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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.


Your future, your ambitions and your aspirations are so important to us, and we aim to provide you with the information, advice and guidance to help you to make realistic choices about your education, training and work. We aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a successful student, trainee and employee. 

You will learn about careers through: 

  • Guidance lessons and Tutor time 

  • Subject lessons and how they link to future careers 

  • Events such as our Futures Fair, Inspiration Days and Workplace Experience 

  • Visits to colleges, universities and workplaces 

  • Workshops with training providers and employers 

  • Online events and virtual opportunities 

  • Independent study and research 

  • One to one careers advice 

We will ask you for your feedback to help us shape our provision for you. 

We will track and monitor your experiences to help you get what you need for your future success. We will also help you to keep a track of your own experiences and careers pathways over the 5 years at Thornhill. 

Below you can find out more to begin your research into careers education and training. 

Links to Careers Advice  

Get Career Confident - A series of short films showcasing a range of jobs and what the job involves. 

Careers Quiz A quick quiz to find out your personality type and link this to possible careers 

BBC Bitesize - Explore Careers - Looking for job inspiration? Check out the job profiles to help you get started. Hear from people working in areas that interest you, see how much you could get paid for different roles and find out what qualifications you might need to follow in their footsteps. 

National Careers Week-  National Careers week happens in the Spring term each year, but their helpful resources are available to you all year around. 

National Careers Service This is the government Careers service for advice and guidance in England 

FutureMe - We have amazing universities and colleges in our region and Outreach Northeast want to give you all the information and support you need to understand how higher education can make a difference to your future.  

How2Become  As well as careers advice, from here, you can learn how to write a CV, how to complete an application form, how to pass psychometric tests and also how to pass any job interview. 

Prospects-  Match your personality to 400+ jobs! 

LifeSkills   Giving millions of people the skills, knowledge and confidence they need for work with tools, tips and learning resources 

Post 16 Education & Training  

When you leave Thornhill Academy it is your choice where you choose to study next. Here you will find the most common routes to start your research. 

A-Levels: Advanced level qualifications (known as A levels) are subject-based qualifications that can lead to university, further study, training, or work. You can normally study three or more A levels over two years. They’re usually assessed by a series of examinations. 

BTEC: is a practical-based, vocational qualification. It can be studied at a college or school. BTEC’S provide the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a field or subject and are a viable alternative to the more theory-focused, classroom-based ways of learning. While they are commonly known as an alternative to A-levels, BTEC qualifications can be studied at several levels including GCSE and even degree-level. 

T-Levels: T Levels are a new alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses. Equivalent in size to 3 A levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships. Each T Level includes an in-depth industry placement that lasts at least 45 days. Students get valuable experience in the workplace; employers get early sight of the new talent in their industry. 

T Levels | The Next Level Qualification 


Apprenticeships, which must last for a minimum of 12 months, combine hands-on work with the opportunity to train and obtain qualifications. It’s also a paid position, so you earn while you learn. At least 20% of your time is set aside for learning, usually at a college, university or training provider. The rest of your time is spent applying your knowledge and skills in the actual workplace, doing the job that you set out to get. At the end of it, you’ll gain official certification, which will be equivalent to traditional qualifications.  

For more information on training through apprenticeships: 

Amazing Apprenticeships - A leading organisation in the education sector, founded to tackle misconceptions about apprenticeships and promote the benefits. 

Apprenticeship guidance- Government website with advice and guidance on Apprenticeships 

Links to Further Education and Training Providers   

Here are links to the websites of our further education and training partners. You will gain opportunities to make contact with each of these through your careers education. 

Sunderland College 

Gateshead College 

Newcastle College 

South Tyneside College 

East Durham College 

Southmoor Sixth Form 

NE Futures UTC 

Local Training Providers 


Sunderland Engineering Training Association (SETA) 

TDR Training 


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