St Joseph's R.C. High School
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St Joseph's RC High School

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Careers Programme Overview 2021-23

IMPACT of Careers Programme – progress against the GATSBY standards

Compass Report 2022

St Joseph’s RC High School is committed to ensuring that our CEIAG programmes are designed to develop pupils’ skills, confidence, knowledge and understanding, in order for them to make realistic, well-informed career choices for their future. We achieve this through:

  • A designated registered(CDI)  Careers  Leader(Mrs D Hancock)
  • SLT link for CEIAG (Mr M Singleton).
  • Careers Adviser who is dedicated to providing impartial careers information, advice, and guidance to students on all the options available to them.
  • Reporting to SLT and Governors.
  • A dedicated online platform providing a broad range of up-to-date information and online resources on key post-16 opportunities.
  • Attendance and active engagement at the Bolton CEIAG Hub.
  • Establishing and developing links with FE Colleges, apprenticeship providers, University Technical Colleges, and universities.
  • Establishing and developing links with employers.
  • Building a network of alumni
  • Evaluation through accreditation by the Quality in Careers Standard Award.
  • Tracking and evaluation of retention and destination data

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are a key element of the strategy St Josephs are actively working towards alongside the Careers and Enterprise Company to ensure the benchmarks are in place. They are as follows:

St Joseph’s now to be at full implementation in all 8 of the Gatsby Benchmarks.

1. A Stable Careers Programme
2. Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with Further and Higher Education
8. Personal Guidance

Careers Lead Contact – The Careers Lead at St Joseph’s RC High School is Donna Hancock.

A provider wishing to request access should contact Donna Hancock
Telephone: 01204 697456; Email:

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme(which can be found under CEIAG policy) offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.

In addition to the careers programme the following support is also available

Careers Guidance Interview

Careers guidance interviews offer support and advice about post 16 options they can also help pupils to recognise their skills qualities and interests so that they can make well informed and realistic decisions about their future career. During the interview a Careers Action Plan is completed which contains information from the discussion and any action points that might need to be completed.

Parents are also welcome to attend the appointment should they wish to.

Lunch Time drop-in 

Pupils can call into the careers office during break, lunchtime, or after school, for information, advice and guidance.

Parent/School Partnership

Talking Futures   A Parents toolkit for careers conversations 

My World Of Work – Support for parents and carers | My World of Work

Careers Advice For Parents –Careers Advice for Parents – Youth Employment UK

A parents’ toolkit for career conversations (

News, information, and opportunities shared through the school website and Facebook page.

Options and Careers Evenings provide opportunities to share information and engage in dialogue with parents /carers.

Leader of Careers, Head of Year and SLT  presence at parents./careers evenings

Parents/carers career evening  information pack with feedback form at the back

Parents/carers are welcome to attend a 1-2-1 careers interview with son/daughter

Parents/carers input into work experience placements, through evaluations and discussions.

Txt messages home informing parents/carers, of  careers events

Mock Interview evening,  preparation material for parents/carers preparing their  child for their first interview

Work experience parent/carers information  pack

The Baker Clause

What is the Baker Clause?

Introduced as an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act 2017, the Baker Clause stipulates that schools must allow colleges and training providers access to every student in years 8- 13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them (See Appendix A). It is expected that by doing so this will help address the UK’s productivity challenges and address skills shortages experienced across several sectors of the economy. This regulation has been enforced since January 2nd 2018.

The Department for Education’s Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff sets out the expectations of schools which includes:

*   Every school must ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships.

*   Every school must publish a policy statement setting out their arrangements for provider access and ensure that it is followed.

CIAG Policy

The school policy for CIAG can also be viewed in the policies section of the school website.

Policy Statement Provider Access

CEIAG PolicySt JosephCEIAG Policy 2021-2023


lease click here to view the Code of Practice School and College

Student Destination

Activity Survey 2018

Activity Survey 2019

Activity Survey 2020

Activity Survey 2021

Useful Information



Inspiring IAG Gold award     

St Josephs is working towards The ‘Careers in Quality Standard’ enabling our school to gain recognition for our careers provision and good practice. The framework we follow will  ensure we are meeting national guidance and legislation, and it raises the profile of CE/IAG and supports its continuous improvement.




