Careers Programme and Resources
Careers Learning at New College
The Careers Lead for New College is Sharon O’Connor. Her contact details can be found below. You can also view our Careers Policy and Baker Clause statement here
Phone: 01793 611 470 x 9522
Address: Sharon O’Connor
New College Drive,
Our Careers Programme:
Upskill is New College’s Careers Programme, designed to help students develop the skills and attributes
needed to enter and progress successfully into the world of work.
The programme is delivered through weekly tutor group sessions, half termly 1:1 tutor coaching sessions, talks from visiting speakers and events throughout the year. In addition to Upskill, students can also access individual support from the college Careers Team.
Upskill covers all of the normal careers related topics, but has been branded to reflect the requirements of the workplace. Upskill has 5 themes all focused on improving students’ employability. Each Theme is accompanied by assessments that assess learning. The Themes are linked to our college terms:
- Professional Standards
Professional Standards gives all the information needed when getting started in a college or work
setting. Students are encouraged to identify what they’re good at and where they may need support. This theme also covers leadership and supporting others.
- Safety and Respect at Work
Safety and Respect at Work focuses on how to get along with a wide range of people and why British Values and Equality and Diversity are important in the world of work and at New College. There is also a focus on staying safe, both in person and online.
- Fit for Work
Fit for Work covers topics like staying physically, mentally, sexually and spiritually well.
- Progressing Your Career
Progressing Your Career focuses on the Magnificent Seven* employability skills, progression, university and career planning. Students get the opportunity to speak to universities and employers through guest speaker events and at our Futures Fair. Important life skills such as applying for jobs and personal finance are also covered.
- Next Steps
Next Steps supports students to prepare for whatever is going to come next. This could be help to cope with exams, planning for their next step in learning or supporting students to get a university place, job or apprenticeship.
Students can also opt-in to a range of related courses to increase their employability. Examples
include Resilience and Grit, Health and Safety, Etiquette and Manners and Working as a Team.
Accessing the Upskill Careers Programme:
Access for students:
Students access the programme via the VLE and through weekly tutorials
Access for Parents and Carers:
Parents and Carers can view their young person’s account with them, can access our overview leaflet here or request more detailed information by contacting the College’s Careers lead Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org
Access for Employers:
Employers can access our overview leaflet here or request more detailed information by contacting the
College’s Careers Lead Sharon.email@example.com
Measuring and assessing the Impact of our Careers Programme
There are regular assessments built into each of the Upskill themes to ensure that learning is taking place.
Review of the Careers Programme
Date of Programme Inception: September 2017
Date of First Evaluation: July 2018
Date of Next Evaluation: July 2019
Gatsby Benchmarks for Young People in Colleges
New College is fully committed to embedding the Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance.
Labour Market Information
Having access to labour market information is critical when exploring career options and making career decisions. Labour market information can tell us; skills currently sought by employers, areas of work that are growing and those that are in decline, education or training required for particular jobs, industries that are prominent in particular areas of the UK, where there may be demand for workers. When making career decisions it is important to take all these factors into account. The Start programme is a comprehensive digital platform to help simplify career choices and provide labour market information. Details of employment trends by region, future employment prospects and the current level of demand for workers can be found for the jobs and industries featured. The Start programme can be accessed by clicking on the link and entering Registration Code 66528.
Upskill is a programme of supportive training sessions designed to develop skills and attributes needed to enter and progress in the world of work. Find out more about the programme in the Upskill leaflet.
Access Arrangements for Training Providers
National Careers Service
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. Click the button to access their website.