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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. Here at Co-op Academy Swinton we have a dedicated Careers Adviser, Ms Loughnan, to give our students Careers Guidance from Years 8-11 through one-to-one interviews and drop-in sessions. Ms Loughnan is in the Academy on Tuesdays and is based in room HU7.

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.

Virtual Careers Evening 2020

Year 11 Careers evening is one of our most important events as it gives the students an opportunity to talk to a range of colleges, businesses and apprenticeship providers. We also deliver workshops to the students and parents.

This year, due to the restrictions around COVID, we are having to do things a bit differently; we are delivering all the information virtually.

Click HERE to see our page, packed with information and presentations from a wide range of colleges, businesses and apprenticeship providers.

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. Remember to keep checking back as this page will be updated weekly with lots of exciting information.

Remote Careers Guidance during 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

Our Careers Adviser, Mrs Loughnan, can be contacted directly on Tuesdays on: 07342 888 364 between 8am-4pm

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:

Inspiring CEIAG Gold Award Status

We are delighted to announce that we now have the ‘Gold Standard Inspiring IAG Award’ in recognition of the careers education, information and guidance we offer. Inspiring IAG is a quality award which focuses on careers education, and/or information, advice and guidance (CE/IAG). The award has been designed to enable organisations who work with young people to not only deliver and be recognised for good quality careers education, information, advice and guidance, but to also assist them to meet legislation, prepare for inspection and provide a better service.