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Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

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

Have a wonderful summer break

This has been an extraordinary year, which has required so much innovation, flexibility and resourcefulness from everyone.  I hope you’ve found this useful and I look forward to continuing our support in the new academic year – Mrs Mullarkey – Careers Leader

Free support and guidance for parents

The Parents’ Guide to provides a range of free support for both parents of sixth form students as well as those taking GCSEs, including guides, useful articles, a Q&A system where we answer questions personally, live chats and a blog with the latest news. We cover all the important issues and will continue to provide timely and relevant information over the coming few months to help support parents during these challenging times.

The Parents’ Guide to getting ahead during the summer holidays

(suitable for parents of teens aged 14-19 years)

To support parents and their families over the summer holidays, we’ve created this free guide packed with ideas on things teens can try over the holidays that are enjoyable AND will help them get ahead. For parents of sixth-former’s, it includes tips on preparing for leaving school and what opportunities they might want to consider.


T- Level pupil guide – preparing for your industry placement


Careermap – In these uncertain times, career advice and guidance is more important than ever. We want to ensure every young person has access to labour market information, post-16 and 18 career routes so they can make well-informed decisions on their futures. Careermap, with the support of employers and the Department for Education, has put together a list of the latest online and virtual resources to support young people with their qualification and career options. Click on the link for more information


Careers at NTS

A great way to spend some time of the next few weeks 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. You can even  use the interactive map to check out which Universities are offering your course right across the country.

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 upload your CV or other certificates and keep them all in one place.

If you have any issues please contact Mrs Mullarkey on jmullarkey@nts.cumbria.sch.uk

START Guide – March 2020


Careers at NTS – Announcing the launch of the free Speakers for Schools Virtual Work Experience Programme

Speakers for Schools now works with almost 150 prestigious employers to offer amazing insight days and work experience across the UK.  These include Disney, Cisco, Santander, the Bank of England, the NHS, Marie Curie etc.

Speakers for Schools committed to delivering a Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) programme, which would allow young people (aged 14-19) from across the UK to undertake structured, interactive work experience placements with prestigious employers remotely (at school or home).

Although we planned to launch VWEX this summer, in response to Covid-19 crisis, WE HAVE DECIDED TO LAUNCH THIS PROGRAMME NOW.

Schools and students will be contacted as Virtual Work Experience placements become available. If you would like your students to be able to access VWEX opportunities then ask them to sign up.



Parents’ Pack March 2020

The latest apprenticeship information & advice for parents, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.

The new March Parents’ Pack is here and includes apprenticeship key facts, a celebration of female apprentices in honour of International Women’s Day, an apprentice’s perspective on life at Channel 4 and much more!

For more apprenticeship information and advice for parents, visit our resource page and search for Parents’ Packs.



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.


We’ve added new activities to the Home Learning area of Start covering topics such as challenging stereotypes and how English and Maths link to careers. There’s also some fantastic stuff around personal values and entrepreneurship!



SEND and 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).
  • How to explain the current situation to young people with SEND – a SEND specific resource to explain the current situation in a clear and ‘friendly’ manner. The story to support the pictures is at the end of the book for teachers, parents or carers.

Key Stage 4-5

  • Barclays Life Skills – students are able to learn where their skills are needed in the modern workplace and see the inner workings of a company.
  • Go Construct – careers and apprenticeship information in construction.
  • EtonX Future Skills – Eton College is making several online self-study courses from the Programme available free of charge. Courses available are CV Writing, Creative Problem Solving, Interview Skills, Making an Impact, Resilience, Research Skills and Writing Skills.

Key Stage 5


Inspira is still able to support young people with careers information advice and guidance, albeit in a digital way! Please click on this link to view the details.


Link to explain school leaving age – GOV.UK website

NTS Careers Plan 2018 – 2021

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.

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’.


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: jmullarkey@nts.cumbria.sch.uk 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 START 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 2020