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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Year 11 every student will have the opportunity to meet with an impartial Careers Advisor to discuss future options in more detail.
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:
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.
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St Thomas More gives students the opportunity for a week’s work experience in Years 10 and 12. There many local employers from private and public sectors of industry, commerce and education willing to offer students placements.
Our Work Experience dates for the academic year 2018 to 2019 are:
25th March 2019 – 29th March 2019
Student contact and consent form (Link 9)
1st July 2019 – 5th July 2019
Work experience letter – September 2018 (Link 10)
Student contact and consent form (Link 11)
St Thomas More works alongside SIPS Education to offer a safe, worthwhile, suitable business placement. Access to the database to search for possible placements can be found here https://sipseducation.work-experience.co.uk/. Pupils will be given the password to access the database early September 2018. Pupils who have trouble using the site or can’t remember the password should see Mrs Prior in the Careers Office (F41).
To further support students in finding suitable placements there will be a fortnightly Work Experience drop in sessions for students to gain support and guidance.
As a school we want to work alongside parents to offer students a strong Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) programme. To help you support your child we will offer the following provisions:
As a parent you can support your child with their careers education by staying informed. The world of education is continually changing, as is the world of work. Many of the jobs we know so well, have or will soon become obsolete. This is opening up the labour market to a new field of occupations we are yet to see. Being aware of the Labour Market Information (LMI) (Link 3) could help you to support your child when considering their future options. The guide highlights the jobs which are important in the area we live, and the skills employers in the West Midlands are looking for.
As your child approaches Year 11 they have some fundamental life changing decisions to make. These are decisions which can go on to shape their future. Below are some tips on how you can support your child in making the best choice for them.
In May 2018 each department in school completed a careers audit to evaluate their contribution towards CEIAG. In the new academic year departments will be selecting their very own Careers Champions to drive forward CEIAG within individual curriculum areas.
At St Thomas More Catholic School we aim to raise the aspirations of our young people. We want to promote better access to all career pathways and enable our students to develop the skills outlook needed to achieve career wellbeing.
St Thomas More has a planned programme of Careers Education that is overseen by Deputy Head Teacher and Careers Lead Mr S Burns. He is supported by the Careers and Work Experience Coordinator Mrs N Prior, and external Careers Advisor Mrs J Rasmin. The Careers Administrator is Mrs R Mehmi.
Our programme of Careers Education underpins the Department for Education Guidance. It will provide students with opportunities to develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to make realistic career decisions.
For any further information about the Careers Curriculum, please contact Mr S Burns or Mrs N Prior.
Click here to view our Careers Education and Guidance Policy
School Mission Statement: “To guide and encourage students to be responsible, caring and confident in a climate of Gospel values where they can realise their full potential and celebrate each other’s success”.
We recognise we have a Christian duty to encourage and support students to develop the necessary skills and knowledge required to meet their future aspirations. To support this ethos St Thomas More Catholic School ensures pupils have access to the following CEIAG: