Careers Information Advice & Guidance (CIAG)

Career Lead

Your designated Career Lead at Consett Academy is  Mrs Helen Potter.  You can contact Helen via email or via telephone on 01207 507001.

At Consett Academy we place a great emphasis on ensuring that students get information, advice and guidance throughout their time in the school, but particularly at key transition moments. We aim to support and inspire students with the decisions about their future.

Careers, Education Information Advice Guidance (CIAG) is delivered through a range of activities for every student from Year 7 to Year 13. During Supporting Student Progress sessions students follow a planned programme which gives students the opportunity to examine a wide range of future careers options, learning about pathways, careers roles and Labour Market Information. During Inspire Days students have the opportunity to develop their employability skills, encounter providers of further and higher education and learn from employers.

Our strong links with the local business communities has resulted in students having a range of experience with employers. These include visiting speakers, businesses working with classes to support curriculum learning and visits to work places.  

Year 10 students complete the ESH Building Skills programme. This programme gives students to opportunity to learn from many employers about career pathways and career roles. Students participate in a range of activities which are designed to allow them to learn about the world of work.

Our Annual Careers Fair gives students and parents the opportunity to interact with a wide range of employers, further education providers and training providers. This event allows both students and parents to talk to employers and providers about the opportunities for the future.

In Year 11 students are given the opportunity to participate in taster sessions, designed to help them make informed decisions about their post 16 pathway. Tutors, the Achievement Leader, Year Manager and Lead in Business, Enterprise and CEIAG support students with their applications and decisions. Outside agencies are also available to support students.

At Key Stage 5 students participate in activities which focus on preparing them for their next step. All Year 12 students complete a work experience week, giving them a meaningful experience of the workplace. Students attend a Higher Education convention each year, and are fully supported by staff and outside agencies in their UCAS application. Students have the opportunity to visit Higher Education providers and speak to staff and students. For those students who choose not to continue their studies at university, we have a progamme which supports their applications for Higher Apprenticeships and job applications. This includes support in CV writing, interview technique and employability skills.

Careers Programme - Provider Access Policy into Practice - updated February 2020

Certificate of Engagement from DFE Education and Skills Funding Agency - 2017-18

How to write a cracking CV

Covering Letter

Interview Skills

Interactive Apprenticeship Study Guide

Careers Advice

 We now have a dedicated careers advisor called Neil Crabtree from a company called Northern Rights, that will be based in the Academy every Thursday.  His roll will be to support students in the Academy by:

  • giving Careers Information, Advice & Guidance and Welfare to Work Programmes throughout the North East

  • supporting students throughout their education and give them advice on next steps in to further or higher education, apprenticeships and the work place

If you have any questions that you would like to ask him then please speak to you Achievement Leader of email him direct on

Some Year 11 students will be having Careers Advice interviews, and will have been asked to complete a pre interview questionnaire.

Northern Rights Pathfinder:

  • We deliver Careers Information, Advice & Guidance and Welfare to Work Programmes throughout the North East
  • We support students throughout their education as well as adults to get them work ready or back into work
  • Our programmes and work is entirely tailored to the needs of the individual
  • We are an award winning business which is owned and delivered by people from the North East who are passionate about helping people of the North East to achieve.

Come and chat to us – your dedicated careers adviser in Consett Academy is Neil Crabtree and he will be in school on a Thursday.

Northern Rights

Useful Links

Find out about the courses for 16-19 year olds on offer all over London!

Choosing a Russell Group University -

University Open Days -

Information on the options can also be found below: - the site also has lots of video clips: you can search by related school subject of your choice - also has lots of info about the local labour market hot spots.

Parents may find the following links helpful in talking through Career opportunities: 

Career Pilot:


National Careers Service:


Updated April 2020