Careers / Enterprise
As a department we are always looking to improve our provision and as part on our ongoing auditing process the department is working towards the prestigious Investors in Careers Award: https://investorincareers.org.uk/
Head of Careers & Enterprise: Mrs J Westcott-Wolstenholme
Telephone: 01395 255688
Key Stage Three
Students follow a Careers programme of study as part of the ‘Lesson 42’ curriculum taught by their tutor. The objectives of these sessions can be found below and are taken from the PSHE association guidelines. Students from year 8 upwards are also able to book appointments with our independent careers advisor who is in college on a Wednesday. Please let your tutor know if you would like an appointment or pop into the careers office.
Key Stage Four
The programme of study at KS4 is aimed at equipping students for the next stage of their lives and choices they will need to make. The programme of study is taught as part of the ‘Lesson 42’ curriculum and is delivered by their tutor. The sessions are designed to signpost students towards useful resources, as well as developing the skills needed for these next stages (for the programme of study/ objectives (taken from the PSHE association) please see below). The programme is also supplemented by guest speakers, assemblies by other educational providers and opportunities such as the ‘Higher Education’ Double Decker bus provided by Next steps. We also encourage students to visit the careers department and introduce themselves to us so that we can then forward any opportunities directly to them that may be of interest, although these are always shared with the tutors.
The department also organises the very successful 'Community Cadets Scheme' for students in key stage three and four. There are weekly meetings/training which lead to a pass out parade with all the local services present. The cadets work closely with the Police Service and attend community events in a supportive role. If you are interested in becoming a community cadet- please pop into the careers department or let your tutor know.
The department support the work of the Post 16 team in providing guidance and support regarding UCAS applications, personal finance, pastoral care, apprenticeships and work experience. Students can also book an appointment to see our independent careers advisor.
Every two years, the College holds an impressive careers fair open to all our students, parents, carers and the community. The fair has over 60 stands and is an invaluable opportunity for students to explore opportunities available to them and to network with potential employers and training providers.
* Setting realistic and challenging personal targets and goals
* Identify own strengths, interests, skills and qualities including their value to future employability
* Rights and responsibilities including stereotypes
* Career paths and aspirations
* Indentify core values and how they influence your choices
* Types of work and the meaning of Career, clarifying own aspirations
* Laws relating to work as a young person including Health and Safety
* Labour Market information
* The importance of protecting their own and others’ reputations; protecting their ‘online presence’: the concept of having a personal ‘brand’ that can be enhanced or damaged. Managing risk and finances.
* Choices, sources of information advice and support.
* Developing skills to make decisions.
* Benefits of being ambitious
* Styles of learning
* Identify skills and relate to employability.
* Evaluate strengths to inform goal setting and relate to future employability
* Choices, sources of information advice and support
* Benefits of gaining experience in working environments
* Unacceptability of all forms of discrimination, how to challenge it in the wider community including the workplace
* Rights and responsibilities at work including confidentiality in the workplace
* Develop study and employability skills
* Labour Market information
* Making financial decisions
* To develop a career identity including their strengths, interests and skills; to maximise chances when applying for education or employment opportunities
* Labour market information and how to use it
* Advice, support and guidance- including all the options available to them
* To maximise opportunities for career progression in education, training and employment
A review of the whole careers programme will take place each summer term, in preparation for the following academic year.