This year will have been a strange time being out of school for so long. You will have missed your GCSE exams that you have been working hard for and also missed out on some key milestones – such as work experience, which often helps young people to make decisions about their next steps after leaving school. Although it might feel tougher than usual, there are still a wide range of opportunities for you to consider as you leave school. The most important thing is that you fully consider your options, get some advice and guidance and choose your next step based on your likes and aspirations for the future.
The following links are here as a guide to help you with these next steps. There is information related to education and training in Salford from local colleges and training providers who offer apprenticeships, financial information including travel passes, mental health support for those who are feeling worried.
Click on the different sections to take you to each area, if you cannot find what you are looking for contact your school based careers advisor.
The Salford City College Group consists of several colleges across Salford, these are detailed below.
City Skills (Salford City College Group)
City Skills support students in their next steps, the pastoral and careers teams work with students at the college to facilitate pathways on to apprenticeships, higher education and into employment.
Eccles Sixth Form College (Salford City College Group)
Eccles Sixth Form College offers an extensive range of vocational subjects, a wealth of enrichment activities, specialised careers advice, and a comprehensive programme of support and personal development so that all students can flourish both academically and as individuals.
FutureSkills at MediaCityUK (Salford City College Group)
FutureSkills at MediaCityUK is a well-established centre of excellence for young people who wish to pursue a career in creative and digital industries.
Pendleton Sixth Form College (Salford City College Group)
Pendleton Sixth Form College offers a range of A-levels and vocational courses and specialises in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and performing arts.
Courses available in the following areas:
Worsley College (Salford City College Group)
Worsley College supports students in their next steps. The outstanding curriculum, pastoral, and careers team, work with students at the college to facilitate pathways onto apprenticeships, higher education, and into employment.
Apprenticeships at Salford City College
The Apprenticeship Team are currently offering:
All candidates will then progress into our recruitment talent pool where our team of advisors ensure they are supported and prepared, ready to be placed into apprenticeships as quickly and efficiently as possible. Please call 0161 631 5555.
Apprenticeship programmes are available in the following sectors:
Trafford College offers a wide range of options from traditional courses to new T Levels which combine classroom learning with extended industry placements. Trafford College also offers Apprenticeships.
Bolton College offers a wide range of options from traditional courses to new T Levels which combine classroom learning with extended industry placements. Bolton College also offers Apprenticeships.
Wigan and Leigh College offer a wide range of courses from Creative Arts to Engineering, Hairdressing to Motor Vehicle. Whatever you are interested in, see if they have a course for you.
Bury College offers A Levels, T Levels, Vocational Courses and Apprenticeships.
University Courses are also available at Bury.
As the largest Further Education College in the UK, The Manchester College offers courses from Entry Level through to Level 7.
Loreto is a Catholic 6th Form College, offering predominantly A Level and BTEC courses.
Xaverian is a Catholic Sixth Form College offering a very wide range of A-Levels in addition to several BTEC courses.
Access Creative College is the place for young people who want to follow their passion for a career in the creative industries.
Be college ready - GM Higher have provided some useful links about preparing for your time at college. Click the links below to visit their website and read their tips and tricks.
Information advice and guidance
Careers Advisors (schools)
Contact details of the careers advisor for each school are available.
Information and guidance for young people on careers, jobs, courses and local training.
The Prince's Trust helps 11 to 30 year olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. The aim is to give individuals the skills, tools, training and confidence needed to get an apprenticeship or paid work. Call 0800 842 842.
Greater Manchester Apprenticeship and Careers Service - Packed with advice, tips and information, find everything you need to make choices about your next steps and begin your career.
Discover what events are happening in Greater Manchester that could benefit your career progression.
Learn more about yourself, explore your options and find the career that's right for you.
National website listing apprenticeships. Search and apply based on location, distance, keywords and levels.
Careers information and tools for 11 to 19 year olds, all in one place. Look at your pathways and choices at 14, 16 and 18.
Do the buzz quiz, put in your likes and dislikes and look over the information it suggests.
