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Connexions Bolton

Not sure what career path you want to pursue?

Then why not discuss it with a Careers Adviser?

The Connexions service provide careers information, advice and guidance to young people aged 13 - 19 and up to 25 for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

We work with:

  • Young people in schools from age 13. 
  • School leavers who are 16 to 19 years old.
  • Up to 25years old for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).  

Our professionally trained and qualified careers advisers will support young people, providing careers information, advice and guidance, enabling young people to progress into suitable and appropriate education, employment or training opportunities.

Connexions Careers Service Bolton believes passionately in providing the best service possible to help raise aspirations and help all your people achieve their career goals.

  • We listen to ideas and help put plans into action.
  • Guide you through the career decision making process and help explore possibilities that you may not have been considered.
  • Help you with a job or apprenticeship search.
  • Advise on current apprenticeship, traineeship, employment opportunities and vacancies and personal development opportunities.
  • Support you with applications, help in putting together a CV and guidance on interview preparation.
  • Offer advice and guidance on choosing a Further Education or Higher Education courses.

We have a statutory duty to track young people until their 20th birthday (25 with SEND) in order to:

  • Encourage and assist those aged 16 and 17 years old to participate in education and training under the requirements of the Raising of the Participation Age (RPA).
  • Make sure there is suitable education and training provision in the area for those aged 16 to 19 years old (up to 25 years with SEND), and identify any gaps in provision.

In 2013 the government raised the age at which young people need to continue in education or training. Those who left year 11 in 2014 or later have to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday. The RPA isn’t about raising the school leaving age and it doesn’t mean young people can’t get a job. It’s all about continuing in learning. This can be:

  • Full-time education e.g. at a school, college or 6th Form.
  • An Apprenticeship or Traineeship.
  • Part time education or training as well as being employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

More about the RPA can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Connexions Bolton Careers Service also work intensively with young people who are Looked After, are involved with the Youth Offending Team or have Special Educational Needs or a disability.

Moving On is an ESF programme that Connexions Bolton Careers Service as a partner of Career Connect is delivering across Bolton. The project is for young people aged 15-19 (or up to 24 if you have a learning difficulty and/or disability). Connexions will be working with over 400 young people up until March 2018 who are not in education, employment or training or who are at risk of becoming so, offering support to progress into education, employment or training including Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

Some of the benefits for participants are:

  • Opportunities for personal development
  • A varied programme to re-engage with constructive activities
  • 1 to 1 support from a Careers Adviser to progress into education, employment or training
  • Gain an accredited qualification

For more information please contact: Katrina Berwick, Vash Lad or Louise Maree on 01204 334450 / 0800 0525559



Contact information

Tel: 01204 334000
Freephone: 0800 052 5559
Email: cx.boltoncentre@bolton.gov.uk

Opening hours

No appointment necessary for you to drop in.

The Base
The Base, Marsden Road, Bolton, BL1 2PF
Monday to Friday - 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Farnworth Youth Centre
King Street, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 7AP
Wednesday - 12.30pm to 3.30pm


Drop in

Connexions Bolton - The Base

Farnworth Youth Centre