Employability at Kings

Employability Team

Rachel HopwoodCareers Lead
Sally DevlinEmployability (Careers) Coordinator
Simon OsborneEnterprise Advisor
Dr Gill OdolphieEnterprise Advisor

If you need to contact the employability team you can call the main office on 01934 742 608 or email office@kowessex.co.uk.


Careers Guidance
Work Experience


Work Experience Information Videos
Using the dashboard
Using the search engine
Shortlisting potential placements
Submitting via applications
Submitting a form
Placement view
Bonus features
LMI Employment Quiz and Average Pay Checker

LMI have developed a short quiz to help students figure out what they might like to do for work. They have also developed a tool for checking UK average pay by job type.

Somerset Careers Hub Student & Parent/Carers Padlet & Opportunities Padlet

The Somerset careers hub Padlets may be of interest to students and parents. It is regularly updated with news and opportunities relating to careers in all industries in Somerset and the rest of the South West as well as careers education resources for all students at all levels.

Your Future Sorted

Directories for school students, parents, teachers and stakeholders in Dorset and Somerset.

All About Apprenticeships

A series of webinars for Parents, carers and teachers covering Apprenticeship and other Post 16 options are available on the Amazing Apprenticeships website.  Anyone can register for these via Workshop & Webinars – Amazing Apprenticeships, which can be attended live or watched on demand.

The Institute for Apprenticeships is a really good website to search for and learn about apprenticeship standards.  There are over 700 standards available covering all levels and sectors, there really is something for everyone!  This website is a good research tool for students wanting to know whether they can reach their chosen career via the apprenticeship route. Apprenticeship search / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Vacancy Snapshot is another great research tool.  It features some of the country’s apprentice employers, providing information on the typical apprenticeship roles they recruit for, as well as hints and tips on applying. Amazing Employers – Amazing Apprenticeships

There is a useful PDF booklet, A Guide to Apprenticeship Applications produced for gov.uk, which your students may find helpful.  It can be found here PDF-a-guide-to-apprenticeship-applications

Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network have a Provider Directory (Somerset and Dorset editions) which can be found here Your Future Sorted – Directories – DSTPN.  DSTPN have also produced Skills Elevators, which are a useful tool for students wanting to know the different pathways into their chosen career.  These can be found here Elevator – DSTPN.

To find vacancies, Find an Apprenticeship (gov.uk) Find an apprenticeship – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Parent Zone – information and resources for parents and carers Parent Zone – Amazing Apprenticeships

Skill Up Somerset – free impartial apprenticeship and skills advisory service for individuals and businesses Home – Skill Up Somerset

Finally, there is a huge range of resources available for students, parents, carers and teachers at Amazingapprenticeships.com and Apprenticeships.gov.uk.

Useful Links

National Careers ServiceThe government has set up specialist services for young people to obtain impartial Careers Advice
Success at SchoolThis site has a “Careerzone” which is an excellent resource for finding out more about the different types of jobs available, with information about what to study and how to get there
UptreeFree to access careers site offering a personality test, cv builder and some basic careers information
Youth Employment UKThe website of an organisation working to decrease unemployment amongst young people. It includes useful careers advice and research
Target CareersA free to access site which is designed to increase the general knowledge of young people about a wide range of careers and relevant training
Career PilotStudent friendly site of careers information
Career AlchemyParental advice site which answers many frequently asked questions
MilkroundA website that combines live jobs and apprenticeship vacancies with general careers information
All About GroupThey offer free advice and guidance to young people, helping over half a million young people each year.
Careers BoxThis site has lots of short films embedded in it where all kinds of people talk about a wide variety of areas of work
Practice ReasoningThis site has guides for students in dealing with psychometric tests during job interviews and internships
WikiJobA site that helps you explore opportunities and plan your career as well as provide information on government funded further education