Careers and Enrichment

Welcome to Careers and Enrichment at Lowton High School

Our fully equipped careers room provides a wealth of information to all of our students and our dedicated school Careers Adviser as well as Careers Co-ordinator Mrs R Cunliffe are available to help students – and parents – navigate their way through the many academic and vocational choices they will make during their time at Lowton and beyond.

The School is proud to hold Inspiring IAG bronze accreditation and is currently working towards the Gatsby Benchmarks. Inspiring IAG has been designed to provide a good practice framework and recognition of high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance for organisations that are providing support services for young people.

We have provided links to useful information for Parents, Apprenticeships and links to Colleges below, but if you wish to speak to us we can be contacted as follows:

Careers Leader – Miss G Rullo- 01942 767040
Careers Co-ordinator – Mrs R Cunliffe – 01942 767040

Lowton High School is not responsible for the content of 3rd party websites

Our Careers policy is available here.
Our Provider Access policy is available here.
Pupil Destination data is available here.

Year 11 – A Guide To Xello

Getting started with Xello

Careers Bulletins

WB 11th October 2021

WB 4th October 2021

WB 27th September 2021

WB 20th September 2021

College Events

Virtual Fair – Explore Post 16 Options

Virtual Fair – Explore Post 16 Options – Meet Universities & the National Apprenticeship Service – Oct 20th

Wigan & Leigh College Virtual How to Apply Event

The ‘How to Apply’ event will go through the ways in which students can make their application to Wigan & Leigh College.

A question and answer session will follow with the School Liaison Team. 

Wigan & Leigh College plan to encourage attendees to work through applications as we go through the presentation.

If interested, students MUST register for this event by clicking this link https://wiganleigh.onlineopendays.com/schedule/ and selecting 19th October.

Apprenticeship Bulletin

The Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMLPN) are pleased to announce that we are continuing to deliver the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for schools and colleges (ASK) Programme throughout the 2021-22 academic year. We can provide a blended offer featuring both virtual and face to face sessions to meet the needs of schools and colleges.

Last year was one of the most successful for the ASK Programme in Greater Manchester. Despite operating during a global pandemic we engaged with a record 123 schools, colleges and NEET organisations and delivered to over 25,000 young people.

Thank you to everyone who engaged with ASK Programme over the last twelve months We appreciate and recognise the challenge that schools and colleges, teachers and careers staff experienced and we value the flexibility and adaptability demonstrated by everyone.

Thank you for completing the evaluation forms issued after a session. The feedback has been extremely positive with 99% of sessions being rated excellent or good. We have also received video feedback from four schools, links to the videos can be found below.
 
ASK Testimonial | Copley Academy, Tamesidehttps://youtu.be/YjxwhYFUeHw
ASK Testimonial | St. Ambrose College, Traffordhttps://youtu.be/zvNi9dckJcw
ASK Testimonial | Marple Hall School, Stockporthttps://youtu.be/IudCX_ghmhs
ASK Testimonial | North Chaddertonhttps://youtu.be/HPGWTI5bwxA
 
The aim of the ASK programme is to support educational establishments and NEET organisations to deliver high-quality Information and advice to their young people on apprenticeships and traineeships.    
The ASK programme is funded by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Department for Education, to support the Government’s Careers Strategy and ensure that schools and colleges are equipped and supported to deliver their statutory duty. The ASK Programme supports schools’ and colleges’ statutory duty to provide their pupils with the full range of education and training options post-16  by providing independent apprenticeship guidance presented in an impartial manner.   A summary of the offer can be found in the attached brochure   Next Steps
  To set up a meeting to discuss the how the ASK Programme can support your careers strategy or to request our attendance at a forthcoming please contact: Matt Leigh at the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMLPN) at matthew.l@gmlpn.co.uk | +44 07530 075650      
Take a look at the Find an Apprenticeship Provider search tool. This tool enables young people, parents, guardians, teachers and advisors to search for apprenticeship standards that are delivered in Greater Manchester and it identifies the apprenticeship training providers who deliver those standards.
 
If you have any questions or feedback about the tool please contact Matt Leigh at matthew.l@gmlpn.co.uk
       
The Find an Apprenticeship website is listing some apprenticeship vacancies. Click here to find a list of current vacancies across Greater Manchester. 
   
