Do you know your next step in education or career pathway? Have you thought about doing an apprenticeship or volunteering?

This section is full of information and advice links, as well as information about the local employment sectors in Wiltshire.

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Do you know what businesses there are in Wiltshire or even what industry sectors?

Follow the link below to see Wiltshire Council’s Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) documents which explain what key industry sectors there are in the Wiltshire area and what qualifications are preferable to work in that industry. They also provide information on relevant apprenticeships, how employers recruit, example positions and salaries, future growth of the sector, Wiltshire employers and where you can study.

The aim of these documents is to give you an understanding of the key priority and growth sectors within the county, to help you make the best decision about your future career.

You will also be able to find out what other job sectors you could work in and the career pathways for these.

Find out more about local employment information

Check out the Careerometer below for careers information on average pay rates, industry sector growth in the future, possible jobs you might find and what tasks you may be asked to do.


Plan your study & work – your choices at 14, 16 and 18, routes to different qualifications and job sectors, and career tools to help you decide.

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Search for career ideas, advice and tips. Start thinking about your career & find out what you’re like and what you could do.

Build a shareable CV which evolves as you do.

The National Careers Service (NCS) provides information, advice and guidance to help young people make decisions on learning, training and work.

A place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. Get career smart!

BBC Bitesize now offers a wealth of careers inspiration and advice! These new resources offer:

• A growing collection of job case studies across a wide range of sectors, supported with labour market information
• Links between curriculum subjects and the world of work, showing how vocational, apprenticeship and academic pathways can lead to success
• Information and guidance on skills for work, choosing options, work experience and more

Young People Provision

A list of opportunities and programmes supporting young people into employment, education or training.

Please contact us if there is some provision you would like us to add.

Click here to go the list of local provision for young people


Do you have a few hours to spare?

Are you looking to get more involved with your local community?

Do you like interacting with people and want to make a difference?

If so, then volunteer work could be your perfect solution, as it provides you with a way to learn new skills, meet new people and give something back to your local community.

Places to consider may include:

  • Volunteer centres
  • Councils
  • Parks, cafes and pubs
  • Citizens Advice Bureaux
  • Job centres
  • Schools and nurseries
  • Health centres
  • Housing associations
  • Garages
  • Women’s Institute
  • Radio stations
  • Charities

To become a volunteer why not check out Community First or if you would like some additional information, then try out the web links below:

Find Volunteer Placements
National Trust
Volunteering Matters
Volunteer Now
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
Get Involved in Volunteering
Volunteer Centre Swindon
Wiltshire Citizens Advice


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An apprenticeship combines hands-on work with the opportunity to train and obtain qualifications.  Apprenticeships, which must last for a minimum of 12 months are open to anyone aged 16 and over who is not in full-time education, there is no upper aged limit!

As an apprentice you’ll be employed and will study for a qualification with the full support and commitment of your employer, at least 20% of your working hours are set aside for learning, often at a college, university or training provider, however there are lots of ways to undertake learning depending on your organisation and job role.


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Find out more about apprenticeships

National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience you really don’t want to miss. If you’re 15 to 17 years-old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life. More than 275,000 young people have already said YES to NCS. Don’t. Miss. Out.

Work experience

Whether you’re on year ten work experience or you’ve arranged a placement independently, our top tips will help you to make a good impression. Placements are a great way to find out about different types of jobs and to identify your own preferences. They may help you to find your ideal career, or simply to decide what’s not for you. Whatever the case, there are a number of ways to ensure that you get the most you can from the experience.

Find out more about work experience

Qualification Reforms

Click here to find out information about the new GCSE grading scale.

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

T Levels are due to be introduced from the academic year 2020 to 2021. T-Levels will be equivalent to three A-Levels and also include a work placement alongside two years study.

Parent Zone

Parent Zone provides information to help parents/carers support young people in making the right decision about study and work.


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