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Careers Guidance

Whilst at Orchard Hill College, students learn the skills and attitudes required to enable them to become as independent as they can be and to prepare for adulthood. We aim for students to have an enriched and stimulating curriculum to give them every opportunity to reach their full potential.

The College supports careers development through high quality and personalised work experience opportunities. We enjoy high quality relationships with a number of external organisations and local businesses to provide opportunities for students to work in ‘real’ settings. We are always looking for additional opportunities to inspire and educate our students about the world of work. If you think you could help please contact Oliver Connolly by email oconnolly@orchardhill.ac.uk or tel: 0345 402 0453.

Careers Programme
At each stage of the learning journey, students are supported and encouraged to consider their future beyond college. Our Careers Programme below lists some of the elements of careers information, advice and guidance that a student will encounter during their time with us.

Careers Programme at Orchard Hill College

Careers Leader
The Careers Lead for the College is Oliver Connolly and he can be contacted via email: oconnolly@orchardhill.ac.uk or tel: 0345 402 0453.

The Gatsby Benchmarks – what are they?
The Gatsby Benchmarks are a key measure of the effectiveness of career advice. They are also a very important part of the Government’s career strategy. In order to ensure our students enjoy high quality careers guidance and experiences, we will be working to embed the below eight Gatsby Benchmarks throughout our Careers Programme by the end of 2020 in line with DfE expectations.
• A Stable Careers Programme
• Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
• Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil
• Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
• Encounters with Employers and Employees
• Experiences of Workplaces
• Encounters With Further Education
• Personal Guidance

For more information on the Gatsby benchmarks please click on the following link http://www.goodcareerguidance.org.uk

Outcomes for learners are outstanding, teaching, learning and assessment are excellent and the extremely diverse programmes that meet learners’ individual needs, interests and aspirations, prepare them very well for life after College.
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