Click any of the headings below to find out more information.
This free site provides careers information for young people, families and school staff and brings many of the city’s careers resources into one place as your single point of contact for skills and careers in Derby
Careerometer - Live Labour Market Job Information
Use the widget below to find out information on prospective careers.
Are You Willing To Inspire And Motivate Students At LCS?
We would like to invite employers & volunteers to engage with our students and help us to deliver worthwhile, relevant experiences involving careers education and help promote work readiness.
Our students and teachers really appreciate learning first-hand about the skills and attributes that employers value and the attributes used in the world of work.
Now more than ever, we will be very grateful of any time you can give!
If you feel you have the time, enthusiasm and expertise to help our young people or would like more information please fill in our online registration form.
Register to Help
Typical Programme of Activities
Safeguarding and Visitor Protocol
Visitors to LCS are recommended to read the school Safeguarding and Visitor protocol before arriving.
Many of our volunteer employers are parents or past students of the school, who have joined the LCS Alumni group. If you are an ex-student and you haven’t yet joined the Alumni, please do follow the link below so we can keep in touch with you about events and opportunities that you may wish to get involved in.
The school data protection page, including how the information retained with regards to our volunteers is used, can be found using the link below:
Contact the Careers Lead
The Careers Leader at LCS is Fiona Came, if you wish to get in touch directly you can do so via the school email address email@example.com.
LCS Careers Videos
LCS has a selection of Careers resource videos which students can view. Students will need to log in to view the videos using their school email address and password.
External Careers Videos
All students have access to up-to-date and comprehensive careers material in the Careers Library which is located in S16 and S15.
The Careers Library is open and staffed during lunch times, Monday through to Thursday.
Students are able to seek impartial advice and receive guidance from experienced and trained personnel. No appointment is necessary. Referrals and self-referrals can be made here for one-to-one careers interviews and support.
Many of the "Be Inspired" careers talks are held in the LCS Careers Library over lunchtimes. These are advertised in advance to all students.
For any further enquiry, contact the PSHE/Citizenship department at the school.
- Open Events & Application Deadlines in the Derby Area - 2021-22
- Post-16 Introduction Presentation - A Post 16 Guidance Presentation for Parents/Carers of Year 11 students. General options information for Post 16 and beyond.
After you have viewed the Post 16 Introduction Presentation, click a link below to navigate to the specific pathway information you require.
- Apprenticeships, Local Training Providers and Connexions Service
- Sixth Form
- Luminate and Careers Derby
- Decisionz Magazine
- School Toolkit Post 16
Apprenticeships, Local Training Providers and Connexions Service
Apprenticeships offer a great alternative to full time higher education, allowing you to learn a trade whilst earning money.
There are local Training Providers who can help young people connect to specific apprenticeships. Click the image below:
As well as clicking on the image above, you can view the Derbyshire Network who also give more information on Training Providers by clicking the following link: https://www.thederbyshirenetwork.org/training-providers/specialist-training-providers/ .
The National Apprenticeship Week runs every year, but the associated useful resources, learning opportunities, interview and events are not confined to just that one week. The published date is rather a 'launch' for these opportunities. It is worth checking the site on an ongoing basis and linking to their social media if you are interested.
Use the resources below to find out more:
- National Apprenticeship Week 2021
Apprenticeships Presentation 2021
Download a copy of the Apprenticeships Presentation 2021 from the LCS Post-16 Information Evening:
For more general information and advice regarding apprenticeships, view the video below from the National Apprenticeship Service.
Introduction to Apprenticeships
The nearest Further Education Colleges to our school geographically are Derby College and Burton & SouthEast Derbyshire College. Their links are provided below. Both Colleges accept online applications.
Many of our students choose to attend Colleges further away - Chesterfield, Nottingham. Courses can be researched by students easily using their Unifrog tools. Every student is registered to have a Unifrog account from Year 7 upwards. Parents can also use Unifrog. See the separate information drop-down page within Student/Parent Resources.
- Derby College - https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/ - [Prospectus] - [Youtube]
- Burton and South Derbyshire College - https://www.bsdc.ac.uk/
Choosing a Sixth Form 2021
Advice regarding choosing a sixth form from Mr Archer, head of LCS Sixth Form.
Luminate and Careers Derby
At LCS as well as Unifrog, we buy in expertise from Luminate Careers and Coaching and arrange for an independent, impartial, level 6 qualified Careers Guidance Advisor to be available for students.
Students may 'self-refer' for sessions with the Advisor by contacting Miss Came, Careers Lead, but students are also targeted for guidance sessions by our Department.
Luminate's website has a really good resource page which they are happy to share with you. When you click on the link, scroll towards the bottom of the page for all sorts of useful documents, websites etc. Specifically, there are two parts particularly relevant to the content of options (and there are links specifically to help/advise parents). Please look for the following links:
There are also some really interesting useful Careers videos on this recently created Careers Derby Youtube channel that both parents and students will find helpful at different stages of need.
Particularly relevant to this particular page on Post 16 pathways is the video below:
What now? Choosing your next steps.
A useful video on Post 16 pathways from Careers Derby
Decisionz is an online careers and advice magazine aimed at young people.
The document below contains an outline of you can expect to experience in your careers education each year to help prepare you for the future world of work
These are two subscribed services that are available to our students and to their parents who want to support their child’s careers education.
Kudos is formally introduced to students during the Year 9 careers programme, although this may be encouraged for students to use as early as Year 7 for those who show a particular interest.
To find out more information about Kudos, click the link below, then click on the pink tab "What is Kudos?".
Unifrog is formally introduced to students from Year 7 upwards as part of careers programme. The platform is very extensive and detailed, so we introduce this in a timely and relevant way through careers lessons as students’ progress through each year.
Students are given means of accessing Unifrog through allocated unique log in / registration details. For further details, please ask your child about these. If you have any further questions, please contact the PSHE/Citizenship department at the school.
To find out more information about Unifrog, click the link below and click on the available links.
As parents, carers and guardians of students at our school you can also access Unifrog by setting up your own account. If you wish to do this, please view the information in the presentation below.
- Unifrog - Guide for Parents, Carers and Guardians (Adobe PDF)
- Unifrog For Parents (Youtube instruction video)
The Year 11 Work Experience programme is currently suspended due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on local work places and employers.
In PSHE lessons, students have completed work about assessing their key employability skills and the opportunities available to them for continuing to develop these skills both inside and outside of school.
Students can continue to use the ‘Employability Checklist’ as a starting point to assess their areas of strength and to highlight the opportunities where they can improve these skills, such as volunteering and virtual work experience.
The Employability Menu contains information about key opportunities where students can learn more about the world of work and enhance their skills and qualities.
Virtual Work Experience is a key part of this and while it does not fully replace the face to face work experience, it can serve to give students access to a wide range of work sectors and employers.
Students would need to complete these experiences in their own time and can put evidence and certificates into their portfolio’s and Unifrog accounts.
The resources below are related to the work experience process.