Careers Information

Job Profiles

The Job Profiles section, on the National Careers website, allows viewers to learn about the knowledge, interests, skills and qualities needed for over 750 jobs.  Viewers can also research entry requirements, starting salary information and further career opportunities.


Job Market Information 

For an overview of the types of jobs in your chosen industry, find out about the skills employers want, and learn about the employment trends in your region.


Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information.  As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aim is to deliver the right information at the right time to careers advisers and job seekers.  The case study films show real people doing real jobs, giving viewers insight into careers across all sectors and helping them to find the right career.

New Kudos

Students can access online software that aims to encourage, excite and inspire them to start exploring their future options.  A NewKudos Userguide is available. 



Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and gain practical skills from the workplace. 

All employed Apprentices get a wage.  £3.40 is the national minimum Apprentice rate, for Apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.  Note: some employers will pay Apprentices more than the National Minimum Wage.

Which Apprenticeship should I do?

There are three levels of Apprenticeships.  Depending on your prior qualifications, you can choose from:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeships
  • These are Level 2 qualifications: the vocational equivalents to GCSE Grades 9 – 4.
  • Advanced Apprenticeships
  • Level 3 qualifications: the vocational equivalents to A Levels.
  • Higher Apprenticeships
  • Level 4 qualifications: the vocational equivalents to Certificates of Higher Education 18+, Higher National Certificates, and Foundation Degrees.

How do I get an Apprenticeship?

There are a number of ways to get an Apprenticeship.  You may need some qualifications, but more importantly dedication, commitment, hard work, attention to detail, an ability to sell yourself in writing and at interview.  Be prepared to apply for several apprenticeships, as competition is very high.

On the National Apprenticeships website, you can register to receive updates and search current vacancies –