Careers / CEIAG

Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School aims to provide the best possible careers education, information, advice and guidance to students through the Gatsby benchmarks as stated below:

  • Providing a stable careers programme.

The programme will be clear to students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

  • Learning from careers and labour markets information.

Students and parents will have access to the good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities.

  • Addressing the needs of each student.

We understand that students have different career guidance needs at different stages. We aim to provide tailored advice and support for the needs of each student.

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers.

All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

  • Encounters with employers and employees.

Every student will be provided with opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This will be done through a range of activities including visiting speakers, Citizenship days and visits to local businesses.

  • Experiences of workplaces.

Every student will be provided with an opportunity to have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits and work shadowing opportunities.

  • Encounters with higher and further education.

All students will understand the full range of learning opportunities available to them. This will include both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

  • Personal guidance.

Every student will receive appropriate careers guidance by a qualified careers advisor at several times through their academic career at Rhyddings.

Our careers programme is designed to meet the needs of students at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School. It is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development.

Year 7

The focus is about introducing careers and thinking about the vast number of careers / jobs available.

Year 8

The focus is on introduction of employability competencies and the option process.

Year 9

The focus is on self-assessment, evaluation and developing aspirations.

Year 10

The focus will be on grasping opportunities and improving employability skills.

Year 11

The focus is post 16 options and the Application process/ interview techniques, preparing for life after Rhyddings.

Implementation of Careers Guidance

Each Year group is provided with opportunities to engage with a wide range of employers to promote careers and provide individualised advice and guidance. This is done through organised ‘Citizenship days’.

The programme is reviewed and impact is measured in September of every year as part of the school development plan.

A copy of our current CEIAG policy is available to view on our policies page.


Life after Rhyddings…

The law now states that young people must be in education or training until they are 18. Obviously, you will leave us with your GCSEs at 16 – so what next?

High School Sixth Forms – several local schools have sixth form centres where they offer A-Levels (similar to your GCSE studies, but at an ‘advanced’ level).

Further Education Colleges – Local colleges provide a wide range of A-Level, BTEC and diploma courses in a variety of subjects

University Technical Colleges – They specialise in technical subjects with training, sponsored by universities and employers.

Apprenticeships – Qualifications gained whilst working (and earning money) – available in over 170 different industry sectors. You may need to complete a pre-apprenticeship to develop your skills beforehand.

Job-related learning with a Training Provider – They provide a variety of different routes, including apprenticeships, to get you onto the right path for your chosen career.


Need advice?

Miss Embley is your Careers Lead in school. She can provide you with information, put you in touch with suitable colleges and training providers as well as help you with your CV.

Further information and advice is available via the Young People’s Service at New Era, Accrington.

Writing your CV

Here are some useful files for creating your CV which you will need to apply for colleges, apprenticeships, training and jobs.

You can also find some useful information online

The National Careers Service – a great place to go if you need some help to choose or change your career. They also offer skills tests, course search and job advice.  Their CV package can help you write a CV and you may also be eligible for face to face support.

Prospects – Career planner with advice and ideas for jobs.

Fast Tomato – a software programme that allows you to discover the careers that might suit you. You’ll be asked to answer a range of questions about your interests, qualifications and skills.  You will then receive a list of careers based on your interests for you to consider.

Bright Knowledge – Careers, qualifications and student life info.

Careersbox – Real video stories of young people working in all the major employment industries.

icould – Not sure what to do with yourself? Careers ideas and inspiration here!

Total Professions – Just in case you still need more careers information.

The Apprenticeship Guide  – Everything you need to know about apprenticeships!

Stem Careers – Careers information from a number of STEM employers.

Start Profile – Free, online careers platform


Ready to apply?

You will need to have a letter of application and a copy of your CV (curriculumn vitae) for each post you apply for.

Local Sixth Forms

Accrington Academy
St. Christopher’s  – See also St. Christopher’s ‘Pathways’ Provision
Blackburn College
St. Mary’s College
Burnley College
Clitheroe Grammar Sixth Form

Local Colleges

Accrington & Rossendale College
Blackburn College
Burnley College

Apprenticeships & Training Providers
Training 2000
Babcock Automotive Engineering Apprenticeships

Careers Leader – Carol Embley

Tel: 01254 231051

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