GM Higher resources cover a range of topics areas such as budgeting, wellbeing, revision skills, and study skills.
They also signpost to resources from our partners and other education providers.
Apprenticeships are amazing. Let us tell you why, and help you to pass that message on. Dive straight into the free resources, learn about becoming an apprenticeship champion, read about apprenticeship vacancies coming up later in the year, or find out how to request support for your school from our delivery partners now.
Their Skills and Careers Hub provides 14 to 24 year olds with free resources, advice and guidance. Designed with input from young people, the Skills and Careers Hub offers practical tools to support young people through education, transition into employment and beyond in a process of lifelong learning.
Directory of all Emotional Health and Wellbeing services for Children and Young People.
NHS apps library for Mental Health.
Helplines and support for children and young people.
Children and young people may need additional support at some point in their lives and this is normal. Information and advice, or support from family and friends, usually helps. However, some children and young people may experience difficulties that are severe and chronic. They will need more specialist advice and support.
National mental health charity with over 125 local providers. MIND says 'We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We'll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.'
Whether you have anxiety, stress, anxiety-based depression or a phobia that’s affecting your daily life, Anxiety UK is here to help you and they're fully supported by an expert team of medical advisors.
SANE offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems through a helpline, Textcare and an online Support Forum where people share their feelings and experiences.
These services are provided by a team of volunteers who undergo rigorous training and in many cases give hundreds of hours of their free time each year.
SANE's Caller Care service is led by professional staff and provides ongoing support to help people alleviate a crisis phase or get through difficult circumstances.
Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. There is someone to talk to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - Call free on 116 123.
Dad Matters is a Home-Start Project, based in Greater Manchester that aims to help dads have successful relationships with their families, and to support dads with anxiety, stress and mental health issues.
Dad Matters hope to get dads engaged with services that have traditionally been targeted at mums, and to train and support volunteer dads to work with the team.
How it works…
As you progress through the modules, you will find new exercises which can help you apply what you are learning to your own life and soon you will notice you are feeling better.
Additional resources from our partners in Greater Manchester.
The first service of its kind in suicide prevention, HOPELINK is led by the user – allowing vulnerable young people to create, update and revisit their suicide safety plan, helping to keep them safe when they have thoughts of suicide.
HOPELINK allows young people to work confidentially with HOPELINEUK’s trained suicide prevention advisers, empowering them to create, adapt and amend their own care plans.
MindEd is a free educational resource suitable for all adults working with, or caring for, infants, children or teenagers.
Mental health services specifically for young people
42nd Street is a charity based in Greater Manchester. We offer a range of individual therapeutic support, learning opportunities, groups and creative activities for young people, encouraging you to find your voice, develop new skills, have fun and demonstrate that you can manage your mental health and wellbeing to achieve your full potential.
Q42 is a pace for LGBTQ+ youth to meet, talk and grow friendships so that no young person has to feel isolated because of their sexuality or gender. It's a place where you can just be you.
It also has opportunities for LGBTQ+ talents to shine. For example podcasts, photography, art or many other ways.
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
If you need advice or are just simply not feeling your best, then visit Kooth. It’s a free safe and anonymous place for young people to find support and counselling.
Young Minds is a place to get help and support children and young people's mental health.
Call 0800 1111 or visit their website online.
When you call us on 0800 1111 you’ll get through to a counsellor, they’re there to listen and support you with anything you’d like to talk about. Or you can have a one to one counsellor chat online.
You can also send us an email from your locker. We’ll try to answer this within a day, but sometimes it can take a little longer.
Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools.
ThinkNinja is a mental health app designed for ten to 18 year olds. Using a variety of content and tools, it allows young people to learn about mental health and emotional wellbeing, and develop skills they can use to build resilience and stay well.
Anna Freud provide a range of specialist types for support for children, young people and families, seeing them at the Centre, in schools and other settings.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Service Delivery Centre provides:
District Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in North Manchester, Central Manchester, South Manchester and Salford.
A range of targeted services within Manchester and Salford, often provided in partnership with other agencies (16-17 team, Child and Parent Service (CAPS), children with disabilities, emotional health in schools and Looked After Children Team).
