Parents & Carers (Careers)

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Parents and carers play a vital role in ensuring their children gain the best information, advice and guidance to prepare them for life once they leave Cowley: parents and carers have skills, knowledge, insight and connections, which may well make all the difference in helping their children make the right decisions and the right next step.  To help you support your child, we have therefore designed this website to provide you with all the information you will need to enable you to take an active role in your child’s Careers Education. Understanding the changes in the Labour Market is equally important as knowing the education providers that are available, as it is this information on the growth market that may help develop a successful career.

Parents and Carers are also welcome to receive any Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance that you wish to receive. We have plenty of information, prospectuses and resources to help you create a CV and prepare for job or college interviews, so please feel free to contact the designated CEIAG lead colin.mercure@cowleysthelens.org.uk to find out more.

Useful links

Paths to Careers – a Parent’s Guide – A publication for parents to help their child’s decisions on further education, apprenticeships & careers.

University events and courses for parents/carers to help you support your child’s choices

A Parent and Supporter’s Guide to University Entry

The UCAS process can be bewildering so the University of Reading developed a free online course, “A Parent and Supporter’s Guide to University Entry” with a basic step-by-step guide to applying to HE and tips on ways parents and supporters can support their young person with their choices. Watch the teaser here.

The University of Reading are also part of the Uni4me website where secondary age students can access resources from curriculum help, careers advice, skills development and information about how to apply to University. What resources could be helpful to your young person?

Deloitte apprenticeships parents’ insight webinar

If your child is in Years 10-13, don’t miss out on our parents’ insight webinar in partnership with Deloitte, on Tuesday 1st February at 6.30pm.

Hear all about apprenticeship opportunities at Deloitte, and how your child can earn and learn, gain professional and degree level qualifications, and help to solve clients’ problems right from the start.

Find out about how apprenticeship opportunities at Deloitte can kickstart your child’s career. Hear from experts at Deloitte on how your child can make their application stand out PLUS a Q and A session, giving you an opportunity to ask any questions. If you want to support your child to forge a brilliant career with a business that is making an impact worldwide, register now.

Parent/Carer Information Evening with PwC, HSBC, M&S & others!

At Young Professionals, we ran a ‘Your Child, Their Future‘ Event back in September 2021 and we had a staggering 3000+ parents and carers attend virtually from all over the UK. After such an incredible turnout and amazing feedback, we are now planning our second parent information evening in February 2022. 

The job market for students leaving school or university can be difficult to navigate and now more than ever we need to help our young people by making them aware of all the opportunities available to them, as well as providing them with advice and tips on securing the very best opportunities when they enter the workplace. Therefore, we would like to extend our invitation to all parents and carers to attend our ‘Your Child, Their Future’ Event on Thursday 3rd February at 6pm – 7.30pm.

We have leaders from some of the biggest employers in their industry including M&S, HSBC, PwC, Capgemini, Linklaters and more who will each come along to talk to you, as parents and carers, about how your son/daughter/young person can best navigate the job market to find some incredible work experience/internship placements, as well as graduate and apprenticeship opportunities. We will be sharing some useful tips around psychometric testing, how to prepare for assessment centers, putting together a CV, filling out application forms, as well as advice on how you can prepare your child/young person for the working world.

This event is completely free of charge and it will be running via Zoom on Thursday 3rd February at 6pm – 7.30pm. You will have the opportunity to join this event virtually with your son/daughter/young person, or the whole family and ask any questions that you may have, directly to leading employers. 

The booking link can be found below here, so please do sign up if you would like to attend. The zoom link will be emailed to you nearer the time.

Booking Link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YP-Parents-Event

Adult Learning Courses

The following courses are free adult learning courses offered in St Helens by Mako Create.

If you want to learn something new, socialise and be creative, then we have the perfect courses for you!

Duration: 4 weeks

Dates: 18th Jan – 8th Feb @ 10am

Location: Wonderland CIC, Canal Street, St Helens, WA10 3JQ

Cost: Free!

Requirements: Aged 18+, Living in St Helens

Duration:​ 4 weeks

Dates: 20th Jan– 10th Feb @ 10am

Location: Wonderland CIC, Canal Street, St Helens, WA10 3JQ

Cost: Free!

Requirements: Aged 18+, Living in St Helens

Duration:​ 4 weeks

Dates: 19th Jan– 9th Feb @ 10am

Location: Wonderland CIC, Canal Street, St Helens, WA10 3JQ

Cost: Free!

Requirements: Aged 19+, Unemployed, Living in St Helens