Careers Advice Service

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.

Your Careers service at Grantham College

MATRIX QUALITY STANDARD IN ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

The College holds the prestigious Matrix Quality Standard in Advice and Guidance. Matrix recognises an extremely high quality of service provided to students and is used as a quality assurance tool, with annual continuous improvement checks and self-assessment practices monitoring year-on-year improvements. In awarding Grantham College, the Standard, the Matrix assessor concluded:

  • Staff have created effective links with a range of partners, including employers and actively network at local level to keep abreast of changes and enhance the provision of the service.
  • Full-time students are aware of the Information, Advice, and Guidance services available from the Careers Advisor.

THE GATSBY BENCHMARKS

What are the eight benchmarks?

The eight benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance developed to support secondary schools and colleges in providing students with the best possible careers education, information, advice, and guidance. 

The College’s Careers Service and Careers programme is in alignment with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Career Guidance, which underpin the DfE Careers Strategy and set the standards for good career guidance for all learning providers. The benchmarks define world-class career guidance and were developed on behalf of Gatsby by Sir John Holman as part of an international study. They detail how good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them and tips on how these can be achieved.

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The aims of Grantham College Careers Service are: 

  • To deliver impartial guidance to inform students of all available options.
  • To inspire and raise the aspirations of the students at Grantham College and in turn enable them to make well informed choices.
  • To promote career exploration through a wide range of accessible resources: web sites, books, leaflets, posters, news articles, newsletters and Local Labour Market Information.
  • To equally promote options for higher education, further education, apprenticeships and employment.
  • To enable students to individually book face to face/video/telephone 1-1 guidance interviews.
  • To ensure an awareness of and the need for employability skills.
  • To understand the needs of the local labour market.

Personal one-to one careers guidance is available for all our learners and potential college students. Our fully qualified and experienced careers practitioner provides impartial advice and guidance, supporting learners in their career planning and helping them make well informed decisions about their progression and future plans.

They can help with:

  • Career planning and career decisions
  • Researching career opportunities
  • UCAS applications and personal statements
  • Job search and application skills, including CV advice

Our service has achieved the nationally recognised Matrix standard for excellence in the delivery of information, advice and guidance.

To make an appointment with a Careers Guidance Adviser call 01476 400 200 or email vagorini@grantham.ac.uk

Careers fair

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. 

Publications

Grantham College Careers Guidance Policy February 2022

The Gatsby Benchmarks and Linked College Activities Plan

Grantham College Careers Guidance Programme 2021/22