We have brought together a suite of careers resources for your use.
The Parents’ Guide to Getting Ahead in the Summer Holidays
Suitable for parents of 15-18 year olds.
Includes information on:
- Making the most of the summer holidays;
- Boosting knowledge;
- Researching apprenticeships;
- Researching university courses;
- Writing a personal statement;
- Preparing to leave home; and
- Protecting your mental wellbeing.
Download your free copy here.
CEC Ahead of the Game – Youth Employment UK
Ahead of the Game equips students with everything they need to take their best next step with confidence. There are two programmes with accompanying lesson plans to support students leaving Year 11 and Year 13. No planning or preparation is needed.
Further support is available via the Young Professional Programme to help you build a bespoke programme for your learners.
National Citizen Service Schools Brochure 2021
Designed for 16-17-year-olds, NCS is an inclusive summer programme that helps teens get the skills, experience and self-belief they need to achieve their potential. Brochure with more details can be found here.
Letter to send to parents/guardians advertising NCS’ Summer Programme 2021.
Guidance to support conversations with young people about what they can expect from an NCS Programme, the support available and how to sign up in their area.
Internship Experience UK
Internship Experience UK 2021 is now open for applications. Back by popular demand, this immersive virtual experience is designed to support school leavers, current university students and recent graduates to get ahead with their career.
In partnership with world-leading employers, industry leaders and government departments, you’ll gain exclusive insights into one or more of eight different sectors on the three-day virtual experiences. Read on to find out more or head straight to the sectors you can pick from.
Find out more here.
PLACED Environmental Academy
PLACED Environmental Academy is a FREE youth-led programme of activities, events and professional development opportunities for young people currently in Years 9 – 12 who live in the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, St Helens, Wirral, Sefton, Halton, Knowsley).
PLACED Environmental Academy participants will:
- Participate in creative projects and professional development activities through collaborative sessions and independent work (online and face-to-face).
- Increase their confidence, and develop knowledge and skills including design, communication, team working, presenting, problem solving, campaigning and community action.
- Benefit from direct support from industry mentors including architects, planners, interior designers, developers, environmental experts, researchers, and community leaders offering expert knowledge and unique insight into careers and study routes.
- Gain experience that will enhance their CV and university applications, helping them stand out from the crowd.
- The Academy is COMPLETELY FREE to attend
- All sessions take place outside of school time and require NO school attendance or support
- We are looking for young people with a range of interests and abilities
- It will consist of approximately 13 sessions between June – November 2021 and take place over Zoom with some face-to-face sessions in Liverpool. Confirmed dates can be found here
- Participants must live in Liverpool, St Helens, Wirral, Sefton, Halton or Knowsley
- Just 30 places are available.
Applications are now OPEN and will close 10th May 2021.
LFC Foundation, County Lines
The LFC Foundation is launching a new virtual enrichment programme. The programme has been developed in partnership with Merseyside Police, aiming to educate and empower young people on the growing issue of County Lines in their community. The programme is fully funded and therefore there is no charge to your school.
Each week, for 5 weeks, the schools will receive two pre-recorded video sessions with three sessions being released in the final week. These can be distributed to targeted students or through the school network, uploading the content onto the online learning portal for every student to access. All sessions are supported by the Student Resource Booklet, which can be completed electronically or as a printed workbook. Students have the opportunity to complete these workbooks during school time or while at home.
The programme will focus on educating students on the following topics:
- What County Lines is
- The Impact on Self
- The Ripple Effect
- First Aid – KnifeSavers
- Merseyside Police – Firearms Unit
- The Court Room
- Social Action
- Support Available
Alternatively, register your interest in the programme here.
Shaping Futures’ 8 Week AIG Programme – Benchmark 7
Shaping Futures’ online AIG Programme will give students and parents a better understanding of the pathways to Higher Education available for young people and support with any decisions throughout their educational journey. More information can be found here.
The WOW Show
An assembly-tailored programme and lesson plans supporting different jobs and industries
The resource looks great and tells you everything you need to know about the programme. To view click here.
Learn Live have a variety of on demand careers videos and live interactive broadcasts with employers. Access them here.
BBC Bitesize Careers
Access resources here.
Free online training platform containing 20+ hours of accredited, video-based courses covering key careers, employability and well-being. Find out more here.
A complete guide to how and why Year 13s should use LinkedIn
Free home learning resources from TES
A collection of 74 free resources for home learning from TES. Access them here.
WorldSkills UK’s Careers Advice Toolkit will help you deliver excellent careers advice and support in both the real and virtual classrooms. It covers the latest careers information and how students can develop the employability skills that businesses and services value so highly. Find out more here.
MyKindaFuture’s Career Leader Connectr
On this portal you’ll find our latest opportunities to engage your students with leading employers, and you’ll be able to explore case studies of previous exciting campaigns and learn more about the career education landscape. Find out more here.
The Careers and Enterprise Company’s Work It Campaign
The CEC are producing their own series of career talks from young people to young people, with a focus on recent transition from education into the world of work. Keep an eye out on social media for more films from the series Work It.
The first video in the series can be found here.
FREE STEP Series 2019/20 Interactive PDF: All Age Groups
STEPs are a series of individual student workbooks which take students through the stages of career planning from age 11, right through to planning post-18 options.
The workbooks are progressive, relevant to each year group and fully mapped to The Gatsby Benchmarks. They cover a range of issues to help students to understand more about themselves, find out about careers and the world of work and help them to plan for their future.
Find out more here.
Working Options in Education
Working Options in Education is a charity which helps young people (14-18) to aim high and fulfil their potential. Their employability and life skills programme is delivered free in schools, colleges and online through their well-established links with employers, particularly in the food, drink and retail industry.
They offer young people multiple interactions with employers, including expert insight from industry, skills workshops, online content, and access to industry events, work experience and placements. Find out more here.
