Careers Guidance & Post 16
At Charnwood College we will inspire and engage our students in planning their own career path and increase their motivation to aim high using appropriate labour market information and online tools.
We will engage with a large number of employers and other organisations, including colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers in a range of ways to give students real life experiences of the world of work.
We will inspire students to achieve their maximum potential in order to give them the opportunities they aspire to both academically, personally and in realtion to their future. Our Careers Education Information and Guidance provision and plan are reviewed annually. Our next review will take place in January 2022.
1. We will inspire and engage our students in planning their own career path and increase their motivation to aim high using appropriate labour market information and online tools.
2. We will engage with a large number of employers and other organisations, including colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers in a range of ways to give students real life experiences of the world of work.
3. We will inspire students to achieve their maximum potential in order to give them the opportunities they aspire to both academically, personally and in relation to their future.
Our Careers Lead is Mrs Barfield.
As part of the David Ross Education Trust we also have support from the Trust Wide Careers Lead based at Havelock Academy who sits on the Greater Lincolnshire and Humber LEP Employment and Skills Board.
All Year 11 and sixth form students receive a one to one guidance interview by a Level 6 qualified practitioner provided by the LEBC (Leicestershire Education Business Company).
This one to one is also offered to targeted students from Year 10 onwards and referrals to this service will come via the Heads of Year and SENDCo .
External, independent and impartial careers services are invited to attend parent and open evenings to help students make the right choices and are involved in seminars for specific seminars.
Trips and Visits
Sixth form students visit two university fairs each academic year, one in October and the UCAS Exhibition in April.
All students from year 7 to 13 have access to Unifrog.
Unifrog is a complete destinations platform where students can plan their futures including writing CVs, record interventions and competencies, research college, sixth form, apprencticeships and universities and includes research tools for Oxbridge and universities overseas.
In Year 11 all students have tutor time sessions designated to enable them to research labour market information and look in depth at local provision.
@Charnwoodsixth - students are strongly encouraged to follow this twitter feed for interesting and up to date articles relating to careers and UCAS applications.
Regular meetings between Heads of Faculties and the Careers Lead to look at groups of disadvantaged students and use careers strategies to motivate and engage students in their future planning and as a result of this, raise their attainment in the process.
Training for new staff members and ongoing staff development includes strategies to include careers in the classroom and linking subjects to various different sectors.
Raising Aspirations for University and Enterprise. Access to inspiring individuals and organisations in school and at universities. Introduction to the Unifrog careers platform.
What does my future look like? What do my family do? What is my dream? What are my strengths? What am I going to do in the future? Where do I see myself in 15 years time? Improving employability skills.
Skills analysis, reflection, what am I good at and how can I use my skills? Exploring the future, looking at different career paths and industries, careers and labour market information across all sectors, employability and enterprising skiils and attributes - how can I develop these to benefit me? Making the right choices and decision making for my future.
World of Work, Enterprise and Further Employer Engagement. Work with other organisations including Post 16 providers including sector specific options, all available colleges, apprenticeship providers and sixth form offer. Careers Advice, Guidance and Development. Further use of LMI to inform decisions. Challenge stereotypical careers and mangage risks within the workplace. Parent Involvement Strengthened, use of Unifrog as a mechanism to manage career choices.
Individual, impartial careers guidance interviews by LEBC, review and reflect on choices, experiences and activities. Charnwood College sixth form applications, sixth form interviews, what direction am I going in?
UCAS - personal statements and references, life at university, including student finance, career enhancement plans, develop enterprise and employability skills.
Finely tune direction with students in line with their academic ability.
The CIAG plan is supplemented with a comprehensive assembly programme and five personal development drop down days. The 2020/21 dates are week commencing:
12th October, 14th December, 8th February, 12th April and 21st June.
As an academy we use Compass + the carees benchmark tool as outlined in the Gatsby benchmarks to assess and improve our current CEIAG provision.
Our progress against the Gatsby benchmarks will be reviewd regularly throughout the academic year to help us meet all of the eight benchmarks by the end of 2021.
We will monitor the impact of our action plan and the CEIAG we deliver mainly through feedback from students and staff. All activities will be reviewed to ensure all goals and aims are met.
Do not panic if you cannot decide which direction to go in or which courses would best suit your needs.
Talk to your parents, teachers and Careers Adviser about the best option for YOU.
Do your research - use the websites and other sources of information to help make YOUR decision.
This is the first time in your lives where you are making a huge decision, it is YOUR decision, stand strong with YOUR choices.
Aim high, we have every confidence in YOU. Challenge YOURSELF and go for it!
This year is important, do not lose sight of your GCSE exams, the grades matter when it comes to your next step.
Things to Consider
Focus - what are your expectations, aspirations, do you have an idea of career choice?
Information - have you done your research, looked at labour market information, thought about training and qualifications, universities?
Realistic - are your thoughts realistic? If you do not want to leave home what options are there locally for you or is the sky the limit?
Scope - how far can you go in your chosen career, are you aiming at the right pitch, have you thought about how far you can go in this field?
Tactics - moving forward, what next, what does the development of this idea look like?
If you would like more information about careers or employment engagement at Charnwood College then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Barfield.
The review of our CEIAG provision and strategy takes place annually and will be reviewed again in July 2021. Our Careers Lead, Mrs Barfield, also conducts a termly internal review of our CEIAG throughout the academic year.
For more information please contact:-
Tel: 01509 554400
Follow us @charnwoodcoll and @charnwoodsixth
Useful websites on Careers
The government website has details of all apprenticeships available nationwide.
National Careers Service - information about all jobs, updated by Government daily.
Careers in the NHS - not just doctors and nurses.
A website for parents and carers which offers advice that can be given to help teenagers choose their career path.
A website for parents and carers which offers free and impartial advice from the Careers Writers Association about your child’s next steps.
SEMLEP stands for South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership. They work with local companies to look at economic growth and support local schools with developing careers programs and sharing information.
Search and apply for all higher education courses
A website which compares the best University & degree courses for free - Degree course rankings, university reviews, degree course details and university profiles to help students decide where to study.
The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.
A website which explains the routes into policing.
vinspired is the UK's leading volunteering charity for 14 - 25 year olds. vinspired helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.
Careersbox is the national careers film library, a free careers resource showing hundreds of real people doing real jobs.
- Apprenticeship Information Pack
- Charnwood Careers Gatsby Benchmarking
- Charnwood CIAG Action Plan 2019 20
- Charnwood Citizenship and CEIAG Programme 17 18
- Charnwood College Compass Report June 2021
- Charnwood Completing Work Experience Applications
- Charnwood PD Overview 7 13
- DRET Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance Policy
- Future Proof Britain in the 2020s
- Provider Access Statement
- Student Work Experience Guide
- Work Experience Application Form
- Work Experience Parents Letter