Careers and Futures Adviser
Careers and Futures Adviser
Mrs. Vicky McManus-Prendergast. Working as a level 6 qualified careers advice and guidance practitioner. I am passionate about supporting our students in making important decisions in their lives.
Redwood Careers Day 12th July 2018
Redwood Careers Day 12th July 2018
For our Careers Day we invited local employers and organisations to run a series of interactive workshops and a speed networking event. The day also included some students taking part in a workplace visit. A huge THANKYOU to everyone who supported this and helping to make it a memorable day for our students.
What is Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)?
What Careers Education, Information, Advice, and Guidance (CEIAG)?
Careers Education, Information, Advice, and Guidance (CEIAG) programmes are recognised to have a significant contribution in preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and life experience post Redwood.
The programmes unique to Redwood provide our pupils with the information to make informed decisions and manage their transitions into Post 16 education and future work places. We therefore strive to conform to the current ‘’best practices’’ in CEIAG, as laid down in government directives, and subsequently continuously review and update our provision through partnership with outside agencies (Colleges, 6th Forms, Apprenticeship providers, Connexions and Universities).
Redwood is committed to providing a planned programme of CEIAG for all students in Year 7-11, in partnership with outside agencies (Colleges, 6th Forms, Apprenticeship providers, Universities, UTCs (University Technical Colleges) and Rochdale Borough Councils commissioned providers for the Support and Guidance Service, Positive Steps).
The Careers programme is designed to meet the needs of all students at Redwood. It is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development. The careers programme includes career sessions, career guidance activities, whole school activities (Choices fair) and other outside interventions.
Vision and Purpose
Vision and Purpose.
Promoting a career development culture is an essential part of the mission and ethos of our school. At Redwood Secondary School and REEC provision, we aim to support the aspirations of all our young people to ensure that they gain the understanding, skills, and experience they need to make progress and succeed in learning and work. We believe that having an effective careers education and guidance program not only contributes to their well-being but also to the wellbeing of their families, the communities to which they belong, wider society, businesses and the economy.
Strategy, To achieve the objectives of this policy, we will:
• Ensure that we have a named Governor who is actively involved and can share all activity relating to CEIAG through our Governing Body structure.
• Identify a senior member/s of staff to advise the senior leadership team and governors on curriculum, staffing and resource requirements; and to lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of the school’s careers provision with the support of Team IAG at Redwood and REEC.
• Identify key staff in each of the Key Stages (3, 4 & 5) to manage the day-to-day running of the careers program.
• Develop and maintain annual careers plan for achieving current priorities including delivering the planned program, meeting staffing and CPD costs, and monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the strategy.
• Access external support via careers exhibitions/transition workshops to enhance the provision of careers guidance within the school.
• Set out clearly the contribution expected of all staff including subject teachers and tutors for our young people’s career learning and planning.
• Communicate the benefits of our CEIAG Programme to students, parents/carers, Governors and staff to engage them.
• Actively involve our young people in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of our careers program.
• Provide opportunities for students to develop career and employability skills.
• Work with Key stakeholders to ensure they are informed of the opportunities and options available to them.
• Equip students with knowledge, skills, and attributes to make informed decisions through a relevant and up to date Careers Programme.
• Support students with personalised information, advice, and guidance about careers, the world of work and volunteering.
• Inspire students to consider options for achieving their full potential.
• Build strong links with Employers and other training providers.
• Facilitate opportunities to gain experiences of work.
• Provide a personalised supported internship program in Post 16 which includes work experience.
Personalised Information and Guidance
Personalised Information and Guidance.
Janet Taylor-Hill is our independent Careers Advisor and is employed by Positive Steps, Rochdale. Janet provides impartial careers advice focussed upon each individual student's needs by offering every student a one to one personalised interview. We encourage parents to be part of their student’s choices and parents are welcome to contact Janet through the school, engage in meetings or email directly. Janet is also available for support and advice at year 7 - 14 Parents Evenings.
Careers within the Curriculum
Careers within the Curriculum.
All students have access to a broad curriculum that positively promotes CEIAG throughout all curriculum areas. We embed careers through our curriculum delivery of Citizenship, PSHE and Employability. Particular focus to careers is also given within the Sixth Form.
The school organises a wide range of events and activities to provide information and inspire students
• Opportunities to listen and interact with external speakers from a range of occupations and professions through assemblies and SMSC lessons
• Enterprise Week for the Sixth Form
• Career focussed visits to a range of Business and Professional Companies
• Mock interviews and support for CV and application form writing
• Visits to Skills North West and Choices exhibitions
• Taster days at Local Colleges
• Experiences of work
• A wide range of opportunities for Sixth Form students to attend college taster days.
• A variety of local and national competitions to develop employability skills
Raising the participation age
We have increased the age to which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training.
We have introduced this change in 2 stages:
• Pupils who left year 11 in summer 2013 had to continue in education or training for at least another year until June 2014
• Pupils who left year 11 in summer 2014 or later have to continue until at least their 18th birthday
This does not mean young people must stay in school. They will able to choose from:
• Full-time education (eg at a school or college
• An apprenticeship or traineeship
• Part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
• Employment or Self-Employment for 20 Hours or more a week.
• Volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
Within the ‘Personalised Information and Guidance’ section on the ‘Careers’ page is a good explanation of the Careers Advisor’s role, consider adding the contact details to this. Consider focusing on ‘What’s next’ to include information regarding the Pathways and Provision choices available Post Yr11. The 2017/8 leaflet will be available and distributed soon.
Some websites providing Careers Advice
Postive Steps HERE
iCould Career Inspiration HERE
National Careers Service - HERE
Greater Manchester Higher Website - HERE
PLOTR - HERE
Apprenticeships - HERE
Prospects - HERE
The school is delighted to have achieved the Stage 2 Inspiring IAG Quality Award and is working towards the Stage 3 Inspiring IAG Quality Award.