Oaklands Career Programme 2018 - 2019

The College is required to create and implement a careers strategy for all students who are enrolled at Oaklands College. This careers strategy is designed to meet the needs to every learner to ensure they meet their career progression goals. It is also created based on the eight Gatsby Benchmarks and intends to meet all of them by the end of 2020.

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We are committed to raising the aspirations of our students and challenge stereotypes by supporting our students to reach their full potential. We will enable students to make informed choices and take charge regarding their careers. This will be conducted by using Labour Marketing Information, creating meaningful opportunities to meet with employers, training providers, universities and other further education providers.

By providing students with quality careers information, advice and guidance based on the student’s individual needs, as well as purposeful and meaningful work experience, we will guide students to develop their employability skills and behaviours needed for the working environment. Through all of these aspects, we will improve progression opportunities and a positive transition for Oaklands students into education, further training or employment.

For students who are enrolled at Oaklands College, these services are offered throughout the academic year in various formats and delivery methods across both the St Albans and Welwyn Garden City Campus:

  • 1:1 career advice and guidance available through drop in or booked sessions with Student Services or through YC Herts.
  • A Level 6 Career Advisor at each campus within Student Advice as well as Level 6 Advisor at YC Herts.
  • Workshop session on employment and further education related activities delivered by YC Herts.
  • Purposeful and meaningful work experience supported through The Edge Programme.
  • Talks from invited speakers on employment, apprenticeship, higher education and other routes into training and employment.
  • Site visits to employers, universities and networking events.
  • National event run on site such as National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week.
  • Internal events such as UCAS Evening and Progression Fair.
  • Job boards at each campuses Student Lounge frequently updated with local job vacancy and other relevant opportunities.
  • Stocking up to date hard copy resources available in the LRC.
  • Online resources available on OakLearn.
  • Students to complete Prepare to Progress (P2P) form at the beginning the academic year to outline career aspirations.
  • WORK IT! Events throughout the academic year.
  • Progression Fair for SEND students.
Career Explorer app on Oaklands College website, available to all to explore different career pathways and measure it with Labour Market Information. - https://www.oaklands.ac.uk/student-experience/careers-explorer
  • All activities to be recorded onto the students ILP.

Oaklands College has a traded agreement with YC Herts, to offer our students a wide range of careers and personal development guidance. This guidance can be delivered in groups or on a 1:1 basis. Career guidance themes include:

  • UCAS Overview
  • Personal Statement Support
  • Apprenticeships
  • Degree Apprenticeships
  • CV Support (for employment or Work Experience)
  • Employment

“Work Experience is invaluable in giving students the skills experience and confidence they need to ‘Take on the World’ in life after College and we work hard to forge links to support local employment in Hertfordshire. By partnering the theoretical and practical experience of our study programme with a real-life industry placement, we give our students that extra edge when making that first step on the career ladder, as well as give a little back to the local economy.”
Zoe Hancock – Oaklands Principal.

With Work Experience forming an integral part of the study programme we, have a dedicated team in place to help students find the right work experience opportunity. The Edge assists in locating purposeful, meaningful work experience which matches the learner’s career aspirations and competencies required to progress. The Edge website advertises placement opportunities and the team works on an open door policy, to ensure all students have access to support from the team.

WORK IT! Programme

Oakland College aim to make sure their students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to thrive and flourish when progressing into the world of work. With this in mind we work on three key areas:

Careers advice linking with external organisations arranging career talks, site visits and progression fairs with industry sectors. Offering 1:1 and group’s careers advice to match learners needs.

CV and covering letter advice, interview skills practice and understanding expectations of the world of work.

Highlighting future changes in industries and how skillsets are continually changing. This has been inspired by The Future of Work, Jobs and Skills in 2030 - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/

New initiatives include a forth WORK IT! Key area:

Creating opportunities to interact with other Further Education providers, Universities and apprenticeship providers.


The Careers Programme will be evaluated for its positive impact on learners and be reviewed by:

  • Using destination data
  • Feedback on key events internally and externally
  • Number of learners accessing the services on offer
  • Matrix Quality Standard
  • Ofsted inspection
  • Feedback from students


If you are an employer who is interested in working with Oaklands College to improve and maintain the Careers Programme please contact the designated Careers Leader.


Joanne Elliott – Careers Leader


01727 737 136

07912 519 173

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This document will be reviewed in July 2019 and updated accordingly.

For more information on Oaklands commitment to Students Careers please download our Careers Strategy below:

Oaklands College Career Strategy

What Next? Fair – Progress into education, employment or training

The What Next? Fair coming in May 2019, is an opportunity for Oaklands College students and parents/carers to speak directly to employers, universities, apprenticeship providers and other training organisations about what next steps they can take into their chosen career pathways. This fair is valuable in helping students in gaining information, advice and guidance and explore routes after college. Throughout the day we will run 30 minute seminars on apprenticeship options, university life and employment.

Tuesday 21st May 2019 
3pm to 5:30 and 6pm to 8pm

Thursday 23rd May 2019
3pm to 5:30 and 6pm to 8pm

Booking details will be coming soon