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Poltair School seeks to maximise the life chances of all our young people, and we recognise it is crucial to prepare our students for life beyond school and college. Our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme makes a major contribution to preparing students for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of life.   

As a school, we aim to raise awareness of the range of careers, career pathways and training opportunities on offer that suit students interests and abilities and enable students to make the best-informed choices to help them follow sustainable career paths and successful employment throughout their working lives.  

They will learn about the changes in the world of work and how technology and digital skills will make them more employable adults in the future  

Our comprehensive programme begins early in their journey with Poltair.  Each year, students will be given opportunities to develop their transferable employability skills, experience life in the workplace, understand qualifications and pathways open to them and understand how to enter and be successful in today’s labour market.    

Poltair Schools Careers lead is:
Mrs Lorraine Turner [email protected] 




At Poltair, throughout the academic year, we raise awareness of Apprenticeships with all our year groups, either through tutor time activities and/or special events and trips. This year, National Apprenticeship Week 2023 (#NAW2023) takes place from 6th to 12th February 2023, bringing together everyone passionate about apprenticeships to celebrate the value, benefit, and opportunity that apprenticeships offer!

We have a number of activities planned including webinars, assemblies, and the opportunity to meet visiting employers face-to-face. Be sure to check out the wide range of useful downloads and resources at the bottom of this page, shared courtesy of Amazing Apprenticeships.

Types of Apprenticeship

The popularity of apprenticeships is growing rapidly with young people able to start them at a wide range of entry levels including:

  • Traineeships: a programme for those not quite ready to go into a full apprenticeship.
  • Intermediate Apprenticeships: Level 2/3 for beginning the apprenticeship journey, starting age from 16, no upper age limit.
  • Advanced Apprenticeships: Level 3/4 apprenticeships equivalent to two A level passes with valuable work experience.
  • Higher Apprenticeships: Levels 4-5. Suitable for those looking to build on their knowledge and progress from their Advanced-level qualification.
  • Degree Apprenticeships: Levels 6-7. Degree apprenticeships are offered by universities and other higher education providers in partnership with employers. They contain either a full degree or degree-level qualification and go up to master’s level (which is postgraduate).

Resources for Students and Parents

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship levels explained

Apprenticeships hints and tips

Step-by-step guide to applying for an apprenticeship


College Information

We take great pride in helping our students prepare for the next step – whether that’s college, university apprenticeships or in the workplace.
College Contact details
Truro College
Callywith College
Cornwall College Group
Includes: Cornwall College Newquay, Cornwall College St Austell, Cornwall College Camborne, Duchy College, Stoke Climsland, Rosewarne, Falmouth Marine School, Bicton College
Bodmin College Sixth Form

Useful Websites

National Careers Service – a comprehensive careers website with job profiles, outlining: the skills required, main tasks, pay levels and career prospects for hundreds of different jobs. In addition, valuable guidance on the different stages involved in getting a job.

Find an Apprenticeship – the government website listing Apprenticeships in England

Amazing Apprenticeships – a website for anyone wanting to know more about apprenticeships. The website has a search facility for job specific apprenticeships in a particular area.

Career Pilot  comprehensive information on the jobs market in the south-west. Contains information on the main employment sectors, including the number of people working in that sector and whether the number is projected to increase or fall. In addition, information on job salaries, relevant subject areas, top employers and types of apprenticeships.

Icould – helpful videos about a wide range of job roles.

Veryan – this is an extremely useful tool when looking for a Work Experience placement. It has a range of occupational sectors to select from, within each sector there is a list of companies who have participated in the scheme. From this you are able to access the type of job, contact details etc.

UCAS – a very helpful website for students thinking of applying to higher education. Also contains valuable information on different options, including apprenticeships.

Bodmin Sixth Form College  For all information regarding FE Courses, advice sessions, open days etc.

Callywith College  For all information regarding FE  and HE Courses, advice sessions, open days etc.

Cornwall College  For all information regarding FE and HE Courses, advice sessions, open days etc.

Truro College – For all information regarding FE and HE Courses, advice sessions, open days etc.

Newquay Tretherras Sixth Form – For all information regarding courses, advice sessions, open days etc