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Careers & 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 C Ashton 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 BenchmarksInspiring 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.

"Careers information and guidance are well developed within the curriculum and supported by links with local employers and further education institutions...encouraging girls to explore careers in engineering and construction.  Pupils are given the opportunity to explore the full range of careers options, including Apprenticeships... Pupils are well prepared for their next stage in employment and education.  The school's careers provision is well regarded amongst parents"

(Ofsted 2016)

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 C Ashton– 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

Information for Students and Parents:

Year 11 - A Guide To Xello

Xello is an engaging, fun-to-use programme exploring career options that our students can access online, at school or at home. Students can even access Xello from their mobile devices.

Getting started with Xello

Careers Bulletin - All the new 2022/23 College Open Events here:

W/B 19th September 2022 - College Open Events

W/B 26th September 2022 - Y11 Post 16 Options

Careers in the Spotlight

Careers in the Spotlight - Police Officer
Careers in the Spotlight - Nursing

National Careers Week

Information on National Careers Week can be found here:

Year 11 - Transition Information/Open Events/ Careers Advice/ Work Experience Opportunities 

Success at Schools Webinars

IBM Apprenticeships
12 October 2022 at 6.30-7.15pm
(for students in years 10 to 13, parents & career leaders are welcome to join)
Book your place today

PwC Women in STEM
19 October 2022 at 6.30-7.15pm
(for parents, career leaders, and students who identify as female in years 10 to 13)
Book your place today

Salford College

Pre-Enrolment Learning:

To best prepare students for their studies at College, before enroling in August,  resources packs have been put together that can be downloaded from the College website: 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: 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:

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 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  The page gives reading lists and further information for each department area.

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:

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.

Virtual Work Experience Opportunities

Springpod - This website is free to students during school holidays who wish to explore virtual work experience opportunities.

Year 11 – Apprenticeship Opportunities /Job Opportunities – Updated 12/09/2022

More apprenticeship opportunities can be found on the Wigan Council website at:

Job Opportunities:

University and Your Future: Career Planning and Making the Most of Your Degree Course.
On this course learners will identify their strengths and learn how to use their time at university to explore career options and prepare for future job roles.
It will help anyone unsure whether university is right for them to identify how to make the most of a degree to better their employability after graduation.
Please follow the link for more information:


GoCompare has put together a report that reveals the riskiest jobs in the UK, seeing how dangerous each industry is and how much it costs the business.
They have analysed average salaries across the UK to find out how much you can earn if you choose to work in one of the top five riskiest professions.
If you would like more information, please follow this link: