Here is the latest update from the Careers Team at Alder


College Virtual Open Events

Follow the links below to see college virtual open day presentations, here you can find out about courses and subjects on offer as well as virtual tours of the college sites and interviews with students.

There is still time for year 11 students to apply for many college courses. See college websites for details of how to apply:                                                               



An apprenticeship a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary, and the chance to train while you work. You are treated just like all the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.
When you are an apprentice:

  • You get paid and train at the same time, with at least 20% of your time spent in off the job training, often at a college, university or with a training provider.
  • You train to be fully competent in your chosen occupation.
  • You are on a career path - with lots of future potential for you.

Due to uncertainty in some industry sectors due to COVID-19, we advise year 11 students to apply for a full-time college place for September 2021 as a back-up to apprenticeship applications.

To find out more about apprenticeships and search for vacancies:


Key Stage 4 Pathways

For year 9 students, shortly the process of decision making for Key Stage 4 (KS4) education pathway will begin. This can be a time to consider any future career ideas and think about relevant subjects or to select subjects that will keep career options open if undecided.
Students and parents/carers can contact Joanne Green our school Careers Adviser to discuss current career ideas and advice on pathway choices.
You can email Joanne: with any queries or to arrange a Careers appointment on Microsoft Teams.


Our Pass

Our Pass is the new bus pass for 16-18-year-olds. For a one-off £10 administration fee, it unlocks free bus travel right across Greater Manchester – meaning that young people could unlock potential savings of over £500.

  • Our Pass will cover all local bus services across Greater Manchester
  • The card removes the hassle and cost of buying tickets or passes for specific routes and operators
  • Our Pass can be used seven days a week and has no time restrictions for bus travel. It will not just make getting to school, college, work and training easier, but also going out with friends and exploring Greater Manchester.

Click here for more information and to make an application.

Virtual Work Experience Opportunities and Events

Here are some links to Virtual Work Experience opportunities currently being offered across a range of industries:

NHS Allied Health Professions – Greater Manchester Virtual Taster Day 17th February 2020
We have a fantastic opportunity for your students in Y11-13. Health Education England and GM Higher are hosting a collaborative taster day with the help of Pathway CTM for students wanting to know more about working for the NHS in an Allied Health Profession. 
The taster day takes place online during half term on 17th February and students can sign up directly themselves. More info can be found at: 
Roles into NHS Allied Health Professions - Greater Manchester Virtual Taster Day - GM Higher

NNL Virtual Work Experience (Year 11 Students)
A fantastic opportunity, particularly for those interested in STEM (science, technology engineering and maths). National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is an exciting place to work and develops understanding at the cutting edge of science and engineering in the nuclear industry. We always aim to exceed expectations when it comes to protecting the environment, preventing accidents, supporting skills, and investing in education.
The virtual work experience programme allows you to gain virtual access into our working environments providing more insight into the nuclear industry, NNL and different career paths. We will be holding our virtual work experience programme for year 11 students for 5 days across the week of 26th – 30st July 2021.  Click here to apply

BT Apprenticeships Virtual Information Event 
8 February 4pm-5pm and 23 February 4.30pm-5.30pm
Online events for young people and their parents to find out about apprenticeship opportunities at BT.
BT offers Apprenticeships throughout the UK in areas such as:
Information Technology, Cyber Security, Engineering, Customer Service and Sales.
Click here to apply for a place.

Click here for more information about BT careers.

Apprenticeship Virtual Events by Barclays
A series of virtual careers sessions about Apprenticeships at Barclays designed for students and parents. All events are open to

  • Monday 1 February 2021, 5pm–6pm: Women in Banking/Apprenticeships
  • Tuesday 2 February 2021, 5pm–6pm: LGBTQ+/Apprenticeships
  • Wednesday 3 February 2021, 5pm–6pm: Multi-Culture/Apprenticeships
  • Thursday 4 February 2021, 5pm–6pm: Disability, Mental Health, Neurodiversity/Apprenticeships
  • Friday 5 February, 5pm–6pm: Apprenticeships

To book your place, go to the website.


Careers Interview Appointments

Our school Careers Adviser Joanne Green is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for careers interview appointment with students from any year group. The interviews can take place over the phone or on Microsoft Teams.

Career interviews are to guide and support students with their next steps and aim to raise awareness of future career opportunities, develop, and widen their aspirations and increase motivation to learn and succeed.

Please email Joanne Green to arrange an interview appointment or with any career related queries.