Careers Info, Advice and Guidance
Gateacre has gained the Quality Award for Careers Guidance. Careers advice is available to students inside and outside of school. Careers advice is o available every day at lunch time in the Atrium from Mrs Boyd and in a careers clinic after school on a Thursday Evening. Independent careers advice is available two days per week with Career Connect.
Careers staff at school
Careers Coordinator Mrs J. Boyd
Careers Admin Officer Mrs D. Moreland
Careers Connect Advisor Mrs C. Byrne
Access to independent careers advice is provided by Career Connect. Students at Gateacre receive impartial independent careers advice with qualified Careers Advisor, Mrs C. Byrne who works in school two days per week.
Our Students also have access to out of hours careers advice with a dedicated portal and helpline to help them when they are out of school
We also work with the National Careers Service and students are shown how to access the National Careers Services facilities so that they can speak to advisor and gain information on jobs, vacancies and up to date labour market information wherever they are.
Careers and Future Careers Fair – Date and time TBC
Options Subject Talks – Date and time TBC
Options assemblies – Date and time TBC
Options academic Tutorial Sessions – Date and time TBC
Careers Information Advice and Guidance focus events
During year 9 students explore careers software and IAG websites to support them in their transition to Keystage 4. Prior to choosing options young people have the opportunity to spend a whole day focussing on future career paths in order to help with their choices. Students have access to a variety of different software tools to explore the world of work and employment. Students work with other year nine students and are supported through the process with a Learning 4 Life Careers teacher.
They will carry out job studies looking at the skills and qualities required and the entry routes into careers of their choice to help them make informed decisions. They will also have the opportunity to work with staff and other students to look at ways of making informed decisions about their options.
Students will have access throughout the year to different employers and organisations who will talk to them about career and volunteering opportunities.
Students gain access to the following packages
- Skills Explorer
- National careers service website resources
Kudos the UK’s most popular impartial careers guidance and information program that helps young people plan their future and make informed decisions. It provides young people with a personalised experience which enables them to explore careers and learning pathways based on their interests and aspirations. They can get ideas of careers that they might like, explore their own career ideas, discover where their favourite subjects could take them and uncover a world of opportunities in different areas of work.
Kudos uses an analysis of their personal preferences, each young person will discover why some careers are better suited to them than others as well as developing a greater understanding of themselves and all of their future options. Kudos has up-to-date information on hundreds of careers, and equips a young person with everything they need to know to make the best possible career decisions.
Young People have the opportunity to explore PlotR. PlotR uses a psychometric game to help young people identify careers which are matched to the learning styles and preferences. Plotr has 750+ career profiles exploring salary, qualifications, useful skills, what it’s really like to work in that career. Plotr gives students and their parents information about different employers and latest trends along with thousands of work experience, volunteering & entry level opportunities.
Careers and Future Focus Fair
On February 14th year 9 students have the opportunity to visit a Careers Fair at Gateacre to speak to employers, training providers, volunteer organisations and universities.
National Careers Service
Since the 1st October 2014, the National Careers Service has been enhanced to provide more support to Young People. It is the intention of the National Careers Service to complement, not duplicate any existing provision, so all young people have access to information and advice to help them make informed decisions about their career progression.
To assist young people in their career planning, the National Careers Service has extended the Lifelong Learning Account facility to anyone aged 13 and over. An account can be used to safely store personal documents and Skills Health Checks all in one place. Skills Health Checks are online activities which analyse an individual's strengths, motivations, skills, interests and personal styles. The account also provides the option for the production of an Action Plan.
The National Careers Service points of contact for young people aged 13-18 are:
- Online through the website and webchat at: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
- Telephone helpline (0800 100 900) for anyone aged 13 and over – Option 1 for 13-18 years olds to speak to a professionally qualified young person's adviser
The National Careers Service website has a link specifically designed for young people with information about the transition points, such as going to college or starting an Apprenticeship. Job profile and labour market information can also be found which can help to inform young people about the world of work.
The Government led Inspiration Agenda aims to inspire young people and the wider community to raise their aspirations and support their progression into sustainable opportunities that meet the economic needs of the local areas.
The Government's Inspiration Vision statement can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/careers-inspiration-vision-statement
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