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All About School Leavers

AllAboutSchoolLeavers is a tool to help school leavers get jobs and understand the career paths available to them. The website displays everything from current apprenticeships and school leaver programme opportunities, to the latest school leaver job news, and advice to help young people on their career journey. 


Amazing Apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships is the approved communication channel, commissioned by the National Apprenticeship Service, to support the Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge for Schools project. The website provides resources, information about traineeships and apprenticeships and enables you to search for the latest apprenticeship vacancies.



Our mission as BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is to enable the information society. We promote wider social and economic progress through the advancement of Information Technology science and practice. We bring together industry, academics, practitioners and government to share knowledge, promote new thinking, inform the design of new curricula, shape public policy and inform the public. Our vision is to be a world-class organisation for IT. Our 70,000 strong membership includes practitioners, businesses, academics and students in the UK and internationally. We deliver a range of professional development tools for practitioners and employees. A leading IT qualification body, we offer a range of widely recognised qualifications.


Biochemical Society

The Biochemical Society promotes the future of molecular biosciences; facilitating the sharing of expertise, supporting the advancement of biochemistry and molecular biology, and raising awareness of their importance in addressing societal grand challenges. 


Bright Crop

Organisations from across the industry, including food manufacturers, machinery engineers and scientific researchers have come together to develop Bright Crop. Bright Crop lets you explore a wide range of job roles, see what the jobs are really like, get tips from the experts, and plan your route to a career in farming and food supply.


British Nutrition Foundation

The core purpose of the British Nutrition Foundation is to make nutrition science accessible to all. Often in collaboration with others, they do this through the interpretation, translation and communication of often complex scientific information, making it relevant to the needs of diverse audiences, in particular the general public, the media, schools, health professionals, government, food and beverage companies and the primary producers of food.



Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. The case study films show real people doing real jobs, giving viewers insight into careers across all sectors and helping them to find the right career. In the Tools for Teachers section you will find a film library full of resources for teachers like the Skills Explorer. In the Parents’ Careers Club, you can find out more about the options available to your children as they leave school and college. Parents’ Club provides free work related film content, covering hundreds of different employment and training opportunities throughout the UK.


Career Comp@nion

Career Comp@nion is an impartial and mediated review service of Careers, Learning and Support Information websites. It has been designed to help and support people of all ages at life’s key transitions from Year 9 (Age 13-14) pupils in school right through to adults planning for retirement. Users are offered access to four portals; Student (13-19), Graduate, Career Changer and Adviser (Teacher/Parent)


Career Development Institute (CDI)

CDI is the single UK-wide professional body for everyone working in the fields of career education; career information, advice and guidance; career coaching, career consultancy and career management.


Career Map

CareerMap is the leading website for 15-19 year olds looking for a pathway into apprenticeships and early career opportunities which incorporates a Google Maps interface. Career Map is supported by over 100 FE Colleges and Training Providers across the UKand has powered successful campaigns for BT, British Gas, Lloyds, RBS, The British Army, Rolls-Royce, Sky, ITV and The BBC.


Career Pilot

Careerpilot is aimed at 13-19-year-olds and provides online, impartial information and support on the many routes to higher level study. Although it is focused on provision in the South West the website includes general information on further and higher education and a number of interesting videos.


Career player

A site dedicated to helping you find your perfect graduate job. If you’re trying to figure out what to do and where to do it, help is at hand. The website is split into three main areas: Careers for information on industry sectors and graduate job roles; advice, for application tips; and Employers, for the latest graduate jobs, graduate scheme and Internship listings.


Careers in Sport

Careers in sport advertises an overview of careers available along with reuired qualifications, a round-up of latest jobs and highlights Universities that offer both undergraduate and postgraduate sports degree courses.  Careers in Sport have successfully ran 25 live events at colleges and universities providing an opportunity to gather vital information on aquiring a rewarding and fulfilling career in sport.


Careers that Move

Careers that move website includes information about the passenger transport and travel industry, the career options available, a career map of the variety of opportunities, a CV masterclass and career stories from within the transport and travel industry.