Bitesize videos and posts on a number of employability areas can be found here.
National Careers Service – support for parents and students
NCS are providing extra activities with all client groups affected by COVID-19, in relation to supporting/signposting during this period of lockdown and when the lockdown has ended.
The service is useful for: students who were due to take exams this year, parents/carers of students who are worried about their child’s next steps and parents/carers who require support with their own career plans. Find out more here.
Careers information and tools for 11-19 year olds.
Activities for students here.
Activities for staff, including free careers leader webinars here.
Webinar on Traineeships
Youth Employment UK – Free skills and careers activities
Resources designed for young people aged 14-24 including those in education, employment & training and those looking for work.
Looking for Work Careers Booklet can be found here.
Career Guidance Charts
Career Guidance Charts provides a range of free posters and infographics for schools from their extensive collection that covers curriculum, vocation and employability. Students can undertake a free career values assessment to explore jobs related to their motivations. Advisors and career leaders can register as a member on the site for free and access other free infographic resources.
Revolution 4.0 Career Passport
Revolution 4.0, a Wirral based marketing agency, have created an interactive Career Passport and have very kindly offered to adapt the passport for any school who wishes to use it.
If you would like an adapted copy of the passport, please email Lesleyann and attach a high resolution version of your school logo.
Many thanks to Justine McLaughlin, Digital Director & Adventurer, for the great offer. See an example here.
Uptree is a free online professional platform for students, aged 16+, supporting them to bridge the gap between education and employment. They partner with companies across several industries to offer single day work experience opportunities for students before they leave school.
They also offer a (free) Schools Partnership Programme. Partner schools are eligible to receive: Up to three school visits from Uptree (either in person or online), termly careers curriculum & weekly term-time updates about opportunities for students.
Founders4Schools, Digital Careers Webinars
Founders4Schools has put together an interesting and diverse collection of career stories, starting with a #Maths4Girls webinar where they are joined by Amanda Pullinger, Chief Executive Officer at 100 Women in Finance, along with other leading businesswomen who are living examples of how maths can lead to success.
To join any of the webinars click on the SAVE YOUR SEAT buttons and join when they’re on here.
Missed a webinar or weren’t able to join live? Then read on to find out how to watch the webinars when it works for you & your students on their YouTube channel.
My Week of Work on demand
The CEC, Oak and Learn Live have worked in partnership to create a whole week’s worth of content aimed at preparing young people for the world of work. Pupils will be able to choose from five key economic sectors in which to gain insight. They will hear from employers, learn about the businesses and complete virtual work tasks. The content has been developed in partnership with employers, school leaders and careers education experts. Find out more here.
Kognoggs: a careerED podcast
Each week, Rob Cooper (Careers Leader in Leicester & Leicestershire LEP) gives free professional career coaching, shares career stories, engages with the politics and pedagogy of career education, and explores one little corner of the ever-changing world of work.
Please check out the weekly podcasts here.
CEC, My Choices
My Choices is a collection of resources brought together in one comprehensive guide to support Careers Leaders to help students with their decision making over the summer.
We acknowledge that there is a significant difference in the way in which young people have experienced the end of Years 11 and 13 and our bespoke guides for students and parents/guardians will offer support in navigating this ever-changing situation.
To further support young people through this period of transition, in collaboration with Learn Live, we will broadcast a virtual event where young people can hear directly from employers and apprenticeship providers about the opportunities available to them. This event is designed to reassure young people that not only are there an abundance of opportunities, but that they are ready to step up and seize those opportunities.
My Choices virtual event can be viewed on demand here.
YourGamePlan is a free online learning platform designed to help young people transition from school to the workplace, and widen their understanding of the career opportunities available to them. All of YourGamePlan’s courses are CPD-certified and each course students complete will be added to the websites built in CV builder. Teachers are able to track their students’ progress whilst achieving Gatsby Benchmarks. More information is available here.
PwC Virtual Classroom
PwC Virtual Classroom – a programme open to all students between Years 10 and 13. The programme combines both live and pre-recorded sessions which will provide students with an insight into PwC and an opportunity to develop their employability skills. They’ll also have the chance to engage with a range of PwC ambassadors through the interactive live sessions, whilst enabling the flexibility to watch and listen to the recorded sessions at a time best suited to them each week.
Take a look at their website for the times and dates for each of the live sessions and details of how to sign up here. They will also be running a session specifically for parents, carers and teachers. You can find the sign up for that one here.
My World of Work, Choosing My Subjects (linking careers to the curriculum)
Guidance for students on what subjects to take at school. This includes the Subject Choices Tool, which helps students see where each subject could take them, and the Future Me Subject Choices Magazine. Find out more here.
Amey Chat and Learn, Free One to One Careers Talks
Any students aged 14-18 years old can request a 30 minute virtual one to one careers talk with an Amey employee to discuss their chosen area of interest. Teachers can also request whole class virtual careers talks.
More information on who Amey are and their
Chat and Learn offer can be found here.
PwC’s New World New Skills school series – social mobility virtual skills programme
This free 6 week programme gives students the opportunity to develop their confidence and key employability skills, supporting benchmarks 4, 5 and 6. Target audience is schools with higher than average number of free school meals. Programme includes:
- short skills sessions delivered by PwC
- teacher facilitated activities in the classroom
- optional self-guided learning for students with PwC employee feedback
- 1 session released per week via PwC website. Sessions available for the full 6 weeks giving schools flexibility on how to run them.
- each week is designed around a different employability skill.
First cycle launched 2nd November for Years 10-13. 116 schools and 19,000 students have signed up. Materials available until Friday 22nd January.
Second cycle launching in Spring (February and March) for students in Years 7-9.
Find out more here.
