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Careers and Enterprise

Our Careers & Enterprise education curriculum is designed to give students information about future career options, post 16 progression and to develop the skills they need to be able to pursue their goals. Testbourne Community School aims to ensure that when young people leave school, they are fully prepared for their next steps towards their future careers. 

We regularly review our careers programme against the eight ‘Gatsby benchmarks’, which is a framework of best practice for careers and enterprise provision in schools: 

  1. A stable careers programme 
  2. Learning from career and labour market information 
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil 
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers 
  5. Encounters with employers and employees 
  6. Experiences of workplaces 
  7. Encounters with further and higher education 
  8. Personal guidance 

For more information regarding the Career Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) programme at Testbourne, please contact Mr Khawaja, Head of Careers and Enterprise and named Careers Leader at


Useful Career Websites

Local Colleges 


Careermag for School Leavers explores the different opportunities available to students after school or college. Careermag for School Leavers includes: Sector Spotlights which looks at exciting careers; inspiring case studies from students who have been there and done it; and employability articles to help better prepare you for the world of work. 

Careermag for Parents connects students and their parents to the latest career and qualification routes available. Careermag for Parents helps parents and carers understand the options available for young people as well as dispelling industry myths and misconceptions along the way. 

National Careers Service 

The National Careers Service can help with career, learning and training choices. There are over 800 job profiles which tell you what a job involves and how to get into that career path. It also provides help with CVs and interview advice. 


Career pilot has a range of careers information and tools for 11-19 year olds 

icould is a website which uses the power of personal stories to inform and inspire young peoples’ career choices. It has the ability to match potential careers to subjects studied at school and college.  

The site features over 1000 videos of real people talking about their careers – explaining their job role, career path and how different factors have shaped their choices. 

Amazing Apprenticeships 

This website has a huge wealth of videos, factsheets and information all about the different types of apprenticeships. 

Success at School 

This site provides useful careers guidance and includes a ‘careers zone’ which focuses on different jobs and which subjects to study. 

Target Careers 

Target Careers is an online guide to potential career paths. It helps students in choosing the most appropriate Post 16 subjects and which careers require specific degrees or A levels. 

Parental Guidance 

Careers information, advice and guidance from the Career Writers Association for parents. 

Career Alchemy 

Useful resources for parents which provide guidance on how to help their son/daughter explore their future career path.