Careers

Introduction- Careers guidance

careers

Introduction

Rationale

Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. A planned progressive programme of activities supports pupils in choosing 14 – 19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employability throughout their working lives in Britain and beyond.

Aims

Aim

What is Careers Education and Guidance?

The CEG programme recognises the need for young people from Year 7 to develop career management skills so that they are better prepared to take their key decisions – Key Stage 4 Options in Year 9 and their Post 16 Options in Year 11. Students acquire the skills to:

  • Investigate learning and career opportunities
  • Make informed judgements about learning and career options
  • Understand how these choices will help them to achieve their ambitions
  • Enable them to successfully manage key transition points

 

In order to further support our pupils with their future aspirations, the school is currently working towards gaining the Investor in Careers Status. Investor in Careers is a quality standard for the management of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and is now the most respected quality award of its kind.  The award is recognised nationally.

To gain the Investor in Careers Award the school will have demonstrated a commitment to provide impartial, independent careers education, information, advice and guidance to all young people.

The IiC standard is about improving students’ awareness of opportunities, raising their aspirations and working with them to ensure they achieve their full potential. This is an area where the school excels and where we aim to continue to support our pupils to gain places at the very best universities or other appropriate pathways. Gaining this recognition will support us with our drive to provide an education for your son that surpasses national expectations. I would like to thank all staff for showing their commitment to CEIAG.

My team and I have been working on this award since July 2015 and hope to have achieved the Investor in Careers Status before December 2016.

Mr Aytac Ali

Deputy Headteacher

 

Opportunities

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE OFFERED IN CAREERS EDUCATION AND GUIDANCE?

Years 7 – 11

  • The CEG modules are part of the integrated PHSE course which have been designed to support the needs of every year group within the school. Students research career information, write a CV, role play interviews and learn about basic finance.
  • Employment seminars are offered to students to ensure a clear understanding of how an industry works and have they can embark on a journey to successfully enter the world of work.
  • PSHE Policy with careers education

Years 12 and 13

  • All Year 12 students participate in a week’s work experience in Year 12 as well as attending a Higher Education Conference and other work related and Higher Education activities in school
  • Occupational workshops are given by local professionals
  • A Higher Education Evening and guidance sessions are held regularly supporting students and parents
  • Employment seminars are offered to Year 13 students who are considering employment on the completion of their studies. Activities include mock interviews and guidance on writing exceptional CV’s.
  • The school is proud of its systems to support pupils in Year 12 and 13 to enhance their ‘cultural capital’ to get to the very best universities.

USING THE WEB FOR further guidance on CEIAG.

Key sites (pupils and parents):

www.parentalguidance.org.uk/

  • Careers information and advice from the Careers Writers Association with a mass of useful information for students aged 11 – 21
  • The website section has detailed links to specific employment sectors

www.icould.com/

  • Videos and information on a wide range of careers. Also includes quizzes to help generate ideas

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

  • Hundreds of job profiles and career related topics

www.careersbox.co.uk/

  • A website with a series of short films describing different jobs
  • New film clips are added regularly

www.ucas.ac.uk/

  • Main site for university application
  • Information for students and parents
  • Link to the Stamford Test which helps to match student preferences to courses

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/

  • Lots of information about training courses
  • Advice for students about apprenticeships, jobs and training
  • Details of employees offering apprenticeships and training
  • Students can register to receive weekly updates

www.apprenticeships.org.uk/

  • The main website that advertises all apprenticeship opportunities
  • Can be searched by geographical region or by employment sector
  • Students can register to receive weekly updates

www.plotr.co.uk/