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 (PDF, 453KB)

Sharon O’Connor
Careers Lead

New College
New College Drive
Swindon SN3 1AH

Tel: 01793 236 487 ext 9522

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 worksetting. 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

Access for Employers

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.


Upskill is a programme of supportive training sessions designed to develop skills and attributes needed to enter and progress in the world of work.

National careers service

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

We have 5 themes:

  1. Professional Standards
  2. Safety and Respect at Work
  3. Fit for Work
  4. Progressing your Career
  5. Next Steps

Additionally, you can find our Opt-In courses on the VLE, in the Upskill area

We focus on the 'Magnificent Seven Employability Skills', which include:

  • Self-Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Number Skills
  • IT Application
  • Business Customer Awareness
  • Teamwork