Careers Education & Employability Skills
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 also receive a lot of support from our local Higher Education (HE) providers which includes the award winning Pre HE Careers Service at UWE.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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