Need some help in finding the right career?

U Explore is an impartial careers and employability website for students, young people, parents, schools and colleges - split into Start for young people seeking careers advice and looking for jobs and Track a support package for schools and colleges to support their students.

Start for young people is an online easy-to-use careers guidance. It is connected to live labour market information and course data, Start allows you to create a personal profile which generates suitable jobs, qualifications and new destinations to explore. You set up your profile by choosing and rating all your strengths and what interest you. It is connected to live labour market information and course data.  Start is ideal for schools and colleges, students and parents, Start is fun, easy and free to use!

Track for schools and colleges provides a school or college with complete access  to its students data in Start. Put simply if your students are using Start – Track will help you to support then with a tailored careers guidance programme.


Are you interested in becoming an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are real jobs with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up recognised qualifications as you go.

Anyone living in England over the age of 16 and not in full-time education can apply.

An apprenticeship not only trains you in the skills employers want, it also opens up other further career and learning options.

Key benefits:

  • earn a salary
  • get paid holidays
  • receive training
  • gain qualifications
  • learn job-specific skills.

Entry requirements will depend on the apprenticeship you want to do. There are three levels available:

  • Intermediate apprenticeships (equivalent to five good GCSE passes)
  • Advanced level apprenticeships (equivalent to two A level passes)
  • Higher apprenticeships (lead to qualifications at NVQ Level 4 or, in some cases, a foundation degree).


National Careers Service

Is a free service to help people get jobs and provides information and guidance on helping people to make decisions on learning, training and work. Prospects provides the National Careers Service in the South West and London. As well as providing a range of advice for adults, they also provide a range of inspirational resources and activities for young people to help them find out more about the world of work. Including Talking Heads - National Apprenticeship Service

Visit National Careers Service National Apprenticeship Service for information and advice about seeking out the right employment.


Love London Working

Love London Working - Aims to assist people into employment and help with training. To be eligible you must:

  • be over 16 years old
  • not currently be in any paid work
  • have been resident in the UK for the past three years
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • live in London.

For more information visit Love London Working.


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Contact us

London Borough of Merton
Civic Centre
London Road
Morden SM4 5DX

Telephone: 020 8545 3837