The BLC are committed to providing a planned programme of careers education and impartial information, advice and guidance for all students in years 7 to 11, in partnership with Positive Steps.

The BLC strives to work within the GATSBY Benchmarks supported by the Raising Participation and Apprenticeship Team.

The careers programme is designed to meet the needs of the students in our community.  It is designed to ensure progressions through a variety of activities that are appropriate to students' stages of career learning, planning and development.

Students are entitled to CEIAG which meets professional standards of practice and which is person centered and impartial.

It is embedded into students' experience of the whole curriculum and based on a partnership with students and their parents/carers.

Raising aspirations, challenging stereotyping and promoting equality and diversity are key aspects.

We currently hold 'The Quality in Careers Standard' for Inspiring Information, Advice and Guidance in school and we are working very hard to ensure that we maintain this high standard in the future.

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Click on the links below to view more information on our BLC Careers Programme

NEET Information


Parent & Carers Information


POST-16 Student Useful Links

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OUR PASS Information

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Career Pathway Information

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Development Plan

Development Plan

Labour Market Information


Careers Plan

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Who to Contact?

If you need advice from any of our Career's advisors, they can be contacted below.

Diane Wilkinson


Telephone: (0300) 3038384, option 3

Saxon Hall, Samson Street, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16 2XW

Peter Tupman

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Telephone: (0300) 3038384, option 3

Saxon Hall, Samson Street, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16 2XW

Our BLC Careers Team

The careers team at Brownhill Learning Community consist of the following staff:

Lauren Georgiou - Assistant Head Teacher, CEIAG Lead

Stella Oldham CEIAG link Governor

Diane Wilkinson - Progression Officer

The role of Progression Officer within our school is to provide students with quality information & prepare them for the wide range of choices open to them after life at Brownhill Learning Community.

I ensure visits to careers fairs, universities and training providers are engaging and informative and provide the young people whom we work with have the knowledge and skills they will need to make informed choices.

I work alongside our careers advisor from Positive Steps to produce & provide the most relevant information our students will need for after Year 11 either in further Education or Employment

Pete Tupman - Careers Advisor from Positive Steps

Positive Steps is a charitable trust that delivers a range of targeted and integrated services for young people, adults and families that recognises the diversity of the people with whom we work.


We are a unique organisation delivering a combination of statutory, voluntary and traded services – funded through local authority and charitable trust grants, charitable donations, contracts based on payment by results, and income generated through our sister company Positive Steps Trading – where all profits fund our charitable activity.


Positive Steps has a long history of hitting and exceeding targets and the past year has proved no exception. 

We deliver a comprehensive, integrated range of services which helped young people, adults and families reach their full potential. 

These include: Careers Guidance – We provide the careers information, advice and guidance service in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside.


Have a question? Want to know a bit more about me or my careers guidance? To help you get your answers quickly, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular questions I’ve received from other parents, carers & students.


Can’t find what you’re looking for? Get in touch and I’ll be happy to assist you.

Diane Wilkinson

Progression Officer

What does CEIAG stand for?

CEIAG stands for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Will I still get my child benefit?
If I go to college, how many hours will I be there?

your child benefit stop on 31st August on or after your 16th birthday.  If you do not go onto another form of education, training or an apprenticeship, your parents/carers wont receive anything from the Government with regards to money for keeping you at home.

A full-time course is approximately 16+ hours

Can I Get my CSCS card when I leave school?

Yes you can, but there will possibly be a cost, one of which you can find out using the internet.

Do I have to do my Maths and English after I leave school?

Yes you do, if you do not get a Grade 4 or above.

When do I leave school?
When can I start working?

You can only start a full-time job once you have reached the minimum school leaving age of 16 and only after the last Friday in June, you can then work up to a maximum of 40 hours per week.

You officially leave school on the last Friday in June.  You must then do one of the following until you are 18:

  • Stay in full-time education 

  • Start an apprenticeship or traineeship

  • Spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, whilst in  part-time education or training

When will I get my National Insurance Number?

You usually get your National Insurance card sent to your home address just before your 16th birthday.  There is no legal requirement for you to have this to work.  You can start work whilst you are waiting for this to arrive, your employer can still pay you and pay their contributions legally until it comes through to you.