Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

CEIAG plays an important part in the lives of students and our programme involves all students from all year groups as part of their Personal Development journey. The aim of our programme is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to be able to make wise and informed choices regarding their future, and to help them develop the skills required to prepare them for their working life. We wish to raise their aspirations and encourage them to consider all the options available to them, challenging stereotypes and taking ownership of their goals.

CEIAG plays an important role in the lives of students and our programme involves all students from all year groups. The aim of our programme is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to be able to make wise and informed choices regarding their future, and to help them develop the skills required to prepare them for their working life. We wish to raise their aspirations and encourage them to consider all the options available to them, challenge stereotypes and take ownership of their goals.

Jewellery Quarter Academy has a Careers Leader, Mr R Lally, who can be contacted through reception or by email: [email protected] We are committed to following the government’s new Careers Strategy (published January 2018) and aim to meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. We are continuously assessing our performance and measuring our progress against the Benchmarks, and are working with various organisations including the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) and Titan Partnership to improve the quality of our provision. Our policy and programme is reviewed annually. 

Our programme begins in Years 7 and 8 when students are introduced to the world of work and encouraged to explore the variety of career paths open to them. In Year 9 students are supported in choosing their options, and in the later years help and advice is given to students so that each of them is able to make an informed choice about what they will choose to do after they leave school.

Employers and Businesses

As part of our programme, we are always looking for professionals and representatives from local and national businesses to work with us. This could be anything from a talk or workshop at the school, to a tour of your facilities, to supporting with Mock Interviews. If you would like to get involved and support our students, please contact Mr R Lally, who will be keen to discuss opportunities with you.

Teachers

Linking Careers Education to other areas of the curriculum is a key part of our offer and is covered by Gatsby Benchmark 4. Here you can read a report detailing how ‘encounters with the world of work can change attitudes and improve academic achievement’.

We ask teachers to integrate careers-related content into their lessons throughout the year, but particularly during themed events such as National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week. If you are a teacher and would like support with finding resources or planning careers lessons in your subject, please see Mr R Lally.

Students and Parents/Carers

The majority of CEIAG events will take place during off-timetable ‘Opportunity Days’ once per term. Alongside these events, assemblies, form time and PSHE lessons will regularly involve CEIAG-related content including:

–           Individual careers research using specialised tools and software

–           Talks from professionals in various industries

–           Presentations from FE/HE/training providers

–           Employability skills, e.g. CV writing, interview technique, and applications

The focus for each year group is as follows:

  • Year 7 – discovering the variety of industries/sectors that make up society
  • Year 8 – understanding the labour market and available opportunities
  • Year 9 – exploring industries to inform GCSE options
  • Year 10 – developing self-awareness and narrowing down post-16 options
  • Year 11 – support with the transition to post-16 education; preparing for adult life

In addition to this, certain students from particularly disadvantaged backgrounds will be invited to take part in targeted workshops, programmes and mentoring schemes offered by external partners. All events will be conducted in line with government Health and Safety guidance.

Parental involvement is encouraged at all stages. We recognise that parents/carers remain the biggest influence on a young person’s career choices and as such we offer parents help and guidance at critical stages in the students’ time with us.

Useful Websites

icould.com

launchyourcareer.com/students

amazingapprenticeships.com/

barclayslifeskills.com/young-people/

We are committed to following the government’s new Careers Strategy (published January 2018) and aim to meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks and constantly evaluate and review our provision. We are continuously assessing our performance and measuring our progress against the Benchmarks, and are working with various organisations including the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) and the Titan Partnership to improve the quality of our provision.

Our programme begins in Year 7 when students are introduced to the world of work and encouraged to explore the variety of career paths open to them. In Year 8 students are supported in choosing their options, and in the later years help and advice is given to students so that each of them is able to make an informed choice about what they will choose to do after they leave school.

Employers and Businesses

As part of our programme, we are always looking for professionals and representatives from local and national businesses to work with us. This could be anything from a talk or workshop at the school, to a tour of your facilities, to mentoring sessions. If you would like to get involved and support our students, please contact Miss S Alderton, who will be keen to discuss opportunities with you.

Teachers

Linking Careers Education to other areas of the curriculum is a key part of our offer and is covered by Gatsby Benchmark 4. Here you can read a report detailing how ‘encounters with the world of work can change attitudes and improve academic achievement’.

We ask teachers to integrate careers-related content into their lessons throughout the year, but particularly during themed events such as National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week. If you are a teacher and would like support with finding resources or planning careers lessons in your subject, please see Miss S Alderton.

Students and Parents/Carers

Below is a provisional outline of the CEIAG events calendar for each year group which forms part of our Personal Development Map.

Alongside these events, assemblies, form time and PSHE lessons will regularly involve CEIAG-related content including:

  • Individual careers research using Kudos and E-Clips
  • Talks from professionals in various industries
  • Presentations from FE/HE/training providers
  • Employability skills sessions, e.g. CV writing, interview technique, and applications

We also plan to arrange activities during the following themed weeks:

  • Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (4-8 Nov)
  • Discover! Creative Careers Week (18-22 Nov)
  • National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 Feb)
  • National Careers Week (March)
Year Group & Focus Autumn Spring Summer
Year 7

 

Exposure to range of areas

–       University/College aspirational visit –       Big Bang STEM Careers Fair –       Titan Careers & Skills Fair

 

–       Drop Down Day

Year 8

 

Exposure to range of areas and deciding options

–       Worldskills UK Live –       Options Evening featuring Apprenticeship Fair –       Energy Quest workshop
Year 9

 

In-depth exposure to areas of interest

–       Tomorrow’s Engineers Big Assembly –       National Apprenticeship Event –       Bespoke FE/HE events, related to areas of interest
Year 10

 

Exploring aspirations and plans

–       Barclays LifeSkills Workshop –       Work Experience –       Bespoke visit to a university, college, or industry event, related to areas of interest
Year 11

 

Confirming plans and preparing for post-school

–       Mock Interview Day –       Parents’ Evening, featuring careers advice and representatives from FE/HE/apprenticeship providers

 

–       1:1 guidance interviews

–       NCS Challenge signup

 

–       Exams/ careers drop in sessions

–       GCSE Results Day, featuring representatives from FE/HE providers

Further Links

JQA CEIAG Policy

Personal Development Map

The Gatsby Benchmarks

Provider Access Policy Statement