What are my options? - practical careers help for young people

6th Forms

These are centres, mainly based in schools, offering courses beyond GCSE.  the majority of courses on offer are A levels, some centres offer level 2 courses.

Netherall School

Workington Academy

Keswick School

Cockermouth School

Energy Coast UTC

St Benedics School

West Lakes Academy

Millom School

Further Education

Local colleges offer a wide range of vocational courses linked to different areas of work and starting a different levels.  School leavers start at the level most suited to their ability.

Lakes College, West Cumbria

Carlisle College

Kendal College

Furness College

University Information

The UCAS website: www.ucas.com not only enables you to apply for university - but it's also packed with information about option in year 11, what university is about and the mechanics of applying

Push - www.push.co.uk is a lading guide to UK universities, providing information on universities, student life, gap years, finance and many other things.

Which University has lots of information about what to study and where to go.

Local Universities:

University of Cumbria

Lancaster University

Northumbria University

Manchester University

Newcastle University


Many national and local companies recruit through Apprenticeships.gov.uk.  You can register then search and apply for vacancies.

Gen2 recruit apprentices for engineering, business admin, customer service, teaching assistants and other career paths.

You can also apply for apprenticeships with the following companies through GEN 2:


Morgan Sindall Group

John Wood Group



TSP Engineering

Other apprenticeships are available through JTL Training who recruit and train electrical and plumbing apprentices for construction companies, they also train for:

Balfour Beatty

PPL Electrical

Electricity Northwest - offers plant mechanic, stores and business administration.

Degree apprenticeships can be done at National College for Nuclear.

Other companies offering apprenticeships include:


United Utilities

Careers Northern Gas Networks

Network Rail

Careers at Sea

Arnold Clark


The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Cumbria County Council



The British Army 

The Royal Air Force


The Royal Navy

Doosan Power Systems

Don't forget to check out the apprenticeships sections on the local college websites, they all offer a full range of apprenticeship opportunities.

Inspira regularly post apprenticeships and jobs to their Twitter account @inspiraforjobs so if you are on Twitter why not follow them.

You can also get more help and ideas via any of their social media accounts - just search for @inspiraforlife

Job Search Websites

If you are interested in looking at vacancies locally and further afield - why not search the following websites:

Indeed - has millions of jobs from all over the UK, sourced from job boards, newspapers, classifieds and company websites

Not Going to Uni (NGTU) is a one stop site for apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs.

You can also check out nw1 Jobs (CN Jobs) and Find a Job - GOV.UK

For more information and help

The following websites can help young people with providing careers inspiration and advice, practical tips and insights.


National Careers Service


Target Careers



Inspira - Whitehaven, Civic Hall, Whitehaven, CA28 ISH
Tel: 01946 695541

Inspira in Workington, 213 Vulcans Lane, Workington, CA14 2BT
Tel: 01900 604674

Email: info@inspira.org.uk

Page last reviewed: 10/03/2023

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