Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

At John Cabot Academy, we recognise the importance of good quality CEIAG which enables our students to make the right learning and career options so that they can succeed in life after school.

We feel that good quality Careers Education will:

  • raise student aspirations;
  • help students to become effective career planners and managers of their own progression through learning and work;
  • raise their awareness of the options available to them after Year 11, 12 and 13.

We employ a professionally qualified Careers Adviser to work with all students (years 7-11) in the Academy.

Catrina Holmes can support students with their plans in relation to careers and employability including (but not limited to):

  • Identifying strengths and skills
  • Post 16 options
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Employability skills (support with interviews and applications)
  • Signposting students and parents to career resources and pathways.

Catrina’s working days during term time are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and she is based in SF6. Students are welcome to drop into SF6 to ask questions and pick up careers information during break time and lunchtime. In addition, careers appointments can be arranged by speaking to Heads of Communities or by contacting Catrina directly.

Parents are welcome to attend careers appointments and can request information by email ( or by phone (ext 1126).

If you are not sure what your careers options are, the careers office is always open to talk through your thoughts and ideas.

Below are several online assessment tools that you can use which might give you some interesting career ideas that you haven’t considered before.



Year 10 & 11 Year 7,8 & 9 Year 7,8 & 9

All year groups

Careers Education Information and Guidance for Year 11 Students 2016 -2017

All Year 11 students need to remain in learning until they are 18 years old.  They could choose from the following options:

  • 6th form (any sixth form)
  • College – full time courses
  • Apprenticeships – where they are working with an employer, gaining relevant qualifications and earning a salary

During this year, all students will be offered a careers interview with a personalised action plan by the end of Term 2. There will be follow up interviews for those students who need further information and help during Term 3.

Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to seek advice from speakers from local 6th forms, colleges and training providers (apprenticeships) who will deliver assemblies / workshops to help students make informed decisions about the Post 16 education pathway.

Students can apply for several different Post 16 options and make a final decision on their pathway once they have received their GCSE results in August.  However, below are a few tips on what students are advised to do to ensure they are successful in their Post 16 application process.

Please see the timeline (below) on the Year 11 Post 16 planning checklist which contains key website and open day/evening information.

Planning on applying to college

  • Attend open days/evenings where you can visit the college and speak to staff about the different courses you could enrol on.
  • You can apply to college throughout the year; however, it is recommended that you should try to apply by the end of December/beginning of January as some courses are very popular.

Planning on applying to 6th Form

  • Attend open days/evenings where you can visit the college and speak to staff about the different courses you could enrol on.
  • Check the deadline date for application to your chosen 6th Form centres and make sure you have applied by these dates.

Planning on applying to apprenticeships

  • Start to look through the government website in January/February to find courses that would be appropriate for your interests and skills.
  • Begin to make applications for these courses from February onwards.

Key Dates for the Diary

Careers Fair @ SGS College: Tuesday 18 October (4.30pm – 8.00pm)

This is an event where students and parents can speak to a variety of colleges, universities, employers and training providers to get lots of detailed information about potential Post 16 pathways.

Futures Apprenticeships and Jobs Fair Guildhall, Bath Wednesday 22 March 2017 (4pm – 6.30pm)

This event will have over 60 employers from a wide range of sectors, both local and national, including British Aerospace, BT, Curo, Rotork, Marks and Spencer and Lyons Davidson Legal. Both students and parents can attend.  No need to book – just drop in.  This is one of the largest Apprenticeship events in the area.

Below are some examples to show some of the career and education pathways our JCA alumni have taken.

Useful Documents


Useful Websites

Below are several websites for further information about your future career or education pathway:

Useful Careers Websites

The National Careers Service


Information about training routes and required qualifications for a wide range of jobs. The website also includes a ‘skills health check’, resources to support CV writing and a course finder.
Graduate Prospects


Detailed careers information including progression routes, demand levels and links to associated sources of information for further research.
The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

The West of England LEP have produced sector guides for the areas that they have identified as being most in demand (Advanced Engineering & Aerospace, Creative & Digital, Construction & Development, Health & Life Sciences, High Tech, Low Carbon and Professional & Financial Services).
Career Pilot


A range of useful information about choices and progression routes at post 16 and 18. There is a parents section on the website as well as links to other useful resources including Labour Market Information.
Careers Near Here


A locally based website for students in the Bath & Bristol area. Lots of regularly updated useful information about work experience opportunities, local job sectors and career tools.


Rate your skills, interests and qualifications you are interested in to generate career ideas.

You can also search for individual career profiles, view videos of people talking about what their job is really like and explore by sector area.

Success at School


Career zone areas, practical advice articles on a range of different careers and employability topics and a forum where you can ask employers and universities questions!


Careers Box


A wide range of videos of professionals talking about what their job is really like.


The National Apprenticeship Website


A live national database of apprenticeship opportunities. Register to set up searches to receive information about work based training that matches your interests and career goals.
The South Gloucestershire Post 16 Directory


This lists, sixth forms, colleges and training providers in the local area.
The Bristol Post 16 Directory


This lists sixth forms, colleges and training providers in the Bristol area.




Apprenticeships are perfect for those who want a more practical route into their career.  This usually happens by working for an employer while studying part time (one or two days per week) and allows students to gain valuable work experience.  Apprentices also get paid and are treated like a regular member of staff. For more information about the 20 leading UK universities that make up the Russell group and advice about Post 16 subject choices. Information about jobs, apprenticeships, gap year and educational opportunities for Post 16 students


Website for application to University.  Information about entry requirements post 16, range of degree, post graduate courses available across the UK.  Useful to look at this in Year 11 when making decisions about choosing A Level subjects.