Careers: Spring 2022 Update

This term will see lots of careers activity as key events take place such as National Careers Week in March and National Apprenticeship Week, which took place the week of 7th to 13th February 2022. We raised awareness of Apprenticeships, in Year 7 – 11 PSHE lessons and I have attached a copy of a presentation for you to view as it contains some interesting ‘Myth Busters’ and links to some fantastic videos. I have also attached a great resource designed especially for parents and I hope you find this useful.

This list of 190+ current apprenticeship vacancies, covering a range of industries, will give parents an insight into some of the amazing apprenticeships available to students considering their Post-18 pathways. The types of roles and the salaries are very impressive!

Please also see a letter from the Minister for Skills.

Year 7 & 8 – What Career? is the focus for students in the lower years as they begin to learn about the exciting range of careers available to them, as well as careers that don’t even exist currently as jobs of the future continue to develop and surprise us all!

Year 9 – Options approach after half term and students will be supported in their decision making by receiving information, advice and guidance about the career pathways available to them and how subject choices they make can influence these. I have attached a useful document with some of the key questions raised by young people and parents as they approach this stage.

Year 10 – Post-16 Pathways will be the main careers focus for Year 10 students and they will receive information, advice and guidance about the wide range of pathways available. The range of T-Levels continues to develop and our local colleges offer T-Levels in vocational pathways such as IT, Business, Health and more details on these can be found by watching this youtube video.

Year 11 – 1-2-1 interviews continue to take place as students make applications to local colleges and sixth forms. Year 11 students will be supported through this process with a focus shortly on those students who have applied to Brakenhale Sixth Form as interviews commence shortly. The majority of students wishing to apply for a college place have completed these applications which means they are now in a position to work towards achieving the grades they need to secure the places on their chosen courses.

Year 12 – Virtual Work Experience is the focus for Year 12 this term as students are encouraged to apply for some of the exciting virtual offerings from organisations such as Speakers4Schools. Students have the opportunity to engage with a range of employers across industries such as Engineering, Design, Architecture, Nursing and Law.

Year 13 – Post-18 Pathways. University applications have now closed and students will begin to receive offers for places at their chosen universities. Those students who are choosing the alternative to university are supported with information, advice and guidance on apprenticeships and the alternative pathways through 1-2-1 meetings and support from careers partners such as Pathway CTM who offer weekly ‘drop-in’ sessions where students can ask questions about applications and the interview process. This will be an ongoing process as students will find the window for applying for apprenticeships can run from now right through to the summer.

Ms Lane, Head of Careers & Personal Development