London Ambitions Careers Offer: Resources

The London Ambitions Portal brings together contact details for all secondary schools and colleges careers and business engagement leads.

The portal will make it easier for individuals and/or organisations to find information and build contacts and networks. Whilst this new portal gets underway we have provided a non-exhaustive list of links to some helpful careers and enterprise resources aimed at schools and colleges. These are a few examples from a wide range of openly available resources.

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Key Stage 2 (+)

Artist in School -
A range of ideas for introducing artists' careers and inspiring children to think about their creative talents. This includes assemblies, workshops and a teacher zone with pointers for teaching about artists. It also contains relevant content for Key Stages 3 and 4.

Careersoft -
Careers education and guidance resources for primary schools (as well as secondary schools and colleges), including an opportunity to try any of its products for free.

Classroom Medics -
Bringing science and fun into the classroom for primary schools (as well as secondary schools and colleges), including eight different zones for accessing careers and learning resources.

Big Green Fox -
This resource focuses on careers education starting earlier, in primary schools, and supporting educators in delivering a competency, not just content, based education which helps young people better understand the purpose of school. Career Detectives, is a tool designed to help teachers embed careers education within the core curriculum, making links between educational subjects and future career opportunities.

Primary Futures -
This lively and engaging matching resource supports teachers to access a vast network of volunteers from different backgrounds and professions – from apprentices to chief executives, archaeologists to zoologists or employees from small, medium sized or multi-national companies all of whom have signed up to inspire children in primary schools.

YES programme -
This is a career-linked learning resource that gives primary learners a bespoke, engaging and motivating window into the world of work. It aims to broaden the horizons of learners and help them to connect learning to life. Career-linked learning resource gives primary learners a bespoke, engaging and motivating window into the world of work. 

Key Stage 3, 4 & 5

Apps for Good -

An education technology movement that is transforming the way technology is taught in schools, turning young tech consumers into tech creators. Apps for Good aims to unlock the confidence and talent of the next generation of problem solvers and digital makers: young people who are ready to tackle the 21st century workplace and are inspired to create new tech ideas that can change their world for good.

Apps for Good is currently recruiting schools to join as Education Partners. 

Arts Hub -
A content-rich website covering jobs, news, careers and what’s on in the Arts field across the UK.

ASDAN accrediting body -
Employability qualifications approved by Ofqual and fully endorsed by ASSET Skills, who were previously the Sector Skills Council responsible for employability.

Barclays LifeSkills -
LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is a free, curriculum-linked programme, developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people. It provides free resources, workshops and lesson plans to prepare students for work experience opportunities.

Bird and Bird: Lawyers in Schools -
This is a skills based employee volunteering programme run by the Citizenship Foundation. The scheme places practising and trainee lawyers into the classroom to work with young people to develop their awareness and understanding of the law.

Career Development Institute (CDI) -
The CDI is the single UK-wide professional organisation for everyone working in the fields of career education; career information, advice and guidance; career coaching and career management.

Careers in the City -
This charity builds links between the wealth of opportunities in London’s financial districts and the local communities surrounding them. Since 2000, they have introduced tens of thousands of young Londoners to City careers and helped thousands to access actual career opportunities.

Careers of the Future -
A guide based on research and data from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), highlighting a range of jobs which are all Careers of the Future.

Cegnet -
An online community for teachers, careers professionals and supporters of career development to share news and resources.

Central London Careers Hub -
A London-based organisation focused on improving the knowledge and expertise of Career Development Professionals across London and its commutable area.

Centre of the Cell -
An online science education centre based at Queen Mary, University of London. It is the first science education centre in the world to be located within working biomedical research laboratories. It has free online educational activities, games, fun facts and teacher resources.

Creative Choices -
An online hub of advice and opportunities for anyone that wants to work in a creative career.

East London Business Alliance (ELBA) -
This Alliance works with member companies to get east London people into training and jobs, as well as delivering employability skills training, facilitating work experience placements for local residents and providing capacity building for organisations.

EEF- The Manufacturers’ Organisation -
This organisation offers an apprenticeships and skills service to young people interested in working in a manufacturing environment.

Engineering Development Trust (EDT) -
The Trust delivers a range of tasters, projects and placements aimed at 11-21 year olds, in order to provide exposure to industry, business and higher education. They also offer an accreditation for workplace experiences through Industrial Cadets, aimed at 11-19 year-olds.

