Introducing GATSBY

The Gatsby Bench Marks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools. The school is working towards achieving each of the Gatsby Benchmarks to ensure an effective CEIAG programme is in place to meet the needs of all our students in all years.

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If you require further information please contact the career lead at Smithills.

Mrs J Isaacs by emailing - careers@smithillsschool.net


Current Partnerships

  • Smithills School is a member of the Bolton Careers Hub in which we are able to collaborate regularly with other schools in Bolton and share good practice. 

  • The school is currently supported  by Jane Wells, Enterprise Coordinator for Bury and Bolton and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.  

  • We are pleased to announce that an enterprise advisor, Christine Baldwin, Community Life Champion Asda is working with the school supporting us with developing greater links with employers and opportunities to become more involved in enterprise . 



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CEIAG Year Mapping

Year 7       Year 8      Year 9      Year 10       Year 11


Careers Programme 2021-22

All students have access to CEIAG through a carefully designed education programme providing a continuous platform on which students can deepen their knowledge and understanding of careers, develop their employability skills and gain access to current labour market information (LMI). Click HERE to preview the latest document. 


Career Events Calendar 2021-22

Please note this calendar will be updated regularly throughout the year.

Click HERE to view the Events Calendar.



CEIAG Conferences 2021-22

Each year group takes part in a CEIAG conference. The aim is to have an opportunity to explore career aspirations and future employment opportunities; understand and develop the kinds of skills employers are looking for; and gather information over time which can be accessed as required for specific times in their personal career journey.

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Help your child explore career ideas and plan their next steps

Research using Labour Market Information (LMI)

We would encourage parents and careers to access LMI regularly to support your child in making appropriate choices regarding future career aspirations and employment opportunities. LMI takes into account regional differences in employment opportunities and salaries. 





Monday 28th March 2022 –Friday 1st April 2022


Work Experience for Year 10’s will take place the week of Monday 28th March 2022 –Friday 1st April 2022.

During Session Zero in the autumn term, students will work on their planning for Work Experience and will be encouraged to source a placement for someone known to them, a close family member, business acquaintance,  friend or relative. 


Given the impact of covid on businesses many will still be operating from home so we anticipate this will be more challenging for the school to source placements for all students. We will support students throughout the process. 

Students taking part in the programme will be expected to;

  1. Research suitable placement with someone known to them or their family if possible and submit a 'Placement Detail Form' completed by the employer  

  2. If this is not possible students have access to the Tailored Education website and can access a potential database of employers. 

  3. Read through the job descriptions and appreciate what the job will entail. 

  4. Plan carefully for travelling to and from the placement before selecting the placement 

  5. Complete and submit a Request Placement Form  2021-22

  6. Complete and return a Medical forms and the final Student Contract 

  7. Meet with their employer as requested prior to the commencement of the programme to finalise details. 


All students will be provided with a Work Experience Pack following their Year 10 assembly in September, introducing them to Work Experience 2022 .  This will explain the process and include printed copies of all documentation. (also available on the CEIAG student page). For more detailed explanation please refer to the handbook below 


Click HERE for a Work Experience Handbook for Parents.

Work Experience diaries will be given to students at the start of the process and will be used throughout the year to support them. Students will use their diary to prepare adequately in advance of their work experience, record information during the week long experience and evaluate and review their learning on completion of the process. 


Students are asked to meet deadlines at different stages of the year to enable the school to liaise effectively with employers and parents, and ensure all health & safety procedures are in place.


Click HERE to download a diary. 

Work Experience SUPPORT

Students who need any support at any point throughout the work experience process please call into the career office and speak with Mrs Isaacs or Mrs John. 


Parents: For any information or advice about work experience please email workexperience@smithillsschool.net


Contacts: Careers Lead/WRL Officer        Mrs Isaacs 

Work Experience Administrator:             Mrs John

Apprenticeships Information for Parents

Click HERE for the Latest Parent pack 

The Parent Perspective’ Podcast

“The Parent Perspective” is an exciting new podcast series for parents and carers, helping them to support their children with careers advice and guidance.

The Parent Perspective Podcast - Amazing Apprenticeships


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