Careers at Painsley
Mrs V Allen – Careers Lead VA@painsley.staffs.sch.uk
The importance of careers education, information and guidance (CEIAG)
CEIAG is deemed a priority at Painsley Catholic College. There is a strong belief that the students who attend the college 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 Painsley, 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 opportunities for students in Y12 and 13 to access careers advice when necessary. 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 Emmaus programme. The programme is delivered by a range of staff who are prepared and trained so that they are able to effectively deliver the activities. These events are also supported by employers whenever possible to increase student engagement.
The Careers Programme (Years 7-11)
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Investigate a range of careers to show the diversity in employment opportunities.
Begin to consider future goals and how education and employment will help to achieve these.
STEM WOW Day
Focus on the opportunities available through STEM subjects with hands on workshops. To be run in conjunction with a local University.
Just for girls?
Consideration of stereotypes in the workplace.
Careers WOW morning
A speed networking style activity with 7+ careers talks from a range of careers areas with time to develop and investigate these careers further.
What is Uni like?
An opportunity to visit a local university, tour the campus, take part in workshops and talk to both students and staff.
STEM WOW lecture
Bringing Science to life lecture with Keele University
Sorting the soft skills
Focus on the development of employability skills through a range of activities.
Big Bang Visit- March
A whole year group visit to the Big Bang Fair at the NEC to investigate STEM careers.
A speed networking style event where students get to hear about different post 16 pathways then follow this up with time to further investigate these routes.
Wellbeing at work
Activities to consider issues related to wellbeing and resilience in the work place.
A workplace simulation where students have the opportunity to run their own small businesses and participate in Dragon’s Den style presentations.
Becoming a STAR!
Find out how to be effective in applying for jobs and using the STAR method in a job interview.
A mock assessment centre interview day including various interview activities and a mock interview with a business representative.
Completing vital elements of their achievement folders such as a CV and a personal statement ready for interviews.
Further information on the careers programme at the Sixth Form can be obtained from https://www.painsley.co.uk/sixth-form/the-bridge-to-success/
In addition to the planned programme above enrichment events and visits are organised where available. Students in Y10 and 11 are invited to the ‘So you want to be a Doctor?’ conference held at Keele Medical School every year. Other NHS careers are showcased at specific healthcare careers events which the school participates in whenever possible. All Y12 and Y13 complete two hours enrichment per week, during one of the academic years it has to be future work orientated e.g. medical society, law society, journalism, EES and Young Enterprise.
Careers in the Curriculum
All subject areas have developed their own careers programmes and wherever possible subject learning is related to careers skills and opportunities. Dedicated lessons that showcase the possible careers related to specific subjects are planned and delivered both in KS3 and 4. Each department area has careers information related to their subjects displayed within their department. In addition, subject areas arrange for subject specific careers talks from professionals to talk about their work to students whenever possible.
CEIAG provision is regularly evaluated by students, staff, parents and volunteers and the feedback is used to improve the provision for future year groups. Every activity is evaluated by students and staff. Volunteers and Parents are asked for feedback when this is applicable. In addition the Careers Leader attends the Parent Council meeting bi-annually to gain in depth feedback.
In July of Year 10 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. Y12 and Y13 are expected to complete a minimum of 3 days work experience with the opportunity to do further work experience on a Wednesday afternoon.
Post 16 Options
Students have opportunities to visit local colleges and universities in order to support their decisions regarding their studies post 16. Mrs Kenneth is also on hand to support our students in these decisions both at year 11 parents evening, the careers convention, their one-to-one careers interview 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 representatives 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://careerboss.co.uk/ – a website providing career guides to different career areas
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
https://icould.com/- videos and information on different career areas
http://www.lmiforall.org.uk/explore_lmi/ – a website which allows you to find out how many jobs in the UK are likely to be available in the future