Parents & Students

Careers at Painsley

The importance of careers education, information and guidance (CEIAG)

CEIAG is deemed a priority at Painsley Catholic College. There is a strong belief that the students who attend the college should be equipped with the information, knowledge and understanding of their options that will allow them to make informed decisions at key transition points in their school life and beyond. In addition we place a high priority on students being given the chance to develop their workplace and employability skills which will allow them to become effective employees in the future and have a rewarding career.

Student Entitlement

All students have an entitlement to access impartial Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) through their time at school. Since 2012 all schools have been required to secure independent and impartial careers guidance for all students in Years 8-11 when they need it.  At Painsley, this is currently provided by a careers professional from Entrust who works in school 1-2 days per week. Y11 students are prioritised but the guidance is available to all students as required. There are also dedicated days of provision for students in Y12 and 13. The Governing body ensures that the school meets it commitment to providing independent careers advice and that a range of post 16 progression opportunities are presented to students.

The Careers Programme

In addition a clear, planned and progressive programme of activities has been created from Y7-11 with transition activities from Y11 to post 16. The programme has the aim to create high educational and career aspirations for all students, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills that they will require to fulfil their potential and achieve their goals. The current programme is outlined below but is constantly reviewed, improved and updated.

The CEIAG programme is varied and encourages students to consider a range of careers through investigation activities and through contact with employers. Examples of this include through the bi-annual careers convention and the Y10 work experience programme.  This inspires the students to understand the world of work and the range of opportunities that it can present.

CEIAG is delivered through dedicated drop down days, the pastoral curriculum and the Emmaus programme. The programme is delivered by a range of staff who are prepared and trained so that they are able to effectively able to deliver the activities. These events are also supported by employers to increase student engagement.

The Careers Programme

Year Group Activity Content Timing Evaluation
7 Y7 careers morning Challenging work stereotypes and LMI July Student and staff
8 Y8 Step into the NHS challenge Activities looking into the range of careers within Europe’s largest employer and the skills required to fulfil these roles January Student and Staff
8 Y8 Careers and HE day Activities related to soft skills and transferrable skills, investigating the range of jobs available within different career areas, discussion of local LMI, use of the Fast Tomato careers programme, a workshop with a careers advisor and activities related to HE. July Student and Staff
9 Y9 Bright Futures Morning Activities related to HE and Apprenticeships. June Student and Staff
10 My Dream Job Activities relating to finding and applying for a job. January Students and Staff
10 Y10 You’re Hired day A workplace simulation that requires students to take on a role within a company and create a tender. This event is supported by employer volunteers. January Staff, Students and Volunteers
11 Y11 Big Idea day Development of employability, soft and transferrable skills. This may involve outside providers if available. October Staff, Students and Volunteers
8-13 Careers Convention A bi-annual careers convention held in the evening. Representatives from industry, commerce, FE and HE and Apprenticeships. November Staff, Students, Parents and Volunteers
12 UCAS and Higher Apprenticeship Careers Convention Visit to local convention where all the universities, some higher apprenticeships and public sector groups have stalls and offer advice June Staff, Students,
12 University visit Two university visits during the year Staff, Students,
12 AND 13 Finance Finance Talks from Student Finance and also budgeting activities in pastoral/citizenship


September Staff, Students,
12 HE and Higher Apprenticeship Workshops Universities, apprenticeship providers and other business deliver workshops on CV Writing/ Personal Statements and UCAS July Staff, Students,


Enrichment Visits

In addition to the planned programme above enrichment events and visits are organised where available. Students in Y10 and 11 are invited to the ‘So you want to be a Doctor?’ conference held at Keele Medical School every year. Other NHS careers are showcased at specific healthcare careers events which the school participates in whenever possible.  All Y12 and Y13 complete two hours enrichment per week, during one of the academic years it has to be future work orientated e.g. medical society, law society, journalism, EES and Young Enterprise.


CEIAG provision is regularly evaluated by students, staff, parents and volunteers and the feedback is used to improve the provision for future year groups. Every activity is evaluated by students and staff. Volunteers and Parents are asked for feedback when this is applicable. In addition the Careers Leader attends the Parent Council meeting bi-annually to gain in depth feedback.

Enterprise and Employability

WRL and Enterprise has is an important part of the KS4 curriculum. Over the 2 years in Y10 and Y11 all students experience dedicated days of WRL and Enterprise education where the students are taken off timetable to participate in a variety of activities. These days intend to equip the students with skills employability and soft skills that will help them to achieve their career aspirations and goals. They are encouraged to develop their skills of teamwork, responsibility, communication, ICT, target setting, leadership, problem solving and risk taking to name but a few. Painsley also tries to ensure that students are given the opportunity to interact with business volunteers on these days and we are lucky to have fantastic support from many local employers.

Work Experience

In July of Year 10 every student participates in 5 days of work experience. The placements are found and arranged by the students themselves, which is intended to help them develop their skills in finding work. All placements are thoroughly checked for health and safety. Work experience is an invaluable experience for our students that helps them to grow in confidence and maturity, as well as equipping them with an insight into the skills that they will need when they enter the workplace.  Y12 and Y13 are actively encouraged and supported to obtain work experience during and outside term time where their future career pathway requires this to be completed.

Working with local employers

At Painsley we endeavour to give our students opportunities to have contact with local employers to give an insight into the world of work. We have support from local employers at many of our events, such as the Year 10 You’re Hired event. Many employers attend the careers convention in November and accept our students on work experience placements. We are very grateful to our local employers and anyone who would like to offer their support at our events can contact either Mrs Allen or Mrs Mycock in school.

Post 16 Options

Students have opportunities to visit local colleges and universities in order to support their decisions regarding their studies post 16. Mrs Kenneth is also on hand to support our students in these decisions both at year 11 parents evening, the careers convention, their one-to-one careers interview and on results day in the summer term. The range of Post 16 options is made available to our students and they receive independent guidance form the careers advisor about which option would meet their needs the best. Information relating to Post-16 options is available in the school library and representative from Post-16 providers attend the careers convention.

Links– a careers programme that uses personal preferences to suggest possible career areas government website for careers information and advice– website that highlights career areas and provides career inspiration – for university information and applications for post 16 and 18 planning videos to showcase many different career areas videos and information on different career areas