Careers Education

At Ivanhoe College we take careers education seriously, devoting  a significant part of the Lifeskills curriculum in Year 8 and 9 to careers education. We understand that a child’s schooling is the first stage in preparing them for a future career. We aim to ensure that  all students, regardless of background or academic ability, have access to impartial careers advice and are encouraged and supported to make the right career path choices for them.

An in depth insight into our careers education including our statutory duties, methods of implementations and monitoring and review can be seen in our Careers Education Policy. You can access it by clicking here. 

We monitor the effectiveness of our careers education by listening to the 'Student Voice'. We also evaluate and update our provision, including the website, yearly. 

The key contact for Careers is Miss Claire Gee - Subject Leader for Lifeskills. 

To contact her please use the email: or telephone 01530 412756


Careers Education during Covid-19

Students continued to learn about careers education during their remote learning life skills lessons. Despite the challenges of not being able to meet face to face with visitors for the careers fair, our business contacts and learning providers put together electronic videos and presentation for our students to access at home on our 'Virtual Careers Day.' Students will have ongoing access to the resources through moodle if they want to revisit the skills activities or videos from the day.

To find the resources click on the careers tab in the Remore Learning Portal.


Why is early careers education so important for students?

  • To help students choose advantageous qualifications (and/or work based training) for GCSE’s/ Post-16 qualifications.
  • To promote early engagement with skills and qualities desirable in the work place.
  • To broaden students' horizons in terms of career options available to them, thus raising aspirations.
  • To encourage students to actively assess and develop their transferable skills by providing opportunities in lessons.
  • To encourage social mobility and to challenge social stereotypes attached to particular jobs, careers and educational paths.
  • Early engagement with careers education helps to increase motivation as students have a clearer understanding of themselves and how they might live and work when they leave school.

Year 7 Careers Education

In Year 7 students begin their careers education with a focus on understanding themselves and their personal skills. They will:

  • Think about personal skills and qualities, and think about how these skills link to employability.
  • Broaden their horizons by examing different job sectors, looking at the local labour market, as well as thinking about future jobs that don't yet exist.
  • They will gain skills and make links to careers education in their subject lessons.


Year 8 Careers Education.

In Year 8 students are introduced to Careers through a range of independent resources and opportunities. They will:

  • Research potential careers through quizzes which aim to match their likes and interests to a wide variety of careers, such as the Barclays Lifeskills Wheel of Strength..
  • Investigate the suggested careers to consider academic and/or vocational paths into these careers.
  • Attend the Year 8 Careers Fair.


Year 8 Careers Fair - An opportunity to engage with local employers.

This is a fantastic opportunity for employers to meet our students and to inspire them into their industry. It is also a relaxed opportunity for students to ask questions and find out more. The Careers Fair is ideally timed to fall towards the end of Year 8, before students choose their Year 9 options.

We welcome speakers from as many career paths as possible and like to offer relevant options to all of our students, regardless of their academic achievement.

Previous visitors have included; engineers, medical professionals, scientists, lawyers,  graphic designers, photographers, nursery nurses, and animal care.

We also have strong links with local learning providers and universities who help to give students a clearer idea of qualifications needed for certain careers paths.


Year 9 Careers Education

In Year 9 students further develop their knowledge of the employment market and education routes into employment. They will: 

  • Visit the NEC World Skills UK Show
  • Students are supported to use their knowledge of careers to choose appropriate KS4 options..
  • Students are encouraged and educated to see the links between their curriculum learning and future careers.
  • They will prepare for employment by practicing CV writing and Interview Skills.
  • Selected students have the oppotunity to have one to one guidance sessions with a qualifed careers guidance counsellor to support them with their KS4 selections and raise careers aspirations.


Year 9 - Visit to NEC World Skills UK Show

The World Skills Show is the UK’s biggest skills and careers event, covering 5 key employment areas: Construction and Logistics, Engineering and Technology, Health and Hospitality, Digital and Business, Creative and Design.

Students will have the chance to explore the opportunities in all of these industries, as well as the potential opportunity to try hands- on activities.

They can get impartial one-to-one guidance on career routes and jobs from expert careers advisors and browse the ‘Sign Up Station’ stand for an insight into real opportunities that they can apply for at 16, such as work experience and apprenticeships.

Our students will meet representatives and employees from over 130 top local and national employers who will be at the Skills Show, including Royal Mail, IBM, BAE Systems, NHS Careers, HS2, Barclays and Toyota - all of whom will share information on the range of jobs jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities they have to offer, as well as sharing what it is they look for in their prospective employees. 

Further Education colleges and universities are also represented at the show and will be happy to discuss what they have to offer our students in the future. 


Other Careers Linked Opportunities.

Ivanhoe S.T.E.A.M. Show

This is an extremely popular competition at Ivanhoe for students to develop their own science, engineering or computing project, which they then present to a team of judges, members of the public and local and national employers. The last show was sponsored by Rolls Royce, and the standard of entries was impressive, with students already demonstrating industry relevant skills. This is a lovely opportunity for companies to come and speak with our young people and be wowed by their efforts.  You can see more information in the news section of the Ivanhoe website. 


Stephenson College - Challenging Workplace Stereotypes

A selection of students from Year's 8 and 9 take part in a careers event at Stephenson College where they take part in practical activities in a broad mix of areas. From childcare to architecture, hairdressing to constuction the sessions aim to challenge gender steroptypes, get students thinking again about their transferrable skills and to push them out of their comfort zones with the practical challenges.  










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