Careers Advice and Post-16

We use independent, external careers advisors from CareersInc. The CareersInc website is available here:

Students, parents/carers and staff can access our bespoke CareersInc Academy careers information pages including local apprenticeship opportunities, and hints and tips regarding careers, by clicking on the three images directly below.

College ‘Open Events’ 2020 – 2021


Post-16 Provider Events

We aim to regularly update our list of all the upcoming Post-16 provider open evenings and events, so that students and parents/carers alike can make decisions about courses being taken at Outwood Academy Bydales, and beyond. If you are a college provider and we have missed a date, please email Mrs Sarah Wing, our LRC Manager who leads our Careers and Post-16 provision at

Additional careers and educational resources to support students

Apprenticeship Resources

Resources from Redcar and Cleveland College

On behalf of Redcar and Cleveland College
We hope you are staying safe and well. We understand that the transition from school to college can be challenging. But don’t worry! We have been busy over the last few weeks planning our “Get Started” programme, which will help to prepare you for college life and make that transition as smooth as possible.


Resources from Prior Pursglove College

Stockton Riverside College & Bede Sixth Form

Please click on this link to access all the information you may need for the start of your learning journey with SRC Bede Sixth Form College

Askham Bryan College

The Student Recruitment Team at Askham Bryan College have have worked to design a page on the website dedicated for school staff and careers leads to contact us and access valuable resources. The page can be found here

The team have also put together a Further Education Presentation to give potential students more of an insight into the courses offered at the college and locations.

Just a final reminder that as a college they are working on some pre-enrolment activities for those who have applied with us and we are determined that no student be affected by the current situation in their transition from school leaver to Askham Bryan College student. Their Admissions Team are still very much welcoming and processing applications, click here to apply.

Askham Bryan website


Can students still apply / what happens next if they apply?
  • Yes we are still welcoming and processing applications for the next academic year.
  • Applicants will receive confirmation of their application and will then be contacted by their relevant course manager with details of their telephone interview

Will the college be open in September?

  • We are expecting to be open in September unless we are told differently by the government.

Is there anything I (our students) can do in the meantime to prepare for college?

  • Our teaching teams are in the process of preparing course information and pre-enrolment activities which you will be asked to complete from June onwards to help you prepare for college. You will receive information about this in May.

Who can I contact for further information?

  • Our Student Recruitment Team are more than happy to answer any questions from school staff, students and parents/guardians. Get in touch via this email or contact us on 07717 421386 Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council Foundation for Jobs

Foundation for Jobs is a Partnership between Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, local employers, the education sector and wider partners; committed to working together to help prepare young people for their future careers and employment.

The newsletter provides useful links to college and training courses, employment and apprenticeship vacancies and where to get support for your health and wellbeing. There are also qualified Careers Advisers who can provide careers advice and guidance to young people 15 -18 years (those up to 25-years with an EHCP) who are not currently in school, college or training.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service is well known for our support to adults (18 years NEET or 19+), however we have been able to provide information and advice to young people via remote services for some time. It’s an unsettling time for many young people and their parents and carers. With potential questions on what the impact of Covid-19 might be on their immediate options and longer term career plans, especially if they haven’t been able to take their exams. In response to this the National Careers Service has adapted it’s services focusing on a number of customer groups including these young people. We are able to provide free and impartial careers information, advice and guidance to anyone 13+ and their parents and carers. We are however particularly interested in supporting those young people in transition and where they haven’t been able to take their exams. Information, advice and guidance is provided over the phone, via the internet or webchat, interventions will result in an action plan, information and where appropriate referrals made.

Appointments can be made over the phone on 0800 100 900 or by visiting National Careers Service

A useful guide to our service can be found here


Northern School of Art

The Northern School of Art has been fortune to work with such an incredible organisation, delivering Saturday Club to hundreds of young people over the years.

They have now moved online and are giving free access to activities designed by Saturday Club tutors from colleges and universities across the country, as well as Masterclass briefs set by leading industry professionals. The projects have been designed for National Saturday Club members, as well as their alumni and the wider public. Everyone is encouraged to take part! To join follow this link

Interested students should contact us at or call 01642 288 888.
Please take a look at our website

We now have a new webpage, providing updated content about the school:

We also have a new creative careers webpage featuring information about creative economy, industry sector, pay & opportunities, alumni gallery and interviews here at

Why choose The Northern School of Art?

