Careers News

The Growth Company brings you The Summer Programme 2022

The Summer Programme is designed to improve your employability skills with activities to build your confidence, team building and digital skills. You will be given the opportunity to achieve a nationally-recognised qualification whilst earning up to £40 per week.

For more information and the opportunity to sign up, click the link below



GM Higher are running a series of virtual sessions for parents and carers of Y9,10 &11 students to discuss Higher Education.

The sessions will run from 16th to 20th May. To book onto any of the sessions listed, please click the appropriate link:



Are you worried about your future in these uncertain times? Well please be reassured and inspired by these life stories of people only a little older than you.


Re-modelled ASK programme goes digital

Work has been undertaken to ensure the ASK Programme is best placed to carry on helping and supporting schools, students and parents during this challenging time. The programme has been digitally re-modelled to provide high-quality apprenticeship information in a safe, engaging way, that’s appropriate to the times we’re all living through. For more information on the new ASK online offer and to watch a short explainer film, please click here.


Greater Manchester Apprenticeship and Careers Service  Aimed at Year 9, 10 and 11


Youth Employment UK – again aimed at Year 9, 10 and 11 



STEM Learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) resources to support parents and carers with home-learning



ASDAN home-learning resources  


Advice for parents

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1. Choosing a career path

Have you ever thought about what your ideal career path would be? If this is the sort of question that seems so big and overwhelming that it leaves you weak at the knees, we have a useful formula to help you make a start. Think about what you like (interests) and what you’re good at (skills), put the two together and start researching careers that match this overlap.

Task: Create two lists: one of your interests and the other of your skills, and research three jobs which match both.

Success at School help:

2. How to become…

Success at School website’s How to become… pages explain what you can expect from certain career paths and the skills, qualifications and experience you need to get there. Yesterday you used your skills and interests to identify some possible careers paths, and today you’ll figure out how to get there.

Task: Use the How to become… pages to research three career paths which match your skills and interests. For each job, write down one way you could gain each of the following: (i) skills, (ii) qualifications, (iii) experience.

Success at School help:

3. Apprenticeships vs university

These days, it’s often possible to qualify for a high-skilled job through an advanced, higher or degree apprenticeship. This means you can start training and gaining qualifications on-the-job straight from school without going to university. Your employer will pay for any qualifications you need.

Task: Research the pros and cons of university and also advanced, higher and degree apprenticeships. For the three jobs you have chosen, use the internet to research (i) apprenticeship opportunities and (ii) relevant university courses.

Success at School help:

4. Work experience

Employers says work experience is a huge advantage to candidates applying for jobs as they are on the look-out for those with the skills and experience – not just the qualifications and enthusiasm – to do the job.

Task: For each of the three jobs you have highlighted, use our site and the internet to research different ways you can gain work experience: (i) through school/college, (ii) outside school, such as during the summer holiday.

Success at School help:

5. Employability skills

Employers look for certain skills in every candidate, regardless of the role, so it’s vital you use your time in education to develop these skills. You can develop employability skills in class, through extracurricular activities and through part-time work. We have lots of resources to help you find out what these skills are and how you can gain them.

Task: Pick three employability skills from this list. Do some research on our site and the internet and write down three ways you can gain them (i) in school/college and (ii) outside school/college.

Success at School help:

Apprenticeship Week: 3rd to 9th of February:


The theme for 2020: Look Beyond

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2020 is “Look Beyond” – we are encouraging everyone to look beyond outdated stereotypes surrounding apprenticeships and celebrate the diversity of opportunity and value that they bring to the country today.

Tackling outdated stereotypes

One of the most common misconceptions about apprenticeships amongst parents and young people is still that apprentices are ‘just employed to make the tea’. Today’s apprentices are Making Impact, Not Tea…

Find out more by using the following links:

– View companies hiring higher and degree apprentices in 2020:

– Find an Apprenticeship:

– Find out more about National Apprenticeship Week: