Sheffield Futures
Sheffield Futures
Sheffield Futures
Sheffield Futures
Sheffield Futures
Sheffield Futures

Careers, education and schools

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We offer professional careers support for schools

As a school you want all your students to have the best start in life. You also have a legal obligation to secure independent careers guidance from Years 9-13, and you are expected to work towards meeting the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of a high-quality careers programme.  

Our careers advisers

As customers of Sheffield Futures, you can be assured of a professional service. Our careers advisers are: 

  • Professionally qualified to Level 6 and registered with the Career Development Institute (CDI – the professional body)
  • Independent – we are not affiliated to any learning provider or employer
  • Professionally supported with access to continuous training and professional development
  • DBS approved with enhanced status

Our offer

We can deliver a tailor-made package that suits you, your students and your budget. Typically, we offer: 

  • Guidance interviews: Young people tell us that they value the opportunity for a one-to-one discussion. After every interview we produce an electronic individual development plan (IDP)
  • Small group discussions e.g. around popular job choices, options at 13+/16+/18+
  • Support with writing CVs and Personal Statements
  • Larger talks e.g. at assemblies
  • Drop-in clinics
  • Follow up support after exam results
  • Support with employer interaction
  • Attendance at parents’ events
  • Help with organising other events, e.g. careers fairs
  • Inset for your staff  
  • Regular reports 

We will meet with you to discuss your needs before drawing up an individual agreement.  

Resources and information

Information has surely never been as accessible as it is now? However, it’s not always simple to distinguish between high quality careers information and material that is out of date or has an agenda. At Sheffield Futures we produce many of our own resources for schools or colleges purchasing our careers guidance.  These currently include:  

  • A printed ‘Options’ guide to choices at 16+ – an individual copy (normally priced at £2) for every Y11 student
  • A series of regularly updated factsheets in PDF format
  • ‘What can I do with… ?’ 25 leaflets in PDF format exploring the links between curriculum subjects and career options
  • A newsletter for schools produced every half term

Our products will not only support your students but also help you achieve some of the Gatsby Benchmarks. 

Charlotte Lake, Careers Leader at Handsworth Grange School, said:

“Sheffield Futures offer excellent support to our staff and more importantly, the pupils in our school. Their support and knowledge has been and will continue to be invaluable. Their experience and advice is excellent and has assisted so many pupils in choosing and pursuing the next stage of their education and training.”

Meet the team

Amy Cooke, Careers (CEIAG) Coordinator

Amy leads our careers team and feels passionately about young people being given the tools they need to make good decisions because "getting good grades is one thing, but knowing what to do with them is quite another." Amy's top tip for young people is: "Dream big and find out what’s out there."

Sarah Traynor, Careers Information Adviser

Formerly a careers adviser in schools and sixth forms, Sarah now produces careers resources for Sheffield Futures, such as the 'Options' guide - so that you can be confident that any decisions you make are based on good, up to date information.

Our Careers Advisers


Top tip for young people: "Do the research, the more information, the better your decision making!"


Top tip for young people: "Be open minded. Whether you already know what job you'd like to do or have no idea - there'll always be loads of jobs or related jobs that you've never even heard of which could be perfect for you!"


Top tip for young people: "Remember that no path is ever straight, although the decisions you are making today might feel huge, they don't dictate the rest of your life just the next step."


Top tip for young people: "When choosing a career, always pick something you will enjoy."


Top tip for young people: "Definitely reach out and get help if you feel like you don't know what your next step is, there is support for you."


Top tip for young people: "When looking at further education, choose a course that will interest you and make sure to look at other alternatives on offer before making your choice."


Top tip for young people: "Don't feel under pressure to know exactly what career you want to go into, most people work this out with time. Instead, look at what's out there that matches what you're good at and what you enjoy. Focus on keeping your options open."


Top tip for young people: "Start with thinking about what your own interests are, likes and dislikes. What do you enjoy doing out of school or in your spare time? You can then start to explore different jobs and routes."

John Crofts, Careers Leader at Forge Valley School, said:

“The careers team at Sheffield Futures are passionate, knowledgeable and they go the extra mile for young people in Sheffield. The service our school has received during the COVID-19 pandemic has been excellent – help has always been on hand and our pupils have continued to receive vital information, advice and guidance remotely.”

Sheffield Futures is changing

For 18 years we have delivered youth services for Sheffield City Council. It’s been an amazing two decades, but now we’re looking forward to what’s next.

Exams update for young people in Sheffield: 19th January 2021

Our careers team gives an update on the plans for GCSEs, A Levels, AS Levels, vocational and technical qualifications this year.

Lockdown tips for Year 11 students in Sheffield

We understand being away from school right now may be worrying for year 11 pupils. Here's how we can help students in Sheffield with their next steps during lockdown.