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Career Connect

Education Business Services

Career Connect is proud to be one of the most successful providers of career management services to schools and colleges in the UK.

Our team of expert Careers Professionals give the right advice at the right time.

Our comprehensive careers programmes meet each Gatsby Benchmark and evaluate impact. We can give your students the knowledge and the competitive edge they need to achieve the best possible outcomes.  With over 18 years of experience, we work with each of our valued customers to design a professional, distinctive and inspiring CEIAG package, based on a tailored assessment of institutional need.

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Our services include:

  • One-to-one careers information advice and guidance interviews (including goal-focused action planning)
  • Full cohort reviews, using a range of indicators to target support
  • Evidence based interventions that enthuse and engage students
  • Consultancy on how schools and colleges can embed the latest labour market information into curriculum subject areas
  • Direct links to local employers
  • Targeted group sessions, depending on student need, including specialist support to develop resilience and personal agency
  • Work experience placements and internships
  • Support with applications to Post 16 education, employment and training opportunities
  • Specialist advice and information regarding applications to Higher Education
  • Employability Needs Assessment using a range of high quality, tried and tested psychometric measures.

Career Connect has access to the latest information and resources, providing careers advice, coaching and mentoring support that makes a real difference to the lives of students and their families, as they navigate career and learning opportunities.

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To find out how we can help call or email Carmel Skidmore or Chloe Elliott:
0151 600 7700
Schoolsinfo@careerconnect.org.uk

Outplacement Service

If you’re an employer, faced with reducing your staff during difficult times, Career Connect's Outplacement Service can help.

Through our Outplacement Service, our highly skilled Career Coaches can help your staff prepare and manage their way through the redundancy process. If they have not used their job search skills recently, we can upskill them and help them prepare for the challenges of today’s competitive jobs market.

All learning in our Outplacement Service us supported by our digital platform, ‘connectmycareer’ This unique platform provides a comprehensive suite of online resources, including everything from CV writing and interview tips to an ‘interview simulator’ that allows you to practise your techniques. ‘connectmycareer’ gives your staff the skills and confidence to start the next stage of their career with renewed confidence, positivity and support.

Career Connect’s Outplacement Service has a wide range of cost-effective packages to suit all budgets.  Our service can be tailored to offer everything from simple online access to one-to-one staff support sessions with a dedicated Career Coach and executive outplacement support for more senior or specialised employees.

To find out more about Career Connect’s Outplacement Service please contact outplacement@careerconnect.org.uk or telephone 0151 600 7700.

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To find out how we can help call or email Andrew McGregor:
0151 600 7700
outplacement@careerconnect.org.uk

Achieve North West (ANWC)

Achieve North West Connect (ANWC) delivers the CFO3 contract across the NW. This is funded by HMPPS CFO and ESF.


This social inclusion project targets offenders with multiple barriers to employment e.g. accommodation, substance misuse and issues with mental/physical health. Targeting such individuals ensures that those who are not currently accessing mainstream provision, can be supported into jobs.  Case managers offer intensive support to participants to enable their journey towards employment.

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The programme commenced in July 2015 and will run until August 2023.

Our award-winning team of staff has a proven track record of delivering HMPPS ESF programmes since 2010. Our case managers, partners and sub-contractors, provide specialist services in offender focussed education, training, employment (ETE) and social inclusion.

Visit the Achieve North Website for more information:

For more information on ESF visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

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To find out how we can help call or email :
0151 600 7700
help@achievenwconnect.org.uk

National Careers Service

Offering individual careers and employability support to overcome short term challenges and progress onto future career goals


The interests of our customers and communities is at the heart of what we do, the National Careers Service offer a range of support to help people who are age 18+ to make their next move.  You may be concerned about job security; need support with building your skills, employability and resilience to overcome short term challenges; or to consider what future opportunities may look like.

We can support:

  • Graduates and young people
  • Longterm unemployed
  • Overcoming barriers for 50+
  • Flexible working for parents
  • Redundancy
  • People looking for career change or better pay
  • More secure work
  • Upskilling and retraining

National line 0800 100 900. Lines are open from 8am-10pm every day or you can visit the National Careers Service Website.

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To find out how we can help call or email to book a digital, telephone or face to face appointment with our National Careers Service Adviser Emma:
0151 600 7841
info@careerconnect.org.uk

New Leaf

Building Better Opportunities: New Leaf Project

“Motivating Cheshire and Warrington!”

We are one of the many partners involved in the New Leaf project, supporting offenders from across Warrington and Cheshire who genuinely want to move away from offending and change their lives and the lives of their families. New Leaf brings together partners from across Warrington and Cheshire to change lives, create opportunities and make a positive contribution to local communities and the regional economy.

New Leaf programme has been allocated funding through the Building Better Opportunities programme and is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, which provides investment in local projects that increase economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regeneration.

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To find out how we can help call or email Dave:
07792 291 593
david.carter@achievenwconnect.org.uk

Supporting Young People

Career Connect has been appointed by Local Authorities across the Liverpool City Region, Manchester and Salford to support young people, to ensure they are engaging with the range of work and learning opportunities.

A dedicated team is based within local communities, working alongside partners to support young people with their career planning, job search or identifying the next steps to progress their choices or overcome any barriers they might encounter. This work also includes tracking young people to identify who may have dropped out of education or training, to help engage them back into education, employment and training.

Navigating the journey from school into meaningful employment can be a difficult road for some young people, who need a little bit of extra encouragement or motivation to help them get back on track with their career.  We use a variety of interventions to help them; understand career aims, strengths and areas for development, raise aspirations and show how participation can help realise their goals. This includes impartial careers advice and guidance, labour market intelligence, CV production, completing application forms and interview preparation.

Career Connect put their staff in the heart of the community, where young people can access the
right support to find a way forward, and a pathway that’s right for them.

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To find out how we can help call or email :
0151 600 7700
adviser@careerconnect.org.uk

Professional Training Services

Career Connect delivers high quality, nationally accredited qualifications to help organisations upskill their staff in Careers, Advice & Guidance, Coaching and other programmes.

Our qualifications run from Level 2 through to Level 6 (post-graduate), including the CEC funded Careers Leaders Programme. We are accredited to deliver courses through awarding bodies including OCR, City & Guilds, ILM and Open Awards.

Career Connect is an Assessment Centre for Entry to Level 2 Vocational Qualifications, accredited through Open Awards. This suite of short courses includes employability programmes and individual personal development modules that can be tailored to your specific requirements.

We offer a flexible, comprehensive training, delivered to suit the needs of individual learners.  Our professional and experienced trainers and assessors work with candidates across a range of sectors including local authorities, schools, colleges, housing associations and universities.

Our learning models can be delivered face-to-face or via distance learning on digital platforms. This allows us to provide support to candidates delivering careers advice & guidance in the UK and around the world.

Our most popular courses include:

  • Careers Leaders (commissioned by the CEC)
  • Advice & Guidance Levels 3 and 4
  • Level 4 Diploma in Career Information and Advice
  • Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development
  • Open Awards short courses

We are proud of our 98% candidate success rates.

For more information on the Career Leaders programme, download our information sheet:
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Contact us today to discuss how we can help your business, or to ask for a quote.

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To find out how we can help call or email Stewart:
0151 600 7820
training@careerconnect.org.uk

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