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Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

At St Patrick’s we ensure that each pupil receives a world class careers education. Our careers curriculum builds upon each student’s unique personality, talents and aspirations. We want our students to make well informed and realistic decisions about their choices at school and post 16.

St Patrick’s deliver CEIAG through the academic curriculum and form time. We also work closely with training and education providers. Our Careers Information Evening, Working Skills Day, Mock Interview Session and Weekly Presentations from outside agencies ensure that all students have an understanding of the pathways available to them upon leaving St Patrick’s.

For more information on our CEIAG work during form time please click here.

Inspiring CEIAG Award Status

We are delighted to announce that we are currently working towards achieving the Silver standard 'Inspiring IAG Award' in recognition of the careers education, information and guidance we offer at St Patrick’s.

Inspiring IAG is a quality award which focuses on careers education, information, advice and guidance (CE/IAG). The award has been designed to enable organisations who work with young people to not only deliver and be recognised for their good quality careers education, information, advice and guidance, but to also assist them to meet legislation, prepare for inspection and provide a better service. 

Raising the Participation Age

What does Raising the Participation Age (RPA) mean?

Raising the Participation age came from government legislation, introduced in 2013 to encourage young people to stay in ‘education and training’ until they are 18.

It’s not quite the same as the school leaving age as it doesn’t mean young people have to stay on at school. They will have a choice of what they can do:

• Full time education at school or college
• Part time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
• Apprenticeship

Why has this changed? 

The RPA has been introduced to help students improve their career prospects by continuing with some form of learning or training after their GCSEs. This change give all students the opportunity to develop more skills and qualifications for future employment. 

More Information on RPA 

You can find out more information on Raising the Participation Age at:

www.gov.uk

www.plotr.co.uk

Post-16 Pathways

After GCSE there are 3 main pathways to choose from. It is important that you choose the right pathway for you.

A-Levels

A Levels are Level 3 qualifications that you can choose to take after your GCSEs. You can take A Levels in schools, sixth form centres or at a Further Education College. They are very well regarded by universities and employers. A Levels will give you a chance to find out about your GCSE subjects in greater depth or you can choose to study one of the subjects that many schools and colleges only offer at A Level such as Law, Economics or Psychology.

They are good preparation if you are thinking of going onto higher education or if you are not sure of your career plans as they can keep your options open.

Most 6th forms and colleges will be looking for A*-C grades (4-9 in new grades) in your GCSEs. A full A Level qualification is achieved after 2 years of study. How many you take depends on how well you have done in your GCSEs and what the 6th form or college suggests would be best for you.

Vocational Qualifications

Many schools offer a range of vocational courses like BTECs and OCR Cambridge qualifications and many more are available in colleges. By applying learning to real-life situations, these qualifications offer a more practical approach than more traditional A-Level academic courses.

• Vocational subjects – these are related to a broad employment area such as business, engineering, IT, health and social care. Previously called BTECs and OCR Cambridge Nationals, if they are at Level 3 these are now called Applied Vocational Qualifications. These courses are offered in schools and colleges.

• Vocational courses – these courses lead to specific jobs such as hairdressing, accounting, professional cookery or plumbing. These courses are called Tech Levels (if they are at Level 3) and are offered mostly at colleges.

Applied General Qualifications and Tech Levels are the same level qualifications as A-Levels - they are all Level 3 and are considered as entry requirements to many higher education courses or to employment. Choosing a vocational qualification can be a good option if you have a job sector in mind for the future or if you would like to gain employability skills linked to a particular type of work.

Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a great way to learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money at the same time. You will spend most of your time in the workplace gaining job-specific skills, but you will also be supported by a specialist learning provider to build up your knowledge and qualifications.

There are no set entry requirements as this depends on the apprenticeship, however, apprenticeships have grown very popular in previous years and there is a lot of competition, so good qualifications are important, as well as being motivated and committed.

Apprenticeship training can take between one and four years to complete and the length of your apprenticeship will depend on its level, the industry you’re training in and the skills you already have.

UCAS Progress

UCAS Progress is an online process for applying for colleges and training post-16. Pupils can use UCAS Progress to look for courses and providers available in their area. Year 11 pupils will receive their log in details and can begin their applications in October.

Click here to access the UCAS Progress Website

2016 Destinations

2016 Destinations

This report outlines the post-16 destinations of our most recent Year 11 leavers as of October 2016.

