Careers Education

We run a full programme of events throughout the year in order to support students to make good and aspirational decisions about their ongoing education / training and future employment. Schools and colleges have a statutory duty to provide high quality careers education,  information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). This is outlined in the National Careers Strategy  as well as the statutory guidance to schools. We plan our delivery according to the Gatsby Benchmarks, which have been compiled from research on the impact of high quality careers education:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from Labour Market Information
  3. Addressing the needs of every pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal Guidance

Our Careers Education Policy outlines how we intend to do this and is reviewed every two years.

Overview of Programme:

Every student will have an opportunity to participate in the following:

  • Careers events such as talks, workshops, mock interviews and challenges involving a range of external volunteers from different industries and education providers
  • Employer insight tours and external careers events
  • 1:1 careers guidance sessions with a qualified advisor*
  • Careers Support (by appointment): Students can book time with pastoral staff to get advice or work on their CVs, job applications etc.

*We work closely with Young Workpath to provide a consistently high quality of Information, Advice and Guidance. We also have 2 members of staff who are qualified to, or working towards, L6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development.

During the course of the year, all students should:

  • Produce an Action Plan that focuses on setting personal and academic goals that will help them to secure future educational and employment opportunities in future
  • Create or update their CV and cover letter to support applications for employment or other work-related opportunities
  • Make appropriate applications to colleges, training and apprenticeship providers for the following academic year.
  • Receive coaching and support to follow through with and review their action plan
  • Receive personalised support to apply for and access opportunities to encounter employers and work places related to their own interests. This can include but is not limited to: visiting speakers, workplace visits, trips, volunteering and work experience.

Students will also gain credits for their work that count towards the following:

  • Prince's Trust qualification in Personal Development & Employability

CEIAG at South Quay College covers a huge range of learning activities and is not only limited to activities directly related to finding a job! We think that career success is linked to many different personal, social and academic factors, so a wide variety of subjects are delivered under the umbrella of 'careers education'.

Timetabled lessons, assemblies, 1:1 coaching sessions and special events can all include the following:

SMSC
Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

SMSC includes topics that help us to understand the beliefs, values and practices that are followed in the world around us, and specifically in modern Britain. We also discuss the law and ethics so that students can learn to make wise and informed decisions and become active citizens in the community.

PSHE
Personal, Social, Health & Economical Development

PSHE covers knowledge and skills that young people will need to be safe, healthy and independent in modern Britain. Examples of topics could be Personal Finance, Sex & Relationships Education and Health & Wellbeing.

Impact of Careers Education

The impact of careers education can be evaluated by looking at a number of different measures:

  • Destinations of students leaving the college
  • Students' ability to sustain their training / employment programmes in the longer term
  • Feedback from students, parents and other stakeholders
  • Yearly review and evauation of our programme using Compass, a nationally recognised assessment tool.

If you would like more information or advice, please get in touch with Keziah Man, Director of Student Services: keziah.man@southquaycollege.org.uk

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