Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

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Believe it or not, if you’re in secondary education right now, you’re at a great point in your life. You have your whole career in front of you, and now is a good time to start thinking about your future, to make some initial plans. Take time to think about what you like to do; dream and imagine ideal careersThere are so many opportunities, so many different types of jobs and careers in a wide variety of industries.

Dean Trust Wigan offers information, direction and guidance to all of its learners.

Why do we offer CEIAG? We aim for every pupil to leave the school well prepared for the next stage in their career. Pupils should be well informed when making subject and career decisions. We want pupils to be inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential. Pupils need to understand career pathways and how opportunities may change in the future.

  • Aspiration – it is a good to have an idea of what interests and excites you as early as possible, research the qualifications that you need and aim high.
  • Self development – it is important to understand yourself and to develop your capabilities.
  • Career exploration – you need to know how to investigate career opportunities and to make career plans.

Things to start thinking about…

  • Why it is important to be resilient.
  • Why you should aspire to be the best that you can be.
  • Which courses interest you the most and why?
  • What choices are there after leaving school?
  • Short term and long term career plans.
  • College entry requirements.
  • Employers that you are interested in.
  • Vacancies for apprenticeships.

At Dean Trust Wigan we will

  • offer all young people access to up to date accurate and impartial information and resources.
  • provide regular up to date information on college and apprenticeship/training provider open days.
  • host a Futures Fair for Y10/11 pupils and their families as well as parent/carer evenings with college and apprenticeship/training providers present to offer advice and guidance.
  • hold lunch time and after school drop in careers sessions in our IAG Hub
  • work in partnership with opportunity providers including employers, college and training providers including local businesses, armed forces, apprenticeship ambassadors, local universities and many more as part of the Aim Higher programme.
  • welcome and facilitate visits from businesses and college providers.
  • host trips to universities.
  • endeavour to have the latest in career software.
  • make pupils aware of drop in sessions with local colleges.
  • provide guidance on writing CVs and letters of application, and give interview tips.
  • include PSHE lessons based on careers and guidance.
  • provide apprenticeship and traineeship information.

Careers Provision at Dean Trust Wigan

Please click here, or download from below,  a summary of the Careers Provision at Dean Trust Wigan.

Dean Trust Wigan measures the impact of the careers programme by using the Compass Tool Evaluation twice yearly. In addition to this, Dean Trust Wigan will also use parent / carer, pupil and staff voice to assess the impact of the careers.

Next review of the information published : February 2022.


We work proactively to support our leavers in their progression onto further education, training and employment.  Data captured in the Annual Activity Survey  of our recent 2018-19 cohort, indicate that 95.3% have continued in further education, 0.8% in full time training positions, 3.1% progressed into employment with training/apprenticeship programmes, and 0.8% of leavers were yet to settle into their career path (NEET).

YearNot KnownEmployment with no Accredited TrainingVoluntary and Part Time ActivitiesNEETFurther EducationEmployment with Accredited Training /ApprenticeshipsTrainingParticipation Dean Trust WiganParticipation Wigan Borough

Labour Market Information

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Gatsby Benchmarks

1. A stable careers programmeEvery school should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers
2. Learning from career and labour market informationEvery pupil should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed advisor to make best use of available information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupilPupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A schools careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout
4. Linking careers learning to curriculumAll teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths
5. Encounters with employers and employeesEvery pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities, including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemers.
6. Experience of workplacesEvery pupil should have first hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities’ and to expand their networks
7. Encounters with further and higher educationAll pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and the workplace.
8. Personal guidanceEvery pupil has the opportunity for guidance interviews with a careers advisor. The advisor will be trained to an appropriate level.

Advice for parents and carers

Careers Advice is not just for pupils, parents/carers also need support to help young people make tough and challenging decisions. Careers advice for parents is a website that has been set up by careers professionals and recommended by the UK Career Development Institute. ‘Careers Advice for Parents aims to give you an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to your child’s future career prospects.’

There are lots of ways to support your son / daughter with their careers options –

  • Know how your child’s progress at school will affect their decisions.
  • Talk to the careers adviser to find out information about careers.
  • Attend parent/carer evenings/events that discuss CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance).
  • Request a copy of your child’s action plan.
  • Find out more about how you can support your child at this time.
  • Find out what progress is being made with applications.

The Parent Perspective Podcast

Click HERE to listen to a podcast which has been created to help parents and carers support their children in making more informed career decisions with greater confidence, knowledge and understanding.

The Careers Team

Mrs Nicola CadmanCareers Leader01942 511987 *

Useful Websites

A fantastic resource for parents/carers to understand more regarding careers education and the various routes open to young people.

Online library of careers related film, news and information

Job profiles and families; create an action plan specific to you and your goals, check your skills, build your CV, get advice

icould provides career inspiration and information for young people. It offers free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

Excellent careers site aimed at graduates, but useful for school and sixth form pupils. Has detailed job profiles and job families as well as information on the kinds of careers that graduates from different subjects go on to do.

Includes information on the labour market, apprenticeships and careers in the Greater Manchester area.

Information on careers and how to find a job; education and which course is for you; student life and making the most of your studies and staying in control of your money.

From apprenticeships to debt-free education, there are literally thousands of other opportunities out there. The Not Going to Uni team are here to help you find apprenticeships, college courses or work experience to start building your future.

Plotr can help you discover your future and guide you to careers you could be great at. Play the Game to discover careers that match your personality, interests and skills. Get the free careers magazine on your phone. Look at what the world of work is really like.

Great site for Years 9, 10 and 11

Click on the Careers Sectors tab for information on careers in the following sectors: Business, Construction, Engineering, Finance, Hospitality & Travel, IT &Technology, Law, Media, Public Sector and Charity, Retail Buying & Fashion, Science, Teaching and Education.

Information on apprenticeships and links to vacancies in the Greater Manchester area.

Next review of information published : February 2022


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