Careers Information Advice and Guidance

Careers Lead      Ms Eppie Howard

Careers Administration Support: Mrs Cathy Day

Both Ms Howard and Mrs Day can also be contacted by telephone through the main reception 01865 862 232

About eCLIPS - an online tool that offers a wide range of information about careers

Comprehensive careers information

With clear and impartial descriptions of jobs, entry requirements and training options, including live-streamed information from LMI for All, eCLIPS provides users with all the information they need to make informed careers decisions. It caters for all abilities and stages with information ranging from basic to in-depth descriptions with links for further exploration.

There's help for users looking for career ideas, with leaflets providing a broad overview of career areas, careers linked to school subjects and an interactive career matching tool. In addition, eCLIPS provides a wealth of advice to help young people choose study and employment options, and prepare for the world of work.

Information You Can Trust

Schools and careers professionals have trusted eCLIPS for over 30 years. The information on eCLIPS is researched and written by our team of experienced, professional careers authors and is regularly updated to reflect the latest developments in education, training and the labour market. Over 700 industry experts are regularly consulted and asked to comment.

Quick, easy and unlimited   Students and parents can ask Mrs Day for the logon details and Password.

Careers Advice Information - For Parents/Carers

Careers Advice and Guidance Services

PowerPoint introduction to the Careers lead and year 11 Careers Interviews.

Careers Education Policy

Useful Links for Teachers, Students and Families:

BBC Bitesize Careers  A very useful website with lots of job ideas and information

MyWorldofWork Helpful for parents and carers too

GoConstruct Showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment. 

Labour market information Oxfordshire   Find out about trending careers in Oxfordshire

OxfordshireApprenticeships Local current apprenticeship vacancies and information

ApprenticeshipListings Government apprenticeship website for all of England

AmazingApprenticeships Current apprenticeship vacancies and information

ApprenticeshipGuide Current apprenticeship vacancies and information

InstituteForApprenticeships Apprenticeships and technical education

UCAS Higher education and university applications 

NotGoingToUni Explore options outside of the traditional university route

UCAS Alternatives to going to university

OXME Oxfordshire Education, Employment and Training Services

Local volunteer centre 

Free courses

Government Kickstart scheme A temporary employment programme

Webinar for Parents and Carers  

Parent Webinar 18th March 2021

How to help your child to make career decisions after year 11 and year 13.

STFC Work Experience Programme 2021

What is the STFC? 

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest research  organisations supporting scientists and engineers and running experiments around the UK  and world-wide. Activities carried out cover a wide range of science, engineering and  technology, including materials science, engineering and instrumentation, particle physics,  space science, accelerator-based technologies, information technology and computer  science.  

Inspiring young people and the wider public is one of the STFC's main objectives. This is  achieved through a focused programme of public engagement, promoting careers in  science, engineering and technology to maintain the quality of the UK programme.  

Daresbury Laboratory (DL), Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and UK Astronomy  Technology Centre (UK ATC) offer work experience placements to Year 10, 11, 12 and 13  students each year, many from local schools and around the country. As far as possible they  are placed depending on their interests indicated on the application form.  

HSBC Work Experience:

We have some really exciting news to share, HSBC Work Experience is now live!

Opportunities across the whole of the UK, in financial services, investment banking, marketing, digital, compliance and HR. 

The Work Experience opportunities will be available through June to August 2021 and will be 1-week long. 

Open to all secondary school or college students in Y10 , Y11 , Y12  Y13, applications close on 21st February!

If you have any questions about applying, please get in contact! 

Application Link:

NHS Trust - Work Experience Update:

Medical Awards Programme

Pathway to Property

College open days 2021

Abingdon and Witney College

Abingdon & Witney College | Wootton Road | Abingdon | Oxfordshire | OX14 1GG

01235 216 301 | 0758 320 6924

Events and School Liaison CoordinatorMarea Brown

Abingdon and Witney Virtual Open Days    Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th February 3:30 to 7:30 daily

A blue and white logo  Description automatically generated with medium confidenceA black and white logo  Description automatically generated with low confidenceDear Y11 Student, Parent/ Carer

We hope this letter finds you well. As we head towards the end of the month, we wanted to take this opportunity to share a few important details with you regarding events we are offering over the coming weeks. We feel that these events will be useful for you and could help with the decision of what next steps you may take.

February Virtual Open Events

  • Our next Open Events are fast approaching and will be held virtually in the format of 1:1 appointments via Microsoft Teams with members of the Activate Learning Team. You can choose to speak to a subject specialist tutor, a member of our support team or a member of our careers team. All are available to offer guidance and support and answer any questions you may have regarding our courses, day to day college life or any specific learning needs you may have. 

