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labour markets and career guidance


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Understanding Labour Market Information (LMI) is becoming more and more important as the world changes, so that all students can be aware of where different job roles are needed around the country and what types of jobs may need more people in the future.


Click here to visit the National Careers Service Site  This site offers around 800 job profiles and can help illustrate careers activities and offer online guidance for young people.



LMI means finding out the following things about different job roles or career pathways:

Careerometer widget allows you to enter jobs into cards and it shows you the averages wages and working hours.


Nomis is your one-stop shop for labour market information. The summary pages provide key trend data about a local area.


SACU offers a great independent & impartial source of careers information and a range of tools that will allow you to explore courses, careers, labour market information and much much more.

iCould provides career inspiration and information for young people.  It shows what is possible in work and offers different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

Graduate Market Trends (GMT) is a quarterly review of the graduate labour market and research into higher education and graduate employment issues. It also provides an excellent insight into employability and labour market trends.


LMI For All  can help access basic data on different jobs which is helpful as a starting point for a broad but generalised generalised picture of careers.

TARGETCareers FutureWise helps school leavers make decisions about their future. Explore options for careers, university or apprenticeships and get help applying successfully. 


LMI for London split into sectors


Indicators of demand in London


Construction opportunities


Start Profile click here to find out the following questions:

What do people actually do in this job?

How many people work in this job?

How much do people get paid in this job?

What qualifications do I need to do this job?

What skills or qualities do I need?

What are the typical working hours for this job?

What percentage of men / women work in this job?

Where can this job / industry take me in the future?

Where are these jobs located around the country?

How many of these jobs will there be in the future?



An Apprenticeship is an opportunity to learn real vocational skills whilst earning a real wage. An Apprentice will work towards nationally recognised qualifications through a combination of on-the-job learning and day or block release (depending on the employer requirements and the training provider). Both the Apprentice and their employer will be supported by a training provider throughout the Apprenticeship and there is often Government funding available to help pay for the training (depending on the age of the candidate).

Recognised Apprenticeship frameworks exist in over 180 skill areas. A framework will usually include a range of qualifications such as Functional Skills (formerly Key Skills), an NVQ or practical qualification and a Technical Certificate (a more theoretical qualification). Apprenticeship frameworks and the qualifications they include are currently being reviewed under the new Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
An Apprenticeship can take between one and three and a half years, depending on the qualifications studied and the vocational area.

How do I get onto an Apprenticeship?

You will need to register with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS). To register go to: and click on ‘Find an Apprenticeship’.

What are the entry requirements?

4-9. This depends on the level of apprenticeship you are applying for. Grades of 4+ in Maths and English give you more opportunities.

What Types of Apprenticeships are there?

Apprenticeships exist on different levels:

Traineeship – this is a programme to prepare you for an apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Level 2 – equivalent to about 5-8 GCSEs at grades 4-9

Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 – equivalent to 2/3 full A Levels

Higher Apprenticeship Level 4/5 – currently being piloted and includes HNC, HNC or Foundation Degree

Progression after an Apprenticeship could be to a higher level Apprenticeship or to further academic/vocational study, including a full degree.

What are the advantages of an Apprenticeship?

You work better and more effectively.

It can set you up to move into new and better jobs.

You get better pay.

You get to experience new and different challenges.

Your existing skills and knowledge are recognised and can help gain a qualification faster.

You learn at your own pace and get support when you need it.

Better job security.

You gain skills and knowledge which can be used across a range of jobs and industries.

Who are Apprenticeships for?

Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years-old whether they are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. Apprentices are banded into 3 age groups:

16 -18 years

19 – 24 years

25+ years

Apprenticeships are open to anyone living in England, currently not in full-time education or not holding a university degree.

There are no set entry requirements for Apprenticeships and they can differ in different vocational areas. Entry requirements are flexible because Apprenticeships are not just based on academic achievement.

Employers value enthusiasm for work and a desire to learn, so practical skills and interest in the chosen area are very important. 

There are over 190 types of Apprenticeships within a variety of industry sectors ranging from accountancy and engineering to veterinary nursing and floristry.

Apprenticeship funding is available from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS). This is paid directly to the organisation that provides and supports the Apprenticeship; in most cases this will be a learning provider. Large employers with a direct contract with the National Apprenticeship Service may receive the funding themselves.

The size of the contribution from NAS varies depending on the sector and the age of the candidate. If the apprentice is aged 16–18 years old, they will receive 100 per cent of the cost of the training; if they are 19-24 years old, they will receive up to 50 per cent; if they are 25 years old or over they may only get a contribution depending on the sector and area. The remainder should be gained from the employer. The apprenticeship should not cost the learner anything.

Get In Go Far is the government portal for information about apprenticeships, with a linked website to find live apprenticeship vacancies.


Amazing Apprenticeships provides free talks and guidance to schools via the Apprenticeship Support Knowledge service (ASK).

The Baker Clause

The Baker Clause is an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act 2017 which states that schools must allow colleges and training providers access to all students in years 8- 13 to tell them about non-academic routes which are available to them. The provisions made at Our Lady's Catholic High School are detailed in the Our Lady's Provider Access Agreement. In summary, all students at Our Lady's Catholic High  School have opportunities to learn about opportunities to access alternative routes to employment, including vocational qualifications and apprenticeships via readiness curriculum activities which include; drop-down days, assemblies, tutorials and careers fairs.


Careers Adviser - Jonathan Howard 

Provider Access


This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42A of the Education Act 1997.

Student entitlement

Students in years 8-13 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.

  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evenings, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.

  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests


A provider wishing to request access should contact Ms Nye,  Assistant Head Teacher.


Phone: 020 8800 2158

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 pupils and/or their parents:

Please speak to our named Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

The school policy on safeguarding sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students.

Click here to read about all Careers Activities for the year. 

Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Library (B64), which is managed by the Careers Advisor. The Careers Library (B64) is available to all students at lunch and break times. 

Student Entitlement

An overview of Careers activities offered at Our Lady's can be viewed: CLICK HERE

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is an essential part of every student's curriculum. It is an integral part of the preparation for, and motivation of, students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. We prepare our students for the choices, changes and transitions affecting their future education, training, career and life as an adult member of society and to raise their achievement throughout. We do this by:

  • Planning and promoting a broad and balanced  Careers curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral social and cultural values within a Christian ethos
  • Ensuring high quality, independent , appropriate advice and guidance to students at all stages of their school career
  • Ensuring that every student in all key stages has some experience of  Careers through a coordinated whole school approach with provision made through the school curriculum and through out of school activities.
  • Improving the retention of young people in learning after the end of compulsory schooling to enable them to meet their Career goals
  • Developing career awareness  by improving  an understanding of Career Opportunities and pathways which relate to their attributes and abilities

Independent Advice & Guidance - careers

If you are looking for additional information, advice or guidance : CLICK HERE

Resources Aimed at Deciding Which Career Is Best For You 


Careers Events