Careers

At St Cuthbert Mayne School Enterprise, Work Related Learning, Careers Education, Information and Guidance are embedded in the curriculum for all year groups in order to best prepare our students for the competitive world of work in the future.

Some ground breaking new research by Dr Anthony Mann of the Education and Employers Taskforce charity shows a significant link between young people’s experience of the world of work whilst at school and the chances of them becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) as young adults.

The research ‘It’s who you meet: why employer contacts at school make a difference to the employment prospects of young adults’ by the charity, is based on a survey undertaken pro-bono by YouGov which asked young adults aged 19-24 about their current employment status and to reflect on their experiences of the world of work whist they were at school. The findings were striking:

26.1% of young people who could recall no contact with employers whilst at school went on to become NEET. This reduced significantly to 4.3% for those who had taken part in four or more activities involving employers. For more information and to view the full report visit:

www.educationandemployers.org

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Here at St Cuthbert Mayne we endeavour to expose our young people to the world of work as much as possible in the hope of actively encouraging every young person to reach their potential both academically, spiritually and in terms of employability.
If you are a parent or guardian you may contact us at any time, for  information on how you can support your son or daughter. Or  take a look at the resources further down the page.

Careers Staff

Head of Careers:

Mr Williams

Senior Management Link:

Mr K Statham, Assistant Headteacher

Mr Williams is usually available every day for formal or informal career interviews – students can drop in during break times or can arrange an appointment (self-referral) either directly or through their form tutor. Mr Williams will also arrange appointments via referrals from staff and parents.

Every year 9,11, 12 & 13 student will be given the opportunity to have an individual Career’s appointment with a qualified Careers Advisor on a one-to-one basis.

 

Careers South West

Careers South West advisors deliver advice and support to young people in this school to enable them to make a successful transition to the next stage of learning or into work. This is a statutory duty of the local authority and funded through a contract let by the local authority.

The work delivered by Careers South West on behalf of the local authority has two distinct elements to it:

  • Delivering Section 139a of the Education and Skills Act 2008 providing an assessment for Young People with Learning Difficulty and/or Disability as defined by the Act to carry out the statutory requirements surrounding their successful transition to post 16 education and training opportunities.
  • Tracking and following up young people, in line with the requirements of Department for Education, to ensure they have an offer of learning post 16 and continue to engage in learning and work.

Further details of the services provided by Careers South West, including how to sign up to a monthly newsletter of advice and tips on careers, can be found at:

www.careerssw.org/parent/parent-home

Telephone: 0800 97 55 111

Useful Additional Careers and Resources:-

 

What options are available for me? What career would suit me?

You can speak to the careers staff in school, your teachers, form tutors and of course your family! But in addition here are some resources that are useful:

The National Careers Service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

  • Helps you with careers decisions and planning
  • Supports you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
  • Motivates you to implement your plan of action
  • Enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools.
  • Excellent Labour Market information that is easy to access as a young person

Cascaid – Kudos https://kudos.cascaid.co.uk

Kudos will give you all the information you need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training you can do to reach your career destination.  If you are unsure of what careers you might be interested in, Kudos can give ideas based on what you like and dislike. You can also discover what careers your subjects can lead to.  Packed with information on what employers are looking for, what you can earn and what qualifications you’ll need, Kudos is your passport to exploring your future.

This package also has a fantastic CV builder and action plan builder tool.

We have purchased a licence for our students and staff to use this careers product. While it is better that you book an appointment with Miss Ricketts to go through the programme with you, you can obtain a licence code from the careers office and explore the programme any time.

 Icould  http://icould.com/

Icould is a small, dynamic charity, providing career inspiration and information for young people. They show what is possible in work and offer different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

Try the Buzz Quiz – it’s very informative! http://icould.com/buzz/?ref=menu

Not sure which A levels to take? Have a look at this video and booklet from the Russell Group Universities website:

http://russellgroup.ac.uk/for-students/school-and-college-in-the-uk/subject-choices-at-school-and-college/

Career Pilot http://www.careerpilot.org.uk/

Career Pilot is a matrix accredited Careers source providing an array of FREE career tools for every key stage.

Studential https://www.studential.com/

A one-stop site for all career related matters – for students from year 10 upwards

Ok, so I know what I want to do – where can I find information and apply?

 Again, school staff can help you! But here are some resources that will be very useful.

Be sure to make time to look for open days and evenings – these events give you an insight into the environment, information and an opportunity to ask questions! Lots advertised in the careers area at school – and lots of providers

UCAS and UCAS progress https://www.ucas.com/

Not just the essential impartial university search and application tool but you can also search for 16-18 options using UCAS progress – search options include sixth forms, FE colleges and much more.

Apprenticeship Service https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

Looking for an apprenticeship? You need to register on this site and get regular updates!

You can find information on post 16 apprenticeships, level 3 apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships.

Who knew there were so many apprenticeships –worth exploring more if you like the idea of earning while you learn! If you are not ready for work or an apprenticeship, maybe a traineeship could be something to explore: https://www.gov.uk/find-traineeship

Choosing and applying for University?

Our experienced sixth form team and careers advisor can help you!  Also, take a look at these resources:

https://www.ucas.com/

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/best-universities-uk-2016

http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings

https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2016/may/23/university-league-tables-2017

Personal statements:

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/when-apply/writing-ucas-undergraduate-personal-statement

http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/universities/applying-to-university-and-ucas-deadlines/personal-statements-%E2%80%93-an-insider’s-view/

Useful Job Sites:

http://www.indeed.co.uk/

https://www.devonjobs.gov.uk/

http://www.jobsite.co.uk/

Don’t forget to use the Careers resources to help you with your application, CV and interview techniques!

Gap Year?

https://www.gapyear.com/

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/gap-year

http://gapforce.org/gb

http://gapadvice.org/

http://www.gapwork.com/

http://wwoofinternational.org/

http://www.bmsworldmission.org/serve-overseas/action-teams-christian-gap-year

 

Not going to university? Take a look at this resource to see all the incredible things you can do after sixth form:

http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/