Careers Information at Valley College


Valley College employs a Careers Advisor and has access to an external and impartial careers service to provide relevant advice. This is complimented by the individual guidance provided by the Tutors and PACE support staff for all our learners, and by the support from the senior leadership and administrative team in supporting enrolment, on developing individual learner programmes and accreditation, and in accessing relevant work experience opportunities within the community.


The college also holds a Transition Evening and Careers Event during the academic year, details of which will be advertised on our website.         


Valley College adheres to the Gatsby Benchmarks of good career guidance as these are identified as being key in:


  • Raising young peoples' aspirations and promoting access to all career pathways;
  • Enabling all young people to develop the skills and outlook they need to achieve career wellbeing, including adaptability and resilience;
  • Underpinning the Department for Education guidance on careers provision.

For more information visit the Gatsby Good Career Guidance website here


Valley College, in collaboration with the college Work Placement Co-Ordinator provides learners with an individual programme which includes fully supported work placements both on-site (The Den and The Garage Cafe) and off- site.  This is discussed as part of enrolment onto the appropriate pathway and subsequently as part of the Initial review in the completion of the Aspiration Learning Journey. (see below for example)


The provision of work placements ensures that all learners have the opportunity to explore what work is like, what it takes to be successful in the work place and what it is like to learn in this type of environment.  


Our college already has established links with a variety of local businesses and is keen to explore new and exciting opportunities for our learners. 


If you would like any further information about our careers programme, then please contact Eileen Melling, Director of Post-18 or Louise Taylor, Careers Advisor on 01706 214640 Option 2 or email


If you are a local employer or business who would like to work with our college and learners, then we would love to hear from you.


Please contact us on 01706 214640 Option 2

or email


Please note: The careers information included on this page is correct at the time of publishing and will be reviewed on an annual basis. 


USEFUL INFORMATION                                         


Preparing for Adulthood

Labour Market Intelligence in Lancashire

National Careers Service

Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub

Lancashire Careers Hub


Details of Key Policies can be found here

Careers Information

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