National Careers & Apprenticeship Services
This is the Government’s hub for careers advice for people of all ages where you can find help with drafting letters, CVs, exploring your skills or seeking careers advice.
The National Apprenticeship Service website provides general advice and information about apprenticeships. It also advertises current vacancies.
Higher Education Websites
The HE+ website is an open-access website aimed at secondary school students and provides access to super-curricular resources written by Cambridge students/academics. Within the subject pages, you’ll find links to over 30 super-curricular resources which go deeper into a particular topic. The website’s resources feature video/audio content, glossaries, worksheets and reflective questions for each resource, a feedback mechanism and links to further reading.
Whether you’re deciding what to study, taking your exams, planning a career, or just curious, Bitesize is here to explain the world of work, with advice from people who’ve found the right path for them.
National Careers Week TV – free video resources in dozens of industries.
This website aims to help you to make the most of your potential by showing how others have used theirs. Why not take the ‘Buzz’ personality profile quiz? In just a few minutes, this fun quiz can help you: discover your strengths and what makes you tick, understand how others may see you and explore subject choices and jobs that could suit you.
This provides video based job profile information and a skills explorer tool.
This website displays current apprenticeship and school leaver programme opportunities, to the latest school leaver job news, and gives career journey advice.
This website gives clear and comprehensive information about a range of Career Zones (sectors), in an easy to access format. You can create a profile to help to collate useful information. ’60 second interviews’ giving profiles of professionals, provide a useful insight into specific careers.
This is an interactive careers website which provides a ‘careers matching’ programme to help with career choice (log in for a free guest pass).
Take a look at this website for opportunities that exist outside of university if you think it’s not the right choice for you!
For careers that need a degree or similar qualification, follow this link for more information on job roles, the qualifications required and how much you can earn.
Springboard is for students. It is divided into two main sections: the Career Test and the Career Exploration Tool. These two interactive tools allow students to find some career inspiration and gain an insight into their different career options.
This site has useful videos, demonstrating how to complete the online applications for many top companies in the UK, as well as providing detailed information on salaries and interviews. Applications forms can be printed off directly from this site.
Lots of information about specific sectors as well as advice on how to create a CV and prepare for interviews.
For information on Apprenticeships, what they involve and how you can find one. This website gives live apprenticeship vacancies, organised by sector or area. It also gives plenty of advice on making applications.
Provided by Nottingham College, Career Coach is designed to help students find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.
Build your skills and qualifications with free short courses delivered by Future Learn. This website is fantastic and would be great for the whole family.
A great online resource for people of all ages. It can help you with career pathways, course options and lots more.
The Parents’ Guide to provides parents with the information they need to help their teenage children make the right choices to create successful futures after GCSE and sixth form. This online guide is designed to inform, involve and guide parental support. It includes the most up to date information on topics such as apprenticeships, universities and revision techniques. This guide was produced with NCW for National Careers Week 2021.
Welcome to the 2021 TARGETcareers Paths to Careers – a Parent’s Guide. This year’s edition has been developed with Mumsnet feedback. A Parent’s Guide is for parents or anyone in loco parentis to a young person thinking about their next steps; the Mumsnet survey revealed that half of young people start thinking seriously about their future careers when they’re 14–15. It also revealed that when it comes to choosing what to do, a child’s personal interest and their confidence in succeeding in their post-18 choice are the main influencing factors. This guide is designed to help you boost your child’s confidence, by providing them with a clear, unbiased introduction to their options.
You’ve almost certainly heard about apprenticeships by now. But if you think they’re second best to a university degree, you’ve been misinformed! Apprenticeships can be a pathway to a degree – paid for in full by the employer while your child earns a wage. In this article, Success At School define apprenticeships, go through the different types, compare them to university, explore some of the programmes available, look at how much your child can expect to earn and explain how to help your child find an apprenticeship.
To succeed in the world of work, employers will expect your child to have certain basic employability skills (sometimes called “key skills”). These are skills which are needed to virtually any job – and even just to get by in life. Everybody needs these key employability skills, regardless of the industry or role they work in. There are plenty of ways your child can develop these skills at school or in their home life, even if they don’t have a part-time job. In this article Success At Schools look at what those employability skills are and how you can help your child gain them.