We have brought together a suite of careers resources for your use.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
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.
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 & Wirral Sam Metcalfe Samantha.email@example.com or 07920 087714
- Knowsley & Sefton Chris Eriksen Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org or 07768 558397
- Liverpool & St Helens Sue Ennis Sue.email@example.com or 07770 855924
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.
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
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.
Loud Speaker: ‘The Big Speak’ competition for BAME students
Loud Speaker specialise in giving young people the tools they need to speak out and speak well. ‘The Big Speak’ is a media and public speaking competition for BAME students in the North West aged 16-19; free for students and education providers.
Every student who registers interest will receive specific, digital training while those who progress will benefit from the guidance of an assigned Loud Speaker coach. This is also a platform to celebrate some of the best BAME students across the North West.
Loud Speaker actively encourage entries from SEND students and are committed to providing appropriate adjustments/support.
More details can be found here.
Get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the project. Registration for students will be open from October-December 2020.
Students can register here.
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.
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.