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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance - CEIAG

St Bede’s prides itself in preparing students for the next stage of their life, not only academically but in relation to future career pathways. Where ‘career’ was once thought of as a single commitment to a lifelong occupational pursuit, it is now thought of as a lifelong journey whereby individuals participate in differing learning and work roles. At St Bede’s we hope to contribute to and prepare young people for that journey.

The Career Progression Manager, Anne Jukes will manage the careers education programme and is responsible to the Assistant Head Teacher,  Miss L Mather & Director of 6th Form, Mr A McCarthy.  CEIAG is supported by a link Governor: Mr D. Dixon. We also have a NELEP( North East Local Enterprise Partnership) appointed Enterprise Advisor who supports the development of our career activities. 


If you would like to get in contact with Anne Jukes Careers Lead, please e-mail

We have relevant Careers Education modules built into our PHSE programme from Year 7 through to 6th Form which draw upon many visiting speakers from local organisations, FE Colleges and Universities.

Within our programme students:

  • Learn about the structures, systems and factors that guide, shape and influence people’s career prospects and career development

  • Explore how these could affect their future choices, why they need to consider them when making their own career decisions and plans, and how they can do so

  • Develop and practice the self-help skills they need to progress their own career plans and development, including the effective use of IAG (Information, Advice & Guidance)

Careers Information – students have access to accurate, up-to-date and objective information on opportunities, progression routes, choices, where to find help and advice and how to access it. We work in partnership with local colleges and employers to ensure students have access to the best opportunities in the career market. We also use relevant Labour Market Intelligence data to help students make informed choices.


Careers Advice – We have a range of activities that help young people to gather, understand and interpret information and apply it to their own situation. For example, we have a Careers Carousel events for every year group from Y7 to 6th Form and a Careers Convention in Year 12 which allows students to discuss careers with industry ambassadors from a vast range of sectors, Colleges and Universities.

Careers Guidance – we provide impartial guidance and specialist support to help young people understand themselves and their needs, confront barriers, resolve conflicts, develop new perspectives and make progress. All Year 11 students have a one-to-one Progression Interview with our Progression manager, Anne Jukes, to prepare them for post 16 choices. All other year groups can book appointments or drop-in during break or lunchtimes or free periods to access IAG.

​The careers programme includes: careers education sessions, career guidance activities (e.g. group work and individual interviews), information and research activities using the school computer network and work related learning, work experience, and individual learning planning/portfolio activities.

Careers lessons are part of the school’s personal development programme. Other focused events, e.g. a further/higher education fair are provided at different times of the year. Work experience preparation, debrief and evaluation take place in PSHE/careers lessons and other appropriate parts of the curriculum. Learners are involved in the planning of career learning. Their views are collected using student voice/surveys.


Impact of CEIAG

At St Bede’s we judge the impact of CEIAG through

  • examining & evaluating what we do,

  • thinking about how we can improve it,

  • deciding on whether it was worth doing again in that particular format (we pilot many activities before extending to full scale),

  • providing summaries to disseminate understanding of what was done to stakeholders such as parents/students/staff/governing body/visiting organisations involved with careers events.

A copy of our CEIAG policy is available here.

St Bede’s uses the Gatsby Benchmarks and CDI (Career Development Institute) Framework to underpin our CEIAG work in school

Gatsby Benchmarks

Good career guidance helps inspire students towards further study and enables them to make informed decisions whenever choices are open to them. It helps them to understand enough about the world of work to know what skills they need to succeed. It is important for social mobility because it helps open students’ eyes to careers, they may not have considered

With support from our North East Local Enterprise Partnership Careers Hub and The Careers Company we are working towards meeting the eight benchmarks



Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay

  • work alongside experienced staff

  • gain job-specific skills

  • get time for training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your normal working hours)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.


Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.


Level 2

Equivalent educational level - GCSE



Level 3

Equivalent educational level - A level


Levels 4,5,6 and 7

Foundation degree and above



Levels 6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma.

Find out more


A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months.

Discover how traineeships can get you ready for an apprenticeship or job. 

Then use our find a traineeship service to find traineeships that are available now.

CDI Framework

The main purpose of the CDI’s Career Development Framework is to clarify the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that individuals need to have a positive career. A ‘positive career’ will mean something different to everyone, but it will typically include being happy with the way you spend your time, being able to make a contribution to your community and being able to have a decent standard of living.


CAREEROMETER: A TOOL TO COMPARE JOBS Use the Careerometer to compare different jobs — salary, working hours, etc. Click the dotted square. Type in the first career that you think you might be interested in and select from the drop-down list, then add your second and third choice to see the comparison.

SKILLSOMETER: This is a quiz that can help you figure out what you want to do in the future. After you start the quiz, you will be shown a series of cards with statements.

For each statement, please think about whether you would like or have an interest in doing this in a future job. Select the emoji that represents what you think. At the end, you will be given some ideas about jobs linked to what you would like to do.

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