Careers and skills for young people

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 they have a special educational need or disability).

As part of our service, we offer a tailored work experience service and work alongside various learning providers and employers across the borough to ensure young people have access and support to progress into the most suitable post 16 opportunities.

We are able to help schools deliver the objectives of their careers strategy, the aims of the Governments Inspiration Agenda, as well as achieve a successful OFSTED rating.

Pre 16 services

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.

Post 16 services

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.

We deliver the ‘Connect 2’ ESF programme, working with young people aged 15-19 who are not in education, employment or training, or who are at risk of dropping out of opportunities.

We also deliver Greater Manchester Talent Match which is a Big Lottery funded programme supporting young people aged 18-24 who have not been in employment, education or training for twelve months or more and who need extra support to help them along their pathway to work.

Work experience

Work experience offers an insight into the world of work, allowing individuals to gain transferrable skills like communication, confidence, and team work. It will help young people enter future employment, as well as assist them in pursuing both further and higher education.

Work experience can be offered across various job roles and teams and is tailored to the individual’s needs. This service is available to all residents across the borough and can also be delivered as part of our services to schools offer.

If you need any further information, please contact us.
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