Entrepreneurs in Action -
This organisation gives young people a taste of a real-life working environment. Learning activities are structured to encourage young people to be innovative, to experiment and develop their potential as future entrepreneurs, creators and leaders.

Fast Tomato -
This is a popular online careers programmes for teenagers to explore the many different career opportunities open to them. Fast Tomato (part of the Morrisby Organisation) has been assessed to meet all elements of the ‘matrix’ quality standard. This is the unique framework supporting the effective delivery of information, advice and guidance on careers, learning and work.

Future Morph -
The website and resources have been created to show that studying science, technology, engineering or maths beyond the age of 16 isn’t just a one track road to becoming a scientist or engineer – the skills and knowledge you gain at different stages in schooling are valuable in almost any career and will make young people very employable.

Half Moon Theatre Careers in Theatre programme -
Careers in Theatre gives participants the opportunity to work alongside theatre specialists culminating in creating a performance piece over just one day.

iCould - 
This popular and widely used inter-active website provides career inspiration and information for young people of all abilities. It shows what is possible in work and offers different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job and labour market information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

Inspiring the Future -
A unique and widely used website connecting teachers with volunteers from the world of work, who commit an hour a year to speak about their job.

LMI for All -
This data can be used to power apps and websites. ‘LMI for All’ includes information from two key products from the Office for National Statistics: the Labour Force Survey and the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings; plus data from two products from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills: the Employer Skills Survey and Working Futures. It also includes vacancy data from Universal JobMatch, and data on skills, interests and abilities from the US O*NET database. This is currently being piloted in schools and colleges across the UK.

Morrisby -
Psychometric assessments for students, supported by the Morrisby Careers Adviser Network with trained and fully qualified careers guidance practitioners.

National Careers Service: London Local Pages -
A website offering careers tools, careers advice, calendar of events, news and real life stories from across London.

National Schools Partnership -
This partnership works to encourage and support businesses and other organisations to establish programmes that benefit schools. It offers free online teaching resources, lesson plans and numerous examples of crosscurricular activities.

Newham Education Business Partnership -
The Partnership has developed a range of programmes to assist in delivering the KS3 & KS4 curriculum. The programmes, which involve the participation of business and community volunteers, give insight into the world of work, raise aspirations and meet the work related learning framework. In some cases programmes can lead to accreditation.

Panjango - 
A free resource which offers a different approach to careers education and gives learning context and purpose by directly linking the curriculum to work-related challenges. The resource enables students to learn about the world of work in an interactive and engaging virtual learning environment whilst developing the knowledge, skills and experience needed to thrive in life after school. Knowledge challenges link the English, maths and science curriculum to work-related challenges. Skills challenges help young people develop the skills and competencies needed in life after school. Experience challenges put young people into the mind of a professional requiring them to think about solutions to various work-related scenarios or ethical dilemmas.

plotr -
Play the Game to find a career you love! The game analyses your personality, interests and needs in life to help you find the best careers for you. It also has many other features including job search facilities and a series of lesson plans and quick-fire activities to help embed careers learning within schemes of work using Plotr with students. All are suitable
for careers lessons/PSHE/form time/dropped timetable days, but some also lend themselves to specific subjects.

Prospects -
An annual catalogue of resources including popular careers education resources; from student workbooks to lesson plans and directories.

Skills London -
This is London’s biggest jobs and careers event for 15-24 year olds and their families. The event features over 45,000 job opportunities, including Apprenticeships, 207 exhibitors from top employers, colleges, training providers and careers advisers. 33,226 visitors attended the 2015 event and were inspired towards their future. 

Skills Match (London) -
This is a new interactive tool which allows the visual exploration of the relationship between skills supply and employer demand (at Level 3 and below) in London up to 2020. It brings together skills data and labour market data enabling policy-makers, practitioners and employers to take an intelligence-led, geographically-specific approach to addressing youth unemployment in London.

Skills2Use -
Getting the right job or onto the right course can change your life. Skills2Use can show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got what it takes.

Speakers for Schools -
Providing state schools with inspiring talks from leading figures, free of charge.

STEMNET: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Network -
Working with thousands of schools, colleges and STEM employers, to enable young people of all backgrounds and abilities to meet inspiring role models, understand real world applications of STEM subjects and experience hands on STEM activities that motivate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life. Runs the UK’s only network of STEM Ambassadors: over 27,000 inspiring volunteers.

