Careers and Progression Team

The Careers and Progression team is an open access service for all students. All students are entitled to book a Careers, Information and Guidance Appointment with our Careers Lead.

Our Careers and Progression team are pivotal in supporting all of our students to progress from John Leggott College to their chosen destination. Our team offer tailored support through information, advice and guidance to enable students to reach their progression goal.

Within our team we have a Careers Advisor, an Employability Advisor who coordinates our work experience provision and a Work Placement Advisor who coordinates our extended placement provision.

All students are entitled to careers advice. Students will be offered support with their UCAS application and guidance around Higher Education courses and entry requirements, and even writing your personal statement. We support with CV writing, job and apprenticeship applications as well as interview preparation.

As a Sixth Form College with over 1600 students that are seeking to develop their employability skills as well as gain industry knowledge, we would love to hear from local employers, who would like to share their expertise. If this is something you are interested in, please contact careers@leggott.ac.uk

To view the full Careers Programme click here. Our Careers programme is reviewed annually at the end of the academic year.

The Gatsby Benchmarks provides a framework as to what a good careers provision should look like. To view the Gatsby Benchmarks, please click here.

Placements are completely bespoke to fit around you and your timetable, ranging from short industry observation days, to one-week placements, longer term placements and shadowing opportunities. For more information contact: employability@leggott.ac.uk

All students have access to a 1-1 impartial Careers Appointment with a L6 trained member of staff.

The appointments are bookable on the Careers Google Classroom where our students have access too.

If you have any trouble accessing the Careers Google Classroom, please speak to your Academic Advocate to resolve the issue.

A*spire

A*spire is our Stretch and Challenge Programme which offers opportunities for high achieving students to help them gain a competitive edge, maximise their potential and reach their aspirational goals.

 

We support students to make competitive applications to top universities such as Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities through:

  • Stretch and Challenge workshops
  • Mock Interviews
  • Personal Statement Workshops
  • External speakers, including JLC A*spire Alumni
  • Trips & Visits
  • Summer schools/programmes
  • MOOC's

We also have our own A*spire Champion dedicated to this programme with extensive experience and knowledge in Oxford and Cambridge applications.

If you would like to join our A*spire programme when you apply to JLC or would like any more information please email aspire@leggott.ac.uk 

"I joined Aspire to enhance my knowledge on higher education in preparation for going to university after college, and whilst doing so in hope of meeting aspiring people like myself who I can talk to.

Throughout my time at Leggott so far I have found Aspire extremely helpful, particularly in directing my education in the right direction after college. I am now more aware of the different paths to university I can take and have particularly found aspire to be helpful in increasing my confidence in my own academic ability through talking to various people and debating. 

For me the best thing about Aspire is having that security in knowing that each week through attending the Aspire sessions I am bettering and educating myself in preparation for higher education and the world of work."

Lilly Featherstone, former Sir John Nelthorpe student. 

The Virtual Work Experience Hub

The JLC Virtual Work Experience Hub has been created to help support students who need help to become better prepared for the world of work.

It does this by giving students exclusive access to employer related resources and information, that when combined, will give you a greater understanding of the workplace, and how you can develop the necessary skills to be successful in the future.

Here, you can find out more about:

  • Traditional "on site" work experience

  • Virtual work experience

  • Industry placements

  • Volunteering

  • Employability skills

  • Mock interviews and preparation

  • Writing a CV/Application form

  • Leggott Professionals

If you have any questions or need additional support accessing content within the hub, please feel free to contact our Employability Advisor at employability@leggott.ac.uk

Work Experience

Our work experience provision allows you to gain valuable industry experience and make contacts with individuals and companies. Our robust links with both regional and national employers means that every student can expect to undertake work experience placements in their chosen sectors. At John Leggott College, we place a high emphasis on employability skills and their importance within a forever increasingly competitive Labour Market. Our employability advisor can match your requirements with one or more of 315 employers, covering a wide variety of sectors and job roles. This exposure to an industry helps you to decide on your chosen career, develop key employability skills and also looks great on your application, whether this is for University, an apprenticeship or on to a job. You will be supported through the whole process by our team.

Placements are completely bespoke to fit around you and your timetable, ranging from short industry observation days, to one-week placements, longer term placements and shadowing opportunities.

We are currently offering our work experience provision virtually, please refer to the Virtual Work Experience Hub.

For more information contact: employability@leggott.ac.uk. 

Why volunteer?

  • Gain new skills, knowledge and experience
  • Develop existing skills and knowledge
  • Enhance a CV
  • Improving one's employment prospects
  • Meet new people and making new friends
  • A chance to socialise
  • Get to know the local community

 

Industry Placements

JLC offer a fantastic long term work experience provision, that allows you to secure a placement within an industry. This programme enables us to offer structured and meaningful work in a relevant area, that gives students a chance to put into practice the knowledge and technical skills learnt in the classroom. The difference between an Industry Placement and Work Experience is the length of the commitment. They take place in the students' desired industry and aim to mimic the typical working day.

Industry Placement will be a mandatory element of the new advanced technical (T Level) qualification. This is a new initiative that the government has implemented.’

