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FutureJobs is a fully-funded service brought to you by aspire-igen, Leeds City Region LEP and the European Social Fund.

Through free in-school events, great work experience placements, enterprise competitions and resource development, we work with you and your students to help them understand the world of work.  

C&K are proud to be part of this exciting new project, delivering IAG sessions, running FutureJobs events and facilitating Work Experience for young people in the areas of Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We are also working with industry and educational professionals to develop resources around the Advanced Manufacturing sector.  

Benefits of the Futurejobs Programme

  • Get free, fully qualified advisers in your school, college or training provider organisation
  • Special half-day events to build your students workplace skills involving well known employers, careers guidance professionals and young role models.
  • Fully organised Enterprise competitions run over single days or longer timeframes, using real life scenarios to design and build solutions.

Professional Development

  • Build apprenticeship skills and help students develop communication skills and self-confidence through our Ambassador network
  • Paid release time for teachers and lecturers working with us to develop curriculum resources

Find out how you can get help in your school or college, or get involved with us to develop the next generation of careers guidance resources:

Futurejobs Events

Bring employers, role models and careers professionals direct to your students. Offering pre-event support and half-day sessions for young people in your school or college, our carousel of activities will help them:

  • understand jobs now and in the future
  • develop encounters to establish employer expectations
  • develop entrepreneurial spirit through self-employment
  • find pathways to further and higher education 

Work Experience

Building on input from our FutureJobs events, we offer meaningful work experience placements with local, national and international employers. 

  • All employers are fully vetted
  • Placements are planned with the young person to help them understand and work towards their individual goals.
  • The experience adds value to the rest of the careers programme and is embedded into an achievable action plan.  

Enterprise Competitions

Employer-designed enterprise competitions, building students' problem solving and entrepreneurship skills.

  • Encourages innovation and enterprise
  • Real life scenarios designed in conjunction with major employers such as Premier Farnell, Keepmoat Construction and Nestle.
  • Provides a stimulating method for developing key employability skills. 

Apprenticeship Ambassador Scheme

Supporting current and recently-completing apprentices to develop their skills

  • Accredited communication training to help develop presentation skills
  • Involvement in training to help grow mentoring talents 

Resource Development 

Join our resource development team as an education professional to develop new classroom practice and top-class tools in the areas of Digital, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction. 

  • Fantastic CPD opportunities
  • Develop relationships with employers and publishing professionals
  • Classroom cover paid for release time

 For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0330 111 0035

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IAG for young people with special educational needs and disabilities

young people in a classroomC&K Careers has a dedicated SEND team (Special Educational Needs and Disability team) operating in secondary special schools and resourced provision, helping young people with their transition to further education, training, work and other destinations.
The team also supports our other careers advisers, who deal with young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in mainstream education.

We get to know each young person through individual interviews, group work and contacts with parents/carers. We are present at their transition review usually held in year 9 and at the year 11 review to help identify suitable progression routes. Where there is no suitable local provision, we will help with applications to specialist residential colleges. 

'Ours is a special school for some of the most vulnerable pupils in Kirklees. Your help and support has helped ensure:

  • there is continuity of help once pupils leave school so that progress can be maintained.
  • all our leavers have been offered places at further education college on courses including brickwork, joinery apprenticeships, ICT, public services and hairdressing.
  • our pupils and staff have received high quality careers, further education and training advice.'

Executive Headteacher, local special school.

'Participation advisers, SEND Advisers and Adult careers advisers are passionate about their client group and hugely motivational.' matrix report, January 2016.

For young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Education Needs, leaving school for further education or training, we can write a 'needs assessment' – a detailed report of the support needed to ensure success in post-16 education, training or higher education. Our support can continue up to the young person's 25th birthday to ensure they maintain their place in education, employment or training.

For further information:

Contact: Nathaniel, SEND Co-ordinator
Call: 01484 225500
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Nexus - extended work experience placements

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C&K Careers works in partnership Nexus In-School, part of Kirklees Council to offer a range of extended work placement opportunities.

