Information for Parents

Helping your child with career decisions:

Below are some websites that are helpful for careers exploration and research;

Careers Exploration:

It is never too early to start to explore the many different careers choices available.  Below is a selection of websites which will help you to find out about the different pathways you can take and the many, different careers available within each sector.

Careers advice for Parents & Guardians

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

www.Icould.com

www.unifrog.org

www.careersadviceforparents.org

Success at School are starting a parents newsletter – useful sign-up-link for parents. They are creating a guide to help parents and carers steer their children through the confusing world of careers choices. The full guide will be out next academic year – but  a preview version to help you as lockdown continues can be obtained by signing up to their special mailing list for parents. This link to a special sign-up form explaining the eBook: https://mc.successatschool.org/parents-ebook

Future study options, current careers labour market:

The links below will help you

www.startprofile.com

U-explore

www.eclips-online.co.uk

Apprenticeships:

Apprenticeships are an alternative pathway that you could pursue either directly after leaving school or as an alternative to university.  As an apprentice you earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Apprentices receive training to gain nationally recognised qualifications. The benefits of apprenticeships include:

  • earning a salary
  • getting paid holidays
  • receiving training
  • gaining industry standard qualifications.
  • learning job-specific skills.

Apprenticeships are not for everyone, but if you have a clear idea of an industry or sector you want to work in they are a good destination choice. Please use the below resources to find out more about apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Service: Parents’ and Career’s Apprenticeship Information Pack

http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/apprenticeships-training/higher-apprenticeships

https://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/

https://www.thebigchoice.com/

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

https://www.getingofar.gov.uk/

https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/

Unifrog:

In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we use Unifrog an award-winning, online careers platform. All students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 now have access to this excellent website. For more information please click here.

We have also set up a parent login so that you can use Unifrog as if you were a student yourself, allowing you to truly support your child. The form code you need is: parentserdington and you can sign up here: www.unifrog.org/code

T levels

T Levels are due to be introduced from the academic year 2020 to 2021. General guidance can be found on the GOV.UK website here. New updates have been added to existing guidance, including information on 2022 T level providers and updated course titles.