To raise aspirations, engage and prepare students for these everchanging opportunities, responsibilities and experiences and to equip them with the knowledge and skills and understanding to manage the choices, changes and transitions ahead of them in an increasingly competitive and evolving world so they can “Learn More. Do more. Be more” and create a positive future for themselves.
Welcome to our Careers education, information, advice and guidance website pages
In this section, you will be able to access information regarding all aspects of our careers
education, information, advice and guidance.
At the Beacon of Light, we want our students to “Learn More. Do more. Be more” and we
recognise that we have a critical role in raising aspirations and preparing our students for
the next stage of their education or training and beyond.
There has never been a time when careers guidance has been as important as it is today
because our young people will be embarking upon a career pathway which is more
challenging and complex than that faced by previous generations. Global opportunities and
increasing technological advances will result in young people having several careers during
their working life and potentially working in a career which does not exist today.
With the greater choices of education, training and employment, our aim is to raise
aspirations, prepare students for these ever-changing opportunities, responsibilities and
experiences and to equip them with the knowledge and skills to manage the choices,
changes and transitions ahead of them so they can “Learn More. Do more. Be more.”
Our careers education curriculum is delivered to all of our students through weekly
dedicated Careers and Life Skills lessons. In addition, we have partnerships with a wide
range of educational institutions, training providers and employers who contribute to our
careers programme and in line with the most recent careers guidance strategy, our careers
plan supports the achievement of the eight Gatsby benchmarks.
For more detailed information, please refer to our Careers Delivery plan, which is also on
We participate in a range of external activities including Sunderland’s Work Discovery Week
and events organised by the Sunderland Business Partnership Scheme. All students in Year
10 have the opportunity to take part in a work experience placement.
The school provides in-school guidance and independent advice from our external
independent Careers Advisor, to ensure our students receive the impartial advice that they
need and are entitled to.
The Beacon of Light has a whole school approach to careers education with every member
of staff helping to deliver quality and impartial CEIAG, allowing students to access the
necessary information to help them make informed decisions about their futures.
As part of our commitment to providing high-quality careers education, information, advice
and guidance we are working towards the Inspiring IAG Gold Quality Award in Careers
Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG); an award which meets the Quality in
We are delighted to have achieved Stage 1 in June 2020 and we are now
working towards full validation of this prestigious award.
We hope you will find this section of our website informative and easy to use. If you require
more information about any aspect of our careers education, information advice and
guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Should you require any of our careers information in an alternative format (accessible PDF, large print, easy to read, braille) please contact Kim Newby our Careers Leader.
Tel: 07436 339195
We have a whole school approach to CEIAG at The Beacon of Light, with every member of staff helping to deliver quality and impartial CEIAG, supporting all students to find and use the information they need to help them make informed decisions about their futures
Careers Leader- Kim Newby
Responsible for the strategic leadership of CEIAG across the school and development of external links with employers, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities. Also responsible for the development of the school’s Careers Strategy, its monitoring and evaluation as well as the provision of CEIAG CPD for all staff. Develops and evaluates the Careers Education Programme to develop our students’ resilience, self-esteem and aspirations.
Ensures all students have access to personal careers guidance which is independent and impartial.
Our Careers Advisors: Together for Children and our additional independent advisor
Responsible for careers guidance interviews for every student and developing personal action plans to enable all of our students to plan for a positive future.
Lindsay Howells and Ashleigh Fielding
Develop careers education and employability skills through teaching and learning across the school and promote post 16 pathways. Develop positive work skills across the school, especially attendance punctuality and ‘behaviours for the work place.’ Integrate CEIAG into annual CPD programme for all staff.
SENDCo -Lindsay Howells
Works closely with the local authority and other professionals to support planned transition from school into appropriate post-16 opportunities SEND students. Provides support to SEND students with their individual careers action plans and reviews career action plans with their parents.
Encourage students to think positively about their career prospects and what they could be doing to enhance their futures. Help develop students employability skills within lessons. Link curriculum to careers (in lessons, tutor time, cross-curricular days.) Promote progression routes within curriculum areas and help prepare students for the world of work and develop external links whenever possible.
Labour Market Information refers to any relevant information about the current state of the jobs market. It is useful when thinking about future careers.
The world is moving very fast and things are changing all the time. As new technologies and industry changes create some jobs and make others obsolete, it can be hard to keep up.
It can include information about:
· The industries and businesses that operate in your area
· The types of jobs that exist and what they involve.
· How many of those jobs there are.
· The skills that are currently or will be in high demand.
· Commute and travel to work patterns.
· Typical rates of pay.
· Career progression opportunities.
