Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks

St John Fisher Catholic High School’s careers programme runs throughout every year group and it is embedded in the school’s curriculum. We link our careers education information and guidance to the Gatsby Benchmarks which have been explicitly referenced throughout the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the new Statutory Guidance for careers (January 2018). These 8 benchmarks out lined below:

GB1. A stable careers programme

GB2. Learning from career and labour market information

GB3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

GB4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

GB5. Encounters with employers and employees

GB6. Experiences of workplaces

GB7. Encounters with further and higher education

GB8. Personal guidance

Meeting the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks

St John Fisher Catholic High School works with a range of other external providers to meet each of these benchmarks:

GB1. A stable careers programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

GB2. Learning from career and labour market information

Every pupil, and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.



GB3. Addressing the needs of each pupil.

Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A schools careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

GB4. Linking curriculum learning to careers.

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

GB5. Encounters with employers and employees.

Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

GB6. Experiences of workplaces.

Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

GB7. Encounters with further and higher education.

All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

GB8. Personal guidance.

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

  1. Create a ‘Personal Facebook Profile’

Likes, dislikes, strengths & weaknesses, hobbies. Adults they admire with reasons. Role models in society with reasons why, Future dreams & aspirations. Set a personal goal to achieve in the first term at high school. Review termly.

When: Form time with form teacher

Where: Room 27 & 28

How: On carousel within year group.

  • Whole school careers fair Activity: ‘Guess my job’(GB: 5)
  1. Involved in whole school careers fair: (GB:5)

Activity: period 2 speaking to delegates from a variety of areas,  education establishments, employers, training providers

  1. Work with Lisa Felgate to organise a Year 8

‘Aspirational day’ (GB: 5)

workshops with employers and training providers to give pupils the opportunity of pushing themselves for the future

  1. Involved in Whole school careers fair: (GB:5)

period 2 speaking to delegates. In order to make informed choices in preparation for GCSE options.

  1. Taster morning (GB:5)

With employers aimed PP students,  Low ability boys, pupils at risk of being NEET

  1. Training providers available before options evening for year 9 in the library for parents 4-6pm
  2. Encounter with employers (GB:3)

627 group Life skills visit TESCO WIGAN

  1. Whole school careers fair

(GB: 5) Period 1 visit fair

  1. Taster college days: SJR
  2. Assemblies: Colleges, Training providers
  3. Assembly: ‘Ranstad’ preparation for mock interview day
  4. English department to complete ‘CV’s’

With pupils in preparation for mock interview morning

  1. Mock interview morning: Employers (GB: 5)

Also (GB: 2)

Consider: Lucy Johnson (careers advisor) to look into possibility of Work Placement visits.(GB:8)

1 UCAS progress: Assembly then pupils will be given individual user names & passwords. Log on in Room 27 & 28 in preparation for post 16 applications during registration time. OR

Log onto individual college websites to make applications before Christmas 2018.

2 College & Training provider assemblies.(GB:7)


  • Pupil Audit: ‘Where do I want to study & what do I want to study’: (GB:7)
  • Which college, what course. Send info to local colleges they will send outline of course and career paths it could lead to.


  1. Whole school careers fair(GB:5)

Visit fair during period 1 to speak to delegates

1:1 Careers Interviews(GB:7)

Also (GB:8)

Lucy Johnson. Prioritise names MM to liaise with CC for mentored pupils being interviewed first. All year group will have interview at some point in the year.

  1. National Apprenticeship week

Matt Leigh speak to interested pupils then they can log onto the website.

  1. CV ’writing with help English department
  2. Mini Carers fair:(GB:3) & (GB:7)

Students at risk of being NEET. Speak to CC for PP pupils

 ‘AIM HIGHER POSTER’(GB:4) displayed in all classrooms

Year 11 Assembly dates

  1. 17 Sept: Winstanley College
  2. 24 Sept: Wigan & Leigh College
  3. 1 Oct: St John Rigby College
  4. 8 Oct: Runshaw College
  5. 15 Oct: MBDA & Alliance Learning
  6. 29 Oct: Waterside Training
  7. 5 Nov: LSS Coaching

TBC: St Helens College, Rainford High 6th Form

All careers information to be place on school website.

Year 11:

    1. interviews with designated advisor Lucy Johnson –
    2. College, training provider presentations to all year 11 students

Lunch time drop in sessions to assist with applications, Cv’s

Apprenticeship Advice

Example of a CV

Colleges and Training Providers

College Open Evenings 2019 to 2020

College Websites

St John Rigby – offer A levels and BTEC diplomas

Winstanley – offer A levels

Wigan and Leigh – offer A levels, BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships

Runshaw College- – offer A levels and BTEC diplomas

Myerscough College (specialises in land based and sports education) – – offer BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships

Salford – offer A levels, BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships

Wigan Warriors Sports – offers BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships

Bolton 6th form – offer A levels and BTEC diplomas

Bolton – offers BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships

St Mary’s 6th form College- – offer A levels and BTEC diplomas

Warrington Collegiate- – offers BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships

University Technical College (UTC) Wigan– – offers A levels and BTEC diplomas

Training Providers

ProCo offer study programmes and apprenticeships

DMR Training– offer traineeships and apprenticeships

The Skills offers traineeships and apprenticeships

GK Training (specialises in retail and customer service) – offers study programmes and apprenticeships offer study programmes, traineeships and apprenticeships

Waterside offers engineering apprenticeships

The Media College– the offers apprenticeships within Media and Marketing offer study programs, apprenticeships and traineeships in childcare, beauty and warehousing.

Armed Forces


Royal Air


More Useful Websites


National Apprenticeship Service- Find an apprenticeship-

Get my first job-


Your council Jobs-


Business and Finance

 Deloitte Apprenticeship scheme –




CITB- Construction Industry Training Board

Go Construct *career explorer tool* –

Seddon (applications for apprenticeships open now until the end of May) – send CV



Tomorrow’s Engineers


Institution of Mechanical Engineers

 Waterside Training (Training provider for Mechanical and Electrical engineering)



Motor Vehicle;


Your future in Automotive

Remit- – apprenticeships and traineeships in Automotive/I.T. training/Hospitality and Business



British Pyschological Society-



NHS and Health Careers- – for more information about careers in the NHS – more information about NHS careers



Careers that – for more information about careers in the passenger transport and travel sector including (travel, aviation, rail, bus, coach, taxi and private hire)

Thomspon Apprenticeship scheme or job search-



BBC Careers – for more information about opportunities and work experience with the BBC – for more information about apprenticeships and trainee shcemes in business production, journalism and technology

*check BBC/ITV/Channel 4’s recruitment twitter pages for more info



 Creative skillset–


Armed Forces

Royal Air Force-

Royal Navy-

Royal Marines www.royalnavy.mod.ul/careers/royal-marines



Just Childcare-



Animal Care



 ProCoNW –


General Careers websites;

National careers service



Not going to uni (alternative options including travelling/work experience/voluntary work and apprenticeships)





VolunteeringDo-it –