Careers co-ordinator: Mrs C Love

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.

Runshaw College Year 10 Future Ready Event

College Bridging Offers (May 2020)

Download – Careers Guidance Notes for Leavers

Download – Apprenticeships letter

Useful Careers Links

Work Experience

The BAE Systems Work Experience Programme will take place again in 2020. This is a great way for students to consider career choices and provide them a better view of opportunities available. The programme helps young people learn about particular occupations and is a chance to develop their experience, skills and behaviours employers are looking for. More details are available from their welcome letter.


Runshaw College are holding an Open Evening at their Chorley campus on Euxton Lane between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesday 18 March. Part of this will look at apprenticeship opportunities in the area and how the college can help with your career options. Further details available via their poster.

Amazing Apprenticeships are currently offering free downloadable resources to support International Women’s Day. The “Apprenticeship A-Z of Women at Work” can now be downloaded from their website

Training 2000 are currently advertising a number of apprenticeships covering the local area. The following links provide details of these opportunities by area:

Leyland Trucks currently have two apprenticeship opportunities open for applicaiton. Details about the roles and the applicaiton form can be found below. Both applictions close on 28 February 2020:

BAE Systems Apprenticeships are holding a number of open day events for applicants to learn more about the opportunities available. Please note that you must register for a place before attending. A full list of dates and locations can be found on their poster.

BAE Systems currently have an open opportunity for a Supply Chain Practitioner Apprentice in Samlesbury. Full details about the programme are available from their information booklet.

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

Westinghouse Springfields work in the neuclear energy sector and are looking for school leavers to join their Apprenticships programme. To learn more about the comapny and the scheme, visit the company’s page on the Start website.


The NHS Health Academy of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals will be running a careers event on Tuesday 5 May 2020 at Royal Preston Hospital. Details of the event and contact information can be found on their poster.


A-Level Decisions

Personal Statement Tips for College and Apprenticeship Applications

Parents’ Guide to Engineering Careers

Policies and Strategies

Careers Strategy 2018-2020

Gatsby Benchmarks 2019-2020