Careers Information Advice and Guidance

Careers Education Policy

Careers Lead      Ms Eppie Howard

Careers Administration Support: Mrs Cathy Day

Both Ms Howard and Mrs Day can also be contacted by telephone through the main reception 01865 862 232

Careers at Matthew Arnold School

Updates and Opportunities    Careers Bulletin No 8                             12th July 2021 Find here

Skillsometer and Careerometer

About eCLIPS - an online tool that offers a wide range of information about careers

Comprehensive careers information

With clear and impartial descriptions of jobs, entry requirements and training options, including live-streamed information from LMI for All, eCLIPS provides users with all the information they need to make informed careers decisions. It caters for all abilities and stages with information ranging from basic to in-depth descriptions with links for further exploration.

There's help for users looking for career ideas, with leaflets providing a broad overview of career areas, careers linked to school subjects and an interactive career matching tool. In addition, eCLIPS provides a wealth of advice to help young people choose study and employment options, and prepare for the world of work.

Information You Can Trust

Schools and careers professionals have trusted eCLIPS for over 30 years. The information on eCLIPS is researched and written by our team of experienced, professional careers authors and is regularly updated to reflect the latest developments in education, training and the labour market. Over 700 industry experts are regularly consulted and asked to comment.

Quick, easy and unlimited   Students and parents can ask Mrs Day for the logon details and Password.

Labour Market Information - LMI

See here for a poster on LMI

Discover Your Future LMI video

Careers Advice Information - For Parents/Carers

Careers Advice and Guidance Services

PowerPoint introduction to the Careers lead and year 11 Careers Interviews.

Careers Advice for teachers  

OxLEP's Teachers' Guide  Find here

Useful Links for Teachers, Students and Families:

BBC Bitesize Careers  A very useful website with lots of job ideas and information

MyWorldofWork Helpful for parents and carers too

GoConstruct Showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment. 

Labour market information Oxfordshire   Find out about trending careers in Oxfordshire

OxfordshireApprenticeships Local current apprenticeship vacancies and information

ApprenticeshipListings Government apprenticeship website for all of England

AmazingApprenticeships Current apprenticeship vacancies and information

ApprenticeshipGuide Current apprenticeship vacancies and information

InstituteForApprenticeships Apprenticeships and technical education

UCAS Higher education and university applications 

NotGoingToUni Explore options outside of the traditional university route

UCAS Alternatives to going to university

OXME Oxfordshire Education, Employment and Training Services

Local volunteer centre 

Free courses

Government Kickstart scheme A temporary employment programme

Job of the week Videos.

101 jobs that change the world   What it is like to be a conservator looking after Whytam Woods  Look here

OxLEP's Parents Guide  find here

STFC Work Experience Programme 2021

What is the STFC? 

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest research  organisations supporting scientists and engineers and running experiments around the UK  and world-wide. Activities carried out cover a wide range of science, engineering and  technology, including materials science, engineering and instrumentation, particle physics,  space science, accelerator-based technologies, information technology and computer  science.  

Inspiring young people and the wider public is one of the STFC's main objectives. This is  achieved through a focused programme of public engagement, promoting careers in  science, engineering and technology to maintain the quality of the UK programme.  

Daresbury Laboratory (DL), Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and UK Astronomy  Technology Centre (UK ATC) offer work experience placements to Year 10, 11, 12 and 13  students each year, many from local schools and around the country. As far as possible they  are placed depending on their interests indicated on the application form.  

NHS Trust - Work Experience Update:

Medical Awards Programme

Pathway to Property

College open days 2021

Abingdon and Witney College

Campus Tours

 We are running some campus tours over the summer which can be booked below.  If demand exceeds the number of places we will happily add in some more dates.

 Bicester Open Morning

 We have an Open Morning at our Bicester Construction Skills Centre on 10th July from 10am - 12 noon.  A flier for this event is attached and places can be booked below:-

 GCSE Results Drop In Days

 Both our Abingdon and Witney Campuses will be open all day to coincide with GCSE results on 12th and 13th August.  No booking is necessary - anyone can just turn up and talk to tutors and apply or enrol on the day.

 T Levels for 2022

 In addition to our current T Level offer, we will be adding the following T Levels from September 2022:-

 Management and Administration Route – Team Leadership/Management (replaces BTEC Business)

  • Engineering and manufacturing Route –

    • Design and Development (Mechanical Engineering)

    • Design and Development ( Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Please do let me know if you have any questions at all.