Careers World

Careers World is an online website that provides news, information and opportunities on apprenticeships, careers and higher education.  A nationwide publication, which can be filtered down to specific regions.



CareersSoft produces quality independent careers resources.  They offer a range of costed products to schools including primaries.



CASCAID is the leading producer of careers information and guidance solutions with over 40 years’ experience of inspiring young people and adults with their career options.  They offer a range of costed products to help young people and adults make better informed decisions about their learning, training and career options.



Cegnet is a free online community for teachers, careers professionals and supporters of career development to share news and resources.


Citrus Saturday

Citrus Saturday is an experiential learning programme developed by UCL (University College London) aimed at teaching entrepreneurship and enterprise skills to young people around the world.  equips young people with the skills to start their own business and make a future for themselves. Participants create a lemonade product, brand it and sell it to the public, then keep the profits from their work.


Cog Birmingham

Cog is a free to use website that has been developed to connect young people and employers in Birmingham.  Although this is mainly applicable for pupils and schools in Birmingham, there is a section on advice and support for young people which includes local live job vacancies.


Construction Youth Trust

Construction Youth Trust is a registered charity working with young people to help them access training, education and employment opportunities in the construction industry. The Trust has a range of programmes ranging from individual bursaries and construction skills courses to work placement schemes and careers guidance sessions and can offer free courses that provide practical work experience as well as careers advice.


Creative & Cultural Skills

Creative & Cultural Skills is a free resource for anyone that wants to work in a creative career.  The website offers information on job and training opportunities within the creative sector and also provides advice.  It has helped over 3 million people by delivering insight and knowledge from those that work in industry to those who aspire to do so.


Day Job

Dayjob is a fast growing website that assists job seekers by giving them free access to 100’s of professionally designed CV, resume and cover letter templates with the aim of helping young people improve the way they write their CVs, and thereby improve their job prospects.


Discover Risk

Discover Risk introduces students to the idea of risk and the various careers involved in risk management.  It provides information on career paths, case studies and a range of employers involved in risk management.


Fair Train

Fair Train is a charity, an employer and a business. They are the owners of the national Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation and the Group Training Association (GTA) for the voluntary and community sector. They promote workforce development and champion all forms of high quality work experience including traditional work placements, vocational training, volunteering (where it is specifically aimed at developing employability skills) internships, Traineeships and Apprenticeships.


Fast Tomato

Fast Tomato provides costed careers guidance programmes for pupils/students to help them explore the many different career opportunities open to them. Using psychometric assessments to highlight each person's interests, attitudes and motivations, Fast Tomato suggests individualised and personally tailored careers and courses.


Future Learn

Future Learn offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life. Future Learn believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so their courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.


Future Morph

It includes free teaching resources with related curriculum topics, suggested practical activities and assembly materials, as well as interactive games, career profiles and  a resources database linking to external organisations.


Get my first job

Get my first job is a search tool enabling people to register an account and have access to live vacancies. The website also includes resources for parents.


Go Construct

The Go Construct website showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment. Go Construct has been funded through the CITB Levy, meaning that the whole industry has contributed to its success and has ownership of the service - Go Construct is a campaign by industry, for industry. The website includes resources, information for parents, careers advisors and educators; and information on construction ambassadors.


Grow Careers

Grow Careers website is a clear, inspiring source of information for entering into, or progressing within, the horticultural industry. Their mission is to both increase the number of new entrants into the sector, and inform progression and diversification of careers within the industry.


Health Careers

On Health Careers young people can download a range of different resources such as posters, leaflets and booklets to help with career decisions. There are also resources for teachers and careers advisers.



Hiive is a professional networking site. It’s a digital community of collaborators from the creative industries all across the UK. Hiive allows professionals, employers and educators to tap into the UK’s collective industry insight.


HMRC: Tax Education for Schools

HMRC have produced a playlist of short films to educate young people about tax. The films include facts about working for yourself, starting your first job; and there is a primary film on tax facts for the younger audience.



