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Cotham School

The world of work

Looking for work experience? 

Good ideas here:  Success at school

See the School's internal Work Experience Portal for up-to-date opportunities and resources to help you apply. 

Virtual Work Experience placements (easy to access and complete at a time to suit you).  (You will need to seek parental permission to create your free account)

Work Experience placements in your Holiday time do not need School consent.  You can find some opportunities HERE (Make sure you have permission from parents/carers before creating your free account)

Interested in apprenticeships and school leaver schemes?  

Looking for a job?   

Useful advice here:   Get a job  Career Pilot (Cotham School recommends CareerPilot for all our students - please create your free account) 

Are you interested in being self-employed or an entrepreneur?  

There's good advice here: Career Pilot

What are employability skills?  

They are well-explained here:  Youth Central  Success at school 

Cotham School is working in Partnership with to deliver employability skills

Barclays Life Skills -

Find out about employment prospects in the Bristol region here:  

LMI or Labour Market Information describes the world of work – descriptions of different careers, their entry

routes, promotional prospects, salaries paid, skills and qualifications needed, etc. Crucially for young

people, LMI also covers future demand – what kinds of jobs will be in demand after leaving school and what

kinds of skills will be needed?

Where can I find out about it? - The following table contains a selection of useful websites:

* Britain in the 2020s Managing Automation: Employment, Equality, Ethics in the Digital Age - 

* The future of work in the 21st century  - 

* World Economic Forum - The Future of Jobs -

* Working Futures1 UK Labour Market Projections: 2014 - 2024 - 

* Local Enterprise Partnerships LEP Network Strategic Economic Plans  - 

Careers Websites 

* National Careers Service -  Use Google Apprenticeship Guide - 

* Career Pilot  - 


* Unifrog - 

Job Portals 

Reed - 

Monster Jobs - 

Glassdoor - 


Universal Job match/ Apprenticeship search - 

Chambers of Commerce Local Chamber website  

How many hours can I work whilst I'm at school? 

At what age can I leave school and get a full-time job?