Nexus In-School caters for Year 11 students who are in school but would benefit from a more practical element to complement their current curriculum.

The project offers personalised, work-related learning for up to three days a week with a local employer, together with the opportunity to take part in structured learning sessions to complement their work placement. The remaining time is spent in school taking a reduced number of GCSEs.

Dedicated project officers identify suitable work placement, make arrangements for student interviews, health and safety assessments and carry out work to prepare the students for placement.  All students attend a two-day induction prior to starting their placement. Nexus project officers provide regular placement monitoring and student mentoring throughout the year, as well as providing a high level of support to families, schools and the local businesses supporting the project.

Extended work placements can be particularly beneficial for students:

  • who excel in a practical environment
  • who are motivated to work
  • who are most likely to benefit from taking a reduced number of GCSEs
  • where attendance is starting to become an issue
  • who have experienced little success in school
  • in danger of becoming disaffected

Group Work

Nexus In-School offers students the opportunity to take part in non-accredited, structured learning sessions which are relevant to the students whilst at placement and for when they move on from Year 11. 

Our 2017/18 programme includes:

  • CV Writing
  • Interview Skills
  • Online Safety
  • Healthy Eating & Healthy Lifestyles
  • Sexual Health
  • Substance Misuse

Our Success 2015/16

  • 92% retention rate
  • 100% achievement rate of those retained
  • On completion, 96% of students had been offered Post-16 courses that meet the Raising of Participation duty. Of these, 38% had offers of an apprenticeship as a direct result of being on the project.

What schools say:

'The support given to our students has really gone above and beyond, with both students making excellent progress. We have really enjoyed working in partnership and look forward to working together again.' Extended Curriculum Lead, North Kirklees School

'The Nexus programme has been great for both our young people. The level of support from the project worker has been first class and it is something that we as a school are hoping to invest in next year.' Inclusion Manager, South Kirklees School

'It has been a great alternative provision for some of our more vulnerable students. We would highly recommend the project.' Head of Year, North Kirklees School

'I think a lot of Nexus and thank you for all the hard work. I think our student only remained on track because of the project. I really rate Nexus as the best educational alternative for disengaged students.' Deputy Head, South Kirklees School

What parents say:

'It is through this project that my grandson has gained confidence and matured to be able to gain himself an apprenticeship.' Grandmother.

'My son has enjoyed his placement.  It has helped him to see what working life is like and has meant that he has been able to finish Year 11 in school which would probably not have happened if he had not been part of the project.' Parent.

What students say:

'The project has helped me in so many ways from getting me back on track in school to helping me with my future. Overall it’s has been an excellent experience.' Student.

'I’d stay another year at School just to stay on placement, I’ll miss it. It’s been the best thing I’ve done!' Student.

'I think Nexus is really good because it has helped me a lot with improving my attendance and confidence.' Student

For further information:

Contact: Nathaniel, SEND Co-ordinator
Call: 01484 225500
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Quality in Careers Standard awarded by C&K Careers

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C&K Careers is a licensed awarding body for the Quality in Careers Standard.  The Standard showcases and supports the development of outstanding careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG).  The nationally recognised award is one of the highest accolades an organisation can receive for excellence in this area of work.

We have been awarding a Quality Standard for CEIAG for 20 years. Over 60% of all mainstream schools in Calderdale and Kirklees hold the standard and have done so continuously for a number of years. We also work with an increasing number of institutions from other areas of the country. 100% of institutions assessed return to us for their reassessments every 3 years.

What is the Quality in Careers Standard?

The Quality in Careers Standard is the dedicated national quality award for Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance.  There are already over 1100 Schools, Colleges and Work Based Learning providers in England who either hold or are working toward the Quality in Careers Standard.  This includes over 30% of England's state secondary schools and academies as well as 30% of England's Sixth Form Colleges.  

