Employability Skills – what are employers looking for?

Advice from employers, the CBI and the top universities - do you tick the boxes of what they are looking for?

Get along with colleagues, listen and understand instructions, and get your point across.

Make Decisions
Gather all the facts and consider alternatives before settling on an outcome.

Show Commitment
Are you dependable, reliable, enthusiastic, and hard working?

Be Flexible
Stay positive as things change around you - a 'can-do' attitude is key.

Manage Time
Know what your priorities are and juggle the jobs you have effectively.

Skills to Lead
Can you motivate yourself as well as others? - show initiative and lead by example.

Solve Problems
See the problem, then think logically and creatively to come up with a solution.

Be part of the Team
Can you clearly see team goals and work with others to achieve them?

Accept Responsibility
Take responsibility, whether it’s for something that's gone well or gone wrong.

Work under Pressure
Can you put stresses aside to focus on an important job?

What are your Options?

Sixth Form/College

Continuing your education can mean further education at The Long Eaton School 16+ Centre or can mean attending a local college or even higher education at University.

UCAS can help you research different qualifications, search for courses and places to study. It also explains the application process.


As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can apply.

Apprenticeships really suit some people's way of learning as they provide the chance to work for an employer, earn money and study for a qualification whilst gaining skills and experience. Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices' ability and the industry sector. The minimum salary is £3.70 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more.

Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years-old whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England and not in full-time education.

There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship. You can earn while you learn, and learn in a way that is best suited to you – through hands-on experience on the job.

Key benefits of being an apprentice include;

  • earning a salary
  • getting paid holidays
  • receiving training
  • gaining qualifications
  • learning job-specific skills

Find an Apprenticeship (Gov.UK)

Amazing Apprenticeships Vacancies

Get my First Job

A Guide to Apprenticeships

Learn how to write a winning Apprenticeship Application

Is a Traineeship for Me?

Apprenticeship Parent Pack (Amazing Apprenticeships website)

Listen to what Apprentices have to say!

For Advice & Guidance

Careers Resources to help you plan for your Next Steps

National Careers Service (Job Profiles) - Information about different jobs and advice about how to write CVs and make applications. Includes details about how to speak to a careers adviser for personal advice.

I Could... (Career Ideas) - Activities, quizzes and videos to help you make choices about your future.


Future Learn - Research a Career

Whose Crew Are You? - Question based website helping you to work out what kind of science or technology career might suit you in the future.

Careersbox Film Clips - Videos and information about a variety of jobs and interview skills.

Total Professions - Information about making choices that will help you work towards a career in law, medicine and other professional roles.

Barclays Life Skills - Sign up for information and advice to help you get a job.

GoConstruct - Information about all aspects of the construction industry.

Plotr - Play the Game, explore careers matched to you and find out what you could be great at.

Space at Connexions - Information and advice for young people in Derby.N

HS careers - Get all the information you need to take the next step in your career in health.

CareerMap - Find Apprenticeships and School Leaver Jobs


Future Career Profiling



Higher/Degree Apprenticeships

The Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Listing showcases thousands of vacancies from various employers. You can apply for these apprenticeships and a full time place at university at the same time. Higher and Degree apprenticeships are widening access to the professions bringing together the very best of higher and vocational education. Degree apprenticeships give you the opportunity to attain a degree or professional qualification from some of our best universities and providers whilst training in a top flight career. Tuition fees are paid for by your employer and the government and you will be learning and earning a salary from day one.

View the National Apprenticeship Service Higher and Degree Vacancy Listing

Opportunities for Access

A number of events, integrated into the school Careers Programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers. For example:


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7




Year 8

Life Skills assembly and tutor group opportunities

KS4 options event

Life Skills assembly and tutor group opportunities

Year 9

Careers Fair

Event for University

Technical Colleges



Year 10

Careers Fair

Life Skills work experience preparation sessions


Life skills assembly and tutor group opportunities

Year 11

Careers Fair

Life Skills assembly on opportunities at 16


Post-16 evening


Post-16 taster sessions


Labour Market Information

East Midlands has 8 key sectors where they are predicting growth, these include:

  • Construction
  • Transport Equipment Manufacturing
  • Food and Drink Manufacturing
  • Transport & Logistics
  • Low Carbon
  • Visitor Economy
  • Life Sciences
  • Creative and Digital Industries
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. In the boxes below type a career and you will be given information on the average salary, projected workforce change and where you can find more information regarding this career.


The Careers Contact in School is Karen Gould, who can be contacted on

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