The Olympus Academy Trust is committed to delivering an outstanding education for young people, ensuring that our students have access to the highest standards of teaching, resources and learning opportunities.

We work in close partnership with our schools, ensuring that we facilitate the sharing of best practice and provide access to a wide range of partners and resources for the benefit of our students and the wider community. Visit our website here or follow us on Twitter @olympustrust.

Patchway Community School Hempton Lane
Almondsbury Bristol BS32 4AJ
Telephone: 01454 862 020
enquiries@patchwaycc.com

Careers Education & Employability Skills

Employability skills and careers education are considered a very important part of each student’s education. We have a comprehensive careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) programme for every year group. This includes regular career focused weeks where tutors deliver a series of activities covering a wide variety of topics, learning vital skills to help them in choosing the most appropriate further education to put them on their chosen career path. These skills will also to help them accumulate the knowledge with which to make informed choices and decisions for the future. Help with college and job application processes form an important part of this course. Themed training events and interview practice contribute to this activity-led programme.

The careers programme is supported by our business volunteers from the local area who regularly visit students in the classroom, participate in the careers activities, provide Industry talks and workshops and share their knowledge and skills with students. We run regular Business Networking events throughout the year to recruit Business volunteers and further develop our existing Business links. If you have your own business or work in an organisation and are interested in coming along to one of our events, please contact Sherie Humphreys our Business Relationship and Careers Co-ordinator at shumphreys@patchwaycc.com. We also receive a lot of support from our local Higher Education (HE) providers which includes the award winning Pre HE Careers Service at UWE.

For an overview of our careers programme for 2017/18 please follow the link http://www.patchwaycc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Careers-at-PCS-an-Overview-for-Parents.pdf




A series of external visits and trips across the year groups to universities, local businesses, careers fairs, and cultural establishments further enhances the work the students take part in and provides a greater awareness of their own needs, interests and abilities.


Our programme permeates through the school and makes a significant contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life ahead.

Good quality careers education will raise the aspirations of and help our students to become effective career planners and managers of their own progression through learning and work. By providing quality information and advice and guidance, our aim is to raise students’ aspirations and ambitions for their futures and increase confidence, whilst offering equality of opportunity for all.




There will be an opportunity for all of our year 10 students to take part in a work experience programme for one week. This offers the students both an educational and social opportunity to gain a valuable insight into the ‘world of work’. Work experience is an extremely beneficial and successful part of the programme. It gives students the opportunity to put theory into practice, consider possible career options, develop their increasingly important employability skills and provides an overview of how companies are organised and how they operate. For further information visit http://www.patchwaycc.com/work-experience/. This page is password protected and students can obtain this from their tutor or Mrs Humphreys shumphreys@patchwaycc.com.



MOCK INTERVIEWS

All students in year 11 take part in a mock interview led by a representative from the local business community. The students receive valuable advice and feedback on both the quality of their CV form and their performance during a formal interview. Every student will receive a copy of a booklet providing them with the support they need to write their CV in preparation for it to be sent to the employer that will interview them. For a copy of the booklet please click here.


GUIDANCE APPOINTMENTS


In the ever changing world of careers, the students are able to access support on their career pathways through drop-in sessions or individual interviews with an independent adviser.



MENTORING

From year 11, students also have the opportunity to receive mentoring sessions with fully trained and DBS checked business volunteers. Mentors can offer support to students to help them make appropriate choices about what they intend to study/do either post 16 (or post 18 if they are in year 13). This may include:
· helping students with applications to college or university or signposting to those who can help
· advising about future pathways (or signpost to the appropriate person or organisation)
· helping students with ongoing difficulties they have in particular subjects
· helping students to draw up action plans if required
· writing references for students



ADDITIONAL CAREERS INFORMATION

We regularly receive information about careers events and apprentice opportunities, please see the list below for the latest information:



CAREERS SIGNPOSTING WEBSITES

There are a number of useful websites available, these  include:
www.careerpilot.org.uk Plan your future work and study

www.justgohigher.co.uk –  Information about Higher Apprenticeships

www./nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx – Careers advice

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – Information about jobs, apprenticeships, gap year and educational opportunities

www.icould.com – An excellent introduction to career pathways

www.barclayslifeskills.com – Life skills and training advice needed to go forward into work

For further information, please contact Mrs Humphreys Business Relationship & Careers Co-ordinator