This term a number of pupils have been doing work placements as part of their Career Pathway Programme. During the experience they gained a valuable insight into the world of work which will prepare them for their next steps post 16.
At St Rocco’s Hospice they spent 4 weeks as a mentor on the RocOn Project. The role was to support groups of year 3 pupils from Woolston C of E Primary exploring being part of the wider community. Our pupils assisted leading the group activities, drawing out thoughts, ideas and opinions from them. To gain more of an understanding our pupils helped them to make gratitude jars and created amazing pebbles with a personal and inspiring message to share in different parts of the community.
Other students worked alongside the coaches at the Wolves Foundation delivering rugby to various primary schools in Warrington over 2 weeks. They were a real asset to the caoching team and showed intiative and creativity to ensure each pupil in the sessions manged to participate whatever their skill level or ability.
James Johnson the Community Rugby League Coach from the Wolves Foundation has invited them to assisist in the Rugby Festival involving all the Primary schools in Warrington. They have demonstrated many skills and characteristics that will benefit any future employer.
The feedback from the employers was exemplary, commenting on their commitment, enthusiasm and ability to adapt to different situations in a mature and professional way.
As part of Woolston Brooks commitment to provide Pupils with opportunities to inspire and gain knowledge of the world of work they visited a major development at the new Omega in Great Sankey. The site is Warrington West Railway Station which is being constructed by Balfour Beatty, an International building company. The new development will create a network from Omega to the centre of Warrington, Liverpool and Manchester.
The pupils had a presentation about the company and also met a 16 year old apprentice who talked about his experience after leaving school without the GCSE’s he’d hoped for. Following the Q & A with the apprentice they had a tour of the site and gain knowledge about all the different trades and employment opportunities with Balfour Beatty.
This has hopefully inspired the year 10’s who have already got an interest in the construction and engineering sector.
Sandy Lane Nursery & Forest School
A pupil, during her work experience, spent time at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School as a support Nursery Assistant. The Nursery is unique and offers an alternative approach through outdoor learning.
The Young person enjoyed the experience and quite different from her previous placement in a traditional nursery. Marcia the deputy was very complimentary and said she had a natural gift for working with children.
Working with the Community
As part of Woolston Brooks Career Pathway we encourage our young people to volunteer in our local community. This provides them with an opportunity to gain work related skills and also valuable social interactions with different people outside of the school environment. This term a number of pupils have been supporting at Charlie’s Gardening Club at St Roccos. The group are a combination of bereaved volunteers and also patients of the hospice. Our pupils really enjoy working alongside them and work hard for their cup of tea and cake at the end!
Social and Work Related Skills Development
As part of the speech and social skills group a couple of pupils have spent time building a willow arch. They worked together and created a fantastic arch which leads to the main garden area. During the spring and summer it’ll be interesting to see it grove and be a real feature they should be proud of. It has given them an insight into the world of work and specifically Landscaping and horticulture which they seemed interested in pursuing.
All students are entitled to careers, work related learning activities and opportunities for post-16 provision. Pupils from year 8 to year 11 will have access to careers guidance and work related experiences throughout their time at school. A careers advisor from ‘Careers for Young People Service’ will manage the transition from Woolston Brook to the designated Post 16 providers (www.careersforyoungpeople.co.uk tel: 01925 442211). As part of the Careers Programme students have an opportunity to attend open evening events and organized careers fairs to enable students to make an informed choice post 16.
Contact Stuart Beardsworth (careers lead) for all matters relating to careers, work related learning and post-16 provision.
Years 8 & 9
Key activities: Year 8 work related learning
Lessons might include what work is, how salaries relate to different jobs, stereotyping around jobs, how to find out about jobs, the skills needed for work, jobs of the future, the geography of jobs. By the end of Year 9, all students will have had the opportunity to:
- Be introduced to career resources to help them understand their preferences and the options open to them.
- Develop their self-awareness
- Hear from or talk to representatives from the world of work
- Receive support to make the right KS4/GCSE choices, including assemblies, parents events, meeting with senior staff at school and the option of a careers meeting.
