8. Useful sources of information
https://www.pinterest.com/ofqual/postcards/ – information for parents about the changes to qualifications.
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ – general information about learning, jobs, applications for all people in England. There is information on more than 130 industries with 800 different jobs. There is a special section for 13-19 year olds and a helpline available from 8am until 10pm seven days a week – 0800 100 900.
http://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/ – everything you need to know about Apprenticeships and Traineeships including a vacancy matching service. You can register and search for opportunities based on your postcode, job title or sector.
http://www.ucas.com – comprehensive information and advice about higher education, including information about university courses throughout the UK, how to choose courses and how to apply.
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/students/ – a straight talking introduction to financing higher education.
https://www.gov.uk/student-finance – information about student loans and grants, including application forms.
http://www.parentadviser.co.uk/ – information and advice for parents about how to support your child with higher education choices.
http://www.careersadviceforparents.org/p/free-expert-advice.html – a website for parents supporting their child with career choices.
https://www.plotr.co.uk/ – provides games, insider knowledge and inspirational stories to support career exploration and choice. Check out the parents’ zone.
http://www.thecdi.net/ – The Career Development Institute is the professional body for career development in the UK. In addition to promoting good practice and quality, it maintains the Register of Career Development Professionals.