Introduction

Careers Education and Guidance is a vital part of the educational process by which young people, from the earliest years, develop the abilities to make realistic and well-informed decisions about their future. At Holy Family, we do this by:

  • helping pupils to identify their skills and interests, as well as working out what they want from life
  • educating pupils about the world of work and options open to them, then assisting them to make vocational choices, considering long term changes in the job market
  • developing pupils career management, employability and enterprise skills
  • individual academic, pastoral and careers support from a range of staff, including our qualified careers adviser

In developing our Careers Education and Guidance provision for students, we have used the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Careers Education and Guidance Policy

Careers Contacts:

Holy Family Catholic High School, Virgins Lane, Thornton, L23 4UL

0151 924 6451

Karen Parker – Careers Leader k.parker@holyfamilyhighschool.co.uk

Claire Hall – Careers Leader c.hall@holyfamilyhighschool.co.uk

Jan McKean – Inclusion Manager and Employer and Outside Agency Link jan@holyfamilyhighschool.co.uk

Margaret Evans – Vice Chair of Governing Body and Careers Link Governor c/o s.harris@holyfamilyhighschool.co.uk

Follow us on Twitter @careersHFCHS 

We are proud to have as our new careers external providers Jayne North and her team at Careers North. info@careernorth.co.uk

We have three exceptional Career North advisors working with us:

Jayne North, Holly Jones and Zack North – careers@holyfamilyhighschool.co.uk

Their website: https://www.careernorth.co.uk/

For click here further information about Career North Ltd.

The content of this webpage, and the additional pages below, are reviewed annually in September (Date of next review September 2020).

Evaluating Impact

We measure and assess the impact of our careers education and guidance programme via following up our Year 11 and 6th Form leavers to find out their destinations (in case this differs from what was planned) on leaving. We gather feedback from pupils on the Character and Culture programme on a continual basis and evaluate this during the summer term of each year, as part of updating the Careers and Enterpise Company's Compass evaluation tool, with the support of our Enterprise Advisor. From September 2019 we will be using the Compass tool on a termly basis.

Pupil Destinations

Pupil Destinations – 2016 Year 11 leavers

Parents

Careers Programme

Careers Education is mainly delivered as part of the Character and Culture programme, throughout the school.

In addition to this, we arrange:

  • assemblies on careers related topics
  • visits to employers and careers related events
  • a careers fair at school in the summer term
  • careers related input in each subject (particularly during National Careers Week, in March each year)
  • apprenticeship application support and workshops for Year 11s and 13s

Any questions, please contact:

Karen Parker – Careers Leader

Tel: 0151 924 6451

k.parker@holyfamilyhighschool.co.uk

Barry Thomas – Careers Adviser

barry.thomas@careerconnect.org.uk

Mobile number: 07837466075

Personal Guidance

Impartial* personal career guidance discussions are routinely organised for our year 11, 12 and 13 pupils but all pupils are welcome to one or more meetings with our qualified careers adviser, Barry Thomas. Pupils in any year group can request a career guidance interview via Student Services or by emailing barry.thomas@careerconnect.org.uk. Summaries are recorded on Class Charts, so you can see what has been discussed too.

*meaning we do not recommend any institution over others, but make pupils aware of all options and institutions and allow them to form their own preferences, based on factors such as travel, experience on a visit, course availability etc.

Parents/carers are also welcome to request or attend a careers interview for their son or daughter etc, by using the same email address or ringing 0151 924 6451 and speaking to anyone from Student Services.

In addition to this, our Careers Adviser is available at parents evenings' from year 9 and at the Sixth Form open evening, as well as being on hand to provide support at GCSE and A level results days.

Post-16 Options

Since the law changed, young people have to be ‘in some form of education or training until they are 18’. This includes:

  • A sixth form
  • A full time college course
  • A part time college course
  • An apprenticeship

(What it doesn’t include is a job that doesn’t include training for any qualifications.) As a result, there are many options available for after year 11.

