Careers Guidance

  • Experienced and friendly team based in our Careers Hub
  • Available for drop-ins and scheduled appointments
  • Personalised information and support
  • Resources and activities to develop skills for the future
  • Help with university and course choices, apprenticeships and employment
  • Annual careers fair
  • Talks from visiting speakers from universities and industry
  • University Open Days

Further information

Click the button below for more information about the careers service we provide to students both before and during their time with us.



student receiving careers support.


Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular option for students as an alternative to Higher Education. Degree apprenticeships mean students can still get a degree alongside working, and the employer takes care of tuition fees, so no student loan. Students are employed and paid a wage from day one of their apprenticeship.

Although the number of apprenticeships are increasing every year, they are competitive to get, and they are stronger in some career areas than others. Sectors with the most degree apprenticeship opportunities include Business and Finance, Management, Engineering, Digital and Cyber Security and Software Engineering.

Students are encouraged to talk to their Personal Achievement Tutor or call in to see the Careers Team if they are considering this option.

Links to further information: – Parent / Guardian Apprenticeship Guide

Talking – Pathways from 18+

About – Parents Guide to Apprenticeships


University Research

University offers students fantastic life changing opportunities, and is essential for some career areas. Where and what to study is a big decision. Students are supported with this throughout the tutorial programme, and will receive guidance from their Personal Achievement Tutors and the Careers Team.

Students are encouraged to attend University Open Days as well as the UCAS Fair at the Liverpool Arena in June each year, as well as our own careers event in March. We have fantastic links with our own university partners, who come into college regularly to talk to students in subject areas and in general about the application process.

Links to further information : РApplying to university advice for parents / guardians

The complete university – applying to uni advice for parents

Work Experience

We support our students to achieve the very best academic outcomes and provide as many practical opportunities as possible with some of the very best companies and organisations available. Work experience is more important than ever as most employers and many universities expect candidates to have some form of practical experience.

  • Placements aligned with your career aspirations
  • Experiences that blend practical elements with academic studies
  • Flexible options from regular weekly placements to those worked around free periods and holidays
  • Support to find volunteering opportunities to gain experience and prepare for employment
  • Links with over 600 organisations and charities

Could your organistion/charity support our students with Work Experience?

We look to continually grow our provision for work experience and volunteering so if you would like to get involved, we will be very pleased to hear from you.

Please email Julie Erica Saunders (Work Experience Coordinator) –

male student taking part in a design work experience placement. St Helens college

Contact Us

Joanne Billington, Careers Manager

01744 452276

Julie Saunders, Work Experience Co-ordinator