We have the best overall achievement rate and pass rate of any college in the Tees Valley. We are in the top 10 nationally*

Travel to learn at the North’s only specialist art and design college is free+

Students joining us this September will study their second year in our brand new campus in the heart of Middlesbrough town centre, minutes from the bus and rail stations.

*DfE National Achievement Rate Tables for 2018/19, Overall Achievement for all ages of student
+on our dedicated coach services

National Citizen Service

Current year 11 students can sign up for this years summer programme here; We are NCS

Careers Inc

Please find local careers information and links to colleges at Careers Inc

Careers Inc advisors are operating remotely and are able to support students in all year groups who wish to discuss their future career options. The termly newsletter can be found in this link

The ASK Project

These online learning packages can be use to enhance your employability and application skills.

S2 Academy Please use the access code DW1SC1

Barclays Life Skills

Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award

The Skills Toolkit

Want to learn a new skill while at home? The Skills Toolkit enables you to complete a course in digital and numeracy skills to boost your job prospects.
Skills toolkit

Military Preparation College

The MPC courses are still recruiting for August/September starts. Please have a look at the newsletters which give you an overview of what they do.
March newsletter
Yorkshire newsletter

Career Information ‘Drop-In’ Sessions – Tuesdays 2.30 – 3.30pm

Students can ask questions and get support with CVs, help with application form completion for college, collect prospectuses for colleges and apprenticeship providers and research courses for after GCSEs. We also aim to run ‘Careers Information Sessions’ occasionally in theses sessions, often in partnership with Post-16 providers and increasingly with employer partners and alumni in particular career sectors. Sessions are focused on career choices around particular subjects that students may be interested in pursuing after post-16 and post-18 education. For more details speak to Mrs Glover or Mrs Wing (in the LRC).

If you are an employer who would like to be involved with any of our Careers Fairs, assemblies, lunchtime drop ins or Enrichment sessions, please contact Mrs Wing at

Useful Documents


The careers education and guidance programme at Outwood Academy Bydales seeks to positively support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.

We are currently working with the following provider:

CareersInc is a support service for young people that provides advice, guidance, support and personal development services for all 13-19 year olds.

As a student at Outwood Academy Bydales you are entitled to a careers education and guidance programme which:

• is personal to you and always puts your interests first
• motivates and inspires you to consider all opportunities beyond Outwood Academy Bydales
• helps you to gain the skills you need to make your career ambitions a reality
• provides the support you need to be successful
• helps you access any additional support you might need
• is delivered by trained and qualified teachers and advisers, with up-to-date knowledge and
• understanding of career pathways and local labour market information
• protects and respects your personal information and shares it only with your consent

Together with staff from CareersInc we will support your career development in a number of ways including:

• information and discussion in lessons and assemblies to help you make decisions about your future
• activities and events such as careers fairs
• access to career advisers in a variety of ways including individual meetings, Careers Club Enrichment (open to
all year groups – Tuesday 2:30-3:30pm) and learning pathway planning and results days
• careers information and IT based careers programmes
• information and updates on notice boards, plasma screens and websites
• providing access to detailed information and resources to take away on various jobs, colleges, training providers
and Universities through our Careers Corner in the LRC Library

Students can access careers information in many ways at Outwood Academy Bydales including:

  • Attending an interview in the careers room located within the LRC/Library (these can be booked through Mrs Wing,
    LRC Librarian)
  • Drop in sessions with Career Inc monthly, date shared in tutor groups
  • The use of careers software which is available to all students
  • Careers information with subject lessons, coming soon.

The academy has been accredited with The National Quality Standard for Careers Education, Formation, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

We review the success of out careers programme by looking at the destinations of our exiting Year 11 students with a target of 0% NEET (students not in education, employment or training).

