Career tracks

NEC is publishing a series of FREE practical guides covering the careers most popular with NEC learners.

The guides will look at reasons for choosing a particular career area, the different routes into the profession, and the qualifications, qualities and skills you need to succeed.

Links are included to further information, for example on applying to university or courses available from NEC to help plug qualification gaps, including essential GCSEs in English and Maths.


Cover of the Careers Tracks guide to nursing Our first free guide is designed for anyone who wants to, or is considering, becoming a nurse. This guide also includes links to information about applying to university, careers in the NHS and a link to ‘firststeps,’ an e-learning tool from the Royal College of Nursing to help you think about whether nursing is the right career for you.

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“Being a good nurse is about having the knowledge, the physical skills, and that essential skill, compassion and emotional resilience. It’s the combination of the three that makes nursing so special.’
— Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing


Cover of the Careers Tracks guide to teaching Our second free guide is designed for anyone who wants to, or is considering, becoming a teacher. This guide includes an overview of the schools sector, comparison of university-led and school-led training and links to further information, such as the Department for Education's eligibility criteria for secondary teacher training scholarships.

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“By joining the teaching profession, you have the opportunity to inspire others and gain the true satisfaction that comes from knowing your efforts will change lives for the better.’
— Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive, Chartered College of Teaching