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The Orangery is the Careers and Employability hub at Irlam and Cadishead College. The base is managed by the Employability, Widening Opportunities and Engagement Officer.  Post 16 resources are available and accessible to all students.

The noticeboards in the Orangery display and advertise careers events and open days within the local area.
The College works closely with Further Education, Higher Education and local and national employers.
We see it as our responsibility to support the whole school ethos and to provide the facilities to assist our pupils to make the right choices.


Click HERE to view the CEIAG Guidance on Statutory Requirements of Careers Education.

Year 11

Students and parents/carers benefit from an intensive programme that ensures that all students progress onto an appropriate Post 16 destination.  To support this process the College holds Careers Fairs, Apprenticeship Fairs and ‘Is University for Me?’ evenings for students and their parents and carers.

Post 16 providers attend assemblies and every student is supported individually with their application process.
Students who may need additional support are allocated a mentor and the College works closely with local providers and their support teams.

On results day post 16 providers are on site to support and guide students who may have not received the results they expected.

Year 10

During Year 10 all pupils are invited, when appropriate, to talks, presentations and workshops arranged for older pupils and presented by professionals representing numerous career areas who visit the school.  They have opportunities to attend university visits and work with employers. Whenever they wish to, pupils are free to use all the facilities available to them in the Orangery and access help from the Employability, Widening Opportunities and Engagement Officer.

Year 9

In Year 9 the students begin their Options Choices.  As part of the process each student uses software provided by START to begin to discover more about their, skills and interests, likes and dislikes, and what career possibilities are available to them.

Support is also available at the options information evening and through one-to-one discussions prior to making their option choices.

Years 7 & 8

In Year 7 and 8 students are introduced to careers through university visits, on site events and activities and competitions with local further education providers.