Careers

We know that first-class Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance will prepare our students to aim for and gain access to the very best apprenticeships, college courses, university education and employment that is available by helping them to make impartial, informed, balanced and appropriate decisions about many key areas of their future development, progression and career pathways. CEIAG at Holyhead School is completely impartial and is delivered in an objective and balanced manner by all staff so that each student receives the opportunity to explore potential pathways. CEIAG is delivered across the curriculum and through our bespoke Career Days. Holyhead believes that working with outside agencies is an invaluable part of the CEIAG curriculum and will, therefore, offer all students the chance to meet with employers and other opportunity providers either in school or on visits.

Mr S Briah

Director of Careers Education

Students complete The Step Series – a complete careers programme consisting of individual student workbooks which take students through the stages of career planning from age 11, right through to planning post-18 options. The workbooks are progressive and are relevant to each age group. They cover a range of issues to help students to understand more about themselves, find out about careers and the world of work and help them to plan for their future.

Careers Entitlement

Year 7

  • Students will be able to record achievement in primary school and things they were good at and enjoyed.
  • They will also be able to record achievements out of school.
  • Name who or what might influence choices about future career and evaluate the significance of the influence.
  • Students will be able to give examples of their skills and qualities, roles & responsibilities.
  • Students will be able to explain what it means for them to have high aspirations.
  • Students will record two careers they want to do and begin researching the careers.
  • HE – students will understand the role of Universities in their future learning.

Year 8

  • Students can describe the similarities and differences between paid and unpaid work; work in the workplace and work in the home.
  • Check out a range of STEM Careers, Option choices based on the strengths, preferences and career aspirations of each student.
  • Students offered 1:1 interview to discuss choices

Year 9

  • Students can describe the similarities and differences between academic routes and vocational routes and begin talking to providers about apprenticeships, FE and HE choices.
  • Students visit at least one of:
    • Local HE Institution
    • Local FE Institution
    • Apprenticeship provider
    • Training provider
  • How to identify and resist stereotyping & discrimination
  • Students can identify positive and negative ways of presenting themselves. Evaluate “my cyber profile” and what employers may see on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc.

Year 10

  • Students and their parents will research and apply for a work experience placement.
  • Alternatively students will take part in a work experience simulation week where they will work with employers covering a range of employability tasks.
  • Students gain experience of the workplace and can record tasks carried out and skills developed and used. Students will know which employability skills the company or organisation prefer.
  • My Careers Springboard – Careers Matching tool
  • CV workshops – students will know what is necessary to create a “winning” CV
  • Students begin action planning for post 16 options
  • Students meet a range of FE/HE/Apprenticeship Providers in order to discuss their plans and ideas about post 16 routes.

Year 11

  • Post 16 Options and transition.
  • Students meet a range of FE/HE/Apprenticeship Providers in order to discuss their plans and ideas about post 16 routes.
  • 2 days 6th Form Experience – taster of level 3 courses.
  • Students not expected to transition to level 3 learning after year 11 will have college/apprenticeship application session where confidence is built in students’ ability to complete online and paper applications.
  • My Careers Springboard – Careers Matching tool revisited
  • All students invited to 1:1 interview with L6 qualified Independent Careers Adviser

Post 16

  • Next Steps Planning. Where do I go from here? Look ahead.
  • Apprenticeships? / Higher Education:to go to university…or not? Researching Higher Education
  • Compare the market
  • Study beyond the UK
  • Volunteering: who benefits?
  • Applications and Interviews and how to ace them – online application, panel interview, assessment centres
  • Review my learning
  • Students meet a range of FE/HE/Apprenticeship Providers in order to discuss their plans and ideas about post 16 routes.
  • All students invited to 1:1/group interview with L6 qualified Independent Careers Adviser

The Impact of the Careers Programme on Pupils

Regular evaluation of the programme is undertaken with student, parent, staff and employer feedback canvassed. Compass Evaluation tool is completed each term to ensure progress toward the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks is achieved and sustained.

A review will take place annually as the destination statistics are produced. A review of the range of opportunities accessed by students as well as the feedback from students, parents and employers involved in the delivery and uptake of the careers programme will be reported on. The next full review is scheduled for November 2021.

Gatsby Benchmarks – https://www.goodcareerguidance.org.uk/benchmarks-and-background

Employer Information

If you are an employer, employee or Provider that can offer any of the following to our students, work experience, work-place tours or visiting school to talk to students about your work please download our Provider Access Policy to find more details. We look forward to working with you.

Employer Feedback

‘Excellent student interaction reported by those who had something interactive or did not mind working with younger students.

 ‘Employers felt students were polite and well behaved, asking serious questions.’

‘Some employers have agreed to work with departments to help bring relevance to curriculum’

‘Excellent parking, event space and refreshments provided by the school’

A word from our Enterprise Adviser

Melvina Ryan

Enterprise Advisor

My name is Melvina Ryan and I am delighted to be working with Holyhead School as an Enterprise Advisor. My career path hasn’t been straight forward. I wanted to become a Biomedical Scientist because I loved science whilst in high school but after six weeks on the degree course I made the decision to leave the course as I didn’t believe it was what I really wanted to do with my life. I went straight into the world of work, landing a job as an Administrator and completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration. I now work as a Programme Manager with Ecorys UK delivering national grant programmes and very much enjoy my work. Life is full of choices and I hope to assist the Director of Careers deliver an array of career activities to the brilliant young people at Holyhead School.

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