It is sensible to explore more than one option or institution, to work out for yourself, where is best for your son or daughter, rather than relying on other peoples’ opinions. You can help by:

  • Going to open evenings with them
  • Completing online applications with them or checking they have completed their applications
  • Taking them to any interviews
  • Asking where they are up to with plans for after year 11
  • Putting them in touch with any friends or family you have that know about the careers they are interested in

Apprenticeships are a great option but can be hard to secure. For general information on apprenticeships, have a look at this fact sheet (link to my finding apprenticeships document). You can help by:

  • Asking family and friends if they know of any apprenticeship opportunities
  • Discussing or roleplaying visiting an employer to ask about apprenticeships and also taking your son or daughter there if possible (The Yellow Pages or yell.com is a great way of finding which employers are in your area.)
  • Checking applications before they send them off
  • Taking them to interviews and discussing your experience of job interview with them

Useful Websites

Careers - Parents

Pupils

Personal Guidance

Personal career guidance discussions are routinely organised for year 11, 12 and 13 pupils but all pupils are welcome to one or more meetings with our qualified careers adviser, Barry Thomas. Pupils in any year group can request a career guidance interview via Student Services or by emailing barry.thomas@careerconnect.org.uk.  Summaries are recorded on Class Charts, so if you forget anything from your discussion, you can easily look it up on there.

Your parents/carers are also welcome to come to your careers interview, if you would like. Speak to anyone in the POD, to let us know.

Our Careers Adviser is also available at parents evenings' from year 9 and at the Sixth Form open evening, as well as being on hand to provide support at GCSE and A level results days.

Careers Lessons

You will learn about issues related to careers as part of the Character and Culture programme, which takes place throughout your time at school.

In addition to this, we arrange:

  • assemblies on careers related topics
  • visits to employers and careers related events
  • a careers fair at school in the summer term
  • careers related input in each subject (particularly during National Careers Week, in March each year)
  • apprenticeship application support and workshops for Year 11s and 13s

For any questions, speak to your form tutor or head of year or ask in Student Services. You can also speak to:  

Karen Parker – Careers Leader – office next to M25

Barry Thomas – Careers Adviser – Careers office next left along the corridor past the POD

barry.thomas@careerconnect.org.uk

Mobile number: 07837466075

Choosing careers

There are 4 main steps to choosing a career:

  • Knowing yourself: your interests, work preferences, strengths and weaknesses
  • Exploring what careers exist
  • Researching, in detail, careers that interest you the most
  • Planning how to get into your chosen career

You will have heard of a lot of careers but there are hundreds of different careers in the UK. You could easily miss something you would really like if you don’t do some exploring. To find out what careers relate to lessons or other things that interest you, type it into the search box on: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/, for example…

A great way of getting some idea of what careers might suit you, is to use a ‘career matching website’. For a basic version (recommended for years 7 to 9), go to The Buzz Quiz at https://icould.com/. For a more detailed one, register at www.startprofile.com. The Start site is recommended from year 10 upwards and is used in lessons.

Who can help?

The school’s Careers Adviser can help, for example talking through information with you and helping you to compare options and telling you more about routes into careers and local courses/options that would fit.

Teachers and parents can help you work out your strengths and weaknesses and may know more about careers that interest you.

Post-16 Options

You must be ‘in some form of education or training until you are 18’. This includes the following forms of education and training:

  • A sixth form
  • A full time college course
  • A part time college course
  • An apprenticeship

(What it doesn’t include is a job that doesn’t include training for any qualifications.) As a result, there are many options available for after your GCSEs.

It is sensible to explore more than one option or institution, to work out for yourself, where is best for you, rather than relying on other peoples’ opinions. When looking into different options, there are some questions you should consider:

  • If you’ve done it before, do you enjoy the subject?
  • How is it assessed? (Do you prefer coursework or exam?)
  • How does it differ from GCSEs? What topics will you be learning?
  • How do your teachers feel you will cope with it? Do they have concerns?
  • What have people, who have done this course/apprenticeship before, gone on to do next? What grades did they get?
  • Where is it based? Is there help available with the cost of transport?
  • Are there any opportunities for work experience?
  • What GCSE grades do you need to get on the course/apprenticeship?
  • What qualification(s) would you get from doing this?

