At Youth Challenge we value a careers education and it forms a valuable part of the work we do with our pupils to ensure they are prepared and can achieve success in the wider world.

As part of our careers programme we will ensure pupils are offered independent careers advice and guidance to enable them to make informed choices about their next steps

This section of our website is designed to inform you of the careers programme available at Youth Challenge and to provide additional information to support both you and your child in this important stage of their life. 

If you have any further questions please contact Gemma Morris (Careers Leader) on 01204 333872

Youth Challenge Careers Programme overview 2019/20

The fast-changing world of work puts an ever-greater demand on all of up to support students in making a successful transition from education to employment, helping them to identify and choose career opportunities that are right for them.

Term One

Term Two 

Term Three 

Employer Encounters

Discovery Carousel:

  • Public sector and Public services
  • Building and Construction
  • ​Hospitality and Catering 

Exploration Workshops: 

  • Creative and digital 
  • Engineering and STEM 
  • Business Admin and Professional Services

Through enrichment, coaching, mentoring sessions and tailored work placements students will have the opportunity to experience a workplace from one of the sectors they have discovered and explored in term one and two.


 Students will also have the opportunity to explore workplaces that’s students have expressed an interest in via their own research and/or places that have been formulated with academy staff. 

Experience of the work place

Discovering works places:

Students will have the opportunity to discover the different types of work places through PSHE and form time. 

Exploring workplaces:

Students will have the opportunity to explore the different types of work places virtually and through trips, visits and enrichment activities.

PSHE and Form Time

Developing yourself through careers, employability and enterprise education 

Learning about careers and the world of work 

Developing career management and employability skills 


Keeping Healthy and Economic Wellbeing

Keeping Safe and Making a Positive Contribution 

Enjoy and Achieve


Staying Positive, Problem Solving and Creativity 

Listening, Leadership and Teamwork 

Aiming High and Presenting

Talks/ Presentations

Inspirational Young People 

Mental Health


Charities and volunteering


Human Resources

Encounters with  FE and HE

What is an apprenticeship?

What is a college? 

What is a university? 

What apprenticeships can I do?

What can I do at college?

What can I study at university?

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

How do I apply for college?

How do I get into university?

Carers Platform 

Discovering my skills, talents and interests


Exploring careers that suit my skills, talents and interests


Investigating opportunities available to me that match my skills, talents and interests


  • Due to the transient nature of our cohort pupils will work on their CV, Letter of Application and Interview Preparation Presentation throughout the year in each year group dependent upon when they arrive. 
  • Opportunities for work experience will run throughout the year for pupils in year 10 and 11
  • All year 11 pupils will receive a minimum of 1 interview with the careers advisor during year 11. Careers interviews will begin for pupils in summer half term 2 for year 19 pupils


Statutory duties

  1. Section 42A of the Education Act 1997 requires governing bodies to ensure that all registered pupils at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 (12-13 year olds) to year 13 (17-18 year olds).
  2. The governing body must ensure that the independent careers guidance provided:
  • is presented in an impartial manner, showing no bias or favouritism towards a particular institution, education or work option;
  • includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and technical education routes;
  • is guidance that the person giving it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.
  1. The Technical and Further Education Act 2017 inserts section 42B into the Education Act 1997 and came into force on 2 January 2018. This new law requires the proprietor of all schools and academies to ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships.
  2. The proprietor must prepare a policy statement setting out the circumstances in which education and training providers will be given access to pupils, and to ensure that this is followed.


Click on the following link to access the Careers Policy for Youth Challenge: Provider Access Policy 2020.docx


The independent careers advisor for Youth Challenge is:

Anthea Sheppard

Connexions Career Service

BASE, Marsden Road, Bolton, BL1 2PF

M: 07789396616 T: 01204 334450