Careers Intent 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 and extra-curricular activities 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 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 actively promotes successful working relationships with local employers, training and apprenticeship providers, by providing students with many opportunities to engage with employers within our Work Experience Programme, Enterprise Programme as well as school trips and extra-curricular activities to support GCSE, post 16 and post 18 option choices.

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

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer employers and providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers. Please contact Priscilla Woodhall if you would like to be a part of the careers programme.

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussion between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity.  The school will also make available IT and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations.  This will be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.

Careers Provision
Key Stage Three

Students follow a scheme of work through IAG lessons to help start thinking about their career inspirations and interests in order to help make option choices in Year 9. All Year 9 students take part in Careers Pilot and workshops hosted by external providers such as Next Steps South West.

Key Stage Four

The Careers Programme in Years 10 and 11 has a strong emphasis on developing the skills required to enter the world of work and to consider post 16 choices. All Year 10 students have the opportunity to take part in a week’s work experience during the year. Students take responsibility for finding their own placement with the support of their tutors and Mrs Woodhall. Tutorial activities and assemblies are delivered at key times throughout Year 10 to help and prepare the students for this week and also to prepare for their Post 16 options. Career Interviews are offered to students throughout Years 10 and 11 as well as trips to visit Bideford College Sixth Form and other alternative providers such as Petroc and local universities. Workshops featuring CV, letter writing, and interviewing techniques are also taught within Key Stage Four.

Key Stage Five

The Careers Programme in Sixth Form is focused on delivering a variety of information and show casing opportunities to allow students to make informed decisions about career pathways and employment Post 18. These include guest speakers from local and national businesses, apprenticeship information and advice, relevant labour market information that enables students to understand how employment is evolving in a modern world and individual careers advice and interviews. There is a strong focus equally on developing student’s employability skills in preparation for leaving Sixth Form. Raising self-awareness through work experience and using reflection to analyse each student progress and achievements.

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