Our dedicated Careers Adviser, Ms Haworth, offers individual careers guidance appointments to all students, supporting students to make the right choice for them. Pathways explored include University, Apprenticeships, Employment, Work Experience and Gap year opportunities. In addition to individual careers appointments, Ms Haworth holds weekly lunchtime drop-in sessions where students can call in to discuss any issues concerning their career aspirations and future plans without an appointment.
Useful Careers Websites
www.unifrog.org (student log-in): Hundreds of careers profiles, tools to search for and compare university courses, apprenticeships, and further education courses, as well as tools to support with applications and CV writing.
www.eclips-online.co.uk (password: siosce12) Accurate information on over 1400 jobs including live labour market information and a wealth of impartial advice on education and employment choices.
www.nationalcareers.service.gov.uk: Careers information, advice and guidance, helps students to make decisions on learning, training and work at all stages.
www.successatschool.org: Explore careers, research top employers, and search for the latest jobs and courses. Plenty of advice, including parent guides on a range of education and careers topics.
www.gmacs.co.uk Greater Manchester Apprenticeship and Careers Service, helps students to explore and design their next steps before leaving sixth form, including details of local labour market information, courses, jobs and apprenticeships across Greater Manchester.
www.studentladder.co.uk: Information on careers, choosing qualifications, school leaver programmes, work experience, internships and much more.
www.-sacu-student.com: Offers independent and impartial careers information, including a unique career quiz, to help students generate career ideas.
www.careersbox.co.uk: National online careers film and video library showing real people doing real jobs.
Many of our students choose to go onto Higher Education and we offer support with the decision making and application process.
There are many websites which students can use to research universities and courses of interest, research entry requirements and analyse data to help them make the right choice.
www.ucas.com: .: Lots of information about courses, universities, apprenticeships, , events and student accommodation, plus a careers quiz to help students find ideal jobs matched to their personality types.
www.prospects.ac.uk: Research career options linked to degree choices, job profiles, career planner tool, work experience, internship opportunities and much more.
www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk : University league and subject tables in association with The Independent, plus information on bursaries, scholarships, and graduate prospects.
www.whatuni.com : Provides ideas for degree subjects to study based on the A levels/BTEC L3 Diploma being studied.
www.university.which.co.uk : Provides help with finding the best university and degree course for you.
www.discoveruni.gov.uk/: Information and guidance about the different options for studying, links to useful resources and the option to search for and compare undergraduate courses across the UK using data from the National Student Survey results.
https://unistats.com: Compare official course data from universities and colleges.
www.opendays.com : List all university opens days.
www.unitasterdays.com: Award-winning source of university taster events, workshops, residentials and open events. Register for event updates.
www.gov.uk/contact-student-finance-england: Information on how to apply for Student Finance, check payment dates, track an application, change details, reset password and find customer reference numbers.
Apprenticeship and Employment
Apprenticeships are extremely competitive and students are encouraged to be flexible in regard to factors such as location, salary, and size of company. Whilst many students are keen to secure a Degree Level Apprenticeship (Level 6), they should not rule out Level 4 and Level 5 Higher Apprenticeships, as these can have great prospects too, are a pathway to a degree, and in many companies, can lead on to training for a full degree apprenticeship. Some companies start all college leaver apprentices on Advanced Level Apprenticeships (Level 3) and then build up their levels as they progress in the organisation.
Searching for an apprenticeship or job is a full-time job in itself and students should cast their nets far and wide. We support students when they are looking for work shadowing placements and voluntary work. We also help students with application forms, letters of application and CV writing.
We are often notified of vacancies from local companies and these are shared with students via form time and student briefings and are also displayed on the vacancy board in the Sixth Form Common Room. Students are encouraged to be proactive in any apprenticeship and job search and there are many useful websites that will help.
Useful Apprenticeship Websites
- The Government National Apprenticeship website: gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
- The UCAS career finder website https://careerfinder.ucas.com
- Not Going to Uni: notgoingtouni.co.uk.
- Rate my apprenticeship: ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk
- Student ladder apprenticeships: studentapprenticeships.co.uk
- Amazing Apprenticeships: amazingapprenticeships.com/higher-degree-listing/
- All About School Leavers: allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk
- Careermap: careermap.co.uk
- Get my first job: getmyfirstjob.co.uk
- Target Apprenticeships: targetapprenticeships.co.uk.
- Manchester Metropolitan University: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/apprenticeships
- Salford University: salford.ac.uk/higher-and-degree-apprenticeships
Taking a gap year gives students the chance to take time out and consider the options ahead of them. For many, a gap year can be a great opportunity to try something new, travel, sample new cultures, and undertake high impact volunteer projects abroad, which broaden their skills and experience, helping to boost their CV and career prospects.
www.bunac.org/uk (British Universities North America Club) is an organisation that enables people to explore the world through work abroad and travel programmes.
www.yearoutgroup.org: Includes over 30 gap year organisations that provide opportunities at home and abroad.
www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry: UK’s leading student placement experts, provide high-quality, paid placements for students in their gap year.
www.gapforce.org: Bespoke gap year programs run by dedicated, veteran leaders. From volunteering to conservation, trekking to skilled internships.
www.yipiyap.co.uk: In-school tutoring gap year experience.