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CEIAG - Careers

SLT Careers Lead:

Mrs H Grundy
tel: 01204 301 351

Careers Advisor:

Mrs O Banner

National Careers Week 7th - 12th March 2022

Click on the link below for access to resources for National Careers Week

Parents / Carers guide to National Careers Week:

YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE - Monday 27th June - Friday 1st July 2022

See attachments below for further information.

Parents and Teachers to access the free events re supporting their child in Careers

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programmes are a means of developing the knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills a young person requires in order to make well-informed, thought through choices and plans that enable them to progress effectively into further learning and work, now and in the future. They help young people make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers and it is a vital tool in enriching students with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices, with realism and understanding.

  • The CEIAG programme is committed to providing a planned programme of CEIAG for all students in Year 7 to 13, in partnership with outside agencies (local employers, providers, universities, education training partnerships). It is designed to meet the needs of all students at Thornleigh Salesian College. It is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development. The careers programme includes face to face interviews at key transition points, action plans, drop-in sessions, software packages, support with applications and CV writing, careers events and sessions, and interventions with outside agencies.
  • Impartial and independent careers advice and guidance is provided by our Careers Adviser Mrs Banner and compliments the careers education programme in school, supporting students in the process of making informed decisions about the post-16 learning and work that is available to them.
  • Mrs Banner works with students in Year 8 – 13 offering support and guidance and information about different career pathways and attend parents evening for KS4 and Sixth Form students.
  • One to one appointments are offered to all Year 11 students to provide advice and guidance about options available to them and to support them in making well informed decisions about their post 16 options.
  • Mrs Banner is in school Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesday morning to discuss further education, training, careers, apprenticeships, jobs and other matters relating to post 16 options and is also  available for a drop in on Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes. 

Click here to see Thornleigh's 'Plan A Pathway'

National Careers Week 7th - 12th March 2022

Click here for the National Careers Week 2022 Guide

National Apprenticeship Week 7th - 13th February 2022


Cross Curriculum Approach

Careers Education is part of the Curriculum for Life, tutor time programme, taught across Years 8 to 11 and by a team of committed staff, supported by the form tutors and led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Activities are designed to match visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning learners, through the use of computer programmes, discussion and hands-on activities. There will be opportunities for individual and small group activities, research using ICT and other sources.

Different approaches are used dependent on the age and ability of the students and the topic to be covered, for example, we use careers software, paper-based activities, discussions, role plays/mock interviews and multi-media resources, enabling the use of a variety of learning styles.

Careers Events

We offer students a range of career events each academic year:

  • Year 8 STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) Careers Awareness Day attended by various local and national employers
  • Year 9 Careers Awareness Day attended by local and national employers
  • Year 10 Work Experience Programme
  • Year 11 Employability skills and personal development workshops;
  • Visiting speakers from both higher education institutions and the work place.

Click the link below for the schedule of our annual careers events:

Relationships with Parents

We recognise that parents have a major role to play in the area of careers, both in terms of encouraging and supporting their children and in supporting the school in its endeavours to promote a wide variety of careers information.

Our Careers team are present at Year 9 Options Evening and at Parents' Evenings.

How we measure and assess the impact of our Careers Programme

  • Destination measures
  • Employer feedback
  • Student feedback
  • Visiting partners
  • Work experience evaluation
  • External accreditation

Inspiring IAG Award

Inspiring IAG has been designed to provide a good practice framework and recognition of high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for organisations that are providing support services for young people.

It has been written and updated by CEIAG specialists across the ten Local Authority areas of Greater Manchester in consultation with schools, colleges, learning providers, employers and local authority representatives.

Inspiring IAG is a three stage process, Bronze Standard, Silver Standard and Gold Award. Organisations progress through each stage where it is validated and assessed. The process helps organisations to identify areas for development as well as recognising good practice in CEIAG. Six key areas run through each stage of the award, each underpinned by the principles of equality and diversity and raising aspirations:

  • Management and Leadership
  • Design and Delivery of CEIAG
  • Working with Partners
  • Information and Communication
  • Outcomes for Young People
  • Involving Parents and Carers


We are proud to say that Thornleigh Salesian College has gained the
Gold Inspiring IAG Award.

Useful Websites:

The National Careers Service

The National Careers service

The National Careers Service offers information and professional advice about education, training and work to adults and young people aged 13 years and over. Pupils and their parents can access support via a website, helpline and web chat


Film clips of hundreds of people telling you about how they got their jobs.


