Careers Guidance at JSTC
John Spendluffe Technology College has implemented a programme of careers education that helps broaden students horizons with regard to further education and the wider-world of employment and success.
Being a rural school we are fully aware of the challenges that that places on students and the opportunities afforded them, and so career guidance is delivered both at Key Stage 3 and 4 via the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHCE) education programme. This aims to enable access at an early stage to advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work.
All students receive careers advice and guidance through a range of sources. The PHSE programme delivered through tutors includes careers guidance and student complete such activities such as preparation of a CV and reflecting on the different types of progression routes through post 16 education. Students may also receive guidance through external organisations such as LincHigher to raise aspirations and motivate students to aim for the highest potential career pathway for a fulfilling career. A careers fair event is held annually to bring post 16 providers of all types into JSTC such as sixth form colleges, FE colleges, apprenticeship providers and specialist colleges linked to employment sectors such as agriculture. All year 10 and 11 students take part in this event and follow up is through the independent careers advisor who works with all students.
All students are tracked through their final year at JSTC to ensure they successfully secure relevant post 16 provision and remain in that course in the first two terms of the next academic year. The independent careers advisor is also present at key school events such as parent evenings for different year groups to support student and aren't involvement in and knowledge of careers advice and guidance.
Parents/carers, students and employers can access information about the careers programme offered in school by contacting Paul Nickson via the email email@example.com or telephone 01507 462443. Paper copies of the PSHCE programme and Careers policy can also be obtained if required. Information about careers appointments offered through our independent careers advisor can also be obtained by contacting the school via the Y11 pastoral team - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valuating careers provision.
Students are asked to complete a questionnaire prior to leaving JSTC to assess the quality of their careers provision. Questionnaires are also used to evaluate the quality of provision during the year from a range of age groups. Parent questionnaires also focus on this aspect at key milestones during the academic year.
The school reviews its policies on an annual basis and the data collected during the year is assessed at the point of collection and any amendments to process and strategy made as a result at that time.
Measuring Impact of careers education
Our independent careers advisor tracks the work carried out in school and its impact through the monitoring of the next steps and application processes of our Y11 students. All students have career interviews and are supported in making relevant applications to post-16 providers.
Follow up interviews and telephone calls are made – even after students have completed their examinations in June – to ensure they have secured a place for the next stage of their education. JSTS is proud to advise parents that in recent years 100% of our students have been guided to successfully enter post-16 courses following their time at JSTC.
The statistics above highlight that by the year 2024 there will be a -41% decline in the employability of people with Level 1 qualifications, whereas the opposite will be true (42 increase) of those individuals with Level 4 or 5 qualifications.