Careers - Information Advice and Guidance within the Lydiate Learning Trust


A young person’s career is the progress they make in learning and work. All young people need appropriate guidance to follow the right pathway.

The Lydiate Learning Trust aims to help all students fulfil their potential and experience success through an educational environment which responds to individual need and stimulates and challenges each and every student. The processes of informing, advising and guiding students are accorded a high priority within the Trust, and are seen as crucial in preparing students to make decisions regarding the opportunities and challenges of adult and working life.

Our Aims:
It is our intention that the students in our care will:

Understand themselves and the influences on them

  • by assessing and having an understanding and awareness of themselves and by developing their personal qualities and skills
  • by clarifying and discussing their values, attitudes and preferences in relation to work
  • by developing key skills
  • by developing career management skills including resilience, self-reliance and self-presentation

Investigate opportunities in learning and work

  • by investigating the knowledge and skills which people need at work
  • by having an awareness and investigating the opportunities available to them in education, training and possible careers through use of occupational and labour market information
  • by considering the changing patterns of work and careers and investigating the social and moral issues at work
  • being capable, after finding out about post-16 choices of education, training and work, of making choices about their own continuing education and training, and about career paths.

Make and adjust plans to manage change and transition

  • by using the results of self-assessment in their career planning
  • by making decisions concerning their own post-16 choices
  • by use of action planning and the recording of achievement to support their career development
  • by being able to use the information and guidance to manage the transition to new roles and situations that they will meet, both in school and in the future at work and at leisure.


Within the Lydiate Learning Trust the need to inform, advise and guide students are met from a series of generic processes which take place within many contexts. This policy seeks to describe these processes and to explain their application through the range of curriculum and pastoral settings within our organisation.


Students at The Lydiate Learning Trust are entitled to receive:

  • Clear unbiased advice and information about all the options available, so that they understand what each of them involve
  • support and guidance to help them make choices and complete a career plan for the future
  • regular personal support with information on how well they are doing
  • help to decide what to do when they leave their course, including further learning, training or employment
  • a programme of careers education which helps them to develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning
  • the opportunity to be involved in making decisions about things that effect their learning
  • an opportunity to learn about the world of work

Students and parents are made aware of this entitlement through the Trust and school websites. Students are encouraged to review their entitlement regularly within tutorial settings.

The delivery of this entitlement is underpinned by the following values:

  • Impartiality
  • Confidentiality
  • Ownership by the young person
  • Promotion of Equality of opportunity
  • Transparency
  • Accessibility

IAG needs to be available to students at a time which is appropriate to their needs and in a format and style which allows them to make maximum use of the service.

The Typical Offer

Make Me Employable:  A Careers Education related scheme of work which has been prepared to reflect the needs of each individual year group.

Careers Visits to Industry: Visits to a single or number of employers in the target industry.  This will focus on job awareness, preparation for employment and progression routes into that industry.

Managing Personal Finance: Concentrating on an important and often over-looked aspect of CEIAG which encourages students to take responsibility for their own financial management now and in the future.

Community Spirit:  Gives students an opportunity to design and deliver a community facing enterprise which will give them an insight into starting up and running a social enterprise business.

A range of whole school activities which will support and enhance the core offer outlined above including:

Whole School Activities

  • Careers Assistants (students  who will assist in communicating information about upcoming events and will feed-back demand from students)
  • Breakfast@Studio (employer drop in events/workshops)
  • Guest speakers (Assembly and Curriculum)
  • Support for Applications (FE,HE,Apprenticeship,Employment)

The National Careers Service 

Has a range of job profiles that can help pupils to begin to research possible career options, jobs available and entry requirements.

Future Morph

Science and Maths Careers website, lots of interactive quizzes to help pupils to think about careers in this field.

Jobs for Tomorrow

Lessons plans, videos and resources to support pupils to think about the types of jobs that will be available in the future in Merseyside and the surrounding areas.

My World of Work

Scottish Careers Service has excellent tips for CV’s, applications, and job interviews. Also has a range of interactive quizzes and tools to help career decision making processes.

Moving On

Careers Web Magazine, resources to help young people and their parents make decisions about their futures, and the options available.

RBS Career Kickstart

A range of on line resources for young people to start to explore their skills, future options and what they have to offer. This includes lesson plans for teachers and ways in which teaching staff can support pupils to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

Barclays Life Skills

Advice and Lesson plans to help young people to be prepared for the world of work.

Not going to Uni

Gives young people advice and information on the alternatives to Higher Education, also advertises some Apprenticeship and Work experience opportunities.


Normally a graduate recruitment site, however now has a school leaver section that advertises Apprenticeships, Internships and general advice on post 18 options.

The Student room

Advice for young people on the future options available to them, includes discussion boards on lots of topics from student finance, relationships, and entertainment. Discussions are moderated and monitored to make sure that pupils using this site are safe.

The Complete University Guide

A website that combines University League tables with top course choices and graduate employment rates. This is also broken down in to areas of the country to Students can really consider the impact of their University choice.


The University and College Admissions Service, can search for courses, universities and entry requirements. Also this is the website used to apply for Degrees.

UCAS Tariff Calculator

If the course you’re interested in refers to Tariff points in its entry requirements, you can use the Tariff calculator to find out how many points your qualifications and grades are allocated.

Compass Careers

Users can:

  • Create a comprehensive candidate profile and upload their CV to promote themselves to recruitment teams.
  • Be instantly and continuously matched to the latest Compass jobs based on their profile and aspirations.
  • Receive real-time email and profile alerts when a potential opportunity becomes available.
  • View and manage applications.
  • Enjoy a host of communication and networking tools.

LMI for All

LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions.

Success at School

Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.

Success at School provides details of the jobs available in different industries, advice about; apprenticeships; how to write covering letters and how to increase the skills that make you employable.

The university and college open day directory.

Which? University

Advice on what to study, which university to attend and how to get there.

Career Pilot

Advice regarding choices at 14, 16 and 18, routes to different qualifications and job sectors, and career tools to help you decide.

BT Careers

There are lots of things you can do yourself to develop your skills and get ready for work. BT have a website with lots of useful resources to help you get work ready.

Jobcentre Near Me

Find your local JobCentre Plus including address information, opening times and contact details. Jobcentre Near Me makes it easy to find your nearest jobcentre plus offices and information about benenfits, support and Universal Jobmatch.

The Careers@Deyes team can provide advice and guidance to help young people know what post school options are available in education, training and work, how to make suitable choices and the pathways to achieve these options.

Referrals are welcomed from those who are at all stages in making decisions about their future, from those who are struggling to decide on their next steps, to those who have a clearly defined pathway.

Staff and families are encouraged to make referrals on behalf of those students who may not wish to self-refer, may require additional support in planning their future or may have their heart set on an option they may struggle to achieve, or may be at risk of having no destination after they leave school.

Referrals should be made via the below form and sent to The Careers@Deyes team aim to get back to any referrals within 5 working days.