Careers advice and guidance

At NHC, we are here to help you discover what you want your future to look like and how you get there. We will support you throughout your time at NHC and as you progress to higher levels and into work.

Our Personal Development programme will help you develop the key skills, attitudes and behaviours that are required to be successful in life and work.  The programme will help you prepare for the next step you want to take – whether that’s a job, a higher level course at NHC, an apprenticeship or university.

Each section focuses on a different aspect of life. The three themes are:

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Careers & Progression
  • Safety & Inclusion

Sessions are delivered by tutors from your vocational qualification department and by our team of success coaches. They include:

  • Group sessions and activities linked to your occupation of choice and more generally about life and work in the UK
  • One-to-one support from success coaches to help you reflect on your learning, your progress and your plans
  • Trips and visits to help you gain a really good understanding of working life
  • Careers talks from people doing a diverse range of jobs to give you real insight and inspire you
  • Exciting opportunities to work in the community
  • Work experience

During your first few weeks at NHC, you will spend time with tutors and success coaches identifying the type of work experience you’d like to do. We’ll then work really hard to find you a placement that you’ll enjoy in the industry you’d like to work in.

Your tutor and success coach will spend lots of time with you to make sure you’re prepared for your placement and that you know how to make the most of it.

We enjoy strong relationships with hundreds of employers from across Hertfordshire and beyond. We work with them to ensure that we are teaching the workforce skills that they need now and in the future so we can give you the best possible preparation for work.



You can visit Student Services at all of our campuses for more information and advice on a range of topics, including:

  • Your career options
  • CV writing, interview preparation and advice
  • Apprenticeship opportunities – including completing applications
  • Your Higher Education options include completing UCAS applications
  • Future course applications and enrolment at NHC

Our careers team are here to help you decide on your next step and plan how you are going to get there.

Claire Cooper is the college Careers Leader. She is responsible for the delivery of careers advice and guidance. You can contact Claire by email at ccooper2@nhc.ac.uk or by phone at 01462 424242.

Charlotte Sandwell is our Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) officer. If you would like a 1:1 careers interview to look at all your options, you can contact Charlotte by email at csandwell@nhc.ac.uk or by phone at 01462 424217.

For general information, email IAG@nhc.ac.uk.


Our careers programme is embedded within the Personal Development programme and, working alongside employers, aims to give students, and parents the information and guidance to make informed choices about career paths. All programmes have planned opportunities for students to access employers, career workshops and individual advice and guidance.

The following careers programme gives an example of the activities students will be participating in at each level. The information provided is aimed at students, parents/carers, staff, and employers.