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Careers education and work experience

Key contacts Careers education programme Work experience Management of Provider Access Requests

The Henry Cort Community College aims to ensure that students are self-confident, skilled and career-informed. This is achieved through a comprehensive programme based on the nationally recognised Gatsby Benchmarks that encompasses Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and Work Related Learning (WRL) throughout Years 7-11. 

How you can help at home:

Careers Companion and START will help your child to connect with their future career potential, develop their employability and help them to explore future career and study options at school or at home.

  • Encourage your child to consider what they enjoy about their favourite subjects and how this might link to future careers.
  • Encourage them to explore the different options available at KS4, KS5 and post 18.
  • Help dispel common misconceptions: that certain jobs are for men or women, that apprenticeships are only for practical vocations link engineering, that they need to wait until they start looking for work before they gain experience of the wider world of work.
  • Help them explore the jobs and training opportunities that are available using the links below:
  1. https://www.startprofile.com/ External link
  2. https://bespoke.careercompanion.co.uk/libraries/index External link
  3. https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship External link
  4. https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hampshirefutures/yourfuture External link
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Key contacts:

  • Mrs S Connochie - Careers Operational Lead
  • Miss C Gudgeon – Careers Strategic Lead

Both can be contacted by emailing careers@henrycort.org.  Students can request additional careers appointments at any time here at the college.  Students should contact Mrs Connochie in the first instance.

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Summary of Careers Education Programme

Careers and work related education is an important part of our wider curriculum. A summary of our Secondary Careers Education Programme offered to all students in all year groups is outlined below. This programme is supported by assemblies, information evening, class-based exercises and a range of other scheduled and occasional activities all designed to ensure students are best prepared for their futures.


Content linked to Gatsby Benchmarks

Delivered through

CDI Framework

Year 7

  • What is work? (GB2)
  • LORIC (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication)
  • START Personal Profile
  • Exploring the world of work
  • What are employability skills?
  • Encounters with HE/FE (GB 7)
  • Careers lessons
  • PiXL Edge
  • Tutor sessions



Year 8

  • Self management skills and effective decision-making
  • START Personal Profiling
  • Employability skills
  • Encounters with HE/FE (GB7)
  • Careers Lessons
  • Tutor sessions
  • Assemblies

Commence the journey – who am I?

Year 9

  • Meet the employer (GB5)
  • Employability Skills
  • START Personal Profiling
  • Encounters with HE/FE (GB7)
  • Careers lessons
  • Tutor sessions
  • Assembly


Building Aspirations and exploring career opportunities

Year 10

  • Work Experience Preparation (GB6)
  • Employability Skills
  • Encounters with HE/FE (GB7)
  • Careers lessons
  • Enrichment Day
  • Tutor sessions
  • Assemblies

Identifying choices and qualifications. Self- presentation and what employers want

Year 11

  • Interview prep (GB 5)
  • Interview and CV writing (GB 5)
  • Encounters with HE/FE Apprenticeship providers (GB 7)
  • Careers lessons
  • Assemblies
  • Tutor Sessions
  • Enrichment Day

Seeking help and making plans and applications

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Employer Connections

We have worked with the following organisations in recent years to support students as they explore and prepare for their futures:

  • BOC Gases
  • bmJV
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA)
  • INEOS Team UK
  • and others

Management of Provider Access Requests

Any provider or employer not already working with the college and wishing to request access should contact Miss C Gudgeon or Mrs S Connochie, Careers Leaders in Education on 01329 843127. Policy for provider access is available from the college.

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Careers Programme Development

We believe that every individual should be prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life, and that this preparation should be an important and distinctive element of the curriculum. Our Careers Education Programme provides students with skills, knowledge, support and experience of the world of work to enable them to make informed career choices and is reviewed regularly in light of national guidance. The college develops provision in line with achieving all 8 of the Gatsby benchmarks and is committed to working towards the Quality in Careers Standard this academic year.

Work Experience

As part of our curriculum, all students in Year 10 take part in our Work Experience scheme. This normally happens towards the end of June or beginning of July.

Work experience is considered to be one of the most important part of the Careers programme and therefore we ask parents to endorse the initiative by enthusing our students and supporting them to find suitable placements.  These can either be Private Placements or selected from an online database that we provide through the Enterprise Business Partnership (EBP).

You may already be aware that the government has stopped all designated funding for students to undertake a Work Experience placement and unfortunately, due to the economic climate, we have request contributions from parents and carers, currently £36.00.

This is paid to EBP to cover the following services:

  • Administration costs, letter, phone calls to employers.
  • Support in securing placements for students.
  • Completing the necessary health and safety visits/checks
  • Health and safety workshops for students.
  • Providing a bank of suitable placements for students to choose from.
  • Accessing EPB online.
  • Certification on completion.
  • Feedback from employers.

Year 10 have extensive support with the process of finding a placement, but the ultimate responsibility lies with them – a good start to the world of work!  However, if you require any further information or support with the process, please contact Mrs Connochie by emailing her at sac@henrycort.org.

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UPDATED: 19 November 2021