Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
Young people are faced with a complex set of demands when making themselves ready for their future careers. All staff share responsibility for preparing children for future careers. Huntcliff aims to ensure that our students are self-confident, skilled and career-ready.
The Statutory Guidance: Careers guidance and access for education, and training providers (October 2018) is the long term plan to build “a World class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them”. Its aims are as follows:
All young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.
All schools and colleges are to achieve the 8 Gatsby benchmarks by 2020:
1. A stable careers programme.
2. Learning from career and labour market information.
3. Addressing the needs of each student.
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.
Huntcliff School is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in Years 7-11, in partnership with North Lincolnshire Careers Service and The Career and Enterprise Company. We follow the CDI Framework for Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education March 2018.
- To contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially through motivation.
- To support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity.
- To encourage participation in continued learning including higher education and further education.
- To develop enterprise and employment skills.
- To reduce drop out from and course switching in education and training.
- To contribute to the economic prosperity of individuals and communities.
- To meet the needs of all our students through appropriate differentiation.
- To focus students on their future aspirations.
- To involve parents and carers.
Our Step Up days have year group specific work on CEIAG, led by the Career Leader and delivered mainly by the senior leadership team and key staff. We are well supported by a range of external guests. The CEIAG programme is planned, monitored and evaluated by the Career Leader in consultation with the North Lincs Careers Adviser who provides specialist careers guidance and The Career and Enterprise Company as part of the Humber Hub of which we are members.
The careers programme includes Step Up days dedicated to careers activities, career guidance activities (group work & individual interviews), information and research activities (in Careers Office and on the school intranet, internet), work-related learning, and individual learning planning/portfolio activities. Other focused events, e.g. Linc Higher Days, College Taster Days, Apprenticeship talks, roadshows, careers fairs, interview days and presentations are provided.
An assembly programme raises aspirations through invited guest speakers. The programme is enhanced by links within each curriculum area and mapped using the CDI framework to ensure full coverage. The access policy is published on line (in compliance with statutory guidance) for those external training providers who request access to our students. We are fortunate to work with a large number of external organisations who help us to achieve our aims.
Further details of the programme are available by following the the links below:
Assessing the impact of the programme:
We assess our programme for careers in a number of ways. We were awarded the Quality in Careers Standard in July 2018 following the Career Mark in 2015. A significant part of the assessment is discussions with students, staff, parents and external employers and other organisations who contribute to the programme.
We are trialling the Future Skills survey this year with the Humber LEP to evidence the impact of the programme. It focuses upon how students have: changed; their effectiveness; career readiness and employability. We will repeat this towards the end of the year to measure the impact. Additionally students complete a survey following each step up day. We are currently in the process of developing our own ‘employability passport’. We also keep a comprehensive provision map of all activities undertaken by each student over their time in school.
Parents and Carers:
Parental involvement is encouraged. Online resources are accessed through the links on the school website. Parents are kept up to date with careers work through letters, newsletters, at open evenings and parents’ evenings. Parents are welcome at careers Interviews.
All learners will take part in a careers education programme in Y 7 – 11 that helps them to:
- Understand their education, training, employment and other progression opportunities,
- Develop the skills they need to plan and manage their own personal development and career progression,
- Access relevant information and learning from taster activities and roadshows
- Make and maintain individual progression plans to help them improve their prospects
- Offer feedback and ideas on how to improve the careers programme
- Have access to, and support with using careers information that is:
- easy to find and available at convenient times,
- locations including the school intranet and internet,
- clearly labelled and referenced,
- comprehensive, giving details of all progression, opportunities
and associated support arrangements such as financial help,
- unbiased and up-to-date (L6 Careers Advisor).
We welcome support from a variety of Employers and are always looking to develop our links further. Although we hold the Quality Standard for Careers, we are always seeking to enhance our programme and employers are a vital aspect of this work and can contribute significantly to developing our students further.
Key developments for us:
- Benchmark 4 Linking curriculum learning to careers: We ask for support to enhance our curriculum and bring the world of work into the classroom. For example, our Enterprise Advisor explaining in GCSE Science how the power stations produce and distribute energy.
- Benchmark 6 Experiences of workplaces: We currently do not offer all students work experience and are looking to establish this once more. We require support in obtaining relevant and engaging experiences for our students, ensuring they gain an understanding of the work place and the skills they need to develop to contribute positively in the future.
If you are a local company and think you can contribute to our programme, please contact our Career Leader, Mrs Philippa Hartley: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 01652 648276
Download the Parent Careers Pack form Amazing Apprenticeships at:
https://www.lincs2.co.uk/ is a comprehensive one-stop source of information that lists and provides details of all the Post 16 options, courses, jobs and training in the local area.
To find out more about College Open Days and Apprenticeship events, click on the current 2018-19 College and Apprenticeship Events Calendar. If you can't make the dates arranged, you can contact the college or organisation direct for help and advice.
Please see the link to this useful Careers Website: https://icould.com/
Shape Your Future is a useful document which outlines changes in the local labour market and the various sectors of employment.