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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
  Careers Officer
Assistant Principal and Lead for (Level 6 Qualified in
Work Experience and Careers Careers Guidance and
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.  We are delighted to be able to offer students the opportunity to get into workplaces 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 Devon appointed provider Future Smart Careers.  This programme delivers Apprenticeship Awareness sessions via Teams to all Year 10 tutor groups, a T Level Awareness Assembly to all Year 11 students, and a bespoke computer workshop on Searching for Apprenticeships to Year 11 students.  This gives our students the support and guidance required to enable them to consider work related pathways such as apprenticeships and T Levels 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.


Princess Yachts
Apprenticeship Opportunities

Apprenticeship applications are now open at Princess Yachts, and will remain open until Sunday, 31st March 2024.

From the Organisation: "At Princess Yachts, inspiring people to achieve is at the heart of what we do. We’ve built our success on the skills and abilities of our people, which is why we invest so much time and effort in our apprenticeship programmes. 

"You’ll be working with world-class yacht-builders and other professionals who are passionate about passing on their experience and helping you to build your future career. We’ll make sure you’re doing work that matters from day one, mixing classroom-study with practical work and real experience.

"All our craft apprenticeships combine theory and practical learning.  We offer the following:

  • Engineering
  • Carpentry/boat building
  • CAD Development
  • Fabricating and Welding
  • Composites

We are also able to offer apprenticeships in Business Administration, HR, Finance and Information Technology."

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Applications are open between Wednesday, 1 November 2023 and Sunday, 31 March 2024.


Arts University, Plymouth
Build Your Portfolio Course
Tuesday, 2 April to Friday, 6 April 2024

From the Organisation: Arts University Plymouth’s 4-day Build Your Portfolio Course is aimed at 15-18 year olds and is designed to help you create a diverse range of work and build the skills you need to present a strong creative portfolio to the universities of your choice.

Join us from Tuesday, 2 - Friday, 5 April 2024 and get stuck into a range of workshops from a variety of our art, design and media courses.

If you need to build your creative portfolio in preparation for university portfolio submissions, this FREE 4 day course will guide you through a range of subjects and small projects that will help you create work you can be proud to show your prospective university.

On top of this, you will have the opportunity to photograph your 3D work professionally, and you will also have the opportunity for a 1:1 chat with our academics.

We are working on an exciting programme of activities, which will be released in the coming weeks, that in the past have covered a range of the following subjects:

Life Drawing

Digital Photography

Still Life

Film / Sound

3D Sculpture



Surface Pattern

Game Concept Art


Fashion Illustration
and Design


Course Dates

Tuesday, 2 April
10.00am - 5.00pm

Wednesday, 3 April
9.00am - 5.00pm

Thursday, 4 April 
9.00am - 5.00pm

Friday, 5 April
10.00am - 4.00pm


Entry Requirements

You must be aged 15-18 years and be interested in studying a creative subject at Further or Higher Education level.


How to Apply

If you would like to apply, please click here.

The deadline to apply for the course is 9.00am on Thursday 28 March 2024

We have limited spaces available for this free course so we will be asking you to provide us with a short personal statement of why you would like to be allocated a place on this course. Anyone applying must be happy to commit to attending the full duration of this four-day course from Tuesday 2 April to Friday 5 April 2024.

More information will be shared closer to the start of the course, but if you have any questions please email the college by clicking here.


EDT / Industrial Cadets
Routes into STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
Virtual Experience
Until July 2024

EDT and Industrial Cadets are running a virtual Routes into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme for those currently in Years 9 and 10.

This course will run during the period Monday, 2 October 2023 until Friday, 2 August 2024Students are able to join and complete this course flexibly within this time frame.

What's Involved?

  • Exploring different Routes into a STEM career including College Courses, University Courses, and Apprenticeships and learning from industry what is involved in a STEM career as well as enhancing your skills.
  • Live interactive sessions over the half-term breaks, school holidays and after school, allowing you to listen and ask questions to STEM students and professionals.
  • Getting to work on a project set by a STEM company to look further at a career area that interests you.

Advantages of Participating

  • Find out about different Routes into a STEM career from industry experts, college and university leaders, as well as young people who are currently on that path
  • Engage in projects and activities that will enhance your problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and innovation skills.
  • Create your own personalised action plan to see your own Route into STEM
  • Learn about your career skills and how you could write about this in your CV/ Personal Statement
  • Receive an Industrial Cadets Bronze Award showing all that you have achieved on the course.

There are additional live sessions which will take place during the year. For more information on these, please click here.  

For further information and to apply, please see either the EDT/Industrial Cadets Virtual Routes into STEM document from the list at the bottom of the page or click here to go to the application page.


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.


NHS Cadets

From the Organisation: "Are you or do you know someone aged 16-18 who’s interested in becoming part of the NHS?  The NHS has 1000’s of volunteering opportunities and career options waiting to be filled.  NHS Cadets is designed to help young people explore and prepare for a role in the NHS and we would be delighted if you were able to join our next cadet intake.

"NHS Cadets is a great addition to your CV and will help you to stand out in future college, university, volunteering or job applications.

"NHS Cadets is a scheme created by St John Ambulance in partnership with the NHS.  It’s designed to provide you with the opportunity to explore roles in healthcare.

"You'll learn about a range of exciting healthcare topics, develop your leadership and communication skills, and gain insight into volunteering within the NHS.

It is a free programme consisting of 2-hour weekly evening sessions over 11 months. You’ll be supported throughout your volunteering journey by our NHS Cadets Team.

During the programme, young people will learn practical skills for a future in healthcare, and explore the different roles within the NHS.

For more information including how to sign up please click here.