CareerEar believe people can achieve their full career potential if they have access to sound advice, insights, and are given the encouragement to go for it.
They actively support those from marginalised backgrounds who do not typically have networks of support or equal access to opportunities. Through Q&A, careers content and skills assessments (coming soon!) they empower career-seekers and changers alike to discover their career options; gaining insights from industry professionals and access exciting career-related opportunities along the way.
Students can sign up to a free account and learn more about CareerEar here.
Success at School Online Careers Hub
The Success at School Online Careers Hub assists schools/colleges with online careers learning. It contains links to a downloadable action plan, industry guides with downloadable worksheets, #CrisisCareersHeroes careers resources, useful content from across our site and more. Click here to view.
National Careers Week, 1st to 6th March 2021, Guide
This guide allows you to get the most out of the opportunities and resources on offer during National Careers Week 2021.
Housing & Property Management Sector
- Chartered Institute Housing
- Red Brick Property Management – How to Become a Property Manager – This guide provides an overview of this role, skills, qualifications, career opportunities, potential earnings.
- Talk Business, How to Become an Estate Agent
- How to become a Construction Manager – This guide outlines responsibilities, average salary and pathways into the profession.
- Kier Construction – learn more about the construction industry and also create a funky avatar
- Go Construct – careers and apprenticeship information in construction
- Contextualised Curriculum – Free school resources for construction industry professionals and teachers
- Discover Creative – Student and parent website
- Discover Creative – Careers Lead/Teacher website
- Discover Creative – Exploring different creative careers
- Culturepool – Culturepool provides resources for teachers, school staff and professionals working with young people to find arts and cultural education activity and resources. It aims to make it easier for you to take advantage of exciting local offers from Liverpool City Region’s diverse arts and cultural sector, so you can give pupils the chance to experience these.
- Summer of Animation – The Summer of Animation is here to help 13-18 year olds across the UK make a 3D animated film this summer, including a free online animation camp, and enter a competition to find the best young animator.
- ScreenSkills – ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the screen industries. They work across the UK to ensure that film, television (including children’s and high-end drama), VFX (visual effects), animation and games have the skills and talent they need. ScreenSkills provide insight, career development and other opportunities to help grow and sustain the skilled and inclusive workforce which is the foundation stone of the UK’s global screen success.
- Access: VFX Meet The Industry – Access VFX promotes diversity and inclusion in the visual effect industry. This November they bring you Access: VFX Meet The Industry – a series of virtual events to help students 15 years old+ understand more about careers in VFX, Animation and Games. Whether they’re artistic, have a passion for maths and programming or have an interest in Business and Marketing there is a role in the Creative Industries to suit .
Hear from professionals working at PlayStation, Industrial Light & Magic, Union VFX, Moonraker VFX, MPC Advertising, The Mill and more.
- The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: Be the Future of Theatre and Performance, Careers Guide –
This guide is designed to provide an insight into how theatres operate and the roles that form part of the production and performance process.
- Discover! Creative Careers 2021 – Taking place during National Careers Week 2021 (1-5 March), find out more about the week here.
- 4ward Futures, Virtual Space Futures Careers Expo -4ward Futures, a careers education charity based in Warrington, have developed an online space careers discovery centre that is launching on 19th July 2021.
This will give young people aged 9 to 25 the opportunity to explore careers opportunities across space and related sectors.
As the year progresses, new interactive workshops and live webinars will be introduced to the platform. All content will be accessible at all times for students to explore.
Visitors will be able to explore the Expo through a Google Maps type navigation system. A demonstration of the platform can be seen here
- InnovateHer – a. Online industry-led coaching and technology programme for girls aged 13-16
- Learn by Design – a selection of free online resources for all to use, to help explore the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
- BAE Systems – Brand new STEM home learning activities to complete, including a UK Sport Competition (four age categories from 5 – 18 years) with fantastic prizes to be won, plus many more interesting links, engineering quizzes and career videos.
- The Big Bang UK – After the cancellation of The Big Bang Fair, The Big Bang UK are offering a series of STEM activities and talks to keep students engaged at home.
- Summer Internships in STEM related careers – Summer internships in 7 different industries will be offered live and online. Students aged between 15-18 and register now.
- RAF recruitment update – Due to COVID19 government defined measures, the application timeline may increase slightly but the RAF are still recruiting across a number of positions.
- What can you do with a mechanical engineering degree?
- Engineering your Future with Team 2100 – This event focuses on how Balfour Beatty, Jacobs a designer and the Environment Agency protect London from flooding. If you are unable to catch the live event, it will be available on demand.
- Celebrating Women in Engineering – A YouTube playlist, from Tomorrow’s Engineers, of inspiring female engineers talking about their roles.
- CEC STEM Careers Toolkit – For leaders in secondary schools and colleges
- This is Engineering: Entertainment The ‘This is engineering: entertainment’ STEM resource explores the essential role that engineers play in the entertainment industry.Through a series of creative and collaborative challenges, students will develop enquiring minds and teamwork skills and are encouraged to find imaginative approaches to problem-solving, understanding the role STEM-based learning plays in real-world engineering scenarios.Activities and challenges range from tracking sporting data, exploring the fourth dimension and creating light displays, to investigating synthetic beats and producing a scene from a horror film.
- How Can STEM Clubs Enhance Employability Skills and Promote Careers? – Link to advice and CPD workshops.
- Nuffield Research Placements – engaging, real-life research projects, where year 12, or equivalent, students have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution towards the work of a host organisation.
- STEM Careers Toolkit – Developed in collaboration with STEM learning it’s filled with creative ideas and practical suggestions on how to build STEM specific content into a careers strategy, creating a STEM input to each Gatsby Benchmark.
