Careers Guidance (IAG)

Our experienced and qualified careers advisors are here to help you, your son or daughter make clear informed choices about all of the different employment, training and education pathways which are available.

Our Information, Advice and Guidance advisors will:

  • Look at your experience and any qualifications you have
  • Discuss your future aims and career ambitions
  • Help you apply for the right course to meet your goals

This free service is Matrix accredited.

What is a Guidance Interview?

  • A careers guidance interview is designed to provide impartial information, advice and guidance and will take place between a qualified Level 6 Careers Adviser and a learner.
  • Amanda Tozer is our designated Careers Leader and is studying towards a Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance. Amanda collaborates with Career Connect so that learners and their parents/carers can request an appointment with a Level 6 qualified Career Advisor to obtain impartial advice while she completes her training. Our Career Connect advisor is Joanne Patten.
  • It is conducted on a one-to-one basis in our Guidance Room, although parents/guardians and members of our learning support and teaching staff may also be present to support the learner during the session.

Do all learners have a Guidance Interview?

  • We conduct these interviews on a priority basis for learners who are in their last year at Greenbank College or who are need extra support to weigh up their career options. However, all learners will have a Guidance Interview at some point during their journey at Greenbank College and we welcome parents, carers and guardians to request an interview if they wish by e-mail to: amanda.tozer@greenbank.org.uk

I have just applied to Greenbank and I have been invited to attend an Initial Assessment Interview – what does this entail?

  • Once we have received your application form, we will invite you in to Greenbank College for a tour of the facilities and an informal one-to-one chat. You may attend with a parent/guardian or a tutor from your school. The aim of this chat or “Initial Assessment Interview” is to map out a starting point for your journey at Greenbank by finding out more about you, the qualifications you have achieved to date, your support needs, your careers goals and any work experience you may have already undertaken. By the end of the interview, we should be able to advise on the most suitable course based on your qualifications, interests and career goals so that your starting point enables you to progress towards your goal.
  • The Initial Assessment Interview is conducted by Amanda Tozer.
  • Once you have attended the Initial Assessment Interview, we will invite you to participate in one or more “Taster Sessions” in the courses which you have chosen  on the application form. The aim of the taster sessions is to allow you meet the tutors, to enable the tutor to assess your suitability for the course and, more importantly, to help you decide if you have made the right choice for your future.
  • After you have attended a taster session and we have gathered feedback from our vocational tutors, we will decide if we can offer you a place at Greenbank or not.
  • If you are offered a place, you will be invited to attend one or more of our three “Transition Days“, which take place during the summer break. This is a great opportunity to meet other new starters and build friendships, familiarise yourself with the layout of the college, meet members of our SEND and learning support team, and help you with your transition from school to college life.
  • Watch the presentation below to understand how the applications and admissions procedure works:
1. Apply
1. apply

Fill in an online application form
and start your journey

1. Apply
2. Attend a guidance interview
2. attend a
guidance interview

To discuss your course options,
set some goals and manage
expectations

2. Attend a guidance interview
3. Attend a Taster Session
3. attend a
taster session

To try out your chosen subject area
and meet the tutors

3. Attend a Taster Session
4. Your level is assessed
4. YOUR LEVEL
IS ASSESsED

To ensure you go on the correct course
at the right level

4. Your level is assessed
5. Receive an Offer
5. Receive an offer

Based on your exam results
and assessments

5. Receive an Offer
6. Attend a Transition Event
6. Attend a
Transition Event

Meet other new starters and familiarise
yourself with the campus

6. Attend a Transition Event
7. Enrol

7. Enrol

Enrol onto your course and start
training for your future!

7. Enrol
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