Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Vision

As an Academy we endeavour to work towards The Gatsby Good Practice Benchmarks, the DFE Careers guidance and inspiration in schools’ Statutory guidance (March 2015) and other good practice guidance from the Department of Education, Ofsted and other relevant bodies.

We recognise that we have a responsibility to ensure all pupils at the college are provided with independent careers guidance (Education Act 2011) in relation to guidance from section 45A of the Education Act 1997.

The Minsthorpe Community College Careers Offer

The seven key elements underpinning the Minsthorpe Community College Careers Offer are:

  1. Every young person in the College should have access to impartial, independent and personalised careers education, information, advice. Our careers programme is embedded with equality and diversity throughout.
  2. The College has an explicit published policy on young people’s experiences of the world of work, links with business, careers provision and destination outcomes. This policy is reviewed and approved by the governing body at least every three years. The College also reports annually on delivery of the policy.
  3. Minsthorpe has a governor with designated oversight for ensuring that the institution supports all students to relate their learning to careers and the world of work from an early age.
  4. Minsthorpe has up-to-date, user-friendly labour market intelligence/information (LMI) readily accessible by young people, teachers and parents/carers.
  5. Every young person in the College will have the opportunity to meet employers to support their knowledge and experience of career pathway options. This may include career insights from industry experts, work tasters, coaching, mentoring, enterprise activities, part-time work, work shadowing, work experience/supported work experience and other relevant activities.
  6. Lessons from this- and other elements of the careers and employability journey- will be captured by the college. This will provide a record that our students are given numerous experiences to help them become work-ready and that employers can be confident that they have been given support in terms of careers guidance and work-related learning.
  7. The quality of careers provision in the College will be strengthened by developing ‘careers clusters’ in the region to share resources in improving awareness of the local labour market and the wider region’s labour market, and is designed to support other school and college leaders in a whole-school approach to plan and deliver careers provision.

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance

The Careers Information, Advice & Guidance Education programme at Minsthorpe Community College enables our students to make a successful transition into their chosen pathway.

Students have access to a range of careers support delivered through a variety of ways. All students will have a one to one guidance appointment delivered by an impartial qualified careers adviser, Students can request a guidance appointment at any time throughout their academic life and students will be offered support at key transition points such as Year 8 options, Year 11 progression planning and UCAS application for those want to progress on to University. Parents are able to attend appointments and careers guidance specialists will be at parent evenings to provide any further careers support. Please see our Calendar of events section:

Targeted support for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged students

The school Careers Lead and cross curriculum team leaders work closely using data to identify students who are in need of targeted support or who are at risk of not participating in further studies after year 11, becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). Targeted students receive additional in-college support on career options, pathways (Apprenticeships, College etc.) and application help, Students in alternative provision receive targeted support from the careers lead and additional support with interviews etc. from the Alternative Provision co-ordinator.

The assistant principal for assessment and support and the careers lead work closely to ensure Pupil Premium students receive carefully targeted advice and access to other career related programmes such as university visits, college visits etc.

The assistant principal P16 achievement and progression ensures that students understand that the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is available, and used in a way to support their learning needs.

SEND Students support

All college staff work from the basis that the majority of SEND students are capable of sustainable paid employment, with the right preparation and support. By working closely with the careers lead, associate assistant principal for additional needs and other staff, SEND students are supported to develop the skills and experience, and achieve the qualifications they need, to succeed in their careers. The school seeks to understand the interests, strengths and motivations of students and use this to support students onto a pathway that supports their development and progression.

Independent and impartial advice for young people with SEN and disabilities includes all of the education, training and employment opportunities on offer, and signpost them onto study programmes that will support their transition into paid employment. This includes work skills programmes, work experience, traineeships, apprenticeships and qualifications that will enable students to apply for higher education where appropriate.

Students are also invited to request an appointment with Mr Dowey by emailing;

Useful Links


To get your career started you usually need a combination of experience and qualifications. An apprenticeship gives you both by combining on the job training with study (usually one day a week) meaning you can earn while you learn. With some apprenticeships you can even get a degree.

It usually takes between one and four years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which level you take. Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries and many high quality, prestigious companies offer them.

If you have no work experience on your CV, or you’d like to get a taster of a particular job or industry, you might like to consider work experience first.

How Much Can You Earn?

The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is £3.50 per hour. The same applies if you’re 19 and over and in the first year of your apprenticeship, after that you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. However many employers pay more than this.

Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship, for example some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £500 per week.

Raising the Participation Age

RPA is a new measure that has been brought in by the Government. It means that all young people have to be in some form of learning or training until their 18th birthday. Previously, young people could leave school on completion of their GCSEs and go straight into work. Now they can still leave school after GCSEs, and they can still work, but the RPA means these young people will need to have some form of recognised learning as part of their post-school activity.

What are the options available after Year 11?

  • Stay in full-time education (e.g. school or college)
  • Take up work-based learning (e.g. an apprenticeship or traineeship)
  • Take up full-time work with additional part-time learning (at least 280 planned hours of education a year) which will result in an accredited qualification
  • Combine self-employment with part-time learning, leading to an accredited qualification
  • Volunteer (for 20+ hours) with the addition of part-time learning, leading to an accredited qualification