Careers Advice, information and support

Careers Guidance in School

Careers advice and guidance interviews offered by a professionally qualified Careers Adviser (to at least QCF level 6) are available in schools for students; schools can advise how to access this.

Students should have at least one guidance interview by the age of 16 and another by 18.

Careers Advice and Guidance can help to explain the different choices and options available, and suggest opportunities for young people to consider, based on their individual needs, skills, interests, ambitions and predicted grades  before they make an informed decision about their future. 

These options could include:

  • vocational qualifications
  • advanced qualifications
  • apprenticeships, study programmes and traineeships
  • looking for work
  • university and other forms of higher education (post 18)
  • supported internships
  • foundation/supported learning courses
  • T levels

It is vital that young people see a Careers Adviser and get a Career Action Plan that highlights their career goals, lists their choices, options and next steps for their future.

Career Guidance after School

Students already in a post 16 placement like a college or a training provider will also have access to a Careers Adviser to help them plan their future moves.

Students will need to book an appointment and should be able to explore all their future options.

The National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides online support for young people and adults who need help with decision making and searching for courses and training. Young people can register for support if they are aged 13 or above.

They will also be able to speak directly to an adviser by phone or online.

The National Careers Service website has online tools that can help with career exploration and decision making.

National Careers Service telephone: 0800 100 900


Birmingham Careers Service

Not in Education, Employment or Training in Birmingham (NEET)

Birmingham Careers Service will work with young people if they have left school or a Post 16 placement and are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).

This means that if they are 16 and over, and unemployed then the Birmingham Career Service will be able to help them.

The Birmingham Careers Service will provide career information, advice and guidance to help young people consider their choices and options, and support them to look for jobs, training, and apprenticeships, or continue in education. A fully qualified (QCF Level 6) Personal Adviser will work to support them.

Visit Birmingham Careers Service

Or alternatively phone the following number to book an appointment to see a Personal Adviser at a community or youth venue near to home:

Birmingham Careers Service telephone: 0121 675 6105 or 07592586436

Email – BCareers@birmingham.gov.uk