Pupils at Archbishop Temple Church of England High School are given an excellent start as far as academic achievement is concerned, but for our young people we are only one step along a pathway of lifelong learning. The opportunity to develop skills to make informed decisions about their future is crucial to ensuring that our pupils fulfil their potential. To this end we make provision for pupils to gain independent and impartial careers guidance.
As early as Year 8 we introduce the concept of post 16 choices through events such as EXPO, a careers exhibition involving local employers and training providers. We build on this in Year 9 with further experiences for pupils at local colleges so that they make the vital link between GCSE option choices and their future career pathway. During Year 10 and 11 there are further opportunities for the pupils to experience the range of provision available from post 16 providers and training organisations within Lancashire. This is achieved through visits to local colleges, visits by speakers to assemblies and workshops that run throughout crucial times of year when pupils may want to build on and clarify the information they have gathered. In addition, pupils and parents have access to Lancashire Interactive, a comprehensive careers package which can be accessed remotely.
T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses, which launched in September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and education providers so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training, or further study.
T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and on-the-job experience through an industry placement of at least 315 hours - approximately 45 days.
- T-levels could help you get into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.
And yes, you guessed it, the T stands for Technical! For more information, click onto the following links:
Virtual Work Experience
What is virtual work experience?
Virtual work experience, also referred to as online, remote or digital, provides young people with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace, develop their skills, boost their employability and explore new industries and job roles.
It’s a broad term and can include any opportunity which provides young people with an insight into what it’s like to work in an industry or job role while at home. Most virtual work experiences range from half a day to one week, but some may last longer depending on the nature of the work experience and the age of your child.
Not all virtual work experience is the same. Some are open to everyone and provide a platform for students to discover more about the job, view pre-recorded videos on what it’s like to work with the organisation, go on virtual tours and possibly take part in some live Q&A sessions. Others may require your child to go through an application process and offer regular online meetings with a supervisor, individual project work, networking sessions, training opportunities and video tutorials.
We would encourage Year 11 and Year 10 students to take advantage of some of the amazing virtual work-related opportunities available. Companies are keen to open the eyes of young people to the fast moving and fascinating world of work that awaits them and have invested considerable resources in putting together well thought out and bespoke programmes.
Many opportunities are one day only providing students with a snapshot of careers and professions they might never have considered and can be hosted by national or global companies, normally inaccessible to young people. Most companies issue certificates of completion which students can add to their CV’s and all will give students invaluable experience and help develop work relate
Which organisations offer virtual work experience?
As social distancing seems set to remain for the foreseeable future, more and more firms are beginning to provide virtual work experience opportunities to students and young people.
Placements are available across several sectors including accountancy, law, marketing and the veterinary sciences. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are some companies and businesses currently offering virtual work experience. Click on the text to be taken directly to their website.
An excellent website to help young people develop the skills they need for a better future.
A chance to learn from industry experts and take part in over 200 free cyber security challenges. Registration is currently closed, but there is an opportunity to register interest for the next intake. Cyber Discovery: HM Government's Cyber Schools Programme (joincyberdiscovery.com)
A two week, six hour, course that enables students to learn more about what it takes to become a vet and whether it's the right career choice for them.
An online work experience programme for those interested in architecture and design.
Aimed at students between 14 and 18 years old, InvestIn offers an impressive array of virtual work placements involving real life work and contact with professionals. This is a paid service, and placements range from one day to one week.
A range of programmes that provide an invaluable insight into the varied career options that can be explored from studying STEM-related subjects.
Recently launched, Speakers4schools aims to provide a level playing field by connecting young people to high quality virtual work placements. Register to stay up to date with their latest developments.
An excellent list of free virtual work experience placement ranging from teaching to marketing.
A list of law firms offering virtual work experience.
An online platform providing a range of virtual work experiences including workshops, fellowships and internships. External companies are free to post opportunities, so we strongly recommend you encourage you research all options thoroughly before applying.
Useful contacts and websites.
Useful Careers Guide for Parents and Carers
The Apprenticeship Guide
A fantastic online guide to allow young people from Years 7 -11 to raise their awareness of the varied apprenticeships on offer linked to their curriculum subjects in school.
Rate My Apprenticeship
An excellent online resource to find out more about the specialist of employers and the different levels of apprenticeships that they deliver, gap years, and sponsored degrees. Sign up for their free newsletter.
Lots of quality advice & information on what universities are looking for from young people taking certain AS/ A levels subjects.
A wide list of prospectuses for Lancashire, lists every course in every college in Lancashire. It is also an excellent link to find out more about life at university and the world of higher education. Click on some of the boxes of the main home page
Unsure What Career
Years 10 & 11
An excellent online web link which allows young people to find out more about the world of work and the essential need for employability skills for the modern workplace. Click on the ‘young people’ link and create a free account.
The following companies will be offering apprenticeship opportunities related to Maths, Science, Engineering, Technology, IT and Business.
Electricity North West:
For school leaver apprenticeship vacancies visit:
Apprenticeship vacancies visit: https://www.nationalgrid.com/careers
National Nuclear Laboratory
For an extensive list of current employer apprenticeship vacancies access: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk to create a free account on line.
There is also, a list of companies who are currently advertising their vacancies to year 11 pupils. Please access the links to look on line at the application process and type of engineering apprenticeships offered.
Find an apprenticeship
National database of employer apprenticeships for year 11 pupils. Create a free account and find out about employer vacancies.
For support with an interview please access: www.practiceaptitudetests.com. Please click on free tests links only! You can try numerical, verbal, diagrammatic and situational tests which are timed. It would be worth spending some time getting familiar with the web site and links first.
There is a Careers Noticeboard in the school library. There is also a selection of useful careers books and literature available to read. Shamim Khan, an Independent Careers Advisor, is also available to give careers advice to pupils. Mrs Khan is available every Monday via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other useful websites
Lancashire Skills Hub Evidence Base https://www.lancashireskillshub.co.uk/our-people/evidence-base/
National Careers Service : https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/
All About Careers : https://www.allaboutcareers.com/
Student Ladder : https://www.studentladder.co.uk/
Success at Schools : https://successatschool.org/careerzones
icould : https://icould.com/
Health/Science Related Careers: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/
The Practice Reasoning Tests website has published guides and techniques for students in dealing with job interviews and internships:
How to become a property manager
'How to become an accountant' - https://www.dolanaccountancy.com/resource/how-to-become-an-accountant/
- Covers the needed skills, qualifications and experience, how these can be attained, and what to expect as a trainee accountant.
'How to become a construction manager' - https://www.hertstools.co.uk/how-to-become-a-construction-manager/
- Outlines the responsibilities of a construction manager, required qualifications and skills, average salary and career progression opportunities.
Guide to apprenticeships and training providers in Lancashire : https://www.lancsforum.co.uk/
The Russell Group : https://russellgroup.ac.uk/about/our-universities/
Student Finance : www.gov.uk/student-finance
Labour Market Information
Labour Market for All : https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/