Icould is a small, dynamic charity, providing career inspiration and information for young people. They show what is possible in work and offer different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.  They also provide free teaching resources.


Independent Gap Advice

The Independent Gap Advice provides young people with free and impartial information and advice on taking a gap year or shorter break from formal education. It also encourages and enables young people with disabilities to undertake challenging gap year projects.


Into Film

Into Film provide resources to support primary teachers in developing pupils' awareness of the film industry and the wide variety of careers that are open to them. Exploring inspiring careers in Foley sound effects, make-up, costume designing, editing and more, learners will be able to appreciate the broad range of talent that goes into making a film and bringing it to the screen. The activities are accompanied by a quiz, film clips, Behind The Scenes videos, curriculum links and activity sheets, and require pupils to tap into a vast array of creative, communication and team work skills. The resource is most suitable for young people aged 7-11 and can be used in any educational setting across the UK.


Maths Careers

The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications is the professional and learned society for qualified and practising mathematicians. Founded in 1964 the Institute has 5,000 members from all parts of the UK and overseas who work in industry, commerce, the public sector and education. It is a charity which promotes and supports understanding, teaching, research and applications of mathematics.


Microbiology Society

The Microbiology Society offers insight into the various career paths in microbiology, how to pursue these careers, the qualifications needed and where this will likely place you. The website has a focus around key decision areas such as school leavers and college leavers with specific aid on subject/course choice. The website also has a live careers section with further information on careers events and information for postgraduates.



Milkround is a tool to support students and graduates. The website provides information on hundreds of internships, placements, graduate jobs and schemes; sector insights, videos and links; salary guides for common graduate roles, career event listings and much more.


My World of Work

Your My World of Work account will help you discover careers which match your skills, interests, education and experience. Based on ambition the website will help you find out how you can work towards it. Find out what your strengths are, and how they can help you pick a career that will suit you. They’ll use the details in your account to suggest jobs, industries and Modern Apprenticeships that match you. Get the facts you need about salaries, job growth and qualifications from our profiles of hundreds of different jobs. And if you’re in school, use the subject choices tool to see where your favourite school subjects could take you.



MyCareerSpringboard is a free careers guidance tool for school and college students. Created by the team behind, and, MyCareerSpringboard is designed to help teachers deliver careers guidance to their students in the most fun, simple and effective way possible.


National Careers Week

National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. The site includes a wide range of resources for schools to use to help bring careers into the classroom.


National Careers Service

The National Careers Service website incorporates job profiles, a skills check and a lifelong learning account. A dedicated careers helpline and web chat service is also provided delivered by professionally trained careers advisers who will outline all the career, training and learning options open to young people including apprenticeships.


National Literacy Trust

National Literacy Trust share analysis, promote best practice and provide support and resources for schools including news, research, events, policy, competitions and resources.



Teachers, however experienced, can check and refine their subject knowledge and pedagogy, access a vast archive of classroom-based research, and exchange views and experience with colleagues around the country.Also on offer is face to face and online support for all schools, colleges, organisations and individuals with a professional development role as providers of CPD for teachers of maths in all settings, and in providing a framework for quality assurance of that provision.


Not Going to Uni

Not Going to Uni is dedicated to helping school and college leavers make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university routes such as apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and jobs.


Office for National Statistics Employment Data

This site includes data on people in and out of work covering employment, unemployment, types of work, earnings, working patterns and workplace disputes. The site also signposts you to where you can access local statistics.


Outstanding Careers

Outstanding Careers is home to the Careers Defender who is a fully qualified teacher with over 15 years experience providing award winning careers education and 25 successful years teaching business studies in schools and colleges throughout London.  Careers Defender acts as a hub for careers learning.  The website links to Pinterest boards with free and paid for resources that cover lots of different areas.



Panjango is a virtual world of work which maps the curriculum to work related challenges. It helps young people develop the knowledge, skills and experience needed to thrive in life after school - all while enabling them to discover more about careers in a fun and interactive way.



Plotr is a website created to help 11-24 year olds discover and explore careers.  It’s built around the Game which uncovers careers matched to skills, interests and personality.



