Need some help with career's advice and guidance? Please feel free to contact me, Christina Sansom

Tel no: 01628 634505


Careers information, advice and guidance


If the conversation at home turns to talk of future career paths and how to take the first steps, try the website below, which you may find very useful. Of course, feel free to contact me, if you want any careers advice or guidance.

Barclays Life skills is an invaluable website which I can highly recommend, offering words of wisdom regarding the World of Work and Further Education. Equally may I recommend the website from Telefonica UK,, a vibrant and easy to navigate website packed full of wonderful careers advice and guidance.


Raising the participation age-some useful facts

Do you need more information about the impact that the raising of the participation age will have on you as a student, or your son as a parent/carer?

click here  



Volunteering is a great way for young people to gain valuable work experience and to enhance a CV.  There are lots of diverse opportunities on offer locally! Many of the work experience and volunteering opportunities can be found on the Do it website

You can search by postcode or keyword for opportunities. Don’t forget – putting relevant work experience on a CV improves the chances of being selected for an apprenticeship or job.  It also looks good on a UCAS application.  Give it a go – and good luck!




‘Take a look below and remind yourselves of the nature of apprenticeships and the breadth of possibilities regarding them – I hope you find it useful.  If you want to talk in more depth regarding your future plans, please do not hesitate to contact me’ 


Mrs Sansom, 

Careers Advisor



What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a skilled job with training. Every apprentice is guaranteed a minimum wage linked to their age. They're available at all academic levels - whether you're leaving school without GCSEs or completing your A-levels. There are apprenticeships in industries like engineering, health and accountancy - plus a host of careers you'd never think of. And 9 in 10 apprentices stay in work after completing their course.


Higher apprenticeships

higher apprenticeships is your ticket to a high-skilled job. You'll usually need at least 2 A-levels to start one, and you'll come out with qualifications equivalent to a foundation degree or higher - with any tuition fees paid by your employer! Higher apprentices can earn between £300-500 per week (although you may start lower). You could train to be a solicitoror a lab scientist, and even learn how to design sweets with a confectionery apprenticeship!


Degree apprenticeship

Degree apprenticeships guarantee you a university degree, as well as on-the-job training for a high-skilled job. You'll spend 30 hours a week learning from experienced colleagues at work, and the equivalent of one day studying towards a bachelor's or master's degree at uni or college. It gives you the kudos and academic grounding of a degree along with sought-after employability skills employers say graduates don't have. And 8 out of 10 parents think it's better than an Oxbridge degree!


Should I apply for an apprenticeship or university?

Today, apprenticeships offer a route into high-skilled jobs that you had to go to uni to train for in the past. If you know what career path you want to follow, an apprenticeship could get you there without the fees - while enabling you to develop employability skills too. University is essential for certain careers and great for those with passionate academic interests. Carefully consider the pros and cons of both university and apprenticeships before making your decision.



You could try the national apprenticeship service website

Get yourself registered and take a look at what is on offer or perhaps consider the website below, courtesy of the Times Newspaper.  Lots of excellent apprenticeship advice as well as apprenticeship vacancies.

The Times Guide to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships



 I can recommend the website below:

Have a look for yourself and perhaps register for engineering apprenticeships for 2017/18.


Highly recommended website

Particularly the Jobs Profile section – learn all the basic details of a vast selection of career paths.

Click here for the Job Profiles section


Want to hear a good piece of advice?

If applying online for a position you really like, DON'T SPOIL YOUR CHANCES! Don't press that send button until you have taken every care to double check what you have written and how it is presented. Are there any gaps in the form that should have been filled? Carelessness may result in your application being rejected before you even have a chance to be interviewed.

Keep looking on the sixth form careers board for all the new notices regarding apprenticeships, training and employment.

Help is out there- but you must do all you can to help yourself!

Russell Group guide to making Informed Choices post-16