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Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers education and guidance programmes play a major part in helping young people choose pathways that suit their interests, abilities and individual needs.  Our careers programme helps our students to plan and manage their careers effectively, ensuring progression which is ambitious and aspirational.  It promotes equality of opportunity, celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes. The programme is designed to meet the Gatsby benchmarks and conforms to statutory requirements.


Our Careers Lead is: Mr Davies: 

We also have a Careers Advisor: Ms Tunnard:

Students can build and track their careers portfolio using the Unifrog platform. This platform allows students, staff and parents/carers the opportunity to access up-to-date careers information, guidance and advice on progressing to the next stage in their journey and for stakeholders to analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of the careers programme in line with the Gatsby benchmarks.

The college conducts ongoing evaluation and review of the careers provision. Details of which are available from the Careers Lead.



National Apprenticeship Week - 8 - 14 February 2021

The annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships shines a light on the amazing work being done by employers and apprentices across the country.

The week also recognises how employers of all sizes have stepped up to the challenge during this unprecedented time.  Whether you are looking for the next step after leaving school, or looking for a career change, National Apprenticeship Week is the perfect opportunity to find out more about apprenticeships and to participate in some of the free activities that have been prepared for you from a wide variety of organisations. 

From a Careers Fair hosted by UCAS, to National Skills Days and The BIG Assembly, there is something for everyone.  Check out the events listing via the following link to find out how to get involved:

The National Apprenticeship website, where you can find a range of information and support is:

Through the week I will be emailing students with further information and resources through ‘Unifrog’.

If any students have forgotten their Unifrog password or have not yet logged onto Unifrog they need to simply search for ‘Unifrog’ in their college emails and follow the instructions.

There is a downloadable booklet below with a range of resources and tasks that students can complete throughout the week to learn more about apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Week - Activity Pack

If you have any questions regarding careers please do not hesitate to make contact with Mr Davies or Ms Tunnard.  Contact details are at the top of this page.


The Spires College - Careers progression framework and Careers Programme

The vision for the careers programme is for every student to 'be your best self'.

The careers programme has these strategic objectives:

  • Open students up to a range of career paths & opportunities (Gatsby Benchmarks: 2, 3, 5, 6)
  • Embed personalised aspirational careers guidance for each student (Gatsby Benchmarks: 3, 7, 8)
  • Allow staff to consistently incorporate meaningful and creative future planning into their engagement with students (within, but not exclusive to the curriculum) (Gatsby Benchmarks: 1, 4, 8)


Progression Framework Overview:

Careers education at The Spires College will be focused on a key theme each year that will build as students work through the college.

 Year 7Year 8Year 9Year10Year 11Year 12Year 13
FocusInspiration and AwarenessInspiration and PreparationDiscoverEvolveDecideSpecialise and ApplySpecialise and Apply
Enquiry Questions

Who am I?

Who Could I become?

Who am I? Who could I become?

How do I get there?

Where can my subjects and skill-set take me?How can I sell my best self?Where am I going?To what extent am I future ready?What is my next step?

To raise student awareness of the wide range of careers and pathways available regardless of background.

To develop self-awareness of skill-sets and opportunities for future planning.

To equip students with information to prepare them to make informed decisions about their GCSE options.

To reflect on and further develop self-awareness of skill-sets and opportunities for future planning.

Students discover careers and career development.

To reflect on and further develop self-awareness of skill-sets and opportunities for future planning.

Students will develop specific, targeted work-related skills.Students will demonstrate a decisive and proactive attitude to post 16 options.Students will identify a range of post 18 options related to their studies.Students will demonstrate a decisive, proactive and informed attitude to post 18 options.


A printable version of the careers programme is available to download via the following link:

Careers Programme



The Career Pilot website is a really useful resource for students when thinking about and planning their future.  You can use the following links to get to different parts of the Career Pilot website:

Choices at 16:


Choices at 18:


Explore jobs and careers:


Find out about:



Year 11 UK University Apprenticeship Virtual Fair LetterYear 12 & 13 UK University Apprenticeship Virtual Fair LetterUK University Apprenticeship poster

UK University Apprenticeship poster


Our Careers Policy and Education and Training Provider Access Policy can be found on the Policies page of this website, via the link below: