Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance


We believe in a truly all-round education, where students develop independence, resilience and the skills necessary to achieve their potential beyond secondary education.

Good career guidance is essential to raise our students’ aspirations, opening their eyes to careers and futures they may not have considered.
At Bottisham Village College we aim to support the life development of our students. Preparation for future transitions should be smooth and well informed to facilitate effective career management.
Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) supports our students during activities which enable them to gain a deeper understanding of themselves as they move through school life and beyond. They gain knowledge of the options that may be available to them in order to make realistic career decisions. A comprehensive and progressive CEIAG programme supporting the choice of education and employment pathways whilst considering individual skills, attributes and beliefs, thereby promoting sustainable employability throughout future working lives. 
Effective careers education and guidance has the capacity to make a positive contribution to the well-being of individuals, their families and their communities; aiding social and economic growth.  By engaging students, teachers, parents and the local community we aim to enable our students to fulfil their potential and to achieve a successful future.

Our CEIAG programme has been developed in consideration of the Gatsby Report’s benchmarks, and the CDI (Career Development Institute) Framework for careers, employability and enterprise education 7-19.

Independent, Impartial Careers Advice
Schools now have a duty to provide access to unbiased and impartial careers guidance for their students.  Anglian Learning Trust sought the services of a Level 7 qualified Independent Career Guidance Adviser/Counsellor, Mrs Laurie Simpson who is able to provide high quality, personalised, career information and advice to individuals and groups of students. Deeper guidance counselling interventions facilitate the exploration of an individual’s skills, attributes and interests in relation to their career options. Mrs Simpson further supports staff across Trust communities to enhance the provision of careers education and work-related leaning activities, thereby promoting student learning and progression. Students can request an interview, via their form tutor, or parents are able to contact the school to make a request.  Student data is shared with Mrs Simpson, in order for the most accurate and helpful advice to be given.

Our CEIAG programme
CEIAG delivery is ongoing throughout the academic year, for all year groups. In year 7 students begin to think about jobs and careers that the staff members around them have had, and in years 8-11 students will receive their CEIAG input through collapsed PSHE days, visits to careers fairs, working with businesses, engaging with parents in career workshops, and the year 11 students will also have mock interviews with business people to prepare them for College and job interviews. Additional opportunities will include career ‘surgeries’ and longer workshops, dedicated to informing and educating students about employability skills, as well as specific details about certain career routes.

Notice of intent to complete the Cambridgeshire CEIAG Award
As our CEIAG programme is being developed, we are currently starting work towards the first module of the Cambridgeshire CEAIG Award.  This is an accreditation enabling providers to demonstrate excellence in raising student aspiration, achievement and progression which meets the ‘Quality in Careers Standard’ national validation.  The intention is to have completed both modules of this award and become fully accredited within two years.

Who we are working with
In the past we have worked with Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Trust; Cambridge Building Society; Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge; John Lewis; The Marshall Group of Companies; The National Stud and Red2Green, within the Bottisham Education Partnership (BEP) which was formed in 2010. We are hoping to re-establish and develop the Partnership working with the companies as part of our CEIAG programme.  We are also working within the Anglian Learning Trust with Sawston Village College, Netherhall School and Bassingbourn Village College, and will be linking with them to use their expertise in CEIAG to inform and develop our provision. These partners will enable students to benefit from their knowledge and expertise, enhancing and complementing our college curriculum. A range of activities are taking place annually to facilitate student economic well-being and understanding of employability skills. The activities will adhere to our Health and Safety Policy to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all staff, students and parents taking part.

We are also working with Form the Future, an organisation who works with local schools connecting them with businesses to help students prepare for their future careers.  We are developing our local business and parent network. 

Recommended websites

Websites for parents & carers:

Websites for students investigating different career paths:  (a careers website for 11 to 19 year olds in Cambridgeshire) (careers inspiration and information for young people) (for young people to explore  careers, get information about top employers and look for jobs, courses and advice) (apprenticeships) (videos about different careers)

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