LMI For All is a comprehensive portal that collates various sources of LMI to provide high-quality data. ICould uses data from LMI For All as well as real-life personal stories from young people. It has thousands of resources including videos and a calendar of careers events across the UK. The National Careers Service offers over 800 job profiles on its website. Under each profile you’ll learn about the average salary, working hours, typical duties, and routes into the profession.
The Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham Labour Market Information Portal provides up to date labour market information for the Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland areas. Supporting Inspiration
Supporting Inspiration helps schools and colleges to build new and improved relationships with businesses. It also provides continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities for Careers Practitioners and a range of up-to-date labour market information resources to assist their work supporting young people to make informed career choices.
The Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations to support the process of identifying potential careers.
The Careerometer widget provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects.
The data are organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you.
In September 2015, the government raised the participation age.
This means that young people in England must continue in education or training until 18 years of age.
This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post-16, which could be through:
Throughout the year, we arrange for representatives from local colleges apprenticeship and training providers to meet our students. This may be through an organised visit to the place of learning or the representatives may meet our students in school.
All year groups take part in these visits so they can explore their post-16 options in more detail, before deciding what they want to do when they leave the Beacon of Light.
Colleges offer “A level” courses as well as practical courses. Our local colleges offer a wide variety of both academic and practical courses at different level. They will have open evening throughout the year for you to find out more information and ask questions. You can find out the dates of the open evenings on their websites.
Our local colleges: City of Sunderland College www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk East Durham College www.eastdurham.ac.uk
(includes Houghall College for land-based and animal care courses) Gateshead College www.gateshead.ac.uk Newcastle College www.ncl-coll.ac.uk New College Durham www.newcollegedurham.ac.uk South Tyneside College/includes South Shields Marine School www.stc.ac.uk
Sixth forms usually offer more “A level” and other academic courses. If you prefer learning in a school-type environment, sixth forms are a good choice for you.
Our local sixth forms: City of Sunderland College Sixth Form https://www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/ St Anthony & St Aidan’s Sixth Form http://aaasixthform.com/ Sixth form at Southmoor http://www.thesixthformatsouthmoor.co.uk/
St Roberts of Newminster Sixth Form https://www.strobertofnewminster.co.uk/sixth-form/welcome-head-post-16/
A levels are an academic course which you usually study for in a sixth form college or in a further education college. A levels involve an in-depth study of a subject and the courses focuses on theories, ideas and knowledge
T Levels are new technical qualifications related to specific industry sectors, taught over 2 years and equivalent to 3 A Levels. They were phased in from 2020 and at the outset they are Level 3 qualifications. For more information, visit: https://www.tlevels.gov.uk/
Apprenticeships are real jobs with a recognised qualification. They are a popular choice but they are very competitive and we advise you to have a back-up plan and to apply to college as well. You can find more information on the apprenticeships section of this website.
Training providers offer vocational courses in a smaller environment. Training Providers work with employers to provide apprenticeships, traineeships and employability/personal development learning.
The National Careers Service can help you with your career, learning and training choices.
National Careers Service: nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
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An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You are an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you will have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.
It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It is funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.
Each apprenticeship has a level and an equivalent education level. You can start an apprenticeship at any level.
Depending on the level, some apprenticeships may require previous qualifications such as an English or maths or give extra training in the English or maths skills needed.
At the end of the apprenticeship, you will achieve the equivalent education level. For example, if you complete a level 3 apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent of an A level.
Useful resources and links:
Every year we collect information about our Y11 leavers post-16 destinations after leaving The Beacon of Light.
Most students decide to continue their education at one of our local colleges.
Some students decide they want to start work and train and either opt for an apprenticeship or employment with training.
Where will you be this time next year?
In this section you will find details of forthcoming events at local colleges and training and apprenticeship providers.
It is never too early to start planning for your future career pathway and it’s important to explore all your options before making your final decision about your post-16 destination.
As well as visiting a variety of education and training providers with the Beacon of Light, it is a good idea to attend the open evenings which providers offer during the year. This gives you an opportunity to have a look round, meet the staff and ask questions.
However, remember, it is essential you register beforehand to attend these events.
