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Careers Information, Advice, Education and Guidance

Whether going on to college, securing an apprenticeship, or entering the workplace, we want every young person who leaves Applemore College to have real choices in life. That is why, as well as academic excellence, we seek to ensure that we provide the best possible careers education support and guidance and unique extra-curricular opportunities for every student to discover what else they’re good at.

Our CEIAG Programme is based upon The Gatsby Career Benchmarks and the Baker Clause.

The Baker Clause is a requirement the government places on schools which stipulates that they must allow colleges and training providers access to every student in years 8 - 13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are the result of an international study to find the best practice in career guidance worldwide.   The CEIAG Programme is based on the eight Benchmarks as shown below.


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Provider policy

The Careers Lead at Applemore College is Mrs Debbie Hindle. Our students are given independent advice and guidance during KS4 from Ian Champney from EBP (Education, Business Partnership) South

Information for Parents

Your child will receive information about careers during years 7 to 11 and we will provide opportunities for them to develop life skills and core competencies that employers value, by enabling them to take part in employment and enterprise events. More specifically students will:

  • find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • be provided with information, advice and guidance (IAG) which is impartial, unbiased and is based on the students’ needs:
  • understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses available to them after they leave secondary education.
  • be made aware that everything they do at school is a step towards their future career pathway.


Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers:



Held throughout the year to each year group developing themes within careers of STEM: gender stereotyping; financial awareness; and aspirations.

Open Evenings

Times when parents come into school to meet staff and discuss academic progress.

Option Evenings

Held for parents and students to discuss streamlining their academic study as they progress towards GCSE.

Interview PDL days

During KS4 students get practice in writing CVs and job applications as well as having mock interviews with local employers.

Employer “Speed networking”

Sessions for students to talk to local employers about their field of expertise / personal careers pathway.

School alumni “Networking”

Sessions for students to take to local employers about their field of expertise / personal careers pathway.

Other opportunities

Careers Lead will arrange a variety of independent speakers who will expand student awareness of the enormity of careers available to them. Visits to appropriate careers and / or STEM events will also be arranged where possible.


How can you help your child with careers and employability?

There is so much you can do to support your son or daughter:
• Show a genuine interest! Talk to them regularly about their ideas for the future and ask them what they see themselves doing
• Talk to them about what you do as a job – and other job roles you have had
• Ask your employer if they would allow you to bring your child to work one day (during school holidays)
• In Year 10/11 look on the local college and 6th form websites with them, to see what courses are available
• Help them to explore the possible employers, apprenticeship providers and further education courses available in the local area. This may also be a means of finding a work experience placement

• Keep an eye out for things like Open Days (at colleges and training organisations) and careers fairs held locally, details can be found on college websites and we will print as many as possible as they are released
• Help them to understand the alternative post-16 options. Find out more about apprenticeships
• Encourage them to participate in out of school activities. These are valuable in themselves and will help greatly later on in giving a good impression to people like employers or course tutors
• Remember! You can speak to the career’s adviser at school (or encourage your son/daughter to see them in school) if you need support – contact details are below
• Check out the school newsletter or Face Book page for details of activities we are running in school


Where can you access quality careers information outside of school?

National Careers Service – Information, advice and guidance to help make decisions on learning, training and work.

Career Pilot – Careers information and tools for 11-19 year olds, all in one place.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) – Explore your options, apply to university, and more.

Apprenticeships – The governments new ‘Fire it Up!’ Apprenticeship campaign provides helpful advice and information as well as access to thousands of apprenticeship opportunities across the country.

How2Become – Learn how to write a CV, how to complete an application form, how to pass selection processes and also how to pass any job interview.


Your teachers will work with you to help you develop the skills you need for life and employment. You will receive information about placements and work opportunities and will meet people from the world of work, who could help you to acquire the skills needed to be successful in work.

If you are wondering what you can do to improve your chances of being employable when you leave school here are some ideas:


If you want to know how to start deciding what to aim for in your career or working life, try asking yourself these questions:

If you want more help answering these questions and deciding what you want to do, please see our careers adviser.

You can also visit the LRC or the Careers Hub when it is open at break times and lunchtimes, located in F118. The hub is a place where students can access careers books, leaflets, apprenticeship guides and prospectuses (college and university).


Calling all Employers and Training Providers

We are looking for passionate employers from businesses and other organisations to help our students and thus shape the future workforce and bring the world of work to life for the next generation.

The following high impact activities are used to work in partnership with businesses to help our students prepare for the world of work:
• Employer Talks
• Business site visits
• Mentoring
• Enterprise activities
• Work experience and job shadowing
• Mock interviews and CV preparation

If you can help with an engagement or for further information, contact Debbie Hindle


Current careers activity in school

Our next PDL day is on 28th September when the careers element of the day will include the following:

  • Years 7 & 8   - “Let’s talk careers” - Identifying own strengths, interests, skills and qualities in relation of their value to future employability
  • Year 9          - “Skills for Employment” - Evaluating own strengths, interests, skills and qualities relating to future employability
  • Year 10        - “MyBank” – developing an awareness of financial matters relating to adult life
  • Year 11        - visits to Brockenhurst College to explore future college courses