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Innovative careers support

Our Careers Mission

St John Rigby College, will ensure that every student is exposed to a variety of opportunities to enable them to build a toolkit of employability skills for their future roles in society.

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 2021 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.

Our careers team will:
  • Provide support so that students understand and develop relevant employability skills for future careers.
  • Work with Progress tutors and Subject teachers to guide students to make informed and personalised decisions.
  • Provide guidance through Higher Education and Apprenticeship applications, vacancy searches, CV writing and interview techniques.
  • Host career events and career talks.
  • Introduce students to leading employers and training providers in the UK.

Our careers intent sets out how we will deliver this and the impact of our curriculum provision at St John Rigby College.

More details can be found in the St John Rigby College Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Policy.

The Career Lead at St John Rigby College is Karl Walton and their contact details are

Please find details of our Careers and Progression Programme here:

SJR Careers Programme Overview 2022-2023

Provider Access Statement

Careers Advisor

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

Carol 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.


Carol is available for 1:1 discussions from day one of your time at SJR.

To contact Carol to make an appointment or for some information/guidance, please email:



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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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