Careers and Post-16
Newham PRUs: Careers Guidance Commitment:
The main aim and objective of Careers Guidance provision is to ensure that all students have the knowledge and information to make informed decisions about their future career progression opportunities. We want all students by the end of Year 11 to have secured at least one conditional offer of a college, training or apprenticeship programme. Those who do not secure an offer are referred to Newham's Raising the Participation Age (RPA) Team based at Newham Workplace for additional CIAG support. The RPA Team will work with the students and their families to help them secure a meaningful and relevant post 16 offer.
Once students have officially left school, they are tracked and monitored for up to one academic year, to ensure that they are making progress and engaged. Students are welcome and encouraged to return to school to continue to receive careers guidance if / when required.
The Careers Programme
The Careers Education provision offered equips students with the knowledge, skills and information they require; to enable them to develop key transferable skills that they can then go onto to use in their future career pathways. The topics / themes covered within the curriculum / provision are designed to help pupils to integrate and function effectively as members of society and within the world of work.
Students are taught to;
- Develop a sense of purpose
- Build meaningful professional working relationships
- Work well as part of a group.
- Develop their communication skills
- Make decisions based on informed choices
- Take responsibility for their own learning
- Have a sense of value for self and others
- Understand the importance and relevance of Life-Long Learning
- Develop Soft & Concrete Skills
- Understand how they can contribute positively to society
- Develop Leadership and Team work attributes
- Realise their full potential
- Appreciate the value and importance of education
- Remain positive about continuing with education up to the age of 18 and beyond
- Have a general understanding about future career aspirations and goal settingAll students within Year 7 – Year 11 are enrolled onto some form of work based learning educational programme where they are able to learn about the world of work, take park on work focused learning and/or work experience placements and gain an accredited BTEC or GCES qualification in Year 11. This provision is designed to provide adequate Careers Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG) to both onsite and outreach students; to ensure that pupils are fully supported and encouraged in making a smooth transition onto further education and/or training in year 12 and beyond. This curriculum offer adheres to the regulations for Schools and Colleges set out in the statutory guidance for the National Careers Strategy, Gatsby Benchmark Framework and the Raising the Participation Age (RPA) Agenda.
Careers Guidance Methods
Year 11 students are supported with completing application forms when applying for college courses and/or training and apprenticeship programmes. Parents and Careers are also encouraged to actively take part in the application process. Parents/Carers will receive regular updates on if/when a conditional offer is received either during Parent Consultation Meetings or by phone/email. All students are encouraged to attend college and training open days; where they will have the opportunity to speak to further education and training professionals to gain more Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) support. This will ensure that students are able to make a smooth transition onto further education or training as part of the Raising the Participation Age Agenda (RPA), which requires all young people to remain in some form of compulsory education and/or training until the age of 18.
College and Training Course Application Process
- Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) support is offered to all students through scheduled 1:1 careers interviews with an in-house qualified Level 6 trained Careers Advisor. Students are supported with researching career pathways, learning about Labour Market Information (LMI) and completing training/college courses application forms for year 12 further education and training courses. All pupils receive a Careers Action Plan after a personal careers guidance interview has taken place; this plan sets out the career aspirations of the student and identifies pathways available to help them to make an informed decision about their future career goals.
- Health, Safety and Hazard Awareness in the workplace.
- Developing listening, communication and interview skills.
- College and Apprenticeship application process.
- Career research and planning.
- Drafting a Curriculum Vitae and Letter of Application for a job and/or course
- Developing Specific and Generic Research Skills
- The expectations and requirements for moving into further education and training
- Preparing to attend a formal interview
- Part time / Full time employment
- Key transferable skills that employer’s desire.
- Exam revision and preparation Year 11 students also participate in a one-week work experience placement which helps them develop a real insight into the world work, builds confidence, and self-esteem and helps students to develop employability skills. Students are given a selection of placement options and must attend an interview before they can start. Students who do not participate or attend their placement are expected to attend school as normal for the duration of that week.
Record of Achievement Folder (ROA) and End of Year 11 Ceremony
- Newham PRUs works with a variety of different external career development agencies to support the career development needs of all our pupils. These external agencies facilitate workshops and assemblies, provide platforms to research and share career related information, and really focuses on promoting work, based learning and career progression opportunities. You can find out more about the external career guidance agencies that we use to enhance our provision below.
- Warwick LMI Future Trends: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ier/ngrf/lmifuturetrends/sectorscovered
- Skills For Growth Traineeships & Apprenticeships - https://www.skillsforgrowth.org.uk/
- Barclays Life Skills - https://barclayslifeskills.com/
- LMI for All - https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/
- National Guidance Research Forum (NGRF) – https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ier/ngrf/
- National Careers Service - https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers
- 15BillionNEBP - https://15billionebp.org/
- MyBnk - https://www.mybnk.org/
Career Guidance and Development Supported by Outside Agencies / Visitors
Students are supported with creating a Record of Achievement (ROA) folder reflecting their experiences, achievements and qualifications to date. Students receive their ROA folder during the ROA ceremony held at the end of Year 11. This ceremony is a celebration of all the achievements Year 11 students have accomplished throughout their school career. Parent/Carers and various other professionals who have worked closely with the students are all invited to celebrate this event.
Work Experience Block Placements commissioned by 15Billion NEBP:
Newham RPA Team (Newham Workplace) - https://www.newham.gov.uk/Pages/Services/About-Newham-Workplace.aspx
Newham College - https://www.newham.ac.uk/
New Vic 6th Form College - https://www.newvic.ac.uk/
Newham PRUs is committed to offering a good quality career guidance provision to all our students; regardless of academic ability, SEMH need and/or socio-economic background. The support on offer aims to ensure that all students are well prepared for the transition onto further education, employment or training. We want all our students to feel supported and empowered to explore their career interests and to achieve their desired career aspirations.
The school’s arrangements for managing the access of education and training providers to students is monitored by
Claire Campbell-Jackson (Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org) 0207 504 0531
The programme offer will be reviewed by Claire Campbell-Jackson annually in the Autumn term
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