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Careers & Progression

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance in College

With so many courses and careers available, sometimes it can be confusing deciding where to start and where a subject can take you. Because of this, we employ professionally trained Careers Advisers that have extensive experience supporting young people and adults into education, employment, higher education or further training.

Our experienced staff follow a professional code of conduct and are Matrix Standard accredited ensuring all students receive impartial and confidential information, advice, guidance and support. This support is provided in schools, during enrolment and induction right through to the end of a students course. Our Advisers frequently attend careers events - both locally and nationally - across different industries and universities every year, so know what is happening in the job market and in Higher Education. Students can therefore be sure to access up to date and relevant information, advice and guidance. 

All students have the right to access Careers Education at the College and in line with Gatsby Benchmarks and the governments Careers Strategy for secondary schools and colleges, we have updated our Careers Strategy, Careers Programme of Activity and Provider Access Policy, all of which can be found below.


School Engagement

Our School Liaison and Student Adviser, Rachel Ness, works with all local schools in Hartlepool, Peterlee and surrounding areas to deliver impartial careers information, advice and guidance to students from year 7 upwards. Should you feel unsure about what options to take, or what to do after Year 11, Rachel will support you, working with you to find the right pathway for you. Rachel frequently attends school drop ins, assemblies, parents evenings or careers fairs, so please do go say hello. Rachel will also be the initial point of contact for our Year 10 FE Life days. Alternatively, current students can book a 1:1 appointment with Rachel. Appointments can be made via Student Support on the ground floor.

Employer Engagement

Here at Hartlepool College of Further Education we have excellent employer links in Hartlepool and across the Tees Valley, from schools and hospitals to construction and engineering firms, supporting students with site visits, placements, apprenticeships, as well as workshops and our brand new employer mentoring circle programme and not to mention our annual Big Apprenticeship Event. 

Higher Education Engagement

Our links with local universities are also strong. Students interested in progressing to university are able to visit university open days, taster days, residentials and workshops, all arranged by the Student Support team. Universities also gather together for our annual HE fair, giving students the opportunity to find out about the range of courses available to them beyond Hartlepool FE Life. 


Contact Us

Students, and staff, can visit Student Support on the ground floor to book an appointment/activity, or alternatively can email enquiries@hartlepoolfe.ac.uk or contact our Advisers direct for further information:

Tina Preston Tina.Preston@Hartlepoolfe.ac.uk Tel: 01429 283813 (Lead Student Adviser)

Rachel Ness Rachel.Ness@hartlepoolfe.ac.uk Tel: 01429 404149 (School Liaison and Student Adviser)

We also have a dedicated Future Me Zone on the first floor, where students can source lots of information regarding all things Careers and Progression.


Why Not Follow Us!?

Why not follow us on our Twitter account for School leaver updates as well as careers and progression info: @HCFEAdvisers. We also promote part-time and full-time jobs in Hartlepool at @HCFEVacancies.

Associated documents

  • HCFE Careers Programme of Activity - Staff Guide
  • HCFE Careers Strategy 2018-19
  • HCFE Student Support Statement of Service 2018-19
  • HCFE Provider Access Policy 2018-19
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