Welcome to The Academy of St Nicholas Careers page

Here at The Academy, we believe careers education, advice and guidance is a vital component of a young person’s learning and development. We want all our pupils to achieve their true potential, not just in school, but in the wider community and beyond. 

To support our students as much as possible with their career decision making, we have designed a careers and employability strategy that offers a quality, bespoke careers education plan for all. Our strategy takes into account the recent Ofsted recommendations for outstanding careers education.  We also strive to meet the benchmarks for good careers guidance as outlined by the eight Gatsby benchmarks.

Miss Swarbrick is the Careers and Employability Manager for The Academy. As a fully qualified Careers Adviser, she ensures that students can access quality impartial guidance and support, working alongside other school staff, employers and local providers of training to ensure all students at The Academy leave with the skills and qualities that employers want. We will do our best to support all our students so they make the right decisions and are able to follow the right path to a great future.

Miss Swarbrick is in school every week and is based most of the time in the sixth form conference room. If you would like careers advice and support, please speak to Miss Swarbrick who will make you an appointment. Alternatively, ask your form teacher who will do the same. You can contact Miss Swarbrick with any career related queries you may have by email at  swarbricksc@theacademyofstnicholas.org.uk

Entitlement Statement.    

Here at The Academy, we believe careers education, advice and guidance is a vital component of a young person’s learning and development.   We want all our pupils to achieve their true potential, not just in school, but in the wider community and beyond when they eventually complete their time with us.


All learners at The Academy will participate in a careers programme from years 7-13 that helps them to:

  • Understand their education, training, employment and other progression opportunities
  • Develop the skills they need to plan and manage their own personal development and career progression
  • Access relevant information and learning from taster activities and experience of work
  • Make and maintain individual progression plans to help them improve their prospects of success
  • Offer feedback and ideas on how to improve the careers programme

All learners will have access to, and support with using careers information that is:

  • Easy to find and available at convenient times and in convenient locations, including on the intranet
  • Clearly labelled and referenced
  • Comprehensive, giving details of all progression opportunities and associated support arrangements such as financial help
  • Unbiased and up to date

All learners will be able to obtain careers guidance that is:

  • Impartial
  • Confidential
  • Focused on individual needs and fit for purpose
  • Supportive of equal opportunities
  • Provided by people with relevant training and expertise


All parents and carers can expect to:

  • Be able to make an appointment with a member of staff or specialist adviser to discuss their children’s progress and future prospects
  • Have access to tutors, subjects, learning partners and specialist advisers at parents’ evenings in years 7-13 and Options evenings in years 9 and 11.
  • Be invited to look at schemes of work and careers activities , information and resources, using and contributing to them if they wish
  • Receive invitations to take part in careers and information events
  • Have the opportunity to comment on the usefulness of the careers programme to their children and how it could be improve.


Whoever you are, whatever your background - if you want to get your career going, an apprenticeship is a great place to start.

An apprenticeship gives you both work experience and qualifications by combining on the job training with study (usually one day a week) meaning you can earn while you learn. With some apprenticeships you can even get a degree.

It usually takes between one and four years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which level you take. Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries and many high quality, prestigious companies offer them.

The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is currently £3.50 per hour. The same applies if you’re 19 and over and in the first year of your apprenticeship, after that you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. However many employers pay more than this.  Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship, for example some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £500 per week

At The Academy of St Nicholas, we encourage all our students to consider apprenticeships as one of their options when making decisions about their future.  With increasing numbers of quality, degree level apprenticeships, it makes sense to spend some time researching apprenticeship possibilities. 


Here are a few websites that can help you get started:


Get in Go Far                                   https://www.getingofar.gov.uk/

The national apprenticeship website offering support and advice.  Over 25, 000 apprenticeship vacancies are advertised here daily.


Mapped out                                      http://www.gmlpf.net/mappedout/

An online directory of Apprenticeships and other training opportunities for young people aged 16 to 18 on Merseyside.


Get my First Job                            https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/

GetMyFirstJob will connect you with the best employers and training providers to get you on the right track faster. And it only takes minutes to sign up.


Not going to Uni                             http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/apprenticeships-223

An online apprenticeships guide that offers you advice on how to become an apprentice as well as listing apprenticeships from over 1000 providers.

Useful Links.  Here you will find a list of really useful websites dedicated to helping you research your chosen career. 


