National Careers Service (External Link)
The Careers leader for the college is Miss Wendy O'Neill
Students are given information, advice and guidance to help them plan their pathways at the end of Key Stage 3 and to make the best choice when it comes to further education at the end of Key stage 4. Our aim is for students to make informed choices in order to plan for, and achieve, their future goals.
St Benedict’s College is committed to providing a programme of Careers education in Years 7 to 11 and to giving all students access to independent careers information and guidance.
The CEIAG strategy sets out that every secondary school and college should use the following ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ to develop and improve Careers provision, (September 2020) by:
• Ensuring a stable careers programme is in place
• Learning from Careers and Labour market information
• Addressing the needs of each student
• Linking curriculum learning to careers
• Offering encounters with employers and employees
• Offering experiences of workplaces
• Offering encounters with Further Education organisations
• Providing independent and personal guidance
We measure and assess the impact of our Careers programme through:
• Whole college ‘Student Voice’ activities
• Meetings with the Careers’ Student working party and Student council
• Student provider feedback forms following CEIAG events
• Staff and parental feedback
• Destination data
• NEET data
As part of our plan to develop our CEAIG provision we welcome parents/carers who would be prepared to play a part in this initiative by offering support in one or more of the following areas:
• Taking on a mentor role
• Offering careers talks/advice to groups of students
• Taking on the role of interviewer for our Year 10 Mock Interview days
Please contact Trish Axtell, Careers’ Officer, for further information
All students must stay in some form of education or training up to the age of 18.
Student options are:
• Full-time education - e.g. at a school or college
• An apprenticeship or traineeship
• Part-time education or training - as well as being employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
Information about careers and apprenticeships can be obtained from the following website: www.direct.gov.uk . Alternatively, students have access to careers’ resources in the college library.