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Dacorum Education Support Centre

Dacorum Education Support Centre

Information for Learners, Staff, Parents & Carers

Whatever route you want to take in the future, we are here to help you choose the right path. DESC has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help guide you through your career and future options.

If you have any queries or wish to speak to someone about careers, please see one of our Careers Leaders
Jo Olliffe (Email: or Jackie Jones (Email:
Telephone 01442 247476 (option 2).

You can also contact Marie Nissen, Personal Advisor, Services for Young People Dacorum Team at the XC Centre, Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead HP2 4JS Tel 01442 454060.

Some websites you might find useful are listed below.

National Careers Service
Students in Y11-Y13 who are looking for jobs and apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities, should have a look at the flyer from the National Careers Service. It is a free and impartial service. They will be able to give you information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and employment. Please also visit their website for further information -

HOP stands for Hertfordshire opportunities portfolio
Learners can access the following:

  • Education and employment  disability HUB
  • Work Experience
  • Decisions at 16+
  • All about apprenticeships
  • Higher Education
  • Job search and training hub
  • Careers direction
  • Business start up
  • Virtual employer encounters


This is a free online tool which lets you look at job profiles, helps you find which jobs are linked to your interests, which subjects will best prepare you for the future world of work, develop employability skills and lots more -

Plan your study and work. Career tools to help you decide which choices to make at 14, 16 and 18, consider routes to different qualifications and find out about job sectors -

BBC Bitesize Careers
Videos explaining the world of work, with advice from people who've found the right path for them -

Careers videos showing real people doing real jobs, giving viewers an insight into entry routes and skill requirements for careers in all sectors -

Listen to people from accountants to zookeepers tell their own story about their real life career journeys -

Success at School 
Career advice for schools and students aged 13-19 -

Match your skills and personality to 400+ job profiles -


Help and guidance on apprenticeships
Official information from the Government


Employment and Careers
Career guidance for students
Career advice for schools and students aged 13-19
Career advice, CV guidance and job search
Ideas for alternatives to university
Help with CVs and interview skills
Videos of people discussing their career paths
Videos of people discussing their career paths



Entrepreneurs & Self Employment
Advice and guidance for budding entrepreneurs
For 18-30 year olds wanting to start their own business