- How to Become an Accountant
- Barclays Life Skills – students are able to learn where their skills are needed in the modern workplace and see the inner workings of a company
- NatWest MoneySense – free financial education programme from 5 – 18 years
- Barclays Life Skills – series of virtual lessons focusing on well-being, money skills and employability
- How to get into private equity: what you need to know
- Success at School: Careers in Accountancy, Banking and Finance
- NatWest’s Dream Bigger, Challenging Girls to Think Differently.The programme, led by NatWest’s Entrepreneurship Team, offers young girls an opportunity to develop valuable future skills aligned closely to the Gatsby Benchmarks through this fully funded initiative.The initiative aims to build confidence, resilience and encourage them into entrepreneurship. There are two programmes aimed at girls aged 10-14 and 14-18 years.The programme is delivered through digital modules, downloadable lesson plans and live events.
- Step Into the NHS
- Health Careers NHS
- FREE webinar series – Careers in Allied HealthThe SIHED team are dedicated to raising awareness of Allied health careers and invite you to explore some great content about the benefits of a career in professions such as Podiatry, Therapeutic radiography, Orthoptics and Prosthetics and Orthotics. Find out more here.
- Allied Health Professionals – Resources supporting becoming an AHP
- Public Health England – Resources to help you promote a career in public health.For school teachers, college tutors & anyone helping those interested in a career in public health (also known as population health)
- The Open University, Caring In Hospitals Free Course – This free course, Caring in hospitals, considers the type of care offered in hospitals, using Leeds General Hospital as a case study. The course looks at the people who have roles within the hospital, how they interact with each other and patients, and what they consider to be ‘care’. The different approaches and contributions to care by doctors and nurses are explored and patients give their perspective on the care they receive.
- Health and Social Care Careers and Work Experience Spotlight for Schools and Colleges
- Health Education England, CEIAG Booklet for Schools and College in the North West
Booklet introducing different allied health professions can be found here.
Creating a back-up plan when applying for medicine PowerPoint presentation available here.
Maritime UK Careers Resources
- Maritime Careers Professionals’ Network
- Maritime apprenticeships
- Inspiring the Future Maritime: a sector-wide industry ambassador programme where schools and colleges can book ambassadors to support their careers activities
- Free maritime lesson resources for schools and colleges
- Virtual tours of vessels and sites
- New regional maritime careers videos
- Maritime UK Virtual Careers Fair
- A bank of maritime awareness videos for young people, parents, teachers and careers professionals to explore
Professional & Business Services
- How to become a criminal solicitor
- How to become a family lawyer
- How to become an Intellectual Property analyst
- Army Teacher Hub – Information on how you can arrange free army workshops to your school, free work experience and advice on how the Army can fund degree qualifications.
- Army Lesson Library – These free student resources include assemblies, standalone lessons and complete schemes of work.
Lessons include cyber security, remembrance, confidence, employability skills, STEM challenges and much more. Many activities directly link to a range of curriculum subjects such as maths, chemistry, computing, design & tech and science.
- Army Student Careers Leaflet
- Army Funding Advice
- Army Apprenticeship Advice
- Virtual Army Careers Centre
- Army Careers Videos:
- Army in Education
- Army narrated careers presentation
- HR Spec
- Ammo Tech
- Movement controller
- Port operator
- Technical Support
- Communication Logistic
- Postal Courier
- Communications Engineer
- Keeping Army Fit at Home
Ambitious about Autism – Employ Autism Resource Hub
Employ Autism is a collection of toolkits to help more autistic young people access sustainable and meaningful employment opportunities.
The resources will help employers to develop their awareness and understanding of autism. They will support the hiring and retaining of talented autistic young people.
These resources are also relevant for autistic young people, their parents/carers, teachers, and other relevant professionals to support a young person to make informed choices about their future employment opportunities.
Click here to explore the resources.
SEND Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit
CEC: Interpreting the Gatsby Benchmarks for students with SEND
Find out more here.
How to explain the current COVID situation to young people with SEND
A SEND specific resource to explain the current situation in a clear and ‘friendly’ manner. Download here.
The Sensory Projects
The Sensory Projects provide a bank of resources helpful for those looking for activities to do whilst staying home and staying safe.
The resources are loosely grouped into those aimed at people with additional educational needs, those specific to learning about COVID 19 and the changes it is implementing in our lives and those aimed at students who attend mainstream schools. Find out more here.
Together Matters – Planning for the Future
A range of free resources to support people with learning difficulties and their families, in talking about and planning for the future. Find out more here.
Preparing Autistic & SEND Children for going back to school
This short, video-based online course provides practical help and resources to help you prepare your Autistic and SEND children to go back to school when the time comes. Watch the video here.
National SEND Employment Forum
NSEF (National SEND Employment Forum) is a group of professionals from around the country who all have a passion and interest in supported internships for young people with additional needs. This channel has been created to provide training and development opportunities for both interns and job coaches. Find out more here.
The SENDcast is a weekly podcast focusing on Special Educational Needs (SEN), it is a new way to keep up to date with policy changes, best practice and to improve your knowledge around SEND. Listen here.
BBC Bitesize – Parents’ Toolkit: SEND
SEND resources, activities and support to help families during lockdown. Find out more here.
Mutually Inclusive Partnerships – When I Grow Up Toolkit
WIGU aims to increase work expectations, aspirations and opportunities for students with learning disabilities. As part of this programme MIP has developed a free Handbook for Teachers. This consists of three main elements: 10 session plans, resources including activity sheets and work profiles. Find out more here.
Preparing for Adulthood
Preparing for Adulthood provide expertise and advise around supporting young people with SEND.
- Coping Strategies
- Planning My Future Life booklet
- Additional helpful tools for Planning My Future Life
- Vocational profile (for student use)
- Work Experience Guide
Supporting transition for pupils with SEND during COVID-19
This year SENCOs need to think creatively about transition preparation for pupils with SEND. Natalie Packer shares suggestions for making it work. Find out more here.
