Strategic Vision

Petty Pool Vocational College is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education, information, and guidance for students in all years. The college works with an external Careers Advisor to ensure all students have access to impartial careers advice from Level 6 qualified Careers Advisors. We hope that all students will leave Petty Pool Vocational College with the skills and knowledge required to support their entry to employment, training, or Further Education. Petty Pool Vocational College actively promotes parent/carer involvement through events, forums and ensuring access to information throughout the year.

To make an appointment with the college Careers Leader, Linda Walker, please contact her on 01606 889097/07725 248352 or email using the details below. 

Careers Lead– Linda Walker: linda.walker@pettypool.org.uk

SLT Careers Lead – Wendy Bowyer: wendy.bowyer@pettypool.org.uk

Careers Programme

Petty Pool Vocational College believes that every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future.

In 2013, The Gatsby Foundation commissioned Sir John Holman to set out what career guidance in England would be like if it were good by international standards, resulting in the Good Career Guidance report. The eight benchmarks set out in the report serve as a framework for improvement in careers provision and have been adopted as part of the Government’s Careers Strategy and statutory guidance for schools and colleges. In addition, The Careers & Enterprise Company now supports the implementation of the benchmarks in schools and colleges with a national network of support and resources.

Petty Pool Vocational College works with The Careers and Enterprise Company, we have a dedicated advisor, to ensure we are meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks and providing all our students with high quality careers advice and guidance to inform their next transition steps and where possible meet the career aspirations of each student.

One of the main focuses at Petty Pool Vocational College is to ensure that throughout their time at college each student becomes equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes to progress onto further education, training or into their chosen professions.

The emphasis is on practical tasks and a curriculum that is adapted to suit the needs of all our learners.  We have a whole college approach, with careers embedded within the curriculum.

Below is a summary of the Careers Programme we have at college.

If you are an employer who feels they may be able to support any aspect of our Careers Programme, then please contact on the details above.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

Our Career Path

1. A STABLE CAREERS PROGRAMME

=Curriculum area workplace experiences
=Employer encounters
=Careers week
=’Go to Work With’ day
=Employment and Transition team input

2.LEARNING FROM CAREER AND LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION

= Links with DEA at Job Centre Plus
=Employer visits
=Local LMI
=Past student stories
=Displays

3. ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF EACH STUDENT

=Use of Compass evaluation tool
=Input from employment and Transitions team
=Annual, bespoke, independent careers advice from Level 6 qualified Careers Advisors
=Meetings with YPS
=Annual EHCP reviews

4. LINKING THE CURRICULUM TO CAREERS

=Year 1 and 2 work experience. All students experience the workplace as part of their curriculum area.
=Year 3, each student should have a bespoke work placement led by their career aspiration from their EHCP’s, vocational profiles and curriculum area experiences in Year 1 and 2.
=Employer visits
=’Go to Work With’ day
=Careers fairs

5. ENCOUNTERS WITH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES

=Careers week
=Year 1, 2 and 3 work experience
=Employer visits
=’Go to Work With’ day
=Displays
=Transition events

6. EXPERIENCES OF WORKPLACES

=Year 1, 2 and 3 work experience
=Workplace visits
=’Go to Work With’ day
=Careers week
=Employer visits
=Taster days

7. ENCOUNTERS WITH FURTHER EDUCATION AND HIGHER EDUCATION

=Visits to future providers
=Workplace visits
=Referrals to other agencies i.e. Journey First, Social Care
=Transition events
=Taster days
=Individual support from a job coach

8. PERSONAL GUIDANCE

=Annual, individual, external careers advice using Level 6 qualified Careers Advisors.
=Personal job coach
=Input from Employment and Transition team
=1:1 tutorial with personal tutor
=Accompanied interviews
=In work support from dedicated Job Coach

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Offer a work placement

We are committed to offering students placements in their local community to develop their skills.

Our work-based learning team will support you every step of the way, to ensure that you, your employees and our students, feel confident and comfortable. Our work based learning manager, Linda Walker, heads the team, and can provide you with all the info you need.

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What we’re looking for

  • Entry level employment roles
  • Training opportunities
  • Volunteering opportunities

Benefits to your business:

  • Introduce new perspectives and talents
  • Improve diversity in your workforce
  • Provide development opportunities for your staff eg mentoring
  • Support your local community

Some of the great businesses we work with:

If you are a local business looking to get involved please get in touch

Let us know about the employment opportunities you can offer our students

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