Student Infomation

Labour Market Information(lMI)

what is LMI ? LMI describes the world of work ,includes up too date information on what’s jobs exist whether that’s locally , nationally and  even internationally, the number and type of job vacancies where the jobs are situated, qualifications, skills and experience needed, hour of work and salaries, sectors that are predicted to grow or decline, skills gaps that are or will be needed by industries and businesses.LMI is anything that is quantitative and qualitative


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Further/Higher Education Information

 All pupils are invited to attend college transition days. These days are organised through our local colleges in the summer term of Year 10. Pupils will ‘sample’ different subject areas and learn about the different courses and facilities the colleges have to offer. These invaluable days help pupils to explore their options and prompt the start of the decision making process about which subjects they may wish to pursue post 16.

Having a clear understanding of their predicted grades at this time enables them to explore the entry requirements for the different courses and make sure they understand in advance, the expectations of them by the end of Year 11.

Thinking about your future and the career path you are going to choose is one of the most important decisions you will probably ever make.  You spend the majority of your life in your place of work, so choosing the right qualifications and training is vital..

In order to assist  our pupils to start to make those decisions, they can make an appointment with 

Mrs Hancock Registered Careers Lead/Careers adviser

01204 697456 ex 107

Mrs Hancock is based in the English block on the ground floor (just off the school hall).

  • To arrange an appointment for career guidance, speak to your head of year, form a tutor, or alternatively ask Mrs Hancock to arrange one for you.
  • Career Plans and Ideas; options choices; apprenticeships and training
  • Support pupils in choosing educational pathways that suit their interests and abilities
  • Help pupils  follow appropriate career paths
  • To promote high aspirations and expectations in all our pupils, encourage participation in continued learning, higher educatiotheron and apprenticeships;


Math Why BotherMaths Why bother GCSE

Science Why BotherScience Why Bother

English Why BotherEnglish Why Bother

Subject links


History is vital for today and tomorrow _ THE Opinion

What to do with a degree in history _ Money _ The Guardian


What can I do with a Geography degree_

Department of Geography _ Career Outcomes for Our Graduates – Durham University


Job options for science graduates _ TARGETjobs

STEM careers toolkit_ secondary STEM careers toolkit _ STEM


STEM Crew _ Meet the team


See Where They Can Take You _ STEM


What to do with a degree in modern languages _ Money _ The Guardian

Language graduates_ what jobs are they doing now_ _ Education _ The Guardian


Work Life_ Meekyoung Shin, Artist _ Stylist

Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs for Arts Majors – Best Colleges Online


Danielle – Quality Technician – Future Morph

Danielle – Quality Technician – Future Morph


Theology and Religious Studies skills that employers value – Careers Service _ Cambridge University


English tripos and your career – Careers Service _ Cambridge University

Career opportunities for English graduates – University of Warwick

Why studying English is great for your career _ The University of Sunderland


Music graduates are more employable than you might think _ Education _ The Guardian


St Joseph’s actively encourages employers to get involved with our Careers Programme. If you would like to find out more information on how you can get involved with the school, please contact  Donna Hancock Careers Leader at

Year 11  Mock Interviews 

St Josephs annual mock interview scheme is supported by local businesses, higher/further education /apprenticeship providers, staff, pupils an parents

What is a mock interview?

A mock interview is a simulation of a job interview that is undertaken in order to train the interviewee for the real thing. The mock seeks to replicate the conditions of the real experience as closely as possible. The purpose is to gauge how the interviewee would react in situations that may arise; it’s also a way to pre-empt any issues that may come up.


Careers Evening Year 10 /Year 11

St Josephs Annual careers Fair in September, for all Year 10 /Year 11.

What is a Careers Fair?

Careers Fairs allow school to bring leaders from fast-growing local businesses into schools.

Companies will /Colleges/6th Forms/Apprenticeships  and training providers set up stalls so that students are able to informally approach lots of different employers and talk to them personally. It is important to note that there should be no expectations of any job opportunities being offered by business leaders at a careers fair  but is a great way for students to experience a wide range of businesses in their local community and for businesses to begin to build their talent pipeline.

Careers Fairs are an excellent way for students to hear what local companies have on offer. Students can talk to different employers, gain an understanding of what their jobs entail or the different roles available, and the skills that are needed to be successful in today’s economy. Pupils also get the chance to talk to Further/Higher education providers

Student Information

T-Level- The Next Level Qualification

What are T-Levels

T-Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels.

 These 2-year courses, which launched September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study.