Why undertake the Quality in Careers Standard?

Holding the Standard demonstrates your institution meets the requirements of legislation and Government guidelines relating to CEIAG (DfE statutory guidance January 2018 and Ofsted 2015).  The Statutory Guidance strongly recommends that schools should work towards the Quality in Careers Standard to review and evaluate provision. The revised Statutory Guidance states "schools can gain formal accreditation of their careers programme through the Quality in Careers Standard - the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance. The Standard offers an opportunity for schools to undergo an external evaluation of their careers programme and so is distinct from the Compass self-assessment. The criteria for the standard has recently been revised and it is now fully aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks. From September, all assessments will be against revised criteria as agreed by DfE, the Board, Gatsby Foundation and the Careers and Enterprise Company. 

How will it benefit your organisation?

St John Fisher Harrogate are awarded the Quality in Careers Standard to recognise their careers provision

It provides an excellent framework for both the delivery and the evaluation of CEIAG, the evaluation process can help to provide independent, objective evidence for inspections such as Ofsted.  Additional benefits of good CEIAG provision includes improved attendance, achievement and outcomes for learners.  Holding the Quality in Careers Standard also demonstrates that you either fully meet or are making good progress towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard national criteria incorporating the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.  The Standard also provides peace of mind for parents knowing that their child's school is investing in their careers guidance.

Our dedicated team of experienced assessors will guide you through the assessment process, providing support along the way.  We will audit your CEIAG provision, and support you to develop and enhance your CEIAG offering and ensure it meets statutory guidelines.  Work is easily submitted via a secure online system.

Find out more by completing our enquiry form.

Who do we work with? 

We've assessed a wide range of organisations including secondary schools both with and without sixth forms, academies, multi-academy trusts (who may be eligible for a discount), special schools, sixth form colleges and FE colleges. We've recently introduced a new primary school standard.

We are currently delivering the Quality in Careers Standard awarded by the Humber LEP to up to 50 institutions in the Humber region.  This is funded by the European Social Fund via the InspireMe programme.  Schools and Colleges in the Humber region are able to work towards and be assessed against the Quality in Careers Standard free of charge as part of this ESF funded programme.

For more information please contact Jill Ellis CIAG Standards Coordinator (contact details below).

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What do our award holders think? 

'We are delighted to have received the award and to be among the first to get the national Quality in Careers Standard.' St Aidan's School Harrogate

'The Quality in Careers Standard helps us to audit our provision and make improvements as a consequence. The fact that it is nationally recognised, means students and parents are re-assured that we are doing our very best in terms of student progression.' Greenhead College

'From a personal perspective, I have found the whole process rewarding.  It has taken some work and commitment but the assessment is incredibly thorough and it has been interesting to see what we do well (some things that we didn't even realise!) and what we can improve upon.  The support has been outstanding and the advice given proves that sometimes little tweaks can make a huge difference.  It was genuinely a pleasure to work with you and I do think that made a big difference.' Millthorpe School

'The Quality in Careers Standard places a high value on work related learning and employability skills, which link closely to the Gatsby Benchmarks so helps us to show where we are meeting the benchmarks.'  Brighouse High School

'It was useful to have an external assessor evaluate our practice and useful to undertake self-assessments.  It highlighted where we had areas for development, during the preparatory time building up to the assessment. Since we achieved the Quality in Careers Standard, we were visited by Ofsted and IAG was one of the Inspectors first lines of enquiry in their short inspection.  As a result of their findings in the short inspection, a full inspection was triggered because Inspectors had identified areas of outstanding practice and as a result of the full inspection, we were awarded an Outstanding Ofsted inspection. Without doubt, the Quality in Careers Standard experience was beneficial and I would recommend it to colleagues in the sector.' Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

For further information about the Quality in Careers Standard, awarded by C&K Careers:

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Call: 01484 225500
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