Careers education and guidance

MMA_VanDyke_2010_1_349MMA_VanDyke_2010_1_353At Vandyke, we are committed to providing an impartial and supportive Careers Education and Guidance programme for all students.  We believe that all students are entitled to impartial and, where necessary, confidential advice, in order to manage their own lifelong learning and career development.  In line with the government initiative, all students must remain in education until they are age 18.  Students have a choice about how they will do this, for example, this could be as an apprentice, at sixth form college or through employment with training.

Careers lessons are delivered through the Life Skills course in Years 9-11.  In addition, the programme is supported by a range of activities for Years 9-13 designed to widen students' knowledge of opportunities in the working world as well as to help them understand themselves and the influences on them.  In response to the changing world of work, in these lessons there is an emphasis on developing students' employability and transferable skills.  We are proud of our links with local employers and organisations in supporting us with many aspects of our work-related programme.  Local employers and organisations are invited into school to deliver Aim Higher events, including meet and greet, workshops and mock interviews.

They also offer our Year 12 students work placement opportunities.


January 2018:  information for year 11 students on post-16 choices attached here


Careers advice from 4YP

In our Careers programme we are closely supported by 4YP (  Vandyke funds a Careers Personnel advisor who works with students during the term.  Students have the option of 1-1 meetings or can be involved in career based workshops, including college and apprenticeship information events.


Many careers resources can be found online at the websites below.  The School also holds copies of all local college prospectuses and a wide range of university prospectuses.  In addition to this, we provide many different resources linked to apprenticeships and careers.  

Students are encouraged to use on-line programs to support and help their decision-making.  We recommend the following:

Central Bedforshire youth support service information