Year 11 Assessment Week- Monday 8th October- Thursday 11th October

Your Careers Education and Guidance will continue into Post 16 Education. At this stage your aspirations may be more focused. It could be you are still unsure about your future and need help finding a direction to pursue. The St Thomas More Post 16 CEIAG will support, help and prepare you for your future after school life.

In Year 12 there will be a second opportunity for you to go out on Work Experience from Monday 1st July to Friday 5th July 2019. You will have access to a fortnightly drop in session at lunch to support you in finding a placement.

Throughout Years 12 and 13 you will also have the opportunity to:

  • Have an interview with a member of the sixth form team prior to commencing Year 12 to outline all opportunities available.
  • Access support and advice about any career, options, or future related concerns with our Internal Careers and WEX Coordinator Mrs Prior, or our external Careers Advisor, Mrs Rasmin (located in F41).
  • Have a one to one interview with the external Careers Advisor, Mrs Jo Rasmin.
  • Experience an assembly with an employer from industry during National Careers Week.
  • Access to the school website and careers notice board located outside the careers office (F41).
  • Learn more about the jobs available within the West Midlands.
  • Explore the changing sectors of industry and work.
  • Be selected to meet the Apprentices from NatWest.
  • Be selected to take part in a DWP workshop.
  • Engage in encounters with further and higher education institutions.
  • Access support and assistance in applying for university through UCAS.
  • Access support and assistance in applying for Apprenticeships.

 

In Year 9

Your future starts in Year 9. You will begin studying your GCSEs and in addition to these qualifications you will need to start practicing how to develop your soft skills.  Examples of important soft skills are communication, teamwork and problem solving. Soft skills relate to your attitude and employers seek these skills in addition to your qualifications. The more soft skills you are able to demonstrate and evidence the more marketable you become.

To help you learn more about yourself at the beginning of Year 9 you will complete a Skills Audit. This will help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses. You will look at where you are now and where you want to be in the future.

You will be given your own individual Passport to Employment to record all your individual careers education encounters.

Throughout Year 9 you will also have the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the jobs available within the West Midlands.
  • Explore the changing sectors of industry and work.
  • Complete a termly quiz to showcase your new found knowledge
  • Learn about a new career each week during “Form Period News” - Career of the week section
  • Experience an assembly with an employer from industry during National Careers Week
  • Access to the school website and careers notice board located outside the careers office (F41)
  • Open door access to discuss any career, options, or future related concerns with our internal Careers and WEX Coordinator Mrs Prior, or our external Careers Advisor, Mrs Rasmin.
  • Be selected to take part in a Careers Lunch hosted by NatWest bank.

In Year 10

From September 2018 Year 9 and 10 will be starting their options simultaneously. Year 10 will follow the same CEIAG as above. In addition to this there will be a select number of students chosen to participate in the NatWest ‘moneysense’ programme.

In Year 10 you will go out on Work Experience from Monday March 25th to Friday March 29th 2019. You will have access to a fortnightly drop in session at lunch to support you in finding a placement. You will have up to 2 Work Experience preparation sessions the weeks prior to going out on placement.

In Year 11

At the beginning of year 11 you will complete a careers questionnaire. Based on the results you may be selected to take part in an Apprenticeship workshop hosted by an external provider called AIM. This will take place at the begging of Year 11. During Year 11 you will also be given support creating your CV. A CV is a written overview of a person's experience and other qualifications and is mainly used when applying for job opportunities. A CV is typically the first item an employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview. Once your CV is complete it is important that you keep it up to date with any relevant experiences, qualification or skills you acquire.

Throughout Year 11 you will also have the opportunity to:

  • Take part in practice interviews
  • Have a compulsory one to one interview with the external Careers Advisor, Mrs Jo Rasmin.
  • Learn more about the jobs available within the West Midlands.
  • Explore the changing sectors of industry and work.
  • Complete a termly quiz to showcase your new found knowledge
  • Learn about a new career each week during “Form Period News” - Career of the week section
  • Experience an assembly with an employer from industry during National Careers Week
  • Access to the school website and careers notice board located outside the careers office (F41)
  • Open door access to discuss any career, options, or future related concerns with our Internal Careers and WEX Coordinator Mrs Prior, or our external Careers Advisor, Mrs Rasmin. 

Options after Year 11

There are a number of options available to you post 16 and it is important that you explore them all. Begin your research early, this way you can focus and plan for where you want to be next academic year. The most popular choices available to you post 16 are summarised below.

What to study?

A Levels are academic qualifications which you can study in a number of different subjects and are mainly examination based.

Vocational qualifications (e.g. BTECs and Cambridge Technicals) are assessed using both examinations and coursework. As an alternative to traditional A levels vocational subjects allow applied learning and the opportunity to study a practical, work related curriculum.  At Level 3 the qualification is equivalent to an A Level.

Apprenticeships are available through both colleges and employer led schemes. They allow you to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. You'll be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification.

Where to study?

You will also need to decide where to study. Sixth Form, College, or training provider? When deciding it is important to be realistic and to think about what course and environment will suit your learning style, ambitions and academic ability best.

Labour Market trends?

The ultimate aim of education is help you access the labour market. Therefore, when deciding what to study it is also important to think about which industries are growing in the local area and which are not.

For more information about Labour Market Trends, click here.

More help and support?

In Year 11 every student will have the opportunity to meet with an impartial Careers Advisor to discuss future options in more detail.  

In Year 7

Careers Education and Guidance is very important in early years at school.

You will begin you CEIAG by completing a Skills Audit. This will help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses. You will look at where you are now and where you want to be in the future.

You will also be given your own individual Passport to Employment. This is for you to record all of your individual career education encounters.

Throughout Year 7 you will also have the opportunity to:

  • Take part in Barclays Life Skills Workshop.
  • Learn more about the jobs available within the West Midlands.
  • Explore the changing sectors of industry and work.
  • Complete a termly quiz to showcase your new found knowledge
  • Learn about a new career each week during “Form Period News” - Career of the week section
  • Experience an assembly with an employer from industry during National Careers Week
  • Access to the school website and careers notice board located outside the careers office (F41)
  • Open door access to discuss any career, options, or future related concerns with our internal Careers and WEX Coordinator Mrs Prior, or our external Careers Advisor, Mrs Rasmin.

In Year 8

You will have to make your subject choices for GCSE. It is important that you take the time to consider your options carefully. The decisions you make now could impact upon your future goals and aspirations.

If you or your parents would like some help with these decisions our external Careers Advisor, Mrs Rasmin will be available at Year 8 options evening.

Throughout Year 8 you will have access to all the same opportunities as Year 7.