Careers and Work Related Learning

Careers and Work Related Learning

Introducing the Careers Team here at Horizon

Careers and WRL Team

Image Above features Paul Harrison our Careers Adviser & Nicola Daykin our Work Related Learning Coordinator.

Our roles within college are to ensure that students will have the opportunity to have face to face professional careers guidance, as well as having the opportunity to undertake work experience, and to enable them to make well informed choices about their careers and future plans.


Every year is important to a student’s education none more so than years 10 and 11 when they start their GCSE’s. This is also a time when students need to start and focus on what they want to do beyond school and college, about what kind of career they would like to pursue in the near future. We are extremely fortunate here at Horizon Community College to have our own designated Work Related Learning and Careers room.


Here you will find Mrs Daykin our Work Related Learning Co-ordinator and Mr Harrison our Careers Adviser, both with extensive knowledge and expertise within their respective specialism. We caught up with Mr Harrison and asked him to give us an overview of what happens within the Work Related Learning and Careers Department.

“Our main role here at Horizon is to give impartial careers information, advice and guidance to all students as well as career themed talks during tutor times especially in key stage 4 where they need it the most. This helps the students to then make well informed choices about their futures and enables them to choose a pathway that’s most suited to them. Each student who is interviewed receives an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that is tailored to their specific needs and requirements”.

A bespoke menu of career themed workshops is set up by Mrs Daykin that enables local employers, colleges and training providers to come into school and give talks and workshops to our students about courses, jobs, apprenticeships and training. The knock on effect of all this and the hard work that teachers and support staff  put in means that students from Horizon can make impartial well informed decisions about what they want to do in the future ensuring retention is kept  to a maximum”.


“The students at Horizon have many opportunities to enrich their own knowledge about further and higher education. College and university visits are set up for our students to enable them to gain an insight into what learning will be like post 16”.

“The aim is to allow students to experience life as a university student and to inspire them to aim for higher education”.