Careers: Parent/Carer Area

Update 27.3.2020 – Due to the current situation with Covid – 19 (Coronavirus) and the year 11’s having to leave school so quickly if anyone wishes to contact Angela Whitfield who is available by phone or email.

She can explain more about the academy and what they offer and if interested she can fill an application form out over the phone, securing a place for September or when things return to normal.

Thank you

On-going independent and impartial career guidance for Year 11s of The Link School : by Richard Allnutt, Director of CareerWave

Options after Year 11 – Everyone needs to be in learning until 18

College – colleges, such as City of Sunderland College, offer practical courses covering most industries. All levels are available. There is an offer for everyone

Training Provider – providers, such as Springboard, offer many of the same courses offered at colleges but they are smaller and specialise

Apprenticeship – real jobs that you have to compete for. See below for more information about this option and the possible impact of Coronavirus

Sixth form – if you want to continue to learn in a school-like way, be in a classroom and be assessed by big exams

 Read More.PDF

Parent information

  Parent/Carer Guide.PDF

Useful links

The National Career Service

This is a free service for both young people and adults. Young people aged 13 and over can use the service to find information about jobs and courses, as well as requesting 1:1 support from a qualified Adviser by ringing the helpline, emailing, texting or requesting a webchat. Call 0800 100 900 or log on to the website

Richard Allnutt – Career Wave

Richard is the school’s careers advisor, you can find out further information on Richard’s company via his website.


Icould provides career inspiration and information for young people through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

The National Apprenticeship Service

The National Apprenticeship Service website offers guidance on how to apply for an apprenticeship including current local apprenticeship opportunities.

Career Advice for parents

We empower young people, regardless of their circumstances, to create fulfilling and sustainable working lives that are built on purpose and talent. So instead of getting lost, they can put their potential to work confidently by knowing that no matter how much the world of work changes, they are contributing to solving some of the world’s biggest and most enduring challenges.

We do this by delivering programmes for parents/carers and their teenagers, which combine our unique INSPiRED Career and Life Planner tool with some lightbulb career coaching techniques that work quickly and easily.

Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance is brought to you by the Careers Writers Association, many of the writers are experienced and qualified career advisors who have worked in schools, collegeges and universities in the UK. They write articles, books and web-based materials for all age groups, particularly young people.

The aim of this site is to provide helpful information to parents and carers, many of whom feel at a loss about the best way to advise the young people in their care.

Not going to Uni

Not going to Uni is now the UK’s leading website dedicated to helping school & college leavers make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university such as apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and jobs. However, they are not anti-uni.


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Tel: 0191 561 5777

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Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777