This section contains information and links for parents, to help inform them their child’s choices through life and support that is on offer

Apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications while the work. They are a real job and can involve studying at a variety of levels including for a degree.

To find out more about what they are, hear real stories and what vacancies are in your local area, please visit our Apprenticeship section.

There are also a selection guides that may be useful, please see the links below:

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Do you want to go back to work but are unsure about what childcare this is out there for you?

Go to our Childcare page to find out more information about childcare providers and if you are entitled to any funding support

If your child is finishing school soon and would like to know more information on what education provision is available to them after they turn 16 please visit our Further & Higher Education section.

This section goes into detail about:

  • further education
  • higher education
  • UCAS
  • Local employment data and growth sectors
  • Student support
  • Graduate support.

Are you concerned about financial support for your children? Please visit out Financial Support section which gives information and links to education finance support, benefits and grants.

Recently, GCSE’s were given a new grading scale of 1-9, please click here for a factsheet which gives more information about them.

The factsheet shows:

  • the new GCSE grading scale
  • standard and strong pass marks and what this means for students, schools, parents and employers
  • when the new grades will apply to different subjects.

If your child needs additional support or faces barriers in their future, why not visit our Support for those with barriers to work section.

On this page we provide information and links to the provision that is available in Swindon and Wiltshire, including local projects, disability rights, support for carers as well as other local provision.

Is your child starting school in September and want some tips so they are fully prepared to begin their next adventure? Then check out our top tips for starting school leaflet or visit the Early Years section on the Wiltshire Council website.

Parent Zone

Parent Zone is a section on the Career Pilot website; it provides information to help parents/carers support young people in making the right decision about study and work.

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More information can be found on our Young People’s Next Steps section