There are a number of benefits for employers who can offer Industry Placements.

  • Resolve entry-level skills shortages: Many companies are struggling to attract suitable candidates for entry level positions. Industry placements offer the students the opportunity to work on their employability and occupation specific skills. This ensures that they are much more prepared for their future career pathways.
  • Low cost and effective methods of recruiting: Industry placements allow employers to recruit from an un-tapped pool of local talent. Building a partnership with us allows you the opportunity to effectively advertise to our students. Advertise to students who are currently deciding their future career pathways. Hosting an Industry Placement allows an employer to experience the type of work our students are capable of and also allows them to shape our students for desired roles.
  • A commitment to diversity: Industry placements allow an opportunity to achieve greater diversity to your existing work force. This demonstrates a strong corporate commitment to diversity and ensures your organisation best understands the range of customers it serves.
  • Corporate reputation: Raise your companies profile both locally and nationally by supporting our skilled young people. Increase public exposure amongst customers and clients by providing these opportunities.
  • Influence the learning pathway for your industry: By developing partnerships with your local education provider you will have the opportunity to shape and influence young talent entering your industry.

What is the employers role?

  • To provide a relevant placement, of 315 hours, to a student(s) on a course that directly relates to your business
  • To have a say in setting occupationally specific targets that the student will achieve whilst on their placement
  • To set tasks that enable the student(s) to work towards these targets
  • To ensure the working environment is safe for our learners.
  • To assign each student with a manager/ mentor to support, supervise and monitor the student whilst on their Industry Placement.
  • To provide feedback to the student(s) and their placement advisor during scheduled meetings.
  • To provide a reference for the student(s) at the end of their placement.

As a minimum the employer should:

  • Provide us with a job description which outlines the key responsibilities the student will be undertaking.
    Be honest and realistic about the type of placement they can offer.
  • Assign the students tasks and projects to allow the =m the opportunity to gather evidence towards their targets.
  • Decide what input you would like during the recruitment process. This may be going over CVs and covering letters or holding interviews/ informal meetings with students.
  • Provide the student with a full induction including necessary training and health and safety briefings. Prior to the placement ensure they are aware of joining information such as lunch arrangements, appropriate clothing and start/ end times.
  • Agree and sign a three-party Industry Placement agreement with the student and education provider. Comply with health and safety legislation and have up-to-date employer’s liability insurance.
  • Assign a line manager/ mentor and provide their contact details to the student. The line manager should ensure the logbook is completed, provide constructive feedback to the student, meet with the college for formal reviews, supervise the students, complete any paperwork required by the college and attend a final review session at the end of the Industry Placement. For more information on the responsibilities of a mentor please see the agreement.

Leggott Professionals

As a sixth form college we are passionate about ensuring our students achieve their potential both academically and personally. We are just a key to unlock their potential in the future. Our Leggott Professionals’ Programme aims to work with employers, universities and the local community to build a better future for our students alongside John Leggott College staff.

Throughout the programme we will work together to support students with opportunities to build and enhance their CVs, employability skills and preparing them for their progression after John Leggott College. You will join a college that has a national and regional reputation of being one of the best sixth form providers for A Level and BTEC results, allowing our learners to progress to destinations of their choice.

We work collectively with Franklin College as a partnership for Centre of Professional Development to build a cross region network also known as NL6 (North Lincolnshire Sixth Forms) so that, the students of the North and North East have the best opportunities supported by some outstanding employers.

If you would like to get involved; whether you are a small business looking for administration support, or a large business looking to fill a degree apprenticeship or important vacancy. We also welcome employers to be guest speakers. Any queries. please contact us on 01724 407102 or email careeers@leggott.ac.uk

Mentoring
This is an opportunity for individuals from your company to come into college and mentor students in a particular field or area. It is designed so that you can work with the student on a number of different queries questions or work experience. As a college we will offer you the space and resources needed to support our students. We envision these meetings to take place once every 4-6 weeks.

Networking Tutorials
These meetings are designed to help our students meet with a range of employers and get an insight into a professional role. These meetings are designed to be more of a conversation than a formal presentation. It will allow you/our students to discuss career routes, entry requirements, and about your organisation.

Work Experience & Industry Placements 

We are always committed to giving our students hands on experiences, this may be for a day or this may be for a longer period of time. Our Industry placements are in line with the government’s delivery of T-Levels. These placements will allow our students to become an integral part of your business.
Either a long or short placement, this is a priceless experience for our students.

Guest Speakers

We offer our students the chance to listen to employers at key points throughout the year. This allows business and employers to share a snapshot of their role in the business and is usually delivered to a large group.

Leggott Professionals Board Meetings 

This is an opportunity to meet with other professionals and our JLC team to discuss ways we can support our students with employability skills or practices.

Our Progression Pathway - Extended Opportunties. 

We are currently offering a range of Progression under our nex Extended Opportunities program.

 

If you are interested in any of the above, or would like to attend our next board meeting please email employability@leggott.ac.uk and we look forward to working with you in the future.

Careers and Progression Policies

For more information on the Careers benchmark, please click here.