Career Programme

Spring Hill High School endeavors to follow the guidance of the ‘Association for Careers Education and Guidance’ (ACEG) and together they are intended to help raise the quality and breadth of careers and work-related education for young people.

“Pupils are being well prepared for adult life. They receive high quality careers advice and take part in work experience that is carefully matched to  what they want to do after school”

Ofsted 2020

Our Impartial Careers Advisor, Julie Washington, PDSkills

At Spring Hill High School, the impartial careers advisor is Julie Washington. Julie has 20 years experience working with young people in work-related learning, enterprise and careers including those who are NEET, disengaged or undecided about their career choices.

Julie strives to ensure all students receive a tailored careers service adapted to their needs. She has recently completed a level 7 Postgraduate Award in Careers Leadership.

Julie has put together a robust Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme for teachers to deliver during lessons. The programme (STEPS) is mapped across ACEG guidance, The Gatsby Report and Ofsted guidelines.

 The school holds the Quality Award for CEIAG, and is working towards the new Quality in Career Standard.


ACEG Framework Aims

  • Developing careers through work-related education
  • Learning about careers and the world of work
  • Developing your career management and employability skills.

 
Opportunities in Careers at Spring Hill High School

  • One to one impartial interviews tailored to the individual needs
  • Work-related learning activities
  • Work Experience (The Education and Employers Taskforce in 2012 found that students who experience four or more employer engagements are five times less likely to be NEET and will on average earn 16% more than peers who have had no employer engagements).
  • Employability skills development
  • Access to to employers as resource person who engage the students in talks and other activities
  • Transition planning
  • Interagency working - Working with outside professionals to ease transition
  • Access to educational visits such as Careers Live, The Skills Show and Big Bang Science Fair.

 
Employers and Community Links

We are always on the lookout to establish links with employers to provide opportunities for our students to engage in work related learning! If you are interested in offering any opportunities for visits, talks, work experience, please contact Julie on 07795 955882 or email [email protected]

The Careers Adviser has brokered links with various organisations, a few are listed below. These agencies are well established and embedded into the school. Students are gaining valuable opportunities and an excellent service:

  • Aim Higher - An Aim Higher mentor in 2020 from Birmingham City University have worked with some of our young people, (please ask Julie for more information)
  • Unifest (A summer programme aimed at those interested in exploring what University is like)
  • The Careers and Enterprise Company
  • The Eden Cafe Erdington (work experience)
  • HSBC (talks and financial education)
  • Pets at Home Sutton (work experience)
  • Birmingham Pet and Reptile (work experience)
  • Akamba Safari garden centre (Reptile and African birds for work Experience)
  • Erdington and Stechford Leisure Centres (work experience) 
  • Envirohort (vocational placements)
  • Roots to Fruit (vocational support)

 

Useful Careers Websites

  • www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk  - 800 job profiles, job market information, employment trends & future prospects. Select ‘Careers Advice’ & then ‘Job Profiles’. By looking at the Job Families you’ll also be able to broaden your knowledge of career opportunities within different career areas.    
  • www.prospects.ac.uk - general careers information and a useful section on career options with your chosen degree subject. Select ‘Careers Advice’ & then ‘Options with your Subject’.
  • www.careersbox.co.uk  - film clips of people at work and talking about their jobs – gives a real insight into the world of work.
  • www.icould.com – video clips as above, the Buzz Quiz, job profiles and high quality labour market information.
  • www.apprenticeships.org.uk – main apprenticeship website. You can register for free and search for vacancies in your area.
  • www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk – lots of advice, information & vacancies
  • www.skillchecklive.com 

Parent and Carers
Each Autumn term the SENCO and Careers Advisor run the Pathways and Transitions workshop, where all are invited to hear about the Careers Programme, and how we manage transitions. Additionally, please feel free to get in touch with Julie on 07795 955882 or email at [email protected] to discuss any concerns.

Career Lessons
Spring Hill High School follows Prospects ‘STEPS' programme and learning outcomes that are mapped across the ACEG learning objectives. The school uses Prospects Post 16 Booklets in conjunction with Preparation for Working Life and one to one Career Guidance from Career Options.

 

Careers Programme meeting all Gatsby benchmarks

  1. A stable careers programme. Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

  2. Learning from Careers and Labour Market Information. Every pupil and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities.

  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil. Pupils have different career needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to each pupil. The programme should embed equality and diversity throughout.

  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers. All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subjects should highlight the relevance for a wide range of career paths.

  5. Encounters with employers and employees. Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills valued in the workplace, and includes speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

  6. Experience of workplaces. Every pupil should have first hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks.

  7. Encounters with further and higher education. All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and the workplace.

  8. Personal guidance. Every pupil should have guidance interviews with a careers adviser who should be trained to an appropriate level. They should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.

The impact  of the Careers Programme on pupils is assessed by the analysis of the destination of leavers, and by feedback from students, parents and carers. The Careers Programme is monitored and reviewed in line with  the school’s CEIAG policy, which is reviewed every two years.

