During your time at Shirebrook Academy you will get lots of help to plan for your future education, training and career path. This will include PD lessons and days, trips, work experience, employer talks, and 1-1 careers interviews. If you want any help with your ideas, please contact Tracy Horton  [email protected]. The following links will help you explore your ideas and find out more about different options:


Career Coach – a website to help you research your ideas, with a really good CV builder to create a nice professional CV – https://shirebrookacademy.emsicc.com/?radius=&region=Chesterfield%20Region


Careers research:

nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – A wealth of information including an A-Z of careers with lots of links to established careers sites, help writing CV’s, employment legislation.

https://kudos.cascaid.co.uk/#/use KUDOS to suggest jobs that match your interests. Register using our licence code Readwork75

prospects.ac.uk – information about graduate level jobs, with some good quizzes to help you choose a career

healthcareers.nhs.uk – Not just nursing and medicine! There are hundreds of NHS careers available, use this site to find out more

www.icould.com Inspiration for your career – take the Buzz Test and find out what career animal you are!

careersbox.co.uk – lots of video clips about different job roles

careerkickstart.rbs.com – general advice about your options and how to choose

notgoingtouni.co.uk – information about gap years, apprenticeships

successatschool.org – check out some Career Zones for information and links

www.myfuture.org.uk – a virtual gateway to opportunities in North Derbyshire – links to employers, colleges, and local information


Apprenticeships and finding a job:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship – the national site to register and apply for apprenticeships

barclayslifeskills.com – advice and videos to help you make the perfect application

indeed.com – job vacancy service

www.careermap.co.uk – job vacancies with sponsoring employers – some of the UK’s biggest businesses

www.nnc.ac.uk – North Notts College (Worksop)


Local colleges and 6th forms:

There are many local colleges and 6th forms to choose from, these are the local places that most students apply to, but help is available in school if you want to research other options.

Chesterfield College .ac.uk

West Notts College.ac.uk

https://www.ntu.ac.uk/c/virtual-open-day/brackenhurst-college-courses Brackenhurst College specialises in land-based and animal care

https://confetti.ac.uk/ specialise in creative, music and technology courses

www.brunts.notts.sch.uk – Brunts 6th form

www.medenschool.co.uk – Meden 6th form

www.allsaints.notts.sch.uk – All Saints 6th form

www.st-maryshigh.derbyshire.sch.uk – St Mary’s 6th form, Chesterfield


Universities and Higher Education:

ucas.com – portal for all Higher Education courses, lots of advice on how to research and apply

Higher Education Progression Partnership.ac.uk – general information about Higher Education – finance, support, and lots of great links

bestcourse4me.com – search for degree courses linked to your A level or career interests

gov.uk/student-finance – up to date information about student loans, bursaries and repayments

www.shu.ac.uk – Sheffield Hallam University

www.sheffield.ac.uk – University of Sheffield

www.derby.ac.uk – University of Derby

www.ntu.ac.uk – Nottingham Trent University

www.nottingham.ac.uk – University of Nottingham


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