Careers Advice

Careers Education

Careers Education begins in Year 7 and is continued throughout the years which follow, to ensure 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. An example of whole day activities include: Year 7 My Dream Job Workshop and Year 11 Life After All Hallows Workshop. Bespoke workshops have also been run for Year 11-13 students on Applying for Apprenticeships, CV and Letter Writing. Year 8 students have also research career opportunities through the writing of blogs. Year 9 students have been given opportunities to meet real business people in workshops and visit local universities. Year 10 students have been given opportunities for work experience (see below).

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 3 years now and she has seen over 1000 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 Leader who can ensure names are added to the list. In the first instance she sees students who are unsure as to their career paths after the end of their studies as well as students who would benefit from an interview to motivate them.

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 two 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. This year we have extend the Macc Pledge scheme to have a separate sixth form group, a small SEN group as well as the larger Key Stage 4 group.

Key Stage 4 Students take over the workplace:

At All Hallows Catholic College we regularly provide opportunities for students to experience the workplace. Over the last 12 months more than 300 students in Year 10 and 12 have worked with employers for 4 or 5 days as part of our Takeover Days scheme – based on the national Student Takeover Day initiative.  These students gain a valuable insight into employments and learn skills. The College would like to thank all employers who have helped us over the last 12 months. I am sure they have learned from the students as well as the students learn from them

Useful Links – Free careers information – The schools and colleges in Cheshire East have worked together to provide you with all the information you need to find the qualifications, course/s or training that is right for you.


Choosing your next career path– Raising the Participation Age – My Career Springboard is the essential FREE careers guidance tool for school & college students.


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