Careers Advisor Colleagues

Jo Ferris (Vice Principal) – Careers Leader 01642 474000
Maria O’Donovan (CareersInc)
Mrs Wing (LRC Librarian)
Mrs Waites (Teacher of MFL)
Laura Dale (Link Governor)

Careers Software

Here are links to useful online Careers advice resources:

How 2 Become - Careers Support

National Careers Service


Alumni Careers Champions

We are currently looking to make contact with former students to support our current students with their career planning and act as ‘Career Champions’ at various events and sessions we hold throughout the academic year. We are also keen to promote around the academy example of careers alumni of Bydales have moved into, with photographs and biographies. If you are a former student and would like to become involved with the Academy as a ‘Career Champion’, or share info for display, please contact us via this email address:

Careers Programme 2020-21

Some of this information is under review due to the restrictions put in place to manage the risk associated with COVID19

Careers Leader: Jo Ferris (Vice Principal) 01642 474000


Outwood Academy Bydales’ Careers Programme is committed to developing a whole school approach to providing all students with up-to-date, impartial, independent and varied careers, education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) as defined by the CDI framework and the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Our guidance and support aims to guarantee students have clear, aspirational and realistic goals for their future study. This it turn secures increased motivation towards studies, higher self-esteem, greater attainment at GCSE, and ever improving staying on rates at college, leading to all our learners securing meaningful and engaging employment.

We are determined to further develop our strong partnerships with training providers and employers to secure placements for our students and seek to ensure that our students have the skills that they, and the country, require. The development of the workplace skills will increasingly be supported by our curriculum and specific events, and we introduced employer engagement sessions within curriculum subjects for the first time during 2018-19.

Through our Careers Programme young people will secure:

1. Encounters with employers, with workplaces and with further and higher education
2. Information about jobs and how the curriculum connects careers
3. A plan tailored to individual needs and supported by guidance
We are committed to the vision laid out in the DfE January 2018 document “Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers” in that:

  • our academy has begun to offer every young person at least one meaningful encounter with employers per year, from Years 7 to 13
  • our academy has appointed a named person to the role of Careers Leader
  • our academy has published details of its careers programme so that parents can see the timetable for events (this document)
  • our academy has begun using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision, our original aim was to ensure that all of them are met by the end of December 2020, however this may need to be extended due to COVID19 restrictions

What we have published online (*included within this section)

  • Our ‘Access to Providers’ Policy (see foot of this page)
  • the name, email address and telephone number of our Careers Leader*
  • a summary of the careers programme, including details of how students, parents, teachers and employers may access information about careers*
  • how the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on students*
  • the date of the school’s next review of the information published*

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance to be in place by 2020

1. A stable careers programme
Our school will have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

2. Learning from career and labour market information (LMI)
Every student, and their parents, will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities, that is relevant to our local area, supported by an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. Our school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers where possible. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths where lesson opportunities present themselves.

5. Encounters with employers and employees
Every student will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace, in particular within curriculum lessons, at least one per year.

6. Experiences of workplaces
Every student will have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

7. Encounters with further and higher education
All students will understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace

8. Personal guidance
Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who is trained at Level 6 or higher, whenever significant study or career choices are being made. These interviews will be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Careers Programme

CEIAG Assemblies
Each term all year groups have a minimum of one CEIAG assembly. Term 1 is an introduction to CareersInc, our impartial, external careers advisors, and what they offer. Term 2 is an aspirational assembly led by our careers coordinator and in Term 3 there is a further education/higher education focus. There are several other assemblies that run throughout the year led by various external providers for various year groups with a focus on aspirations, further and higher education, careers and professions.

Careers Lunchtime Drop-Ins
Each half term we have a scheduled lunchtime where local Post-16 and Apprenticeship providers are able to set up information stands and talk to students across all year groups.

CareersInc, our commissioned external careers advisors, offer students high quality, independent and impartial careers, education information advice and guidance supporting them to make informed choices about which post-16 courses suit their academic needs and aspirations.

Access to Information About Careers

Students can access careers information in many ways at Outwood Academy Bydales including:

  • Attending an interview in the careers room located within the LRC/Library
  • Drop in sessions with Career Inc
  • The use of careers software which is available to all students
  • Careers information with subject lessons, coming soon.

Review and Measurement of Impact

The academy has been accredited with The National Quality Standard for Careers Education, Formation, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

We review the success of out careers programme by looking at the destinations of our exiting Year 11 students with a target of 0% NEET (students not in education, employment or training).

For more information relating to provider access, please see our Provider Access Policy by clicking here...