All details correct at time of publication, please check websites for updates and further information
City of Sunderland College
14th December 2021 Bede Campus and City Campus 4.30pm-6.30pm
11th January 2022 Bede Campus and City Campus 4.30pm-6.30pm
20th January 2022- Construction event City Campus 1pm – 3.30pm
8th February 2022 Bede Campus and City Campus 4.30pm -6.30pm
8th March 2022 Bede campus and City Campus 4.30pm -6.30pm
10th May 2022 Bede campus and City Campus 4.30pm -6.30pm
East Durham College 5pm-6.30 pm
Houghall Come to College Open Evening
Wednesdays 2nd March 2022, 30th March
Peterlee Come to College Open Evening
Mondays 7th February 2022, 21st March 2022
ED6 Sixth Form General Open Evening – Thursday 24th March 2022,
Thursday 21st February Year 11 Half Term College Taster Day – Monday 21st February 2022
Enrolment event Monday 7th February 2022 4.30pm-7pm https://www.gateshead.ac.uk/events
February Open event Wednesday 2nd February 2022 4.30pm-7pm
March Open event Wednesday 2nd March 2022 4.30pm-7pm
April Open event Wednesday 6th April 2022 4.30pm-7pm
Saturday 29th January 2022 11am- 2pm
Wednesday 16th March 2022 5pm-7.30pm
Training providers events
seta will be holding their open day for September 2022 on Thursday 17th February 2022. Pre-booking is essential.
Click here to register:
All Nissan apprenticeship opportunities are live on their website Careersatnissan.co.uk and applications close 13th February 2022
Apprenticeship open evening Thursday 10th February 2022. Pre-booking is essential.
South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust are holding an apprenticeship evening on Wednesday 9th February aimed at students who are looking to begin their career within the NHS. Possible apprenticeships in the NHS include: Healthcare, Radiology, Theatres, Pharmacy, Business Admin, IT, Finance and Facilities. To book a place on one of the 30-minute time slots between 4pm and 7pm should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunderland City Provider Network are holding a post-16 choices event at the Stadium of Light on Saturday 19th March 2022 from 10.30 am to 2.30pm.
You can talk to local experts about the variety of opportunities available to you, find out what your options are and sign up to real vacancies. You will be able to find out information about Apprenticeships, Study Programme, Traineeships and Work Experience. If you go to a Sunderland school watch out for your personal invitation which will come through the post.
Work experience is a valuable experience for students and all of our students in Y10 have the opportunity to take part in work experience.
It is an opportunity for students to spend some time with an employer or other organisation, allowing them to experience as far as possible the hours, working conditions and regulations they may encounter when they go to work themselves.
Work experience is not necessarily about trying out a preferred career choice, it is an opportunity to find out about working life and employability skills. It will help students to learn more about the world of work; this means understanding the workplace, working with other people, improving employability skills and being able to communicate clearly with adults.
For more information, contact our Careers Leader, Kim Newby
Tel: 07436 339195
Careers advisors from Together For Children and an independent careers advisor provide independent and impartial information, advice and guidance to all our students regarding their career aspirations. This enables students to explore their post 16 options and future career pathways at colleges, sixth form colleges, apprenticeship and other learning providers.
During Year 11, every student is offered at least one careers guidance meeting to discuss their interests, ambitions and the options open to them. Following this meeting they will be given a written summary with relevant information and an action plan.
We also arrange for all students in Y9 and Y10 to attend guidance meetings throughout their time at the Beacon of Light so they can begin to plan for their futures.
Should you wish to attend your son’s/daughter’s careers guidance meeting, please contact our Careers Leader, Kim Newby to arrange this.
Tel: 07436 339195
It is never too early to start talking about careers with young people. It can be really valuable to have a conversation with your child about their career plans. Even an informal chat is good, but if you want to give them more advice, use one of the links on this page or contact us at The Beacon of Light for more information.
icould is a small charity providing career inspiration and information for young people. They provide a range of career videos and articles which examine the range of choices available to young people at 16 and 18. Many of the articles written are especially aimed at parents/carers.
Find out which career you may be suited to.
The National Careers Service is also a reliable source of impartial advice and guidance.
This short assessment takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete and when you finish, you will see some suggestions of roles you may enjoy based on your answers. You can also explore these careers on the National Careers Service website.
UCAS is an online search and application tool for post 16 courses. This is the preferred method of application for some sixth form providers in Sunderland.
Career World is a free online library of careers, news and information.
Careers Box is a free online library of careers related videos, news and information.
Barclay Life Skills helps young people get the skills and experiences they need to enter the world of work.
On this website school and college leavers can search for thousands of jobs, opportunities and apprenticeships in UK.
Use Monster’s resources to create a good quality CV, search for jobs, prepare for interviews and launch your career.
We have recently introduced our monthly Career News Bulletins which are sent out to our students, parents and carers.
Our Careers News bulletins are designed to support all students and their families with planning their future career pathways. We also want to let you know about the support and guidance we give to our students as they start to think about their futures. You can also keep up to date with careers events and activities which our students have been involved in.
If you have missed previous issues, look no further, you can find out what has been happening and keep up to date with local labour market information too.
If you would prefer to receive an electronic version or should you require any
of our careers information in an alternative format (accessible PDF, large print, easy to read, braille) please do not hesitate to contact our school office.