Key activities: Work experience and mock business interviews
Lessons include preparing to find and carry out work experience placements; CVs, applications and interview technique in preparation for mock business interviews; understanding post-16 options. These activities are supplemented with supported sessions with PC access.
By the end of Year 10, all students will have had the opportunity to:
- Develop their self-awareness and career management skills, including writing a CV
- Experience at least one week in the workplace
- Be interviewed by someone from the world of work
- Experience a taster day in a sixth form or college setting
- Learn about the different Post-16 pathways.
Key activities: Post-16 applications
Students will learn how to write a personal statement for post-16 applications; get support to apply through UCAS Progress; attend group sessions discussing the different post-16 pathways and key considerations when choosing post-16 options. These activities are supplemented with after-school support sessions with PC access.
By the end of Year 11, all students will have had the opportunity to:
- Use a range of sources of information (with support, as required) to explore Post-16 options
- Attend events in school and out of school where they can speak to employers, colleges, training providers
- Develop their self-awareness and career management skills
- Apply for Post-16 options and back-up plans, as necessary
- Continue to develop the skills needed for a successful transition
- Have at least one meeting (small group or one-to-one) with a careers adviser.
School measurement and assessment of the impact of the careers programme
Measured by the Local Authority NEET data for the school leavers.
You may find some of these websites useful in helping you to research your career ideas.
www.careersforyoungpeople.co.uk– Careers For Young People website
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ – National Careers Service website
www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship – National Apprenticeship website. Search and apply for apprenticeships
www.getingofar.gov.uk – Information about apprenticeships and what they offer
www.icould.com – Careers website. Try the Buzz Quiz which matches your skills to possible careers
www.careersbox.co.uk – Careers website. Contains lots of interesting careers videos
https://www.future-mag.co.uk/ – Careers website. Contains lots of interesting news articles
http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk – Contains lots of useful information for students
www.ucas.com –The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the UK.
https://www.ucas.com/careers-advice – Careers website. Contacts lots of useful careers information
http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/ – The official website for comparing UK higher education course data
www.prospects.ac.uk – Graduate careers website. Contains information about graduate careers
www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk – Contains information on university rankings by subject
www.gov.uk/student-finance – Contains information about student finance and how to apply
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – Contains information about apprenticeships, gap years and jobs
https://do-it.org/ – Volunteering website. Search and apply for volunteering opportunities.
USEFUL WEBSITES – APPRENTICESHIPS
National Apprenticeship Service: https://www.getingofar.gov.uk/
Apprenticeships is useful for researching vocational career pathways and searching and applying for vacancies
Find an apprenticeship: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
Search and apply for apprenticeships in England
Amazing Apprenticeships: https://amazingapprenticeships.com/
Useful resources from films/webinars to application advice
The Apprenticeship Guide: http://www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/
Get My First Job: https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/
Search and apply for apprenticeships
All About School Leavers: http://www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/
Apprenticeship and work information
Useful Websites – LMI (Labour Market Information)
LMI for All: http://www.lmiforall.org.uk/
Warwick University: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ier/ngrf/lmifuturetrends/
LMI Future Trends
Careers of the Future resource
Bridge GM: http://bridgegm.co.uk/labour-market-information
Information on LMI in Greater Manchester
Useful Websites – Employment
Success at School: https://successatschool.org/
Includes useful information about work experience, employability skills and vocational skills
Find a job: https://www.gov.uk/jobsearch
Search and apply for full-time and part-time jobs in Great Britain
Agency Central: http://www.agencycentral.co.uk/
Useful for finding a recruitment agency in the local area and those specialising in specific sectors.
Warrington Job Centre: https://www.jobcentreguide.co.uk/warrington-jobcentre
Useful Websites – Volunteering
Do It: https://do-it.org/
National Citizen Service: http://www.ncsyes.co.uk
The Gatsby Benchmarks
The Career Development Institute Careers Framework