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Careers Education, Information and Guidance at Holte School

Careers Leader: Ms Y Sadique

Holte School is committed to improving the life chances of our students and aims to provide a comprehensive programme of Careers Information and Education Guidance.

Careers Education is delivered through a programme of activities to support pupils in making important decisions about the different education and training choices which are available to them.

To support pupils with making these decisions about their progression, and to investigate different careers, students will take part in a variety of activities and events to help them with this. This might include a visit to a university, a conference or workshop, or a presentation from an employer.

Holte is part of the Careers and Enterprise Birmingham Advisory Network. As such we have been matched with an Enterprise Adviser, Katie Danby of HSBC; a dedicated business volunteer who has joined us in a voluntary capacity. She will help us plan forward, by using her connections in the local business community, so that we can meet all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks by 2020. CEAIG is a vital part of a successful transition into the world of work. The Careers Education programmed at Holte School is guided by the Gatsby ‘Good Career Guidance report which outlines eight benchmarks as indicators of good career guidance [see below]. The aim is to ensure that students can make choices with confidence and that they can engage proactively in the decisions they make about their future.

Holte School is dedicated to providing independent careers guidance to all pupils in Years 7 – 13.

Key Stage 3:

Students receive information about careers pathways as part of the PSHE/Citizenship Programme.

All students are given access to CASCAID [a careers website] so that they can investigate the careers pathways that are available to them.

All students receive information through aspirational assemblies. Visits to colleges, universities and various companies are also undertaken as well as visits from professional organisations as part of the PSHE/Citizenship programme. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in STEM events such as the ‘BIG Bang’.

To highlight National Careers Week, workshops are run by Job Centre Plus to enable students to learn about different employment sectors, employability skills and to disseminate local labour market information. Students are able to visit local companies and Training centres, to offer advice on future pathways.

During National Apprenticeship and Careers week, all classes take part in research and interactive activities as part of their form time activities.

As part of the Pathways Process students are supported in their choices by a Careers Fair which enables them to make informed choices. They are also given the opportunity to meet with an independent careers adviser.

Year 7 can also visit the Titan Skills and Careers Fair which showcases the careers opportunities available to young people in the local area.

Key Stage 4 & 5:

Year 10 and 11 also receive information about careers pathways as part of the PSHE/Citizenship Programme. All students in Year 10 participate in an Interview Day with professionals from a variety of organisations. Students are also supported with making applications to college and apprenticeships and additionally with CV writing.

All Year 11 pupils receive a 30 minute careers interview and as part of this process an action plan is created. SEND pupils are seen at the end of Year 10 as well as during Year 11. Parents are welcome to meet with the careers adviser if they make a request to the school. Referrals can be made to the Birmingham Careers Service for those students who need further support.

Students also participate in an Employability Programme organised by Job Centre Plus who focus on CV writing and interview preparation as well as organising employer participation and involvement.

All Year 10 students are given an opportunity to visit the Work Skills Live exhibition.

Years 10 and 11 students have assemblies and workshops on Apprenticeships run by Project Ask, as well as Taster visits to local Post 16 colleges for advice on vocational pathways and courses.

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 also take part in the BT Skills for Work day which is designed to develop young people and their workplace related skills.

Students in Year 10 are also given the opportunity to participate in UniFest, a programme of University Summer Schools offered by Universities in the West Midlands.

Year 10 & 11 pupils are given the opportunity to participate in the Work Experience programme. Participation is voluntary and students must source their own placements which will be verified by the school.

Year 12 students are also taken on University visits, such as Keble College, Oxford, as part of the PSHE/Citizenship programme and are encouraged to participate in Open Days. They also have the opportunity to visit The Young Professionals Conference in the Autumn Term, which highlights alternative routes for students and preparing them for the working environment when they leave school.

All Year 12 students participate in the Work Experience programme. Students can source their own placements but can also be provided with a place by the school.

Year 13 students who choose not to go to University have regular information sessions on Apprenticeships from Project ASK as well as local companies, such as Bouygues, Barclays and BT.

All students are given additional information through the dissemination of information during form periods most importantly during National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week.

All students have access to a Resource library which can be found in the LRC.

Additional information about careers can be found on the National Careers Service website: www.nationalcareerservice.org.

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