Website Links

There are many useful websites out there. Here are some to get you started:

Careers Exploration

https://www.gmacs.co.uk
GMACS has a lots of options to explore further education routes, there are also skills and personality tests to help you understand you strengths and weaknesses. There is a careers matchmaker which matches your likes and dislikes to suggest suited careers for you, which you can then research.

https://www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
If you want Careers information, click on the Careers Advice section and job profiles. Type in the job you are interested in and details will come up. If you don’t know what you want to do, still go on the job profiles section, but scroll down to the job areas and get an idea of what is out there. There is also information on how to write CVs and you can also access Careers Advice from this website.

https://www.eclips-online.co.uk – password: toeffo41
This is online Careers Information which also now includes labour market information. It will give you entry requirements and routes into jobs and careers.

http://www.icould.com
This website has a lot of useful careers videos, job information and ideas about your future. You can also complete the buzz quiz which are questions to help your understand your personality type.

http://www.careersbox.co.uk
Videos of people who are actually doing a particular job. Great to get information and ideas and hear from the ‘horse’s mouth’ about a Career idea.

Local College / Education Provider Websites

College / Education Provider Website
Bolton College
The 6th Form College Bolton
Loretto College
Manchester College
Mysercough College
Runshaw College
Salford City College
St John Rigby College
St Mary’s 6th Form College
Warrington College
Wigan & Leigh College
Winstanley College
Xaverian College
Wigan Athletic
Wigan Warriors

Apprenticeships / Traineeships

This is where you can find more information about Apprenticeships and you can also register on these websites to apply for vacancies.

https://www.amazingapprenticeships.com
https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
https://www.alliancelearning.com
https://www.gceducationandskills.ac.uk
https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk
https://www.gmacs.co.uk

General Information

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk – Navy careers information
https://www.army.mod.uk – Army careers information
https://www.raf.mod.uk  – RAF careers information

https://www.discoveruni.gov.ukInformation about universities including stats, courses etc
https://www.ucas.com – University Central Admissions Service – you can search here to find more information about entry requirements for different degrees

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-labour-market-dataLabour Market Information

Volunteering

For many students, volunteering can be a good option to develop a wide range of skills and to become more attractive to employers/colleges.

www.do-it.org
This is a great resource and offers a huge variety of opportunities both locally and nationally. If you’re serious about volunteering, this will be a good place to start.

www.volunteeringmatters.org.uk
Volunteering Matters (formerly CSV) can offer long-term placements (4-12 months) which is great as part of a gap year and if you are trying to build up skills for a particular career such as Social Work.

https://www.vsointernational.org/volunteering/ICS-youth-volunteering
VSO offer long and short term placements in developing regions which are a great opportunity to understand a different culture, make new friends and develop skills. They have specific projects aimed at people aged 18-25.

www.vinspired.com
Vinspired is a national organisation set up to encourage young people to volunteer and be part of their community. There are some vacancies on their website and other information about projects. You can build up your hours towards a Vinspired award and this would look great in an achievements folder or on your CV.

https://www.dofe.org
Information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

https://www.princes-trust.org.uk
Information about the Princes Trust.