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Provider Access

Bideford College aims to “bridge the gap to a better future” and believes every student has the right to receive comprehensive careers education to assist them to make informed choices about their future employability. 

The careers programme at Bideford College helps the College meet its NEET targets and helps:

  • Contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially by increasing motivation
  • Support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity
  • Encourage participation in continued learning, including higher education
  • Develop enterprise and employability skills
  • Reduce drop out from, and course switching in education and training
  • Contribute to the economic prosperity of individuals and communities

Are you an FE, Apprenticeship or HE provider?

Any provider who thinks they have a progression opportunity for our students should contact our careers leaders, Priscilla Woodhall (Key Stages 3 & 4), on telephone number 01237 477611 or via email on: pwoodhall@bidefordcollege.org and Kimberley Gilbey (Key Stage 5) at kgilbey@bidefordcollege.org.

What opportunities are provided to allow access to pupils?

Via our school careers programme, we offer providers numerous opportunities throughout the school year to speak to pupils and/or their parents. Our annual schedule of events has recently been affected by COVID, but usually includes::

Year/Term

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 8

Skills for employability

Apprenticeship Week

National Careers Week

Careers linked to my favourite lessons

Careers Pilot

Careers Fair

Skills for life and work

Individual skills

Year 9

Skills within the workplace

Good communication skills

Gender stereotyping

Planning for Options

Successful behaviours

Apprenticeship Week

National Careers Week

Careers linked to my favourite lessons

Careers Fair

Careers Pilot

Options Evening

Britain’s working democracy

Year 10

Developing teamwork skills

Planning ahead for Post 16 options

Employment and employee rights

Work Experience Assembly and research

Apprenticeship Week

National Careers Week

Careers linked to my favourite lessons

Careers Fair

Work Experience applications

Introduction to Sixth Form

Post 16 options after Bideford College

Interview techniques and CV writing

Work Experience week

Verbal communication

Finance and Budgeting

Year 11

Post 16 Options

Applying for the next steps

Presentation assemblies fromSixth Form and local colleges

Developing teamwork skills

Developing study skills

Apprenticeship Week

National Careers Week

Careers linked to my favourite lessons

Careers Fair

  Individual careers    guidance meetings.

Study skills and revision

Year 12

Introduction to apprenticeships

“What inspires me?”

Email etiquette

First impressions

Introduction to University

Why are CVs important?

What are MOOCs?

Finances explained

Army Careers Presentation

Labour market information

Career Action Plans

Career interviews

Oxbridge explained

Managing change and transition

Planning and deciding – career enhancing decisions

Online Opportunities

Preparing for summer examinations

Revision techniques

Virtual work experience

Recognising strengths and weaknesses

Identify progress for decision making

Year 13

UCAS applications & personal statements

Careers Interviews

“What inspires me?”

Email etiquette

First impressions

Winchester University catch up

Finances explained

Army & RAF careers presentation

Career action plan

Audit of employment and apprenticeships

Apprenticeships workshop

CV workshop

Labour Market Information

Career Action Plans

Career Interviews

Online Opportunities

Preparing for summer examinations

Revision techniques

Virtual work experience

Recognising strengths and weaknesses

Identify progress for decision making

Who should providers contact to discuss events and options?

Providers can speak to our career’s leaders Priscilla Woodhall and Kimberley Gilbey, to discuss possible attendance at relevant events, or to be part of our Monday afternoon careers surgeries

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding and Visitors Policies set out the college’s approach to allowing providers into college to speak to our pupils.

What can providers expect once a request has been accepted?

Once we have approved a provider, we will work with them to identify the best method for providing access to our pupils.

We  can make the school hall, classrooms and private meeting rooms available to host discussions between providers and pupils. We can also make presentation equipment, such as projectors and televisions, available to providers.

Arrangements will be discussed in advance between our Careers Leader and a member of the provider’s team.

Can providers leave prospectuses for pupils to read?

Yes! Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus and other relevant course literature with the college reception.