“All young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience…”
Department for Education, Statutory Guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff (January 2018)
We understand schools and their needs
With a strong focus on improving social mobility and raising aspirations of young people, we deliver high quality, independent and impartial career guidance for school and college students through a team of experienced educational careers practitioners.
What does effective career decision making for young people look like?
- Independent and impartial face-to-face careers meetings, tailored to individual needs.
- Creating individualised career development/action plans for students.
- Ensuring young people from all backgrounds, gender and diversity groups, including special education needs and disabilities consider the widest possible range of careers.
- Increasing awareness of career options open to students through high quality labour market information, including higher education, studying abroad and non-university pathways.
- Assisting students to identify and apply for apprenticeships and traineeships.
- Improving young people’s employability by developing the essential transition skills students need to succeed.
- Providing practical support to develop effective CVs, applications and interview skills.
- Delivering psychometric testing followed by feedback and guidance.
- Providing targeted support for students with special education needs and disabilities.
We also offer targeted guidance for students with additional support needs to promote successful transitions into post-16 education, employment or training. To find out more about our Support4Progression programme and it’s impact on students please visit our Support4Progression page.
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Thank you so much for [my son’s career action plan] - I know he found his discussion with you really helpful and particularly useful for considering what to study beyond A levels. In these current circumstances it is so lovely to hear him talk positively and with enthusiasm about what he might like to do. The fact he has some clarity and a direction seems to have given him a little bit of extra motivation, which is something that is hard to maintain at the moment, so it is much appreciated.
Thank you for the 6th Form masterclass on apprenticeships and careers. Feedback from our students was very positive and we feel they are all the richer for your input … the employers you brought with you were also very well received…it was a very practical, hands-on delivery. We would not hesitate to recommend you to other colleagues.
“…Thank you so much for all the support you and the team have given us this year it has been really gratefully received. I’ve been particularly grateful for how responsive you have been to meeting the specific school needs to try and get the best outcomes for the students. Your staff are always well prepared, resourced and so accommodating so thank you….”
“[The students] have … benefitted from discovering ways of finding out about jobs…”
Thanks for organising your Careers Adviser to come into school today. She was fantastic…very easy to work with and excellent with the students.
…. had a very successful group interview at the AECC (Anglo-European College of Chiropractic) and received two offers from them a couple of days later! He was highly delighted, as you can imagine. Many thanks for your help and advice in his preparation: he had an impressive strategy worked out, felt confident and took full advantage of the tips you gave him in the interview!
This professional and engaging carousel programme has empowered our students to open their minds about potential professions, how to go about sourcing education and training but also providing them with the skill set to complete GCSEs, work experience and post-16 choices.
The service was very informative and provided great depth of knowledge required for further career. Absolutely fantastic!!
I feel reassured that my original plan that I came in with is possible and I am excited about what my future may hold
Very flexible, work well in partnership with us – not one size fits all
takes a lot of pressure off teaching staff – knowing a professional is providing support.
the individual care and quality of advice given to both students and parents by Ideas4Careers is outstanding
They help you see more opportunities than you think.
[Ideas4Careers] enthusiasm, care, persistence and professionalism have all contributed to our students receiving first class effective careers support and advice…
Before I had the interview I couldn’t see a future and now I feel really positive about moving on
They provide high quality advisers and feedback from students is extremely positive.