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Careers Guidance


“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 it’s 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:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each student
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Read more here: Gatsby benchmarks for colleges

The Careers Lead at BSix is:

Rebekah Westgate: Assistant Principal Student Recruitment and Development 


High quality, impartial, and relevant Careers Education (CEIAG) is the central tenant of the provision provided by the BSeven Learning Beyond the Classroom department. The college has two Careers Advisers, one FT Level 3 and HE specialist and one PT Entry-L2 and apprenticeships specialist. Careers interviews are available to all students Monday-Friday. Students can book an appointment to see the adviser who offers specialist personal guidance tailored to their level of qualification and desired progression route.


Careers for All (linking with Gatsby benchmarks):

  • Group work sessions are planned as part of the programme of Tutorial activities. (G1)
  • BSix is a member of the Careers Collaborative in Hackney and is now also a part of the Hackney Careers Cluster programme. This enables us to keep up to date with the latest career and labour market information. (G2)
  • Every student will be provided with a 1-to-1 careers interview to ensure their individual needs are met (G3 & G8)
  • Teachers & tutors link the curriculum to careers at every opportunity. (G4)
  • Professionals from Industry are invited to talk to students at careers carousel events. (G5)
  • All students undertake a substantial Work-related-learning programme as part of their study programme including work-place visits and work placements.(G6)
  • Progression / next steps are an integral part of the College’s mission to equip young people with the necessary skills to progress on to university, apprenticeship and employment (G1 & G7)
  • Students have multiple opportunities to engage with universities and apprenticeship providers through various partnership programmes as well as the annual Progression fair. (G7)


Meet the Careers Advisers

Kola Gbadebo
UCAS Coordinator and Level 3 Careers Adviser with special responsibility for Industry Placements Project
E-mail Kola

Jen Smith
Entry – Level 2 Careers Adviser
E-mail Jennifer