As a student at Grantham College you will have access to a wide range of Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) throughout your time with us. Experienced staff will enable you to make the most of your time at college and plan your future. It is our aim that all students leaving college at the end of their course will have the skills, attitudes and confidence to plan their future careers and fulfil their potential.
Students are provided with impartial IAG from a variety of sources. All our courses are vocationally focussed and designed to equip you with an understanding of the necessary skills and abilities needed in the workplace. Live briefs, case studies, placements and Work Experience are an integral part of our programmes.
Help is available from choosing the course which best suits you to progression opportunities at the end of course, including moving on to Further or Higher Education, employment or apprenticeships.
While at college all students have access to a flexible programme of Careers Education and Guidance to help develop skills and knowledge to make choices and feel prepared to enter the working environment which includes:
- Weekly Employability sessions covering topics on CVs, job applications, apprenticeships, interview skills, volunteering, Work Experience and Higher Education/UCAS
- Useful resources on the VLE/Careers area and in the college library, as well as via the ‘Start’ careers programme and the National Careers Service website
- Support with UCAS applications
- Opportunity to discuss progression and future plans with tutors
- Visits to institutions and employers and guest speakers coming in to college
- Careers fairs – held at the college biannually
- Work experience both with local employers and in Europe via the Erasmus+ Scheme
In addition to this you can access impartial careers information and guidance via:
- An independent Careers Adviser by appointment at college – contact the Student Information Team on 01476 400250
- The National Careers Service website where you can access free impartial professional advice on careers, skills and the job market via https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
or, speak to an NCS Adviser via tel 0800 100900 or via webchat
- If you are over 19 you can speak to a local NCS Adviser, and in some cases arrange a face to face interview at college by appointment
The college has a nationally recognised quality standard award, the ‘Matrix Excellence Award’, for its Information Advice and Guidance services.
Our College Careers Leader is Sarah High, who is also our Student Services Manager, and is responsible for leading and managing the college’s careers/employability programme.
We hold a Careers Fair biannually and invite over 40 employers and universities to exhibit and speak to students about their future post Grantham College, widening each students’ knowledge on future careers and their opportunities. There’s something for everyone, offering information about apprenticeships, further education and higher education courses, self-employment, gap years and volunteering.
To enhance knowledge and employability skills we also organise workshops that students can book onto. This year covered:
- Cover letter writing
- Setting up your own business
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Social media and careers
As part of Careers, we put on an array of talks and workshops to help give impartial advice and guidance to students and to help embed skills and knowledge. Below is an example of what we’ve put on this academic year (not including the visits or talks that tutors organise for their students).
- Bishop Grosseteste workshop: Talks on Student Life at HE, Student Finance and Critical Thinking.
- University of the Arts London workshop: Presentation looking at creative careers, portfolio, interview tips, student finance etc.
- Student Conference: Workshops put on by external companies and charities, looking at the effects of social media on lifestyle and careers.
- Rotary Mock Interviews: We were able to arrange mock interviews through The Rotary Club for students that had never had the experience before.
- The Nottingham Building Society: Money management workshops looking at setting up a bank account or savings ISA, how to budget, saving money and ‘wants vs needs’.
- Apprenticeship Week: Our Apprenticeship team wore bright t shirts and covered the College in posters and information. They also visited classes in College to talk about apprenticeships, which ones we offer, dispel any myths and showed students how to find or apply an apprenticeship.
Each year Grantham College applies for funding to enable students to spend two weeks in a European country on work experience gaining new skills and cultural knowledge. This is the thirteenth year that we have taken part in the programme and our students have previously travelled and worked in Malta, Sweden, Tenerife, Germany, Spain, Italy, Hungary and Sweden. The programme pays for travel, insurance, accommodation and subsistence costs for students participating in the programme. Click here for more information.