Our Careers Programme

Our Careers Programme

(CEIAG) Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance

Our Careers programme runs from Year 7 to Year 13 and will prepare students well for life after they leave the school. It has been designed to align with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks which have been recognised by the government as outlining the requirements of an excellent careers programme.

Students will have many encounters with employers and will learn about the different careers and the various routes into these careers. It will help students to find the career that suits them and prepare them to follow their desired path. Students will learn about the different work sectors and will challenge the various stereotypes and discrimination that exists in the world of work. Students will learn how to take responsibility for their own career by planning for the future. They will learn how to create an effective CV and will learn useful skills such as developing a professional and successful interview technique. The programme will support pupils through each of the transitions they will face such as choosing Year 9 options and deciding what to do after Year 11 and after Year 13. Students will complete a week of work experience in Year 12.

Our Careers programme is comprised of the following:

Students will receive individual impartial advice from our Level 6 qualified Careers advisor who has been commissioned from a MATRIX accredited organisation (Changing Education Ltd). Students identified as requiring extra support will receive regular individual impartial advice from our advisor from Young People Services. Impartial and independent advice will be given to students in accordance with the Statutory Guidance for Schools (Jan 18) and Guidance for Colleges and Sixth Forms (Feb 18). It will be organised and delivered in accordance with the Gatsby benchmarks and Compass tool. All students will receive a one to one meeting in either Year 10 or Year 11. Students identified as requiring an extra meeting will be seen again. Students in the 6th Form can request a meeting when necessary. Students in any year can be referred for a Careers meeting. All referrals will go through the Year Leader before a meeting is scheduled.

The Careers advisor will also be present at the Parents’ Evenings for Years 9-13.

Careers lessons will take place during form times with a new focus every half term from Year 7 to Year 11. Each lesson focus is matched at KS3 and at KS4 with the CDI (Careers Development Institute) framework for careers, employability and enterprise education.

All students will also have two Careers lessons in each subject that they study which will be specific to the various careers linked with each subject. One lesson will take place in Year 9 to help them with choosing their GCSE options and the other will be delivered in in Year 12 to help them with their post Year 13 choices.

All students will set up profiles through two careers websites (Start Profile and Fast Tomato) which they will be able to use to help them to find the right career path.

All students in our 6th Form will set up accounts with Unifrog and will use this online resource to complete and track many tasks such as recording skills and experiences, searching for degrees, writing a personal statement, completing UCAS applications, searching and applying for apprenticeships etc.

Students will have encounters with employers each year through talks from guest speakers in Citizenship days in Years 7-9.

Students will have a Careers day in Years 10, Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 in which they will hear from external speakers and employers and carry out various careers related activities throughout the day.

Students across all Year groups will also have contact with employers through various school trips and guest speakers visiting lessons.

Students in Year 8 will have a Citizenship Day which will include time with Barclays where they will learn how to develop an understanding of important financial terms as well as learning how to budget.

Students in Year 11 will have a day off timetable to learn about life skills. This day is run by Barclays and will help to prepare students with the skills they will need after they finish school.

There will be a 6th Form Welcome Day in Year 10 and in Year 11 where students will be able to attend A Level style lessons to get a feel of what it would be like to study in a 6th form.

Students will attend a week of work experience in Year 12. Students will be guided to help them to try to organise their own placements in job sectors of their choice. We will support others to help them to find a place. All risk assessments will be completed for all placements prior to commencing work experience.

If you explore this Careers section of our website you will find lots of information, websites, videos and other resources to help you to find out how we support all students to find their own paths and prepare for their futures.

 Key Staff for Careers

Leader of CEIAG: Mr T Brown

t.brown@st-nicholas.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Assistant Head with responsibility for CEIAG: Mr K Smith

k.smith@st-nicholas.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Governor with responsibility for CEIAG: Mr Pennington

 

Independent Careers Advisor: Joanne Green

 Level 6 qualified Careers Advisor from Matrix accredited organisation Changing education Ltd.

Year 9 Options

Students will set up a login for Start in Year 9, however you can explore the site by logging in as a guest. https://www.startprofile.com/

Log in to your Start Profile account to find out more about GCSE subjects and the careers that they can lead to.

Video – How to use Start

 

Click for impartial advice about your options in year 9 from the website: www.careerpilot.org.uk.

Click for advice about choosing your subjects from the website: www.MyWorldOfWork.co.uk.

Click here for the National Careers Service website where you can research career paths and get impartial careers advice.

icould.com is another great website for researching career paths and your own strengths and preferences.

Post 16 Options

 

You might like to use the website www.careerpilot.org.uk for help with post 16 options.

You can also use Career Camel to help you find a pathway for you.

Local Education Providers:

6th Forms

St Nicholas Catholic High School

             

Local Colleges

Reaseheath College

Warrington and Vale Royal College

Cheshire College South and West

Priestley College Warrington

Sir John Deane’s College

 

Local Studio Schools

Christleton International Studio

 

Local UTCs

UTC Warrington

Crewe Engineering and Design UTC

 

Apprenticeships

(See Apprenticeship section)

Post 18 Options

You might like to use the website www.careerpilot.org.uk for help with post 18 options.

Unifrog

All students in our 6th Form will set up accounts with Unifrog and will use this online resource to complete and track many tasks such as recording skills and experiences, searching for degrees, writing a personal statement, completing UCAS applications, searching and applying for apprenticeships etc.

https://www.unifrog.org/

 

University

Thinking of going to university? Before making any decisions, get clued-up on the reasons to go, what life is like and what it’s going to cost.

Why should I go?

Going to university will make you more attractive to employers and you will have lots of new experiences.  You will get to study your favourite subjects in more depth, and if you study away from home you will find out what independent adult life is like. But university is not for everyone. It can be expensive and stressful.

What should I study?

Doing any degree shows employers that you are smart and motivated – important skills for any job.  The main thing is to study something you want to learn more about. Talk to your teachers or careers advisor.  They will advise you on which university subjects are best for your personality, skills and abilities.

Can I afford it?

At the moment, average student debt can be as high as £30,000. You may get a bursary and a student loan but tuition fees, rent, food and nights out all add up. Many students have to work part-time to cover their costs.

What is student life like?

You are expected to study hard, but university is also fun.  The social scene is buzzing around and you will make new friends and try new things.  It may be hard being away from friends and family though, and money will be tight so make sure you know how to budget.

 

 

Can I get a good job without a degree?

While some jobs require a degree, there are plenty that do not. You will need a degree if you want to study something specific like medicine. You are likely to start on a lower wage without a degree.

There are many options for school leavers. Distance learning is a good way to get a degree and avoid debt as you can have a full-time job and study in the evenings. Some universities offer scholarships or can give you additional money towards your study. There is the option of studying abroad with many universities across the world teaching a huge spectrum of courses. Tuition fees are often a lot lower if you study abroad and you get to experience living in a new country.

You can search for university courses on the UCAS website: https://www.ucas.com/

 

Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships

(See Apprenticeship section)

 

Gap year

You may also be considering a gap year.  Consult this site for advice: www.gapyear.com