Amazing Apprenticeships have a number of Apprenticeship resources available including:
The Parent’s Perspective Podcast
Parent & Carer’s Pack September 2021
     
GMACS is part of the Mayor’s commitment to ensure every young person has access to opportunities and no-one is left behind. By presenting apprenticeships and all other options for post-16 study and training in one place, GMACS helps give all students a clear line of sight for their futures. The site is also the gateway to Xello, a service for schools which helps personalise learning at scale, and equip students with the knowledge and skills to get ahead in today’s labour market.      
Alliance Learning Apprenticeship Open Evening 2022
Date for the 2022 diary! Thursday 10th February 2022
4pm – 7pm (being held at Alliance Learning, The Hurst Building, Horwich Business Park, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 5UE)    

 
“Weightmans LLP’s Solicitor Degree Apprenticeship is an alternative to university, alongside those student loans and fees! The programme is for aspiring solicitors with a passion for law who have completed, or are in the process of completing, their A-levels.
 
You will complete your part-time study with BPP University Law School and upon successful completion, you will be a qualified solicitor with an LLB degree in Law and Legal Practice. One day each week will be dedicated to your learning and studies to ensure that you can maintain a good work/life balance, the rest of the working week will be with Weightmans.
 
We want our future lawyers to be both technically excellent and to have the skills necessary to understand our clients’ businesses and our own. Therefore, you will also complete our bespoke learning and development programme throughout the six years, which has been designed to develop your core professional and business skills.
 
Apprentices will gain experience in a variety of legal teams, starting on a salary of £17,000 to then reach £27,000 by the end of year 6. The role is full-time, permanent, and commences in September of 2022. Benefits include 28 paid day’s holiday, 2 day’s paid CSR leave per year, excellent pension and health plans alongside retail discounts.
 
Further details can be found on our website, including how to apply, the BPP learning programme, details of Weightmans Open Evenings, alongside the academic requirements.
 
If you have any queries, please do contact Apprenticeships@weightmans.com       Click here for full information.      Where Are They Now – Former Apprentices & GM Apprenticeship Ambassadors | Gemmer Crozier     Twitter   Website   LinkedIn

Year 11 – Transition Information/Open Events/ Careers Advice/ Work Experience Opportunities – Updated 20/09/2021

Salford College

Pre-Enrolment Learning:

To best prepare students for their studies at College, before enrolling in August,  resources packs have been put together that can be downloaded from the College website: https://www.salfordcc.ac.uk/pre-enrolment-tasks/ These resources will give students an understanding of some of the skills and techniques they will be learning at College.

Wigan & Leigh College

Y11 Preparing for College Transition Activities:

Wigan & Leigh College have prepared transition activities for Y11 to complete at:https://www.wigan-leigh.ac.uk/16-18-full-time-courses/year-11-applicants To access these resources click on the link and follow these steps:

  • Click on the above link
  • Scroll down and select the relevant subject area
  • Within each subject area, you will see the 11 steps to success (we encourage students to explore as many of the steps as they wish)
  • To access the transition resources specifically, click on STEP 8

The Manchester College

Connect2College Year 11 Transition Booklet:

The Connect2College booklet is designed to support year 11 and year 10 pupils as they move into the next stage of their academic journey. The Connect2College booklet includes a range of resources to help school leavers plan their career goals and develop their CV, whilst also providing useful information about college life and all the support available at The Manchester College.  The brochure can be accessed and downloaded at: https://www.tmc.ac.uk/system/files/Connect2College-Guide-2021.pdf

Warrington & Vale Royal College

Pre-enrolment Activities:

Warrington & Vale have a Welcome Site which is designed to support Year 11 Applicants with their transition to college this September www.wvr.ac.uk/welcome. The Welcome Site contains a range of pre-enrolment activities for students to engage in, to help prepare them for their future course. The activities are not mandatory but can help students to feel more confident and prepared for the next step.

The site also features videos from course tutors, useful resources, and information about apprenticeships. The Welcome site also contains all the course tutors’ email address, which allows applicants to contact them directly to ask any course-related questions.

Bolton Sixth Form

Transition Information:

Bolton Sixth Form has a site designed to provide transition information https://b6experience.info/yr-11-transition-activities/  The page gives reading lists and further information for each department area.

