We have a co-ordinated Careers programme which is matched to the needs of the students and provides them with a wide range of opportunities to gain an insight into the world of work, providing them with the chance to develop qualities and skills required by employers, such as communication, team work, problem solving, decision making, taking responsibility and using initiative. Students are made aware of the pathways available to allow them to make informed choices based on their aspirations.
The opportunities which are available include enterprise days and work related learning activities, visits to local businesses, universities, speakers from the world of work, challenges and projects, events relating to specific employment sectors and work experience placements as well as a structured PSHEE programme. We are supported by local employers as we recognise the value our business community can contribute to raising skills and aspirations of our students and also providing them with a greater awareness of career opportunities that are available to them locally.
All students are entitled to Careers Information, Advice and Guidance which is:-
* Independent and impartial
* Accessible to all students
* Structured and forms part of a students' overall education
Appointments can be arranged to see Mrs Pursey, our independent, impartial Careers Guidance Advisor either via the students tutor or Mrs Copeman, Careers & Aspirations Manager. Mrs Copeman is available at break and lunch times should students need information or advice on their future. Her office is located on J corridor next to the Pastoral Team Room.
In Years 7 & 8 students take part in Skills days which focus on Reflective learning, Creative Thinking and Enterprise, Independent Enquiry, Team Working and Effective Participation, Self-management and Emotional Intelligence and Communication.
In Year 9 we encourage students to think about their personal strengths, weaknesses and interests when considering a future career. A careers programme called ‘Fast Tomato’ is used by all Year 9 pupils to assist with their career planning for KS4. Students work towards a Skills qualification and they evidence their skills during a dedicated tutor time each week. One of the key decisions in Year 9 is when the students are asked to choose their Key Stage 4 options. Students receive help so that they can make well informed and realistic decisions about which options to take. This includes raising their awareness about the opportunities available and developing their key skills.
Work experience is offered to all Year 10 students. This is an opportunity to spend a period of time outside the classroom with an employer, learning about a particular job or area of work. During the placement, students will be able to find out what skills employers look for when they are recruiting staff and jobs that are available to them locally.
Students in Years 10 and 11 are encouraged to work towards an Employability Award which recognises and rewards personal qualities and characteristics that employers recognise in the world of work.
During Year 11, students attend information sessions, which are attended by local colleges, training providers, Universities, Apprenticeship team and employers, to help them make decisions about how best they continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18. Students also have a careers interview during the Autumn term and are supported throughout the year in order to secure the course that suits their future career aspirations. Students are supported by local employers in the Spring term; a ‘Workwise’ day in January covering CV’s, job applications and interview techniques and a mock interview in February.
Work experience is offered to 6th form students as an enrichment activity, or as part of their study programme, in order to enhance their career opportunities. They can also choose to take part in the Young Enterprise Company programme in which they run their own business, which is supported by a local entrepreneur. Help and advice is given to students when writing their personal statements and making applications to University and they are encouraged to attend University taster sessions, Open days and conferences. We provide ongoing support to students during the year through guidance interviews, help with applying for jobs/apprenticeships, updating their CV’, mock interviews etc and we advise them of local job opportunities that are forwarded to us by employers.
The Careers Library in the LRC has a range of resources available including prospectuses for Colleges and Universities and reference books about employment, further and higher education. We have several software programmes to help students find out more about further education, higher education, employment, and training opportunities and these include Kudos, Careerscape and Fast Tomato. We also recommend the following websites:-
Careers Advice for parents to help support their son/daughter
Information for young people in Suffolk
Information on apprenticeships and traineeships including vacancies
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