Books Beyond Words – Beating the virus
An illustrated book designed to support the explanation of the current health crisis to young people with SEND. Download the book here.
Barclays Life Skills, Send Resources
Barclays are offering a series of free lessons for SEND students focusing on employment skills. Find out more here.
Mencap, Easy Read Guide About Finding a Job
Download the guide here.
Access to Work
Access to Work (AtW) is a grant that funds practical support for people with a disability, health or mental health condition. The aim is to help them start work, stay in work or be able move into self-employment or start a business.
AtW grants are available to people over 16 and their employer is based in England, Scotland or Wales.
Find out more here.
Into Apprenticeships: Guide for Disabled People
CEC, Transition support for SEND during Covid-19
Challenging Stereotypes Activity SEND
Developed by the team at Inspiring Worcestershire this resource aims to support the element of challenging stereotypes within a SEND setting. The resource includes a student activity and teacher guide. Download here.
Reach your Future Activity SEND
This resource has been developed by the team at Inspiring Worcestershire and contains an activity for SEND students around researching their future. Download here.
Same and Different
Learn more about the various aspects of early career development for 18-year olds with SEND and provide more targeted support with this model. Download here.
Mencap: Employ Me Southport
Classroom Resources for Careers Education
Resources included in the presentation:
- When I Grow Up Toolkit
- National Careers Service E-Pack
- CEC Primary Careers Resources
- LCR Creating Careers
- Inspiring the Future
Shaping Futures, SEND Support
Shaping Futures recognise that students with additional needs might require support in their preparation, application, and transition to Further or Higher Education. On this page, you’ll find resources, CPD opportunities, and signposting to tailored outreach opportunities aimed at SEND students. Find out more here.
Business Planning Workbook – Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
The aim of this workbook is to support SEND students with planning business ideas. This includes advice on research, money, sales and marketing. Find out more here.
SEND Virtual Transition Support
This document highlights the virtual support that is on offer, across LCR, to support SEND students with transitions. Find out more here.
CEC SEND Outreach Campaign E Pack
Contained in the pack are the following:
- SEND Gatsby Toolkit
- Transform your careers programme – Career Leader training details
- Compass for Special
- Careers Health Checklist
- Same and Different model
Find out more here.
Inspiring the Future
This is a match-making platform that connects schools and colleges with appropriate volunteers, from a range of sectors and professions, who match their particular requirements. Find out more here.
Neon, Teacher Guides and Support
Neon is a showcase of rich and inspiring STEM opportunities teachers can sign up for to engage student groups. It is also packed full of free inspirational resources that you and your students can access directly now.
Find out more here.
STEM Ambassadors: Illuminating Careers, Online Careers Exhibition
A 360 degree online careers exhibition to help students find out more about a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Find out more here.
Success at School
Success at School are offering free resources including Gatsby subject guides, careers action plans for students, weekly careers zone emails and a parents’ e-book linking curriculum learning to careers. Find out more here.
Parents can sign up for their free e-book here.
Forum Talent Potential
Forum Talent Potential has more case studies about employer-linked curriculum projects than any other programme in the UK. Search through young peoples’ meaningful learning experiences on their journey from KS3 to post-16 education at schools around the country. Find out more here.
A Level Mathematics Careers Resources from John Moores University
These resources have been designed by lecturers in the Department of Applied Mathematics at Liverpool John Moores University to support teachers in their delivery of the A Level Mathematics curriculum and integrate careers education at a subject level.
An introduction to the resources can be found here.
Resources are available to download here.
CSTT Geography Resources
MyKindaFuture is partnering with the CSTT to help you access a fantastic bank of resources that have been developed to enhance GCSE Geography Studies through an innovative national competition as well as supporting progress through the GCSE syllabus. All resources will help your school hit Gatsby Benchmarks 4,5 & 6. Sign up here.
I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here
I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here connects school students with working scientists.
Everyone can take part from home or school. It’s a flexible online activity running throughout the year.
- Read profiles of scientists in different careers
- Chat with scientists, in real time
- Ask them questions
- Vote for their favourite scientist to win £500
It all happens online. It’s safe and secure. It’s free for UK state-maintained schools.
It takes 2 minutes to join the activity that suits you. Find out more here.
Daresbury Laboratory Virtual Accelerator and Particle Physics Masterclass 2021
The aim of this event is to give students an introduction to accelerator technology and the exciting physics behind these amazing machines.
The event will include a range of interesting talks, virtual tours and interactive demonstrations that will fire your students’ imagination and inspire them about cutting edge science and technology, as well as STEM career opportunities.
To register your interest in the event, complete this short form to indicate your favoured delivery dates.
More information can be found here.
Be More Apprenticeships, Liverpool City Region
The Be More team are working remotely and can still be contacted to arrange telephone discussions and provide advice on all matters relating to apprenticeships. Find out more here.
If you would like to arrange a telephone appointment please use the following contacts:
- Halton, Liverpool & Wirral Sam Metcalfe Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org or 07920 087714
- Knowsley, Sefton & St Helens Chris Eriksen Chris.email@example.com or 07768 558397
The ASK Programme
ASK have adapted their programme to provide high-quality apprenticeship information in a safe, engaging way that’s appropriate to the times we’re all living through.
Webinar schedule for teachers and careers advisers can be found here.
Wirral Met Apprenticeship Vacancies
Vacancies are limited, some are with the NHS and the college is working with other employers to add more vacancies.
All information can be found here
Students can also chat to advisors, Mon-Fri, by clicking the web chat link on the bottom right of the website.