Take a quiz and see which job profiles match your skills and personality.


Seafarers UK

Every year Seafarers UK campaigns for a greater awareness of seafarers and job/career opportunities in maritime seafareres week. Held in June, the week aims to raise awareness of Britain’s dependence on seafarers, the men and women who earn their living working on ships and boats of all shapes and sizes. Over the last two years, seafarers have produced free KS1 materials in partnership with Fyffes, showing the sea-going journey of a banana from faraway to the UK. Teachers and schools can request printed and digital materials for use in classrooms and book bags. Over 20,000 children have now taken part in the educational campaign.


Success at Schools

Success at School is a national careers platform for secondary students.  Local and national employers share work placements and job opportunities, so students can move directly from researching careers to applying for opportunities.



SUSTAiN supports volunteering in Solihull borough through helping to promote volunteering opportunities on behalf of organisations; and supporting volunteer managers through the Volunteer Managers’ Forum.


Ted Talks

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.


The Apprenticeship Guide

The Apprenticeship Guide contains concise summaries of every apprenticeship framework offered in England, plus general careers advice, real life stories, employer advertising, a regional directory of training providers.


The Female Lead

The Female Lead is a non-profit organisation dedicated to making women’s stories more visible and offering alternative role models to those ever-present in popular culture. Founded by data pioneer and entrepreneur Edwina Dunn, the project highlights the breadth of female achievement in order to offer inspiration for future generations. The Female Lead creates a variety of spaces to present these stories including a book of 60 amazing women from around the world (launching in February 2017), an online and social media presence, and an outreach programme for girls in schools, celebrating female role models who shape the world.  


The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL)

The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) was established in June 2013 by higher education institutions and national organisations committed to the progression and support of Care Leavers in higher education. Working together NNECL aims to transform the progression of young people in or leaving care into and through further and higher education, by championing the continuous improvement of local practice, multi-agency partnerships and national collaboration.


The National Skills Academy

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink exists to provide businesses across the UK’s food and drink manufacturing and processing industry with a single source of access to leading edge workforce training, vocational study and skill upgrades designed to boost productivity, innovation, profitability and growth.


The Publishers Association

The Publishing Association provides an overview of the various careers on offer in publishing, along with useful guides on how to pursue a career in publishing. These guides include a list of relevant university courses and training providers which can help young people find relevant training for a career in publishing. Finally, there is a tool to help organise career talks providing materials needed for publishing professionals to hold skills talks.


The Student Room

The largest student community in the world - over 1.8m members. Discuss anything - universities, health, lifestyle, relationships & more. The website also includes free uni application help and revision tools.


Tomorrow's Engineers

The Tomorrow's Engineers programme, led by the engineering community, provides a platform for employers to work effectively with schools to inspire more young people to consider a careers in engineering.



The UCAS website provides information for students who are interested in going on to higher education, they have also got a new career finder section on their website and a 16-18 choices section.


U-Explore Start Platform

Start is a careers guidance software helping young people to make informed choices about their career path. Connected to live labour market information and course data, Start allows users to create a personal profile which generates suitable jobs, qualifications and new destinations to explore. Ideal for schools and colleges, students and parents, Start is free to use.


UKCAT Consortium

The UKCAT Consortium is committed to fairness in selection to medicine and dentistry and to the widening participation in medical and dental training of under-represented social groups. They are a charity and limited company managed by a Consortium of Universities who require the test for entry to their medical/dental programmes. This website provides general information and advice regarding the UKCAT test and helpful resources to help candidates prepare.  



The Unifrog website helps students find the right university course or apprenticeship vacancy quickly. The site can help you compare courses and vacancies by lots of different factors including distance from home, social life and salary. For teachers, the website helps them meet their statutory duty to provide independent and impartial careers information.


Where the work is

This interactive tool enables users to explore demand for particular occupations and the potential salary benefits and likely levels of competition for these positions. The findings can be shown at UK-wide, national and regional levels, along with local enterprise partnership areas and certain city areas.



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