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Useful Websites for Students and Parents

Job Information 

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service has a range of information on making choices, career planning, courses, apprenticeships and information on writing CVs and completing application forms. 


CareersBox offers an online library of careers film, news and information.  

NHS Careers

This website contains information on the massive range of job opportunities in the NHS. 


Your job search starts here. A search for “trainee”, “school leaver”, “apprentice” will bring up lots of potentially suitable vacancies for you. You can also search using another region, city, industry, etc., and find all relevant jobs.

Film-Making. Law. International Politics. Architecture. Entrepreneurship.

Students interesting in any of these lines of work should access this link to explore some of the free live and online programmes available to young people from InvestIN Education.

Careers in the Construction and Property industry.

Click on the link above to find out more about Construction & Property - the industry responsible for the design, building and management of the built environment.



What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you will:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • get time for study related to your job role (usually one day a week)
  • some apprenticeships can also give you an extra qualification


Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:



Equivalent educational level






A level


Who can apply for an apprenticeship?

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you must be:

  • 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.

You can find additional information about apprenticeships available in your area here.

National Apprenticeship Service

The government’s apprenticeship website has a range of information on becoming an apprentice. 


Download our Careers Strategy


Useful Links




The universities central admissions service has details of UK university courses, with information on the application process, finance & support. 


A website which compares different universities and courses. 


Prospects has information on graduate jobs. 

The Russell Group

The group represents the UKs 24 leading universities, source of careers information & advice including ‘informed choices’ a downloadable guide to making post 16 choices. 

Not Going to Uni

This website lists a variety of opportunities that exist outside of university. 

General Information  


Good School Guide

Good School Guide lists information about what options are available in Further Education. 


CareerPoint is a resource for parents, young people and teachers with information on apprenticeships, labour market information and higher education. 

Career Connect

The service aims to offer support into education, employment and training for young people. 

Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of eight guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools.

Buzz Test

Take the Buzz test and in less than 5 minutes discover what your strengths are and get an insight in to your personality. 

Aptitude Test

Take the Aptitude test to find out your ability to perform specific tasks and react to a range of different situations.

Career Exploration Test

Take the Career Exploration Test to help you find a career path that suits your strengths, personality and interests. 


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