Where can I find out more about a career or an employer? 

On each page of OAT Futures there is a link to the employer where you can find out more each company.  On the portal you can then create a list of your favourite jobs that you want to find more about.  More information about many maritime careers can be found at www.maritimeuk.org/careers

Other careers profiles can also be found at www.prospects.ac.uk, and www.nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

I am unsure about my future, who should I speak to? 

Your academy has a team of careers experts that can help you with your choices.  Go and speak to your academy Careers Lead who can make you an appointment with the Careers Advisor.  This person is specially trained to give you impartial careers advice and guidance and can signpost you to resources that can help you. 

Am I able to secure work experience in one of the featured careers? 

Many of the employers on the OAT Futures site can offer you a work experience placement.  Please let your school Careers Lead know that you would like to complete a placement, and they will contact the employer on your behalf.

Am I able to secure an Apprenticeship in one of the featured careers? 

Many of the employers on the OAT Futures site can offer apprenticeships.  Please let your school Careers Lead know that you are interested in studying an apprenticeship, and they can support you to find the best apprenticeship for you.

How can I get my organisation added to the OAT Futures portal?

We love to work in partnership with local employers to support our young people and would be delighted to hear from you.  Please contact the OAT Futures team on [email protected].

What are my options after I leave school?

You have many options when you leave school.  You must be in some type of education or training until you are 18 years old; it is important that you understand your options and you choose the best pathway for you, which fits your talents, strengths and interests.  You can continue your studies or combine work with study.  Your options are:

Continuing study

  • A-Levels: Study subjects in depth.  Students usually study three subjects.  
  • T-Levels: Combine study with industry placements. 1 T-level is the equivalent of 3 A-levels.
  • Technical and vocational qualifications: Qualifications that teach you specific skills related to the sector and role you want to do.
  • Applied qualifications: Qualifications that give you an overview of working in a particular industry, like engineering, leisure, or media.
  • Exam retakes: To help you achieve the results you wanted, including your Grade 4 in English and Maths.

Combining work and study

  • Apprenticeships: These combine skills training whilst you work with college study.  You get training relevant to the job you want to do and be paid a salary.    
  • Traineeships: For students with an Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP).  This course includes a work placement that will get you ready for an apprenticeship or a job and supports you with improving your English and Maths skills.  
  • Supported internships: For students with an Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP). These courses are for students with learning difficulties or disabilities who need extra support to get employment.
  • School leaver schemes: Some companies offer training whilst paying you a salary.  You would rotate between different roles and may have time at college.