Careers Support

It is vital that young people are given the best education, advice and guidance on all the education and training opportunities available to them post-16. Find out all you need to know here

Here at Co-op Academy Swinton we have a dedicated Careers Adviser, Mr Prendergast, to give our students Careers Guidance from Years 8-11 through one-to-one interviews and drop-in sessions. Mr Prendergast is in the academy on Mondays and Tuesdays and is based in Lower Hall.

Personal interviews with our Careers Adviser are held with students in Years 8, 10 and 11. In Year 8 all our students meet with the Careers Adviser in the Spring Term to discuss their Pathways Choices and ensure they choose the relevant subjects for their chosen career paths. In Year 10 our students are provided with whole class seminars on the world of work, followed up by personal interviews on request.

In Year 11 all students have a personal focused interview in the Autumn Term, an action plan is put in place and a follow up interview planned for the Spring Term. In September each year we also hold our annual Careers Information Evening for Year 11 students and their parents/carers. Representatives from local colleges, work-based training providers and members of the Learning Skills Council always attend the event.

Introducing our new Careers Resource, Xello

Xello is our brand new Careers Resource, enabling parents/carers to access information directly at home with students online.

Xello will be used to communicate with students regarding anything career-related. This could include applying for college or an apprenticeship. It also includes work experience and industry led activities.

Students can directly access Xello by logging in HERE using their school email and password.

Watch this intro video to find out more:

For younger students, Xello will be used to track their career interests. This will enable us to target particular industries or invite interested students to listen to employer talks and participate in work-related activities.

All students will be able to access Xello through their dashboard when logging into their school email account.

With Xello, students will be able to:

  • Personalise your career profile
  • Use the ‘Career Matchmaker Tool’ to help you find your perfect career
  • Create your own ‘Careers Storyboard’
  • Upload your achievements, hobbies, skills, and qualities
  • Explore College, University, and Apprenticeship options
  • Find out how much you can earn
  • Set goals and create action plans

We look forward to working together with you and your child to offer them career and industry insights based on their interests and aptitude.

Remote Careers Guidance during periods of school closure

We anticipate that there will be many concerns regarding what happens next with post-16 progression for our Year 11 students. Therefore, during the COVID-19 outbreak it is business as usual at the academy and we will be providing a comprehensive remote Careers Guidance service to students to ensure they are fully prepared for the next steps in their education.

We support with:

  • College and apprenticeships applications.
  • Support with organising remote college interviews
  • General Career guidance open to all students
  • Signposting
  • Parent/Carer Support

Careers Home Learning Activities from online platform ‘Start’

Start is an online platform that will help you to make informed decisions about your future, whether it be choosing your GCSEs options or thinking about what you want to do when you leave school. You will be able to play around and explore Start but as an introduction the link below starts you to think about your skills and qualities and your future career.

Please encourage your child to complete these Home Learning Activities on our careers platform:

Start is really accessible and easy to use and…it’s FREE!

During the school closure, we would like your child to complete a series of engaging activities on our careers platform designed to inspire and inform them about their future. In addition to their academic studies, it’s so important that students are continually encouraged to think about what career opportunities are out there, how to get there and what they’ll need to prepare themselves for the journey.

These activities will help. They include videos, quizzes and reflective learning on:

  • Selling yourself – the importance of a personal brand
  • Learning from the jobs people in their family have done
  • Understanding the importance of technology and how it’s changing the workplace

New activities will keep being added, so please encourage your child to work through the tasks and check back on the site regularly.

They will need their Start account to login. If they do not have an account, registering is easy and can be done on the site when they start an activity.

See our helpful Step by Step Introduction Worksheet for help accessing and setting up your account.


We have a careers section in the library with a range of careers information and college/university prospectuses which our students can access during library time. There is also a careers notice board in Lower Hall which has information on college open evenings, apprenticeship vacancies as well as general careers information.

We work closely with many local colleges and universities and often feature links to their latest information.

The University of Manchester offers a number of Pre-University schemes that give students a taste of higher education learning, life and the opportunity to earn a reduced A-Level offer to study with them for their undergraduate degrees. You can apply during sixth form but keep a look out for when applications open after receiving your GCSE results! Visit them at:

Apprenticeship Information from Amazing Apprenticeships

Please click HERE to see the latest Parents’ and Carers’ Pack from Amazing Apprenticeships.

Career of the Week

Take a look at our ‘Career of the Week‘ section where, each week we will bring you the key information for a career or role that maybe you hadn’t considered.

Careers Lead

Our Careers Lead is our Assistant Headteacher, Mrs F Fagan:

Supporting the students directly is dedicated Careers Adviser, Mr Prendergast. He is available to speak to students and offer Careers Guidance from Years 8-11 through one-to-one interviews and drop-in sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays and is based in Lower Hall.

Careers Policies

Please see below our academy policies for Careers Support and Guidance:

Careers Education & Guidance Policy

CEIAG Provider Access Policy

CEIAG Programme