PREPARING YOU FOR YOUR FUTURE
From the moment you start college, we start preparing you for your next steps. It's your future, and we want to ensure you have the opportunity to make the most of it - starting with a career that matches your ambition. That's why our Progression+ team are here, to give you professional careers advice as well as tools to help put you in the driving seat. From one-to-one meetings to group workshops, we'll give you access to up-to-date careers information and the support you need to progress.
Our aim is to support you in making choices that will suit your interests and abilities and equip you with the personal and employability development that you need to make the most of your future opportunities.
We know you are an individual. That's why we'll give you impartial advice and guidance on courses, employment, work experience, apprenticeships and higher education opportunities. We'll help you make the right choice for you.
Our expert team will also offer you support and guidance when the time comes for you to start your UCAS or job applications. We'll help you with job searches, CV writing, interview techniques as well as give you information about self-employment and personal branding.
We provide access to careers and higher education fairs, as well as arrange talks, visits and guest speakers - all demonstrating the choices available to you as well as deliver workshops that will help you to develop the life skills which will prepare you for future work or study. The future's in your hands, but we can help you get started.
HOW TO CONTACT US
If you need help or advice, please see your local Progression+ team at college:
01243 786 321 ext. 2539
01243 786 321 ext. 2539
Haywards Heath Campus
01444 711 900 ext. 3911
01903 275755 ext. 426
General Information, Advice & Guidance
One to one career interviews with Careers Advisers are available. These appointments can be used for any matter relating to your course & career progression, including personal action planning.
We also advertise both full and part time jobs available in the local area. To see what jobs we have available at the moment, take a look at our social media channels (see our About Us section and the Job Vacancies page). If you would like help with writing a CV, applying for a job or practicing your interview skills we can assist you with this also.
There are several resources in this section that provide general advice and guidance to support you making those important decisions about your future.
ONLINE CAREERS ASSESSMENTS
Trying out one of the careers assessments could be a helpful way to finding out possible job areas of interest for the future. If you would like to review your assessment results with a careers advisor please get in touch (see About Us section).
> NATIONAL CAREERS SERVICE
Apprenticeships, T Levels & Traineeships
Apprenticeships are a great way to continue studying to gain a qualification, on the job experience and employability skills whilst earning a training wage. Taking this route will enable you to build a wide range of skills and experience that employers really want and help you progress in your chosen career.
WHERE TO LOOK FOR APPRENTICESHIPS
APPRENTICESHIP APPLICATION SUPPORT
DEGREE & HIGHER APPRENTICESHIPS
T Levels are an alternative to A levels, Apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses. Equivalent to 3 A levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher education study or apprenticeships.
Free Online Courses
A free online course can be a great way for you to develop your knowledge and skills and can help with future applications for courses and jobs as well as strengthen your CV. To find out more please see the information below
Work Experience & Volunteering
Due to current restrictions on businesses, physical work experience may still be a challenge. To ensure you build-up your skills and experiences and understanding of the world of work, consider booking on to a Virtual Work Experience Programme. The best thing about Virtual is you can participate on a placement anywhere in the world!
A virtual placement will still be beneficial for you and your CV and future applications. It will show how proactive you are in continuing your learning journey during this tricky time.
Here you will find information on:
What Virtual Work Experience is and the benefits for your current and future career ambitions.
How you can sign up directly with employers (local, national and global).
How you can log your placements with us at Chichester College Group so we can keep a record.
How you can give feedback on any future placements.
Information for parents and carers - including how to report a safeguarding concern.
Virtual opportunities will generally be safe places for students to learn, but in the unlikely event you have a safeguarding concern in relation to online content/abuse and/or the safety of yourself or somebody else, you can log your concern using our college reporting system.
Volunteering and work experience placements are a great way of gaining skills and experience as well as having fun and maybe finding a career you will love. Below are some links to volunteering and work experience organisations, both nationally and in the local area that may provide opportunities.
Prepare for Employment
Looking for a part time job or employment? Check out our resources below to help you stand out from the crowd.
CV AND COVER LETTERS
Working for Yourself
Got a great idea for a business? Or maybe you just fancy being your own boss. Below are a few resources on setting up businesses and start-ups, as well as information on how to get funding.
University & Higher Education
STARTING YOUR 2023 UCAS APPLICATION?
Listen to our pre-recorded webinars to get started:
We can assist you with your university and higher education options and have a wide range of resources which include useful websites to support you when making these important decisions.
PREPARING A PORTFOLIO & FOR INTERVIEWS
UCAS EXTRA, CLEARING & ADJUSTMENT
PREPARING FOR UNIVERSITY
UCAS APPLICATIONS & PERSONAL STATEMENTS
PRIORITY & COMPETITIVE APPLICATIONS
Interested in looking around a university that you might apply to? Or maybe you'd like a chance to experience lectures or halls of residence?
Below are some resources and information about events at local and national universities happening throughout the year.
Interested in studying in another country? The links below will help you find courses and funding, as well as information about the realities of living abroad.
Student Finance applications are now open for full-time undergraduate students!
If you’re starting a new Higher Education course at university or college, you can apply for student finance at: www.gov.uk/studentfinance
Here are a few things you'll need to apply:
Identity Evidence: that's your UK Passport details or Birth/Adoption Certificate
Your university or college course details. (Don’t know what you’ll be studying for yet? Pick the course you’re most likely to study; you can update course details in your account later once you know for sure.)
Your UK bank details (Sort Code & Account Number)
National Insurance Number
Below are some useful links and guides to help you with your application.
Gap Year, Working Abroad and Internships
A gap year offers you the opportunity to take a break, gain skills and new experiences, while giving you time to reflect and focus on what you want to do next. The time out of formal education can be used to self develop and enhance your future applications for further study or employment.