Careers Study Programme & Strategy

The Ridge Employability College has high aspirations for all learners.  Our bespoke curriculum is linked to learners’ EHCP targets. By including opportunities for learners to engage in the local labour market, suitable workplace experiences and further education, it is expected that all learners will graduate to a positive destination.

Through our personalised study programme, our careers strategy motivates our young people by giving them a clear idea of the routes to employment and other pathways.

The Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) entitlement at The Ridge consists of a range of elements, which when combined, provide a coherent and progressive programme for all learners at each stage of their development, including:

  • Action Planning
  • Study programme (incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks)
  • Curriculum (including work based training platforms)
  • Duke of Edinburgh (accredited by The Ridge Employability College DofE Licensed Organisation)
  • Prince’s Trust (Accredited by Prince’s Trust)
  • Employability  – stakeholders – informed by Local Labour Market information  (LMI)
  • Information & Guidance

The College will assess the impact of its careers programme on learners by completing learner surveys. In addition, the views of learners, parents, carers and college staff will be sought throughout the Careers programme including key events e.g., careers events, national careers week, Ridge & Beyond, work experience etc..  We will also support graduates by reviewing and analysing destinations data.

The Ridge Employability College will publish a review of careers information annually(July 2024).

Learners, parents/carers, professionals and employers may access information about The Ridge careers programme by contacting the careers manager (01302 897445).


The Ridge Employability College believes in giving education and training providers the opportunity to talk to learners at the College.  Several events, integrated into the College’s careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into college to speak to learners and/or their parents/carers.  Please use the following link to see to view the Provider Access Policy.

Provider Access Policy.pdf



To read our Careers Policy please click the link:

Careers Information Advice and Guidance policy.pdf

*This policy is currently under review, February 2024.


The Gatsby Charitable Foundation was commissioned by Sir John Holman.  He wrote the Good Career Guidance Report which identifies a set of eight benchmarks that we use as a framework for improving our careers provision, providing learners with the best possible careers education, information, advice and guidance.

  • Stable Careers Programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each learner
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal Independent Advice & Guidance

At The Ridge Employability College we focus on building confidence, self-esteem, resilience, and independence in order to build learners’ skills so that they can reach their goals. This is completed through a personalised study programme that incorporates aspects of our curriculum offer.  The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the Princes Trust support team-building and positive work ethics.  The Prince’s Trust helps transform lives and build sustainable communities with a particular focus on supporting young people into education, employment and enterprise. Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme helps young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem, and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication, and drive, enhancing CVs and job applications.

The Ridge Employability College works hard to develop relationships in the community that are supportive of the needs of our young people.



National Careers Service  a comprehensive careers website with job profiles, outlining: the skills required, main tasks, pay levels and career prospects for hundreds of different jobs. In addition, valuable guidance on the different stages involved in getting a job.  Careerometer is a freely available widget provided by the LMI (Labour Market Information) for All service. It is an easy way to get access to labour market information. Can be used to compare different jobs, – salary, working hours etc. Doncaster Chamber of Commerce/Opportunities Doncaster gives learners the chance to meet professionals from a variety of roles and industries and get advice on careers. The Career & Enterprise Company work with schools and colleges to help young people find their best next step.



2016/17 – 100% of graduates moved into positive destinations

2017/18 – 95.6% of graduates moved into positive destinations

2018/19 – 92.3% of graduates moved into positive destinations

2019/20 – no graduates – all learners returned September 2020

2020/21 – 100% of graduates moved into positive destinations

2021/22 – 100% of graduates moved into positive destinations

2022/23 – 100% of graduates moved into positive destinations

Information will be reviewed annually, and for three years post-graduation.