Website Links

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

Careers Exploration:

https://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: M29 8JN
This is online Careers Information which also now includes labour market information. It will give you entry requirements and routes into jobs and careers.

www.plotr.co.uk
This website has a focus on particular job areas and gives you a good insight. It will be a good starting point and may inspire you further with job ideas.

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.

http://fred.longworth.careersexplorer.co.uk/
This website is tailored to Fred Longworth and gives information about careers particularly related to the labour market so will help to understand things like how much the pay is, where you can study and even see live vacancies.

Next Steps:

https://www.gov.uk/further-education-skills/apprenticeships
This is where you can find more information about Apprenticeships and eventually you will register on here in order to apply for vacancies

www.ucas.com/progress
This is the platform we ask the students to use to apply for College and some Apprenticeships.
www.ucas.com
This is the website you would use when applying to University. There are lots of links on here to University websites where you can get information about Entry Requirements and course content.

http://unistats.direct.gov.uk
Gives information and statistics to allow students and parents to compare higher education providers

Local College Websites:

Bolton College: www.boltoncollege.ac.uk
Bolton 6th Form College: www.bolton-sfc.ac.uk
Manchester College: www.themanchestercollege.ac.uk
Runshaw College: www.runshaw.ac.uk
Salford College: www.salfordcc.ac.uk
St John Rigby College: www.sjr.ac.uk
St Mary’s 6th Form College: http://stmaryschs.org.uk/
Wigan UTC: http://www.wiganutc.org/
Warrington College: www.warrington.ac.uk
Wigan & Leigh College: www.wigan-leigh.ac.uk
Winstanley College: www.winstanley.ac.uk

Local Training Providers:

Here is a selection of Local Training Providers – there are many more

Alliance Learning: www.alliancelearning.com
CITB: http://www.citb.co.uk/bconstructive/
Pro Co: www.proconw.co.uk
The Skills Company: www.theskillsco.com

General Information:

www.careersadviceforparents.org
Useful resource detailing different topics such as Apprenticeships, College and labour 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.cvswl.org
This organisation promotes volunteering locally and offer information, programmes and events. All their vacancies are advertised on ‘do-it.org’

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.