Scroll down to find out more about how we support students in preparing them for careers when they leave Irlam & Cadishead College


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.

As a college we strive to meet the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

And have also ensured that we follow the guidance of the Baker Clause which requires schools “open their doors to FE providers to let them advertise their services to pupils”


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.  Students have access to workshops on university choices and apprenticeship choices, as well as inviting local and national employers and educational providers into the college on Options Evenings.

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.

We also have Raising Aspiration Days where all of the students are involved in careers activities which are hosted by local and national employers as well as inspirational key note speakers.