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Quality in Careers Standard, Gatsby Benchmarks & Useful Links for Parents

St Dominic’s Sixth Form College is proud to have been awarded the prestigious Investor in Careers Award in recognition for outstanding CEIAG provision since July 2015.

Across the whole curriculum, we strive to embed good Careers learning and employability preparation through a programme of Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education supported by impartial and independent careers information, advice and guidance.

We inspire every student whatever their background, gender, religion ethnic origin or ability and provide them with information about the full range of post - 16 education, training, employment opportunities and routes; We encourage students to consider non–traditional careers and for their choices to reflect developments in the Labour Market and the requirements of employers and the world of work.    

We are committed to continuous improvement, which we demonstrate through holding the prestigious ‘Quality in Careers Standard’ and through committing to 3 yearly re-accreditation involving external quality checking and assessment. We ensure that our provision meets the requirements of the revised DfE Statutory Guidance ‘Careers Guidance – guidance for FE Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges’ (February 2018) and that we incorporate principles of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for good career guidance (2016 & 2018).

For more information about the eight Gatsby Benchmarks please click on the link/icon below:

All students are offered a planned programme of impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to inspire every student whatever their background, gender, ethnic origin or ability through the Student Entitlement in Year 12 & 13:

We will offer:

A planned programme of impartial careers information, advice and guidance offering a full range of post-16 education, training and employment opportunities

  • Access to a qualified impartial and independent careers adviser
  • Help to recognise your likes, dislikes, influences, strengths and preferences in relation to career decisions through the Year 12 Career Development Programme (CDP)
  • Information about the world of work, business operations and ethics and how the labour market is changing
  • Information about Higher Education, training, apprenticeships and employment
  • Activities which challenge stereotyping and raise your aspirations
  • Activities to develop skills and qualities to improve your employability
  • Support to prepare you for different transitions and the world of work
  • Help to develop personal budgeting skills and knowledge of financial aspects affecting everyday living, further study, HE, training and work
  • Help to develop and strengthen your personal presentation skills for selection processes
  • Sign posting to relevant up-to-date and impartial sources of careers information and advice (via weekly Student News, tutorial, opportunities & work experience portal, notice boards, events and email)
  • Weekly access to a Personal Tutor
  • Activities to understand the impact of how the world of work is changing and implications for your own career planning
  • Opportunities to investigate career pathways and university requirements to develop knowledge of post-18 options
  • Support to make decisions about your future, discuss your plans at a careers interview if you wish and set targets in an action plan
  • Opportunities to develop a C.V. and other strategies to improve your success in selection  processes
  • Advice and support on gaining work experience
  • Work experience arranged for you if studying a BTEC programme
  • Opportunities to develop and apply enterprise and employability skills in your approach to learning, work and career planning

Useful Links for Parents & Guardians


Text Box: Labour Market Information LMI for All - Careerometer

Text Box: Labour Market Information (LMI) Career Companion link


Text Box: AllAboutSchoolLeavers Apprenticeships, Jobs, Placements, Internships   Internships


Text Box: Apprenticeships Gov Website for Parents Finding Apprenticeships


Text Box: UCAS for Parents


Text Box: Parent & CarerCareer Companion link