Careers information for Years 11, 12 and 13

During these unprecedented times some of our students may be feeling uncertain, worried and unable to fully explore their next steps in the way they’d hoped.

For those students due to leave us at the end of this year who hadn’t finalised their plans, rest assure that colleges, universities and training providers are doing all they can to ensure your transition is as smooth as possible. Many facilities are posting updates, using virtual tours and information webinars to keep the communication channels open.

In conjunction with the Black County Skills Factory the Careers and Enterprise Company are working with schools to ensure we are aware of the messages, information and guidance from these organisations.

Below are some useful links for students and parents.

General support

See the Black Country Skills Factory student support page for general sources of information. You will find lots of information, news and resources available to support you with your next steps.

College Updates

All local colleges have provided the CEC and Black Country Skills Factory with information and FAQ’s for students and parents, these can be found using this link to their page.–local-training-providers/

UK University & Apprenticeship Search

Following the amazing success of their first webinar on Wednesday 8 April UK University & Apprenticeship Search are running FREE AND LIVE Webinar Wednesdays every week at 12pm from 29 April to 27 May to support students, parents and teachers across the UK at this difficult time. They’ll be covering topics such as Choosing a University, UCAS Personal Statement, Student Finance, Taking an Apprenticeship and Life at University; giving students the chance to properly explore their options, receive advice, and ask questions despite traditional fairs and Open Days being unavailable.

29 April, Choosing a University – How to Make the Right Choice at the Current Time
6 May, Applying for University – UCAS Personal Statement Advice
13 May, Student Finance – Loans, Scholarships and Bursaries
20 May, Why Choose an Apprenticeship? – Find out More about the Benefits of Apprenticeships
27 May, Life at University – Explore Life as an Undergraduate Student

Each webinar will be available on Zoom and live-streamed on our YouTube; so you’ll never miss out.

Full details and sign-up links are available here (including information about the fantastic panelists):


For information on apprenticeships and vacancies click below and you’ll be directed to further links to support you search, investigate and apply for apprenticeship vacancies.

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Mrs N Prior is the Careers and Work Experience Coordinator at St Thomas More Catholic School