We recognise that effective careers guidance contributes to raising aspirations, creating positive self-image, increasing self-confidence, improving motivation and overcoming barriers to success. Our school has a critical role to play in preparing our young people for the next stage of their education or training and beyond. Our expectations are high, so that every student is challenged appropriately and acquires the knowledge, skills and attitudes for lifelong learning and that employers will value. This will help every young person to realise their potential and enhance their employability.
Careers Skills: - We recognise the importance of developing the careers skills of our young people through our provision for Careers Guidance. We believe that young people need these skills to manage their own careers and to contribute to the well-being of themselves, their families, the communities and the wider society of which they are a part, the environment and the economy.
The school's careers provision, therefore, needs to help students to develop their self-efficacy, raise their aspirations and help them carry out career exploration. They must also become more adaptable and resilient, make decisions and transitions, be more enterprising and be able to present themselves well in applications and interviews.
We are therefore working towards the 8 Gatsby Principles to ensure all our young people are able to access high quality information, advice and guidance throughout their time with us.
The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each 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
As part of our careers programme we believe employability skills are extremely important and hence why we ensure all young people have work experience opportunities in KS4 and KS5 as well as the opportunity to be involved with Supported Internships using Skills for Growth to support us with this to enable as many young people to then move into apprenticeships at the end of KS5.
We also believe ‘employability and transferable skills’ are an essential part of our day to day curriculum/ education for our young people to make them ‘employable’ in the future. The top 10 skills that employers want and seek in potential employees are:
Communication and interpersonal skills
Problem solving skills
Using your initiative and being self-motivated
Working under pressure and to deadlines
Ability to learn and adapt
Valuing diversity and difference
Please see below for useful links regarding careers guidance and apprenticeships.