As part of our careers programme, we will provide comprehensive information, advice and guidance to students on roll to enable them to make informed and realistic career choices.  The impact of our careers programme is measured by NEET figures.


Apprenticeships offer an alternative to college or university courses, you will have a job and study at the same time. This means you can earn while you learn and still gain a nationally recognised qualification!

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels, this is shown in the table below:



Equivalent educational level

Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A level
Higher 4, 5, 6, and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree


Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Hub

This is a great website with an interactive regional map to show the apprenticeship providers in your area. There’s also loads of information about different types of apprenticeships, apprentice case studies, FAQs, information for parents and you can browse and apply for apprenticeships in Greater Manchester. Click the link below to enter.

Greater Manchester Apprenticeship website

This is the go-to website to apply for an apprenticeship. You can filter by area and apprenticeship type. After creating an account you can apply for apprenticeships and they will email or text you about new apprenticeships and your applications. Click the link below to enter.


A parent’s guide to apprenticeships 

This handy guide informs parents about what apprenticeships are, the benefits of being an apprentice, expected salaries and entry requirements. Click on the link below to enter.

Parent Guide Apprenticeships



This is a great website if you’re considering an alternative career pathway to college or university. You can search and apply for lots of different roles such as apprenticeships, traineeships, jobs, work experience as well as alternative college and degree courses. Also included:

  • ‘Be inspired’ section – includes case studies and profiles for a range of people on different courses or careers

  • ‘Advice centre’ – you can communicate with like-minded people to get information, tips, ideas, inspiration and more to help you on your journey

Click on the link below to find out more.




Traineeships are great for people that are not yet ready for an apprenticeship or a job. They provide you with the opportunity to develop work experience skills and prepare you for work by:

  • Work experience – to give the young person meaningful work experience and to develop workplace skills

  • Work preparation training – to prepare learners with the Skills for Work in a particular sector as well as Employability Skills covering areas like CV writing, interview preparation, job search and inter-personal skills

  • English and Maths – these are seen as crucial employability skills and will be developed during the traineeship

You won’t be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.


You could be suitable to apply for a traineeship if you are:

  • 16-24 years old with an EHC plan

  • Have no qualifications above GCSE or equivalent

  • Unemployed or work fewer than 16 hours per week and have little work experience

Useful resources

This is the go-to website to apply for a traineeship. You can filter by area and traineeship type. Click the link above to enter.

Which career for me?

There are thousands of different careers choices available, sometimes it can be hard knowing where to start in choosing a career. Hopefully the resources below will help you make a start!


SACU Careers Quiz

This is a fantastic quiz where you click through a series of pictures to help decide what floats your boat! The quiz analyses your results to suggest potential careers and both college/university pathways or alternatives e.g. apprenticeships. From the results you can also access Labour Market Information and even current job vacancies. Click the link below to begin.



National Careers Service

Visit this website to read job profiles to find out what each job involves and whether it is right for you, complete an upload your CV, using the skills health check to find out the jobs that might suit you, search for courses and advice on how to get a job. Click the banner above to begin.

National Career Service



Here you’ll find loads of inspirational videos from real-life storytellers offering an insight into their job. Each video also has additional information such as average salary, qualifications, skills, and past and future employment levels. You’ll also find helpful information for parents on ways to support young people through career choices and issues. Click the link below to begin.

If you would like any further information, please contact Kieron Heyes (Careers Leader) by email: or telephone: 01204 333700.

Our Careers Programme