Careers Education, Information Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)
We believe that effective careers guidance contributes to raising aspirations, improving motivation, and overcoming barriers to success.
Our CEIAG is delivered through a co-ordinated programme which involves pupils, parents, staff, colleges, training providers, and local employers. Sir John Nelthorpe’s Career’s Leader, Alex Smith, works closely with teaching and pastoral staff to ensure we provide a holistic approach to Careers, which is tailored to meet individual pupil needs.
Our goal is to equip our pupils with the necessary skills to adapt to an ever-changing economic climate, inspiring them to become life-long career learners.
Is delivered via our PSHCE programme and provides the opportunity for pupils to:
Develop self-awareness (a greater understanding of their strengths, current limitations, personal qualities, interests and values).
Learn about opportunities (engage in career exploration of the local, regional, national, and international education, training and employment opportunities. Participate in work experience and work related learning; increasing exposure to a range of lifelong learning and career opportunities to support pupils to make effective decisions about their future).
Develop decision-making skills (understand and evaluate the pros and cons of the options available to them and taking responsibility for decision making).
Acquire the necessary career management skills to make a successful transition from school to further education, training or employment (preparing a CV, taking part in mock interview sessions, developing job search and employability skills and developing resilience).
Careers Information & Advice
All Sir John Nelthorpe staff are encouraged to talk with pupils about their career aspirations and can refer pupils to careers staff to gather further information.
Pupils are also encouraged to be pro-active using a variety of on-line resources to explore their options (see links below).
Y9-Y10 pupils have the opportunity to talk with local colleges and training providers.
Y9 – Our careers advisor is available at the Progress Evening for parent consultations.
Y11 – A Careers Fair is held in October for all pupils. Whilst our careers advisor is available at Progress Evenings for parent consultations.
National Careers Service - https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
Making Informed Choices - http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/for-students/school-and-college-in-the-uk/subject-choices-at-school-and-college/
U-explore Students http://website.u-explore.com/start/students/
Student Finance - https://www.gov.uk/student-finance
One to one careers guidance appointments are available in school with Fiona Fisk, Education Inclusion Officer (Careers and Progression). Impartial guidance appointments can be requested by pupils in any year group (although priority is given to Year 11 pupils).
Arrangements can be made for parents to attend careers appointments upon request. Alternatively, parents can call 01652 656551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for careers support.
Work Experience (new 2019)
Work experience is viewed as an integral part of Sir John Nelthorpe’s CEIAG programme; supporting pupils post 16 transitions to education, employment or training, and providing them with the opportunity to develop vital employability skills. Engagement with local employers is essential for pupils to develop networks, and as such we strongly believe that work experience is an opportunity that should be available to everyone. Therefore, all pupils in Year 10 take part in one week’s work experience in April.
A careers evening is held in February to advise pupils and parents of the work experience process and answer any queries.
Year 11 - The Application Process
The application process begins in September using the Lincs4u website. All pupils are provided with a username and password and are supported to develop a personal profile and select college course / apprenticeship choices. The deadline for college applications is the last week in December. The deadline for Lincs4u apprenticeship applications is the end of February.
Apprenticeship applications on Lincs4u register pupils with a training provider; they will still need an employer to complete the apprenticeship offer.
Training providers will ask for a copy of the pupils CV and send it to employers they work with, pupils will still need to attend additional employer interviews.
To gain an apprenticeship pupils need to be as proactive as possible and should also attempt to obtain their own employer.
Apprenticeships – in May / June time pupils can also register with the National Apprenticeships service https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch. This site advertises live vacancies offered by employers (you will need to check the deadline dates – pupil’s legal school leaving date is the last Friday in June).