Careers Programme Information

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

 

Who are we?

 

Careers Leader: Dan Conquer

dconquer@fhes.org.uk

 

Careers Co-ordinator: Vicky Wilks

vwilks@fhes.org.uk

01252 730089

 

What are the aims of Careers Information, Advice and Guidance?
 

At FHES, we are developing a Careers Education programme that aims to give every student a range of experiences that will enable them to make informed and aspirational choices for their future. The programme aims to motivate and inspire students to achieve the best they can, as well as help to them to successfully progress into the next stage of their lives, and the ‘world of work’ in the longer term.
 

The programme includes visiting speakers, business links, work experience, a PSHE programme and use of careers education website, start (https://www.startprofile.com/). A number of our students are supported through a business mentoring scheme. We also employ a dedicated Careers Advisor. We work with Further and Higher Education providers (including apprenticeship providers) to offer appropriate information and support for all of our students so that they can all make successful transitions within, and beyond FHES.

 

In common with every school across the country, the Careers Education programme will be shaped by a new set of Careers benchmarks, the Gatsby Benchmarks.  We are working towards meeting these eight benchmarks, now best practice in careers and enterprise provision. It is a requirement for all schools to reach these benchmarks by 2020. At FHES, we are also working towards obtaining the Quality in Careers Standard – England’s dedicated national quality award.

 

Careers Education programme aims:

 

  • To increase students’ awareness of future opportunities
  • To raise students’ aspirations
  • To motivate students to work hard in their formal qualifications
  • To breakdown stereotypes
  • To better inform students to make more informed study and career choices at key moments of choice (GCSE options) and transition (post-16 destinations)


 

 

 

 

 

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation Benchmarks:

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, teacher and employers.

Every school should have a stable, structured careers programme that has the explicit backing of the senior management team, and has an identified and appropriately trained person responsible for it.

The careers programme should be published on the school’s website in a way that enables pupils, parents, teachers and employers to access and understand it.

The programme should be regularly evaluated with feedback from pupils, parents, teachers and employers as part of the evaluation process.

 

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 the best use of available information.

By the age of 14, all pupils should have accessed and used information about career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions on study options.

Parents should be encouraged to access and use information about labour markets and future study options to inform their support to their children.

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.

A school’s careers programme should actively seek to challenge stereotypical thinking and raise aspirations.

Schools should keep systematic records of the individual advice given to each pupil, and subsequent agreed decisions.

All pupils should have access to these records to support their career development.

Schools should collect and maintain accurate data for each pupil on their education, training or employment destinations for at least three years after they leave school.

 

4

Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with Careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

By the age of 14, every pupil should have had the opportunity to learn how the different STEM subjects help people to gain entry to, and be more effective workers within, a wide range of careers.

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.
Every year, from the age of 11, pupils should participate in at least one meaningful encounter* with an employer.

A ‘meaningful’ encounter is one in which the student has an opportunity to learn about what work is like or what it takes to be successful in the workplace

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.

By the age of 16, every pupil should have had at least one experience of a workplace, additional to any part-time jobs they may have.

7

Encounters of 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.

By the age of 16, every pupil should have had a meaningful encounter with providers of the full range of learning opportunities, including sixth forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. This should include the opportunity to meet both staff and pupils.

8

Personal guidance

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be time to meet their individual needs.

Every pupil should have at least one such interview by the age of 16.

 

 

The FHES Careers Information, Advice and Guidance programme
 

Year Group

Activity

Date

Purpose

Gatsby Benchmarks

 

Year 7

 

  • External FE/HE/Employer events dependent on interest, availability, timings and target students
     
  • “Business Breakfast” programme – range of employers visit school during tutor time

 

  • Introduction to online careers programme, Start. Build personal profile including interests, work preferences, skills and qualities. Complete Opening your Eyes module.

 

  • Careers Evening

 

 

Throughout year

 


Spring term

 

 


Summer term

 

 




Summer term

 

To raise aspirations, improve skills and provide additional information to help inform future decisions.
 

To raise aspirations and provide additional information to help inform future decisions.
 

Students understand the factors important to making informed decisions including learning style and career aspirations.

 

 

 

To broaden horizons, raise aspirations and provide additional information to help inform future decisions.
 

 

2, 3, 4, 5, 7

 

 

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

 

 

 

1, 2, 3, 5, 7

 

 

1, 2, 5, 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

1, 2, 5, 7

 

Year 8

 

  • External FE/HE/Employer events dependent on interest, availability, timings and target students

 

  • Small group support with independent Careers Advisor to discuss GCSE Options choices
     
  • Options Evening



     
  • Complete Using Start’s employability Tools and Understanding Employability Skills modules on online careers programme, Start, during PSHE lessons.
     
  • Careers Evening

 

 

Throughout year


Spring term

 

 

 

Spring term



 


Summer term

 

 

 




Summer term

 

To raise aspirations, improve skills and provide additional information to help inform future decisions.
 

To help students make more informed study choices at this key moment.

 

 

An event for students and parents that outlines the GCSE options and offers the chance for questions. Independent Careers Advisor attends.

Students build a picture of their career aspirations and subject choices, as well as start to evidence understanding of key employability skills.

 

 

 

To broaden horizons, raise aspirations and provide additional information to help inform future decisions.
 

 

2, 3, 4, 5, 7

 

 

 

1, 2, 8

 

 

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8

 

 

 

1, 2, 3, 5, 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

1, 2, 5, 7

 

 

Year 9

 

 

  • External FE/HE/Employer events dependent on interest, availability, timings and target students
     
  • Business Mentoring programme for targeted students

 

 

  • Careers Evening

 


Throughout year

 

 

Summer term

 

 

 

Summer term

 


To raise aspirations, improve skills and provide additional information to help inform future decisions.