Finally, do NOT choose a course simply because it looks good or because your friend is studying it! Choose it for the simple reason that you enjoy it and it could relate to what you want to do in the future.

For more detail, try this site: I Could.

What jobs are available – “Labour Market Information”

Labour Market Information tells us:

  • What jobs are available?
  • How many are there?
  • Where are they?
  • How do you get into them?
  • Future Trends

You can use this information to work out which jobs are easiest to get where and how much people get paid, on average, in different career areas AND how this is expected to change. History is littered with careers that disappeared and you need to make sure you don’t choose something that will disappear.

This ‘Careerometer’ (the 3 boxes below) is something you can use to look careers up and get basic labour market information.

Careers - Pupils

Useful Websites

Teachers

In developing our Careers Education and Guidance provision for students, we have used the Gatsby Benchmarks.

We have mapped our Character and Culture programme (within which most of our Careers Education is delivered) against the Careers Development Institute’s Framework for Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education (http://www.thecdi.net/Careers-Framework-2018), to ensure we are meeting all the careers learning outcomes recommended for young people.

In addition to this, we arrange:

  • assemblies on careers related topics
  • visits to employers and careers related events
  • a careers fair at school in the summer term
  • careers related input in each subject (particularly during National Careers Week, in March each year)
  • regular apprenticeship application workshops for Year 11s and 13s

Including Careers in Your Lessons

This is not just about teaching what careers exist, although expanding pupils’ knowledge and horizons is hugely valuable. So many skills area learned at school that are applied in the workplace.

The CDI Framework for Careers Employability and Enterprise Education (www.thecdi.net/write/BP556-CDI-Framework-web.pdf) includes the following areas of learning:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-determination
  • Self improvement as a learner
  • Exploring careers and career development
  • Investigating work and working life
  • Understanding business and industry
  • Investigating jobs and labour market information
  • Valuing equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Learning about safe working practices and environments
  • Making the most of careers information advice and guidance
  • Preparing for employability
  • Showing initiative and enterprise
  • Developing personal financial capability
  • Identifying choices and opportunities
  • Planning and deciding
  • Handling applications and interviews
  • Managing changes and transitions

For suggestions of what topics could be included in each subject, please click here

For information on the value of careers related learning in all subjects, please look at: www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploaded/careers_in_the_curriculum_report_what_works.pdf

For further information, please contact:

Karen Parker – Careers Leader

Tel: 0151 924 6451

k.parker@holyfamilyhighschool.co.uk

Barry Thomas – Careers Adviser

barry.thomas@careerconnect.org.uk

Mobile number: 07837466075

Useful Websites

Careers - Teachers

Employers and other providers

Employers

We are currently in the process of expanding our employer network, to provide a broader range of opportunities for our students, knowing the great value that employer contact has, in developing young people’s aspirations and motivation. (Please see these links for supporting research:

https://www.educationandemployers.org/research/employerengagementineducation/

https://www.educationandemployers.org/research/its-who-you-meet-why-employer-contacts-at-school-make-a-difference-to-the-employment-prospects-of-young-adults/)

Events that employers are now involved with:

  • Annual Careers Fair (with ‘speed-dating’ element for year 10s)
  • Assemblies
  • Workshops such as ‘Employment Law’, ‘Budgeting’ and ‘What Employers Want’
  • Mock interviews
  • Work experience
  • Off-site visits to workplaces and Careers Fairs

If you are interested in joining our Employer Network or supporting our careers programme in some way, however small, we would be very happy to hear from you. Please email Mrs J McKean at jan@holyfamilyhighschool.co.uk

Other providers

All pupils in years 7-10 and year 12, attend our summer annual careers fair, which is integrated into the school’s careers programme. This offers providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils. Other opportunities are available, such as assemblies, Character & Culture lessons and parents evenings, by prior arrangement.

Providers are also welcome to provide printed materials for pupils to access in the Sixth Form Resource area and POD.

Our Provider Access Policy

An introduction to Apprenticeships for students