Careers Advice

Careers Education

Careers Education begins in Year 7 and ensures that each child is fully aware of the opportunities open to them and the ways in which to progress to achieve their chosen career path.

The College uses individual sessions as well as whole day activities to ensure students are guided with their careers choices; whether it is researching career opportunities or applying for a job vacancy, full time college course or apprenticeship.

In Year 7 students get the chance to research their “dream job”. Year 9 students get the opportunity to meet real business people in their “Careers Day”. Year 10 students will get the chance to visit a local university, attend a careers fair and undertake a week long work experience. Year 11 students will be given extra careers interviews and help and support with application to colleges and apprenticeships. Key Stage 5 students also get the opportunity for impartial careers advice, support with university and apprenticeship applications as well as work experience in the summer of Year 12.

The College works with closely with a highly experienced and impartial careers advisor, Mrs Jean Pilling, from Changing Education. Mrs Pilling has been with us for over 5 years now and she has seen over 1500 students in this time. Mrs Pilling sees students for 45 minute careers interviews across Years 9 to Year 13. These students may have requested appointments themselves, or been nominated by pastoral staff. If any parents would like their son or daughter to have a careers interview then please notify the relevant Year Learning Leader who can ensure names are added to the list. Mrs Pilling is with us each Monday and Thursday and is always open to students visiting her in her office during her drop in times. These are usually lunch times. Her office is found next to the music rooms.

The college works with Cheshire East Youth Support Service (formerly Connexions) for careers support of those students with an EHCP. We also use Changing Education with our careers support for all other students. In some cases students with an EHCP may be seen by both organisations.

Mrs Garvey (Key Stage 5) and Mr Blades (Key Stages 3 and 4) are also available to help any students with careers information.

For three years the College has also worked with the Macclesfield Pledge. This organisation works through the Macclesfield Chamber of Commerce and aims to prevent students from being NEET (not in employment, education and training). Students involved in this scheme participate in a range of in house activities with real business people and external visits that will ensure they understand what employers are looking for in new recruits. Last year we extended the Macc Pledge scheme to have a separate sixth form group, a small SEN group as well as the larger Key Stage 4 group.

Mr Blades

Assistant Principal

September 2018

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Interested in a local apprenticeship? Click on link below.



Employer Location Apprenticeship
Umbrella Accountants LLP Wilmslow Business Administration Apprentice
Direct Food Ingredients Macclesfield Apprentice Quality Administrator
Clonter Opera Theatre Congleton Digital Marketing Apprentice
Chapeau Cafe and Farm Shop Marton Apprentice Chef
The Town Cow Macclesfield Apprentice Chef
The Pack Horse Hayfield Apprentice Chef
Queen’s Head Hotel Congleton Apprentice Chef
The Windmill Macclesfield Apprentice Chef
Hollin Hall Hotel Kerridge Apprentice Chef
Little Treasures Stockport Playwork Apprentice
International Business Development Bollington Business Management Apprentice
Momentum Instore Tytherington Business Administration Apprentice
The Tytherington Club Tytherington Beauty Therapy Level 3 Apprentice

To apply for a vacancy or for more information, please visit the College website…

Alternatively, contact Jane Jones at Maxim Business Training (part of Macclesfield College)


Contact no. 01625 410022