The Careers Department plays a full and active part in the life of The Gilberd school and follows the statutory Guidance of the Gatsby Benchmarks’ requirements. View guidance document below

Careers Advice Team
Careers Line Manager- Assistant Head: Mr P. Tanton- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Careers Leader - Head of Business & Enterprise: Ms A. Cooper – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Careers Support Administration: Ms A. Jones – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How The Gilberd School measures and assesses the impact of the Careers programme

A member of the Senior Leadership Team has strategic responsibility for CEIAG working in liaison with the Career Leader. The Career Leader writes the schemes of work and oversees the structure of delivery of CEIAG at this school, ensuring members of staff have access to relevant training where needed.
Monitoring, review and evaluation
The School monitors delivery in lessons by observations and learning walks, and student evaluation and feedback to inform future planning. Each year’s Department Improvement Plan is constructed to reflect the objectives outlined in the School Improvement Plan, and develop CEIAG provision further. An annual CEIAG survey is used to evaluate the quality of provision from a student perspective. Each student has a CEIAG folio/Record of achievement to track exposure to a range of events, contacts with employers and experiences.
Three areas of quality assurance that we take into consideration:
1) The quality of independent careers providers

2) The quality of careers professionals working in the school.
3) The date of the school’s next review of the information published

The Gilberd School considers the following principles for good practice when developing the strategy for delivering CEIAG: Gatsby

NEET figures
The Government track how well we are doing by monitoring our NEET data (Students Not in Education, Employment or Training) These figures are collated each year when our students take up a place with a local college/employer and the data is shared with us. We are very proud of our outstanding NEET figures for the last 3 years which demonstrates the students, parents and staffs hard work to ensure our young adults are placed on the right course in the right setting for their ability. The School Activity Survey 2019

Activity Survey 2020

A summary of the careers programme, including details of how pupils, parents, teachers and employers may access information about the careers programme
All Key Stages
PSHCE includes economic wellbeing, citizenship, and develops enterprise and entrepreneurship.  Students are actively involved in charity fundraising.  Extracurricular clubs and trips support students in developing their understanding of subjects.  A central database of volunteering opportunities is updated and opportunities are shared within the Careers programme and additional support is provided on an individual basis.  Students are encouraged to participate in activities as part of the National Citizen Service and DofE. The Careers programme is taught via Future skills during the Autumn Term for Years 8,10,11 and the Summer Term for Years 7 and 9.

Years 7-9 
A variety of activities designed to introduce students to: the concepts of employment, higher education, careers and career paths/portfolios, CVs, the myriad of opportunities ahead of them in life, information, advice and guidance that is available to them at The Gilberd to help them decide between, and access, these opportunities.
Years 10-11
Writing a Personal Statement, employment interviews, testimonials, professional correspondence, volunteering, Post-16 opportunities, getting a Saturday/Evening/Vacation job and Child Labour and the Law. All students in Year 10 take part a week’s work experience. More detail regarding options Post-16, how to choose A Level subjects, introduction to the Oxbridge application process, student finance, advice on searching for a job, testimonials, taking a Gap Year, volunteering, National Citizen Service and possible activities over the summer holidays. Updating Personal statements and CVs
Click on each triangle to view.

CEIAG Y11 TriangleCEIAG Y10 Triangle CEIAG Y9 TriangleCEIAG Y8 TriangleCEIAG Y7 Triangle

How subjects link to a career    How Higher Education subjects link to careers

The Careers Library

Mrs Jenkins - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the Gilberd librarian manages these materials within our library and can direct students to specialist careers software and wide-ranging paper-based resources.
Careers Library Small

Careers Events at The Gilberd School

Careers Convention Years 8-11
The Gilberd school runs a yearly Careers Convention where over 70 representatives of reputable businesses, careers advisors, training providers, academic and vocational professionals from Institutions of Higher and Further Education attend The Gilberd’s Careers Convention, one of the largest in Essex. The aim of the evening is to help enable our students make informed choices as to their post 16 destinations in work-based training or further education.

Mock Interviews Year 10
The aim of the day is to enable our students to access as much information as possible, thus allowing them to be ready for their interviews into further education or the business sector. The Year 10 students have completed their personal statements during their Careers Future Skills lessons. Their completed statements have been sent to our database of HE and colleagues from local businesses, who will interview students for 20 minutes each and then give them feedback on their performance.  This experience builds the confidence of our students, making a valuable contribution to their personal development.

