The careers programme at Orchard Hill College is designed to provide all students with, information, advice and guidance helping them make informed decisions about their future career decisions. Students learn the skills 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.

Students benefit from a dedicated Careers & Job Coach Team who have extensive experience, and are based at each College site.

Strong links and partnerships with employers and local networks provide the chance for students to experience a range of work experience opportunities.

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 Tracey Hicklin and he can be contacted via email: or tel: 0345 402 0453.

You can read our Provider Access Policy on the Policies page of this website.

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

The Good Career Guidance website has more information on the Gatsby benchmarks.