking up work experience:
  • developing transferable skills, such as communication and team working
  • understanding how organisations work or bringing a job they have read about to life
  • building confidence in interacting with adults
  • confirming interest in a career or (equally useful!) deciding it is not for them
  • a foot in the door – if they impress the employer they may be asked back on a more formal arrangement such as an internship or encouraged to apply when vacancies arise.
  • providing valuable content for a UCAS personal statement to give evidence of an interest in a particular subject/occupation




Who We Are: 
InvestIN is a London-based organisation led by a group of experienced professionals from some of the world’s most competitive careers.

We exist to provide students with an immersive experience of their dream career before they start university, so they can get a head-start over their competition. More than 45,000 students from 90 different countries have attended our programmes, which take place both in-person in cities around the world, and online.

What We Do:
We deliver immersive career experiences to students aged 15-18 who aspire to break into some of the world’s most desirable industries.

On our programmes we aim to create the ‘ultimate work experience’ through interactive simulations, site visits, seminars, networking sessions and career coaching guidance.

We offer experiences in 20 different careers, including STEM-related professions such as medicine, computer science and investment banking, through to careers in creative industries, law and politics.

Chartered Institute of Marketing
15-19 February

10 hours of activity, to fit around your availability.
What you’ll cover:
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) are the world’s leading professional marketing body with over 30,000 members worldwide. Join them on the 15th February for a 1 week Virtual Work Experience programme to discover all that you need to know about a career in marketing. You’ll cover a complete range of marketing skills that will open doors for your future career search.
The programme involves around 10 hours of activity. There are live workshops but if you’re unable to attend these live then recordings will be added which you can watch on-demand.
The topics for the webinars are:
• Marketing Principles
• Strategy and User Personas
• Marketing Campaigns
• Social Media and Content
• Marketing Analysis
• Career Pathways in Marketing
This activity is suitable for students in years 10-13
Deadline for registration is 5 February 2021
You will need to create a Springpod account and apply for work experience here:

Royal Air Force: Careers Insight Day
Early March 

Are you aged 15+ and interested in finding out more about opportunities in the Royal Air Force?
With over 50 professional roles to choose from the RAF gives you opportunities you won’t find in any other career. The RAF Currently has 23 apprenticeship roles to choose from that come with RAF Apprenticeships rated Outstanding by OFSTED. They range from a diverse range of careers including Aviation Operations, Engineering, Cyber, Force Protection, Medical, Logistics, Hospitality & Catering.
The RAF performs a wide range of duties to serve and protect the UK and the world. We provide all personnel with a varied range of training, education, activities and sports to make sure you are ready for anything. Or perhaps you’re thinking about University? Then find out more about our sponsorship and bursary opportunities we have on offer for our graduate entry roles.
For students 15+ years of age.
Apply in early February.

Royal Air Force International Women’s Day Webinar:
Meet our Ambassadors

8 March, 10:00am-1:00pm

The RAF is seeking to build a workforce fit for the future through Project Astra – Our journey to the Next Generation Royal Air Force to meet the challenges of our shared future.
As part of Celebrating International Women`s Day 2021`s campaign theme: #ChooseToChallenge
We Challenge You to join our Royal Air Force Ambassadors for an insight into their successes in the RAF. We have a fabulous panel of inspiring guest speakers who would like to share their story and help inspire the next Generation Royal Air Force.
For female students aged 15 years and above.

Wates: An Insight into the Construction Industry:
Build Yourself at Wates: International Women’s Day 2021

About Wates:
Wates Group is one of the largest privately-owned construction, development and property services companies in the UK. We have a proud 120+ year history, now in our fourth generation of family ownership, Wates employs around 4,000 people and works with more than 10,000 supply-chain operatives and partners to successfully deliver a range of projects.
Build Yourself, our school engagement programme, aims to address misconceptions and promote careers in construction to the next generation. Our priority is to address the skills gap and lack of diversity within the construction sector.
Women make up around 14% of construction industry professionals and this number can only be set to rise with more and more women choosing construction. International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a day when the world comes together to appreciate womanhood and their importance in society.
Hearing first-hand from Wates employees why they believe working in construction is a rewarding career choice for women.
  • An Opportunity to participate in an interactive panel of industry professionals and networking sessions.
  • An insight into the construction industry and our business.
  • Giving you an understanding the different career pathways available within the sector.
A virtual work experience opportunity for female students aged 14-19 years old.
Application Deadline: 8 February

