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Careers Progression & Employment

If you're looking for ways to help generate ideas about future careers, try:

Our Career Match Quiz can generate personalised career ideas that link to skills and interests.
Our Buzz Quiz is designed to help young people discover their strengths
My Future  has a range of resources, tools and information for young people working up to Level 1.

Year 12 Progression

For lots more help on which direction to go in next see our Careers Info/Events & Pathways page, or click on the drop-down menus below for available Apprenticeships, Employment Information or University.

Apprenticeships AND employment opportunities 

These will be added as we receive them from Careers Wales or relevant companies. For the most up-to-date information also see our SJHS Facebook and SJHS Twitter pages.



Whether you are a school-leaver, graduate or looking for an opportunity to change your career, find out about the early career schemes we offer to get you on the right track and into a job you will love.

Which companies offer banking apprenticeships?

These programmes are typically offered by the main retail banks, including the following five leading graduate employers:

  • Barclays - if you've completed your GCSEs, there are foundation apprenticeships in operations, technology and customer service, while those with A-levels can work towards a degree-level higher apprenticeship in either operations, technology, functions (compliance, finance, internal audit and risk) or user experience design.
  • HSBC - in addition to its foundation apprenticeships for school/college leavers, HSBC also offers four-year banking degree apprenticeships. The programme involves a number of rotations across your chosen business area (wealth and personal banking or commercial banking) while studying towards a university degree.
  • Lloyds Banking Group - apprenticeships are available in three broad areas: financial services, digital and technology, and professional services. They range from intermediate (Level 2) to degree level (Level 6), lasting from one to three years.
  • NatWest Group - broken down by business function, you can choose to work as an apprentice in customer service, specialist and support, digital, technology and data, or relationship management.
  • Santander - ranging from Level 3 up to Level 6, apprenticeships are available in finance, economic crime, data science, technology engineering, fraud and corporate and commercial banking.

If you're interested in more general finance apprenticeships, you'll find that some of these programmes aren't just restricted to banking.

Find out more: Top UK banking apprenticeships |

Welsh Government Apprenticeship Scheme

The Welsh Government’s apprenticeship scheme provides the opportunity to study for a level three qualification, while working in an administrative role supporting one of our teams who deliver work across key areas of public life such as health, education and the environment.   

What are the benefits?
  • Earn £21,300 a year while you train.
  • Get 31 days holidays, 10 public holidays and flexible working arrangements to help you achieve a good work/life balance.
  • Study for a Level 3 qualification in Finance, Digital Data and Technology or Business Administration.
  • Develop a range of skills.

What next?

Visit: The Welsh Government Talent Bank to register interest.

You can browse through Welsh Government work and gain a better understanding of the civil service in Wales by visiting: 


What does it mean to do an apprenticeship in the Army? How do you apply? How will it help your career? Click the links below for more information on current apprenticeships. 


Amazing opportunities with Capgemini, a live store in London where they transform retail shopping and customer engagement to bring to life the store of tomorrow. Using the latest technologies, they have reimagined shopping experiences for food, drink and fashion and offer an experiential space for retailers to test them out.

The apprentice programme's are extensive with Capgemini, including both the degree apprenticeships in Digital & Technology and Leadership & Management and a higher apprenticeship in Cybersecurity.

Apprenticeships Information Online


An overview brochure of the Apprentice programme is above, simply click the brochure link and also on the site.  Or see an overview of the apprentice recruitment process or read an amazing blog by Bilyana about her experience of being an apprentice at Capgemini.

For those looking at graduate options post-university, click here. It's worth looking at for two reasons, firstly for understanding the 'traditional' path. Also, there are numerous videos across the Apprentice and Graduate pages of our teams talking through their roles/careers which would be of interest for those unsure what roles may be available to them within IT.


Take your first steps in a career that challenges, rewards and evolves. At BAE Systems you’ll be working on exciting, world-leading engineering and business projects from day one, whether you join us for work experience, an internship or apprentice role, or through one of our graduate or undergraduate schemes


Whether you’re a student, graduate or looking for your first job, you’re in the right place. Whatever entry path you take to join us, we’ll provide the tools, support and opportunities for you to discover and develop your strengths so that you can thrive in the workplace. Click on the brochure or visit the link above fro lots more information.



The Ford Advanced Apprenticeship leads to NVQ & BTEC Level 3 at CEME and College. These exciting Advanced Apprenticeship opportunities are based at Dagenham Engine Plant and Dunton Technical Centre, with practical training for the first eighteen months at our training centre in CEME in Rainham.

