Careers Programme

The Bishop David Brown School purpose is to enable students to reach their full potential regardless of their starting point or background.

The world of work and employment is constantly changing and we believe that our students need to have a well-structured CEIAG programme tailored to their needs in order to guide them in making well informed decisions about their future.  The CEIAG programme plays a major role for all of our students by catering for their interests, abilities and individual needs. Our programme aims to:

  • Empower young people to plan and manage their futures
  • Respond to the needs of the learner
  • Provide comprehensive information and advice
  • Raise aspirations
  • Actively promote equality of opportunity and challenge of stereotypes
  • Help young people progress
  • Track and monitor students to ensure they receive appropriate CEIAG.
  • Track and monitor NEET figures to ensure CEIAG procedures are fit for purpose

A career is a “course or progress through life, preparing for the next stage and advancing oneself”. Careers education, advice and guidance at BDB follows a whole school approach and is a key aspects of all students’ learning. It is our endeavour to support all students’ at all key stages in order to help them to develop into well rounded individuals in preparation for life beyond school.

Student Entitlement

All students are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies, PSHE sessions and careers and taster events;
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

 Aims and Objectives

Effective CEIAG will provide opportunities for students to:

  • investigate careers/post 16 opportunities
  • build upon their skills, knowledge and attitude to make well-informed, realistic decisions
  • be able to plan their future choices and understand how to access CEIAG
  • understand how educational achievements are linked to maximising their potential future choices
  • actively engage with employers to ensure that young people get to experience a workplace setting
  • Gatsby BenchmarksBishop David Brown uses the Gatsby Benchmarks to guide the CEIAG programme:

Please contact Mrs Eljamaly, IAG Coordinator, by email:

Key Documents

Further Information

At BDB we are always very keen to welcome Employers and Businesses into school. In order to support our vision of helping students become more self-aware and find their purpose, we need the support of both the public and private sectors to help raise their awareness and aspirations. Our careers programme is the bridge between education and employment. Therefore our students need to understand careers that are available and what skills and qualifications are required to be successful in the workplace.

There are a number of ways you can engage with us at Bishop David Brown, please see details below.

  • Employability Skills
  • Interview Skills
  • CV Writing Skills
  • Mock Job Interviews
  • Exhibiting at our Annual Careers Fair
  • Break time Careers Insight Talks
  • Offering a 1 week Work Placement to a year 10 student
  • Taking part in our STEM Networking Event
  • Mentoring
  • Assembly Talks
  • Linking Subjects to Careers – classroom activity
  • Exploring Careers
  • Visits to places of employment

What Employers say…

“Great to see a school taking a proactive approach to careers and career2”development” – BAE Systems

“Students were very engaged and asked some great questions” – Philips

“Great Careers Event, students were interested in what the company does and what jobs we have” – Siemans

“It was a very enjoyable day speaking to some very inquisitive and impressive student” – Pfizer

To assist students in finding their future education and career pathways we have created a full school careers plan with a list of the outcomes we wish to achieve. That way you can track your child’s journey through school. We understand how important career decisions are. Therefore, the Parents Career Information section of the website is designed to assist you with that process – by providing you with a range of resources that can help you. As you scroll down there are interactive links.

Careers Advice is not just for Young People, Parents/Carers also need support to help young people make tough and challenging decisions. Careers advice for parents is a website that has been set up by careers professionals and recommended by the UK Career Development Institute.

‘Careers Advice for Parents aims to give you an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to your child’s future career prospects.’

Fast Tomato

Every student has access to Fast Tomato via their username and password. Fast Tomato, an online careers tool that students can use from years 7 to 13. Your child’s login details will be their school email and a password they were given when they first registered, this should be in their planners. Any student that does not have a password can come to see Mrs Eljamaly.

Y7 & Y8 Fast Tomato- Allows children to explore different careers that they may never have even heard of as well as the ones that have already started to spark their interest.

Y9 Fast Tomato- Allows children to learn about the different subjects they could study at key stage 4 and what types of subjects are needed for careers they’re interested in.

Y10 and Y11- Gives children access to College, Sixth form and Apprenticeship courses that they are interested in applying for.

Parents Guide to Technology Careers

Parents Guide to Post 16 Options

Gov.UK find an Apprenticeship :

Support for parents and guardians :

Careers Explorer :

ALPS delivers Study Programmes, Apprenticeships & Traineeships (
Association of learning providers in Surrey can help provide information for anyone interested apprenticeships; work based learning and other vocational based training.

Video case studies of people working in different roles and how they got there.

Gradcracker – Careers for STEM Students
Discover the exciting careers opportunities available in science, engineering and technology.

Compare the Best University Degrees Courses UK | Whatuni
Guide to universities and courses with reviews from former students.

Uni Compare | University Degree Course Search: UK Rankings (
A comprehensive university comparison site, offering students resources, tools, student discounts and university stats and rankings.

Clearing App – Search for a uni course on Android & Apple iOS
A website which tells you everything you need to know about Clearing and Adjustment and offers an app which allows you to speak to universities directly.

UCAS | At the heart of connecting people to higher education
Entry requirements including information on admissions tests information for HE students.

Further education and skills: Apprenticeships – detailed information – GOV.UK (
The NAS Search site to help find further information on apprenticeship. Once logged up Students are able to search apprenticeship vacancies by industry, location etc.

Access to Higher Education (
Access courses for those wishing to apply for HE but who do not have qualifications needed.

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeship Parents Pack – Download

Find an apprenticeship

ALPS – Association of Learning Providers in Surrey

The Apprenticeship Guide | Vacancies

Amazing Apprenticeships

What is Labour Market Information (LMI)

LMI effectively describes the world of work – it ranges from descriptions of different careers, their entry routes, promotional prospects, salaries paid, skills and qualifications needed, etc.

Crucially for young people, LMI also covers future demand – what kinds of jobs will be in demand after leaving school and what kind of skills will be needed.

Why is it important for our students to learn from LMI?

Understanding LMI is becoming more and more important as the world changes, so that all students can be aware of where the different job roles that are needed around the country and what types of jobs may be need more people in the future.

Interpreting and narrowing down LMI that is applicable to a young person’s needs can become overwhelming, it is therefore better to start researching areas of interest and concentrate on those industries. We also recommend looking local resources.

Take time to reflect on your own understanding:

  • How up-to-date are you?
  • How much has changed since your family went to university?
  • What routes are there other than university?

It’s no longer safe to assume that if a young person has not achieved straight A* GCSE and A level results they can rule out medicine or veterinary science.

We would like to help ensure our students are aware of how their subject and course choices can open career options, but can also close them down.

We know that it is crucial that young people need to hear about careers, work and job roles from people doing those jobs. Visit to view videos and information on numerous job roles.

Source of LMI for Surrey

LMI For All – The LMI for All portal provides high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) to inform careers decisions.

Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.

It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the 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. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.