Holy Cross pupils begin to consider their future beyond secondary school as early as Year 7 and we have an integrated Careers Programme which aims to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks.

All pupils study Careers in SMSC days that fall throughout the school year. This gives pupils the opportunity to explore different aspects of Careers, become aware of their strengths and weaknesses and extend their career aspirations.

Year 9 pupils begin to consider their GCSE options and experience an “Industry Day” in which many local employers, businesses, vocations, professional organisations and tradesmen are invited to visit Holy Cross. Students are given the opportunity to talk to people about careers they may have some interest in or careers in which they are merely curious about.

In Year 10, students will meet with representatives of our local Further Education colleges and also work through tasks on “Kudos” which will offer suggestions about possible careers that may be appropriate for their personal qualities and academic profile.

In Year 11, support is given to all pupils to make the right choices for post-16. We pride ourselves in supporting our pupils on to the next stage of their employment, education and training and NEETs are very rare at Holy Cross. We give them the opportunity to speak with prospective colleges and employers and provide guidance throughout the application process.

In this section you will find important information about our Careers Programme and also useful links to local college and employer websites. Please take some time to read and digest the information.

College Open Days 2018-19

Download – Careers Guidance Notes for Leavers

Download – Apprenticeships letter

Useful Careers Links

Work Experience

InvestIN are delighted to announce our spring term schedule of work experience programmes for students aged 15-18. Click the above image to find out more about the opportunities that are available.


Training 2000 Open Day will take place on 2 July 2019 between 2:30 – 6:00pm in Blackburn. Details available here.

The National Apprenticeship Show North will take place at the Bolton Arena between Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October 2019. More details and information on how to get involved are available from their website.

Training 2000 Apprenticeship Vacancies showing the latest opportunities available in the area (April 2019). Click the following links for vacancies in Chorley and Preston.

Bosch Advanced Apprenticeship Programme offers automotive apprentice opportunities and are now on the lookout for new students. Find out more form their poster.

Leyland Trucks are currently accepting applications for apprenticeships in a number of different roles. The application process typically runs between January to April with expected start dates in August. Click here to view more information.

Westinghouse have opened up applications for their apprenticeship program from the 10th of January. A number of engineering opportunities are available. Click here for further information.

Springfields Apprentice Training are now accepting applications for a number of roles. The closing date for applications is Sunday 24 February 2019. Click here to view their poster for more details.


NHS Careers will be holding an event on 20 November 2019 at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital to learn more about apprenticeships, careers, and university career paths. Find out more from their poster.

BAE Systems will be hosting a number of engineering taster weeks. This is a great chance to learn more about the company and working within engineering. A full poster and PowerPoint presentation are available so that you can learn more.


A-Level Decisions

Personal Statement Tips for College and Apprenticeship Applications

Policies and Strategies

Careers Strategy 2018-2019