Careers: Learner Area




Post 16 Pathways and Progression

All young people in England must continue in education or training until 18 years of age. Young people have the following choices at the end of year 11:

  • Full time study at a college, sixth form or training provider
  • Full time work or volunteering combined with part time education or training
  • An apprenticeship
  • A traineeship

As part of our careers programme, year 10 & 11 students are provided with a one to one guidance interview with a qualified careers advisor. Parent/Carers are welcome to have a discussion with our careers advisor about their child’s post 16 pathway and can also contact our careers team at any time by ringing the school.

Learners can speak to any member of school staff and can make appointments to see the Careers Lead, Gina Nesbitt at a time to suit. Please just pop in for a chat!

Useful links


Grofar is a complete toolkit to support our careers service delivery within school. It provides a range of web-based tools to assist students in their journey through school and towards career choices. These includes tools such as:

  • Careers Action Planning
  • Research tools
  • Careers diary and events
  • Skills profiling

Learners have individual logins and can access this site on any internet enabled device.

The National Careers 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 web chat. Call 0800 100 900 or log on to the website

Buzz Personality Jobs Quiz

This used to be the ICould Buzz Quiz but is now hosted by North East Ambition. Take the quiz and see which animal personality you are the jobs you are most suited to.

The National Apprenticeship Service

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


Find a traineeship website offers support on applying for current local traineeship opportunities

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 and simply give advice on other appropriate pathways.

Get My First Job

We are also aware that lots of young people like to go straight into the jobs market and this is a great site for job searches and information to support you. Please ask in school for support to search for, apply and interview for jobs as well as completing application forms and CVs.



Events and Open Days

In this section you will find information on events and open day activities that might interest you. Please ask a member of staff if you need any further information.

Sunderland Careers Live Event

This event is aimed at young people leaving education in summer 2023 and parents/carers are also very welcome to attend.


Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777

Office Opening Times

Mon-Thurs: 8am – 4:30pm

Friday: 8am – 4pm

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777



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