Student comments:
 “I enjoyed today as I was able to put my best self forward. The interview was very helpful even though I was a bit nervous at first. The paperwork I was given was very positive and had comments about how my interview went. It is an even worth attending as it has helped me to prepare for my work experience as well for my future College Interviews. “Joseph Hearn
 “Today’s experience was very good; the external providers were friendly and helped me prepare for my work experience interview. The person that interviewed me focused on my strengths and weaknesses in the interview, how I should respond to certain questions and that I should set my bar high to get where I want to. I took everything that he told me on board and should definitely improve next time I have an interview, which should be sometime soon”. Sarah King
“I think that the interviews that went on today were excellent as they gave us an experience of what a real work interview will be like. The interviewers were friendly and helped me prepare for any interview I will take later on in life. The interviewer went through a few questions, and judged on how well I did. This will allow me to see what I was good at, and let me know what to improve on. I think it is worth doing next year, as having an idea of what one will be like, is useful” Grace Ou

Work Experience Year 10
All Year 10 students go out on work experience which takes place during the school academic year.  Work experience is an unpaid opportunity for students to experience working life as well as a chance for them to develop and practice new skills and become more confident in their abilities. An information evening for parents is arranged at the school early in the academic year by our work experience providers BEP providing accurate information regarding the procedures and expectations associated with this important piece of careers guidance.

Work experience summaries
Access Insurance  Avalon  Brook Farm Stables  Network Rail  Norwich Theatre Royal  
Colchester Zoo  City of London Police

Work Experience Presentation and Form
Parent/ Carer work experience pack from BEP  Student own placement form

Post 16 Provider Information Assemblies
In the first term of Year 11 we dedicate most of the assembly time to inviting our local Post 16 providers into school to host information assemblies to give our students an invite into life after The Gilberd School.  We encourage all our students to visit as many providers as possible to give them a broad selection to choose from.  We encourage all our students to apply to multiple providers to ensure a suitable course Post 16.  We have also dedicated an extra Friday assembly slot for Post 16 providers and local industry to engage with entire year groups and or small group work. We are always looking for new links so please don’t hesitate to get in contact if you would like to be involved.

Autumn Term - Colchester Sixth Form College, - Colchester Institute' - Thomas Gainsborough 6th Form -  Colchester United - 5 steps to Healthy mind, - Easton & Otley College, - Writtle College, - NCS (National Citizenship Service), - Suffolk New College- Ipswich, - Suffolk One College, - Colne Sports Academy
Spring Term - Colchester Institute -Apprenticeships, - Hertford College - Oxford University, - Projects Abroad, - BT Apprenticeships, - Aim Apprenticeships

External companies career presentations
Working in the NHS  Why go and Student Life Schools Activity Guide Oxford and Cambridge Universities Otley College

The September Guarantee
This is a guarantee of an offer, made by the end of September, of an appropriate place in post-16 education or training for every young person completing compulsory education. SG

Education Funding Agency Bursary Fund

The Bursary Fund aims to support students who face the greatest financial barriers to continuing in education post-16. BF

Careers employment
The PSHCE programme contains advice on writing a Curriculum Vitae and applying for employment. Our Careers Advisor Mr M. Partridge is available for students to have individual support for making an application for employment every Tuesday and Wednesday.
Essex Employment and Skills Board
Essex Employment and Skills Board have a website with careers advice resources to inform people about the key sectors in Essex (Health & Care, IT & Digital, Creative Logistics, Engineering & Manufacturing, Finance and Construction) and what they have to offer in terms of local careers and jobs: https://www.essexesb.co.uk/careers
Virtual Employability Skills Day Tuesday 27th October 10am – 3pm Sign up here:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/121052281633
Possibilities for their Future: Parent Event with PwC, Dyson and Experian Thursday 22nd October at 6pm Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/123037082225

Higher Education
Apprenticeships - Apprenticeships are a good way to gain the skills and experience needed to get into many careers.

View November 2019 Parent Pack
View October 2019 Parent Pack
View September 2019 Parent Pack

Websites for Further Information

NCS Gov  CareerPilot  Icould

Pathway to College

Colchester Institute  
6th Form

Suffolk One  Apprenticeships Suffolk New  

Introduction to T Levels
Colchester Institute Induction 2020
Colchester Institute - Its your life
Colchester Institiute - 2020/2021 Prospectus
Suffolk New College Presentation 2020
Suffolk New College T Level courses
Writtle University College - Virtual Hub
Information for Students joining The Colchester Sixth Form September 2020
SIGMA Sixth Football Academy
SIGMA Sixth Rugby Academy

Suffolk Rural College (Previously Otley College)

Colchester Institute
2021 Interview Process and January online Zoom sessions

Colchester Sixth Form
Online Applications open on Friday 16th October for September 2021 entry
Applications must be made online at https://www.colchsfc.ac.uk/applications/
View Introduction to College
How to Apply for a Place
How to choose your course of study
Look out for more material on YouTube as part of the online ‘Open Evening’ to be launched on 23rd October 2020

Colchester Royal Grammar School
Virtual Sixth Form Open Evening Tuesday 3rd November at 7.00pm - https://www.crgs.co.uk/120/latest-news/article/265/virtual-sixth-form-open-evening

