What is Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)?

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programmes play a major part in preparing young people for the opportunities and responsibilities they will experience during the course of their working life. They help young people make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers. It is vital that all 11-16 year olds have the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices. We strive at all times to conform to the current "best practices" in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance laid down by the government.

Rushden Academy is committed to providing a planned programme of CEIAG for all students in Years 7-11, in partnership with outside agencies (Colleges, TENC 6th Form, Apprenticeship providers, Timely Advice and Universities). Rushden Academy is required to monitor destination data as part of our CEIAG policy. The most recent figures for this are as follows:

  • As of January 2020, 97.2% of the Year 11 class of 2019 were classed as Participating in Learning, to be reviewed January 2021.

The careers programme is designed to meet the needs of all students at Rushden Academy. It is personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students' stages of career learning, planning and development. The careers programme includes career sessions, career guidance activities (group work and individual interviews), information and research and other outside agency intervention.

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What is a Sixth Form?

Sixth Form Colleges generally offer A-Level courses. Students would normally choose 3-4 A-Level courses to be completed over a two year period. Students are required to have achieved 4 Grade 4s including English and Maths in order to secure a place at either TENC or another Sixth Form College.

Course subjects

Subjects offered at Sixth Form are much the same as are studied in school (KS4) but are of a higher level. There is also the opportunity to study other subjects such as Law, Psychology and Sociology. Sixth Form does offer vocational courses as well as A-Level courses and this information is normally given in the TENC prospectus and on the TENC website.


What is a Further Education (FE) College?

FE colleges generally offer vocational (work-related) and specialist qualifications. They tend to provide courses for 16-18 year olds as well as adult learners, and often have close links with the community.

Course subjects

FE colleges offer a wide range of courses at a variety of levels. Each college is different, so you will need to check with your chosen college what courses are available. As a guide, the type of subjects on offer include:

  • Catering and Hospitality; Travel and Tourism; Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy;
  • Childcare and Social Care;
  • Fashion; Art and Design;
  • Computing and Information Technology;
  • Vehicle Mechanics; Construction; Painting and Decorating.

FE Colleges often offer courses such as English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to help students develop their English Language skills.

Course and qualifications levels

Popular courses include NVQs, BTECs, Apprenticeships, Foundation Degrees, HNCs and HNDs. If you didn’t do well at school, Entry Level Courses generally offer another opportunity to gain qualifications and enable you to go on to study further college courses at a higher level.     


Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people, aged 16 to 24, who are motivated to get a job but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Those who have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship or other job due to a lack of skills and experience are most likely to be good candidates for a traineeship.

Traineeship opportunities are advertised regularly on the government website www.gov.uk/government/collections/traineeships-programme#traineeships:-overview-for-young-people under find a traineeship


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

Who can apply?

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you're still at school. To start one, you'll need to be:

  • 16 or over by then end of the summer holidays
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

How to apply

There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship

  1. Search for an apprenticeship
  2. Sign in or create an account
  3. Complete and submit your application

The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.

If don't get selected for an interview or for the apprenticeship you can ask for feedback.

You can complain if you think you weren't successful because you were discriminated against, or your treatment in the interview or application process was unfair.

Apprenticeship helpline

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Telephone 0800 015 0400

8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.



Since the 1st October 2014, the National Careers Service has been enhanced to provide more support to Young People. It is the intention of the National Careers Service to complement, not duplicate any existing provision, so all young people have access to information and advice to help them make informed decisions about their career progression.

To assist young people in their career planning, the National Careers Service has extended the Lifelong Learning Account facility to anyone aged 13 and over. An account can be used to safely store personal documents and Skills Health Checks all in one place. Skills Health Checks are online activities which analyse an individual's strengths, motivations, skills, interests and personal styles. The account also provides the option for the production of an Action Plan.

The National Careers Service points of contact for young people aged 13-18 are:

  • Online through the website and webchat at: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
  • Telephone helpline (0800 100 900) for anyone aged 13 and over – Option 1 for 13-18 years olds to speak to a professionally qualified young person's adviser

The National Careers Service website has a link specifically designed for young people with information about the transition points, such as going to college or starting an Apprenticeship. Job profile and labour market information can also be found which can help to inform young people about the world of work.


The Government led Inspiration Agenda aims to inspire young people and the wider community to raise their aspirations and support their progression into sustainable opportunities that meet the economic needs of the local areas.

The Government's Inspiration Vision statement can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/careers-inspiration-vision-statement


Careers Helpdesk Pupils who may want to comment or ask questions in regards to our careers provision at Rushden Academy can now contact a member of the Careers Leader Mr Carl Brotherston by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on 01933 350391

Rushden Academy
Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
t: 01933 350391
e: info@rushden-academy.net

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