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Information, Advice and Guidance

We are here to provide you with the support and guidance to enable you make an informed choice about the way forward. We can provide you with information, advice and guidance on the wide range of courses and progression opportunities. Our qualified and experienced IAG Officer will assist you choose the right course for you. As a student at EPCHS6th, you’ll have access to careers advice and on-going support

Speak to our IAG Officer to:

Choose an appropriate course for your chosen careers or interest

Plan your future career through and beyond Sixth Form

Advice on changing direction

Explore any concerns and find answers to your questions

You can book an appointment with our IAG Officer in advance or alternatively drop in before registration on a Wednesday and Friday mornings for an on the day appointment.

Higher Education UCAS

If you are going to university and think it is expensive and stressful or if you have any questions regarding admissions and application process, fees and finances then talk to our IAG Officer who will give:

Guidance on choosing a HE institution and the applications process

Help with UCAS application and personal statement

Advice on Higher Education student finance

Advice on options and next steps

In addition to this we have links with The University of Liverpool, Chester University, Pearson College London, The University of Law and Northumbria University. Representatives from the Universities come into school to talk to both students and parents about all HE issues.

Careers Advice

What we currently offer:

Individual and group sessions

Advice on progression and employment opportunities

Advice about educational opportunities

Job search skills and vacancies

Help with CV and job applications

Interview skills

We also have links with different employers and apprenticeship providers who come into school to talk to students about what is currently on offer. In addition to this we also host a Careers Fair for students to find out about different pathways from potential employers.

Careers Fair

Ellesmere Port Catholic High School was pleased to host its annual careers fair.
The event is part of our on-going commitment to raise students’ future hopes and aspirations and to encourage them to think about future pathways. The evening aimed to inspire students to find out more about the career paths available and to meet people from a variety of different occupations.
In attendance were representatives from local colleges and universities, local businesses and industry, apprenticeship providers and people from a range of different occupations who were all on hand to give individual advice and an insight into what their job involves.
The evening was a great success and provided a wonderful opportunity for our students from Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 to find out more about the future world of work.

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Road Safety Campaign

The 6th form welcomed 2 guests to the study area on 8th December Lue Ellis and her colleague from the Road Safety Campaign at Cheshire West and Chester came to speak to students about the adverse effects of drinking and driving and the risks of being a passenger in a car when the driver had been drinking. Students were also given guidance on the calorific value of a variety of alcoholic beverages and shown an app that told them how long you should wait after drinking to get back behind the wheel of a car A very worthwhile workshop for all our students as many can currently or are just learning to drive.

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Young Minds

On December 8th we welcomed 3 guests into school from an organisation called Young Minds. They work with both staff and students in schools to raise awareness about a very important issue, mental wellbeing., During assembly one of the guests shared their experience of mental illness and the impact that stigma and discrimination has had on their life.
>Many students then chose to attend an extra session to become a leader within our school on this issue.
For more information on their important campaign please visit
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/

Information, Advice and Guidance – Key websites:

Careers Information:

www.careerswales.com – age sections eg Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, 16-19 etc.

www.icould.com

www.u-explore.com

http://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – aimed at all ages. Also covers writing a CV and covering letter.

https://www.plotr.co.uk/worlds/14/working-in-schools-colleges-and-universities/

www.www.nhscareers.nhs.uk

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

www.netvibes.com/careers-toolbox

www.futuremorph.org.uk

www.cvspecial.co.uk

www.successatschool.org

www.barclayslifeskills.com

www.merseystem.co.uk

www.ucheme.org/chester-fablab-info

www.cogent-ssc.com

http://growingambitions.tes.co.uk

Apprenticeships

www.gov.uk– national website and source of vacancies across the UK

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

www.bestcourse4me.com

www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk

www.totalpeople.co.uk

www.schoolleaverjobs.co.uk

www.successatschool.org

www.the-tas.com/apprentices/apprenticeships-vacancies

www.tteltd.co.uk

Self Employed

www.princes-trust.org.uk

www.shell-livewire.org

Employment (also see apprenticeship websites)

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

www.alec.co.uk

www.e4s.co.uk

Voluntary work

www.do-it.org.uk

www.volunteering/org.uk

www.chesterva.org.uk

vinspired.com

www.epnavco.org.uk

Further Education

West Cheshire College

www.west-cheshire.ac.uk

Mid Cheshire College

www.midchesh.ac.uk

Reaseheath College

www.reaseheath.ac.uk

Coleg Cambria Deeside

www.cambria.ac.uk

Wirral Metropolitan College

www.wmc.ac.uk

Liverpool City College

Higher Education

www.ucas.com

www.prospects.ac.uk – for graduates but very good information

www.ukcoursefinder.com – lists courses but can filter by high, medium and low tariff points and has a careers questionnaire

www.bestcourse4me.com

www.whatuni.com

www.degreesahead.co.uk

www.opendays.com

http://www.theguardian.com/education

www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/

www.studyabroaduniversities.com

www.studyinholland.co.uk

www.studiesinaustralia.com

www.eurochoice.org.uk – employment and studying abroad

www.ukcisa.org.uk

www.push.co.uk – independent guide to Universities

www.lawcareers.net

www.brightknowledge.org.uk

www.purepotential.org.uk

www.law.co.uk/futurelawyers

www.thestudentroom.co.uk

www.scholarship-search.org.uk

www.studentmoneynet.co.uk

GAP YEAR

www.gapyear.com/

www.frontier.ac.uk/

https://www.statravel.co.uk/

www.gap-year.com

www.lattitude.org.uk

www.bunac.org/uk

www.campamerica.co.uk

www.gapadvice.org

www.gogapyear.com

www.gapwork.com

www.yearoutgroup.org

www.raleighinternational.org - volunteering

www.adventurecompany.co.uk

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