Science, Technology Engineering and Maths Careers.

Government Apprenticeship Guide

Search and apply for apprenticeship opportunities.

Informed Choices

What you study at sixth form or college can affect your options at university and your future career.
Use Informed Choices to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities.



Please use the following links to see where you can access guidance for different opportunities as you consider your future career pathway.

Check out information around school including posters about open days, apprenticeship and other training opportunities.

Book an appointment with our Careers Advisor Mrs Banner via your Pastoral Staff or drop in at the Careers Office at break or lunchtime on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.


Careers Champions

Each department is to have a nominated ‘Careers Champion’. This person will be a point of contact for students when considering how certain subjects are useful in certain careers. Careers Champions will also signpost students and staff to opportunities to highlight careers in the curriculum.


As a school we are keen to develop our links with employers on both a local and wider community level. Employers are a key component in our careers programme and the bespoke expertise, skills that they offer are essential for a high quality careers programme and will ensure that all our students can make informed choices concerning their potential pathway post school/college education.

Current work with employers:

We currently work with employers and providers who support us with our Year 8 Careers Fair, Work Experience placements in Year 10 supported by EBP (NW) Ltd and Year 12, assemblies and bespoke careers events.

Enterprise Coordinator

The school is delighted to announce that Anna Mitchell will be our new schools Enterprise Advisor. With a background in HR and a large network of employer contacts we look forward to Anna working with both our staff and students to enhance our careers programme

Employers who have recently supported us include:

  • Warburtons
  • BAE
  • Keogh Solicitors
  • National Westminster Bank
  • NHS
  • Mellors Catering
  • Bolton@Home
  • MBDA
  • Hare Ltd
  • Alliance Learning
  • The Skills Company
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Greater Manchester Police


Please view the attachments below for further information.

Please click on the INVESTIN links below to access information for free events regarding supporting students / your child in Careers.

  1. InvestIN Informed Parent Invitiation
  2. Thornleigh School Provider Access Statement Dec 2021
  3. The Gatsby Benchmarks
  4. INVESTIN for Parents
  5. INVESTIN for Teachers
  6. Work Experience 2022 - Letter
  7. Work Experience 2022 - Medical Questionnaire
  8. Work Experience 2022 - Parental Consent Form
  9. Work Experience 2022 - Self Placement Form
  10. A Guide to Apprenticeship Interviews
  11. Finding the Best Apprenticeship for you
  12. A Guide to Traineeships
  13. Degree Apprenticeships - An Open Day Guide
  14. What is a Degree Apprenticeship
  15. Uni Apprenticeship Guide 2019
  16. T Level Guide
  17. What are T Levels?
  18. UK Universities Guide
  19. Sixth Form Student Apprenticeship Activity Pack
  20. Learn Live Opportunities
  21. Ready for a career in VFX, game art or animation?
  22. AA Animal Case Studies
  23. AA FireFighter Case Study
  24. AA Nurse Case Studies
  25. Bulletin 1 Up and Coming Careers Events for Students
  26. Bulletin 2 Up and Coming Careers Events for Students Staff & Parents
  27. Bulletin 3 Up and Coming Careers Events for Students Staff & Parents
  28. Bulletin 4 Up and Coming Careers Events for Students Staff & Parents
  29. Bulletin 5 Up and Coming Careers Events for Students Staff & Parents
  30. Bulletin 6 Up and Coming Careers Events for Students Staff & Parents
  31. Bulletin 7 Up and Coming Careers Events for Students Staff & Parents
  32. Parent Pack Jan 21
  33. Parent Pack Feb 21
  34. Parent Pack March 21
  35. Parent Pack April 21
  36. Parent Pack May 21
  37. Parent Pack June 21
  38. Parent Pack July 21
  39. Parent Pack Sept 21
  40. Parent Pack Oct 21
  41. Parent Pack Nov 21
  42. Parent Pack Dec 21
  43. Parent Pack July 20
  44. Parent Pack Aug 20
  45. Parent Pack Sept 20
  46. Parent Pack Oct 20
  47. Parent Pack Nov 20
  48. Parent Pack Dec 20
  49. Arabic Parent Pack
  50. Latvian Parent Pack
  51. Pashto Parent Pack
  52. Romanian Parent Pack