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In-School Careers Opportunities

Young Enterprise Scheme

This scheme is run in Year 12 by the Business Department. The Young Enterprise Scheme gives students the opportunity to set up and run their own business over the course of a school year. This scheme offers students the chance to develop a wide variety of skills essential in the business world. Each student adopts a functional role within the team including areas such as finance, human resources, operations and marketing. The company must complete accounts, prepare a business report and meet regularly to ensure all shareholders are working in union. Skills developed during this scheme include tolerance, resilience, how to overcome and solve problems, communication skills and self-confidence. Blessed Thomas Holford are very proud of the fact that their current Year 12 Young Enterprise Company ‘Understanding Universe’ recently won the Trafford and Wigan Finals competition and will now compete in the regional North West Young Enterprise Scheme final.


Lunchtime drop in sessions are provided for all Years from Apprenticeship provider, The Growth Company. These are held 4 times a year to introduce pupils to different career pathways.

In addition to the above, pupils from any Year who feel they need 1:1 careers advice and guidance can book an appointment through their Form Tutor, Pupil Services or by directly contacting the Careers Adviser (Miss Johnson) on Parent/pupil meetings are also available on request.

As with the Curriculum, the Careers programme is reviewed annually, and adjusted by staff and the leadership team to make sure that the programme is relevant and meets the needs of its pupils and students. The above programme is the main school careers programme and is the minimum any pupil and student will receive as part of their development and enrichment. Many other school trips and events related to careers will take place during the school year run by various staff members.

Careers Team track pupil destinations after leaving Year’s 11 and 13.

Careers Fair

This is held once a year at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College, and provides Year 10, 11 ,12 and 13 pupils the opportunity to talk to a wide range of professionals from different career pathways. 2018’s Careers Fair included representation from the Police, Army, BBC, Veterinary, Medical, Childcare, Aviation, Design, Sales, Sports Science, Food and Nutrition, Psychotherapy, Retail, Law and Educational arenas, and provided pupils with the chance to ask pertinent questions on routes into these industries and what is expected of those who work in these industries.

Higher Education Fair

This is held once a year at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College, and again provides Years 10,11,12 and 13 direct access to representatives from over 28 different Colleges, Universities and Apprenticeship providers. Pupils can browse and ask questions. The event is open to all pupils to raise aspirations and provide inspiration for future choices.

Four trips are provided annually in Year 10 for those interested in applying to Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Two trips visit a college at Oxford University and two trips visit a college at Cambridge University.

Year 10 pupils interested in entering Higher Education attend the UK Higher Education and Apprenticeship Search Fair (held this year at the Etihad Stadium). This is to offer guidance and inspire research into future Higher Education options.

For those pupils not interested in Higher Education a trip to the Skills North West event at Event City in Manchester is provided.

In July, those pupils interested in doing A levels attend a day in the Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College Sixth Form where they can experience taster sessions for subjects they are interested in. Pupils who wish to take another route Post-16 have the opportunity to visit The Manchester College where they can experience 2 taster sessions in subjects they are interested in, followed by an afternoon at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College where Apprenticeship providers and local colleges are invited to talk about other Post-16 opportunities available to them.

Career information, advice and guidance team attend Year 10 Parents Evening so that pupils and parents have access to impartial careers information and guidance.