Careers Education

We run a full programme of events throughout the year in order to support students to make good and aspirational decisions about their ongoing education / training and future employment. Schools and colleges have a statutory duty to provide high quality careers education,  information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). This is outlined in the National Careers Strategy  as well as the statutory guidance to schools. We plan our delivery according to the Gatsby Benchmarks, which have been compiled from research on the impact of high quality careers education:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from Labour Market Information
  3. Addressing the needs of every pupil
  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

Our Careers Education Policy outlines how we intend to do this, as well as our Access Statement for Education and Training Providers who wish to provide information to our students about opportunities available to them at Post 16. The policy is currently reviewed annually.

Please click for an overview of our programme.

*We work closely with Young Workpath to provide a consistently high quality of impartial Information, Advice and Guidance. We also have 2 members of staff who are qualified to L6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development.

CEIAG at South Quay College covers a huge range of learning activities and is not only limited to activities directly related to finding a job! We think that career success is linked to many different personal, social and academic factors, so careers education is embedded within our Pastoral Curriculum.

Within the Pastoral Curriculum, timetabled lessons, assemblies, 1:1 coaching sessions and special events can all include the following:

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

SMSC includes topics that help us to understand the beliefs, values and practices that are followed in the world around us, and specifically in modern Britain. We also discuss the law and ethics so that students can learn to make wise and informed decisions and become active citizens in the community.

Personal, Social, Health & Economical Development

PSHE covers knowledge and skills that young people will need to be safe, healthy and independent in modern Britain. Examples of topics could be Personal Finance, Sex & Relationships Education and Health & Wellbeing.

Impact of Careers Education

The impact of careers education can be evaluated by looking at a number of different measures:

  • Destinations of students leaving the college
  • Students' ability to sustain their training / employment programmes in the longer term
  • Feedback from students, parents and other stakeholders
  • Termly review and evauation of our programme using Compass, a nationally recognised assessment tool.

If you would like more information or advice, or would like to receive paper versions of information presented on the website, please get in touch with Keziah Man, Director of Student Services - Careers Leader:

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