Careers at Blessed William Howard
The importance of careers education, information and guidance (CEIAG)
CEIAG is deemed a priority at Blessed William Howard Catholic School. There is a strong belief that the students who attend the school should be equipped with the information, knowledge and understanding of their options that will allow them to make informed decisions at key transition points in their school life and beyond. In addition we place a high priority on students being given the chance to develop their workplace and employability skills which will allow them to become effective employees in the future and have a rewarding career.
All students have an entitlement to access impartial Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) through their time at school. Since 2012 all schools have been required to secure independent and impartial careers guidance for all students in Years 8-11 when they need it. At Blessed William Howard Catholic School this is currently provided by a careers professional from Entrust who works in school 1-2 days per week. Y11 students are prioritised but the guidance is available to all students as required. There are also dedicated days of provision for students in Y12 and 13. The Governing body ensures that the school meets it commitment to providing independent careers advice and that a range of post 16 progression opportunities are presented to students.
The Careers Programme
In addition a clear, planned and progressive programme of activities has been created from Y7-11 with transition activities from Y11 to post 16. The programme has the aim to create high educational and career aspirations for all students, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills that they will require to fulfil their potential and achieve their goals. The current programme is outlined below but is constantly reviewed, improved and updated.
The CEIAG programme is varied and encourages students to consider a range of careers through investigation activities and through contact with employers. Examples of this include through the bi-annual careers convention and the Y10 work experience programme. This inspires the students to understand the world of work and the range of opportunities that it can present.
CEIAG is delivered through dedicated drop down days, the pastoral curriculum and the enrichment programme. The programme is delivered by a range of staff who are prepared and trained so that they are able to effectively able to deliver the activities. These events are also supported by employers to increase student engagement.
In October of Year 11 every student participates in 5 days of work experience. The placements are found and arranged by the students themselves, which is intended to help them develop their skills in finding work. All placements are thoroughly checked for health and safety. Work experience is an invaluable experience for our students that helps them to grow in confidence and maturity, as well as equipping them with an insight into the skills that they will need when they enter the workplace.
Working with local employers
At Blessed William Howard we endeavour to give our students opportunities to have contact with local employers to give an insight into the world of work. We have support from local employers at many of our events. We are very grateful to our local employers and anyone who would like to offer their support at our events can contact Mrs Duffiled in school.
Post 16 Options
Students have opportunities to visit local colleges and universities in order to support their decisions regarding their studies post 16. Mrs Duffield is also on hand to support our students in these decisions both at year 11 parents evening, the careers convention, their one-to-one learning conversation and on results day in the summer term. The range of Post 16 options is made available to our students and they receive independent guidance form the careers advisor about which option would meet their needs the best. Information relating to Post-16 options is available in the school library and representative from Post-16 providers attend the careers convention.
www.fasttomato.com– a careers programme that uses personal preferences to suggest possible career areas
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/-the government website for careers information and advice
https://www.plotr.co.uk– website that highlights career areas and provides career inspiration
http://www.ucas.com – for university information and applications
https://www.unifrog.org/- for post 16 and 18 planning
https://www.careersbox.co.uk/- videos to showcase many different career areas