UTC@harbourside is committed to providing all students in Years 11-13 with a programme of careers activities and supporting activity. The programme has been developed in line with the eight Gatsby benchmarks for ensuring best practice and to meet the requirements of the Department for Education’s statutory guidance 2018.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

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

Information and Resources

Careers information and resources are located on the Careers noticeboard, which contains up-to-date, impartial information presented in a variety of media. It is reviewed and renewed on a regular basis by the Careers Leader. College and University prospectuses are current, and available to view in Room 209. Lesson plans and resources are provided by the careers coordinator to use during form time.

Monitoring, Review and Evaluation

This policy will be reviewed annually as part of the whole-school self-assessment process and will be reviewed by the governors when any additions or amendments are made. Parents are welcome to give feedback on any aspect of the CEIAG programme to the Careers Leader. Student voice activities are conducted with students from all year groups regularly, with a separate survey used to collect feedback careers activities. Student progression opportunities are monitored and reported to the governors annually.


The CEIAG programme is greatly enhanced through links with several partners who help ensure that students’ learning is up to date and relevant. We strive constantly to expand and improve links with employers. This involvement includes the provision of work experience placements, careers talks, workplace visits and mock interviews. Links are also maintained with the local FE College together with various training providers supporting apprenticeships for those pupils considering that route as an alternative to further or higher education. In addition, we partnerships with Brighton University and Compact to provide support for university applications.

Overview of activities

A number of planned events enable providers and employers the opportunity to come in to college to speak with students and their parents.

 Autumn termSpring termSummer term
Year 10Assembly and tutor group opportunities - employability skills Networking event with providers and employersWork experience preparation sessions

Work experience
Year 11Assembly on opportunities at 16

Careers day including a fare with local providers

Careers interviewsnInterview skills
Post-16 evening

Post-16 taster sessions

Apprenticeships – support with applications
Year 12Post-18 assembly – apprenticeships

Careers day including a fare with local providers

Talks from local apprenticeship providers and employers
Work experience placements

Next steps after completing your course
Small group sessions: future education, training and employment options
Year 13HE and higher apprenticeship applications

Careers day including a fare with local providers

Parents talk on University and finance

Talk from Apprenticeships & HE related people
Assembly and small group opportunities - employability skills

Interview skills

For more information please contact Ms Helen Browne (Careers Leader) via 01273 916170 or helenbrowne@utc-harbourside.org

UTC Harbourside actively engages with local and regional employers, we put together a programme of events to enable our students to develop the skills and understanding of their future careers. For more information please email helenbrowne@utc-harbourside.org or review our provider access policy