Blackburn College is committed to working with Students, Parents, Employers and Staff on the development and delivery of our Careers and Personal Development Programme.
Please see the following links for further information our CEIAG Strategy and information from the Government.
Our team of qualified Careers Advisers based in the Beacon Centre are on hand to support you with making decisions about your future. Appointments are available throughout the year.
For anyone with special needs or disabilities, accessing high-quality advice at the earliest possible stage, is really important to get good Information, Advice and Guidance on all possible career options. Knowing all the available options and understanding what support can be put in place, will be crucial in helping you to make decisions about the future. Transition for young people with SEND can be a particularly worrying time and we can help facilitate a smooth process in working with young people, their families, schools and other agencies.
In addition to the information and services contained on the other sections of this website, our SEND Transitions and IAG Co-Ordinator, Jill Phillips, offers expert professional help and advice. Jill is able to attend school reviews from Year 9 onwards to ensure that the transition into college runs smoothly.
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Making decisions about your future doesn’t need to be confusing or frightening. There is lots of information and support that you can access to help you consider all your options and make the best choices for you.
The two things that will help you make a well-informed decision are -
The resources in this section will enable you to think about possible careers and jobs in more depth. It includes a variety of skills matching exercises that can be used independently by yourself.
To register click on the logo to the left. Once you have got to the main screen, you need to sign up - this is in the bottom right hand side. You need to enter the Licence Code - contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01254 292929 for details
You may use Start as part of your tutorial. Start is a comprehensive series of careers activities, which help all students in making more informed decisions about future study and career options at the right time and in good time. Click on the logo above to go to the log-in page.
Students simply complete a series of questions and activities after which they can download a Skills Health Check report which will help them decide what kind of job would suit them. It can also show which skills they might want to brush up on. Click on the logo to the left to access.
TARGETcareers exists to help young people make choices about their future. They do this by providing expert information and advice on the range of career possibilities available and the best routes into them. Whether they are considering going to university or taking an apprenticeship with an employer, or still figuring out the right combination of school subjects, TARGETcareers can help them make the next step in their education or career.
There are many benefits of going to University. Higher lifetime earnings and access to some professions (e.g. Medicine and Teaching) depend on it, are just some of the common reasons why people choose to study at University. There are hundreds of options available and making your choices requires careful research of the institutions and courses available. Information in the booklets below will give you all the information you need on researching your options and completing your UCAS application form.
Having strong employability skills will help you be successful in the job market. Being able to sell yourself to an employer is a skill in itself and all of the information on this page will help you to do this well! The keys to success are -
Labour Market Information tells you about the workplace or labour market. It tells you about what opportunities exist, what you need to study, how to find a job and how to progress or change your career. Knowing what is happening in the Labour Market, both nationally and locally, will help you identify where future job opportunities may be and help you with your decision making and career planning. It is important that you only use credible and accurate resources when looking at LMI so that you have the best quality of information available to you. We recommend using the following resources which are credited for reliability and accuracy.
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Here you will find additional information should you be considering taking a gap year in your studies.
A gap year involves taking time out either before going to university or after. You can travel, work or volunteer in another country or in the UK.
It is important to make productive use of your time out, with a focus on developing your skills and gaining valuable experience to further your career.
Taking a gap year can help you to:
Some tips to think about before hand:
In addition to the information on our main pages, there are some specific resources available which are of particular use to graduates.
Career Planning Resources
Prospects is a great all round resource to help you with options after your studies. Create a careers matching profile to generate future career ideas or research specific sectors and jobs. Find links to graduate employers, graduate vacancies, Labour Market Information and postgraduate study.
Gradcracker is a specialist STEM resource with information on careers, jobs and placements/internships.
The sites below specialise in advertising Graduate Vacancies. Just remember, these aren’t the only type of jobs you can apply for, so take a look at our Employability section and always check the person specification!
Whether you want a part-time job to help support your studies and develop your skills, or whether you want a full-time job at the end of your course, searching for work requires commitment and a plan. Knowing where to look for vacancies and how often to look, will increase your chances of being successful in your search.
In the meantime, take a look at our Job Vacancy booklet and don’t forget to check out the Employability Skills section for more helpful information on how to apply for jobs.
Kudos is a Career Matching Package. It will help you find out your likes and dislikes and then match you to careers you maybe suitable for.
To register click on the logo to the left. Once you have got to the main screen, you need to sign up - this is in the bottom right hand side. You need to enter the Licence Code - contact email@example.com or 01254 292929 for details.
Good careers guidance doesn’t just happen in school or college – it also needs positive constructive conversations between parents and young people. Please see below some useful resources for you to use in helping your child make decisions about their future.
Get the confidence and support you need to help your child make choices about their future. Talking Futures have a range of information and tools to support your conversations about careers and education options.
Top Tips for helping your child with career planning
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Blackburn College is committed to working with a wide range of local employers to ensure that our Study Programmes equip our students with the skills they need for industry. If you are interested in working with the College more closely we would love to hear from you. Please send us your contact details using the form below and we will be in touch.
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As part of their study programme, students participate in a range of Careers and Employability related activities, in-line with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. Please click on the banner below for more information.
If you are a student and need help with Careers and Employability, or Student Finance, please call in to our office on the ground floor of the Beacon Centre for support or contact using the options below.