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Cardinal Newman College employs professionally trained careers advisers

Our advisors have extensive experience supporting young people into Higher Education and employment/apprenticeships

The Careers Team:

Careers Manager – Faye Mawdesley

Careers Officer – Jenny Smith

Independent Careers Adviser – Samantha Marfleet

Careers Leader Faye Mawdesley (Operational) & Kelly Illingworth-Turner (Strategic)

Senior Leadership Team, Careers Lead – Vicky Bryant

Careers Link Governor – Andrew Wygladala

The team follow a professional code of conduct and have achieved the Quality in Careers Standard, ensuring all students receive impartial and confidential support that is fully aligned with the Gatsby Benchmarks for “Good Career Guidance” and complies with the DfE’s Statutory Guidance.

During term time, the careers staff are generally available 8.30 am – 4.30 pm, Monday – Friday for drop-in enquiries.

To arrange a 1-1 appointment please contact the team by email or phone at careers@cardinalnewman.ac.uk or call 01772 460181 

The careers team offer 1-1 advice and guidance appointments and this may suit students who are unsure about their career pathway and would like to explore their options or students who want to discuss their ideas further.   All sessions are confidential and the information is only shared between advisers and the student.

This service is available to ALL current students or anyone thinking of studying at Cardinal Newman College – contact the careers team to make an appointment.

Students are also encouraged to email the team or drop in if they have a question that they feel could be resolved quickly.

All students have access to the Careers student share page which contains lots of useful information, links and resources to support with career/progression planning.

Careers Sharepoint

UNIFROG – The ‘one-stop shop’ to support with your future plans!

Cardinal Newman students get free access to Unifrog – which is a one-stop shop for researching future plans, jobs, university, including quizzes to help focus your ideas and plans.

This is a fantastic free resource to support students to explore their options for 2023 and beyond. Explore ideas, research university courses, apprenticeships and jobs, create fantastic personal statements, CVs and more…  Parents can access this too.  If you need more information contact careers@cardinalnewman.ac.uk


National Careers Service


Not Going to University 

All full-time students have access to a programme of careers education tutorials throughout their time at Cardinal Newman. Careers staff work closely with pastoral staff to plan careers sessions that include a diverse range of topics relating to careers and employability.

Careers Calendar 23/24

National Careers Benchmarks (Gatsby)

Cardinal Newman value the importance of careers guidance for young people and work within the Gatsby benchmarks framework to ensure good practice.

Gatsby Benchmarks

The careers team provide advice and guidance on higher education programmes including honours degrees, foundation degrees and post-graduate opportunities.

Through the tutorial programme they provide support on a range of higher education topics including researching courses, writing an effective personal statement, Higher Education funding, UCAS Apply/Track.

The careers team also support learners who are studying Higher Education programmes at Cardinal Newman.

University Application Process at Newman

Apply Guide

Personal Statement Guide

Labour Market Information (LMI)  helps to demystify the jobs market. It helps to take the confusion out of career planning, job hunting, career progression, and changing career. When people have accurate and up-to-date information, they are better equipped to make informed choice and to plan appropriately.

Explore Future Jobs in Lancashire

“Portal” is the current Careers Information Advice and Guidance Presentation for each of Lancashire’s six Travel to Work Areas.

These resources present the latest Labour Market Information for each ‘Travel to Work Area’ in Lancashire.  They inform students and parents about the current trends and future employment opportunities in Lancashire, and this will help students to make informed decisions when planning their future career.

Click here to access ‘Portal’ >

Explore other websites that present information on the UK labour market

  • icould is a careers website which uses LMI for All to provide context alongside careers videos.
  • SACU is an online source of careers information for young people, parents, teachers and careers advisers.

Explore jobs linked to your skills and interests using Skillsometer which can be found on

LMI FOR ALL – Explore LMI data – LMI For All

It is of great benefit to students if they can engage with employers and employees and experience workplaces, particularly when aligned to their studies (curriculum).  Preparation for the world of work and gaining knowledge of the employability skills they will need is vital in helping students understand the skills needed for their future, and support in achievement academically.

Your company, staff and guidance have an essential part to play in helping our student’s achieve this.  If you or your company could help, even with just an hour of your time, please contact our Careers Lead, Faye Mawdesley.

What roles should teachers play in careers guidance:

Teachers Role in Careers Guidance

Careers Sharepoint

Gatsby Benchmarks

Cardinal Newman is committed to ensuring that high-quality, timely, accurate and impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance is provided to support students to make informed decisions about their future.  This includes supporting them to develop both academic skills and employability skills for progression to higher education or employment.

Careers Strategy 2023

In addition, the careers team abides by the following:

Policy Statement on Provider Access

Accreditation Certificate

CDI Code of Ethics


Parents have a key role to play in the decision-making and the general career path your children choose to pursue.  The video below is a useful guide to the support your son/daughter receives at Newman and will inform you of the processes so you too can offer support at home.

Advice For Parents And Guardians | UCAS | Parent Guide To University

Help shape their career (apprenticeships.gov.uk)

Parents: what is a Degree Apprenticeship? – Parents Advice | AllAboutSchoolLeavers