Mental health services specifically for young people with SEND
National Autisic Society are the UK's largest provider of specialist autism services. Their trained staff and volunteers bring passion and expertise to the lives of 100,000 autistic people every year. Visit the website and you'll find services directed towards autistic people, parents and carers and professionals.
Moving between different stages of life, such as school, college and work, is especially hard if you find change difficult, as many autistic people do.
The National Autistic Society can provide advice about strategies and support that can help during key life transitions – including starting or changing school, leaving school, and starting or leaving college or university.
The Disabled Children’s Partnership is a major coalition of more than 70 organisations campaigning for improved health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families.
For every shape and size of family, whatever they need and whatever their child’s disability, Contact are here.
Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything they do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.
Apprenticeships and training
Aimed at everyone - a COVID-19 Support Hub which provides resources on education, well-being, money problems, work-related skills and so on.
What is an apprenticeship and how do they work? What does being an apprentice mean? Discover different apprenticeship types, get application hints and tips, and apply for vacancies.
Creative mini project for young people:
Y11 care experienced Transition to College Mentoring
Young people will be matched up with a Care Leaver Ambassador/Champion from GM Higher network as a mentor. Ideally, we will try to align similar career ambitions, subject interests, hobbies and so on. Mentors and Mentees will work through a loosely structured programme of mentoring content- intended to support transition to college and build confidence in the following things:
Year 8 to Year 10 - care experienced Virtual Success4Life
Activities can be described as enrichment opportunities that fall outside of your school or college commitments. Activities are something you would choose to do voluntarily and in your spare time. For example, after school/college, at the weekend and/or in the school/college holidays.
Careers information and employability skills
Bored of a traditional Word document CV? Then why not try a CV using slides on PowerPoint? You can cover each section that a traditional CV has such as profile, education, work history, hobbies and so on, but also include images. For an example of a digital CV, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Need help creating a CV? An example of what you need to include can be downloaded. You should try to use a simple format, with text that is easy to read. Young people should try and keep it on one page where possible, and no more than two sides. Remember to think of all your strong qualities.
Send in your CV to get feedback from industry experts
You will need:
What do you need to do?
A brand new @ApprenticeTalks (Twitter handle) podcast is now available. Register your interest for season two of the Apprenticeship Podcast. Made by young apprentices to educate, inform and give insight into what it’s really like to be an apprentice. If you haven’t caught up with season one you can listen to it on Spotify and other major streaming sites.
Build Salford is a traineeship programme that supports young people get into apprenticeships within the construction sector. Here is a case study from Richie, a former trainee that talks about how Build Salford helped him gain employment with The Casey Group and his ambitions for the future.
One of our employer partners, John from The Casey Group, talks about how Build Salford has helped him as a business to grow apprentices. Build Salford Case Study: John Walmsley. You can also apply online.
Lots of resources and information if you want to become an apprentice. Also:
Lots of useful resources including some brilliant online interviews coming up for parents and young people to take part in at home, where you can meet an engineer, learn about their role and ask questions, live.
Interested in all things digital and cyber? You’ll delve into how everyday technology really works; how information flows through networks; and how we can take sensible steps to protect our digital world.
Our Explore programme offers you a mix of group activities and one-to-one support to develop the skills and confidence you need to move forward.
Starting with a five-day Access course, you’ll get the chance to do outdoor adventurous activities, as well as take part in a residential trip.
Once the Access course is complete, you can choose from lots of different activities from sports to drama and photography to cooking.
We’ll work with you to help reach your goals.
Explore is completely free. We’ll even throw in lunch and drinks throughout the day, and also cover your travel expenses.
The traditional four week programme is being adapted to deliver skills-based content and social action digitally. A wider age range of young people (15 to 17) will be able to take advantage of this free offer with opportunities to impact local communities continuing once restrictions are relaxed.
Free skills building. Downloadable app to build a CV and apply for jobs/apprenticeships and so on.
Create your own online action plan to kickstart your career. Explore options, review goals and adapt to reflect your progress.