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About Careerpilot

This website has been developed by the Western Vocational Progression Consortium (WVPC)


The Western Vocational Progression Consortium (WVPC) is a consortium of universities and colleges in the South of England. The WVPC aims to increase the progression of adults and young people to higher level study through providing online, impartial information and support about all progression routes. Online support is provided through two, free to use websites:

Partners provide joint funding for the sites through a subscription model

Schools outside the free access area can pay their own subscriptions to access all Careerpilot Zones.

The WVPC is hosted at the University of Bath.

Where we get our data from

In various parts of the site we use data we gather from third-party specialists, as follows:

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Meet the team

WVPC Manager

Sue Lewis has worked in education and careers for over 40 years, initially as a teacher in special, further and secondary education and then as a project manager in the Connexions service. Since 2008 Sue has worked on behalf of a consortium of universities, latterly including 6 Uni Connect projects, developing online career tools to meet the needs of adults - Lifepilot. From Lifepilot, in 2011, Sue started Careerpilot. Careerpilot is a one-stop, impartial, careers website providing information, advice and tools to support 11-19 year olds in planning their progression effectively. Sue is passionate about enabling young people to develop career management skills to support progression to successful futures and is a qualified teacher and careers guidance adviser.

Information, advice and guidance officer-guidance

Louise is a Level 7 qualified careers adviser with a vast range of experience. Since joining Careerpilot 4 years ago she has been working in schools and colleges delivering 1:1 career guidance as part of the WIN Uni Connect team. Louise also coordinates and delivers the training for the Careerpilot Level 6 Careers Guidance and Development course. She also contributes new content for Careerpilot and delivers online careers presentations for parents and students. Before joining Careerpilot Louise worked in a range of careers and employability related roles in schools, colleges, Connexions, universities and the community working with young people and adults.

Careerpilot Helpline Coordinator

Jo has been with the team since January 2020. Formally from a marketing and communications background, Jo has delivered projects for big brand clients and government departments such as Danone, Dove, and The Department of Education. Every year Jo deals with more than 2000+ requests for help/support for Careerpilot – she is the first stop for advice about the site. 

Information, advice and guidance officer - Lifepilot

Ruth has over 20 years' experience in education and careers and has worked with people of all ages, supporting them with making choices around education, qualifications, employment and training. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, colleges and community venues, delivering one to one careers guidance as well as providing a consultancy service in careers management, adult education and community development. Immediately before joining Careerpilot she worked as a careers consultant in a grammar school evaluating their careers programme. Ruth is the Lifepilot lead within the team.

Information, advice and guidance officer - Careerpilot

Alice joins us from Skills Builder where she has been supporting schools across the South West region to develop student's essential skills and ran employer engagement experiences. Alongside training and working for several years as a primary teacher, Alice has also worked as part of the Education team at English Heritage where she managed school visits to historic sites and at the BBC in the Children's and Education department, working on CBeebies, CBBC and BBC Learning Zone. Alice takes a key role engaging schools in using Careerpilot.