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  p.nickson@jstc.org.uk 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 - pastoral.year11@jstc.org.uk.

 

JSTC Careers Education and Guidance Policy - 2021

 

 

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.

www.gov.uk/ukces

JSTC - Careers Programme Information

Year 7

  • Students to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management).
  • Students consider the skills that are linked to specific jobs and careers.
  • Students explore different jobs, what people’s roles in those jobs are and how they were able to take on those roles.
  • Students encouraged to research different types of careers.

Year 8

  • Students start to consider what subjects they enjoy most in school and how they link to the world of work and careers.
  • Students to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management).
  • Students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance and support where necessary to think about the process of options next year.
  • Students explore different jobs, what people’s roles in those jobs are and how they were able to take on those roles.
  • Students consider their own talents and interests and how they link to careers and the world of work.
  • Selected students participate in external events e.g. Ogden Trust Physics challenge, Maths challenge events.

Year 9

  • Students to understand more in-depth characteristics about themselves, find out about career pathways and the skills required for the world of work, and how to plan for their future.
  • Students reflect on the rewards of a good career.
  • All students have access to impartial careers advice and guidance.
  • All students take part in the Careers based activities to link into the selection of options for KS4 starting in Y10.
  • Selected students participate in visits to promote thinking about post-16 courses through student key workers, pastoral team and external agencies such as LincHigher.

Year 10

  • Starting to write a CV, preparing for interviews, and completing application forms.
  • All students attend JSTC careers event in school to include post-16 providers including those offering apprenticeships
  • Selected students attend subject specific Careers Events linked to identified careers e.g. through involvement with LincHigher
  • Students participate in the University Open Day events
  • All students are encouraged to participate in leadership activities
  • Appointment with independent careers advisor to explore options for courses, careers and support.
  • Support from Pastoral team to ensure career goals and pathways are appropriate.

Year 11

  • Students involved in a range of post-16 pathways to make informed choices about their future; complete application forms, writing a CV and personal statement; prepare for interviews.
  • All students attend JSTC careers event in school to include post-16 providers including those offering apprenticeships.
  • Selected students attend subject specific Careers Events linked to identified careers e.g. through involvement with LincHigher.
  • Students participate in the University Open Day events.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in leadership activities.
  • Appointment with independent careers advisor to explore options for courses, careers and support.
  • Support from Pastoral team to ensure career goals and pathways are appropriate.
  • Students look at employability skills; interview skills workshops and mock interviews.

Events Calendar

Leavers Destination 2020

Years 7 & 8 Careers

Year 11 Careers

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