St Helens Chamber Apprenticeships
Amazing Apprenticeships: T Level Resources
Visit the dedicated T Level page on the Amazing Apprenticeships website to access a set of helpful T Level resources for teachers and careers advisers. This includes: student posters, explainer film, comprehensive teacher guide, Minister Keegan explaining T Levels for students and parents and much more. Find out more here.
The Government Economic Service Degree Apprenticeship Programme
Applications will be opening on 14th December 2020 for the Degree Economist Apprenticeship Programme with the Government Economic Service.
With 70+ vacancies available, this is a brilliant opportunity to work in a central government department or agency on some of the most important social, environmental and economic issues our country faces.
More information will be shared in the coming weeks on how to apply. In the meantime, you can find out more about the programme here.
Apprenticeships at NatWest’s Contact Centre, Liverpool
LTSB is a social mobility charity that develops talented young people personally and professionally and supports them into life-changing employment. They have partnered with NatWest Group to find passionate young people for Contact Centre apprenticeship opportunities in Liverpool throughout 2021.
The scheme is open to 16-24 year olds and more information can be found here.
Rate My Apprenticeship, A Guide to Careers Options 2021 for School and College Leavers
COVID-19 has put a stop to a lot of things. Exams. Seeing pals. Watching live sport. But it hasn’t put a stop to apprenticeships.
This guide is packed with advice to help students to choose the right path, find virtual work experience, prepare for video interviews, and much more.
It also features the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2020-2021, with insights into what it’s like to be an apprentice at each company.
University of Lancaster Online Summer School 2021
This Summer School programme offers a range of exciting opportunities for Year 12 students across the UK to experience University and prepare for future study in higher education.
Find out more here.
University of Lancaster Online Medicine Summer School 2021
This online Medical Summer School will run in July 2021, and will involve a number of live sessions supplemented by a range of tasks to complete and self-study and give an overview of studying medicine at university and student life at Lancaster Medical School.
This summer school is a collaboration between Lancaster Medical School, University of Liverpool and Edge Hill University.
Find out more here.
Shaping Futures aim to provide all secondary schools and colleges across the Liverpool City region with comprehensive, impartial information, advice and support on all matters relating to Higher Education in one easily accessible place.
Their website includes:
- Higher and Further Education: In this section, you can find information on the different Higher and Further Education outreach opportunities available in the Liverpool City Region, as well as nationally. These outreach opportunities are designed to support learners to increase their knowledge of Higher Education and make the best choices for them.
- World of Work: On this page, you’ll find outreach opportunities and resources designed to build transferable skills, cultural capital, and independence, to prepare students for the world of work and independent living at university. You’ll find community projects, work experience and employer-led opportunities.
- Service Children: Shaping Futures understand that Service Children might need extra, specialised support in making choices on their education journey. On this page, you’ll find information on the extra support Service Children can receive, CPD for teachers, signposting to useful organisations, and much more
- Teachers and Advisers Zone: Here you’ll find helpful information, resources, CPD opportunities, and signposting related to supporting young people with their further and higher education choices.
Edge Hill University’s Virtual Outreach Programme – Benchmark 7
Edge Hill University is offering a timetabled plan of live activities designed to provide information and support to students regarding Higher Education.
Each live session will focus on a specific topic in HE and will be delivered by one of Edge Hill’s Education Liaison Team.
National Careers Week Launch Yourself
Resources to raise aspirations and awareness to help you apply for courses and jobs in the future. Find out more here.
Search online university events in one place with UniTasterDays. Find out more here.
Channel Talent – Interactive School Webinars
Linking universities to schools. A list of latest events can be found here.
Shaping Futures, Talk to Us
Talk to Us offers year 13 students advice about HE options via an online live chat function. Students with more complex queries are able to book a 1-1 phone guidance appointment with a qualified member of the team. Find out more here.
Uni4Me gives access to online events, activities and resources from UK higher education organisations that support student learning and enable them to find out more about future opportunities. Uni4Me want to ensure that all learners, whatever their backgrounds, have equal access to higher education and support them to achieve their potential. Find out more here or follow @Uni4Me1
Merseyside Community Training, Youth Employment Hub for Wirral
MCT works alongside other small social enterprises and aspiring entrepreneurs who share the ambition of working towards a sustainable environment through innovation and connectivity.
MCT looks to support those aged 16-24 who are most in need of guidance into employment, offer business start-up advice, facilitate training and work placements in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions and intermediate Labour Market teams across Liverpool City Region.
The annual membership fee is set at £20 per person and is valid for 12 months. Currently, the membership fee has been sponsored and is FREE for all new members who join before September.
The benefits of being a Member at MCT include:
- A workstation with free WiFi
- Career guidance and support
- Workshops and career talks
- MCT Digital Community Campus
- Photographic ID card
- Vocational library
- Employment opportunities
- Mentoring and coaching
JM Hospitality Traineeships 2021
Find out more here.
JM Business Admin Traineeships 2021
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Business Administration Academy, Seetec Outsource
Gain a Level 1 certificate in Business Administration over a 6-12 week period.
Open to 16-24 year olds not in education or employment. No previous experience of knowledge is needed.
New cohorts are taken on monthly and the course will consist of remote learning with weekly information days to be held in the Liverpool office.
Click here for more information.
Warehousing Academy, Seetec Outsource
Gain a Level 2 certificate in Warehouse and Storage and a Forklift Trick Licence.
Open to 16-24 year olds not in education or employment and do not hold a qualification higher than a full Level 3. No previous experience of knowledge is needed.
New cohorts are taken on monthly and the course will consist of remote learning with weekly information days to be held in the Liverpool office.
Click here for more information.
Youthquake, Free 18 Week Traineeship for 16-24 Year Olds
The Learning Foundry have teamed up with The Good Business Festival, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and The Regenda Group to deliver an engaging and inspiring training programme which will support young people into employment, education or training and make their talent shine.
What is Youthquake?
