#BeMoreBHASVIC Careers and Employability

All BHASVIC students receive support with their progression and career planning via the tutorial programme. In addition to this, they can access a vast array of information and self-help resources from the Careers page on our Virtual Learning Environment (BHASVLE), and can book a personalised guidance appointment with our fully-qualified and experienced Careers Advisers. During remote learning, students need to email careers@bhasvic.ac.uk if they wish to request an appointment.   

However, we know that for many of our students, their parents and carers will be the first people they turn to when considering their plans for the future. Therefore, we aim to help equip you with information and resources that will help you to guide and support them with their next steps.

The Careers Team


Careers and Employability Noticeboard

Current opportunities, including virtual workshops and work experience, webinars and apprenticeship news:

National Careers Week - 1-6 March 2021 - we have put together some amazing resources for the BHASVIC Virtual Futures Fair 1 - 19 March 2021, view the Event Guide. Available to all students, parents and carers running until 19 March, please read full details about how you can support your young person through this, including important future BHASVIC events coming up - A1 Parents and Carers Communication and A2 Parents and Carers Communication. PLEASE SCROLL FURTHER DOWN THIS PAGE TO VIEW USEFUL ONLINE CAREERS RESOURCES including Target Careers - Parent Resources 2021 .

Invitation for Parents Success Beyond School (Free Event) - The Power of Networks - 3 March 7-8pm

RAF - Apprenticeship Webinar 8 March 2 - 3.30pm

What Career and What University Virtual Event - 19 March 10am - 3pm & 20 March 11am - 3pm

University Degrees v. Degree Apprenticeships (applies Y13) download

The Parents Guide to Apprenticeships 

Success At School - Parents Guide and Video to Work Experience

Job Opportunities

Virtual Work Experience Opportunities


  • The Careers and Next Steps page of the VLE also contains more subject specific information and access to licensed careers software which can also help students in their research and decision making: BHASVLE Careers Resources
  • Information for employers and other careers advisers: If you are an employer who is able to offer work experience or is interested in contributing in other ways to our Careers and Employability Programme, please contact careers@bhasvic.ac.uk. Please also use this email address if you are a Careers Adviser in other organisation and would like further information.


Alison Cousens

Assistant Principal (Director of Student Services) & Careers Lead

Mandy Brindle

Guidance Manager & Employability Lead

Lynne Trower

Careers Adviser & Widening Participation Coordinator

Adele Fox

Careers Adviser & Personal Tutor

Sam Davey

Careers and Work Placement Coordinator

All Careers and Employability Information, Advice and Guidance at BHASVIC falls under our “Futures Framework” strategy


LEARNER JOURNEY: Centralised CEIAG Calendar

Pre-enrolment: Year 10 Taster Days, Open Evenings, Schools Liaison, Interviews, Moving On Day

Year 1

Year 2

Sept-Oct: Individual Learning Plan
(ILP) - intended destination (enrolment/tutorial)

Induction/Identity Tutorials

Nov: Progress Review#1

January: My Future Plans#1 (tutorial)
Futures Fair (careers event)

February: National Apprenticeship Week (tutorial)

March: Progress Review#2

March: A1-A2 Transfer & portfolio options
My Future Plans#2 (tutorial)
National Careers Week (tutorial)

June: Progression Day
Summer Progression Guidance (tutorial)
Early Applications tutorials begin (Medics/Oxbridge)
Employability & Enterprise
(work experience workshops - WEX)

June/July: Progression Exam results
References and Personal Statement Drafting

July: Careers Enrichment Day

Sept: Individual Learning Plan
(ILP) - intended destination (enrolment/tutorial)

Recovery and Portfolio Courses Begin

Sept-Dec:  Applications/CVs/Personal Statements/
Work Experience placements (tutorial)

Oct - Dec: Life Skills

Nov: Progress Review#3
         Life Skills (tutorial)

January: Futures Fair (careers event)
                 Independent Living (tutorial)

February-March: Professionalism and National Apprenticeship Week (tutorial)

March: Progress Review#4
National Careers Week (tutorial)

March-April: Moving On (tutorial)

May: Individual Learning Plan
(ILP) - intended destination/ leavers’ surveys

June: Leavers’ Event & Intended Destination and Alumni sign-up

August: Results Day

Post-results: Help Desk, Final Destinations follow-up, Alumni Network - mentoring & buddying

CEIAG: Futures Framework
Meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks

Gatsby Measures – for more info, please refer to p7-9 of Careers Guidance for FE & Sixth Form Colleges (October 2018)

BHASVIC is working towards meeting all the Gatsby benchmarks. In addition to general cross-college activities listed below, curriculum departments offer specific activities which are listed in their annual self-assessment report.

1) A stable careers programme – an embedded programme of careers education and guidance that is known and understood by students, teachers/tutors, governors and employers

  • BHASVIC Tutorial Programme
  • Portfolio courses

2) Learning from career and labour market information - Every student should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information

  • LMI bulletins
  • Access to Careers team
  • Communications via Student Bulletin / Student Services social media / VLE / website

3) Addressing the needs of each student - Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each individual. A college’s career programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout

  • Tutorial 1:1s
  • WP programme & series of activities
  • ALS/Looked after Children/Vulnerable Learners –offer
  • Differentiated tutorial programme (EE, Oxbridge, Medics, Visual Arts, UCAS)

4) Linking curriculum and learning to careers
. All teachers/tutors should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of career paths

  • Named WP, HE, Alumni, Employability link in each department
  • Standard WEX offer for BTEC doubles
  • Careers Enrichment Day

5) Encounters with employers and employees
. Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes (Two meaningful encounters per year: one linked to curriculum)

  • Futures Fair (January)
  • National Careers Week (March)
  • Careers Enrichment Day (July)
  • Alumni mentoring

6) Experience of workplaces
. Every student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and /or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks (after two years, at least one experience of workplace)

  • Standard WEX offer for BTEC doubles & EE tutorial
  • WEX offer in summer enrichment programme
  • Medical careers programme

7) Encounters with further and higher education. All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace

  • Tutorial Programme: My Future Plans / Oxbridge / Medical Careers / EE / Visual Arts / UCAS
  • Widening Participation Programme
  • Futures Fair (January)
  • Progression Day (June)

8) Personal guidance. Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal or external, provided that they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made (every student has one careers interview by 18 in addition to one by 16)

  • Careers team
  • Guidance team

These events provide detailed information on applications to university, via the UCAS admissions system and Student Finance England. We follow this with our Specialist Applications Information Evening, which gives specific information to those who need to apply earlier than the standard deadlines (e.g. Oxbridge and Medics students), and to those following applications processes which are not driven via UCAS (e.g. Art Foundation, Music Conservatoires and Apprenticeships). These events are deliberately timed to prepare parents for supporting their young person through the Progression Event in June. More details will follow in due course.