T-Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days)

Please click link below for more information

T Levels | The Next Level Qualification



Mrs Hancock  is available in the Careers Office (ground floor, English block)for all students to access support & guidance.

Please note: Lesson times are only for pre-booked interviews/appointments.

Please feel free to call in at the times shown below.

Opening times:                   Monday- Friday 

Before School:                     8.00 – 8.30am

Break:                                   10.45 – 11am

Lunch:                                  1.30 – 1.45pm

After school:                        2.45 – 4pm

  • Careers 1:1 Interviews (sign up in careers and we will book a suitable time)
  • General information and advice about any Careers you would like to explore.
  • Options available to you Post 16
  • Support or guidance with searching for courses, apprenticeships and training providers
  • Help with  UCAS applications process/ profile
  • Help or guidance on CV writing

Careers Resources

 Please see below a list of career resource links to a range of excellent career websites and resources which you can access.

Unifrog -The Complete Destinations Platform for Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Provide pupils with information on their full range of opportunities. Pupils should use these portals as part of their careers advice and guidance provision. Pupils can access information on every post 16 and post 18 opportunity available to them across the UK. Its easy to navigate and allows the pupil to make sound choices about their next destination.


St Josephs subscribes to ‘Unifrog’ which all pupils have access to. This allows students to easily search for university courses and all available apprenticeships across the country. Students can compare courses and apprenticeship opportunities to tailor to their individual strengths and areas of interest. Employers from Unifrog come
into school  to speak with each year group at a relevant time to enable them to make the most of the resource. Unifrog has a careers library with information about a wide range of careers, salaries and routes into the career. Students utilise unifrog to construct their CV, Personal Statement, record key competencies and engagement in

Unifrog  Competency tool   

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Unifrog CV tool

Unifrog Apprenticeship tool

Unifrog University tool

Unifrog College / Sixth Form tool 

Personality Quiz

Please see Mrs Hancock  in the  careers department(ground floor English block) if you need any guidance 


Please feel free to contact Mrs Hancock, Careers Lead if you require any

  • Information, advice or guidance.
  • Queries about up and coming  career events
  • Your son/daughters career aspirations
  • Post 16 progression
  • Provide feedback on any careers event


Career Choices

Researching a career: Search – FutureLearn careers

Local Government Jobs

Academic Careers Vacancies

Appointments for Teachers

Appointments for Teachers

Healthcare Jobs:

British Veterinary Association


Institute of Plumbing

Industry Training Board

Institute of Civil Engineers

Construction and Engineering

Construction Is A Career Like No Other | Go Construct

CITB Apprenticeships – CITB

STEM Ambassadors | STEM

Engineering Futures | Courses

Free Skills, Job and Career Growth Learning – SkillsBuild Program –


Apprenticeships, School Leaver Jobs & Reviews _ RateMyApprenticeship

All the information is available through the BAE Website

Jobs and Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships Archives _ Babington

Hire An Apprentice – Apprenticeships can help your business grow, offering tailored and cost-effective training for new and current staff

Further Education (FE) Courses at College or 6th form;

Higher Education (HE) Courses at University;

Careers & Personal Development Portal – University

Volunteering opportunities;

Information, Advice, and Guidance on all 14-19 Learning Options.

Please click here to visit the My Course My Future in Bolton website, a really useful website that contains lots of information and guidance about your future after St Joseph’s.

Please click on the links below



home – icould



Money Matters

Careerometer _ Ideas 4 Careers

Apprenticeship Vacancies – Damar Training

LMI For All


AFC Harrogate – British Army

Hospitality Guild – Hospitality Jobs, Careers and Training-Information and career tools aimed at raising awareness about careers in the hospitality sector.

Success at School_ Careers advice for schools and students -Career advice for schools and students aged 13-19

Home – Future Morph-All about Sceince and Maths

Stem Careers – Information on Science and Engineering Careers

STEM Ambassadors _ STEM

School Leaver Jobs _ AllAboutSchoolLeavers

Local University Websites:


Home – GM Higher

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service:

University of Central Lancashire:

Lancaster University:

University of Liverpool

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool Hope College:

Edge Hill College

The Liverpool Institute for performing arts:

The University of Manchester

The Manchester Metropolitan University:

The Russell Group’s 24 members are world-class, research-intensive universities. They are unique institutions, each with their own history and ethos, but they share some distinguishing characteristics.

Russell Group _ Our universities