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For nearly 30 years the Good Schools Guide has provided trusted help and advice to parents, helping them with one of the most important questions they face - choosing the right school for their child. The Good Careers Guide (GCG) is a natural development of that help, aimed particularly at young people making decisions about their futures.

Schools' careers departments:

How to evaluate them

Outside advice and interventions that schools can use to help your child - and our views on them

The best in apprenticeships:

What to look for in a worthwhile apprenticeship

The GCG's reviews of the ones that you might reasonably prefer to university

Celebrating apprenticeships

Our project to encourage schools to celebrate apprenticeships gained by their alumni

Improving access to careers information:

Our Aviator project, connecting careers information


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    Berthon services, repairs and refits private yachts – from fitting new decks, engines and electronics systems to spray painting and maintenance. The company also builds Shannon class lifeboats for the RNLI. Initially marine engineering apprentices shadow senior colleagues, performing simple tasks, then move on to more complex tasks such as servicing and refitting engines. Apprentices frequently need to use their own initiative. The apprentices meet the customers and must treat them in a courteous way.’ In Berthon Boats' Advanced Apprenticeship in Marine Engineering, apprentices get the chance to deliver boats to customers and take part in sea trials in the…

  • Celebrating Apprenticeships

    In partnership with The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), we are trialling a campaign to see if saying Thank You to schools and teachers increases their interest in putting more students forward for apprenticeships. We would be delighted if you felt able to share the message below, or a version of it, with your current apprentices, or those who have recently completed an apprenticeship with you. Thank you in advance for your help and, if you have any queries at all, please do get in touch

  • The Good Careers Guide Apprenticeship Reviews

    We have begun to create independent reviews of apprenticeship programmes (really getting under the skin of organisations to see how they tick in terms of their current and future apprenticeships offers), to give teachers, careers advisers, parents and pupils a reliable and insightful view of what each apprenticeship offers, in the short and in the long term, and of who it suits. Please take a look at them, and let us know what you think.

  • The Royal Navy apprenticeships reviewed

    The Royal Navy offers opportunities that you simply can’t get elsewhere – from policing the world’s oceans and preventing conflict to delivering humanitarian aid and safeguarding trade routes, no two days are the same. Progression is excellent - good sailors can achieve several promotions within five years. They gain qualifications that are recognized in the civilian workplace and, providing they have the appropriate academic qualifications, they can do a university degree at no cost to themselves. A Navy career is ‘a lifestyle, not a job,’ while a sub-lieutenant (Commissioned Officer) who had worked his way up the ranks (or rates, as…

  • CGI degree apprenticeships reviewed

    Degree apprenticeships / sponsored degrees in Business Management for Information Technology or Information Systems Management. In just three years apprentices earn a degree, a higher qualification and have three years paid, professional work experience. Pay performance and experience related, so by the time apprentices graduate most are paid more than their peers who start on CGI graduate programme. Work is cutting edge; CGI defend clients from circa 43 million cyber attacks daily, their software supports more than 200 satellite missions and they designed, built and operate the Police National Database, which searches across two billion record CGI degree apprentices work…

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