Careers Programme

Careers Programme 

Year 7

During National Careers Week in March, Ahead Partnership will deliver a session to all Year 7 students which will include a panel of employers across a range of sectors to develop and widen students’ aspirations.

Students will have an assembly introducing the next stage of the Year 7 Careers Programme which will take place in May which will include: The World of Work: Sectors in Demand/Decline & How the World of Work has changed over time. In May we invite some parents and other employer contacts into school to speak to our Year 7 groups about their careers, about their sector generally, their specific job roles/responsibilities, the skills needed, qualifications needed, progression in their sector and about their individual journeys. Our parents/employers contacts come from a range of sectors which have included in the past:

  • Finance
  • Law
  • Education
  • Business
  • Police
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Healthcare

This programme is an interactive way of introducing Year 7 students to Careers and to encourage them to start thinking about their own plans for the future.

Year 8

The careers team will attend the Year 8 Options Evening.

All year 8 students will attend a Careers lesson on Decision Making in February which aims to prepare students on how to make informed decisions when choosing their GCSE option choices.

Year 9

Year 9 students will have an employer panel session in March to increase knowledge of different employment sectors and gain greater understanding of skills and attributes required in a range of careers.

Students will also have the opportunity to speak to representatives from universities and apprentices at lunchtimes during National Careers Week in March to increase awareness of opportunities available to them beyond school and how to access these opportunities.

Year 10

In March Year 10 will have an assembly raising awareness of apprenticeships including Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. Students will also have an Introduction to Higher Education session, including the benefits and support available – delivered by York University.

Year 10 will also attend the annual Progression Fair in July where they are able to gain information and advice on higher education, apprenticeships, sponsored degrees and employment from representatives and ambassadors from a large number of UK universities and employers across different sectors. They will also receive some preparation within school to help them make the most of this opportunity and to ensure they are equipped to ask a range of questions to exhibitors.

Year 11

The Careers Team delivered a session to each Year 11 form group outlining the full range of Post-16 options.

Every Year 11 student is invited to a one-to-one careers guidance interview with our dedicated Careers and Higher Education Advisers, this happens between September and January  where they are able to explore their individual career ideas in more depth and find out more about different career areas. Students will also have the opportunity to access to a range of Careers workshops during National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week delivered by a range of universities, student and graduate ambassadors and the opportunity to speak to Apprentices.

Year 12

All Year 12 students are offered a one-to-one careers guidance interview with our dedicated Careers and Higher Education Advisers where they are able to explore their individual career ideas in more depth with guidance as well as gaining more careers information and advice to enable a successful transition into university or Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

We have a Progression Event for all Year 12 students which takes place over a few days where students are introduced and registered onto UCAS, they attend a range of careers sessions delivered by tutors, careers staff and universities. The Progression Event ends with the Careers Fair where we had around 45 universities and around 18 local and national employers attend to provide information, advice and guidance to our students on their provision.

Linda Beever from West Yorkshire Learning Providers will come into the school to deliver an assembly to our Year 12 students on Apprenticeships & Sponsored Degrees.

The Careers Team talked to students during an assembly at the beginning of Year 12 about the importance of finding relevant work experience opportunities for certain vocational careers and will deliver a Work Experience/Health & Safety session to Year 12 students to support them with work experience/work shadowing opportunities.

Year 13

Year 13 students have access to our Future Careers Academy delivered in partnership with our Enterprise Adviser Sarah Chatterley and her associates. The Future Careers Academy aims to support our students who are aiming for apprenticeships, sponsored degrees and employment into successful placements. This programme consists of a series of workshops which supports students with employability skills, example workshops include:

  • Linked In and Managing your social Profile
  • A good CV – from the Employer’s Perspective
  • Application Forms/Personal Statements – What are Employers Looking for?
  • Successful Interviews

Year 13 students will be able to access support around the following topics:

  • Post-18 Options: University, Apprenticeships, Sponsored Degrees, Employment
  • The UCAS Application Process
  • University Interviews
  • Interviews for Apprenticeships (delivered by West Yorkshire Learning Providers)
  • Accepting UCAS Offers
  • Student Finance (delivered by Huddersfield University)

Every Year 13 student applying to university is allocated a dedicated UCAS Checker who provides one-to-one guidance on writing a successful personal statement. Any Year 13 student can also book a full careers appointment on request.

 In addition to the above, the careers team offer lunchtime drop in sessions Monday –Thursday between 12.45 and 1.15 in B013 where students from any year group from year 7 to 13 can find out more about any career related areas they are interested in or come for any careers related advice and guidance.

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