Careers

“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.”
— Katherine Whitehorn

Wolgarston Careers Programme:

 

Intent

Careers education is a key preparation for students moving on from Wolgarston. We want to create a culture of high aspiration, self-belief and ambition free of stereotypes or limitations based on expectations. We look to develop learners view of themselves and how they might fit into the world of work or the next level of education removing barriers to achieving their goals. We want to provide opportunities to explore ideas and in some cases eliminate them from their thinking through experience or reflection.

To bring this about we aim to provide:

  • direct experience of the workplace,
  • exposure to a variety of employers,
  • information about the labour market,
  • timely information at key points in the decision making process in Year 9, Year 11 and in 6th Form as students prepare for key transitions.

We look to prepare students for the following transition stages

In Year 8

  • Transition to High School

In Year 9

  • Choosing Options for GCSE Study

In Year 11

  • Wolgarston 6th Form,
  • Post 16 Apprenticeship
  • College
  • Other Post 16 Providers
  • Other local 6th Forms

In Year 13

  • University Application through UCAS
  • Post 18 Apprenticeship Application
  • The Workplace – Seeking Employment

 

Context

Normally at the end of Year 11 the majority of our student community, choose to stay on to our 6th Form with about half the remainder going to college and half to post 16 apprenticeships. It is important that we cater for all of these choices in the information we provide and open these opportunities to as many students as possible through academic success.

Following 6th Form the majority of students choose to attend University but again this is an area of change with more Post 18 Apprenticeship opportunities becoming available and the cost of attending University increasing.

All of these transitions where students leave the school result ultimately in a career and therefore we aim to support students in making the correct choices for their future in the workplace

 

Careers Benchmarks

As a school, Wolgarston measures itself against the Gatsby Benchmarks using the “Compass Plus” benchmark tool from the Careers Enterprise Company. The Benchmarks are below.

 

Benchmark Description
1. A stable careers programme Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.
2. Learning from career and labour market information Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
5. Encounters with employers and employees Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
6. Experiences of workplaces Every pupil should have first-hand experiences* of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
7. Encounters with further and higher education All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
8. Personal guidance We will provide opportunities for guidance interviews with our careers adviser, who is fully trained at an appropriate level. These are made available whenever significant study or career choices are being made and targeted toward those most vulnerable to struggling with the next transition from the school. In addition, there is mentoring support from staff. Surveys of students plans will be used to personalize access to encounters with employers and providers.

 

Working with others

Wolgarston works with the Careers Enterprise Company in a careers hub, who act as a critical friend and providing links to others. Representatives attend the Local Business Hub breakfast meeting, to build links with training providers, employers and apprenticeship providers locally. The school has confirmed the link with PSR Solutions and Abdul Mozzambar who will take on the role of our Career Enterprise Company Enterprise Advisor.  A trustee is appointed for Careers who oversees provision on behalf of the Penk Valley Academy Trust. There is a Providers Access Policy for the School.

Implementation

The implementation of a stable Careers Programme is evolving all the time. The outline of delivery is below: –

Year Group

Year Group Planned Provision Timing Benchmark
Year 8 Open Evening for Prospective Parents

Transition – Staff visits to Feeder Schools. Transition Day for students.

October

 

June/July

July

3,7

 

3

3

Year 9 Parents information Evening

Introduction to U-Explore Start

Options Evening

Careers Lessons including using Start.

Employer Encounters

September

February

March

April to July

 

Ongoing

3

2,3,4

2,3,4

2,3,4

 

5

Year 10 Work Experience Evening

Work Experience Week

Careers Survey

Employer/Provider Encounters

Curriculum Links

January

July

December

Ongoing

Focus Week in Faculties

6

6

3

5,7

4

Year 11 Parents information evening

Identification of Target Pupils for Independent Careers Advice

Careers Survey

6th Form Open Evening

Independent Careers Advisor Assembly

1 Million Mentors Program

Employer/Provider Encounters

Curriculum Links

October

October

 

November

November

December

 

March

Ongoing

Focus Week in Faculties

3,4

8

 

3,7

7

3,8

 

5,8

5,7

4

Year 12 Work Experience Assembly

Work Experience

UCAS Guidance Assemblies

Employer/Provider Encounters

Curriculum Links

October

June

June to July

Ongoing

Focus Week in Faculties

6

6

3,7

5,7

4

Year 13 UCAS Application Support

Mock Interview Practice

Employer/Provider Encounters

September/October

November

Ongoing

3,7

3

5,7

 

Employer/Provider Encounters

Opportunities for visits by employers, apprenticeship providers, colleges, alumni and others, are scheduled as they arise. We aim to provide a number of encounters for each year group but especially Year 11 where choices lead to more long term changes of direction in terms of careers and training. Additionally, we provide employer encounters through our social media profiles.

 

Any employer who can offer a careers encounter through workshops, presentations or arranged visits please contact the school at office@wolgarston.staffs.sch.uk with Careers in the subject line.

Addendum – Covid-19

The outbreak of the pandemic and National Lockdown curtailed most of the careers activities from March 2020 including the cancelling of Work Experience for Year 10 and 12. Only virtual activities could continue. The school continues to be impacted in 2020 and given the current volatility for employers has decided to cancel Work Experience for 2021. Bringing speakers in to groups of students is not possible currently other than by virtual presentation.

 

Careers Programme 2019/20

Month Year Group Event Benchmark
September 9 Parents Information Evening 2
October 11

12

Parents Information Evening

Assembly for Work Experience

2

6

November 11

11

 

11

11

11

11

10&11

13

Careers Survey

Identification of Target Pupils for Independent Careers Advice

6th Form Open Evening

Independent Careers Advisor Assembly

Careers Interviews Commence

University Talk (Loughborough University)

Identification of RONI Students

Mock Interviews

3

3

 

2,4

8

8

3

3

3

December 9/10/11

 

11

 

 

12&13

Visit from Major Mohammed of Royal Signals Regiment – Army Careers.

Assembly by University for those who applied to 6th Form and Assembly on other options for the remainder.

6th Form Assembly visit from Alumni working for Dyson.

January 10

12

 

9

Work Experience Evening

Presentation by Alumni on Russell Group University Application

R.A.F and Cadets Guest Speaker

6
February 9

11

Food Industry Workshop

1 Million Mentors Program

March 9 National Lockdown

Options Evening – Virtual

2,4
April
May
June 12

 

All

Work Experience – Cancelled

Transition – Virtual

Speakers for Schools Virtual Encounters communicated home.

6
July 10

All

Work Experience – Cancelled

Speakers for Schools Virtual Encounters communicated home.

6

 

 

 

 

Useful Information
Staffordshire Labour Market Information:
https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Education/Learning-options-and-careers/Where-will-the-jobs-be/Jobs-in-the-future.aspx

National Careers Service Tool:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

University Course Finder
https://digital.ucas.com/search

Free online Careers Quiz for Students:
https://sacu-student.com/

National Apprenticeship Service:
https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

School Contact Information:

Mr S McCosh – Careers Lead
Mr H Phillips – Careers and Sixth Form Recruitment Co-ordinator
Mrs J Flint – Independent Careers Advisor

The school works in partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company