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Careers and IAG

Some useful information for Year 11 students from our Careers Advisor Mrs Rutherford:

Next Steps - Year 11

Nex Steps - Leaflet

Aspirations Programme Overview

 At OLCC we have an exciting careers programme designed to encourage students to reflect upon whom they are, and who they would like to become. In order to complete this journey, we provide a broad range of aspirational activities, which support this exploration and the development of skills. We have a Careers Lead and a Careers Coordinator, who oversees the aspirations programme, a post-16 provision run by the 6th Form staff, which provides information, advice and guidance for all students.

Also, we have an Enterprise Advisor and an Inspira Enterprise Coordinator, who support the school in accessing a network of business volunteers and contacts that in turn support the aspirations programme. All teaching staff at OLCC take an active role in delivering aspirations lessons, which are delivered through wider curriculum lessons. Also, there are visits, assemblies, talks and fairs which students have the option to attend in order to improve their skills and understanding of different careers.

All students at OLCC will:

  • Have an aspiration which they share with staff through the Aspirations Questionnaire
  • Develop their understanding of their skills, interests and personality from Year 7 -13, and make links between these and future pathways
  • Be provided with information about the range of opportunities open to them
  • Have the opportunity to meet with external employers at least once per academic year
  • Take part in work related activities in and out of school
  • Understand expectations of employers and learn how to apply for jobs
  • Learn how to make informed decisions about their future
  • Be fully supported and guided through key transition periods
  • Learn how to improve their own employability skills

Useful websites for students and parents:

Pathways to Professional Careers- a Parent’s Guide

Parents’ guide Apprenticeships


The following documents give an insight into the local labour market for students considering apprenticeships: 

Local Labour Market and Industry Sector Skills Information   Construction

Local Labour Market and industry Sector Skills  Creative & Digital

Local Labour Market and Industry Sector Skills Energy & Environmental

Local Labour Market and Industry Sector Skills Financial and Professional Services

Local Labour Market and Industry Sector Skills  Manufacturing

Local Labour Market and Industry Sector Skills  Visitor Economy


Attached below is the Future U privacy policy. Future U is the outreach programme that we work with from the University of Central Lancashire, a government funded project which helps raise aspirations and supports students in their choices regarding further education. The programme holds the data for our students and the attachment below explains what and why.