Careers Education, Information and Guidance
It is vitally important that the information and guidance we give to all our students relating to their career pathways and aspirations is accurate, honest and unbiased – we aim to encourage our students to take responsibility from an early age about the decision making process and where it can take them. We have a ‘drip feed’ approach to Careers Education believing that students should know and be aware of the world of work outside of their own school and home environments – careers guidance is taught and offered to all our students starting from Year 7 right through until they leave school – we take pride that this support and help continues and is often accessed by students who have left but return for further help and advice.
So what is ‘careers guidance’ –
‘activities that assist our students in making decisions about future education, training and jobs’
What does that mean for our students and what can they expect?
- All our students ( Years 7 – 11 ) are involved in a 6 week unit of careers related activities during tutor time
- Students in Post 16 receive information and guidance as part of an ongoing process throughout their two years through their Lifeskills lessons, individual interviews, visits, work experience etc
- All students are interviewed in Year 9 and 11 on a one to one basis with a member of the Careers Guidance team
- All students have opportunity to participate in whole school careers related events every year ie. Careers Fair, Careers Speed Date
- Year group events are planned and organised at specific points, ie Year 11 ‘Future Steps Event’, Year 10 ‘What’s it like in the Workplace Event’, North East Partnership Post 16 Event
- Work Experience – we currently organise Work Experience placements for students in Year 12 following a discussion as to what their career pathway intentions are, and then match students to a suitable work experience placement in the Wolverhampton area.
- Visits to universities, local colleges, training providers, employers
- Visits from local employers / companies
- Curriculum related events – individual departments organise subject related events to companies and universities in the area
- Staff are available to talk to at every Parents Evening
How can you help your child as a parent / carer in preparing them for ‘the world of work’?
- Make sure your son / daughter attends school every day – employers regularly tell us attendance/reliability is an essential quality they look for in a young person, and look for evidence linked to that on their application
- Make sure your son / daughter attends school on time – so that they develop good time keeping skills again highly valued in the work place
- Attend your child’s Parents Evening and talk to us about any concerns you have or information you require
- Let us know if you or the company you work for can offer a student a Work Experience placement
- Support your child when he/she attends college appointments, university open days, etc
- Encourage your child to participate in activities outside of school eg sports clubs, youth groups, dance, drama related activities – it will give them something to talk about on an interview, will help develop their confidence and improve their CV
- Don’t sit there and worry – contact us if you require any help or support
Frequently Asked Questions
The government has changed the age young people can leave school with ‘Raising the Participation Age’ for young people. This means that for students leaving year 11 in 2015 and beyond the government says they must remain in learning until age 18. Learning isn’t just staying on at school; the choices available to them are:
• full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider;
• full-time work or volunteering (20 hours or more) combined with part-time education or training
• an apprenticeship or traineeship
If your son or daughter has decided to apply to university they will be supported to look at courses and universities to suit them and helped to apply. If they decide not to go to university they will be offered careers guidance to help them decide what to do for their next step and will be supported to apply for work or apprenticeships.
Moreton have a careers team available to support your son or daughter, they are
Lisa Mackey – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Erika Kendall – contact email@example.com
All year 11 students receive a careers guidance interview in year 11 with a Level 6 qualified Careers Guidance adviser. Students will have the opportunity to talk about their interests and careers ideas and learn what options are open to them and discuss which one might suit them best. They will find out how any courses they are considering taking would help them in the future. If they plan to leave Moreton they will be supported to apply to other learning such as college, or Apprenticeships.
Yes, the government expects all students to stay in some form of learning until age 18. You can still claim Child Benefit if your child stays in full time education in Post 16 at Moreton or another school, at college or attends a training programme with a local Learning Provider. However once a young person begins an Apprenticeship Child Benefit will cease.
You must inform Child Benefits Centre if your son or daughter starts an apprenticeship and you risk being overpaid if you do not do so. Your son/daughter will receive a wage while on an Apprenticeship.
Apprentices are employed and paid a wage and receive holiday pay. Apprenticeships combine practical training on the job with study. Apprentices work alongside experienced staff to learn relevant work skills. The training part of an apprenticeship can be at college, but might not be; apprentices may work with their training provider and employer to complete their qualification in the workplace instead.
Apprenticeships are offered at different levels depending on qualifications and experience.
Anyone thinking of looking for an apprenticeship on leaving education would find it useful to have some work experience to put on their application. It doesn’t have to be paid experience; voluntary work or helping family is just as valuable.
Entry onto an Apprenticeship is not guaranteed. There is an application process as with any job application. The Careers Team at Moreton are happy to help students apply for Apprenticeships.
A young person on an Apprenticeship will be paid a wage. This can vary depending on what the individual employer pays; however a young person will never receive less than the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices which in October 2015 increases to £3.50 an hour.
Apprenticeship vacancies are now advertised on the Direct Gov. website. The young person will need to register their details before being able to apply for an Apprenticeship. (see the section on help applying for Apprenticeships)
A quick way to search for Apprenticeships is to type RSS in the main search box on the DirectGov. Webpage -> click Apprenticeship vacancies: RSS Feed -> RSS feeds for Apprenticeship. This takes you to a list of apprenticeship vacancies, look for West Midlands when you click this it opens a list of 1000 West Midlands vacancies. You can narrow the search by looking down the list for certain types of vacancies or use the search box e.g Wolverhampton will bring up all vacancies in Wolverhampton or use a key word such as administration to bring up all vacancies with banking in them.
Your Careers Team will be happy to help students apply for vacancies and to do the best application possible.
If your son or daughter decides to apply for an apprenticeship they will get support to:
• Decide on what type of work they want
• Register on the Direct Gov. site
• Search for suitable Apprenticeships
• Write the application so it matches what the employer is looking for
• Support with interviews
There are learning programmes available to help young people become more self –confident, to gain additional Math and English qualifications and try out work with employers so they become more confident and skilled to move on to their next step. These programmes are Traineeships and Study Programmes and parents can claim Child Benefit.
We have also produced a document on useful websites to help you find more information
Careers Guidance Teaching Staff
Miss L. Mackey – Head of Department
Connexions Careers Advisor
Mrs. E. Kendall