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 fully qualified Careers Adviser to work with all students in the Academy.  Their role is to provide impartial, objective advice and information to young people and their parents about the different pathways open to young people as they progress through school.  You can find the office for our Careers Adviser, Val Swarbrick, on the main street.

  • Val Swarbrick, Careers Advisor
  • Based at John Cabot Academy: Monday à Thursday

John Cabot Academy

Careers Education and Guidance Schedule



Year 7/8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
August     Enrolment and interviews – GCSE/A-level results day

September first week– finish enrolment


Support for students at both event

September Careers advice

1:1 appointments

Parents welcome


INTRODUCTION to P16 options with P16 assembly


Apprenticeship option assembly


FE college option assembly

Careers advice



Careers advice



October Ambitions Careers Fair SGS college


1:1 careers advice with referred students

Ambitions Careers Fair

SGS college


1:1 careers advice with referred students


Ambitions Careers Fair

SGS college


NCS Assembly


Year 11 parents evening


Careers advice

1:1 appointments


Parents evening


Ambitions Careers Fair

SGS college

Careers advice

1:1 appointments


Parents evening


Ambitions Careers Fair

SGS college

November Parents Evening HAP event Apprenticeships fair

HAP event

December Learning 4 Life:

CV and letter workshop


Careers fair CAB

Careers advice 1:1 appointments

Careers advice 1:1 appointments


Term 3 & 4
January Parents Eve and Pathways Eve


Careers advice 1:1 appointments


Aspirations careers event at UWE


Parents Evening

Careers advice





Careers advice 1:1



Learning 4 Life: Your Future – Finance & Exam Preparation Workshops



Internal exams

T2 Apprenticeships talk

UWE visit


UCAS deadline

T2 Apprenticeships talk

Student finance talk

Budgeting for later life

UWE visit





Year 8 Parents Evening Learning 4 Life: Choosing the right pathway


Follow up appointments from options

Careers advice

1:1 and group appointments


Learning 4 Life:

Careers Workshop


Careers advice 1:1

Appointments for SEND/PPi


Learning 4 Life: Study Skills

Careers interviews Careers interviews

CV writing


Yr 7 Parents Evening

National careers week competitions and Events


Tours  of CC

Careers advice 1:1


6th form assembly – Officers


National careers week Events

Internal exams


National careers week events


Parents Evening

HE Fair visit


Ambitions post 16 careers event at SGS college







Term 5 & 6
May Exams
June WEX for targeted students



Taster Day

6th Form

1st week back



UCAS launch

UCAS parents evening

July Learning 4 Life: Finance Workshop Personal statement writing


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.