Starting on 30th April 2021, Youthquake is a FREE 18 week programme designed to equip and empower young people to take action for the common good – identifying key local issues and creating viable business proposals which they will present to a group of high-profile industry experts at the live Good Business Festival event in July 2021.
Weeks 1-10 will see young people attend The TLF Campus (located in the heart of Liverpool City Centre – Renshaw Street) where they will:
- Meet a network of professionals and social enterprises
- Be part of a team to develop a business proposal that they will showcase at the live Good Business Festival event in July 2021
- Learn what a good business looks like
- Develop a marketing and financial plan for their business proposal
- Participate in films, podcasts and website development
- Get the chance to be part of The Good Business Festival event
From weeks 11-18, our young people will attend work experience with a local business before progressing into employment, further education, apprenticeships or even starting their own good business!
Who is youthquake for?
Youthquake will recruit a diverse group of 24 young people, age 16-24, with representation from across Liverpool City Region (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral).
Young people must not currently be in employment, education or training but will have the passion and desire to find a job, gain an apprenticeship, enrol at college or start their own good business upon successful completion of the programme. Youthquake will unleash their creativity, confidence and passion to make their talent shine!
The Learning Foundry is able to support with travel, childcare and breakfast/lunch costs and will loan a laptop to any young person who needs one to complete their work, if any learning from home is required.
Find out more here.
BarbersNo1 Academy, Paid Barbering Traineeship Offer for 16-24 Year Olds
BarbersNo1 Trainees can now “Earn while they Learn” with our paid Barbering Traineeships in the fastest growing chain of barbershops in the North West.
All trainees are now paid at Apprenticeship rates for 18 weeks of the 24 week traineeship. Allowing students to earn a wage as they learn their trade as barbers.
Following the completion of the traineeship, the majority of candidates progress to roles as:
- Full Time Apprentice Barbers (With embedded Level 3 in Barbering)
- Junior Barbers (Level 2 in Barbering)
We would love to talk to any potential candidates between the ages of 16 -24 and with a desire to try a career in barbering with Merseyside’s top barbering chain.
Please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mark, 07719 940372 and Simon, 07719 940370
St Helens Chamber
- Traineeships for 16-24 year olds in St Helens and Liverpool
- Study Programmes in St Helens and Liverpool
Agent Academy is a 12 week active learning programme that combines theory-based learning with hands-on commercial marketing practice.
The course is open to students aged 18-25 giving them the skills and experience needed to begin a career in the digital, tech or creative industry. Find out more here.
Seetec, Business Administration Traineeship
This traineeship, open to students aged 16 +, provides a quality work placement with a real employer and nationally recognised qualifications. Further information can be found here.
The Learning Foundry
The Learning Foundry encourage learners to dream big. They have a range of employment and training opportunities and are available to help students find the one that suits them best.
For students who are aged 16-18 and don’t feel like they are ready for the world of work, The Learning Foundry’s fantastic traineeship programmes will give them the confidence and skills to kick start their career.
They also have exciting apprenticeship vacancies across different business areas for anyone over the age of 16. Find out more here.
The Side Hustle, YourGamePlan
The Side Hustle Initiative is a nationwide search for all 14-18-year-olds who either are already delivering a side hustle or who have an amazing business idea that they are passionate about launching. We are providing an opportunity for all young people to gain access to one to one professional mentoring to support them in evolving their ideas. The top finalists will share a £10,000 investment fund to go straight into growing their business.
Nominations open on the 15th June and close on the 29th June. The Event for finalists will tame place on 23rd August.
Enter your details to be notified when nominations open here.
For more information click here.
Speakers for Schools – Green Skills Challenge
Speakers for Schools has teamed up with one of the UK’s leading employers – Man Group – to launch a nation-wide competition to investigate how green some of the world’s biggest businesses really are.
The winning team will receive coaching sessions from three influential industry leaders around green skills, sustainability and the environment to help develop their knowledge further.
Plus, as winners they’ll get to join the Speakers for Schools Green Skills Youth Council and have the chance to take part in a one of a kind social media takeover during the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow this November.
Deadline for registration is by 3 pm on 30th April 2021. Find out more here.
Tes SEN Show Poetry Competition 2021
This summer term, promote creative expression and raise awareness around special educational needs and disability in your school or setting with the Tes SEN Show Poetry Competition 2021.
Submit a poem or poems inspired by the theme, ‘Dreams and Aspirations: a vision for SEND inclusion’, which will be reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges and organisers of the Tes SEN Show, MA Exhibitions. A shortlist of entries will be drawn up, with four winners selected (one from each category).
The winners, along with their teachers, will be invited to receive their prizes at the Tes SEN Show on Friday 8 October. The winning poems will be displayed for two days around the Tes SEN Show for all attendees to view, then published along with the commended poems into the digital Tes SEN Show Poetry Anthology.
The prize fund will include a combination of book vouchers and school resources. The prizes will be announced later this year.
Competition closes Saturday 31st July 2021.
Click here for more details and to download accompanying lesson plans to help you get started.
2030pioneers is a new youth activism project to help accelerate localised impact towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Created by 2030hub (the world’s first UN-recognised Local2030 Hub) this amazing opportunity is open to all between 12-24 years old within 60 minutes travel of Liverpool.
2030pioneers will be a 12-month programme of online and offline (Covid allowing) learning, mentoring, experimental events all aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Find out more here.
Step into the NHS Competition 2020/2021
The annual Step into the NHS competition for 2020/21 is now live! The nationwide Step into the NHS competition invites schools to explore over 350 exciting careers in the NHS, the largest employer in the UK. Our cross-curriculum and newly redesigned resources help schools work towards the Gatsby benchmarks and can be delivered in dedicated PSHE lessons, using tutor time, or as part of cross departmental ventures.
