At Culcheth High School we provide all students with a Careers Education Programme delivered through group sessions, days off timetable and targeted assemblies. We invite employers and training providers in to school and take students out to careers fairs, local colleges and universities – where they can obtain up to date information on the range of options available to them. We recognise the importance of preparing students for life and helping them to develop the key skills of: communication, application of number, team work, using initiative and following instructions.

In Year 9 students are supported with option choices for key stage 4 and in year 11 students are offered guidance to help select the most appropriate route – whether it is to stay in education or to progress into employment or training.

Our Careers Adviser Mrs Morris is available 2 days per week and works mainly with years 9-111– offering careers information, advice and guidance. If you feel your son/daughter would benefit from a 1:1 appointment with Mrs Morris then please contact: Careers@culchethhigh.org.uk .

Useful websites for careers research are listed below:

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

This website provides a wealth of information but of particular interest is the:

  • Job Profiles section – offering information on hundreds of different jobs, entry requirements, skills required and links to more specialised websites.
  • Skills health Check section – Questionnaires to help identify interests, preferences and motivating factors in a job. Good as a starting point if unsure of career ideas.

www.careersbox.co.uk

Video clips and information on a wide range of careers.

www.icould.com

Useful for linking school subjects to different career paths. There is also a quiz “The Buzz Test” to help young people explore their values, qualities and aspirations for the future.

www.plotr.co.uk

A very visual website especially for younger students to help them explore the world of work and different job roles.

www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Everything you need to know about apprenticeships and current vacancies.

www.allaboutcareers.com

Apprenticeships, School Leaver Programmes, University.

www.ucas.com

First port of call for university courses in the UK, how to apply and student finance.

www.thestudentworld.com

Information on foreign universities and how to apply to a university abroad.

www.university.which.co.uk

Useful for comparing different university courses plus lots of information on how to choose courses (starting from GCSEs!)

www.prospects.ac.uk

A graduate website – useful for finding out what careers particular degree courses can lead to.

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

Information on alternative routes after college e.g. higher level apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, gap years.