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 on Mondays Thursdays and Fridays and is based in room 1.02. If you would like careers advice and support, please speak to Miss Swarbrick. Alternatively, ask your form teacher to make you a careers appointment. You can contact Miss Swarbrick with any career related queries you may have by telephone on 0151 230 2570 and ask for Miss Swarbrick or pop up to the Trust office on the 3rd floor to speak to her.

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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.

Here at the Academy, we believe careers education, advice and guidance are vital components of a young person’s learning and development. We want all our pupils to achieve their true potential in school and also in the wider community and beyond when they eventually complete their time with us.
To support our students as much as possible with their career journeys, we have designed a careers and employability strategy that offers a quality, bespoke careers education plan for all.
Caroline Swarbrick is the Careers and Employability Manager for The Academy. Caroline works hard alongside school staff, employers and other agencies to ensure we deliver high quality impartial careers education, information advice and guidance.
Why are employability skills so important?
As technology increasingly shapes the world of work, more importance is being placed on skills like problem solving and resilience to succeed in this changing environment
Our aim is to ensure all students leave with the skills and qualities that employers want. We will do our best to support all our students, so that they make the right decisions and are able to follow the right path to a great future.


Careers 11 – 14
In Year 7 students are encouraged to identify and talk about their early aspirations. Through embedding careers within Personal Social and Health Education Curriculum, they are given the opportunity to engage in a variety of self-development activities. They identify their skills and interests, subject preferences and strengths and begin to identify and research different career options.
In Year 8 students are given the opportunity to choose subject option subjects related to their interests, strengths and future aspirations. They attend careers assemblies which encourage them to link what they are learning in school with their future aspirations and careers. Parents and students are supported through the options process, which helps them explore the different skills, subjects and qualifications needed for different job roles.
Throughout the curriculum our subject teachers ensure that the students are aware of the different skills developed in each subject and impart their expert knowledge regarding the career areas that studying their subjects link to.
Students also have access to qualified career guidance, all of which support students in making informed option choices.

Careers 14 – 16.
In Year 10 students continue to develop the skills they will need to compete and succeed in today’s complex and ever evolving job market. They explore employment growth sectors in the local economy and take part in career assemblies with visiting guest speakers. In the spring term we have a dedicated raising aspirations week where students take part in a variety of career and employability activities including team building, developing skills for work, entrepreneurship and talks and workshops with visiting professionals form a variety of industry. In the summer term this is developed further through taking part in recruitment processes and a mock interview with an employer / professional from a variety of industries. They receive feedback on their interview which not only gives them an understanding of recruitment processes, but develops confidence and commercial awareness to help them perform well when they go through real recruitment processes.

In Year 11 all Academy students have a one to one guidance interview with a fully qualified Careers Advisor who holds the Level 6 qualification in Career Guidance and Development and also a Diploma in Careers Education. This is a key transition point and students have access to ongoing careers advice and guidance throughout this academic year, receiving bespoke support to ensure a successful post 16 transition. They can access help with applications to Sixth Forms and colleges as well as apprenticeships. They can also access support and get advice on Cv’s and interview skills, alongside general advice on jobs and careers.
Students who choose to continue their educations Post 16 in our All Saints Sixth Form College will benefit from a dedicated programme of support relevant to their chosen fields of study and career planning. As part of this programme they will have the opportunity to undergo a work experience placement which is meaningful and relevant to their career interests.

As part of our Careers and Employability strategy we have also partnered with the Barclays Life Skills Programme. https://barclayslifeskills.com/
LifeSkills helps address the skills gap and youth unemployment challenge, so young people leave education with the skills that businesses need. Students in each year group will take part in a number of interactive workshops which are specifically designed to help support our students in building confidence and resilience and exploring skills and strengths for employment.

In addition to the above, all students across the year groups partake in a number of events and workshops in partnership with local and national businesses. Our partners include Everton in the Community, Astra Zeneca and Biograd among others. They are exposed to real employers and employees, and attend career assemblies with speakers from a range of industries and careers sectors. This ensures our students leave the Academy fully prepared to enter the workplace not only well educated, but also confident and resilient.

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.

Accountancy 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
Consultancy 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
Engineering SEMTA – Career info for engineering and manufacturing
EDT – Inspiring future engineers & scientists
Young Engineers
Entrepreneurship 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
Law 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?…
Nutrition Society – Info about careers in nutrition
Nutrition Society – Info about careers in nutrition

The fast-changing world of work puts an ever-greater demand on all of us to support young people in making a successful transition from education to employment, helping them to identify and choose career opportunities that are right for them.


Here at the Academy of St Francis of Assisi we work hard to build and maintain strong links with the business community and welcome the opportunity to work with a variety of local and national business

We value your experience, your knowledge of your business and sector and welcome employers into our school in particularly to:

Participate in activities and events.

Share knowledge of your business and sector.

Give students the opportunity to gather information and ask questions.

Provide relatable role models and inspirational speakers.

Celebrate successful business in our local community.

Support us in raising the aspirations of our students.

If you can support our Academy through participation in any of the activities above or would like more information on how we could benefit from your expertise, please contact Caroline Swarbrick our Careers and Employability Manager; SwarbrickC@theacademyofstnicholas.org.uk

Labour Market Profile – Nomis – Official Labour Market Statistics (nomisweb.co.uk)

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:

The 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.

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.

The 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.

Advanced 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.

Digital & 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.

Core Sectors (liverpoollep.org)

We will review our careers strategy and the information published in September 2021.

How do we measure the impact of our Careers Programme?

Our programme for Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is planned and delivered against the eight Gatsby benchmarks for good career guidance.  We ensure our CEIAG offer is fully comprehensive and meets the needs of all of our students as it is:

Embedded throughout the curriculum

Delivered via a bespoke timetable of careers and employability activities and careers lessons as part of the PHSE curriculum.

All of our students have access to individual and impartial careers guidance from a qualified practitioner.

Our programme for Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance is assessed and evaluated against the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.  Our Senior Leadership Team and Careers Manager meet regularly to ensure that not only are we ensuring that our CEIAG programme meets statutory requirements but also that is specifically addresses the individual needs of our students and raises aspirations, helping all of our students to reach their full potential.  Planning for CEIAG is also reviewed by the governing body and a variety of assessment measures are employed including:

Regular student voice surveys

Feedback from employers and external partnership organisations

Responding to views of parents.

Feedback from students and employers feeds into our employability events and Year 12 work experience.

Provision for student’s self-reflection is inbuilt into the careers lessons delivered within the PHSE curriculum

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

Our Careers Newsletters are available to download below

We have our Trust Sixth Form College onsite at The Academy of St Nicholas – CLICK HERE to visitALL SAINTS SIXTH FORM website.

Other colleges in the Liverpool area:

Liverpool City College

Hugh Baird College

Myerscough College

Knowsley Community College

Riverside College