Careers Information

Careers Information at Torpoint Community College

The Careers Team and Contact Information

Dr Jeremy Plumb – Head Teacher

Tel: 01752 812511 Ext 231

Mrs Davina Bray – Careers Leader 

Tel: 01752 812511 Ext 261

 Work Experience Coordinator – TBC

Mrs Jo Jones – Next Steps South West in School Coordinator

Tel: 01752 812511 Ext 256

Mrs Jo Jones – Sixth Form and Careers Administration

Tel: 01752 812511 Ext 256

Choosing your career is a huge decision and Torpoint Community College aims to support all students to be able to make well informed choices in order to progress confidently onto further qualifications and employment.


The aim of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) at Torpoint Community College is to provide students with learning experiences appropriate for their stage of career planning and development. Careers Education gives young people the knowledge and skills to help them to choose 14-19 pathways that are appropriate for their needs, and to help them to manage their careers and sustain employability throughout their lives. It is an essential part of the college ethos and mission statement of inspiring optimistic learners and contributes to students’ overall wellbeing so that they feel supported throughout their secondary education and transition to higher education, apprenticeship or employment. Torpoint Community College meets its statutory duty by providing careers education in Years 7 – 13 and by enabling students to access impartial information, advice and guidance. Following the publication of new statutory guidelines for Careers in January 2018 by the Department for Education, we aim to achieve all eight Gatsby Benchmarks.

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:

  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


Torpoint Community College believes that encounters with employers and employees help inspire and inform students.  Activities such as the ‘I Love My Job’ event for Year 7 and speed networking for older year groups, where volunteers talk about their job role to groups of students, are organised to ensure that students have at least one meaningful encounter with an employer/employee each school year.  In reality, students have more than this, as organised whole year and targeted events are complemented by subject teachers organising visits and inviting business volunteers into their lessons.  Employers can also play an important role in supporting students develop employability skills through activities such as CV writing workshops and mock interviews.  In addition, the college is always looking for new work experience and work shadowing opportunities for students.  If you would like to support the college by getting involved in any of the activities mentioned above, please get in contact with Mrs Bray.


The school library has a Careers Information section; in addition there is a Careers Resources classroom upstairs in the Sixth Form with promotional information from local colleges, universities, apprenticeship providers and local employers, with noticeboards showing current opportunities. Many resources are web based and so may be accessed at any time – please see the list of useful websites below. Work experience placements for year 10 students are advertised using the Veryan website, as well as a jobs notice board in the House Leaders of Learning Hub.

The Careers Programme

Careers education is delivered through a whole college approach, which includes a combination of careers education sessions delivered through the PSHEe curriculum, pastoral sessions, career guidance activities (group work and individual interviews), work-related learning (including one weeks’ work experience in both Yr 10 and 12), and individual learning, planning and portfolio activities.  Staff respond to any careers-related queries that they may receive from students and know how to obtain more specialist advice when it is required. Careers learning is supported by all curriculum areas and a key focus is on using existing statistics and local labour market information.  A number of focused events to support Information, Advice and Guidance are provided when appropriate and include, but are not limited to, higher education fairs, careers workshops, and specific employer fairs, talks and assemblies.  There is a whole college ‘Careers Week’ in March.  Work experience preparation and follow-up take place in tutorial time and other appropriate parts of the curriculum.

We are part of the Exeter Links outreach scheme, which allows our students access to events, workshops and for selected students, residential periods at Exeter University, and support with applying to university through the ‘Exeter Scholars’ scheme. We work with ‘Next Steps South West’, a collaborative outreach project from local higher education institutions including the University of Plymouth and the University of Exeter, which offers workshops and events, both targeted at our students from post codes where low numbers of young people historically progress to higher education and events available to all students. In line with the new statutory guidelines we will address the 8 Gatsby benchmarks for effective careers education, auditing and tracking our progress, working with our Enterprise Coordinator and our two Enterprise Advisors from local businesses to further develop our careers provision.

At Key Stage 3 we aim to help students to:

  • explore the world of work with information about different employment sectors and LMI (labour market information)
  • develop information finding skills and use a variety of sources of careers information, including ICT
  • identify their skills and qualities and foster a sense of self-awareness of strengths and interests to enable effective decision making
  • make considered decisions regarding the transition to Key Stage 4, discussions with tutors play a key role at Academic Review Days and with subject teachers at parents’ evenings.
  • use goal setting, review, reflection and action planning to support progress and achievement
  • recognise stereotyped and misrepresented images of people, careers and work and how their own views of these issues affect their decision making
  • recognise and respond to the main influences on their attitudes and values in relation to learning, work and equality of opportunity
  • have the opportunity to hear from employers and higher education institutions in assemblies and workshops and take part in the Careers Fair event.
  • benefit from a one to one interview with Dr. Plumb in year 9 to discuss their options for GCSE, after being given their option booklets, assemblies and a parent consultation evening. Students should use the booklet to check which subjects lead to which types of careers.

