At Notre Dame we are fully committed to ensuring all our students have access to a relevant programme of Careers Education throughout Years 7-13. In addition to the careers education programme, students have access to one to one advice from our Careers Coordinator and Careers Connect Adviser. In July 2014 we were awarded the Careers Quality Award in recognition of the range and quality of our careers related activities.

The Careers Programme will ensure:

  • Students gain a better understanding of the education, training and employment progression opportunities available to them.
  • Students sufficiently develop the skills they need to plan and manage their personal development and career plans.
  • Students have access to up to date careers information, taster days and relevant work experience.
  • Students can gain a better understanding of employability skills from links with local employers.

There are regular opportunities throughout the year for students to feed back on the programme via student surveys.

Please download  NDCC Careers Education and Guidance 2015

 CV Support Pack – Please click to download

Personal Profile Pack – Please click to download

Summary of Careers Activities Years 7-13

Year Group



Students consider their own personal qualities and attributes as well as researching those required for various job roles. Introduction to online resources such as the Connected Portal.


There is further exploration of the Connected Portal and additional careers software e.g. Kudos. In addition students will look at job opportunities currently available in various occupational areas.


A key focus in Year 9 is decision making. There is particular emphasis on preparing students to be fully informed regarding choices Post14. Students are supported in selecting their GCSE options.


During Year 10 students focus on employability skills and work towards producing letters of application and CV’s. Visits from local employers support the students with preparation for interviews.


The Year 11 programme focuses on Post 16 options. All year 11 students have careers interviews with staff as well as the Careers Adviser. Students will also consolidate their CV’s and personal profiles. Students have work experience after their examinations.


During Year 12 students explore Post 18 option choices as well as completing work experience placements relevant to their chosen career path. Students considering applying to higher education attend specific events throughout the year.


For those students applying to higher education the emphasis in Year 13 is the UCAS process. Students who are not considering H.E are supported in applying for further education, training and employment.


Staff Contacts

Mrs A.M Costello – Assistant Headteacher has overall responsibility for Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).

Mrs G Hall – Careers Coordinator has day to day responsibility for the Careers Education programme, information and careers related activities in school.

Miss C Barnes-Careers Connect Adviser

Students and parents can follow developments via the Careers Twitter page or the Careers News page.


Careers News

Mrs Hall is available to see students by appointment during the school day. In addition students can see Mrs Hall before school (8-8.40 am) or in the Library every lunchtime to discuss careers related matters. Appointments to see Miss Barnes can be arranged via Mrs Hall.

If you would like to discuss your son/daughter’s career options then please contact the college number to arrange an appointment with Mrs Hall.


Case Study One: Lloyd’s Banking Group and the Enterprise Adviser Network

Lloyd’s Banking Group were early adopters of the EAN, signing up and truly believing in the  EAN ‘meaningful encounters’ model before any other large employer in the Liverpool City Region.  Nicky and Rich identified, developed and motivated a team to link effectively with two schools in Liverpool.  They have an innovative approach and place careers and enterprise at the forefront of the activities within the schools:

Notre Dame Catholic College:  The Lloyd’s team commit their time to developing the Enterprise and Employability Strategy with SLT and governors. The practical aspects of responding to individual students’ needs against the Gatsby Benchmarks has proved a real strength.  The Team has provided Notre Dame Heads of Year with the opportunity to experience the Lloyd’s Assessment Centre; enabling teaching staff to understand how much the competitive nature of the labour market/interview processes have changed. The sessions cover: Interview, Group Exercise, 2 Role Play activities, Contact Centre, telephone assessment and Apprenticeship Talk.  The teachers cascade their experience back to teaching staff and students in Year groups.

Lloyd’s has recently extended this to Year 12’s; this provides a fantastic grounding for students considering and preparing for their futures.  Many students have been identified via this process to work for Lloyd’s either to finance their future university route or as Apprentices.  Lloyd’s provide all of the feedback forms to Notre Dame to inform the annual review process with Year 12 students.

Careers Information

There is a wide variety of occupational resources available in the Library as well as information on further education, training, higher education and employment.

Careers Software and the Connected Portal

Students also have free access to the Connected Portal, an online resource which can be accessed from home. There are also useful links on here to support parents. Access the portal via the ‘Connect’ link on the homepage.

Students can also access careers software such as – Kudos and Careerscape.

Careers helpline: 0800 0126 606- free advice from Careers Connect

Useful Websites

Career Connect


I Could


Higher Education


The Russell Group

Prospects UK

Further Education


Labour Market Information

Liverpool City Region

Warwick University Labour Market Trends

Labour Market Information website

Jobs for Tomorrow