Careers Advice and Resources

School Based Careers Advisor

Our Careers Advisor, Sally James is based at school on a Monday and Wednesday. Sally meets with every student in Year 10 and Year 11. Students are able to gain individualised advice and guidance on their proposed courses and routes post 16. Sally can also be seen by any student by simply making an appointment.

Careers Resources

Career Connect - The school is supported by Career Connect. Their website gives details of qualifications required, wages, job roles and related information. The site also offers videos and case studies to look through as well as leaflets that can be printed and kept for reference. When students login for the first time, they will need to follow the instructions and use the school license code 18773.

The National Careers Service - Information, advice and guidance to help make decisions on learning, training and careers post 16. There are also a number of career tools available for writing CVs.

NHS Jobs- Information on the wide range of careers within the NHS.

Start - an innovative and easy to use careers guidance software helping young people make better and more informed choices about their career path. Start allows users to create a personal profile which generates suitable jobs with information on qualifications required, providers in your area and current jobs/apprenticeships available.

College Websites

Loreto 

Xaverian 

Salford City College

Trafford College

Warrington Collegiate College

Bolton College

College Open Days

Along with other essential careers information, open days will be displayed on the Careers Information Notices board. This is updated regularly by the school and Careers Connect. 

 

Year 7

During Year 7, pupils are encouraged to start thinking about their dreams and aspirations in terms of their future careers. Over the next 5 years, we as a school will provide them with the advice and guidance necessary to achieve their career goals. As part of a whole-school initiative, all pupils will be audited in regards to what careers they want to pursue, allowing us to refine our Careers Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG) to the needs of our pupils. In Year 7, pupils will complete work during Vertical Tutoring that is careers-based and linked to careers, they will have assemblies on careers and they will also obtain essential knowledge and skills across the national curriculum during their regular subject lessons.


During the summer term pupils take part in a unique enterprise and business activity. Working in groups pupils devise and design products that will be sold to make a profit at our end of term Summer Fair. The creation, development, marketing and finance of each product follow a professional business plan. Within each group there will be pupils from all year groups, each taking responsibility for different aspect of the enterprise and contributing to the groups’ business. This activity is a fantastic way for pupils to acquire many of the skills necessary during employment.

Year 8

During Year 8, pupils will begin to start choosing their GCSE options and there will be an information evening to complement this important decision, led by the Headteacher. Pupils need to be thinking about where these options may lead them, once they leave school and our Careers Connect adviser is present at this information evening (and around school) to assist in making these decisions. Their Career aspiration is linked to these discussions and pupils are encouraged to use Start (Please see our careers page for a link to this website). Start – is innovative and easy to use careers guidance software helping young people make better and more informed choices about their career path. Start allows users to create a personal profile which generates suitable jobs with information on qualifications required, providers in your area and current jobs/apprenticeships.

As with Year 7, all pupils will be audited in regards to what careers they want to pursue, allowing us to refine our Careers Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG) to the needs of our pupils. Similarly, pupils will complete work during Vertical Tutoring that is careers-based and linked to careers, they will have assemblies on careers and they will also experience essential skills and knowledge across the national curriculum during their regular subject lessons.

During the summer term pupils take part in a unique enterprise and business activity. Working in groups pupils devise and design products that will be sold to make a profit at our end of term Summer Fair. The creation, development, marketing and finance of each product follow a professional business plan. Within each group there will be pupils from all year groups, each taking responsibility for different aspect of the enterprise and contributing to the groups’ business. This activity is a fantastic way for pupils to acquire many of the skills necessary during employment.

Year 9

Year 9 CIAG builds on what pupils have already completed at Key Stage 3, and pupils will continue to complete work during Vertical Tutoring and across the curriculum. Pupils will start having more detailed assemblies from external providers about what post-16 destinations are available to them when they leave us in three years’ time.

Although aimed at Year 10 and 11 pupils primarily, Year 9 students are welcome to attend our Careers Information Evening with parents. This is a major event in the school that showcases national and local career opportunities. There will be over 20 stalls, ranging from colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers, to training organisations, employers and public services. For Year 9 the experience is about collecting ideas and information to help clarify their career aspirations and assist with the decision making that will occur in Year 10 and Year 11.


