Careers Guidance

“Good career guidance helps inspire students towards further study and enables them to make informed decisions whenever choices are open to them. It helps them to understand enough about the world of work to know what skills and qualifications they need to succeed. It is critical for social mobility because it helps open students’ eyes to careers they may not have considered.” Sir John Holman, senior advisor to the Gatsby Foundation.

At Bromfords we ensure all of our students have the opportunity to access a varied ‘Careers and Employability’ education. The careers provision is regularly reviewed to ensure we are meeting The Gatsby Benchmarks as laid out in the Government’s Careers strategy.

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

  1. A stable careers programme
    2. Learning from career and labour market information
    3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
    4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
    5. Encounters with employers and employees
    6. Experiences of workplaces
    7. Encounters with further and higher education
    8. Personal guidance

At Bromfords we run a diverse careers curriculum throughout the school, starting with all year groups signing up to START profile. START is an online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. With hundreds of partners, including Vodaphone, Microsoft and the NHS, it combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised student experience and tracking system for teachers as it can be accessed from home also supports parents in next-steps conversations with their children. 

Students are encouraged to produce an individual portfolio including a CV, personal statement & achievements.

Careers education is delivered through form time programmes, assemblies, trips and visitors.  We are supported in this by Basildon Council, Essex County Council’s Apprenticeship brokerage service, Aim Apprenticeships, Connexions, Make Happen, Career Ready and our enterprise partners Morgan Sindall.  These partners are able to offer us opportunities that support our careers programme. In Years 10 and 11, students are encouraged to register with the National Careers service website and Barclays

Year 7
  • Introduction to employability skills (form time programme)
Year 8
  • Options Process (form time, assemblies and parents information evening)
  • Start Careers Programme
  • Independent careers advisor at parents’ evening.
  • Logistics Day
  • Anglia Ruskin University visit
  • Rocket building competition
Year 9
  • Tutor time programme (Higher Education)
  • Careers assembly
  • Connexions- higher education and apprenticeships
  • Morgan Sindall Construction site visit
  • Medical Mavericks (careers in medical science)
  • James Campbell ( careers using literacy)
Year 10
  • Aim apprenticeship assembly and CV writing
  • Form time tutor programme
  • Make Happen- Benefits of university
  • Ford (Dunton) Car building Competition
Year 11
  • Independent careers interview (connexions)
  • Transition interviews
  • Apprenticeship assembly and CV writing
  • Brokerage Hub
  • ‘Brand You’ –personal marketing skills
  • Form time programme (job application process)
  • National Careers Service
  • DST mock interviews (finance)
  • Labour Market information booklet
  • ‘Pathways’
  • UCAS support
  • Morrisby Profiling
  • Independent careers interview
  • COPE
  • Apprenticeship brokerage service


Further information for students and parents: