Careers Advice

A range of education and training advice and support is available:

Stoke-on-Trent Careers Service

Young people aged 11 to 19 years, or aged up to 25 years with a learning difficulty or disability, and living in Stoke-on-Trent can get help and support from our careers service on the following:

  • career choice and planning
  • qualifications and how to choose college courses 
  • college applications 
  • university applications 
  • apprenticeships 
  • training courses 
  • job applications 
  • CVs 
  • work experience 
  • skills for employment - group work sessions 
  • preparing for job interviews

We can provide information, advice and guidance for:

  • school age young people
  • those who have left school and are looking to the future
  • those 19 plus who need guidance or a career change

For help, more information, to arrange an appointment or to speak to an adviser if aged below 20 years of age phone 01782 237747, txt 07879 115678, email, or use our contact form - click here to view this.

We will aim to contact you by the next working day.

Information for parents

Parents and carers can help young people to make wise decisions about their future. The following tips are to help you help your children with their future plans:

  • Talk to your child about their career ideas and future plans.
  • Encourage them to look at a wide range of careers - almost every job is open to both males and females.
  • Talk to their careers adviser. Your child may be happy for you to attend an interview with their careers adviser, at school or college, or at your local careers drop in, Careers Advisers are also available at parents' evenings.
  • Encourage them to develop their skills through out of school activites and interests. This will help them when they are applying for courses or jobs.
  • Encourage them to find out about work through work experience and business activities at school or college.
  • Support them with their school work and find out about their progress by talking to their subject teachers at parents' evenings.
  • Go along to other open evenings or careers events at schools or colleges.
  • Contact the careers service for more advice and information on 01782 237747, txt 07879 115678, email or use our contact form (click here to view).Other Services Available.

The Gatsby Report

The Gatsby Report written by Sir John Holman, details careers guidance and the improvements that could be made. From researching the available literature, talking to practitioners and teachers Holman formulated what good careers guidance is and identified eight benchmarks.

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from careers and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum to learning careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal Guidance.

For more on the Gatsby Report you can download the document on the bottom of the page. As a careers service we also offer the Quality Mark.

Useful Links and Numbers

Benefits – For benefits information including child tax credits and JSA hardship please visit 

Hanley Job Centre - 03456043719

National Careers Service - Link and 0800 100 900



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