Useful Resources

Resources for Students

The National Careers Service website aims to:

  • help you with careers decisions and planning
  • support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
  • motivate you to implement your plan of action
  • enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools

Students & Parents/Carers (Somerset Careers Hub) – The Somerset Careers Hub is designed for students, parents and carers. It contains information such as open days, along with local opportunities and support for students, parents and carers on the transition to Post 16 & Post 18. This will be regularly updated and is a great source of information. Click below for more information.

Student & Parent Padlet 

Current Opportunities Padlet  

Career Pilot provides a comprehensive resource of careers information including quizzes that will ask you lots of questions and from your results suggest jobs that might suit you or identify strengths you have.

Barclays Life Skills provides a range of resources aimed at helping young people unlock their potential and improve their employability. Advice and materials for young people, parents, employers and schools/colleges.

U-Explore is an exciting and interactive resource designed to support young people find out about suitable jobs and understand the world of work. U-Explore uses motivating video clips, 3600 interactive virtual tours and multimedia graphics to inspire and support young people in investigating the jobs and opportunities which exist on a local and national level. There is also information on qualifications, different industry sectors, local success stories, business profiles and much more.

Career South West – Being a teenager can be a really exciting time but it can also seem like there are too many choices you’re being asked to make! Don’t worry we’re here to help you sort through all these decisions and point you in the right direction. We support you by providing independent and impartial information, advice, guidance and practical help. We can also help you up to the age of 25 if you have special educational needs in certain cases.

Pluss – Want to work? Support for people with disabilities to find work and a career. Have you just left school or college? Are you looking to take those next steps into employment, education or training? If so – Somerset Skills and Learning can help. Information and advice for those considering a career in the care sector.

icould gives you the inside story of how careers work. The icould storytellers relate, in their own words, their real life career journeys. From telecoms engineers to police officers, from landscape gardeners to web designers, from engine drivers to zookeepers; they talk about what they do, what it’s like, how they came to be where are and their hopes for the future.

Tomorrow’s Engineers – A career in engineering can be exciting, varied and rewarding. Engineering is a key part of a range of industries, including music, TV and film, construction, transport, cosmetics, medicine, food, fashion and much more. Tomorrow’s Engineers gives you all the information you need to make wise choices about your future.

Resources for Parents

Students in Year 9 and above can apply for virtual work experience through springpod. To view the course and options available visit Virtual Work Experience Search (

Amazing Apprenticeships – link to the ‘Parents’ section on the website which contains the most recent ‘Parent Pack’

Career Pilot Parent Zone – information for parents/carers around a child’s study choices at age 14, 16 and 18

Next Steps South West Parents Page – information for parents/carers – mostly about higher education

UCAS Applying to University: Guide for Parents and Guardians – might be useful for parents/carers looking further ahead

The Parents Guide to Careers for National Careers Week

Labour Market Information

Somerset – Your Futures – information and advice for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to achieve their optimum career outcome.