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Careers at St James's

Through our CEIAG programme, directly supporting our ethos of ‘Caring for others, Achieving Excellence’ we aim to support the individual aspirations, achievements and needs of all our pupils by challenging stereotypes and celebrating a diverse range of education and employment paths.

Here are some examples of the type of activities you can expect to take part in throughout your time at St James’s: 

CEIAG programme

You can also track the main events on your career journey here:

St James Career Journey

 Not sure about your future plan? Have a look at this quick guide:

Career Route Planner

Post 16 Choices

What are your options after St James’s?

 Watch this video and look at the grid below to see what your options are after GCSEs.


Websites to Explore


        Inside Sherpa                 National Careers Week                    Springpod                                    Fledgelink
     Virtual work experience                        Look up different                                    Real time work                                Workshops, jobs and
         for top companies                         companies and resources                   experience opportunities                           opportunities



                     UCAS                                                            Career Pilot                                             My World of Work
 University, post Uni studies, including                          Careers Information                                                  Career Information                             Workshops, teacher training,                                                      and tools                                                                      and advice
        apprenticeships & Internships     


Greater Manchester Apprenticeship

                & Careers Service                                                     

Local College Websites







Not thinking of University?


                  Not Going to Uni                           Amazing Apprenticeships              National Apprenticeships Site
         Search jobs, opportunities and                          All the information you need                               Even more information you
               apprenticeships in the                                          about apprenticeships                                       need about apprenticeships

Parents Guide to Apprenticeships

Link to video https://youtu.be/pyWbvfFgMIs


There will be a workshop in February in school as part of National Apprenticeships Week which will give pupils useful information about applying for a apprenticeship. 



 Year 11 Support

Year 11 is a very busy year and it can sometimes seem difficult to think about life after St James’s. Many of you will have a clear idea of what path you would like to take and feel well equipped to apply for colleges. If you need any extra help with this process, which can seem very daunting, there are many people who are there to support you.

People who are there to support

Form Tutors
Your form tutor will help you in making career choices for the future.

Subject Teachers
Your subject teachers will help you in making careers choices. A lot of your lessons will focus on careers and work related learning skills in their subject. Your PSHE teachers are very experienced with CVs and personal statements.

Ask your parents/carers for support with making career choices.

Mrs Bleasdale and Mrs Heyes

We are here to offer advice and support as required. All pupils in Year 11 will have a one to one appointment with Mrs Heyes and those times/days will be posted on the bulletin as well as you getting a confirmation slip via your form tutor to hand to the teacher of the lesson you will need to leave for 20 minutes or so. Mrs Heyes is in school Tuesday and Thursday and is available at break and lunchtime in our careers base at the top of E Block.

Mrs Bleasdale is in school Monday – Wednesday and is also available to have informal discussions about colleges, writing CVs and personal statements, interviews and many other things. Email a question or come up at break or lunchtime. She will also be organising lots of careers related events in school and in workplaces (when possible) as well as your Mock Interview workshop in March

There are also stacks of resources below which you can browse through to help. Keep checking back as new things will be added as they arrive.

Employability Skills

    Explore your strengths, build your CV and prepare for interviews

    Useful virtual tools to support you to develop key employability skills

CV Writing

Advice and guidance on writing a CV can be found below

    Barclays Life Skills have a CV builder tool

      How to write a CV

 Another step by step guide here.

 There are also resources to support you on Careers Information TEAMS linked here.

Personal statements

   Great support for your personal statement.

 Your form tutors also have some useful information to share with you and you can check out the information on Careers Information TEAMS again here.

Please come and ask us if you aren’t sure or check with your PSHE teacher/form tutor.

 Interview Techniques and Tips

Advice and guidance on interview techniques and tips can be found below.

 Helpful tips on everything to do with interviews.

 More tips here.

Advice if you have an online interview.

Virtual Interview Practice here

More useful documents 

Autumn 2020 Virtual Open events

Links to local colleges’ online brochures

Interview dates taking place in school

 Useful Websites

Here’s some useful websites for you to look at:

If you wish to get a record of the work you have done on Careers Education, please see Mrs Bleasdale.

Videos and virtual talks

  Watch videos on different careers, employability skills and wellbeing in the work place

 Speakers for Schools

  Engage in live virtual talks or look at the video library for all past talks

   Videos on all things to do with careers

 TV Programmes to watch

 (Please check the episode appropriate for your age group first)

   Inside the factory

   Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience

(Please note, these programmes were originally broadcast at 9pm post water-shed)