The careers programme at Painsley is delivered through a variety of activities. Careers information and guidance forms an important part of the pastoral curriculum, particularly in Years 9, 10 and 11. The students are taught how to set themselves goals and about where they can access information relating to careers and their future occupations. There is a variety of information housed in the school’s careers library ranging from information sheets on specific careers to prospectuses for a variety of universities. The school also has access to software such as the Fast Tomato careers programme.
Students have full access to the careers library which provides them with a vast array of literature on careers information, advice and guidance. Information ranges from how to create a curriculum vitae to up to date university prospectuses.
Students are introduced to www.fasttomato.com, an independent online careers service. They are also introduced to our school’s careers advisor, Mrs Cleary who is available both at Year 8 parents evening and the annual careers convention held at the Moorlands sixth form. Mrs Cleary has worked at the school for many years and has good relationships with all of our students. The students also have workshops with Staffordshire University about university life.
Students take part in ‘Bright Futures’ morning in conjunction with Keele University to investigate the advantages of Higher Education. This morning gives students and insight into the life of a student and the opportunities that are available to them after school life.
Students complete a 4-day work experience placement at the end of Year 10, chosen by and organised by themselves. This is followed by a ‘maximising your potential’ day, whereby students attend sessions at the Moorlands sixth form in order to give them an informed insight into college life.Year 10’s also participate in the ‘You’re Hired!’ Business day whereby representatives from local companies support students in planning a dinner dance for JCB employees. One of the pastoral days in Year 10 is dedicated to skills in finding and applying for jobs. This includes where to look for a job, CV writing, job applications and interview skills.
In Year 11 most students will have contact with Mrs Cleary either in form groups, small groups or on a one to one interview situation.Each student will complete and Individual Learning Plan that sets out their targets for the academic year and allows them to think about their goals for the next step and their future careers. These Plans are reviewed by the students periodically to track their progress towards their targets and to set new targets if necessary.This year has also seen the launch of the Skills Show Live held at the NEC in Birmingham. Although this has only been open to 50 students in the first instance, we hope to extend the number of students we can take in the future. Also, we have launched Richard Branson’s initiative, tenner.org as part of Year 11 Enterprise Day. Students have the opportunity to trial their entrepreneurial skills as they aim to make a difference with just £10.
If any student requires an interview with Mrs Cleary they should contact their Head of Year or Mrs Allen to arrange an appointment. Students from any year group can request an interview and Mrs Cleary is available for consultation at Y8 and 11 Parents Evenings.
As well as the general careers information, advice and guidance given to the students there are often opportunities to participate in more specific careers activities. For instance visits to Keele Medical School and the Army have been arranged for students with a particular interest in these career areas.