Careers advice and guidance

Aspiring Futures careers and skills service (ages 13-19)

Aspiring Futures is the employment and skills service for young people in Wigan borough.

We provide careers information and advice for young people aged 13 to 19 (or to 25 if you have a special educational need or disability).

We are able to help schools deliver the objectives of their careers strategy, the aims of the governments Inspiration Agenda, and a successful OFSTED rating.

Our pre 16 offer

Schools are legally responsible for ensuring that their pupils have access to independent and impartial careers guidance that both inspires them and raises their aspirations.

We work with young people in the majority of high schools and sixth forms across the borough, equipping them with the skills, knowledge and experience to secure sustainable employment and enable them to make well informed, realistic decisions about their future career.

We do this through a range of tailored approaches, including:

  • One to one guidance interviews
  • Information and support on applying for courses
  • Getting into employment
  • Work experience
  • Exploring different careers and pathways
  • LMI sessions
  • Engagement with employers.

Our post 16 offer

Our progression advisers and mentors provide independent and impartial advice and support to young people aged 16 to 19 (and up to 25 for those with learning difficulties and disabilities), who are not in employment, education or training, helping them to decide on their future and find opportunities.

Our service includes:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Support with job searching and applications to apprenticeship and traineeships
  • Job applications, CVs and interview preparation
  • Access to work experience and placement opportunities
  • Help with referrals to specialist services and agencies as appropriate.

Careers support

National Careers Service

You can access support to help you explore your career options. Qualified career advisers offer telephone appointments tailored to suit your personal circumstances and can cover the following:

  • Redundancy
  • Securing employment
  • Upskilling and training
  • CV writing and interview techniques
  • Returning to work after a break
  • Flexible working for parents
  • Graduate opportunities
  • IT, Maths and English skills.

To get support visit the National Careers Service website (external link) or call 0161 393 6473.

Greater Manchester Apprenticeships and Careers Service

Greater Manchester offer a unique careers and apprenticeship service for young people in Greater Manchester with useful tools and options to help you plan for your apprenticeship or careers.

Collecting information

We have broad duties to encourage, enable and assist young people to participate in education or training. Tracking young people’s participation is a key element of this. Local authorities are required to collect information about young people so that those who are not participating in employment, education or training, can be identified and given support to re-engage.

If you require further information about our services, please contact us.


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