Marea Brown

Events and School Liaison Coordinator

 Abingdon & Witney College | Wootton Road | Abingdon | Oxfordshire | OX14 1GG

01235 216 301 | 0758 320 6924


Important Information About Events at City of Oxford College

South Central Institute of Technology 

 Best wishes and stay safe


Closing date for applications 30 July 2021

Louise Coker-Taney

Schools Partnership Executive

A: Oxpens Campus, Oxpens Rd | Oxford | OX1 1SA E: | D: 01865 550906 | M: T: 0800 6126008 |


Information about apprenticeships can be found here

The Engineering Trust is a training provider and specialises in Engineering Apprenticeships.  We have fantastic opportunities for your students who are looking for a career in engineering. 


Our Vacancies:


Information for Teachers and Parents:



For those looking to kick-start your career, an apprenticeship allows you to earn and learn, developing your knowledge and skills within a work environment. There is a common misconception that apprenticeships are for those who can’t go to university. In reality, there are lots of reasons why you might choose an apprenticeship over a college or university course. The way in which you learn may mean you are more suited to practical learning, the idea of earning a wage and not incurring any debt may attract you or training for a specific career may interest.

Don't just take our word for it. Read our blog about Michael, one of our apprentices that is about to complete his programme. How did he find himself doing an apprenticeship? > 


 Our new apprenticeship Brochure:


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kind regards




Yvette Garcia-Mier

Marketing and Recruitment

Working Hours: 

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For those looking to start their professional career, joining KPMG as an apprentice means being part of a team of inspiring colleagues who bring fresh ideas and curiosity to work that really matters. We value our apprentices and recognise the vital part they play in the future of our firm. Those who join us will be encouraged to bring their unique perspective and showcase their ideas. Many of our senior leaders started their careers this way, and each one of our colleagues will be passionate about guiding our new apprentices on their own career journey. About our apprenticeship experience Our programmes offer apprentices the opportunity to work across different industries and are designed for those who have, or are about to, finish School or College - and span areas such as Audit, Software Engineering, KPMG Law and Data & Analytics. At KPMG, our apprentices gain valuable work experience, develop core skills and will be supported in their study towards fully funded professional qualifications and accreditations – all whilst earning a salary.

Our diverse employee support networks, clubs and learning community help our apprentices to develop connections and build new friendships, not just for today, but for their career ahead. There are also plenty of opportunities for them to get involved in volunteering, so they’ll be encouraged to make a difference at work and outside of the office too.


Support When apprentices join us, they’ll take part in a virtual induction week – an introduction to our firm, and a way for them to meet their peers, build valuable connections and feel a part of our community from day one. We’ll support them in their transition to the workplace too; providing them with a buddy, performance manager, access new joiner forums and range of learning opportunities which will allow them to shape their own development. We’re also investing in workplace tools and technologies that enable us to collaborate and stay connected whether we’re working at home, in our offices or at engagement sites. About KPMG With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on our successes thanks to a clear vision, our people and Our Values – we’re supporting businesses to grow, our people to achieve and our communities to thrive. Our largest practice is Audit, which helps to build the confidence and trust that business and society needs. In Tax & Law, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology & Engineering, we help companies to solve some of their most complex business challenges.  

Please note: Audit and Software Engineering apprenticeships are currently open. Further programme launches will follow later this month. Those interested can sign up to our Talent Community to be one of the first to hear when these become available. Our places fill fast, so we'd encourage applications as soon as possible  

Find out more and how to apply

Best wishes, KPMG Student Recruitment Team

NHS Apprenticeships

The Engineering trust

We have some fantastic new apprenticeship opportunities please see attached.

 For more info on these vacancies please have a look on our website:


National Apprenticeships 

Information from the Success at School careers advice service

Apprenticeships these days come in all shapes and sizes. With an apprenticeship, you could train to be a solicitor, engineer, journalist, pharmacist or graphic designer—and that's just for starters. You will also be paid a wage, and any qualifications you undertake as part of your apprenticeship—including a university degree—will be paid for by your employer.

This short video provides a good overview:

A Parent's Guide to Apprenticeships

Back to basics

An apprenticeship is a paid job with training. Apprentices also work towards relevant qualifications while on the job. There are four type of apprenticeships:

  1. Intermediate: Equivalent to 5 GCSEs
  2. Advanced: Equivalent to 2 'A' Levels
  3. Higher: Equivalent to a higher education qualification, and can include a foundation degree, bachelor's (aka undergraduate) degree, or even a master's degree (a postgraduate qualification)
  4. Degree: All degree apprentices work towards a bachelor's or master's degree.
What are the basic requirements?

A basic level of literacy and numeracy is required to undertake any apprenticeship. If you don't have any GCSEs in English or Maths, you may be able to—depending on the apprenticeship—work towards a "functional skills" qualification while they do their apprenticeship. There are also traineeships students can undertake if they do not qualify for an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship statistics

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Apprenticeships vs. University

This short video should help you understand whether apprenticeships or university might be better for you:

University vs Apprenticeship: what's right for my child

How to find an apprenticeship