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As part of their study programme, students participate in a range of Careers and Employability related activities, in-line with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.

Careers and employability strategy

Blackburn College is committed to working with Students, Parents, Employers and Staff on the development and delivery of our Careers and Personal Development Programme.

Please see the following links for further information our CEIAG Strategy and information from the Government.

  • Careers & Employability Strategy 2022-2024
  • Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents
  • Careers guidance and access for education and training providers
  • Careers guidance for colleges

Careers calendar 2021-2022

Our team of qualified Careers Advisers based in the Beacon Centre are on hand to support you with making decisions about your future. Appointments are available throughout the year.

View/download our Careers Calendar 2021-2022.

Careers support for SEND

For anyone with special needs or disabilities, accessing high-quality advice at the earliest possible stage, is really important to get good Information, Advice and Guidance on all possible career options. Knowing all the available options and understanding what support can be put in place, will be crucial in helping you to make decisions about the future. Transition for young people with SEND can be a particularly worrying time and we can help facilitate a smooth process in working with young people, their families, schools and other agencies.

In addition to the information and services contained on the other sections of this website, our SEND Transitions and IAG Co-Ordinator, Jill Phillips, offers expert professional help and advice. Jill is able to attend school reviews from Year 9 onwards to ensure that the transition into college runs smoothly.


Careers and employability information and resources

In the sections below you will find lots of helpful information and resources on careers and employability.

Planning your future

Making decisions about your future doesn’t need to be confusing or frightening. There is lots of information and support that you can access to help you consider all your options and make the best choices for you.

The two things that will help you make a well-informed decision are -

  • Self-awareness - Understanding yourself is really important. You need to have a good idea about what skills you have and what you might need to work on. This will help you to decide if future jobs you might be interested in are suitable for you.
  • High Quality Careers Information - This will help you research what jobs are available, where those jobs are locally and nationally and what qualifications you need.

The resources in this section will enable you to think about possible careers and jobs in more depth. It includes a variety of skills matching exercises that can be used independently by yourself.

Take the Buzz Quiz

Complete a short questionnaire and find out what jobs suit you.


Kudos is a Career Matching Package. It will help you find out your likes and dislikes and then match you to careers you maybe suitable for.

Once you have got to the main screen, you need to sign up - this is in the bottom right-hand side. You need to enter the Licence Code - contact or 01254 292929 for details.


You may use Start as part of your tutorial. Start is a comprehensive series of careers activities, which help all students in making more informed decisions about future study and career options at the right time and in good time.

National Careers Service

Students simply complete a series of questions and activities after which they can download a Skills Health Check report which will help them decide what kind of job would suit them. It can also show which skills they might want to brush up on.


TARGETcareers exists to help young people make choices about their future. They do this by providing expert information and advice on the range of career possibilities available and the best routes into them. Whether they are considering going to university or taking an apprenticeship with an employer, or still figuring out the right combination of school subjects, TARGETcareers can help them make the next step in their education or career.

Going to university

There are many benefits of going to University. Higher lifetime earnings and access to some professions (e.g. Medicine and Teaching) depend on it, are just some of the common reasons why people choose to study at University. There are hundreds of options available and making your choices requires careful research of the institutions and courses available. Information in the booklets below will give you all the information you need on researching your options and completing your UCAS application form.

Helpful documents

  • Getting to University
  • UCAS Application Notes
  • Personal Statement Booklet

UCAS Videos

Employability skills

Having strong employability skills will help you be successful in the job market. Being able to sell yourself to an employer is a skill in itself and all of the information on this page will help you to do this well! The keys to success are -

  • Self-Awareness - Understanding your strengths and weaknesses will help you to show employers what an asset you would be to their business.
  • Preparation - Being well prepared will ensure that you don’t miss out on any opportunities available to you.
  • Persistence and Resilience - Life is tough and we don’t always get what we want first time round, but learning from our experiences and persisting in the pursuit of our goals, gives you a far greater chance of success.

Helpful documents

  • Skill employers want
  • Where to look for a vacancy
  • Using social media for job search
  • CV Booklet
  • Application form booklet
  • Interview tips booklet
  • Assessment centre booklet
  • Covering Letters

Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information tells you about the workplace or labour market. It tells you about what opportunities exist, what you need to study, how to find a job and how to progress or change your career. Knowing what is happening in the Labour Market, both nationally and locally, will help you identify where future job opportunities may be and help you with your decision-making and career planning.

It is important that you only use credible and accurate resources when looking at LMI so that you have the best quality of information available to you. We recommend using the following resources which are credited for reliability and accuracy.