  • For more information about our events, bookings, dates and times and how to book a 1:1 appointment, please visit our website using the following links:

National Apprenticeship Week 2021

The annual, week-long celebration of apprenticeships, taking place across England, will showcase how apprenticeships have helped employers and people of all ages and backgrounds. This year, Activate Learning will be running a virtual Careers and Apprenticeship Fair. So, if you’re considering an apprenticeship or simply want to find out more, we would love you to join us, so sign up now for a packed schedule of both pre-recorded content and live Q&A sessions, designed to inform, educate and excite people about the prospect of Apprenticeships:

We hope that you find the above information useful and are able to join us at some of the events we are holding. If you have any queries, please contact us on email or tel: 0800 612 6008.

Best wishes

Louise Coker-Taney

Schools Partnership Executive – City of Oxford College

A: Oxpens Campus, Oxpens Rd | Oxford | OX1 1SA E: | D: 01865 550906 | M: T: 0800 6126008 |

Activate Learning Colleges

 Here’s and introduction from our newly appointed Head of Campus – Student Experience – Follow this link to put a face to a name and find out what their plans are for this academic year:

Our current Apprenticeship vacancy page - for any students considering an Apprenticeship, there is a comprehensive list of vacancies across a range of employers for them to start looking at.

City of Oxford College Information about past Open Events

Open Events

Our first Autumn Open Events have taken place. If you were unable to attend, or would like to re-cap, there is lots of information available on their websites:


Applications are now open for learners wanting to start from September 2021 and can be accessed via our website:

Vocational Programme


For those looking to start their professional career, joining KPMG as an apprentice means being part of a team of inspiring colleagues who bring fresh ideas and curiosity to work that really matters. We value our apprentices and recognise the vital part they play in the future of our firm. Those who join us will be encouraged to bring their unique perspective and showcase their ideas. Many of our senior leaders started their careers this way, and each one of our colleagues will be passionate about guiding our new apprentices on their own career journey. About our apprenticeship experience Our programmes offer apprentices the opportunity to work across different industries and are designed for those who have, or are about to, finish School or College - and span areas such as Audit, Software Engineering, KPMG Law and Data & Analytics. At KPMG, our apprentices gain valuable work experience, develop core skills and will be supported in their study towards fully funded professional qualifications and accreditations – all whilst earning a salary.

Our diverse employee support networks, clubs and learning community help our apprentices to develop connections and build new friendships, not just for today, but for their career ahead. There are also plenty of opportunities for them to get involved in volunteering, so they’ll be encouraged to make a difference at work and outside of the office too.


Support When apprentices join us, they’ll take part in a virtual induction week – an introduction to our firm, and a way for them to meet their peers, build valuable connections and feel a part of our community from day one. We’ll support them in their transition to the workplace too; providing them with a buddy, performance manager, access new joiner forums and range of learning opportunities which will allow them to shape their own development. We’re also investing in workplace tools and technologies that enable us to collaborate and stay connected whether we’re working at home, in our offices or at engagement sites. About KPMG With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on our successes thanks to a clear vision, our people and Our Values – we’re supporting businesses to grow, our people to achieve and our communities to thrive. Our largest practice is Audit, which helps to build the confidence and trust that business and society needs. In Tax & Law, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology & Engineering, we help companies to solve some of their most complex business challenges.  

Please note: Audit and Software Engineering apprenticeships are currently open. Further programme launches will follow later this month. Those interested can sign up to our Talent Community to be one of the first to hear when these become available. Our places fill fast, so we'd encourage applications as soon as possible  

Find out more and how to apply

Best wishes, KPMG Student Recruitment Team

NHS Apprenticeships

The Engineering trust

We have some fantastic new apprenticeship opportunities please see attached.

 For more info on these vacancies please have a look on our website:


National Apprenticeships 

Information from the Success at School careers advice service

Apprenticeships these days come in all shapes and sizes. With an apprenticeship, you could train to be a solicitor, engineer, journalist, pharmacist or graphic designer—and that's just for starters. You will also be paid a wage, and any qualifications you undertake as part of your apprenticeship—including a university degree—will be paid for by your employer.

This short video provides a good overview:

A Parent's Guide to Apprenticeships

Back to basics

An apprenticeship is a paid job with training. Apprentices also work towards relevant qualifications while on the job. There are four type of apprenticeships:

  1. Intermediate: Equivalent to 5 GCSEs
  2. Advanced: Equivalent to 2 'A' Levels
  3. Higher: Equivalent to a higher education qualification, and can include a foundation degree, bachelor's (aka undergraduate) degree, or even a master's degree (a postgraduate qualification)
  4. Degree: All degree apprentices work towards a bachelor's or master's degree.
What are the basic requirements?

A basic level of literacy and numeracy is required to undertake any apprenticeship. If you don't have any GCSEs in English or Maths, you may be able to—depending on the apprenticeship—work towards a "functional skills" qualification while they do their apprenticeship. There are also traineeships students can undertake if they do not qualify for an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship statistics

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Apprenticeships vs. University

This short video should help you understand whether apprenticeships or university might be better for you:

University vs Apprenticeship: what's right for my child

How to find an apprenticeship