At Key Stage 4 we aim to help students to:

  • explore career / post-16 opportunities, for example using the Career Pilot website
  • provide information to students regarding the local labour market
  • find out more about STEM careers and other types of careers they may have not considered
  • make realistic decisions about future opportunities taking into account their targets, interests, strengths and qualities
  • complete an action plan and CV
  • explore interview skills, equal opportunities and application processes
  • smooth students’ transition post-16
  • complete work experience – one week in year 10. Placements in recent years have included HMS Raleigh, Devon and Cornwall Police, Mashfords UK Docks Boat Yard, Millbrook Primary School, Torpoint Infants School, ICT department Plymouth City College and a wide range of local businesses.
  • experience a workshop or careers assembly or exhibition held at TCC to provide opportunities to talk to employers.
  • experience an event such as the Cornwall or Plymouth Career Skills Shows so they get the chance to talk to a wide range of employers and providers.
  • benefit from regular mentoring sessions by tutors in year 11 in addition to Parent Consultation Evening and Academic Review Days
  • attend the TCC Sixth Form information evening held in November each year to explore their option choices at TCC and provide information so that students can attend open days and events at other institutions.
  • receive extra mentoring and support from Careers South West Advisers, if they are our most vulnerable students.
  • have received one- to-one careers interviews with an advisor trained to the appropriate level.

At Key Stage 5 we aim to help students to:

  • research post – 18 options such as apprenticeships, university or employment.
  • complete one week of work experience in year 12.
  • attend workshops, assemblies and a tutor programme to support their applications to their next steps and provide information about alternative routes to university and how to apply to them, information about student finance, and local labour market information.
  • write and develop their personal statements, tutors help develop students understanding on how to complete the UCAS application process, develop their personal statements and help students to prepare for interviews.
  • use the Unifrog website to help prepare for the UCAS application.
  • experience conventions and career focused trips. Sixth Form students attend the UCAS Convention and there are trips to University Open Days, such as Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol and Cardiff. We are an Exeter Links College, with close links to the University of Exeter. Exeter University student ambassadors regularly deliver assemblies about higher education and student life to our sixth form students
  • talk to Head of Sixth Form, Careers Lead, tutors and subject teachers for advice and guidance.

Supporting students with Special Educational Needs

SEN students benefit from extra mentoring and support from the Learning Mentors within the Student Support Centre. Students with a statement of SEN will also qualify for additional one-to-one support from a Careers South West Advisor in order to help prepare for their next steps.

Supporting Disadvantaged Students

Students eligible for Pupil Premium funding benefit from additional interventions and based on their needs may be supported by additional events such as Discovery Days aimed at Pupil Premium students held at Exeter University.

Supporting the Most Able

The More Able Coordinator, Ben Loughran provides additional mentoring and opportunities for more able students, this includes trips to events such as the STEM Showcase at Plymouth University.

Measuring Impact

Torpoint Community College will assess the impact of its careers programmes on students by completing an annual student survey and analysing destinations data in line with activities that they have taken part in at school.  In addition, the views of students and parents will be surveyed after key events in order to evaluate and collate qualitative feedback.

FE/Training Provider Access

Torpoint Community College believes in giving FE, HE and training providers the opportunity to talk to pupils at the school.  Please use the following link to see our ‘Provider Access Policy’.


To read our full careers policy, please click here for the College’s policies page and select

‘Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy’.

Information for Employers

If you, a friend or business contact could help by taking a Year 10 or Year 12 student for work experience in the summer term, please contact the college. Our Work Experience Co-ordinator, Pip Mathews, would be delighted to hear from you. If you would like to take part in a Careers Education assembly or talk to students, workshop or the Careers Exhibition please contact Davina Bray.

Useful Websites

Useful Links for Careers Research for Students and Parents:

 A comprehensive careers website with job profiles, outlining: the skills required, main tasks, pay levels and career prospects for hundreds of different jobs. In addition, valuable guidance on the different stages involved in getting a job.

Lots of useful information to help young people make careers related decisions at 14, 16 and 18.

YOUR JOURNEY – YOUR CHOICES – ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES – Providing you with all you need to know about higher education.

 This is used by our Sixth Form students to research higher education in the UK and abroad and to complete the application process to higher education.

A very helpful website for students thinking of applying to higher education.   Also contains valuable information on different options, including apprenticeships

Helpful videos about a wide range of job roles.

  • ‘LMI in A Box’

LMI In a Box – comprehensive information on the jobs market in the south-west.  Contains information on the main employment sectors, including the number of people working in that sector and whether the number is projected to increase or fall.  In addition there is information on job salaries, relevant subject areas, top employers and types of apprenticeships, with resources for each subject area to use. 

Useful Websites about Apprenticeships

Careermap is a brilliant resource for finding Apprenticeships in the United Kingdom. You can find and browse thousands of Apprenticeship vacancies across all different industry sectors, and filter them by location according to where you live and where you would like to work.

Up to date information from the Government on how to apply and find an Apprenticeship.

A website for anyone wanting to know more about apprenticeshipsThe website has a search facility for job specific apprenticeships in a particular area.

  • Searching for Apprenticeships

The Government Portal for finding an Apprenticeship.

The Cornwall Apprenticeships website  – a great place for students and parents and staff to finds out more about apprenticeship opportunities and how to apply.

Work Experience

 Year 10 students receive a PIN to log in to the website from Pip Mathews.

Useful websites for Staff

  • ‘LMI in A Box’ teacher resources

LMI In a Box – comprehensive information on the jobs market in the south-west.  Contains information on the main employment sectors, including the number of people working in that sector and whether the number is projected to increase or fall.  In addition there is information on job salaries, relevant subject areas, top employers and types of apprenticeships, with resources for each subject area to use. – information about the role of CEIAG in schools – Cornwall and IoS Careers Hub with fantastic sources of LMI and case studies showing how to meet the Gatsby benchmarks, including across the curriculum.

Post-16 Options Research

Date of next Review – July 2021