Careers & Guidance


St Benedict’s Catholic College is committed to providing a programme of Careers education from Year 7 through to Year 11 and to giving all students access to independent careers information, advice and guidance.


What is CEIAG?

CEIAG stands for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. It is the acronym used to describe any support and education which is provided to students which helps inform their next steps, whether that be a transition to the next phase of education (options at GCSE for example), decisions about post 16 education or training or indeed the choice of higher education, further education, apprenticeships or employment at the end of post 18 study.

All our 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.

The CEIAG strategy sets out that every secondary school and college should use the following ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ to develop and improve Careers provision 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
  • Staff and parental feedback
  • Destination data
  • NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) data



Our CEIAG programme is co-ordinated by the Careers Lead, Mr P Cretu, and our Careers Coordinator and Attendance Officer, Mrs T Axtell.

As students progress through Key Stages 3 and 4 they will be taught how to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to manage their own learning including: how to evaluate themselves honestly and realistically, how to set targets, make decisions, review and summarise their progress, present themselves effectively and create action plans which match their personal skills to abilities, interests and careers aspirations. 

Students will also receive impartial careers advice from a Level 6 trained careers adviser.

During the designated careers’ sessions students have the opportunity to learn about future careers, they actively explore Labour Market Information, the options and pathways across the local area open to them to achieve their career aspirations. As students progress through KS4, they will have the opportunity to gain further CEIAG with reference to the careers they are interested in, including support in applying for FE provision.   


Useful resources to support students explore careers, future options and pathways

Resources relevant to all our students


Get the Jump campaign: explore your education & training choices (National Careers Service) - Website

Future TalentED (website of useful on-line career magazines 2018/2019/2020/2021/2022) - Link

icould (real stories to inspire your career & tools to support CV writing and revision planning) - Website

Unifrog for 11-18yrs (all students in KS3 and 4 will be using this platform) - Website

National Careers Service (includes a dedicated section for schools) - Website

Apprenticeships (latest news & info on apprenticeships & schemes plus tips on how to apply) - Website

Opportunities for young people with additional needs - Website

Child employment UK regulation - Child Employment

Prospects (career guidance and advice) - Website



Resources relevant to year 10 and 11 students


Post 16 options (National Careers Service) - website

What next after GCSEs? Post 16 options (Family Careers Network) - video

Post 18 options (National Careers Service) - website

What are T Levels Film - video

Register & apply for current apprenticeships - website

T Level Offer in the local area 2023-24 - website


Local FE and HE


Gatsby Benchmark 4 - this benchmark states:


  • All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers.
  • STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
  • By the age of 14, every pupil should have had the opportunity to learn how the different STEM subjects help people to gain entry to, and be more effective workers within, a wide range of careers.

At St Benedict’s Catholic College all subject areas link curriculum learning to careers within lessons, as part of enrichment activities and via guest speakers and outside agencies to support a wide range of activities and projects throughout the academic year.


St Benedict's Catholic College Careers Directory



Destination Figures

Year 11 Leavers 2022