Employability & Careers

RSFC are committed to ensuring that all our students are supported to develop an appropriate career plan and encouraged to take part in a career placement during your time here. Impartial one-to-one career advice and guidance is available for all students at RSFC.

In the first instance, your Student Performance and Development Leader will give you advice on education and work opportunities, as well as assisting you with your applications for universities or jobs. We offer one-to-one interviews, careers workshops and access to a range of careers resources and software.

Your Student Performance and Development Leader will work with you to plan your opportunities for progression and our Employability Co-ordinator will support you in finding relevant career placements. It is our aim to offer all students a career placement before they leave the college, to support applications for further study and employment. RSFC students have been successful in securing career placements with a range of organisations including the NHS, education establishments and businesses. A number of students who have attended these placements have also been offered employment once their studies were completed.

For some university courses, a career placement is an essential part of the entry requirements, including initial teacher training and all health-related courses. If you study for a BTEC qualification, you will be involved in a career placement as part of your course.

During the pandemic RSFC have worked had with various partners to ensure that whilst face-to-face placements have not been possible that virtual work experience programmes have been established.

Y12 student Zara completed a placement with WHAG - a charity that offers housing and support to vulnerable homeless women in Rochdale. Zara said:

"My placement with WHAG has been an unforgettable and beneficial experience for me. It has helped me realise that I would like to pursue a career in mental health/support work. This experience has helped to motivate me to achieve my goals for the future and I am grateful to have had this opportunity. I would like to thank all the employees at WHAG who were all very friendly, inspirational, and answered all my questions."

RSFC has established a wide network of partnerships which has enabled us to offer relevant and valuable career placements. In addition, students participate in careers and apprenticeship events, volunteering, visits to local organisations and a mock interview. We also welcome a variety of guest speakers to the college from a range of organisations.

NB: career placements will be subject to COVID-19 safety guidelines.