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 will be responsible for leading and managing the college’s careers/employability programme.