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Careers at Bideford College

The Governors, Principal and staff at Bideford College are committed to providing impartial, independent careers education, information advice and guidance to all students to help develop the skills and information to make informed post 16 and career choices. 

Students have the opportunity to acquire these skills, not only in their lessons, but also during weekly Information Advice and Guidance lessons, tutor time, guest speakers, careers clinics 1:1s and trips that take place throughout the academic year to extend their understanding, cultural capital and experience. Students receive a programme of advice that is stable, structured and delivered to develop their self-awareness of Post 16 & post 18 education and pathways on offer to pursue their chosen career.

The Careers Leader is Jon Hardy and can be contacted on 01237 477611 or by emailing jhardy@bidefordcollege.org and the Careers Co-ordinator is Priscilla Woodhall, who can be contacted on 01237 477611 or by emailing pwoodhall@bidefordcollege.org

Bideford College are excited to commit to working towards the Quality in Careers Standard with our partner CSW Investor in Careers

 

Employers and other providers

Every Monday we aim to have an employer guest speaker available to all students from 3 – 4 in our library. We also host a careers fair with over 50 employers every year, which is a great chance for our students to find out more, and a good opportunity for employers to find their next member of staff or apprentice. If you would like to be one of these employers please contact Priscilla Woodhall to be a part of this programme. 

 

Careers Provision

Bideford College aims to “bridge the gap to a better future” and believes every student has the right to receive comprehensive careers education to assist them to make informed choices about their future employability.  The careers programme at Bideford College helps the College meet its NEET targets and helps:

  • Contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially by increasing motivation
  • Support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity
  • Encourage participation in continued learning, including higher education
  • Develop enterprise and employability skills
  • Reduce drop out from, and course switching in education and training
  • Contribute to the economic prosperity of individuals and communities

 

 

Provider Access

Bideford College aims to “bridge the gap to a better future” and believes every student has the right to receive comprehensive careers education to assist them to make informed choices about their future employability.  The careers programme at Bideford College helps the College meet its NEET targets and helps:

  • Contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially by increasing motivation
  • Support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity
  • Encourage participation in continued learning, including higher education
  • Develop enterprise and employability skills
  • Reduce drop out from, and course switching in education and training
  • Contribute to the economic prosperity of individuals and communities

 

Are you an FE, Apprenticeship or HE provider?

Any provider who thinks they have a progression opportunity for our students should contact our careers leaders, Priscilla Woodhall (Key Stages 3 & 4), on telephone number 01237 477611 or via email on: pwoodhall@bidefordcollege.org and Kimberley Gilbey (Key Stage 5) at kgilbey@bidefordcollege.org.

What opportunities are provided to allow access to pupils?

Via our school careers programme, we offer providers numerous opportunities throughout the school year to speak to pupils and/or their parents. Our annual schedule of events has recently been affected by COVID, but usually includes::

Year/Term Autumn Spring Summer
Year 8 Skills for employability Apprenticeship Week 

National Careers Week 

Careers linked to my favourite lessons

Careers Pilot

Careers Fair 

Skills for life and work

Individual skills

Year 9 Skills within the workplace

Good communication skills

Gender stereotyping

Planning for Options

Successful behaviours

Apprenticeship Week

National Careers Week

Careers linked to my favourite lessons

Careers Fair 

Careers Pilot

Options Evening

Britain’s working democracy
Year 10 Developing teamwork skills

Planning ahead for Post 16 options

Employment and employee rights

Work Experience Assembly and research

Apprenticeship Week 

National Careers Week 

Careers linked to my favourite lessons

Careers Fair 

Work Experience applications

Introduction to Sixth Form

Post 16 options after Bideford College

Interview techniques and CV writing

Work Experience week

Verbal communication

Finance and Budgeting

Year 11 Post 16 Options

Applying for the next steps 

Presentation assemblies fromSixth Form and local colleges 

Developing teamwork skills

Developing study skills

Apprenticeship Week 

National Careers Week 

Careers linked to my favourite lessons

Careers Fair 

  Individual careers    guidance meetings.

