Careers Education

Believe it or not, if you’re in secondary education right now, you’re at a great point in your life. You have your whole career in front of you, and now is a good time to start thinking about your future, to make some initial plans. Take time to think about what you like to do; dream and imagine ideal careersThere are so many opportunities, so many different types of jobs and careers in a wide variety of industries.

Dean Trust Wigan offers information, direction and guidance to all of its learners.

Why do we offer CEIAG?

We aim for every pupil to leave the school well prepared for the next stage in their career. Pupils should be well informed when making subject and career decisions. We want pupils to be inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential and for pupils need to understand career pathways and how opportunities may change in the future. This shapes pupil purpose. Our approach is supported by a range of meaningful opportunities to experience the next steps of education training or employment.

Preparing pupils for future success in education, employment or training from Year 7.

  • Aspiration – it is a good to have an idea of what interests and excites you as early as possible, research the qualifications that you need and aim high.
  • Self development – it is important to understand yourself and to develop your capabilities.
  • Career exploration – you need to know how to investigate career opportunities and to make career plans.

Things to start thinking about…

  • Why it is important to be resilient.
  • Why you should aspire to be the best that you can be.
  • Which courses interest you the most and why?
  • What choices are there after leaving school?
  • Short term and long term career plans.
  • College entry requirements.
  • Employers that you are interested in.
  • Vacancies for apprenticeships.

At Dean Trust Wigan we will …

  • offer all young people access to up to date accurate and impartial information and resources.
  • provide regular up to date information on college and apprenticeship/training provider open days.
  • host a Futures Fair for Y10/11 pupils and their families as well as parent/carer evenings with college and apprenticeship/training providers present to offer advice and guidance.
  • hold lunch time and after school drop in careers sessions in our IAG Hub
  • work in partnership with opportunity providers including employers, college and training providers including local businesses, armed forces, apprenticeship ambassadors, local universities and many more as part of the Aim Higher programme.
  • welcome and facilitate visits from businesses and college providers.
  • host trips to universities.
  • endeavour to have the latest in career software.
  • make pupils aware of drop in sessions with local colleges.
  • provide guidance on writing CVs and letters of application, and give interview tips.
  • include PSHE lessons based on careers and guidance.
  • provide apprenticeship and traineeship information.


Provider Access Policy

At Dean Trust Wigan, we will be increasing the amount of providers encounters our students have from year 8 upwards to meet this new legislation.  Providers will be invited to attend our careers events and engage in our careers programme overall – to meet with students directly and advise on their pathways options.

Here is a copy of our Provider Access Policy which complies with Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Careers Provision at Dean Trust Wigan

Dean Trust Wigan measures the impact of the careers programme by using the Compass Tool Evaluation twice yearly. In addition to this, Dean Trust Wigan will also use parent / carer, pupil and staff voice to assess the impact of the careers.

Next review of the information published : February 2024


Careers Leader

Dean Trust Wigan Careers Advisor: Sara Austin
Phone: 01942 511987

Our careers leader will be availble at parents’ evenings and careers events to answer any questions you may have.

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