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

 

Click here for ‘Careermag for Parents’

CAREERS AND WORK-RELATED LEARNING

 

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.

Decision making is a key activity throughout life, and in Key Stage 4. Part of the careers education has been used to help students develop the skills, resources and confidence necessary to make effective decisions. As well as continuing to develop these areas, the careers programme in Key Stage 4 will pay particular attention

To identifying possible careers for each student and the necessary paths they need to take to fulfil their ambitions whilst keeping their educational choices as broad as possible. Students all have the opportunity to have at least one confidential and impartial appointment with Mr Williams – Head of Careers at St Cuthbert Mayne.

 

YEAR 7

 

Years 7 and 8 will be given the opportunity to be able to engage with an employer in a fun and educational way. This with give Years 7 and 8 an excellent insight to the future of work and to lay the foundation for what is to come in Key Stage 4.

 

YEAR 9

 

KUDOS

Year 9 students will all take part in a careers lesson with Mr Williams in January. They will use careers software designed to generate ideas and information about jobs and the associated qualifications. Kudos is an impartial online careers programme that helps young people plan their future and make informed decisions. In combination with advice and information this can be highly informative.

 

WORLD OF WORK

Year 9 students will spend one day in June at work with a family friend or relative. This enables each student to learn about the world of work and its rules and demands by spending a short spell in a real working situation. This will help to prepare year 9 students for one week of work experience in the July of year 10, and is another opportunity to explore potential careers of interest.

 

YEAR 10

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Year 10 students will spend one week in July at work with an industry that they find interesting or wish to enter into at a later part of their life. This enables each student to learn about the work and its rules and demands by spending a short spell in a real working situation. This will help to prepare year 10 for their Mock Interviews in the November of year 11; this is another opportunity to explore potential career opportunities.

 

YEAR 11

 

MOCK INTERVIEWS

Our aim is to give every student the opportunity to experience as realistic an interview as possible. This will take place out of school and will be an opportunity for students to use the skills they have learned from the Work Experience Programme. This takes place in year 11. Mr Williams will help year 11 students to prepare a job application and also for an interview.

 

VISITORS AND SPEAKERS

 

A programme is followed whereby visitors and employers will speak to specific interested groups of year 9 – 13 students on particular careers.

 

APPRENTICESHIPS

 

Students will receive information and advice on the range of opportunities available to them if they wish to enter employment at 16 or later.

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;

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Next Steps South West

 

When it comes to deciding whether you want to go to college or university, it’s all about being in the know, and that’s not always easy. There’s so much information out there that it can be quite overwhelming. This can mean you end up drowning in details and missing out on opportunities as a result. Well, that’s where we come in. Through years and years of working in the industry, we know all about higher education and want you to, too. That way, you can decide if it’s for you or not. Why do people go to uni? What are the benefits? How do people pay for it? Where do they stay? If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, you’re in the right place. This site is full of useful information designed to help you think about where you’d like to be in the future and how to get there. We also signpost towards other websites that we think have really good information, which could help you make the decisions about where you want to go in life and how to get there.

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/