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If parents have any careers related questions, Mrs Rush operates a Careers Helpdesk via email at responses will be sent on her PHS working days which are Monday and Tuesday.  Please also see the range of resources and the Useful Careers Websites document attached at the bottom of the Careers landing page.

Talking Futures is a resource that has been created to help you have informed and constructive conversations with your child.  A parents' toolkit for career conversations (

Careermag for Parents Parents and Carers can have a huge influence on a young person's next steps. When asked by your young person 'What should I do next?' many parents/carers can feel overwhelmed. So much has changed since they left school/college, which is why Careermag for Parents, Carers and Guardians aims to inform parents so their young people can feel supported - whether they'd like to go to University, do an Apprenticeship, Work Experience or T Levels.  To read the latest edition go to:

Apprenticeships Skills and Knowledge (ASK) is an online resource providing specific resources for parents/carers who are supporting young people in to apprenticeships, traineeships, Vocational Qualifications and T levels.

Careers Hour for Parents – Apprenticeships

Your Game Plan and Campus Media have combined to provide a range of useful insight videos. During National Apprenticeship Week 2023, they hosted a one hour panel based conversation discussing the apprenticeship route. They were joined by major employers and apprentices who discussed their experiences of following this route instead of university. If your young person is considering the possibility of an apprenticeship either after their GCSEs or after Sixth Form, or you would like to learn more about this route,  please take an hour to watch the video at

UCAS Supporting your young person in their university application: The best place for parents and guardians to get the support they need is Here you have access to a wide range of guidance and resources, all designed to help you through the different stages of the application process. There are parent videos with advice, hints and useful tops. there re also parent newsletters with al the updates and information you need along with timely explanations of the application process. You can sign up at


Job of the Week - this video resource features each week on the student bulletin and provides more than 100 short videos featuring everything students need to know about roles, qualifications, salary and career entry routes and present great starting point for a conversation with your young person.

Useful Websites:

Sport: Careers in Sport | News, jobs and career advice for Sport (

Creative Media: Getting into film, TV, games, animation and VFX - ScreenSkills



Please see an illustration of our Careers Programme on the Careers Homepage.

At Key Stage 3 careers learning is provided through form time activities using the STEPs series of workbooks. STEP Up (Year 7) STEP On (Year 8) and STEP Ahead (Year 9) provide progressive and relevant careers education for each age group. They have been created in conjunction with the Gatsby Benchmarks and the CDI Skills Framework. We also devote time on the student development days to develop knowledge of work, careers and the next steps options for students. We are available for advice during the Year 9 Options process.

At Key Stage 4 careers learning is provided through form time activities using the STEPs series of workbooks. STEP Forward (Year 10) and STEP Future (Year 11) provide progressive and relevant careers education for each age group. Additionally, during the Spring Term, additional time is devoted to completion of the workbook tasks to ensure students have fully considered their post 16 options.
Through activities on student development days, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of future options, and what it is like in the work place.
Our Careers Adviser is available on and after GCSE results day to assist our students with their progression and will have met 1:2:1 with all students by the end of Year 11.

At Key Stage 5 careers education runs in conjunction with the Sixth Form team. Students are given guidance on UCAS applications, choosing appropriate Universities, Colleges of FE, and places of work. Students have access to specialist external advisors, form tutors, the Sixth Form team and the Careers team to receive advice on their future after Poynton High School. There are Careers fairs, Industry Insight Events, Further Education fairs, and a ‘Life Beyond Poynton Day’. All students will also be able to receive careers advice after A level results. Students looking for employment after Sixth Form will also be able to join the Employment Readiness Programme for further support in applications.

Cheshire and Warrington Jobs Portal

The Local Enterprise Partnership provides this portal which has job adverts, funded training courses, traineeships and apprenticeships and information about sectors etc Parents and students can use the portal to find out more about LMI, apprenticeship availability etc and it will help students to make an informed decision about the next step on their career path. There is also information on job searching techniques and interview skills, along with which sectors are experiencing growth and actively recruiting. There is a section focussing on ‘Spotlighted Vacancies’ which are promoted jobs that employers are keen to fill quickly, and advice on what to do if you have been made redundant or looking to start your own business.

Labour Market Information for Students, Parents and PHS Teaching Staff

LMI is an important tool to help students, parents and teachers research the demand for future jobs in their area, salary levels and skills needed. Please watch this short You Tube video from the National careers Service to understand more about the importance of LMI:

Please use the link below to visit the Labour Market Profile of Cheshire East.  

The 2022 Cheshire and Warrington Labour Market Assessment contains an analysis of the Cheshire and Warrington Labour Market. It brigades key intelligence on labour market demand and supply issues and draws on a body of evidence about the Cheshire and Warrington labour market which has been developed over the last two years. Also, at this link can be found further detailed reports on employer demand; digital skills; the training infrastructure; young people; low carbon jobs; and the impact of Covid-19 on the Labour Market. See below for this document.

A great place to explore Labour Market Information is the LMIForALL website at:

Students can use data from LMIForALL above and combine it with research on Indigo Careers or  to discover different roles, workplaces and how the subjects they are studying, or hoping to study, can get them there. There is also a useful skills and interests quiz, the 'Skillsometer' which can be a great starting point for a student's research combined with the  'Careerometer' widget which provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.

Students simply type in the title of the job they are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which they can select the most relevant to them. They can then look up another two occupations and compare. They can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation they have selected.

The Information below from the National Careers Service shows the current (2020) growth areas in Cheshire and Warrington are Decarbonisation and Nuclear, Life Sciences, Digital Information and Communications, Manufacturing Transport and Storage.

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