Career Pilot – Expert careers information and tools for 11-19 year olds, all in one place
Gov.uk – Apprenticeships
National Careers Service – information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.
Prospects – What job would suit me?
CareersBox – Careers Films on the Web
icould – Career ideas and information for your future
UCAS – Search for courses, uni & colleges and information
UCAS – Search for apprenticeships, graduate jobs and internships
The Times Good University Guide 2023
Studential – Provides in-depth information about choosing and going to university
The Complete University Guide – Information about studying at university in the UK and abroad
Startprofile – Explore different careers, complete your profile and search for apprenticeships and live job vacancies
South-West Apprenticeship Company – Matches apprentices to employers and provides careers support to individuals
Do It – Find the perfect volunteering opportunity for you
Vinspired – Find volunteering roles
National Citizenship Service – Designed especially for 16/17 year olds, the NCS experience will give you a clearer idea of what you want from your future
List of Post 16 Providers
National apprenticeship service, provides listings for vacancies and useful search tool by area and level of apprenticeship
National Careers Service gives information, advice and guidance for learning, training and work.
Work experience opportunities in Gloucestershire hospitals
Take the Buzz Personality Quiz to find out more about your personality and skills
Good for job market information and for those considering Higher Education.
Please follow this link to register for a free student account to gain access to the SPARTAN test, provided by SACU and GROWS. The test is completely free of charge and generates three separate suggestion clouds; University, Careers and Apprenticeships. You can then explore these clouds extensively and look at relevant links, data and help. It’s an extremely useful tool generated by ex-UCAS employees to help students make decisions. Registration provides students with a hub for storing their results and managing their findings.
Post 16 Education
Options at 16, 18 and alternatives to University. Applying for University, personal statements, applications.
Useful interactive CV builder, cover letters, job quizzes.
Choices at 14, 16, 18. Different qualifications and routes and job information. Also has labour market information for the South West.
Recent Career Information
Labour market information for Gloucestershire and searching for job opportunities.
UK Youth volunteering 14-30 years volunteering opportunities.
Gloucestershire Aspiration Programme (GAP)
We work closely in partnership with the Gloucestershire Aspiration Programme (GAP). Which is a partnership of Gloucestershire-based universities and further education colleges working together to provide young people with high quality impartial information and activities about education opportunities beyond GCSEs.
The partnership is called GROWS and is led by the University of Gloucestershire in partnership with Cirencester College, Gloucestershire College, Hartpury College, Royal Agricultural University and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.
The Gloucestershire Aspiration Programme (GAP) is a government funded initiative that aims to raise aspiration to university level study (higher education) amongst pupils from targeted areas in Gloucestershire.
Funding has been given to work with those who meet the following criteria:
- Pupils in years 9 to 11
- Pupils whose postcodes have been identified as having progression gaps, that is; pupils who have the prior attainment (ability/qualifications) to go to university but in comparison to other postcodes have much lower numbers of pupils who go on to study at university level.
- A postcode checker is available on our website www.grows.ac.uk should you want to check your own postcode.
- Pupils are being identified as having the potential to study at university level, this is based on their predicted GCSE results, for years 9 to 11.
The project will deliver a range of activities and events, some of these activities will be open to all pupils in the school from Year 9 upwards.
However, a range of activities will only be available (or priority booking of spaces) to those who meet the above criteria. This is based on the funding and prior data of those who do and don’t go on to university, where research suggests that more support is needed for progression into university level study for children living in these areas.
Your child will be made aware what activity is open to them when it is promoted in school.
The GAP project is working with the school to provide a programme of a wide range of events and opportunities to support pupils in making informed decisions about their futures. GAP will fund and deliver a range of initiatives both in and out of school and for both pupils and parents / carers alike.
- Access to residential events on a college/university campus
- Motivational speakers to encourage pupils to think about their future goals/ambitions
- Study skills speakers to help with revision techniques
- Subject taster sessions for pupils to experience and learn about new subject/career areas
- Access to online tools to help pupils discover potential careers and identify their own skills and strengths
- Mentoring and buddying schemes to receive support from those who a similar age.
- Current university students delivering sessions on their experiences and highlighting the pros and cons of university study.
- Family/parent events about future educational options.
If you would like any more information, please visit our website www.grows.ac.uk or contact us at email@example.com or contact your school representative — Mrs Ania Hartsoe.
Can you support our Careers and Aspirations Programme?
Please complete this form if you feel that you can support our careers and aspirations programme. Examples of this could include giving talks to the students in person or virtually, allowing us to visit your place of work, providing contacts and additional material.
Visit our alumni page to see a portfolio of some of our former students. If you would like to join or know someone who’d like to join our ever-growing alumni, please refer to our contact details at the top of this page.
The Careerometer will give you current and update key information about jobs and careers sectors you are interested in and allow you to compare occupations. The widget will provide you with key information such as average pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects.
Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget will provide a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you.