The Careers for Young People Service provides young people in Warrington with Careers Advice and Guidance as well as information on learning and work opportunities.

Our service is responsible for helping young people to remain in education until they are 18, which can be full time education, an apprenticeship, or a job (with accredited training).

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Careers for Young People advisers are available at the following times in Contact Warrington, Horsemarket Street;

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am – 5pm

Tuesday 9am – 4pm

Friday 9am – 4:30pm

We offer a ‘drop in’ facility, however we can also book you an appointment. Contact us on 01925 442211 or send us an email careersservice@warrington.gov.uk

There are lots of factors to consider when thinking about taking a gap year. If you use this time wisely, it could help you to decide the right career path, gain new skills, travel and gain life experiences.

Things to consider include;

  • Your long term plans – the career ideas you have
  • Your short term plans – do you know what you would like to do after your gap year e.g. go back to college, university or find an apprenticeship
  • What opportunities are available? – are these going to be beneficial for you in reaching your long term goal?
  • Are the opportunities realistic? – e.g. can you support yourself financially or will your family support you? What will your travel plans be?

Once you decide that you want to take a gap year then you might want to consider;

  • Paid work
  • Voluntary work
  • Travel
  • Study Abroad

Looking for full time work can be difficult as the world that we work in is very competitive. Take a look at the Job Searching section for more information about where you can look for full time work.

You might also want to consider looking at our CV section for guidance on creating a great CV.

We have also gathered together a number of useful Career websites where you can search for jobs.

Covering letters are used when you would like to tell the employer something extra and highlight important information on your CV; it is sent with your CV.

For more information about covering letters and examples of what a covering letter should look like, take a look at our CV section.

A CV is a professional ‘working’ document and can be updated according to the skills and experience that you build throughout your lifetime. The purpose of a CV is to show the employer that you can do the job and to get you to an interview. It is a summary of your past work history, experiences and the skills you possess.

Take a look at our CV section to help you understand what you need to include in a CV.

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for an employer, earn a salary and gain a qualification at the same time. There are lots of different types of Apprenticeship. Take a look at our Apprenticeships and Training section, where you will find information about;

  • Apprenticeship Key Facts
  • Apprenticeship Frameworks
  • Useful websites

To search for Apprenticeship opportunities visit the National Apprenticeship Service website.

The best way to find a work experience placement is by directly contacting the places where you would like to work. You can also contact one of our Education and Employment Advisers, who should be able to offer some support and talk through your options.

You could also look at the following websites, which helps young people aged 14-25 look for voluntary work.

Work experience gently introduces you to the world of work. It will give you an idea of the skills you might need to do well in the workplace.

It will help you to identify your own skills and perhaps even highlight the areas you might want to work on.

Work experience is a great way to gain some experience that you will be able to add to your CV and find out if the job is the right one for you.

The options available all depend on what career you have in mind, it might be that you have to gain a certain qualification or take a certain route. You might want to take a look at the following job profiles to find out more.

You might want to stay in education, with some jobs you will need to gain a degree and therefore continue in Higher Education. To search for degree courses, use the UCAS course search.

You can progress in some jobs by achieving a work based qualification like a certificate or a diploma. Take a look at our Apprenticeships and Training section for more information.

Use this grid to see what level your qualifications are at and what qualifications they could lead onto afterwards:

Qualifications Table

If you know where you would like to study then visit the college website and search for courses or alternatively contact the college directly.

Carmel College – 01744 452200
www.carmel.ac.uk

Mid-Cheshire College – 01606 74444
www.midchesh.ac.uk

Priestley College – 01925 633591
www.priestleycollege.ac.uk

Reaseheath College – 01270 625131
www.reaseheath.ac.uk

Riverside College – 0151 275 280
www.riverside.ac.uk

Cronton College – 0151 424 1515
www.cronton.ac.uk

St. Helens College – 01744 623336
www.sthelens.ac.uk

Warrington Collegiate – 01925 494494
www.warrington.ac.uk

Colleges hold a number of open days throughout the year that you can attend and will have the opportunity to speak to course tutors. Take a look on our calendar of events or visit the college website directly.

All young people are now required to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday or until a level 3 qualification is achieved (whichever comes first).

Your options are;

  • Remain in full time education
  • Secure an apprenticeship
  • Get a job – there just be some accredited training with the job ( e.g. 1 day per week)

To help you to decide the right pathway, you need to consider the following;

  • The GCSE grades you have achieved or been predicted
  • How you like to learn – some people enjoy school and classroom environments; some people prefer hands-on activities so you might want to think about an apprenticeship.
  • What career you would like to do in the future.

For more detailed information about the different options take a look at our Post 16 booklet.

If you have a career idea in mind but would like to explore this further then you could use the Jobs Section or make an appointment with an Education and Employment Adviser.