Careers and Work Experience
'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.
Throughout the year CWS group are able to support the careers programme at Ivybridge Community College through the ASK programme. This may be through providing assemblies, workshops and giving information on different Apprenticeship pathways. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Some useful links can be found below
- Talking Futures - A parents’ toolkit for careers conversations
- Heart of the South West Padlet - Link to external careers resources and opportunities
- The Pay Index - make informed decisions through its salary comparison tool
- CV Template
- National Careers Service
- Career Pilot – Information for students aged 11-19 year
- Apprenticeships – Where to find apprenticeships within the UK
- Amazing Apprenticeships- Help students and parents navigate apprenticeships
- UCAS – Higher Education Information for those thinking about applying for university
- Parent Perspective Podcast - by Amazing Apprenticeships
News Just In - Plymouth Early Careers Fair -
Saturday, 11 March 2023 from 10.00am -
Plymouth Argyle (Home Park)
Looking for a Career in Construction, Manufacturing or Engineering?
Come along to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, 11 March 2023 between 10.00am and 2.00pm and see what opportunities are available in the local area (both Apprenticeship and Graduate opportunities).
Please click here for further information.
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust -
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 NHS, Project 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.
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Careers Open Day
Saturday, 29 April 2023 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Derriford Centre for Health and Wellbeing
Interested in a career in Health and Medicine?
The University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is inviting you to Derriford hospital for an exciting day introducing the wide range of careers available within the NHS. Full of professionals sharing their skills, knowledge and expertise.
For further information, please see the leaflet below.
Assistant Principal and Lead for Work Experience and Careers: Imogen Martin
Key Stages 3 and 4 Careers: Matt Kibler
Director of Enrichment and Sports Academy: Helen Reddy