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: viosce41
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.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.

https://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.

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

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
Loretto College:                        https://www.loreto.ac.uk/
Manchester College:                 www.themanchestercollege.ac.uk
Myerscough College:                http://www.myerscough.ac.uk
Runshaw College:                    www.runshaw.ac.uk
Salford City College:                 www.salfordcc.ac.uk
St John Rigby College:              www.sjr.ac.uk
St Mary’s 6th Form College:       http://stmaryschs.org.uk/
Warrington College:                  www.warrington.ac.uk
Wigan & Leigh College:             www.wigan-leigh.ac.uk
Winstanley College:                  www.winstanley.ac.uk
Xaverian College:                     http://www.xaverian.ac.uk/

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.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/
https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/
https://gmacs.co.uk/

General Information:

https://discoveruni.gov.uk/ Information 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.royalnavy.mod.uk/ Navy careers information
https://www.army.mod.uk/         Army careers information
https://www.raf.mod.uk/            RAF careers 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.