 

To support development of life skills, ability to manage learning, and provide advice on post-16 choices

 

To broaden horizons, raise aspirations and provide additional information to help inform future decisions.
 

 


2, 3, 4, 5, 7

 

 

 

3, 5

 

 

 

1, 2, 5, 7

 

 

 

 

Year 10

 

  • External FE/HE/Employer events dependent on interest, availability, timings and target students
     
  • Business Mentoring programme for targeted students

     
  • FE College and Apprenticeship assemblies

     
  • Interviews with Independent Careers Advisor

     
  • Work Experience Week




     
  • Careers Evening
     

 

Throughout year


 

Throughout year

 

Spring term

 



Summer term

 

 


Summer term

 




Summer term

 

To raise aspirations, improve skills and provide additional information to help inform future decisions.

 

To support development of life skills, ability to manage learning, and provide advice on post-16 choices

 

To provide information to help inform future decisions.


One-to-one 50-minute interview with an Independent Careers Advisor for every student about their post-16 options.

 

An opportunity to spend a week on work experience to give students the chance to experience the ‘world of work’ and understand the key skills needed to success.


To broaden horizons, raise aspirations and provide additional information to help inform future decisions.
 

 

2, 3, 4, 5, 7

 

 

 

3, 5

 

 

 

1, 7

 

 

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 8

 

 

 

1,2, 3, 5, 6, 7

 

 

 

 

 

1, 2, 5, 7

 

 

 

Year 11

 

  • External FE/HE/Employer events dependent on interest, availability, timings and target students
     
  • Interviews with Independent Careers Advisor

     
  • FE College and Apprenticeship assemblies
     
  • FE Open Evening information




     
  • FE attendance at Year 11 Parents’ Information Evening
     

 

  • Complete Making Post-16 Choices on online careers programme, Start, during PSHE lessons.
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Apprenticeships adverts


     
  • Year 11 follow-up work: Destinations data
     

 

 

 

Throughout year


 

Throughout year


 

Autumn term



Autumn term




 

 

Autumn term

 

 

 

Summer term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer term

 



Summer term +

 

To raise aspirations, improve skills and provide additional information to help inform future decisions.
 

One-to-one 50-minute interview with an Independent Careers Advisor for every student about their post-16 options.

 

To provide information to help inform future decisions.

 

Details of all local FE colleges’ Open Evenings are displayed in school on the Year 11 noticeboard and Careers noticeboard. Copies of prospectuses are distributed to all students.

 

FE/.HE providers invited to display and offer advice before and after the Information Evening.

 

Students explore their post-16 options and how their intended choices relate to preferred learning style and future career aspirations. Students and parents understand the application process and entry requirements for their intended choices. Students capture the experiences and achievements that will help them to stand out on paper and in person.

 

Vacancy information for apprenticeships will be advertised within school, via students’ emails.


Post-16 providers are contacted to confirm the destinations of all students.

 

2, 3, 4, 5, 7

 

 

 

1, 7

 

 

1, 2, 7

 

 

 

 

 

1, 2, 7

 

 

 

1, 7

 

 

 

1, 2

 

 

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

1, 7



1, 3

 

 

 

 

Who do we work with?

 

  • Careers and Enterprise Company Enterprise Adviser
     

The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) has been set up by government to connect schools with employers. CEC runs a network of Enterprise Co-ordinators who each support a group of senior business volunteers, known as Enterprise Advisers.

At FHES, our Enterprise Adviser (business volunteer) is Clive Teague, founder of Rushmoor Engineering. He uses his knowledge of the local business landscape to support the school to develop an effective careers plan, and to create opportunities via his local business contacts for our students.

 

  • Independent Careers Guidance Adviser
     

FHES employs an independent Careers Adviser, Lynda O’Connor, who provides the following advice and guidance:

 

Small group talks for all Year 8 students to advise on GCSE option choices

A 50-minute one-to-one interview for every Year 11 students to support their transition into post-16 education

 

 

The Sixth Form College Farnborough

 

Higher Education
University of Oxford

University of Surrey

 

Widening Participation organisations
 

HEON
 

The Brilliant Club
 

Other careers-related organisations

SATRO

The Association of Learning Providers in Surrey

Young Apprentice Ambassadors’ Network

Young Enterprise

Inspiring the Future

 

 

Careers online – start programme https://www.startprofile.com/

 

 

At FHES, students use start – an online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential.

 

Start is a comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tool. It will help students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability.

We encourage all students and parents to use this fantastic resource at home as well as at school.  

 

Start includes:

A student profile: students build their profile and access personalised study and career information.

Modules: activities to guide students through the information on Start at the right time.

Up to date information: engaging content on what to study, where to learn and the world of work.

Locker: an online record of achievement to evidence skills for future applications and CVs.

Employability action plan: Students can set goals and stay in control of their career planning.

 

You can watch a short film here: https://youtu.be/0Z9tc3ZtraA

 

Students in Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 have been registered to use start.

Students in Year 7 will register to use start in the summer term.

 

Start -

 

The Impact of the Careers programme

 

2016/17 Destination Measures

 

The table below shows leavers’ destinations for July 2017 leavers:

 

Alton College

The Sixth Form College Farnborough

Farnham Sixth Form College

Farnborough College of Technology

Guildford College

Merrist Wood College

10

49

14

42

7

8

 

Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance programme review date: November 2019

 

Careers Events – Find out what is happening in the FHES Careers Bulletin

 

Every term, FHES publishes a Career Bulletin giving students and parents a summary of careers news.

 

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