To help support our students’ future careers and education pathways, we have an established careers programme which every student accesses from year 7 until they leave Kirkby College.

Our careers programme can be downloaded below:

Careers programme – 2020-2021

At Kirkby College our mission is to provide students with the independence, resilience and ambition to be successful in their education and beyond.  The fast-changing world of work means that more than ever, young people need to be supported in making a successful transition from education to employment, helping them to identify and choose career opportunities that are right for them.

We aim to provide a range of career and work related learning activities and events to all students in each year group, thus enabling students to explore the many opportunities available to them and assist with their future careers planning.

All students can access independent and impartial careers advice in school from a qualified Careers Advisor by requesting an appointment through the Work Related Learning Co-ordinator, Mrs Halliday. Students often find it beneficial to meet with an advisor at key transitions points such as options, year 11 and post-16.

Overseeing the Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme at the academy is our Careers Leader, Mr Hayden who can be contacted on email at shayden@kirkbycollege.notts.sch.uk

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, details of which can be found in the careers programme and CEIAG policy.  Student entitlement sheets are also available for students to view in their tutor base and in the careers library. Parents/carers can also request a paper copy from the academy office.

CEIAG programme

Careers provision students will receive at each stage throughout the year can be found here:

Careers programme

CEIAG policy

Our CEIAG policy can be viewed or downloaded below:

CEIAG policy

Useful links to careers research and advice

  • Unifrog – An online careers platform providing a one-stop-shop where students can easily explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their next best step after school.
  • National Careers Serviceprovides information, advice and guidance to help young people make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. 
  • Not going to Uni?dedicated to helping school and college leavers make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university.
  • icould – The Buzz Quiz – take the Buzz Quiz to help develop your self-awareness and look at how personality can affect work.
  • Start – Start is a free, online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential.
  • Ideas4careersinformation on careers and the world of work to help students decide what pathways might be best for them.
  • Decisionzlocal online magazine offering information and advice at key transition points for year 11 students.
  • School Careers Library – A selection of careers resources are available in the careers section of lower school library.  Resources include; Guide to Choosing GCSEs, Guide to choosing A Levels and Post 16 Qualifications, Jobs Directory of over 500 jobs, Work and Employability Skills, college course guides, University prospectus and more!  iPads are also available for students to conduct careers research, explore future pathways and update their Unifrog accounts.

Useful websites for parents/carers: 

  • Parent Adviseradvice for parents/carers about 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 to support their children
  • 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.
  • When can my child leave school – information from GOV.UK about the transition from school.
  • What careers education will my child receive in school? – Details of all CEIAG activities and events students will receive in each year group can be found in the CEIAG Programme and CEIAG Policy.  Alternatively, you can request a Student Entitlement sheet from Mrs Halliday by emailing khalliday@kirkbycollege.notts.sch.uk or telephoning 01623 455925.

Work experience

Work experience provides students with a valuable opportunity to develop their awareness and familiarity with the world of work and experience first-hand the responsibilities of being an employee.

Some of the benefits of undertaking work experience include:

  • Develops new and improves existing skills, such as communication and organisational.
  • Improves students’ chances of gaining employment and enhances their curriculum vitae.
  • Students are better prepared for the transition from education to work.
  • Students have a better understanding of which pathway they would like to pursue in the future.
  • Create opportunities for the future.
  • Increases confidence.

Find out more about how Kirkby College supports students with work experience here.

Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a genuine job, with training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification. As an apprentice you will:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeship levels

You can start an apprenticeship at intermediate, advanced, higher or degree level. Usually the level you start at depends on your existing levels of qualifications and your work experience.

Name Level Equivalent Educational Level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C or 9-4
Advanced 3 2 A Level passes / Level 3 Diploma/ International Baccalaureate
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Who can apply

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

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

Useful apprenticeship links:

Further Education (FE)

After finishing your GCSEs you could go to college. College is an adult environment where you take more responsibility for yourself and your learning – there’s support and guidance available, but it‘s also a chance for you to prepare for work and life post-education.

Colleges have a wide range of learning options available including; A Levels, vocational courses and apprenticeships.

Useful links to local FE colleges:

Higher Education (HE)

Higher Education takes places at universities and Further Education colleges and normally includes undergraduate and postgraduate study.  Your choice of career might be a key reason in deciding whether to go into higher education and what course to take. For example, some careers, including medicine, dentistry, chartered engineering and architecture require you to have a degree.

Useful HE links:

  • UCAS – The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service operates the application process for British universities.  It helps connect people to university, degree apprenticeships and internships.
  • Informed Choices – what you study at sixth form or college can affect your options at university and your future career.  Use Informed Choices to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities.
  • The Uni Guide – A free and unbiased university advice service from the The Student Room.  Search courses, match A Levels to degree course possibilities, explore entry requirements and get tips and advice on each stage of the university journey.
  • Luminatestudent and graduate labour market information from Prospects

Labour Market Information (LMI)

Labour Market Information (LMI) can help students and parents to understand the salaries and promotion opportunities for different jobs as well as the volume and location of vacancies available across different sectors.

Using the following LMI links can help students to make informed decisions about their study options.

Careerometer – compare the average wages, working hours and predicted trends for up to three UK jobs

National Careers Service providing information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

D2N2a local enterprise partnership with the purpose of supporting and encouraging  economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Icouldproviding career inspiration and information for young people, icould shows what is possible in work and offers different ways to think about careers.

The Future Job Market – careers advice and guidance.