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, 187.13KB)

Sharon O’Connor
Careers Lead

New College
New College Drive
Swindon SN3 1AH

Tel: 01793 236 487 ext 9522

Our Careers Programme:

Our Careers Programme at the North Star (formerly Swindon College) campus, is delivered by Subject Lecturers.

At Queens Drive (formerly New College), our programme called 'Upskill' is delivered by Progress Coaches.

With the merger of the two colleges, we are now in the process of creating a single, online, careers course, which will be delivered across both campuses.

'Upskill' is our online careers course, designed to help students develop the skills and attributes needed to enter and progress successfully into the world of work. This course is delivered as a discrete, online study programme, with set targets throughout the academic year. Students are directed to the relevant sections when attending tutorial sessions with lecturers and Progress Coaches.

Additionally, careers related talks, presentations, visiting speakers and other events will also run throughout the year and in addition to the online Careers Programme, students can also access individual support from the college Careers Team whenever they need support.

Upskill covers all of the normal careers related topics, but has been branded to reflect the requirements of the workplace. Upskill has four themes all focused on improving student's employability. Each theme is accompanied by assessments that assess learning. The themes are as follows:

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 behave in the workplace and includes Health and Safety in the workplace.

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.

The Magnificent Seven employability skills include:

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Number skills
  • IT application
  • Business customer awareness
  • Teamwork

More information about the Upskill programme is coming soon. Come back to this page for updates.

Accessing the Upskill Careers Programme

Access for students

Students access the programme via the VLE.

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 email

Access for Employers

More information for the Employers Access scheme is coming soon. Please re-visit this page for updates. If you would like more detailed information, please contact the College’s Careers lead email

Access arrangements for Training Providers

Training providers who would like to arrange to visit our College should contact the Careers Lead in the first instance, by emailing

Download our Careers Policy and Baker Clause statement

Measuring the impact of our Careers Programme

There are regular assessments built into each of the Upskill themes to ensure that learning is taking place. Additionally, we also speak to students, parents, careers, and local employers to ensure our programme is fit for purpose.

Review of the Careers Programme

  • Date of Programme Inception: September 2017
  • Date of First Evaluation: July 2018
  • Date of Next Evaluation: July 2019
  • Date of new Programme Inception: December 2020
  • Date of Evaluation: July 2021

Review of the Careers Programme

  • Date of Programme Inception: September 2017
  • Date of First Evaluation: July 2018
  • Date of Next Evaluation: July 2019
  • Date of new Programme Inception: December 2020
  • Date of Evaluation: July 2021

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.

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


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