Careers Education and Guidance

Careers Education and Guidance

‘Building confidence, encouraging aspiration’

Schools have a critical role to play in preparing students for the next stage of their education. At St Columba’s Catholic Boys’ School students (and parents) are given careful careers education and guidance. Our aim is to help students build confidence, develop high aspirations and consider a broad range of careers which will allow them to reach their full potential.

For students who have special educational needs or disabilities, we prepare them for independence, or supported independence and equip them for further study.

Students will be involved in a wide range of practical activities throughout the year which will inspire and inform them about subject choices and the wide range of options available to them post-16 and beyond. This will include visits to and from apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, further education colleges, universities and employment.

Click here to find details of the Careers Education and Guidance Programme 2018/19

 Team and roles within the team

  • Mrs Johnson– Careers Link Governor
  • Mr McGonnell – Assistant Head Teacher, KS4 Lead
  • Mr Barry – Careers Leader
  • Mrs Brackstone – Careers Librarian
  • Mrs Lynda Bird – Careers Admin Support
  • Mrs Austen – Prospects Careers Advisor [ ]

 Careers Personal Guidance Interviews
Every student at St Columba’s will receive at least one impartial, independent and confidential careers personal guidance interview with our qualified careers advisor from Prospects.

Students in Year 9, 10 and 11 receive guidance on post 16 options to help with their applications for Sixth Forms, Sixth Form Colleges, FE Colleges, Training Providers and Employers as appropriate. Post 18 options; Higher Education, Apprenticeships and Employment are taken into consideration at this time.

Careers Personal Guidance Drop-in

If any student, from Year 7 to Year 11, has a question, or if you want some information, advice or guidance …just drop-in to see our Prospects Careers Advisor:

Every Wednesday at 2.30pm in the Learning Resources Centre

Useful Websites

Listed below are a selection of websites that students, parents and teachers may find helpful:

 Post-16 qualifications

Explore the routes available to you after GCSEs. Further education in sixth form, college and apprenticeships. See where the courses you are interested in are being offered.


Provides information on the skills required for different jobs, what the jobs entail, the typical hours worked, salary expectations and career progression. The job profile section is useful for researching facts about careers and has links to job related websites. The skills health check questionnaire is designed to help you think about the types of jobs that may suit you.

Job sector information.

Interactive tool containing information, film stories, articles and accounts from real people in real jobs.

Ultimate guide to choosing a Career.

Everything from current apprenticeships and school leaver programme opportunities, to the latest school leaver job news, and advice to help guide you on your career journey.

Discover 1000s of exciting jobs and apprenticeships.


Find an apprenticeship.

Information about apprenticeships.

National apprenticeship website. Look at types of apprenticeships available.


What to study, where to go and how to get there.

Research degree courses available and subject/grade requirements. There are over 50,000 undergraduate courses at more than 395 providers in the UK, so it’s important you do your research. Here’s some advice to help you.

Alternatives to University

Look for alternatives to University.

This is very useful for students who may not want to go into higher education.

Last updated: August 31, 2018 at 9:13 am

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