Careers and Useful Links


Welcome to the designated Careers section of The Gillford Centre website.

Careers education is a highly valued and important part of what we offer students at The Gillford Centre to prepare them for their future..

You can be assured that Careers Education, Information and Guidance at The Gillford Centre is relevant, up-to-date, impartial and engaging to students from Year 7- 11.

There are eight Gatsby Benchmarks (published by the DfE for all schools and colleges) we are working hard to meet through a variety of different activities.



Ongoing programme of activities for both KS3 and KS4

·        Weekly careers finder activity

·        Careers in the curriculum (Life Skills lessons)

Upcoming programme of activities for both KS3 and KS4

·      SMSC careers day with world of work involvement   

        Employer visits

·      Celebrating Apprenticeship week



Further Information

If you have any questions, or you would like to know more, or you feel you could contribute to our provision please do not hesitate to get in touch




A range of careers websites can be accessed via the website. These resources provide the opportunity to find information about different courses and jobs, to search for inspiration or to find sector specific information. New websites are tested and added to the website during the academic year


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Information about school leaver programmes, sponsored degrees and apprenticeships.  Search for vacancies and read reviews from current apprentice.

  • All About School Leaver Programmes

This website is dedicated to those students who are interested in gaining a school leaver programme or apprenticeship.  The employer section shows some of the national companies who offer schemes, shows current vacancies and provides hints and tips about CVs, interviews and assessment days.



Post 16

In 2008 a new law was passed that makes important changes for all young people in England, where all young people have to stay on in education or training at least on a part time basis until they are 18 years old. 

This means that young people are required to participate in education or training through either:

·Full time education or training, including school, college, and home education. 

·Work based learning, such as an apprenticeship, or 

·Part time education or training or volunteering more than 20 hours a week. 



When making the decision you need to consider the following:

·What career you want to do in the future – some jobs need you to choose certain routes
to get into them

·Your predicted grades

·How you want to learn – you might enjoy school, and might like to continue; you might
prefer more hands-on ways of doing things, so you might want to think about an


Who can I go to for additional support? 

Within The Gillford Centre, the Inspira advisor will be available to meet with all KS4 students who will be leaving The Gillford Centre in that academic year to ensure that an appropriate post-16 destination is in place, prior to leaving the PRU.  


Further Education

Upon leaving The Gillford Centre a choice will be made to what you want to do next, this could be to study A levels, or gain a BTEC, or to obtain extra GCSE's.

For someone leaving school in the Summer, having an idea of what you want to do is important, That is why many schools and Colleges hold open evenings to give you a bit more information about what you want to do.


You can also use career quizzes to help you find a career that suits you.

By doing these tests, you will be able to see what qualifications are required for the jobs suggested.




Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills, while earning a salary. 

Apprenticeships can be applied for online through website listed below:




There are three levels of Apprenticeships available for those aged 16 and over. 

1 - Intermediate Level Apprenticeships

Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.



2 - Advanced Level Apprenticeships

 Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledgebased qualification.



3 - Higher Apprenticeships

Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.




Useful Links
The list below contains various useful links to other educational websites and wider services nationwide. If you're a student you might want to try some of the activities on the BBC's Bitesize service to help with your revision, or have some fun with interactive games on Cool Math. 


Learning Resources 

Maths revision and games 

Learning Resources 

ICT revision and games 

Learning Resources 

Revision and learning resources 


The Anti-Bullying Alliance is an group of over 130 organisations, we work to stop bullying and create a safer environment in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn 

Learning Resources 

GCSE revision website 


Connexions is a free, confidential service for young people offering assistance and advice on everything from jobs to sexual health 


CAMHS are specialist NHS children and young people's mental health services. If you think your child might need more help than friends, family, school and GPs can give, you can read more about CAMHS here. 


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