At JCoSS all students are given the information, guidance and skills they need to make good choices for their future. From Year 7 onwards, students have a variety of opportunities to develop their career aspirations, including access to a range of support delivered in a variety of ways including careers fairs, employer talks, guest speakers and trips to colleges and Universities. All students in Year 12 undertake Work Experience. 

All students have a one-to-one guidance appointment delivered by an impartial qualified careers adviser in Year 10.  Students can request a guidance appointment at any time. Our careers guidance specialists are at Parents’ Evenings to provide further careers support.

We have two careers guidance practitioners, both qualified to meet the professional standards set by the CDI (Careers Development Institute) and as such abiding by their code of ethics ensuring that the guidance they give is independent and impartial.

JCoSS is working towards the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for good career guidance as described in the Government’s latest publication “Careers Guidance and access for education and training providers” January 2018.

The benchmarks are:
A stable careers programme
Learning from career and labour market information
Addressing the needs of each pupil
Linking curriculum learning to careers
Encounters with employers and employees
Experiences of workplaces
Encounters with further and higher education
Personal guidance

Head of Careers – Clare Raff
Designated Careers Leader – Headteacher –

Information about preparing students for University applications, including recent destinations and Gap Years can be found in the 6th form Careers Guidance.  Our policy can be found here.

London Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information (LMI) is an important part of the careers advice and guidance that young people should receive.  There is no one stop shop for LMI as the list below will show. Keeping up to date with the latest data and tools is difficult. 

Click here for the latest statistics about the labour market in Barnet.

Click here for the latest statistics about the labour market nationally. Scroll down to see information on London and the South East including emerging areas of employment.

Below (in no particular order) are 14 sources of LMI plus a few extra that require more work with a bit of commentary for each of the tools.

Graduate earnings
This tool uses a linked data source Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO). It includes tax, pupil and benefits data. You can explore graduate earnings by gender, subject, cohort, and years since graduation. All the earnings data is in January 2017 salaries to make it comparable across cohorts.

Where the work is
This tool uses data from job sites to show which occupations have the most job openings in an area. It goes further by saying how many of these jobs are available to school, further education or higher education leavers, and has a measure of salary. By combining salary with jobs it gives each occupation an opportunity score for the selected area.

Earnings by region
This lively infographic uses earnings data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and breaks the data down by local authority.

Earnings by occupation
This tool allows you to compare the pay of different occupations. It also forecasts the growth of that occupation. It is part of the LMI for all project.

Earnings by occupation and gender
This tool from the Office for ONS (Office National Statistics) allows you to compare gender pay gaps by occupation.

NOMIS is a service provided by the Office for National Statistics is a good source of headline LMI. Here is the LMI for Barnet

Monthly regional LMI from ONS
Every month the ONS updates the labour market statistics. Their website has had major investment recently and the usability and commentary around the statistics make them very accessible.

Concentration of industry by region
This tool shows the relative distribution of jobs by industry and by region.

This is the official university LMI website, containing data from various sources including earnings data and course satisfaction ratings.

Centre for cities
As the name implies, this site is focused on cities. It contains a wide variety of data including housing, skills, jobs and employment, welfare and demographics.

This site features videos of people in various professions. It also pulls in labour market information from the LMI for all project, including salary data.

Glass door
This is a job site, where users leave commentary on companies including salary data.  Other job sites can be just as useful for local LMI.

Risk of automation
This is a good example of a tool one may not think is LMI. Originally a BBC news story, it functions as a source of LMI too by allowing you to see the chance that a job will be automated. Instead of advice on what jobs to do in the future, advice on what jobs not to do might equally be useful…

Can a robot do your job?
This tool is similar to the BBC tool above but requires a bit more information and was developed more recently.

With thanks to Jonathan Boys for information from his blog


An apprenticeship is a combination of employment and learning.  They are available at various levels (Traineeship, Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree) and in a variety of fields, e.g. Engineering, Media, Business, Hair & Beauty, Construction, with more being developed.  All have the same elements – competencies, qualification, technical knowledge, and key skills – and the training provider may be a college or the workplace.  Apprentices complete a minimum of 30 hours per week, usually 4 days’ work and 1 day training, or block releases.

The advantages: real employment experience and increase skills and work opportunities.  Apprentices are paid on average £171 per week and receive holidays, pension and travel expenses. They can gain credible qualifications up to degree level without paying university fees.

The target group: applicants need to be aged 16-24 years and committed to an industry area or specific job.  They have to demonstrate research into that area of work and show that they  are responsible and prepared for further study, happy to work individually or in a team and able to use initiative.

Next steps: research and registration with the relevant training provider or college covering the specialist area. Some colleges now have apprenticeship departments and may have employers waiting for an apprentice.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure a job, and they should investigate local employers, visit websites to find out more and contact them direct, with a quality CV. 

Inclusion and Careers

JCoSS is proud of the diversity of our students and we recognise that each student will take their own career path when they leave. For some students the choices are different and we work hard to ensure that every opportunity is offered to them.

With this in mind we run an annual Inclusion Careers Fair in the Autumn.  The aim is to ensure that students with additional learning needs and their parents are aware and informed about the range of options available, whether from Year 11 or from Year 13, and whether for mainstream or PSRP students (our provision for students with autism).  Organisations represented have included:

  • Norwood
  • Langdon College
  • Oaklands College
  • Ambitious College
  • Barnet & Southgate College
  • West Herts College
  • Capel Manor

In addition, all students with additional learning needs have individual appointments with the Careers team in a location appropriate to them.

These are a selection of organisation that offer specialist help for young people with additional needs

Further information

On careers generally: – information on hundreds of different careers – an online CV building website – real people filmed talking about their jobs – careers and qualifications information – website to register interest in apprenticeships

On Apprenticeships:

On Inclusion and Careers:

For further information, please contact Clare Raff by e-mailing or call 0208 344 2220