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Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers guidance is available to all NTS students from home or at school.

Careers at NTS

A great way to spend some time spare is to start doing some research, into yourself, your skills, your ambitions and find out the real information about what your future may look like. Find out what pathways may take you there such as GCSE’s, A levels, T levels, Further Education College, Apprenticeships or University.

A new and improved START in being launched in September 2021.  This new version will enable you to do even more.  Experiences such as using Skill-Builder and integrated Virtual Work Experiences.  You will be able to both rate your skills and the activities you will be taking part in.  By recording your skills and learning START will even help create your CV.

START enables you to do all of this in one place. Based on your likes and dislikes START can help you make your future decisions and learn about the future job market, to the education and qualifications you may need to succeed.  Each role will give you top tips in how to reach your goals.

Check your locker for some links to great opportunities such as Virtual Work Experience, and links to local Further Education providers or any certificates you may have such as attendance or hobbies and keep them all in one place.

If you have any issues please contact Mrs Mullarkey on

Careers Newsletter – Autumn 2020 Edition

Careers Newsletter – Spring 2021 Edition

Careers Newsletter – Summer 2021 Edition

Careers Newsletter – Autumn 2021 Edition


Virtual Work Experience Programme (VWEX)

As we move into new ways of delivering our careers programme, the following guide for Virtual Work Experience opportunities is attached with many opportunities in more diverse areas of industry are available.   Please note some Work Experience opportunities are a paid service so please ensure you read the information carefully.

Some of these organisations offer amazing insight days and work experience across the UK.  These include Disney, Cisco, Santander, the Bank of England, the NHS, Marie Curie etc.

Most opportunities are for young people (aged 14-19) from across the UK to undertake structured, interactive work experience placements with prestigious employers remotely (at school or home) however some are available from age 16 upwards depending on the subject.

Barclays Life Skills link

VWEX – Speakers for school link


For parents and carers:

We have set up a Home Learning Hub so that students and parents can easily access resources to build essential skills at home. Please do feel free to share the link with your friends, colleagues and family


The Parents’ Guide to Getting Ahead in the summer holidays – free download suitable for parents of 15-18 year olds

2021 has been another tricky year so far and students have experienced yet more disruption to their studies. As a parent, it’s hard not to worry that the lack of face-to-face schooling has set them back and their thoughts are probably turning to what can be done during the summer to help their teens catch up. Our advice is not to dwell on what they may have missed but focus on using the summer to boost their experience to help them prepare for the autumn term and future applications they will want to make.

Summer holidays
The holidays provide a fantastic opportunity for students to think about what they can do to start making their future goals and dreams a reality. Depending on how old they are, there’s plenty they can do to help them prepare for the next stage of their life – and they can have fun at the same time! Whether they’re 15 and starting to think about what they might like to do after their GCSEs or whether they’re 18 and making plans for adulthood.

​​Because this has, in many ways, been another stressful year, we’ve also included a section on mental wellbeing.

What’s next? | The Parents’ Guide to (

Link to explain school leaving age – GOV.UK website


Key Stage 3-4

  • Explore the world of STEM  a selection of free online resources available from Learn by Design  for all to use, to help explore the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Key Stage 4-5

Key Stage 5

NTS Careers Plan 2021 – 2024

Preparing our pupils and sixth-formers for their future career is very important to us.  Our provision includes all manner of things from assemblies hosted by employers, work ready days, and work experience assistance to career and enterprise opportunities.  We will continue to strengthen our relationships with both local and national employers and we had input from over thirty businesses last year. Despite the challenges of Covid 19 we are fully committed to Our Careers Plan with some alternative delivery styles.

Our careers programme is designed to ensure that all pupils and sixth-formers understand the full range of learning opportunities and career pathways that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes, learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

We encourage our parents, carers and their children to look at the relevant year group careers programme below, clicking on the appropriate year link.  We want to ensure every pupil from Year 7 onwards has access to the information, advice and guidance they need to secure the right future for them.

We also have individual personal guidance sessions available focusing on Years 9 and 11 pupils and our sixth-formers, however, any pupil is welcome to make an appointment.

The following link also provides useful sources of independent advice: National Careers Service

Our online Careers Resource START is for all our pupils to use anytime at school or at home on a PC, tablet or phone.  It is designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. It combines a comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping pupils and sixth-formers  make a more informed decision about future study, as well as understand work, industry and career goals.  Each pupil and sixth-former has a unique log-on address.  We will record any guidance information, and upload action plans, upcoming events, and events attended in pupils’ and sixth-formers ‘virtual lockers’.

Inspira is still able to support young people with careers information advice and guidance. Please click on this link to view the details.

We are delighted to be working directly with Hello Futures again this year who are the Cumbrian hub of the national Uni Connect Programme, funded by the Office for Students (OfS). Their aim is to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. We are a partnership of further and higher education providers and organisations invested in skills and career development across Cumbria. Hello Futures link 


Startprofile link

STUDENTS & SIXTH-FORMERS: For help finding out about careers, or making choices about your future, please contact the Careers Leader, Mrs Mullarkey, or your Form Tutor to arrange a personal guidance session. Before any personal guidance interview, we expect you to have completed the ‘About Me’ and ‘My Activities’ on your START profile.  This is to ensure we have up-to-date and relevant information about you, before starting our session.

PARENTS AND CARERS: If you have any queries about your child’s career options, pathways or choices, please feel free to contact the Careers Leader, Mrs Mullarkey, at Parents’ Evenings.  We invite past students to talk to our current pupils and sixth-formers about moving on, careers choices and life experiences since leaving NTS.  However, if any parents, friends or employers are willing to give up 15 minutes of their time to talk to a group of children or deliver a workshop based on their career or profession we’d love to hear from you!

EMPLOYERS & COMMUNITY: We really appreciate the support of employers who are already working with us, and are always looking to engage with employers.  There are a number of ways you can get involved, including offers of meaningful work experiences.  If you would like more information please contact Mrs Mullarkey directly:

Mrs J Mullarkey tel 016973 42160, extension 250 or email at: or TWITTER Careers_NTS

The Government’s careers strategy aims to ensure that all young people in secondary education get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

At NTS we use the Gatsby Benchmarks to measure the quality of our provision. For further information on these please follow the link: Gatsby Benchmarks link

It is important to us, that we listen to our pupils, community, parents, teachers and employers to ensure we are providing the information both wanted and needed by our pupils.  We will continually monitor and evaluate our Careers Programme and develop it further, based upon the feedback we receive from all of our stakeholders.

We particularly welcome parents and pupils from Year 11 to follow us on Twitter  (Careers_NTS) for up-to-date information about university, jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.













Post -16 Bitesize Choices Guide – Pupil

Post – 16  START Choices Guide –  Parent

Post -16 Options Careers Leaflet

Follow the link to view our Provider Access policy and Careers policy

Follow the link for information about Cumbria’s economy and labour market Labour Market Briefing – current version.

Follow to link the Cumbria Careers Hub link

The school will review the careers information published in September 2024