Careers, Work Experience and Volunteering

Alton College recognises that it has the responsibility to provide impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to all students whilst they are enrolled at the College.  CEIAG will be provided to all students including Foundation Learning and Level 3.  Our commitment to our students will be to provide a comprehensive programme of careers education and services that assist students in making informed decisions relating to future education, further training, employment, apprenticeships and other guidance to help them with their future careers. 

Alton College has a careers strategy to ensure that all students are informed and make realistic decisions to help with their transition when they leave College. This adheres to the Gatsby benchmark framework. Specifically:

  1. All young people to understand the range of opportunities available to them
  2. All young people in college to get an excellent programme of advice and guidance
  3. All young people to get support tailored to their circumstances
  4. All young people to get the information they need to understand the job and career opportunities available, and how their knowledge and skills can help them in considering suitable careers

The advice given by Alton College is under the direction of the Head of Student Support (Careers Lead) in partnership with Hampshire Futures, a Matrix accredited careers advisory service.

This falls within 5 broad bands:

  1. Student forum programme
  2. Careers interviews (MATRIX)
  3. External speakers and visits
  4. Student Services staff
  5. Curriculum

If your son / daughter is taking a vocational course, work experience will be integrated into their programme.

All students are encouraged to be actively involved in enrichment activities during their time at College.

Volunteering activities for non-vocational courses can be arranged with support through the Volunteering Coordinator.

For many students intending to enter very competitive courses and professions, Higher Education institutions and future employers are impressed if further work experience has been arranged at the student’s own initiative, perhaps during the Summer holidays. This should not be arranged during term time.