Study skills and revision
Year 12 Introduction to apprenticeships

“What inspires me?”

Email etiquette

First impressions

Introduction to University

Why are CVs important?

What are MOOCs?

Finances explained

Army Careers Presentation

Labour market information

Career Action Plans

Career interviews

Oxbridge explained

Managing change and transition

Planning and deciding – career enhancing decisions

Online Opportunities

Preparing for summer examinations

Revision techniques

Virtual work experience

Recognising strengths and weaknesses

Identify progress for decision making

Year 13 UCAS applications & personal statements

Careers Interviews

“What inspires me?”

Email etiquette

First impressions

Winchester University catch up

Finances explained

Army & RAF careers presentation

Career action plan

Audit of employment and apprenticeships

Apprenticeships workshop

CV workshop

Labour Market Information

Career Action Plans

Career Interviews

Online Opportunities

Preparing for summer examinations

Revision techniques

Virtual work experience

Recognising strengths and weaknesses

Identify progress for decision making

 

Who should providers contact to discuss events and options?

Providers can speak to our career’s leaders Priscilla Woodhall and Kimberley Gilbey, to discuss possible attendance at relevant events, or to be part of our Monday afternoon careers surgeries

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding and Visitors Policies set out the college’s approach to allowing providers into college to speak to our pupils.

 

What can providers expect once a request has been accepted?

Once we have approved a provider, we will work with them to identify the best method for providing access to our pupils.

We  can make the school hall, classrooms and private meeting rooms available to host discussions between providers and pupils. We can also make presentation equipment, such as projectors and televisions, available to providers.

Arrangements will be discussed in advance between our Careers Leader and a member of the provider’s team.

 

Can providers leave prospectuses for pupils to read?

Yes! Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus and other relevant course literature with the college reception.

 

 

Work Related Learning

Year 10 and year 12 students will undertake work placements during enrichment week, dates this year are from Monday 21st March to Friday 25th March 2022.

 

 

Parent Information and Useful Links

All parents should have open access to up to date impartial relevant careers information, advice and guidance delivered through the careers education information and guidance programme within college in line with the equal opportunities policy.

Bideford College is committed to helping parents and carers support their children to make informed career decisions by providing detailed information about careers provision at the college and links to alternative and helpful websites. 

In addition, we are happy to meet parents to talk about their child’s career or work experience plans.

 

Useful Links for Careers Research for Students and Parents:

 

Career Pilot

Useful information for all students. Specialised resources to help young people make careers related decisions at 14, 16 and 18 years old. Dedicated parent zone to source information to support your child.

 

Next Steps South West

YOUR JOURNEY – YOUR CHOICES – ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES – Providing information about higher education.

 

HEART OF THE SOUTH WEST CAREERS HUB STUDENT PADLET

Local up to date information on all things careers.

 

National Career Service

A comprehensive careers website with job profiles, outlining the skills required, main tasks, pay levels and career prospects for hundreds of different jobs. In addition, valuable guidance on the different stages involved in getting a job.

 

UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service)

A website for students thinking of applying to higher education along with valuable information about different options, including apprenticeships.

Useful Websites about Apprenticeships.

 

CareerMap

Careermap is a brilliant resource for finding Apprenticeships in the United Kingdom featuring thousands of Apprenticeship vacancies across all different industry sectors.

 

Apprenticeships

Up to date information from the Government on how to search for and apply for apprenticeships.

 

Get in Go Far

A website for anyone wanting to know more about apprenticeships. The website has a search facility for job specific apprenticeships in a particular area.

 

Searching for Apprenticeships

The Government Portal for finding an Apprenticeship.

 

Post-16 Options Research

Bideford College Sixth Form

 

www.How2Become.com

How2Become have kindly donated a selection of Careers books, available in the library careers section for students to access.. If you want to find out more about How2Become and the services and resources they offer, please visit their website.