Careers Advice at St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College.

Prospects Careers offers impartial information; advice and guidance to young people aged 13-19.

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My name is Elaine Wainwright and I am the Careers Adviser based in St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College. I will be working with St Thomas More students throughout the year in school. Students can contact me by calling into the school's Careers Room opposite the Staff Room, via Mr Burton or their form tutors. Parents can contact me via my mobile, by contacting the school, at school parent’s evenings and at review meetings for students with special educational needs.

 Keep on Learning – Raising the Participation Age

The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. This means pupils starting from September 2013 onwards will need to continue until at least their 18th birthday.

This does not mean young people must stay in school. They will able to choose from:
Full-time education (e.g. at a school sixth form or college) an apprenticeship or traineeship
Part-time education or training combined with one of the following:

Employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
Volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

To find out exactly what this means and who it will affect please either speak to your Careers Adviser in school or visit Or on the individual provider's website. A session will be allocated in school for all students to make their applications. This usually happens at the end of Autumn term.

Careers Information Letter to Parents

What happens and when:

September – January

Year 11 students will be offered a one to one interview. During the interview, I will provide information, advice and guidance on all further learning and training opportunities, entry requirements and the application process. At the interview, the student will be given an Action Plan which will outline how they are doing, where they want to get to and how they will get there. All Year 11 students will be making applications in December. Each student is expected to make at least 2 applications.
Sixth Form students will be able to access careers appointments with a Careers Advisor on request to Mr Burton at the Careers Office or Mrs Way in the Sixth Form Office.

November - The Skills Show

The Skills Show, the nation’s largest skills and careers event, provides young people with opportunities to discover what they are good at and what they enjoy, through interactive activities and experiences helping shape their futures and transform their lives.
Free to attend and held at the NEC, Birmingham in November, the show offers hands-on experiences that inspire young people to explore further education, training and apprenticeships across five inspiring sectors. (check the Skills Show website for dates and times)

Visitors will have the chance to Have a Go at over 40 work-based skills, get impartial advice from careers professionals and speak to a range of employers, colleges and training providers. Spotlight stages across the event will allow visitors to get an insider’s view of different industries and World Skills UK National Skills Competitions will inspire visitors with how the best of the best compete with incredible ability.

College students from across the UK will entertain visitors with Showcase demonstrations and performances across a wide range of work-based skills. Representatives from leading employer brands including Crossrail, Virgin Media, Jaguar Landrover and IBM and both the National Careers Service and National Apprenticeship Service will be on hand to discuss training and employment opportunities.

January – March

Any year 11 students interested in an apprenticeship should start looking and applying for any relevant vacancies as most students now have to find their own work placement. The most popular place to look is via the National Apprenticeship website - - some vacancies will be advertised early so students could start looking from October.

Year 9 students will be selecting their options and therefore need to think carefully about their decisions. Students can discuss their ideas with the Careers Adviser who will make appointments and slips will be given to students. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with the career advisor and parents will be able to talk to the career advisor at Year 9 parents evening.

Sixth Form students will be able to access careers appointments with a careers advisor on request to Mr Burton at the Careers Office or Mrs Way in the Sixth Form Office.

April – July

Year 10 students start to think and prepare about the future and plan for the new term in September when they will be moving into Year 11. Some students will be given the opportunity to talk to the Careers Adviser about their future plans and they can ask for an appointment in school via Mr Burton or by contacting the Careers Adviser direct.

Need help with finance?

Discretionary Learner support is available in colleges and sixth forms to help with learning costs. The funds are prioritised for those who face financial hardship. The funds are available directly from your college or learning provider so you will have to apply directly to them. Each college and learning provider has its own application process. For more information speak to your Careers Adviser or direct to the college/learning provider you are applying to.

How to contact Elaine Wainwright

If you wish to contact me to discuss how I can help your son/daughter please call me on 077028622245 or email: [email protected]

What to expect from a Careers Interview

Careers Interview

Support for Adults

There is a service available to adults that offers free information, advice and guidance called The National Careers Service. If you are 18 and over you can receive support for the following: 

  • CVs, Interview skills,
  • Job search
  • Careers Advice
  • Courses/training,
  • Applications forms
  • Funding

If you would like to see a Careers Service Adviser please contact 077028622245 or email: [email protected]




Copies of the above booklets are available from the Careers Centre. Please call in and collect.

College Open Evenings 2018 / 2019 

please check individual websites for more details.


prospects3 - Choose “Careers Advice” on the home page and go to “Job Profiles”. You will find over 750 job profiles, and each of them gives you the essential information you need on what the job involves and how to get into it. - This is for those who wish to look at applying for apprenticeships. - helps students make informed choices about higher education – you can also research entry requirements for specific degree courses.