Careers

We are committed to ensuring that all students know and understand the world of work, the skills required, and the qualifications needed so that they can make informed choices about their career pathways. We support and nurture our students through their chosen career pathway providing unbiased Careers advice. We enable those that wish to apply to University to do so and progress into higher education. The information provided will ensure they can make informed decisions and follow a realistic path in order to realise their full potential.  We aim to increase students’ awareness of what is available to them, help them recognise their strengths and identify where improvements could be made.

In 2013, Gatsby was commissioned to research what actions could improve career guidance in English schools and use eight clear benchmarks as a framework for improving careers guidance.  These have been well received by schools, government and a wide range of stakeholders.

The benchmarks are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Please click here for further information about the Gatsby benchmarks.

The Careers Team

Lead Co-ordinator: Mrs C Cain (Head of Sixth Form)

GROWS Co-ordinator: Mr L Bradley

UCAS Co-ordinator: Mrs C Cain (Head of Sixth Form)

SENDCo: Mr R Mudge

How is careers education delivered?

All staff are expected to contribute to Careers Education delivery through their roles as tutors, associate tutors, subject teachers and support staff. Sessions are delivered by tutors, external providers, and through subject delivery throughout the curriculum.

Students also have access to a range of careers support delivered through a variety of ways such as interactive workshops, drama productions, careers fairs, employer talks, guest speakers, business mentoring and trips to colleges and Universities.

Our full Careers Programme can be found here: Careers-Programme

We evaluate the impact of our Careers Programme on our students by regularly getting feedback from students, staff and parents. We also assess the number of our post-18 students moving into Higher education, apprenticeships and other specific career pathways.

The date of next Academy review of the information published is: September 2021

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

All Saints’ Academy Careers and Employability Strategy aims to provide all young people with a stable programme of inspirational careers activities and opportunities in order to develop important employability skills.

Collaboration is at the heart of our careers strategy and a number of key partners help us to provide invaluable interactions with employers and employees.  We are proud to work closely with university and further education partners to raise aspirations and widen participation in education opportunities.

Applying to ASA Sixth Form, Other Sixth forms, local FE Colleges, local Training providers

All Year 11 students can access the area wide course information via UCAS Progress.

Colleges, training providers and Apprenticeship opportunities can all be accessed through UCAS Progress.

Careers Information

Careerpilot – is a free site that helps young people plan their future study and work. It is a great resource for young people, their parents/carers and also teachers and tutors, who are advising students about the full range of options.

UCAS Progress – Here you will find information on what to study, where to go and how to get there.

Icould – Provides career inspiration and information for young people. Icould shows what is possible in work and offer different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

NHS Careers: stepintothenhs.nhs.uk – This website is provided by Health Careers. Health Careers, formerly NHS Careers, was set up to encourage people to think about the joining the NHS team. Dedicated to providing help and information to people who are interested in working in the NHS and other health employers in any one of the 350 careers on offer. Providing help with information on what it is really like to work in health, how to get started in a career in the NHS or on the training and study needed to qualify for different jobs.

Higher Education

UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. Our services support young people making choices after their GCSEs, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
FAQs aimed at students, and their parents, who are considering higher education.

GROWS

A network of five Gloucestershire based universities and colleges with twelve campuses offering over 250 higher education level courses.

Inspiring and engaging young people in Gloucestershire to make informed choices about their future.

The complete university guide

Independent UK University League Tables & Rankings give you a good guide to which university is best for you, overall and by subject. We work closely with all main UK Universities, HESA and UCAS.

Alternative Pathways

notgoingtouni.co.uk is now the UK’s leading website dedicated to helping school & college leavers make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university such as apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and jobs.

Levels of Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

NAME

LEVEL

EQUIVALENT EDUCATIONAL LEVEL

Intermediate2GCSE
Advanced3A level
Higher4,5,6 and 7Foundation degree and above
Degree6 and 7Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

Degree Apprenticeships are a relatively new and growing development for vocational higher education in England which combine full-time paid work with free part-time university study.

