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Careers Information

Careers and Higher Education

Careers and Enterprise


At Altrincham College we are committed to providing a planned programme of impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and enterprise education for all students across Years 7 – 13.

The table below provides a brief outline of the careers provision students will experience in each year group.  The programme is personalised and differentiated to ensure relevance and progress in students' learning, development and knowledge.

Altrincham College Careers and Enterprise Programme – 2017/18

Year 7
  • To understand the career choices that are open to you.
  • Exploring your employability skills.
  • Where will I be in 10 years?
Year 8
  • Connexions Careers adviser introduction. (Spring term)
  • Introduction to the service and awareness of options.
  • What is money, what is it used for and how does it change in value?
  • Awareness of what your strengths are and how to use them.
  • Which job will match my strengths and what do I need to work on.
  • To have an increased awareness of which career opportunities are open to me.
Year 9
  • Connexions Careers adviser talks; Assistance and guidance in choosing GCSE options.
  • Introduction to “eClips” careers software.
  • Trafford Connexions careers fair visits.
  • Employer drop in sessions including talks from the army, police and other services.
  • Knowing what qualities employers look for.
  • How can I make myself an attractive employee?
  • Being able to express my star qualities.
  • Making important decisions.
Year 10 
  • Post-16 options talks with Trafford Connexions. (Easter)
  • Trafford Connexions Careers Fair visits.
  • The inspirational Learning Group enterprise day – July.
  • Skills City Careers event at Event City.
  • Works Experience placements for Y band pupils.
  • CV, interview and job application workshops and delivery during form time.
  • Year 10 Enterprise Day (part of Enrichment Week)                                                                        
Year 11
  • Regular talks from Connexions Careers adviser.
  • Trafford Connexions Careers fair.
  • Practicalities of making applications.
  • Further exploration of options.
  • Mock interview drop down morning.
Year 12
  • Work Experience Introduction
  • Value of Work Experience – Changing Education
  • 1 to 1 Post 18 Option meetings
  • Apprenticeships – alternatives to University
  • Promotion of University Open Days
  • UCAS Convention – Manchester Central
  • Yipiyap – Working a Gap Year
  • Post 18 Options with skills Solutions
  • Introduction to writing personal statements
  • Yr12 visit to Liverpool University
  • Option Young Enterprise Enrichment Group
Year 13
  • UCAS personal statement guidance and support
  • Apprenticeship Provider Visits
  • Optional TEFL 2 day short course presentation
  • Student Finances
  • Barclays Life skills

In addition, all students have open access and individual timetabled meetings with Anne Parkins, our Independent Connexions Personal Advisor. Anne is based in the Sixth Form Learning Resource Centre.

Altrincham College is proud to have achieved a National Quality Award for Careers Education; the Inspiring Information, Advice and Guidance Gold (IAG) Award, now accredited for a third time in 2017.