ICAEW - English and Welsh body for chartered accountants

ACCA - Global body for professional accountants

Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations

IPA - The UK professional advertising body 

Get in 2 Marketing  - The Chartered Institute of Marketing

The Ideas Foundation - Aims to teach 13-19 year olds about the creative industries

Agriculture & Environment

The Royal Horticultural Society - for information about careers and training in horticulture.

LANTRA - provides information on careers in environmental and land-based industries.

Animal Welfare

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) - An organisation that campaigns for the safety of animals in the UK

Blue Cross - One of the UK's oldest animal welfare charities, Blue Cross rehomes mistreated animals

Armed Forces

British Army - The armed forces on land

Royal Navy - The British armed forces at sea

Royal Air Force - The British armed forces in the skies

Art & Design

Get into Design

Chartered Society of Designers

Banking & Finance

Institute of Financial Services

Get into Finance by CISI

Charity & Not-For-Profit

Do-It – Search for current volunteering opportunities in your local area

Working for a Charity – Advice from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Construction & Property

Royal Institute of British Architects

Construction Industry Training Board

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors


Young Management Consultancies Association

Education & Teaching

Get into Teaching - Dept for Education

Excellence Gateway - Teaching and learning resources

Energy & Utilities

GoodDay.org - For careers in electrics, plumbing, heating, renewables

My Oil and Gas Career


SEMTA - Career info for engineering and manufacturing

EDT - Inspiring future engineers & scientists

Young Engineers


Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship - A network for people and organisations involved in small business and entrepreneurship research, policy, education, support and advice.

Fashion & Beauty

Society of Cosmetic Scientists

Fashion Capital - Find out about training and careers advice in the fashion industry

Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism

Careerscope - Careers info for jobs in hospitality, tourism and leisure

Skills Active Careers - for sports and activities instructors

Insurance & Pensions

Institute of Financial Services

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

IT & The Internet

Big Ambition - Great digital careers advice site

Khan Academy - Intro to computer programming and tutorials

E-skills UK


All About Law - info and advice on law careers

National Admissions Test for Law


Manufacturing & Industry

Pro Skills - Award-winning help developing your skills

SEMTA - Careers info for manufacturing and engineering

Medicine & Healthcare

NHS Careers

Medschools Online - Career info for doctors

Nutrition Society - Info about careers in nutrition

Performing Arts

Creative Skillset  - Job profiles for the creative industry

Creative choices - Job profiles for the theatre

Incorporated Society of Musicians Careers Guide


performing-arts.org- Search for university and college courses

Police, Security & Emergencies

Police Could You - Well, could you?...

Skills for Justice - info on law, police, fire and prison careers

Forensic Outreach - great interactive site for young people interested in forensic science

At The Academy, we will make our pupils aware of where the jobs of tomorrow will be.  We will work alongside our partners to enhance our knowledge of labour market information and intelligence.  Our careers curriculum will reflect this knowledge and will help students make a more informed choice.  The seven growth sectors as identified by the Local Enterprise Partnership are as follows:


Labour1The Visitor Economy 

The Visitor Economy, worth £4bn and supporting over 50,000 jobs, continues to develop as a major growth sector bringing both economic benefits and reputational advantage to the City Region.



Labour 2

The Superport 

Superport is an integrated cluster of 

logistics assets and expertise that will deliver faster, greener global market access for business to and from the northern UK and Ireland via an enlarged post-Panamax container port.



Financial & Professional.

The sector is one of the 

fastest growing sectors in our region and supports nearly 80,000 careers in over 2,500 multi-national and small businesses including; Finance, Legal, Insurance, Marketing, Human Resources and Technical Analysis.

Labour4newThe Low Carbon Economy

Liverpool City Region’s coastal location and low carbon and energy business capabilities mean it is in a strong position to capture and realise the job growth potential from a low carbon economy.



Life Science & Health.

The Liverpool City Region has been responsible for a number of Life Sciences and health related breakthroughs over time including; the first ever X-ray before surgery, the discovery of malaria in mosquitoes and the establishment of Sports Science to help athletes perform better. The sector supports over 6,000 careers and contributes over £170 million per year to our region’s economy.

Labour6Advanced Manufacturing.

Manufacturing is a vital asset to the Liverpool City Region, supporting nearly 50,000 careers in 3,000 companies. From pharmaceuticals to shipping, car manufacture to energy development, the sector is made up of both multi-national companies and home-grown businesses.

Labour7Digital & Creative.

The sector supports 26,000 careers in 3,500 companies. From creative agencies, broadcasting, music, publishing, programming, mobile computing, the sector is made up of both multi-national companies and home-grown businesses.






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