Apprentices are employed on a full-time basis for between one and six years, working at least 30 hours every week and enjoying blocks of practical on-the-job training.
Getingofar.gov.uk provides a listing that showcases current and forthcoming higher and degree apprenticeships from some of the UK’s biggest and best employers from The RAF to the BBC, Nestle to Rolls Royce, Santander to Siemens, and Royal Mail to Transport for London.

Interactions with employers and employees

Businesses and employers have a pivotal role in giving young people the opportunity to explore their options and succeed in the world of work.

Research confirms how much experiences with employers help to prepare young people for their futures.

A range of local and national employers take part in our Careers events. Professionals, Academics and Apprentices ranging from Engineers, public services, financial services industry, recruitment specialists and charities visit the academy and engage with students to emphasise the transferrable skills, importance of commitment, punctuality and resilience.

National Careers Week is a celebration of careers guidance and employment opportunities across the UK.  The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people when leaving education. At a time of high youth unemployment there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education.  National Careers Week is our platform to advise and inspire our next generation as they enter the world of work.

Career Fairs – Each year we run career fairs that provide career information, advice and guidance from a range of businesses and universities; these are attended by all academy students.

The Careers & Enterprise Company

In 2014, the Government established The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) to be the strategic coordinating function for employers, schools, colleges, funders and providers and to provide high impact careers and enterprise support to young people (aged 12-18).

WorldSkills UK, NEC Students can explore routes and pathways to a range of options at key transition stages and be aware of labour market.

Labour Market Information about all Careers

The Careerometer widget below provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects. The widget can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations to support the process of identifying potential careers. The data is organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you.

Please use this on the following webpage: http://www.lmiforall.org.uk/widget

Careers Advice

You can request a Careers appointment with our Careers Lead, Mrs Cain by emailing careers@asachelt.org. You can ask questions or request a face-to-face appointment to talk through your Career plans.

You can now get immediate and personal careers advice from the National Careers Service via phone, text or online chat. The National Careers website is https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

Careers Resources

Careers resources such as how to write a CV and covering letter guides can be accessed via the VLE or collected from Careers office (via Sixth Form Study Room). The ‘Futures Hub’ in the GLH holds a selection of careers books and sixth form, college and university prospectuses.

Please click here for online resources.

Funding

Most college course and training schemes are free of charge, however some courses do require you to purchase equipment and uniform.

The 16 – 19 Bursary Fund replaced the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and it is the school, college or training provider’s responsibility for awarding this.  Each establishment will have their own criteria for applying for the bursary. For more information please contact the school, college or training provider individually.

Post 16: Students can also apply for free school meals provided parents are in receipt of one of the eligible benefits.

Post 18: Intensive support is provided by the sixth form team to provide support with the preparation for UCAS applications.

Year 13 students who do not wish to take the university route are offered guidance and support with their choices at Post 18.  Apprenticeship sessions and careers discussions take place with guidance and support with applications.

Work Experience

Work experience is a fantastic way of finding out about the world of work and which job or career may suit you. There are lots of online work experience opportunities available for students that are free and can be accessed at home. A range of different virtual work experience placements can be found here https://www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/post/virtual-work-experience

Work experience opportunities are now available during your Post 16 studies. It is important to consider your future career/education as work experience can be essential to ensure access to your chosen future pathway.  For example, as some universities ask for work experience as part of their entry requirements, it is important to start thinking about this early, especially those looking at teaching or medical careers.

If you are in Sixth form and would like to set up a regular, weekly work-experience placement, you will need to complete a work experience form. This can be collected from the Sixth form office and needs to be signed by the employer that you will be working with so that they understand the obligations that they need to meet. The Academy will also check your work experience provider.

Where do our students go?

We are proud of the destinations that our students choose after their Sixth Form education here. Many move into fulfilling and rewarding careers many choose to go into Higher Education (sometimes following a gap year).

We are most proud of is the fact that our students gain admission to universities that suit best their own interests, passions and talents.

Student Destinations

Destination Schools

Useful contacts

Head of Sixth FormMrs C CainCCain@asachelt.org
GROWS Co-ordinatorMr BradleyLBradley@asachelt.org

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