The school is working towards the Quality in Careers Standard which assesses the effectiveness of all aspects of the Programme which supports Spring Hill High School students.

 

Year

Career Learning

Activity

7

STEPS

Content outline

  • Skills you have developed
  • What you have achieved
  • Who can help me in school?
  • What and who influences me?
  • Roles I think are successful
  • What am I like?
  • Skills for life and work
  • How do I learn?
  • What is work?
  • This is me
  • Where do I find out about careers?
  • Changes in the world of work
  • Being creative
  • Setting targets

One to one Early Careers Ideas

Jobs in school

8

STEPS

Content outline

  • Are school and work so different?
  • What do you want from work?
  • Which job goes where?
  • Jobs in the past and future
  • Being assertive
  • Challenging stereotypes in work
  • Budgeting
  • How do you make decisions?
  • Writing an action plan

One to one Early Careers Ideas

The Real Game

9

STEPS

Content outline

  • Plan your decision year
  • My network
  • Personal qualities and jobs
  • Skills and jobs
  • Skills for life and work
  • Learning styles
  • Being enterprising
  • Working today
  • Asking for information
  • Using reliable information
  • Qualification levels
  • Choosing your options

One to one Early Careers Ideas

Guess My Job

College visits where applicable

10

STEPS

Content outline

  • Your career pathway
  • The world of work and quiz
  • What employers want
  • Types of work and what you would like to do
  • Rights and responsibilities at work
  • Job application skills – CV and covering letter
  • Work experience and reflection
  • Personal sales pitch
  • Managing your money
  • Thinking of your direction after Y11
  • Options available
  • Qualifications and their equivalents

One to one Careers Action Plan

World Skills UK Live Visit of applicable

CV and job application workshop with Employer

College visits

University visits

11

STEPS

Content outline

  • Year 11 planner
  • Making decisions, how are you doing?
  • Your skills and interests
  • What are you like? Strengths and improvements
  • Qualifications check
  • Routes for you: 6th form, college, apprenticeship, traineeship, self-employment, supported internships
  • Changing job market
  • Personal, learning and thinking skills
  • Money matters
  • Choices now or choices later
  • Making applications and interviews

One to one Careers Action Plan

Work Experience

World Skills UK Live visit

Practice Interview

College Application

Transition visits where applicable

12

  • CVs and personal profiles
  • CVs
  • Personal statements for college applications
  • Money Mountain
  • Students learn about pay inequality and making good career choices
  • Interview techniques
  • Students review Q and A
  • Identifying Workplace behaviours and values

1. Thinking about communication

  • Discussing a model of communication and identifying what affects communication.

2. Impact of non-verbal communication

  • Exploring aspects of non-verbal communication and how these can be interpreted.

3. Organisational values and workplace behaviour

  • Reviewing organisations’ mission statements and identifying skills and behaviours appropriate for those organisations
  • Recognising your money personality   
  • Have reflected on their own attitude to money and spending compared to others
  • Be able to prioritise needs and wants in different scenarios
  • Have calculated the potential cost implications of borrowing to purchase a big item

One to one Careers Action Plan

Work Experience

World Skills UK Live visit

Aim Higher Mentor

Transition visits where applicable

13

  • Exploring personal strengths for employment
  • Recognise three key elements of their personality
  • Understand that good career choices take these elements into consideration
  • and build on them
  • Identify ways of building an accurate self-image that can guide successful career choices
  • Rights and responsibilities at work
  • Practice interviews provided by DWP staff
  • Session on how to improve interview technique
  • What will you do differently next time?
  • Assess the benefits of the Practice Interview session
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the session
  • Understanding behaviours at work
  • Understand the importance of behaving in the right way at work and the impacts of good
  • and bad behaviour
  • Identify how their everyday behaviour could help them develop good workplace behaviour
  • Devise and illustrate rules that can help them make the right impression

One to one Careers Action Plan

Work Experience

World Skills UK Live visit

Aim Higher Mentor

Transition visits where applicable

14

  • Networking Skills
  • Understand the benefits that networking can offer in different work situations
  • Recognise some differences between career networking and social networking
  • Identify networking top tips, and the career pitfalls of using social networks inappropriately
  • Understanding and Managing Debt
  • Identify ways of reducing spending and saving regularly by completing a budget
  • Discussed different reasons for, and ways of, borrowing money
  • Completed a savings action plan for a fictional character
  • Managing Money and Budgeting
  • Identify their sources of income
  • Understand how to create a budget that tracks income and expenditure
  • Identify their spending and saving habits
  • Understand the importance of working within a budget
  • Identify bills they may need to pay and when to pay them
  • Recognise the impact of poor money management
  • Demonstrate an understanding of effective budgeting

One to one Careers Action Plan

Work Experience

World Skills UK Live visit

Transition visits where applicable

 

 

 

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