Please note the following criteria for the Advanced Apprenticeship:
Minimum of 3 GCSEs to include Maths Grade B or above (Grade 5 or above) Physics or Double Science Grade C or above(Grade 4 or above) and English Grade C or above (Grade 4 or above).


helpful information


Click on the video all about apprenticeships from Yvonne Carroll from Careers Wales. 


INDIGO Careers in Digital Services

Watch the film to meet and listen to the Indigo working community. If you are looking to set your skills in motion and fulfil your potential? Opportunities at Indigo allow you to discover a dynamic career that values your talents as part of an ambitious and committed team working as one to deliver the future of digital infrastructure. 



Newport Wafer Fab are currently looking for apprentices, here is a little bit about them and what they do in South Wales. Click here to apply.

Click above to watch film about Newport Wafer Fab

To see films about all four clusters in High Technology Careers to aid your journey, Newport Wafer Fab have sent this "Day in the Life of an Engineer" YouTube channel link with relation to apprentices/HN/Degree engineers.


This is a discussion with Richard Selby, the director of ProSteel Engineering and pupil Fin currently on apprenticeship. Hear what he has to say about his experiences.


Melin Homes were asked four questions regarding Apprenticeships, watch this video for their answers:



For all things UCAS, tips and support for applying click here for our dedicated webpage


UCAS services support young people making post-16 choices, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. More than three million applications are made every year. Part of their role is to guide prospective students (plus parents and advisers) along the right route, giving them the support and advice they need to make an informed decision about their future.

Click on the film below by Mrs Clark to run through the information you need about applying through UCAS and creating your Personal Statement.


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Cardiff MET

Check out Cardiff MET's new web page where students can chat using the Unibuddy platform. Providing free, essential advice and guidance to students considering Higher Education as the next step.



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Listen to Mr Glenn Cosby, Widening Participation and Recruitment Officer for Bristol University tell you a little bit about studying and living in Bristol.


With over 50 years' experience providing higher education guidance to UK schools and colleges, Swansea University's Student Recruitment team is one of the UK's most proactive with helping prepare prospective students for the challenges, realities and benefits of university life. Click below for English or Welsh sites.




Complete this short form via the link below and you will be sent an email with the link to watch videos on:

  • Architecture
  • CGI and Visual Effects
  • Engineering
  • Media
  • Psychology 


A series of events and resources available including our Junior Researcher Competition, International Women’s Day celebrations, Student Shadowing videos and more. Click PDF below fo full details.

Enquiries and bookings can be made here: activity expression of interest form

For details about Student Finance 2022-2023 please click here, or go to our Student Finance page.

REMEMBER: all other links/opportunities are posted in the Year 12 Google Classroom code 5ynbos2

Links and things 

Google Classroom


Useful websites

Guardian University Guide
The Complete University Guide
Not going to Uni
Student Finance Wales


We know that exploring all your higher education options is difficult right now. There are lots of great Virtual Open Days out there - but how do you even know which ones to go to? The UCAS site will give you lots of information on all courses in all universites. Click for UCAS


Online Courses and Degrees from Top Universities: Join millions of people learning on FutureLearn. Find online courses and degrees from leading universities or organisations and start learning online today.

Open Learn full catalogue for free courses

Careers Wales

For lots of information and opportunities for apprenticeships and the world of work Click for CAREERS WALES


Some helpful links to get started on your personal statement: 

Here is some advice on UCAS/Personal Statement from Year 13 pupils:
  • Don’t try too hard to write what you think they want to hear, it will probably just turn out sounding generic and cliché.
  • Be concise, and use valuable information, characters are very limited and you want to make the most of them to sell yourself to admissions.
  • Don’t waffle, there’s nothing more demoralising than spending hours on a draft and then watching J-Ry cross a good 75% of it out within seconds of you giving it to him.
  • Use all the resources you have, visit your statement tutors, contact friends from the year above and use the shared area examples as well, it will make things a lot easier.
  • Finally, write up and hand in as many drafts as you can and don’t focus all your efforts into one statement, test out different approaches and see which things work. It’s an extremely stressful thing to do and for most it won't just happen overnight, just trust the process, persevere and at some point, it will all just click and you’ll be ready to go.

How to write a CV

Before sending off your application hoping to get a job interview, you need to make sure you have an effective CV.

We’re talking about the sort of resume that positively screams “don’t waste time reading those other applications, you’ve already found the right person for the job”!

For a practical guide to writing the perfect CV quickly and easily click on the image below and follow this really useful blog. It may help you on your way to that perfect job.

Or click on this link.