St Josephs College
E-prospectus and useful links for year 12 admissions

Royal Hospital School
The Virtual Open Days are on Saturday 3 October and Saturday 14 November from 9am. Virtual Open Days are a great opportunity for families to take a virtual tour of RHS, hear from pupils, parents and key members of staff and enjoy interactive live Q&A sessions, all from the comfort of their own home! The events will feature live Q&A Sessions with the Headmaster, key academic and co-curricular staff and the Head of Sixth Form.
The Virtual Sixth Form Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 21 November from 7pm. This will include a presentation from the Headmaster, Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head (Academic), a live Q&A session and footage from subject staff and pupils. To register for a place on any of the above events go to https://www.royalhospitalschool.org/openday

Suffolk New College
The taster events in October (all sites) will be virtual only – unfortunately there will be no appointments available. Go to 
The new prospectus is on the website and can be accessed via www.suffolk.ac.uk/prospectus
Virtual Taster Day
Suffolk New College Taster Events Flyer

Writtle University College
In person bookable campus tours 7th November 2020

Pathway to apprenticeships and job opportunities
Colchester Institute Apprenticeship Applications are now open for 2021 go to https://www.colchester.ac.uk/apprenticeships/how-to-apply/
First Intuition Accountancy Academy Free Summer School 2021
National Apprenticeship service Information
National Apprenticeship service workbook
How to write a winning apprenticeship application
The A-Z of Apprenticeships
The essential guide to apprenticeship support
Apprenticeships advice and guidance

Website: www.notgoingtouni.co.uk  Details: Jobs, training and college options for those that may not go to university

Website: www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk  Details of local and national apprenticeships
Website: www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk Details: Help, support and opportunities for young people finding their first job
Website: www.gov.uk/jobsearch Details: The job search website for Jobcentre Plus
Website: www.learnliveuk.com/careers/ Details: Connecting learners to Employers
At First Intuition, we are working alongside a number of companies who are looking to recruit new accountancy apprentices based in London, South Woodham Ferrers, Billericay and Wickford. We are currently also in talks with other companies in and around Essex about recruitment. If you know of any students who would like to pursue a career in accountancy and finance via an apprenticeship, please ask them to send a CV to at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pathway to university

Guide to Higher Education for Under 16's
Website: www.ucas.com Details: UCAS - Organisation responsible for managing applications to Higher Education courses

Website: www.prospects.ac.uk Details: overview of graduate opportunities
Website: www.russellgroup.ac.uk Details: Informed Choices booklet helps identify the A-level subjects and BTEC L3 courses required for degree entry at top-rated universities in the UK
Website: www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk Details: Teaching Excellence Framework provides information on teaching provision and student outcomes at Higher Education Institutions in the UK
Website: www.topuniversities.com/universities/country/united-kingdom Details: UK ranking of universities
Website: www.universitycompare.com A comprehensive university comparison site, offering students resources, tools, student discounts and university stats and rankings.
Hertford College - Oxford University
Website: www.theuniguide.co.uk

Pathway to study abroad opportunities

www.fulbright.org.uk   Details: Fulbright Commission - studying in the USA
Website: www.astarfuture.co.uk   Details: A Star Future - study opportunities outside of the UK

Pathway to Gap Year opportunities

Website: www.projects-abroad.co.uk   Details: Projects Abroad- placements in 28 different countries ranging from volunteering with children, conservation work and internships
Website: www.raleighinternational.org  Details: Rayleigh International- they use young volunteers for projects that have a positive impact locally and globally
Website: www.podvolunteer.org  Details: Pod Volunteer - placements with animals; building and community; conservation; childcare; education
Website: www.sportlived.co.uk  Details: Sport Lived – placements in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Pathway to different employment sectors
Creative & Digital Sector Exploration Links and Resources:
Creative Careers
Screenskills (Screen Industries) 
Accenture Digital Skills Courses
Design your own video game challenge

Engineering & Manufacturing Sector Exploration Links and Resources:
‘Young Engineers’

Young Engineers Video Library
Royal Academy of Engineering

Construction Sector Exploration Links and Resources
WOW Show for construction special

Health & Social Care Sector Exploration and Resources
WOW Show Healthcare special
NHS Careers ‘Cradle to Grave'
NHS Careers
Health Care/Key Workers ‘Career Chat’ with Inspiring the Future
Key Worker Recourse Activities

Renewables Sector Exploration Links and Resources
Bright Network

General Sector Exploration Links and Resources
National Careers Service
BBC Bitesize Careers
Springpod Learn Lounge Live and interactive talks
LMI For All
Career Pilot
I could ..
Take a virtual tour around these businesses to get an idea of what it is like to work there
I can be a ... 
Department for Education Careers Films

Pathway to clubs, societies, and volunteering

Website: www.vinspired.com Details: Connects 14- 25 year olds with volunteering opportunities in England
Website: www.ncvo.org.uk  Details: Volunteering in England
Website: www.volunteeressex.org Details: Volunteering in Essex
Website: www.dofe.org Details: The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Bronze, Silver, and Gold standards
Website: www.scouts.org.uk Details: Join the global scouting community
Website: www.girlguiding.org.uk Details: Join the global girlguiding community