Winstanley College

 A virtual tour is available by clicking the link below:

Y11 Bridging Materials:

To support the transition from school to college teachers have produced some bridging resources which are available at: http://webdev.winstanley.ac.uk/wp3/

If students can not attend enrolment dates please contact the admissions department at: admissions@winstanley.ac.uk Or call 01695 628610.

Warrington UTC

Below is a link to a virtual assembly for Y11:

Pearson Business School

Pearson Business School have developed an Employability Guide to equip school leavers with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully enter the job market with advice and helpful hints such as preparing for interviews and CV writing. This is a free guide and can be downloaded at: info@pearsoncollegelondon.ac.uk

Summer Virtual Work Experience Programmes

Wigan Council Careers Advice and Guidance

Support for ages 13-19

If you’re a young person aged 13-19, you have the legal right to access independent and impartial information and advice to help you make informed and realistic decisions about your future career.

Speak to your high school or college so they can direct you to the right person for guidance.

Support for ages 16-19

Aspiring Futures is the employment and skills service for young people aged 16-18 (and up to 25 for those with learning difficulties and disabilities) in Wigan borough, who are not in employment, education or training, helping them to decide on their future and find opportunities.

A team of progression advisers provide independent and impartial advice and support to young people including:

Careers advice and guidance

Support with job searching and applications to apprenticeship and traineeships

Job applications, CVs and interview preparation

Access to work experience and placement opportunities

Help with referrals to specialist services, agencies and training as appropriate.

Greater Manchester Apprenticeships and Careers Service

Greater Manchester offer a unique careers and apprenticeship service for young people aged 11-30 in Greater Manchester. This includes useful tools and options to help you plan for your apprenticeship or career, local events and access to workplace encounters online.

Find out more about the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship and Careers Service (external link).

National Careers Service

You can access support to help you explore your career options. Qualified career advisers offer telephone appointments tailored to suit your personal circumstances and can cover the following:

Redundancy

Securing employment

Upskilling and training

CV writing and interview techniques

Returning to work after a break

Flexible working for parents

Graduate opportunities

IT, Maths and English skills

To get support visit the National Careers Service website (external link) or call 0161 393 6473.  If you require further information about available services or would like to make an appointment to speak to a progression adviser, please contact the learning and employment team.

Year 11 – Apprenticeship Opportunities /Job Opportunities – Updated 17/07/2021

Job Opportunities:

Junior Administrator

Location: Golborne (WA3 3JD)

Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm (45 Mins for Lunch)

Jackson Stephen LLP Chartered Accountants are looking for someone to join their practice support team! Duties will include (but are not limited to):

Dealing with incoming and outgoing mail

Scanning

Internal/external Telephone calls

Providing refreshments to clients

Typing letters/accounts

Updating cloud software

Database management

Skills required:

Knowledge of Microsoft Office products

Good attention to detail

On the job training will be provided.

All applicants to email CV to: ashley.dugdale@jsllp.co.uk  

Useful Links

Gatsby Subject Guides

To help parents and students studying from home, Gatsby Subject Guides are now available free of charge.

Careers Information

Parental Guidance from The Careers Writers Association

Apprenticeships

Getting-in offers school leavers everything to make the right choice when leaving school

Apprenticeships

Register your profile, search vacancies and apply for an apprenticeship

UCAS Further Education

UCAS allows young people between 13 and 17 years old to search for courses across England and Wales

National Careers Service

Careers advice – jobs information and resources

Rate My Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships, Jobs, Reviews & Careers Advice For School & College Leavers

St John Rigby

Wigan Catholic sixth form college.

Winstanley College

To achieve academic excellence in a supportive and challenging learning community

Wigan & Leigh College

Wigan & Leigh College has been providing high-quality education and training locally for over 150 years.

Carmel College

A Catholic College for the Community

Priestley College

Your ‘Outstanding’ Sixth Form

Salford City College

Salford, Eccles and Pendleton Colleges are centres of educational, vocational and academic excellence in the North West of England.

Bolton College

Proud to be one of the North West’s largest providers of vocational training and further education

Bolton Sixth Form College

Bolton Sixth Form College is a vibrant College specialising in full time 16-19 education,

St. Helens College

Offering full and part time courses for adults and school leavers, as well as community courses.

Warrington & Vale Royal College

Warrington & Vale Royal College Online, providing the framework for your future

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