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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Careers and Work Experience

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Careers and Work Experience Team

Imogen Martin Jenny Hughes
Assistant Principal and Lead for Careers Officer
Work Experience and Careers  
Matt Kibler Helen Reddy
Key Stages 3 Director of Enrichment
and 4 Careers and Sports Academy

Telephone: 01752 691000
(please include FAO Careers in the subject heading)

'The Ivybridge Community College Careers Curriculum strives to provide all students with aspirational, achievable and current information, advice, guidance and experiences to allow students to make informed choices about their futures'. 

Careers education is about inspiration as much as advice.  All learners deserve the opportunity to see careers in action and to have hands-on experience in a work place to truly be enthused about their future.  It is essential at Ivybridge Community College that we provide inspiration for young people through real-life contact with the world of work so that when they come to make big decisions, they understand where different choices could take them in the future. 

We are constantly amazed by the high aspirations and work ethic of our students.  After the disruption of COVID-19 we are delighted to be able to offer students the opportunity to get into workplaces again through our Work Experience programme.

We have a plethora of options and packages, carefully curated to ensure students of all aspirations and disciplines have opportunities to visit and engage with workplaces that can help them shape their future.  It is our hope and ambition that every student at Ivybridge Community College embraces the Work Experience programme and uses it as a real opportunity to understand where their education can lead them. 

Careers Education at the College
Careers education at Ivybridge Community College is led by Imogen Martin, Assistant Principal: Sixth Form and Careers.  Working alongside College Directors, the Sixth Form Team, the Director of Enrichment, mentors and advisors from outside the College we ensure that all students have access to quality information, opportunities and bespoke advice that is both unbiased and tailored to the individual needs of our students.  Thus ensuring that all our students at Ivybridge Community College are best prepared for their prosperous futures.

The College uses Unifrog online, “a bespoke one-stop-shop where students can explore their interests and then find and successfully apply for their best next step after school”.

Careers Advice and Guidance
Ivybridge Careers is led by Jenny Hughes our Careers Officer.  Jenny’s role is to provide independent and impartial Careers Advice and Guidance for our students.

Jenny supports young people at the College to explore their next steps, potential career pathways and in supporting personal ambition and challenging bias in future pathways.

A large aspect of Jenny’s role in the College is delivering one-to-one careers advice interviews with students in Years 10 & 11.  Jenny is also available at key college events such as the Careers Fair and Sixth Form Open evening.  The role of Careers Co-ordinator is also to organise trips and on school futures events to ensure every learner has an enriched Careers programme from years 7-13.

Currently the ASK apprenticeships programme is delivered to Ivybridge Community College students by Sharron Robbie MBE, Managing Director of the Devon & Cornwall Training Provider Network.  Sharron delivers Apprenticeship Awareness sessions via Teams to all Year 10 tutor groups plus in house Apprenticeships workshop sessions to Year 10 students.   This gives our students the support and guidance required to enable them to consider apprenticeship pathways as they head towards the end of Year 11.  For more information on the ASK Programme click here.  For further information, please click here to visit the Apprenticeships website. 

If any young person requires an appointment, they can be requested through the school intranet on ‘Quick Links’, or, through their tutor.

Management of provider access requests
Providers wishing to request access should contact:
Imogen Martin, Assistant Principal and Careers Lead via 

Some useful links can be found below 



Career of the Week

The College is delighted to announce the launch of its new Career of the Week page.

Unsure of what you would like to do upon completion of your GCSEs?  This page will present a weekly Case Study of a particular Job or Occupation in detail, including various information on the role.

If you're looking for some inspiration, please click here.


Parental Advice

Parents and Carers play a critical role in a helping a young person make career decisions from an early age.  Sometimes, offering support is all your child needs when thinking about career options.

For more information on speaking with your child regarding Careers, please click here to see a video about the subject created by Talking Futures.


STEM Mentoring Programme for Students
Monday, 19 October to Monday, 18 December

STEM Learning, who work in collaboration with the Government and aim to provide world-leading STEM education for all young people, is offering free national online mentoring for 13-19 year olds interested in a career in STEM.

Participants can learn more about potential STEM careers, ask for careers advice, and consider life after school including University options, Apprenticeships, or preparing for employment.

The programme is fully funded so participation is free for UK students.

The next cohort of mentoring will run from Monday 9 October until Monday 18 December and the deadline for applications is Monday 2 October.

For more information and to register, please click here.


NHS and Care Careers in Plymouth Event
Friday, 6 October
from 9.00am - 5.00pm
at Plymouth Guildhall

This drop-in event will showcase the diverse range of roles available in the City and the many pathways into careers across health and social care.

For more information and a link to register your interest, please click here.


NHS Careers Untapped
Careers in Digital Healthcare
Thursday, 19 October 2023
from 4.30pm - 6.00pm

The NHS Careers Untapped NHS Team are pleased to announce upcoming webinars showcasing some more of the great jobs available in the NHS.

Spotlighting some of the exciting roles in digital healthcare, this webinar will introduce careers in analytics, social media, web development and more

To book a place on this webinar (Online via Zoom), please click here.

Further information regarding other events in the Careers Untapped series can be found in the NHS Careers Untapped leaflet at the bottom of the page.


Exeter Maths School
Taster Days
Saturday, 7 October
Saturday, 18 November

If you love Mathematics and are interested in exploring options at Exeter Maths School, Taster Days for Year 11 students this Autumn Term are now open for bookings.  There will be morning and afternoon events on the two dates.

For further information and to book a place, please click here.


Arts University Plymouth
Build Your Portfolio
Monday, 23 October to Thursday, 26 October

Arts University Plymouth are delighted once again to offer their free four day Build Your Portfolio Course running in the October half-term.  The short preparatory course is specifically designed to prepare students for college and university interviews by encouraging them to create a diverse portfolio of work.

Please note, the course is for 15 - 18 year olds and places are limited.

For further information, please click here.


University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust -
Project SEARCH

Students interested in a Career in Healthcare!

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust has just opened applications for their Project SEARCH Internships.

In partnership with City College, Plymouth, Seetec Pluss and the NHSProject SEARCH Derriford is an Internship Programme which offers 18-24 year olds with a diagnosed Learning Disability and a Plymouth Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) the chance to experience the working environment for one year within any of the University Hospitals Plymouth sites.

If you are interested in finding out more, please click here or see the leaflet below.


Apprenticeships at University Hospitals, Plymouth

From the Organisation: "An apprenticeship with us here at UHP is a paid job. As an apprentice you are available member of our team and will learn and gain practical experience to shape your future career.  Alongside your daily role, you will spend at least 20% of your working hours completing off-the-job training, supported by your colleagues, college, university or training provider and will achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

"Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, not in full time education and living in England.  There is no upper age limit. All apprenticeship vacancies will clearly state the entry requirements for the role being advertised.

At UHP we are committed to providing opportunities for those wishing to start a career in the healthcare industry.  We will develop the skills of our workforce to enable them to progress along their chosen career pathway.  We offer apprenticeships from entry Level 2 up to and including, Degree and Masters level 7."

For more information, please click here or view the 'Apprenticeships at UHP' document below.