Careers Information, Advice & Guidance
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Meet the Careers Advisers – Find us located in the Learning Resource Centre
Good career guidance helps inspire students towards further study and enables them to make informed decisions whenever choices are open to them.
It helps them to understand enough about the world of work to know what skills and qualifications they need to succeed. It is critical for social mobility because it helps open students’ eyes to careers they may not have considered.” Sir John Holman
BSix regularly reviews its Careers provision to make sure that we are meeting all The Gatsby Benchmarks as laid out in the Government’s Careers strategy.
The 8 benchmarks for colleges are:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
Read more here: Gatsby benchmarks for colleges
Students are entitled to impartial and confidential CEIAG which is student-centred, delivered by professionally trained staff and meets the professional standards of practice. The College publishes a CEIAG entitlement statement which is displayed at the entrance to the Careers Centre, displayed in the Library, advertised on the college website and incorporated into the student handbook.
All students will have the opportunity to:
- Access careers advice and guidance during college hours staffed by a team of advisors
- Have a 1:1 appointment with a professionally trained impartial careers advisor
- Attend an annual Careers and Progression Fair supported by a range of universities, employers and training providers
- Receive information and advice on applying to university and preparing for the world of work at key points of the year via their tutor
- Explore undertaking work experience or volunteering organised by the Work Experience Coordinator and DofE lead
- Access information and resources from the library
- Attend insight days and careers events with a range of employers
- Attend a wide variety of in-house HE and employer talks throughout the year
- Receive regular information about opportunities to attend a range of university taster courses and masterclasses
- Access Labour Market information via the College website and Careers Centre
- Receive a weekly bulletin on apprenticeships and college leaver schemes
- Feedback their views on the quality of the careers programme
All Parents can expect:
- To be able to make an appointment to discuss their son or daughter’s career options
- To be invited to careers related events
- To be informed about opportunities that their son or daughter can access
- To receive important information about UCAS
- To have the opportunity to feedback their views on the quality of the careers programme
- All students at all levels will have access to a comprehensive and impartial programme of careers and work-related learning activities. This will include formal delivery of dedicated CEIAG topics within tutorials, within lessons, external visits, internal presentations and cross-college events.
- All CEIAG sessions, events and external partnership services will be published in a comprehensive careers plan.
The methods by which the CEIAG team, Heads of Departments, Senior Tutors and Personal Tutors will accomplish these goals are:
- Providing a range of opportunities that enhance the curriculum (live briefs, visits and trips, guest speakers)
- Promoting awareness of the world of work through employer engagement (advisory boards)
- Promoting a range of opportunities and provisions which assist in raising aspirations and achievement (Inspire! Careers Carousel, UBS Bank visits, Employer Speed Dating, Choices in the City Programme)
- Providing an Apprenticeship programme for those not pursuing progression to HE
- Providing mentoring and support for higher level apprenticeship programmes (KPMG)
- Developing students’ personal and social skills to relate to the world of work (Skills to Success Academy)
- Providing vocational students, and where appropriate, A-Level students 35 hours of relevant work placement
- Enabling students to make considered decisions in regard to future choices (1:1 Careers Interview)
- Providing students with a comprehensive UCAS programme
- Providing a tailored mentoring and support programme for those wishing to pursue medicine/Oxbridge
- Providing informed and impartial guidance (open evenings and students interviews)
- Maintaining, developing and evaluating effective links with key partners including Inspire! and Prospects
- Ensuring schemes of work, assignment briefs and project briefs should recognise the importance of Careers Education and outline opportunities for students to develop their employability skills
- Ensuring departments display subject links to occupations and progressions
Use the Careerometer to get up-to-date labour market information
Download Quality in Careers Award Download
BSix CEIAG Policy Download
Access to Providers Policy Download
BSix Work Experience Policy 2023 Download
Careers Programme 2022-23 Download
CAREERS PROGRAMME 2022-23
Careers and Employability Programme 2022/2023 is designed to help every BSix College student to explore, experience and progress on their journey towards a meaningful and fulfilling career and future life. The programme aims to fulfil the Gatsby Benchmarks for good careers guidance and meet the Career Development Institute’s framework, including self-development, careers exploration and career management.
Links to External Services & Websites
We have put together a large selection of links to services and websites that you can use to help find your ideal career.
Parents information links
Start Link for Parents and Students
The Careers & Enterprise Company Careers Hub Network
This is the Government’s hub for careers advice for people of all ages where you can find help with drafting letters, CVs, exploring your skills or seeking careers advice.
Push is a not-for-profit organisation that supports school-leavers and students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds to make well informed decisions about their futures and to have the skills and resources to make their choices a reality.
With accurate information on over 1400 jobs including live labour market information and a wealth of impartial advice on education and employment choices, eCLIPS helps young people to make informed study and career decisions.
BBC Bitesize Careers
Whether you’re deciding what to study, taking your exams, planning a career, or just curious, we’re here to explain the world of work, with advice from people who’ve found the right path for them.
icould.com uses the power of personal stories to inform young people’s career choices.
Free and simple to use, icould.com features over 1000 videos of people talking about their careers – explaining their job role, career path, and how different factors have shaped their direction.
All the information and tools you need to explore your future career.
Youth Employment UK is an independent, not for profit social enterprise founded in 2012 to tackle youth unemployment.
Labour Market Information
LMI For All
This Career-o-meter can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations and help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers. It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.
Not Going To Uni
Not Going To Uni was founded in 2008 to showcase the alternatives to the standard university route to school and college leavers.
You might be looking to earn more money, or to gain more experience; you might want a better commute, or need to work from home. Or maybe you’re between jobs.
Whatever it is you’re looking for, you can find it on Totaljobs.
As the UK’s largest hiring platform, we have over 280,000 live jobs adverts on our site, helping you to find any type of job, in any industry, wherever you are based.
Indeed is the #1 job site in the world with over 250M unique visitors every month. Indeed strives to put job seekers first, giving them free access to search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies. Every day, we connect millions of people to new opportunities.
Find a job today from over 200000 jobs available on Monster’s UK JobSite. Create a killer CV, use our local job search and get the job you deserve!
Jobs: Reed.co.uk features vacancies from over 30,000 recruiters a year*, including private and public sector employers and leading recruitment agencies and consultants.
Find an apprenticeship – GOV.UK
GOV.UK website for finding apprenticeships in the UK.
Amazing Apprenticeship link
UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is an independent charity, and the UK’s shared admissions service for higher education.
Prospects are the experts in graduate careers. We help to guide students and graduates to a bright future with unrivalled information, advice and opportunities.
The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities. We believe people and ideas are the key to meeting global challenges.
Through world-class research and education we are helping to create a dynamic economy, stronger communities and a better future for the UK.
Founded in 2007, Whatuni has grown to become the biggest and busiest university course comparison site in the UK. We get over 6 million visits to our website each year and are currently helping more than 20,000 members find their perfect place at university.
As part of your full-time study programme, you will be required to take part in work experience in your chosen subject area.
THE BENEFITS OF A WORK PLACEMENT
- Gain an understanding of how a business works and get to know about different job roles that exist
- Develop transferrable skills which will make you more employable
- Help you to make an informed decision on what you would like to do in your future career
- Build your network and meet industry professionals
- Enhance your CV and obtain an employer reference
If you have any questions, please speak to your tutor or a member of The Careers Team.