Searching for career inspiration and ideas? Here you’ll find useful information and tools to help you plan for your future and meet your aspirations.
Unifrog is an integral part on the careers curriculum and is used in school throughout the academic year. All students have access to their Unifrog account and we would strongly encourage logging in for independent research regularly at home too.
Unifrog is a complete destinations platform that allows students to search for opportunities and make applications for their next steps. The database is packed with information about career routes and the current labour market. There are lots videos and articles to discover and live webinars you can join that focus on specific industries. You’ll find really useful information about colleges and sixth forms spanning the country, with great advice regarding, courses, the difference in qualifications, distance, travel and bursaries. You can even search for live apprenticeships and make a short list to help you stay in control of your own destination.
Click here to log in https://www.unifrog.org/sign-in
If you are having trouble logging in to your account, please see Mrs Palmer during your break or after school.
Information about events and opportunities for students can be found on your Careers Google Classroom. This is updated regularly, so check in, so you don’t miss out!
Useful links and websites looking at different career paths:
|National Career Service|
|Prospects (job profiles)|
|Plotr - helping you make better choices|
|Not going to uni?|
You can get more support and advice from Inspire Youth Hub
24-28 Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5EB 01375 413 735
Further Education at College and Sixth Form
Are you thinking of Further Education at College or Sixth Form? There are a range of subjects and qualifications you could opt for.
The academic route is A levels. You will typically study three complimenting subjects for 2 years. Each Subject studied will end in an examination. You could then continue on to higher education at University or enter the world of work, embarking on your chosen career.
The vocational route includes a range of qualification types including BTEC, NVQ, CACHE, UAL. You will be focusing on one particular subject or industry. These courses are very practical and you may be required to attend a work placement too. These courses are mainly coursework-based, although some do include assessments for some units studied.
T-Levels are an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses. Equivalent in size to 3 A levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships.
- Attend as many College and Sixth Form Open Evenings as possible. These are usually with in the first term of Year 11. You can find dates and times advertised on the college web sites, in the career’s office and on your Careers Google Classroom.
- Choose subjects you enjoy, excel in or that will support your next steps and career aims.
- Consider the distance how you will travel each day.
- Ask about a bursary. You may be eligible for financial support to help with the cost of travel or study equipment.
- Ensure that the College or Sixth Form can provide the additional support you require.
Thurrock Sixth Forms:
St.Cleres Sixth Form https://www.st-cleres.thurrock.sch.uk/2956/osborne-sixth-form-4
Harris Chafford Hundred https://www.harrischaffordhundred.org.uk
Harris Riverside http://www.harrisriverside.org.uk
Harris Ockendon http://www.harrisockendon.org.uk
Ortu Sixth Form Centre http://www.ortusixthform.org
Treetops Sixth Form http://www.treetopsschool.org/sixth-form.html
USP College, Palmer’s Campus www.uspcollege.ac.uk
South Essex College, Thurrock Campus http://www.southessex.ac.uk
Academy 1 Sports www.academy1group.com
London Academy of Excellence http://www.lae.ac.uk
Brampton Manor Sixth Form http://www.bramptonmanor.org
King’s College http://www.kingsmathschool.com
New City College www.ncclondon.ac.uk
Barking and Dagenham College http://www.barkingdagenhamcollege.ac.uk
Writtle University College http://www.writtle.ac.uk
Crown College http://www.crownvocationaltraining.co.uk
USP College, Seevic Campus www.uspcollege.ac.uk
South Essex College, Basildon and Southend Campus http://www.southessex.ac.uk
If classroom-based learning is not for you, you may want to consider an Apprenticeship.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: You will work, typically, for 4 days a week, whilst being paid and then take part in formal training one day a week, either in the workplace, at a local college or with a training provider that will lead to a recognised qualification.
Links for live apprenticeship vacancies:
What does a traineeship offer? Traineeships are a work-based education. You will be trained in the skills needed for a particular job. Usual training programs with work experience for young people are unpaid.
Links for Traineeship providers:
J&E Training, Hairdressing Academy www.j-etraining.com
Eden Training, Health and Social Care www.edentraining.co.uk
Vocational Training Service www.vts.ac.uk
Central Training Group www.centraltraininggroup.com
Hall of Ivy www.hallsofivy.co.uk
Life Skills www.learnaliving.co.uk
TCHC Group www.tchc.net
The Princes Trust www.princes-trust.org.uk
Volunteering is a great way to support your community whilst gaining vital skills essential to the world of work.
For local opportunities go to:
- Volunteer work adds value to your CV.
- You can gain confidence and develop your social skills.
- It may lead to paid work.
Thinking of going to University? Check out www.ucas.com
Looking for support creating a CV, cover letter or need interview tips? Follow the links below for some great advice.
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