During the summer term pupils take part in a unique enterprise and business activity. Working in groups pupils devise and design products that will be sold to make a profit at our end of term Summer Fair. The creation, development, marketing and finance of each product follow a professional business plan. Within each group there will be pupils from all year groups, each taking responsibility for different aspect of the enterprise and contributing to the groups’ business. This activity is a fantastic way for pupils to acquire many of the skills necessary during employment.

Year 10

In addition to assemblies and work completed during Vertical Tutoring and across the curriculum, Year 10 will also have college taster days. This is where all of Year 10 gets to experience local colleges for the full day (Salford City Colleges/MediaCityUK and Loreto College). This gives pupils a unique insight into college life and is an opportunity for pupils to experience courses that are not necessarily available at GCSE level. Pupils will undertake college lessons and be given invaluable information by college staff on what decisions need to be made once they leave St. Patrick’s.


Year 10 are also strongly advised to attend our annual Careers Information Evening. This is a major event in the school that showcases national and local career opportunities. There will be over 20 stalls, ranging from colleges, universities, and apprenticeship providers to training organisations, employers and public services. For Year 10, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain invaluable information to assist with the important decisions that lie ahead in terms of what pupils want to do with their futures.


During Year 10, pupils will start having 1:1 interviews with our independent Careers Connect adviser, Sally. This provides Year 10 with an opportunity to further explore different career paths, gain more knowledge on how to achieve their next steps and clarify any questions they may have about life beyond secondary school. Year 10s can request an appointment with Sally, or can drop in with her during lunch on a Monday or Wednesday.

During the summer term pupils take part in a unique enterprise and business activity. Working in groups pupils devise and design products that will be sold to make a profit at our end of term Summer Fair. The creation, development, marketing and finance of each product follow a professional business plan. Within each group there will be pupils from all year groups, each taking responsibility for different aspect of the enterprise and contributing to the groups’ business. This activity is a fantastic way for pupils to acquire many of the skills necessary during employment.

Year 11

Careers Assemblies
Each Monday Year 11 attend an assembly programme exclusively focused on Careers. The assemblies give comprehensive information, advice and guidance about career option and pathways. They include visits from many colleges, universities, employers and training organisations, and apprenticeship providers. They also include assemblies from staff surrounding invaluable Careers Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG).

Careers Connect Interviews
 In Year 11, each individual pupil receives at least one interview with our independent Careers Connect adviser, (Sally). However, pupils are welcome to speak to Sally each Monday and Wednesday during lunch time or ask for further interviews should the need arise. Sally attends various information evenings, parents' evenings and whole-school events.

 

Working Skills Day
Early in the autumn term all Year 11 are taken off timetable to experience a day completely devoted to careers. The day is divided into 10 sessions which focus on different, yet essential working skills and information. Sessions provide pupils with information, advice and guidance on: CV writing, social media awareness, UCAS progress, the armed forces, university life, Higher Education options, interview skills, apprenticeship schemes and banking/finance. 


Careers Information Evening
All Year 11 pupils are strongly advised to attend Careers Information Evening in the autumn term. A major event in the School that showcases national and local career opportunities. There will be over 20 stalls, ranging from colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers to training organisations, employers and public services. Unlike previous years pupils will be able to apply to various post-16 destinations through this evening.

College Applications
All pupils apply to the colleges, apprenticeship schemes and/or training providers of their choice during the autumn term. The deadline for applications is the beginning of December and pupils should use UCAS progress as the main format for their applications. Only a very small number of colleges cannot be applied for using this method.

UCAS Progress
UCAS Progress is an online process for applying for colleges, training and apprenticeships post-16. Pupils can use UCAS Progress to look for courses and providers available in their area. Year 11 pupils will receive their login details in the autumn term and can begin their applications as early as October.

Form Teacher References.
Each Form Teacher writes a college reference which will become a pupil’s final school reference when GCSE results become available in August. Form Tutors know each pupil extremely well and their final reference will be attached to application forms.

Mock Interviews
After Christmas, pupils turn their attention to interview techniques to ensure they achieve a place on their chosen post-16 destination. In addition to specialist HR professionals talking to pupils about interview techniques, we provide each pupil with a professional interview with an employer or HR representative. Each pupil will then receive detailed feedback which will be invaluable in perfecting their interview techniques.

College Interviews
Finally, in late January pupils will begin being interviewed for their college, training and apprenticeships schemes that they have applied for.