Employability and Life Skills

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) forms an important part of the PSHE and tutorial programmes, and is provided for pupils in Years 7 to 13.  Through this provision at Colston’s, managed by the Head of Careers and Employability, pupils have access to accurate, up-to-date careers guidance that is presented in an impartial manner and enables them to make informed choices about a broad range of career options, while helping to encourage them to fulfil their potential. The CEIAG curriculum at Colston’s aims to promote self-awareness regarding individual strengths, weaknesses and interests relating to the world of work, and to motivate and enable pupils to explore and research careers using a range of resources.


Year 9

In order to support students when making decisions about their GCSE options, in Year 9, pupils are introduced to our computer-assisted programme, Kudos, which provides career ideas based on likes and dislikes, as well as suggestions of careers that preferred subjects can lead to. Kudos is also an excellent resource for information on what employers are looking for, salary information, and qualifications required for different careers. This tool, alongside the STEPs careers booklets that are completed in tutor time from Year 7 to Year 11, help pupils to understand more about themselves, find out about careers and the world of work, and help them to plan for their future, including choosing their GCSE subjects.

Year 10

CEIAG continues in Year 10 and aims to develop further pupils’ awareness of their own abilities, skills and interests and to expand their knowledge of career and educational opportunities. All Year 10 pupils take part in a week’s work experience in June, which can prove very useful in introducing them to the world of work, and as a means of testing out a career interest. An accurate, up-to-date contacts database is distributed to all Year 10 pupils to assist them in securing a placement for the work experience week, and the process is managed through all stages from the launch, preparation, and debrief, with ongoing support throughout.

Year 11

In Year 11, effective CEIAG becomes ever more important, and a range of employability topics are covered through PSHE and individual appointments, including CV/interview skills, Apprenticeship/college applications support, and post-16 options sessions. All Year 11 pupils receive a structured and impartial one-to-one traditional careers interview during the Autumn Term, exploring employability skills and qualities, and how these relate to current and future opportunities within the labour market. This process aims to help Colston’s students to feel fully informed about post-16 choices using a range of resources, as well as to feel equipped to make similar decisions in future transitional phases. Year 11 pupils also have the option of completing a careers aptitude questionnaire.

Sixth Form Future Leaders

Careers and employability provision then continues throughout the Sixth Form as part of our innovative Future Leaders programme. This aims to provide opportunities for students to understand what employability skills are, with reflection of these skills in themselves, and to develop and apply employability skills through a range of authentic activities delivered with the support of industry and academia.  The Future Leaders programme was designed and run in partnership a number of world-class organisations including: University of Bristol, Google, Rolls-Royce, Puma, UWE, SuperDry, TasteTech and many more.

The programme also provides opportunities for students to become more commercially aware and make informed decisions about their future careers, as well as developing the skills they will need to successfully apply to university, apprenticeships and employment.

The video below gives you a flavour of the Future Leaders Programme in 2015-16.

Future_Leaders_Exhibition_Video_Final_1080p from Colston's on Vimeo.