To enter the competition, students will be asked to create a lively job description and fun advertisement for one of the 350 NHS careers – having explored possible job roles as part of the free videos, curriculum-centred resources and lessons that can be used in the classroom or remotely.
The competition entry deadline is 30 April 2021. For details on how to enter, click here.
The Big Bang Competition
Inspire your students to think and behave like scientists and engineers, whilst exploring an area of interest and developing independent learning skills. The Big Bang Competition is the UK’s leading STEM competition open to all UK residents aged 11 to 19 and in full time secondary education or training.Entry will be through online submission only and will open early January 2021. Find out more here.
Grant Thornton Work Experience 2021-2022
25th – 28th October 2021 – Year 13 (current Year 12s)
Spring 2022 – Years 11 and 12 (date TBC)
Grant Thornton are one of the largest accountancy firms in the world, recruiting between 550 – 650 school leavers, graduates, interns, and placements, in the UK every year.
They are offering a four-day virtual work experience programme, where students will receive the following:
- Pre and post programme support
- Introduction to Accountancy across Audit, Tax and Advisory (using interactive case studies)
- Business skills development (teamwork, communication, confidence, networking and making presentations)
- Employability skills, recruitment, and careers advice
The aim of the programme is to give your students a taste of what it’s like to work within a global professional services firm, as well as developing them both personally and professionally. Whether they are looking for a fast track onto our school leaver apprenticeship programme or to build their CV ahead of university, this is a great opportunity for them to enhance their experience.
Applications are now open here.
For application advice see here.
Speakers for Schools, How to Apply for Work Experience Student Guide
Springpod Virtual Work Experience
Gain experience with the top employers in the UK. Free and live programmes in the most sought after industries.
Live workshops with employers, real work with real teams, develop industry knowledge and skills and build a portfolio of work to make applications stand out. Find out more here.
Work Experience at Daresbury Laboratory
One week placements for Year 10, 11 and 12 students.
For the summer 2021 programme the DL and RAL work experience teams will be joining up to deliver online work experience provision for young people. All applicants to our programme will be able to access webinars about STFC’s work. In addition to this, selected students will be invited to take part in an additional one-week interactive virtual project placement, which will meet the relevant Gatsby benchmarks.
Potential dates for the virtual project placements are given below (you’ll be asked for your preferences in the application form):
- 28 June – 2 July
- 5 – 9 July
- 12 – 16 July
- 9 – 13 August
Student applications close 15th March 2021.
More information and details of how to apply can be found here.
Speakers for Schools, Free Virtual Work Experience
Find out more here.
Kennedys Law LLP, Virtual Work Experience
Kennedys are a global law firm with expertise in dispute resolution and advisory services. The Kennedys Virtual Work Experience Programme will allow students to take the first step of their legal career with a global law firm that does things differently.
The four module programme offers real work experience as students and graduates will complete tasks to gain legal analytical skills, develop legal knowledge of the insurance industry, and learn critical legal communication, research, and drafting skills.
The programme is free and open to all students and graduates, from a law or non-law background and no legal experience is required. The programme takes around six hours and can be completed at one’s own pace from any location. Once complete, students and graduates will receive a certificate which can be referenced on their CVs.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Free Virtual Work Experience
This online course provides a ‘virtual’ work experience for those looking to apply to medical school. You will be introduced to the NHS before exploring the roles and skill sets of six different medical specialists. Along the way, you will also consider some of the challenges and wider issues doctors face. Find out more here.
Royal College of GPs, Free Virtual Work Experience
Observe GP is an alternative to work experience for aspiring medics aged 16 and over, who are living in the UK. It is a free interactive video platform providing insights into the role of a GP and the wider primary care team. Find out more here.
Uptree, Sixth From Virtual Work Experience Days with Top UK Companies
Calendar and details of how to sign up can be found here.
Morgan Sindall Construction – Virtual Work Experience
Morgan Sindall Construction are looking to offer a virtual work experience week to students aged 14 – 19 in Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral, Halton).
Students will work in teams of 6, each taking on a different job role and will have to complete a design project, including; cost, programme, load bearing and demonstrating environmental considerations.
We partner with Speakers for Schools and deliver it via Google Classrooms. This will ensure we comply with safeguarding and GDPR requirements.
If you are interested, please complete the Careers Leader survey here.
Build Yourself at Wates – a virtual work experience opportunity
Monday 15th February – Friday 19th February 2021
Build Yourself aims to address misconceptions and promote careers in construction to the next generation. The VWEX opportunity will include:
- A range of fun and challenging projects and tasks throughout the week
- Virtual site tours, Q&A panels and interactive webinars featuring Wates apprentices and industry professionals
- A chance to explore opportunities in the industry and learn more about the roles available
- Build employability skills such as good communication, presentation skills and team working
- Opportunity to network with industry professionals, gain a reference and build on your CV
- Open to students aged 14-19 in Liverpool City Region
More information and details of how to sign up can be found here.
HSBC Work Experience Opportunities 2021 – Liverpool
The Work Experience programme at HSBC UK offers a five-day shadowing experience to students in the later years of full-time secondary education, sixth form or college. The programme has been set up with the idea to help young people from different social-economic backgrounds to gain an insight into a professional environment, as well as the banking industry.
Applications close 21st February 2021
Willmott Dixon Virtual Work Experience for Virtual Management Careers – 30 places available per programme
15th-19th February 10 am – 1 pm daily.
Delivered in partnership with Speakers for Schools, this work experience will give year 10 to 13 students the opportunity to find out more about careers in construction management, develop employability skills, whilst challenging themselves and designing a school fit for the future.
The 5 day programme will be delivered by Willmott Dixon staff and includes:
- Live online sessions
- Pre Recorded videos
- Team Projects
- Personal Development
- Employability Skills
Find out more here.