Street Style Surgery -
Fun and inter-active workshops for young people, including Dj-ing, Music production, Film making, Make up skills, Forensic science, Skateboarding, Soccer skills, Screen printing T-shirts, Cooking skills, Money Matters and many more.

Teen Tech -
An industry-led initiative, founded in 2008 by Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson to help the “X Factor” generation understand their true potential and the real opportunities available in the contemporary STEM workplace. TeenTech events take place at venues across the UK – at each event 300 pupils from 30 different schools benefit from hands-on exhibits and challenges run by leading organisations.

The Big Bang Fair -
The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. Its aim is to show young people (primarily aged 7-19) the exciting and rewarding opportunities out there for them with the right experience and qualifications.

The Real Game -
A series of classroom-based programmes developed to help students learn more about themselves and both the opportunities and the responsibilities of adult life in a fun and constructive way.

Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership -
For over 20 years Tower Hamlets EBP has worked closely with teachers and schools to make sure the young people of Tower Hamlets have had, and continue to have, as many opportunities as possible to broaden horizons, build confidence and develop the skills they will need in the future to succeed.

Vinspired -

Vinspired one of the UK's leading volunteering charity for 14- 25 year olds. Vinspired helps young people to make their mark on causes they care about, whilst learing new skills and talents along the way. Vinspired recognises that voluteering can help young people thrive, and transform the communities they live in. It teaches them vital skills, like teamwork and problem-solving - helping to prepare them for their future. 

This organisation inspires girls and women to study and build careers in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing (STEM).

Young Enterprise -
This organisation is a leading enterprise and financial education charity. It gives young people – from all backgrounds – the opportunity to realise their full potential through a range of practical enterprise programmes, from one day masterclasses to year-long projects.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides free support to teachers, students and young people designed to complement schools’ existing careers guidance arrangements and support them in fulfilling their statutory duty to provide impartial, independent careers information:

  • Young people aged 13-18 can access a full careers information, advice and guidance service on an individual basis via the contact methods of webchat, email, SMS and phone and callback. Operational hours of 8am – 10pm every day means that students can access support on an out of hours basis. 
  • The Inspiring London team help broker relationships between schools and employers to organise inspirational activities that inspire students about the career opportunities around them. Contact: [email protected] to find out how they can help.

 For further information, or to organise remote support for your school, call 0800 100 900 or contact [email protected]



A parent’s guide to apprenticeships factsheet - 
This fact sheet gives parents and guardians an overview of apprenticeships, the benefits and progression opportunities available and information about why an apprenticeship is the right choice for their son or daughter.

A Parent’s Guide to Apprenticeships -
Need to find out more about Apprenticeships? By request, the Apprenticeship Information Ambassador Network can attend a Parent Evening or Parent & Teacher Association meeting in London - make an enquiry here

Apprenticeships: teachers' handbook and study material -
The apprenticeship self-development pack is designed for 16 to 19-year-olds who want to go into employment, including apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships; and students that need support with progression options and those who are undecided about their future career and study options.
Students can use the self-development pack to find out about the apprenticeships available to them so they can choose the right employment and education path. The teachers’ handbook supports the apprenticeship self-development pack.

An introduction to apprenticeships for years 7 to 11 -
This apprenticeship starter pack can be used by careers guidance teachers for young people in years 7 to 11. Listen to employers and apprentices from organisations like IBM, Barclays, Padgett Plumbers and the Armed Forces talk about what apprenticeships mean for them.

Find an apprenticeship -
Can be used by career guidance teachers for year 10 and above and should follow the introduction to apprenticeships for years 7 to 11 presentation. The presentation shows students how they can find an apprenticeship by registering on the ‘Find an apprenticeship’ - - vacancy system.

Apprenticeship Information Ambassador Network London -
The Apprenticeship Information Ambassador Network deliver Quality Assured Information on Apprenticeships in a variety of settings, including schools career days, 6th Form events, Pupil Referral Units, Job Fairs, Job Centre Plus, youth clubs, PTA’s etc.

Career Map -
Careermap is a website for 16-24 year olds looking for a pathway into employment, particularly through Apprenticeships.

Careermag Magazine – 
A magazine from Careermap, that aims to give young people tips and tools to help them take their first steps in their career, with a focus on Apprenticeships.