The Bury College Careers Programme is designed to provide learners with the best possible information, advice and guidance so they can make informed decisions about their next steps and help prepare for a successful career.
The Careers Programme is underpinned by a coherent delivery strategy, which is embedded across the college structure and provision. It aims to ensure high numbers of learners progress to positive destinations such as apprenticeships, technical routes, higher education or employment. The Careers Programme is delivered through strong college partnerships with employers, HE institutions and apprenticeship providers.
High quality careers guidance relies on having equally high quality learning, training and employment options for students to choose from; Bury College offers two pathway choices at age 16:
For learners on these two pathways, the Careers Programme will help them:
This high quality education, information, advice and guidance will help students to:
Bury College is using the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks to continuously improve careers provision, as set out in Department for Education statutory guidance:
The Gatsby Benchmarks are used to plan study programme provision across a student’s main qualification, work experience module, English and maths studies and the Positive Futures tutorial programme. Positive Futures is the college’s unique personal effectiveness programme designed to develop key study, employability and transferrable skills to support progression onto a positive destination.
The Careers Programme has a particular focus on providing personalised careers guidance through face-to-face 1:1 tutorials with personal tutors and interviews with Level 6 qualified careers guidance officers. A key feature is to remove any mismatch between the careers young people want to pursue and the opportunities available; the college uses up-to-date understanding of labour market information to ensure learners make well-informed choices. Targeted support is provided for vulnerable and disadvantaged learners.
The overall aim of the Bury College Careers Programme is for every learner to be fully engaged with their next steps by setting aspirational career goals, which significantly increase their life chances, job satisfaction, and earning potential.