Skansa: Green Skills in the Construction and Engineering Industry
6-9 April 

Would you like to know more about what the Construction and Engineering Industry is doing to be more “Green”, our plans for the future and how we’ve made big strides and even bigger commitments to the UK’s Global Net-Zero Carbon aims by 2050?
Skanska UK and Network Rail are leading international Construction and Railway Experts in the industry and would like to share what they’ve learnt and continue to learn over the decades of experience of delivering successful project work.
Infrastructure Projects (IP) central is the national infrastructure delivery division within Skanska UK, we work with Network Rail and are responsible for all major infrastructure delivery works. This means that we make sure everything is ready for HS2 trains to be built and run from Euston Station in London all the way to Birmingham.
This is an opportunity to spend a week with our Environmental team, learning all about what we do to be environmentally sustainable, the new and interesting ways we’re reducing our carbon footprint from zero-carbon buildings to interesting green materials.
For students aged 14 years and above
Application Deadline: 7 March

East West Railway Company: Building a New Railway

6-9 April

Join us for a week’s work experience and get involved in one of the UK’s most important infrastructure projects, East West Rail. Help us design and implement this new direct rail connection linking the communities between Oxford and Cambridge that are well-known for their vibrant economy, educational excellence and scientific innovation. Set up two years ago to accelerate the delivery of the project, we aim to innovate, positively disrupt, and challenge the status-quo.
If you are interested in Technology, Engineering, Planning, Business Studies, Design and/or Customer Services this is the work experience for you. You will be given an insight into how a large infrastructure project works and the variety of roles that make up the industry. You will work with experts from across our organisation to get a feel for all the skills that are needed to bring a new railway to life.
You will work virtually in small teams with other students and will be supported as you gain experience of our core business functions including Engineering, Programme Controls, Delivery, Strategy, Customer Services, Communications and Human Resources.
We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming you aboard!
For students aged 16 and above.
Application Deadline: 28 February

NextGen Nurse: Meet the people behind the masks
South West England NHS
24 March 

Find out about a career where you can make a difference, work in different roles around the world with a competitive starting salary and earning potential and a huge choice and opportunity for personal and professional growth.
We are the NHS, and we help save and improve people`s lives. We are needed now more than ever. We have many different roles in nursing, and we want to show you what a career in nursing can offer and introduce you to the faces behind the masks.
There are lots of different skills suited to the variety of roles within nursing; from science, technology and innovation to leadership, management and collaboration. It`s exciting, rewarding and, yes, it`s challenging. But it`s a career that lets you make a real difference to people`s lives.
Join us for a Virtual Insight Day in the South West of Engla
nd to hear from nurses working across a range of disciplines, find out more about the profession, the key skills needed and how you can start to develop them. If you haven`t considered nursing before, you might be surprised.

For students aged 14 years.
Application Deadline: 3 March

HSBC Work Experience

The UK Work Experience Programme is for students looking for a work experience placement with a leading global bank. The programme provides opportunities to gain some hands-on experience, develop your knowledge of banking and financial services, and explore the careers available at HSBC in the UK. Students should note that this is an unpaid work experience programme.
For: Full-time secondary school or college students
Duration: One week
Commercial Banking • Compliance • Digital Business Services • Global Banking and Markets • Human Resources • Marketing • Procurement • Wealth and Personal Banking
Location: UK
Applications close: 21 February 2021
Who can apply?
This programme is aimed at those in the later years of full-time secondary, sixth form or college education who are keen to get an introduction to what a career in financial services may be like.
The Work Experience opportunities will be available through June to August 2021. Specific details regarding each opportunity are available when you apply.
To be considered for the programme, you will:
  • Be in full-time education either at secondary school, sixth form or college at the time of the work experience commencing
  • Be keen and motivated to find out more about HSBC and to be prepared to complete the application process, which will include some online questions and if successful, a telephone interview
How to apply:
We encourage you to choose and apply for a location to which you can reasonably commute, as early as possible, as applications will close when all placements are filled. Please keep in mind we will not be able to offer placements in locations not listed. Please note you must obtain approval from your school or college to undertake this work experience as it falls within the standard school/college term-time.
What to expect:
Supported by experienced managers, you will be shadowing colleagues and encouraged to ask questions to help you understand more about HSBC. During the work experience, you will learn what it is like to work in one of our retail, commercial, operational or head office areas (subject to availability).
You will get to know HSBC – our values, our history and exactly what we do – and gain an insight into actual jobs that you would be doing if you came to work for us full-time. There will be an opportunity to work on a live project and share your ideas with managers.
Whether you decide to start an apprenticeship or go to university in the future, the work experience programme is a great early insight into a potential career choice.
Learning, development and support:
Our programme will provide you with an insight into what it is like to work for a global bank, and help you to decide your future career options. Over the course of the programme, we typically offer:
  • Hands on work experience
  • An opportunity to work on a project and present back to managers
  • Feedback on how you can develop yourself
  • Tips on recruitment processes for the future
  • Opportunities to meet a range of HSBC employees and ask as many questions as you want to help you understand what working for HSBC is like and your potential future ambitions
How to reach us:
For more details contact work.experience.team@hsbc.com



An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid.
You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career. It can take between one and six years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It’s funded from contributions made by the government and your employer and you have to be over 16 years old to become an apprentice.

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