Cowbridge Comprehensive aims to give students the opportunity to fulfil their potential in the career path they choose. We do this through a programme of activities which helps students to choose the 14-19 pathways best suited to their individual aspirations and by developing the skills which will enable them to manage their lifelong career.
We provide a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance for all students (years 7-13) in partnership with Careers Wales and other outside agencies.
Where To Find The Careers Advisor
Alun Pritchard is based in C1B on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He is the Careers Wales Careers Adviser attached to Cowbridge Comprehensive School.
During the course of year 11 some pupils will have a careers guidance interview, while others may only need a shorter ‘diagnostic’ interview. He may also need to contact pupils by phone or via email instead as the year progresses. Throughout the year pupils can also access Careers Wales Services.
Why You Might Visit The Careers Advisor
By providing individualised and impartial information, advice and guidance, we can help you, to:
- Choose and pursue a career idea
- Find a part-time job
- Find an apprenticeship
- Make university choices
- Prepare a CV
- Find a work experience placement (Yr11,12 & 13)
- Sort your gap year.
It is never too soon to start exploring your career ideas. Maybe you don’t have any ideas. Why not visit the school library. They have a whole range of books to help you explore different career ideas.
Alternatively try looking at some of the websites below. It may help when choosing your year 10 options pathway.
You will need to make some important choices about your future pathways. Exploring your career ideas will be really useful.
In addition to the careers activities which you’ll cover in class, in year 11 you might want to talk through your ideas and plans with a trained careers adviser. Appointments can be made by Miss White in E1H.
University? Apprenticeship? Sponsored Degree? School leaver training scheme? There are a wide range of possibilities and planning your progression from the sixth form is vital. To ensure that you are kept well informed of opportunities and good sources of information the sixth form students are encouraged to access the school careers website.
Further personalised guidance is however available and students can arrange a 1:1 careers advisor talk through Mrs J Howe in E1H.
Information on apprenticeships and vacancies can be found HERE.
General Careers Websites
Careerswales.com Careers Wales services
Careercamel.com Career Camel
Barclayslifeskills Lifeskills Programme by Barclays.
Careerpilot A good website with local information about job sectors and option choices.
Fasttomato A programme which matches your likes and dislikes to jobs which might suit you.
U-xplore An interactive website to explore different job areas.
Job profiles An online database of over 700 different jobs.
World of Work Another excellent resource to find out about the regional labour market.
I could Video clips and real life stories about career choices.
successatschool Success at School
Careersbox More Career films on the web.
Connexions-direct (information for young people)
Jobs4u.co.uk (subject interest linked to job families)
Yini.org.uk (year in industry opportunities)
Cavc.ac.uk Cardiff and Vale Colleges
Bridgend.ac.uk Bridgend College
14-19.info (college course/training providers (apprenticeships etc)
Assemblywales.org/gethome/working/recruitment/jobs.htm The National Assembly for Wales Apprenticeship Scheme
Careerswales.com/en/jobs-and-training Careers Wales Apprenticeships
Acttraining.org.uk ACT Training
Skillnet.org.uk Skillnet is an Ofsted grade one ‘outstanding’ provider of Apprenticeships nationally.
Apprenticeships.org.uk (apply for apprenticeships & information on opportunities)
Citb.co.uk (apprenticeship for construction)
Itltraining.com (apprenticeship electrical/plumbing)
CAREERS AND OCCUPATIONS
Skillsforlogistics.org (logistics and distribution)
Proskills.co.uk (glass/furniture/mineral processing/printing opportunities)
Euskills.co.uk (water/gas/electricity opportunities)
Lantra.co.uk (agriculture/animals/conservation/forestry/equine/game keeping/horticulture)
Cogent-careers.com (science-using industries)
Remit.co.uk (motor vehicle apprenticeships)
Ytplc.com (hospitality; active leisure; H&SC; retail; admin opportunities)
Jhptraining.co.uk (childcare; warehouse; H&SC; business administration)
Best-ltd.co.uk (heating and ventilation)
Arcadiagroupplc (retail opportunities)
C4yp.co.uk (job vacancies; youth service provision)
Lincolnshire.gov.uk/LFR (Fire and rescue)
Gttr.ac.uk (Graduate teacher training)
Purepotential.com (university application guidance)
Monsterjob.co.uk (job vacancies)
Neuvoo.co.uk (job vacancies)
Jobs.ac.uk (college/university vacancies)
Tes.co.uk (education vacancies)
Totaljobs.co.uk (job vacancies)
Jobstoday.co.uk (job vacancies)
Ucas.com (university courses/Stamford test)
Yougofurther.co.uk (university information)
Prospects.ac.uk (graduate destinations/jobs information/what jobs would suit me; options with subjects/graduate employers)
List of University webpages
Direct.gov.uk/ema (ema/adult learner grant website)
Yvb.org.uk Vale Volunteering Bureau matching volunteers with opportunities at charities and organisations in the Vale of Glamorgan – Barry, Penarth, Llantwit Major, Cowbridge
Yearoutwork.co.uk (Volunteering and jobs)
Travellersworldwide.com (volunteering abroad)