Kirkby College Careers Education

Click here to see what careers provision Kirkby College students receive at each stage throughout the year

Careers Programme 2019 2020

So you want to become an apprentice?

If you’re ready to become an apprentice, Vision Apprentices is ready to help. Our apprenticeship team will work to get you fully prepared for any job roles we match you with, and we’ll never recommend an apprenticeship that isn’t right for you.

You can make it as an apprentice in…


Join a challenge yet rewarding sector, where no two days are the same…


Job roles in this sector span way beyond the checkout…


Become part of an industry where top service is top of the list…

Hair and beauty

Apprenticeships in hair and beauty ensure you’re a cut above the rest

Construction and engineering

Apprenticeships in construction and engineering can help you build on your skills

Business and administration

Apprenticeships in business and administration can lead onto many exciting careers

Apprenticeship Information

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of apprenticeship
An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

Who can apply
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

How to apply

There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship.

  1. Search for an apprenticeship.
  2. Sign in or create an account.
  3. Complete and submit your application.

The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.

For more information on apprenticeships go to –

Further Education

Vision West Notts College

Confetti College

Nottingham College

Inspire Learning

Brackenhurst (Nottingham Trent University)

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Provides information for young people on the opportunities, progression and benefits of doing a higher or degree apprenticeship.

Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)

Kirkby College offers a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance for all students in Years 7 to 13.

The following Gatsby Benchmarks will be used to improve and develop the careers provision.

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from careers 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

What is CEIAG?

CEIAG is about helping you to think about the choices you need to make in life, learning and work. CEIAG should help you to make your next step and to make more informed choices about your future.

In addition to CEIAG in the curriculum, CEIAG events and activities for students at Kirkby College include:

Careers Education
Helps young people develop the knowledge and skills they need to make successful choices, manage transitions in learning and move into work.

Careers Guidance

Enables young people to use the knowledge and skills they develop to make the decisions about learning and work that are right for them.

The three main aims of careers education:

Self development – students understand themselves and the influences upon them, how they make decisions and whether the skills they have equip them for employment.

Career exploration – students investigate opportunities in learning and work – the many and various choices they have after school – can select the most suitable route for them and the sort of career path which would suit them?

Career management – students learn to make and adjust plans to manage change and transitions – they are flexible and can meet changing demands, and build on skills they have.

The National Careers Service. This is a service that will provide information and advice to customers on the following topics:

Student Entitlement

Every student at Kirkby College is entitled to a programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) from Year 7 through to Year 13.  The Careers Programme can be found on the Kirkby College website and details the CEIAG activities students will receive in each year group.  This programme is also available for students to view in the Careers Library in school.  Parents/carers can request a paper copy from the school office.

One-to-one Careers Advice and Guidance Interview in School
Young people that access personal careers advice and guidance often benefit from;

All students can access independent and impartial careers advice in school from a qualified Careers Advisor.  Students often find it beneficial to meet with an advisor at key transitions points such as Options and in Year 11.  If you would like to discuss your future options and pathways, see Mrs Halliday to make an appointment.

CEIAG Policy

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Careers Ed IAG Policy 2019 2020

Work Experience

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Work experience week this year is from Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July 2020

Work experience provides each student with a valuable opportunity to develop their awareness and familiarity with the world of work. It can increase their confidence and communication skills in a working environment and they can experience at first hand the responsibilities of being an employee.

Labour Market Information  

Labour Market Information (LMI) can help for young people and parents to understand the salaries and promotion opportunities for different jobs and the volume and location of vacancies across different sectors. Using LMI can help young people to make informed decisions about their study options. The links below can be used to access LMI.

School Leaver Jobs

Helps school leavers get jobs and understand the career paths available to them. You’ll find information on the different levels of apprenticeship—Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree—as well as the latest school leaver job news and advice to help guide you on your career journey.


A Local Enterprise Partnership with the purpose of supporting and encouraging  economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

The Future Job Market


How to use the Careerometer

Career Coach: Nottingham

Career Coach is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.

What do graduates do?

The home of student and graduate labour market information from Prospects

Not going to Uni?

The UK’s leading website dedicated to helping school & college leavers make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university such as apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and jobs.

Useful Websites for students

National Careers Service

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help young people make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities.

You can access FREE confidential and impartial advice, from a qualified careers advisers via text, email, telephone service, web chat and message board.

For more information visit or to speak directly to a Careers Advisor over the phone call 0800 100 900.

UK Universities

The Uni Guide


Start is a fantastic online careers learning resource accessible anytime on computers and compatible mobile and tablet devices.  It is designed to enable young parents to make excellent choices about their futures.  Students can explore their future career and education options including:

It is FREE to use – simply to go to register


The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service operates the application process for British universities.  It helps connect people to University, degree apprenticeships and internships.

Uni is not for me

Full of information, inspiration and advice for young ambitious people exploring the alternatives to university


Providing career inspiration and information for young people, icould shows what is possible in work and offers different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.


Student Ladder


The Student Ladder website provides information on work experience opportunities for 16-18 year olds, higher and degree apprenticeships and gap year placements.  There is also information on Oxbridge applications, applying to universities abroad, career insights, application advice and information on sponsored degrees.

Useful Websites for Parents/Carers

Parent Advisor

Parent Advisor is a website giving advice to parents/carers about the career options for their children, including choosing the right course, college or university, finances, job hunting and more

Parental Guidance

Careers information and advice for parents from the Careers Writers Association

Careers advice for parents and young people

A Careers Advice website led by the UK’s top Careers Adviser and Coach.

Decisionz Magazine

Apprenticeship information for parents and carers

Informative resources designed to give the parents of current apprentices and the apprentices of tomorrow the information they need.

Parental Guidance on Jobs of the Future

Inspiring Futures

A leading provider of careers information, advice and guidance for young people both in the UK and internationally.

When can my child leave school?


The school is open from 4th January 2021 for vulnerable and key worker students only.