A Student’s Typical Journey
1. What is CEIAG?
2. How can my child get a Careers interview?
3. Who is in charge of Careers Education at HCC?
4. Who is the College’s Careers Adviser?
5. What qualification does the Careers Adviser have?
6. Where is the Careers’ Library?
7. Where is the Careers’ Noticeboard?
8. What is the RPA?
9. What are my child’s alternatives to studying A Levels?
10. Why does HCC offer Options Choices in Year 8?
11. What is the College’s policy about work experience?
12. Where can I find the College’s Careers Policy?
13. How can I help my child find a career that they will enjoy?
14. What is the government’s statutory expectations about what schools should provide for their students?
15. What is www.UCASProgress.com?
16. How is Careers’ Education at the College monitored?
17. What are the Gatsby Benchmarks?
18. Who are the key staff responsible for CEIAG at the College?
An acronym for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
Janet Bass, our independent Careers adviser is available with no appointment needed at Parents’ Evenings. One to one interviews are organised for Year 10 from the middle of Term 5 once Year 11 are on Study Leave, and continue into Year 11, these are advertised in assemblies and via tutors or the Head of Year. Sixth Form can request interviews or might be directed to by the Sixth Form team.
Currently it is Jo Taylor, the Head of PSHEe, and Careers Leader.
Janet Bass, who worked for Connexions and Sussex Careers and is an independent qualified adviser.
Diploma in Careers’ Guidance Level 6. She is a qualified careers’ assessor who was formerly an area manager for Babcock Enterprises when they were contracted to oversee Sussex Careers. She has extensive experience as an adviser and manager for the former Connexions Service in Sussex and has undertaken training in life coaching.
In the main library, it includes College and University prospectuses as well as careers’ magazines and guides to apprenticeships. Any student can access it at break, lunchtime or after school.
In the Maths corridor opposite the library entrance. It is regularly updated and includes information ranging from posters advertising College open days and evenings to the National Careers’ Service phone number and website.
Raising the Age of Participation: which means that the government expects all young people to remain in Education, an apprenticeship or work with training until their 18th Birthday.
There are a range of alternatives including: NVQs, BTECs, Diplomas or apprenticeships. These are usually courses and qualifications which are more vocational than A Levels.
We believe that a 3 year Key Stage 4 gives students more scope for choice and to mature and feel focussed on their learning.
We do not currently offer work experience at Key Stage 4 due to the complications and compromises that can ensue from insurance and offering the students a breadth of choice. This is currently under review. In the Sixth Form students are encouraged through coaching and PSHEe to pursue work experience to help to either secure work with training or to gain a place at university.
On the website alongside all other key policies: Policies
There are a number of free websites which the College recommends accessible through the students’ drop down menu, these include information about different careers and quizzes to match the user’s interests to a job. It is also really useful to encourage conversations about careers, in particular with other family members and friends. Organising work shadowing or visits as well as encouraging paid employment as long as it does not impinge on your child’s academic progress can all be helpful.
The latest guidance from the government is: Careers Guidance Provision for Young People in School. The emphasis is on the importance of careers education starting from Y7, and to encourage increased links with employers.
15. What is www.UCASProgress.com?
A search and apply site for FE Colleges and Sixth Forms in East Sussex and Kent. All HCC students are provided with a log in for the site in the last term of Y10, and their account goes live once they are in Y11. Support is offered in PSHEe lessons with using and applying through the site.
We use the Careers and Enterprise Company’s ‘Compass’ tool initially to assess our provision and their ‘Tracker’ tool to improve. This process is ongoing but is monitored by the Local Authority 3 times a year and our Enterprise Adviser and Careers’ Governor when they meet formerly with the Careers’ Lead.
These are 8 benchmarks recognised in 2014 by the charitable Gatsby Foundation, and endorsed by the Careers and Enterprise Company. HCC uses these to shape their careers’ provision http://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance
Jo Taylor: Careers Leader and Head of PSHEe: email@example.com
Barry Howard: Deputy Head, responsible for curriculum development and enrichment which includes the options process and enrichment week, also line manager for PSHEe
Janet Bass: Independent Careers Adviser
Paul Mehra: Enterprise Adviser
Donna Taylor: Alumni coordinator
Heads of Y8 and Y11 and Pastoral Managers: oversee and support in the transition for students into GCSE and beyond
Emma Smith: Coordinates a programme for the Academically Most Able which includes aspirational careers activities
Sam White: creates a wide variety of Careers Support in Sixth Form through assemblies, a PSHEe programme, tutor programme and Extended Learning Days