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Careers Advice Zone

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance

The Chelmsford College Careers Programme represents the commitment of the Careers Advice Zone Team, in collaboration with it's teaching and support staff and Learning Coaches, to provide quality information, advice and careers guidance services to anyone accessing the College to enable them to make informed career choices so they can progress and be able to fully participate in education, training and employment. This service is offered in line with the following government guidelines:

  • All FE colleges are subject to a requirement to secure access to independent careers guidance. Colleges also have a legal requirement to provide learners with guidance materials and a wide range of up-to-date reference materials relating to careers education and careers opportunities.
  • Learners will need access to high-quality support to make decisions about their next step which is right for them and to aspire to achieve their full potential.
  • Every college should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision.

Who are the Careers Advice Zone Team?

The Careers Advice Zone Team provide support and guidance to help learners navigate their way through the maze of decisions regarding their futures. The service provided is accredited to the Matrix Standard Award for information, advice and guidance services.

Our services include:

  • Individual careers advice and guidance interviews
  • Post Results Service
  • Information on progression routes
  • UCAS application support
  • Employability skills
  • CV and personal statement writing
  • Apprenticeship, job vacancies and volunteering opportunities
  • Progression Fair with up to 80 stands including employers, training providers and universities
  • Industry days and other visiting speakers
  • Workshops on topics such as CV writing, job hunting, personal statements and progression

The CAREERS POLICY provides more detail about the careers support which you are entitled to receive before, during and after you leave us.

The aims of our service is to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to make informed and realistic decisions about the future and to help achieve goals.

Appointments can be booked by visiting the Careers Advice Zone, by telephone 01245 29 30 31, email careersadvicezone@chelmsford.ac.uk. Alternatively, drop-in visits are welcome during opening hours to M004.

The Careers Advice Zone Team can meet with you to offer impartial advice about course options and alternative provision and also discuss possible future career plans. Parents and carers are also welcome to attend. Careers Guidance interviews are offered to all current students; those applying for courses or anyone external to the College who would like some help making informed decisions about their future. This is an impartial, confidential meeting where you can talk about your future career ideas and steps which you can take to help you get there.

If you are thinking of applying, you can book an interview with one of our Careers Advisers.

Please phone 01245 29 30 31 or email careersadvicezone@chelmsford.ac.uk

If you are a Chelmsford College student and need some career guidance, or if you're unhappy on your course or don't know which course to progress onto you can also visit the Careers Advice Zone in M004 to book an appointment in person. We offer appointments on both campuses.

The Careers Advice Zone have developed a close working relationship with all local schools and Further Education Colleges. You can see us manning a stand at school Careers Events. The team may also deliver school assemblies and group work on Work, Training and Apprenticeships. We have also been on several mock interview panels with year 10 and 11 students.

Showcase Open Evenings provide an ideal opportunity to visit Chelmsford College to find out more about the courses we offer. You can have a look around both campuses, speak to the tutors and our Apprenticeship Team. There are careers advisers on hand to talk with you if you are unsure of your next steps. You can also apply for a course on the evening and book your interview.

Please visit the Showcase Events page for more details and to book place.

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Once you have been accepted on your course you will be invited into College so you can talk with a member of the team about your career ideas and goals for the future.

We host a yearly Post Results Service for those who have yet to apply or who might not have achieved the grades needed for their first choice. You can also drop in from results day onwards and talk to the Careers Advice Zone Team who can advise you on your options.

Chelmsford College is not just about study programmes. Our Careers Advice Zone Team are here to support you and help you engage in other activities to help you enrich your life. We deliver group sessions on employability skills and career planning. We organise visits to employers and universities and arrange visiting speakers. We also provide you with real opportunities to meet employers, training providers, voluntary agencies, seasonal work companies and higher education institutions. We do this through Industry events, where we invite employers in to offer interactive talks and exhibitions.

We host a yearly Progression Fair. This a fantastic event for Chelmsford College students to talk to local and national employers, training providers and universities under one roof. Students are timetabled to attend in their tutor groups to speak with the exhibitors. This is a unique opportunity which helps students make informed decisions about their future.

There are so many options in the world of work. The team have forged great links with local employers, training providers and voluntary agencies. We go to lots of events and have up-to-date knowledge of the local labour market. Whether you are looking for a part-time job, some voluntary work or work experience whilst at College, we can support you with applications and your all-important CV. Whether you need a part-time job, full-time job, work experience or an apprenticeship you are going to need a good CV. Staff in the Careers Advice Zone Team can help you make your CV the best it can be by helping you highlight your skills and strengths and really target your CV to the industry you want to work in.

The Team can help with career planning for Apprenticeships and other Full time employment. Chelmsford College also offers apprenticeships advertised on the College intranet and on job boards around the campuses and on www.gov.uk.

If you are considering university as your next step the Team are here to help. We have a continuous Higher Education Programme which sits within the Careers Programme. Whether you are considering HE as an option, deciding where to go, what to apply for or how to complete an application, we are here to help. The Team host a HE event for students, their parents and carers. We deliver group workshops, drop-in sessions with a local university and arrange local visits.

If you need more information on the routes into various careers or are enquiring about entry qualifications and where these can lead, then talk to the Careers Advice Zone Team. We work closely with the academic and support staff in the College and attend all College open evenings. We have a link adviser for children in care and care leavers. We aim to keep parents/carers informed by sending out careers newsletters and information on progression options. Level 3 students and their families are invited to our annual "HE and Alternatives" evening.

We offer general advice for mature students and those looking to possibly retrain. We are knowledgeable about part-time options and can offer advice about funding options for some courses. We have links with our local partner universities and offer support to adult students when they are considering their progression options. We aim to keep up-to-date with local labour market trends to help career changers make realistic choices about courses which will hopefully help them find alternative employment.

One of the careers advisers in the Careers Advice Zone Team works closely with staff to look at progression options for students with additional needs. This may also involve working with outside agencies and training providers to find out more about different opportunities for students to apply for.

We have established links with the Transition Team in Essex working with young people who have just left care and offer support in applying to College, ensuring they liaise with Student Support to access any bursaries and other help they may be entitled to. A member of the Careers Advice Zone Team works with the Student Support team to help young people with their course choice and progression.

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Chelmsford College uses Pathways - a series of tools which embed and connect relevant careers information, drawn from a number of UK sources including national statistics and labour market intelligence to inform and provide comparisons for job prospects, potential earnings and progression routes including Higher Education courses and apprenticeships. This information is intended as a guideline only and Chelmsford College and Pathways accepts no liability for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of information provided.