Careers Programme

At Horizons College we are committed to providing all our learners with a comprehensive programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and work related learning.  The Horizons College Careers Programme has been written in collaboration with Polly Wiggins Careers and Coaching.

The main aims of the Careers Programme is to:

  • Inspire the learners and raise their aspirations
  • Consider all possible transitional pathways including paid or voluntary employment, training/apprenticeships, independent living etc
  • Build the learner’s skills and experiences to support and prepare them for their chosen pathway
  • Provide independent careers advice and guidance, ensuring learners are aware of all the available options and opportunities
  • Inform and communicate with parents/carers so that together we can support our young people to reach their full potential
  • Support work based learning with a fully integrated and stimulating curriculum both in and out of the classroom

The Careers Programme at Horizons College includes the following:

  • Regular, quality Work Experience or internships within a variety of local businesses and organisations. Work placements are designed to be purposeful and challenging and support students with their career and transition aspirations.
  • Access to independent careers advice and Guidance – Horizons College is supported by a representative from the National Careers Service and an independent careers coach & consultant who will visit the college regularly to provide Group Workshops and 1:1 meetings with learners. Learners (and/or their parents/carers) may request a meeting at any time but all will be provided with one planned 1:1 meeting each academic year (where appropriate for the learner).
  • Access to an Enterprise Adviser (when available) – Horizons College are working with The Careers and Enterprise Company to secure the support of an Enterprise adviser; a representative from local business who will provide advice and guidance to learners and help with the engagement of other local companies and organisations.
  • Access to local JobFests and Career Fairs (where appropriate for the learner).
  • Advice and guidance on Apprenticeships and supported employment options from both national and local organisations (e.g. through organisations such as Working Links, Building Bridges and the Department of Work and Pensions).
  • Participation in Careers Week – once per academic year we invite a wide range of employers and specialists into the college to speak to learners about their job roles, skills and experiences, how they achieved their careers goals and what the learners can do if they are interested in that line of work.
  • Support with CV writing, skills audits, job searches, application forms and interview skills etc. will be provided within the classroom as well as via external organisations such as the National Careers Service, our Careers consultant (Polly Wiggins) and our Enterprise Adviser (when available).
  • Signposting to as many relevant external organisations and information providers as possible (website links – please see below).

Follow the link for more information about:
Detailed information on our Careers Programme and how Horizons College intends to meet all 8 Gatsby Career Benchmark

The Horizons College Careers Strategy is next due to be reviewed in November 2020

Additional Information:
Careers Policy

Swindon and Wiltshire – LMI Jan 2020

Labour Market Information – January-March 2020

Useful links for learners:

National Careers Service

Polly Wiggins Careers Service


Find an apprenticeship

Amazing Apprenticeships

Preparation for Adulthood Website

Career Pilot

Working Links

Work Fit


Find a Traineeship

Engineering – Take a closer look

Useful links for Parents and Carers:

Your Daughter’s Future – A guide to helps parents support daughters making career choices.

Careers Advice for Parents

Career Pilot – Parent Zone

Useful links for employers:

Horizons College Employers Guide to Work Experience UPDATE Jan 2020

Contact Details:
The Careers Lead at Horizons College is Catherine Long
Tel. 01793 286620    Mobile: 07796 711249