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.

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:

Year 10

25th March 2019 – 29th March 2019

Work experience letter – September 2018 (Link 8)

Student contact and consent form (Link 9)

Year 12

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:

  • Our Careers programme is available to view on the school website (broken down into Key Stage and Year group).
  • We will provide access to the most up to date Labour Market Information (LMI) on our website and at parent’s evenings where possible.
  • The External Careers Advisors Mrs J Rasmin will be present at Year 8 options evenings and Years 11 and 13 Parents evenings.
  • The Careers and Work Experience Coordinator Mrs N Prior, will be present at Year 10 and Year 12 parent’s evenings.
  • Any parent can access careers and work experience support information and guidance by calling the schools number and asking to speak to the relevant member of the team.
  • Parents will be given the option to complete an evaluation and feedback on the schools careers programme.

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.

How parents can support - Year 11

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.

  • Encourage your son or daughter to consider all options.
  • Look through the sixth form and college prospectuses with your son or daughter to see what options are available.
  • Research Apprenticeship opportunities in the local area.
  • Research the entry requirements for the courses they are interested in, encouraging them to be realistic about their next steps.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to think about their next steps, long term future and how they will use the subjects / qualifications they have chosen.
  • Discuss your son’s or daughter’s career ideas with their teachers or careers team.
  • Discuss their subjects choices with their teachers to find out how they are progressing and if taking the subject further would be a good idea.
  • Attend sixth form and college open days and evenings with your son or daughter.
  • Encourage them to take part in extracurricular activities, e.g. the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, participate in work experience and/or become a volunteer.
  • For further information about how to support your child in their career options see www.careersadviceforparents.org

 

Coming Soon…

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.

Attached are the DFE Guidelines

Click here to view our Careers Education and Guidance Policy

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

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:

  • At least 1 opportunity for individual personal guidance with an impartial careers advisor before the end of Year 11
  • A 'drop-in' careers office that is staffed and able to offer comprehensive and up-to-date information on opportunities in Education, Training and Employment.
  • Access to local Labour Market Information (LMI) via the school website (LINK to the latest LMI)
  • Access to occupational information including work experience, apprenticeships and further education training providers
  • Access to UCAS (information on universities in the UK).
  • A Careers Education Programme built into the school’s Curriculum.
  • A Work Placement for the duration of 1 week in Year 10
  • A Work Placement for the duration of 1 week in Year 12

Careers Curriculum

Careers in Key Stage 3

Careers in Key Stage 4

Careers in Key Stage 5

Careers activities schedule 2018-2019

Careers Resources

School leavers Guide 2018

National Careers Service “guide to the labour market in the West Midlands” (LMI)

Useful websites for schools and colleges (part one) (part two)

Linking curriculum learning to careers

Careers information for parents

Careers information for Employers, HE and Further Education Providers

Work Experience

Careers Activities, Events and Visits