Careers & Post-16 guidance

Careers

There has never been a time when careers guidance has been as important for young people as it is today. The landscape of education, training and employment opportunities that students need to navigate is more complex and more challenging than that faced by previous generations.

Our mission statement is for all students to achieve their personal best.   In careers education this translates to every student making the right choices for their progression.  We support students in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them to achieve their ambitions.  By helping students with decisions at crucial stages, informing them of all their options and introducing them to the world of work, we aim to prepare them for the world of work whichever pathway they choose.

Aims of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at St James:

  • provide good quality independent careers advice to students which inspires and motivates them to fulfil their potential;
  • provide personal advice and guidance which is in the best interests of, and meets the needs of, all students;
  • offer provision that is based on the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance;
  • contribute to the raising of student achievement by encouraging students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers;
  • provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others;
  • provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work;
  • develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment;
  • support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity;
  • encourage students to see career development as a life-long process;
  • ensure students are aware of the full range of academic and technical routes available at each transition point so that students have the necessary knowledge to make successful transitions;
  • provide opportunities for meaningful encounters with employees, employers, further and higher education and experience of workplaces;
  • support social mobility by improving opportunities for all students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special educational needs and disabilities and
  • be weaved and embedded into subjects across the curriculum, including PSHE

Our CEIAG policy which includes our Careers Plan sets out how we provide a careers programme which provides our students with the knowledge and inspiration to succeed in their chosen career paths.  The plan is based on the CDI Framework for Careers, Enterprise and Employability (2018) and the DfE document “Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools” (January 2018).

Our policy can be found here: CEIAG Policy

Our Careers Programme can be found here: Careers programme

Our CEIAG Policy and Plan is reviewed and updated on an annual basis.  The next review will take place in January 2020.

The CEIAG Team

At St James we have a whole school approach to careers with all staff supporting the delivery of CEIAG through the pastoral system and within curriculum areas. In addition, we have a designated CEIAG team who co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of the Careers Plan:

  • Mr D Chalmers, Careers Lead: dpc@stjamesexeter.co.uk
  • Mr S Brown, Careers Lead: sab@stjamesexeter.co.uk
  • Miss K Avery, Post-16 Transition Mentor: kla@stjamesexeter.co.uk
  • Miss S Morby, PSHE Lead: sem@stjamesexeter.co.uk

Post 16 Pathways and Progression 

All young people in England must continue in education or training until 18 years of age.  Young people have the following choices at the end of year 11:

  • Full time study at a college, sixth form or training provider
  • Full time work or volunteering combined with part time education of training
  • An apprenticeship
  • A traineeship

As part of our careers programme, year 11 students are provided with a one to one guidance interview with a qualified careers advisor. Parents are welcome to attend these meetings.

Useful Links

Top Apprenticeship Employers

Find a Traineeship / Traineeships Factsheet

Apprenticeships – Students Guide

Apprenticeships – Parents Guide

National Apprenticeship Service – Getting Started

National Apprenticeship Service – Apply for an Apprenticeship

National Careers Service

Local Colleges & Sixth Forms

Exeter College

Bicton College

Clyst Vale Community College

Maynard School

South Devon University Technical College

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Employer Links

To support our delivery of careers, St James has strong partnerships with a wide range of educational institutions, training providers and employers who contribute to our careers programme through:

  • raising aspirations and increasing motivation – helping young people identify educational and occupational goals
  • demonstrating the relevance of the knowledge and skills learnt in subjects to future opportunities in learning and working
  • demonstrating the links between living, learning and earning
  • providing work enrichment opportunities including work experience, workplace visits, guest speakers, curriculum support.

Useful resources for students and parents:

  • Careerpilot is an online careers learning tool which can be used to explore future career and education options.
  • Fast Tomato is another online careers tool that we use in school with our students.   
  • The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.  You can chat with an adviser using webchat (8am to 10pm, 7days a week).  Or you can call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week).  Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.
  • icould provides career inspiration and information for young people through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.  
  • The National Apprenticeship Service website offers guidance on how to apply for an apprenticeship as well as listing current local apprenticeship opportunities.  More information on apprenticeships can be found at http://amazingapprenticeships.com.
  • CareersBox is a free online library of careers related videos, news and information.
  • UCAS Progress is an online search and application tool for post 16 courses.   This is the preferred method of application for some sixth form providers in Sunderland.
  • Careers Advice for Parents aims to give parents an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to their child’s future career prospects.
  • CASCAID Parents Guide to Careers Guidance
  • Parental Guidance offers advice and information on all aspects of the process of career choice for young people aged 13 to 25.

Measuring the impact of our careers programme

The CEIAG team will meet on a regular basis to develop, monitor and evaluate CEAIG at St James and its effectiveness.

St James’ progress towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks is evaluated using the online Compass tool (as recommended in Careers guidance and access for education and training providers Jan 2018).  This is carried out on an annual basis by the Careers Leader.  The CEIAG development plan is based upon the outcomes of the Compass audit and will focus on the areas for development.

Provision will be regularly monitored through feedback from students, staff, governors and our partners.  This feedback is collected through questionnaires and focus groups following key careers activities and at the end of each academic year.  This is analysed by the Careers Leads with actions fed back to staff via CEIAG team meetings. 

External provision is monitored and evaluated through the school’s’s Quality Assurance procedures including observations, work scrutinies, student, and where appropriate, parental voice.  This is analysed by the Careers Leader with actions fed back to staff via CEIAG team meetings.

The effectiveness of our careers guidance will be reflected in the higher numbers of students progressing to positive destinations such as apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, further education colleges, universities or employment.  Destination data (Dfe) is used to assess how successfully students make the transition into the next stage of education or training, or into employment and to inform future CEIAG provision.  This is analysed by the Careers Leader with key trends and actions fed back to SLT and Governors.  Action points are also included in the annual CEIAG development plan and the school’s development plan.