Information, Advice & Guidance

South West Durham Training (SWDT) employ professionally trained careers advisers who have extensive experience supporting young people and adults into employment or further training. They follow a professional code of conduct and are familiar with the Gatsby Benchmarks and statutory guidelines ensuring you receive impartial and confidential support.

Careers Guidance

If you are unsure about your career pathway or confused about which course to do, then a 1:1 careers appointment may suit you. All sessions are confidential and the information is only shared between advisers and the client. This service is available for students or anyone thinking of studying at South West Durham Training - contact the careers team to make an appointment: 01388 443059.

National Career Benchmarks (GATSBY)

South West Durham Training careers staff were involved in the north east of England Gatsby pilot to identify good practice in careers guidance for young people in schools and colleges. The Gatsby foundation visited a number of countries to look at good practice in careers guidance and careers education. From this they developed a set of benchmarks to demonstrate good practice for careers provision in schools and colleges. Following the initial pilot, these benchmarks were adopted nationally and form part of any future Ofsted inspections for schools and colleges. See the link for further information on the eight benchmarks.

Information on the GATSBY pilot

Careers Education

Every apprentice/student will be offered the opportunity of a 1:1 careers guidance interview during their time at SWDT and will have access to a programme of careers education tutorials throughout their learning journey. Advisers work closely with tutors to arrange careers sessions that cater to their ability and include a range of topics relating to careers and employability.

Advice on Higher Education

Advisers provide advice and guidance on higher education programmes including degree, foundation degree, higher national diplomas and higher level apprenticeships. They work with students who are making an application to higher education, providing specialist support on a range of higher education topics including how to research course choices and how to write an effective personal statement. Students and apprentices also have the opportunity to attend the annual North East higher education event.

Labour Market Information

Labour market trends play an important part it the decision making process for anyone planning their future career or looking at a career change. There is broad a range of local and national information available to help you make those all important decisions and to explore the opportunities that may be available in the future. We suggest the following links as a good starting point:

How to Access the Service

During term time we are generally available between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9am until 12 Noon on a Friday. You can contact us by e-mail, telephone or on the website to request an interview.

Phone: 01388 443059

Head of Careers

The details of the head of the careers department can be found below:

Kevin Burns
Head of Admissions, Careers, Marketing and School Liaison

Phone: 01388 443 028

Careers Entitlement Statement

SWDT is committed to ensuring that high quality, timely, accurate and impartial careers education, information advice and guidance is provided to support people to make informed decisions. This involves making realistic choices about future plans and developing skills to prepare for progression into further study or employment. A copy of our Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance policy can be viewed here.