Useful links

Gap year

Here you will find additional information should you be considering taking a gap year in your studies.

A gap year involves taking time out either before going to university or after. You can travel, work or volunteer in another country or in the UK.

It is important to make productive use of your time out, with a focus on developing your skills and gaining valuable experience to further your career.

Taking a gap year can help you to:

  • Gain relevant work experience
  • Improve your employability
  • Improve existing skills
  • Learn new skills
  • Stretch yourself by trying a new challenge or experience

Some tips to think about before hand:

  • Do your research
  • Take time to plan and prepare
  • Don't think of your gap year as a break from your career
  • Use the time to make contacts
  • Think about your existing skills and how you could use them

Useful links


These are some specific resources available which are of particular use to graduates.


Prospects is a great all round resource to help you with options after your studies. Create a careers matching profile to generate future career ideas or research specific sectors and jobs. Find links to graduate employers, graduate vacancies, Labour Market Information and postgraduate study.


Gradcracker is a specialist STEM resource with information on careers, jobs and placements/internships.

Graduate specific resources for jobs

The sites below specialise in advertising Graduate Vacancies. Just remember, these aren’t the only type of jobs you can apply for, so take a look at our Employability section and always check the person specification!

Useful links

  • Career planning for Graduates
  • Graduate CVs


Whether you want a part-time job to help support your studies and develop your skills, or whether you want a full-time job at the end of your course, searching for work requires commitment and a plan. Knowing where to look for vacancies and how often to look, will increase your chances of being successful in your search.

In the meantime, take a look at our Job Vacancy booklet and don’t forget to check out the Employability Skills section for more helpful information on how to apply for jobs.

View/download the Job Vacancy Booklet.

Careers and Welfare

If you are a student and need help with Careers and Employability, or Student Finance, please call in to our office on the ground floor of the Beacon Centre for support or contact using the options below.

Careers Advice

Get in touch with our dedicated Careers Team.

Support and Finance

Get in touch with our helpful Student Finance Team.

Working Together for Better Futures

Tutor resources

Career planning

  • Applying Through UCAS
  • Applying to University
  • Career Planning for Graduates
  • Employability Skills Checklist
  • Personal Statement Writing
  • Routes into Teaching for Graduates

Industry insights

  • A-Levels
  • Applied Science
  • Beauty and Media Makeup
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Creative
  • Digital
  • Early Years
  • Engineering
  • Hair and Barbering
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Media
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Music
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Public Services
  • Sport
  • Employability
  • Careers matching


  • Application Forms
  • Assessment Centres
  • Building a Great CV (FE, College)
  • Building a Great CV (HE, University)
  • Interview Skills

Careers matching

Take the Buzz Quiz - complete a short questionnaire and find out what jobs suit you.

Kudos is a Career Matching Package. It will help you find out your likes and dislikes and then match you to careers you maybe suitable for.

Once you have got to the main screen, you need to sign up - this is in the bottom right hand side. You need to enter the Licence Code - contact or 01254 292929 for details.

Parents and carers

Good careers guidance doesn’t just happen in school or college – it also needs positive constructive conversations between parents and young people. Please see below some useful resources for you to use in helping your child make decisions about their future.

Get the confidence and support you need to help your child make choices about their future. Talking Futures have a range of information and tools to support your conversations about careers and education options.

Top Tips for helping your child with career planning

  • Thinking far into the future can be daunting so it is useful to break plans down into smaller chunks that are often more achievable. Start by thinking of the end goal e.g. Going to University and then work backwards listing everything that needs to happen to get there. This is the basis of a sound career plan and can be added to or changed over time, as they develop
  • Start researching options well in advance of a decision being made.
  • Initial research can often be done online in the comfort of your own home. Take a look at the other sections of this site for a whole host of useful information
  • Encourage your child to complete a Careers Matching profile if they are unsure what they would like to do. This will help to generate ideas and is available on the Planning Your Future section of our website
  • Try asking them to write a list of Pros and Cons when weighing multiple options up against each other. You can then discuss these more fully and help guide them by challenging thinking and assumptions
  • Ensure they have considered all elements of a potential course/job, for example, what it involves, the hours, the salary, the terms and conditions
  • Attend Open Days/Events to gain an insight into provision and opportunities
  • Encourage your child to get a part-time job or complete work experience. This will enable them to gain valuable work skills to support future employment
  • Consider coming along to their Careers Appointment with a professional adviser, who will support you both in accessing information and making decisions
  • Speak to a wide range of people when gathering information such as teachers, professionals in the job and employers


We need you!!!

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