Careers and Work Experience

All schools in England have had a statutory duty since September 2012 to provide access to careers guidance for pupils in year 9-11. The advice should be independent, impartial and in the best interest of pupils. School provides this guidance using face-to-face contact through the Connexions service.

In Years 7 and 8 pupils will start to look at the world of work and move on to look at how GCSE subject choices in Year 9 affect career choice. By Year 10 students start to explore ideas further in readiness for Year 11 when they will choose what they want to do post-16.

Their post-16 options are even more important with Raising the Participation Age (RPA) which came into effect in 2013. This means that pupils will remain in compulsory education or training until they are 18 years old. It is vital that students develop an understanding of post-18 options in readiness for applying for higher education, jobs or apprenticeships.

St. Bede’s provides careers education which includes a range of activities which encourage engagement with local employers and training providers to help pupils gain valuable work experience and insights into the world of work.

Mrs Hunter is the designated Careers Coordinator within school and pupils also have access to an external source of impartial guidance to help them with their options through the connexions service.
In the atrium area there is a careers library providing access to impartial and independent information about a wide range of education and training options for students so they can carry out further research and exploration.

Our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) document demonstrates how we plan to ensure that all students (Years 7 to 11 inclusive) have access to comprehensive and independent careers advice, coupled with opportunities for first-hand experience within the workplace. Our aim is that all students will be confident in their future options and will leave St. Bede’s with a clear and realistic career plan.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Hunter on 01254 202519 or via email:


Careers Programme

Year 7
The focus is about introducing careers and thinking about the vast number of careers / jobs available.

Year 8
The focus is linking our plans and dreams to reality.

Year 9
The focus is self assessment, career paths and options post 14.

Year 10
The focus is work experience including preparation, implementation and evaluation.

Year 11
The focus is post 16 options and the Application process.


Useful Careers Information

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Information Document Downloads:

Click here to view Blackburn College Apprenticeships

Please use this link below to find out information about the local labour market