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 TBA 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 – TBA- 01942 767040
Careers Co-ordinator – TBA – 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

Year 11 – Transition Information/Open Events/ Careers Advice/ Work Experience Opportunities – Updated 17/07/2021

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/

Enrolment in Person:

Thursday 12th August 2021

Friday 13th August 2021

The college will write to students in July to inform them of their date and time for enrolment. If you can not attend on the above dates the college can allocate an enrolment appointment on these additional dates:

Additional Enrolment dates:

Tuesday 24th August 2021

Wednesday 25th August 2021

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

New Student Induction:

Monday 6th September 2021

Tuesday 7th September 2021

Wednesday 8th September 2021

Induction day will include an introductory session in all your subjects and to learn a little more about college life.  The date and starting time of your induction day will be given to you at your enrolment appointment.  Normal college timetable will commence from 9th September 2021.

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

Fujitsu Work Experience

Students in Years 10 -13 are welcome to apply

The programme runs from 26th July – 6th August 2021

Applications must be submitted by 21st July 2021

On this free two-week Fujitsu WorkX virtual work experience programme, you’ll learn about the company’s passion for using technology to create a more inclusive and sustainable future in the Fujitsu Way.

You’ll explore various areas of the business including cybersecurity, quantum computing and automation. And you’ll learn about the key skills you’ll need to be successful at Fujitsu as well as how to kick-start your career with Fujitsu graduate and apprenticeship programmes.

Throughout the programme, you’ll complete quizzes and activities to test and deepen your learning. You’ll also have the opportunity to put your questions to Fujitsu experts in live webinars.

Fujitsu WorkX involves around 20 hours of activity. You can complete the work over 2 weeks, meaning you can fit it around your schedule (whether that be school or college). There are live webinars to get involved in, but if you’re unable to attend these you can watch recordings on-demand.

For more details and to apply: https://www.springpod.co.uk/experience/fujitsu-work-experience

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

Apprenticeships:

Hayes Travel Consultant Apprentice Level 3

Hayes Travel – Leigh. Closing Date: 20th August 2021

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/1000014063

Health Care Support Worker Apprentice Level 2

Harmony Homecare (NW) Limited – Atherton.  Closing Date: 30th August 2021

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-555075

HGV Maintenance Apprenticeship Level 3

Murphy Group – Golborne.  Closing Date: 21st July 2021

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-611810

Apprentice Dental Nurse Level 3

Newton Dental Practice – Newton-Le-Willows. Closing Date: 28th July 2021

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-623513

Hairdressing Apprenticeship Level 2

Grafix Hairdressers – Tyldesley.  Closing Date: 1st October 2021

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-612994

More apprenticeship opportunities can be found on the Wigan Council website at: https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Jobs-Careers/Become-an-apprentice.aspx

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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