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Education, Health Care & Public Services

Education, Health Care & Public Services


  • Creativity, enthusiasm and good communication skills are just some of the requirements for candidates seeking employment in the education sector.
  • Main employers for teachers include Local Educational Authorities (LEAs), universities and further education colleges.
  • Social Care is a demanding sector but this is balanced by the personal satisfaction gained from developing and maintaining relationships with the people you are trying to help. You can make a real impact on improving people’s lives.
  • Around 5.7million people work in the public sector across the UK, accounting for 19% of those in employment. Roughly 2.7million work in central government and 2.5million in local government. The sector’s biggest employers are the NHS.
  • Employment opportunities in administration can be grouped into: general administration; specialist administration, such as: legal; education; agricultural; medical; and library; professional administration, such as: personal assistant; and company secretary.


Early Years, Primary, Secondary Teacher £21,600 – £31,500
Learning Mentor £15,000 – £25,000
General Nursing £21,400 – £27,900
Physiotherapist £21,200 – £27,600
Speech and Language Therapist £21,200 – £27,600
Occupational Therapist £21,200 – £27,600
Sports Therapist £17,000 – £35,000 (£25 p/h)
Counsellor £19,000 – £26,000
Social Worker £25,000 – £34,000
Paramedic £21,200 – £27,600
Police Officer £22,700 – £25,300
Firefighter £21,100 – £28,200
Armed Forces Graduate Officer Cadet £24,600




Annual figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred and weekly figures to the nearest full pound. Source:


Job Opportunities

  • According to a Home Office report from March 31st 2013, there were 213,620 full-time equivalent police workers employed across the 43 police forces of England and Wales. Including Police Officers (60.7% of total), Police community support workers, traffic wardens, designated officers and other support staff.
  • Integrity, the ability to work as part of a team, physical fitness and personal confidence are all qualities sought by employers in the armed and emergency services.
  • Volunteering and work experience are part of the Public Services course that Blackpool Sixth Form provides, giving students an insight into their chosen career with the armed or emergency services.
  • Despite budget cuts, the armed forces are still recruiting, with skills in medicine, logistics and engineering proving to be in high demand.
  • The private sector is another avenue of employment, this is made up of companies who provide materials and support for the emergency services.There are over 300,000 people employed in the private sector, which is comprised of organisations like AMEC, BAE systems, Boeing and Rolls Royce.
  • Blackpool Sixth Form offer work placements along-side courses of study for students looking to pursue careers in teaching, medical/social care, and business.


Luke Evans is a General Surgeon at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. He left the Sixth Form with A Levels in Chemistry, Maths and Biology in 1995 and progressed to Imperial College to study Medicine. He has also pursued a Master of Surgery in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery.

Hannah McCann works as an Aerospace Battle Manager with the Royal Air Force. She left Blackpool Sixth in 2011 having studied Maths, English Literature and English Language.



Useful Contacts

  • Education Jobs, Teaching Resources, Magazine & Forum
  • Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
  • British Medical Association (BMA)
  • NHS Careers
  • Careers in Probation
  • General Social Care Council (GSCC)
  • Community Service Volunteers
  • MOD Careers
  • Police Recruitment Service
  • Fire Services

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