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At St John Rigby College, we are totally committed to improving the life chances of all of our students. We continuously strive to provide outstanding careers information, advice and a high-quality careers programme, to meet students’ individual needs and to help them achieve their full potential.

This commitment is reflected in the College’s outstanding 2017 Ofsted Report, which commented that, the ‘exceptional’ impartial careers guidance students receive during their time at college “raises students’ aspirations” and ensures that they make ‘clear, realistic yet ambitious plans for the future’.

Furthermore, in May 2020 the college received its reaccreditation of The Matrix Standard, a nationally recognised quality framework for information, advice and guidance services. The assessor was hugely impressed with the innovative careers work that had been undertaken by the college over the last academic year.

Careers Advisor

The College has its own Careers Advisor, Diane Norburn who has an office in the Library on the top floor of the main block. Students can arrange to meet with Diane for a 1-1 discussion, by making an appointment at the Library desk or by email.

Diane has expertise in HE applications, apprenticeships and employer links, and is also able to provide you with up to date information, advice and guidance on local job vacancies and employer developments and initiatives.

The Careers Advisor works closely with Progress Tutors and Senior Tutors, Heads of Department & Course Leaders and Subject Teachers, so that a comprehensive Careers and Higher Education programme is delivered with the best interests of all students at heart.

To contact the SJR Careers Advisor, email: careers@sjr.ac.uk

Parents and Carers

As Parents and Carers, you play a vital part in ensuring your son or daughter gains the best information, advice and guidance to prepare them for life once they leave SJR both with the skills they have developed and the knowledge they have gained.  The SJR Parents’ and Carers’ Guide should provide you with information and links to help support you and enable you to take an active role in your son or daughter’s careers education.

The Careers Team look forward to working with you whilst you are with us at St John Rigby College and supporting you via our high-quality careers provision, to make informed decisions about your future.

Paula Nolan
Careers Leader & Vice Principal (Students)

Contact Information

Paula Nolan – paula.nolan@sjr.ac.uk

Dianne Norburn Careers Advisor   – Diane.Norburn@sjr.ac.uk

Karl Walton, Senior Tutor with responsibility for UCAS – Karl.Walton@sjr.ac.uk

Useful Links

University, Apprenticeships, Alternative Pathways, Gap Years – click here.

Students

We understand, that once you have completed your studies with us at St John Rigby, you will be moving on to exciting futures whether that is at university or via apprenticeships, technical routes or employment; therefore you will need to have developed important transferable academic, employability and social skills to continue to progress.  We also believe that it is very important, that you are exposed to opportunities both in and outside of the classroom, which will enable you to build a tool kit of employability skills for your future roles in society.

During your time at SJR our Careers Team will:

  • inform, educate and advise you to raise and achieve your future aspirations

  • support you as an individual to understand and develop relevant employability skills for your future career

  • work with your Progress and Subject Tutors to guide you to make informed and personalised decisions regarding your chosen career path

  • guide you through Higher Education, Apprenticeship and Employment applications, vacancy searches, CV writing and interview techniques, which will be delivered through one to one sessions, small group workshops and tutorials

  • host career events, talks and webinars to inform you of the range of career pathways that are available to you;  introduce you to leading employers and training providers in the UK, enabling you to gain valuable and up to date insights into the local, regional and national workplace context and labour market information

  • ask you to review our services to ensure we are meetings your needs

More information for students and useful careers tools are available via the Student Intranet

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Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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