Careers - Information Advice and Guidance within the Lydiate Learning Trust

A young person’s career is the progress they make in learning and work. All young people need appropriate guidance to follow the right pathway.

The Lydiate Learning Trust aims to help all students fulfil their potential and experience success through an educational environment which responds to individual need and stimulates and challenges each and every student. The processes of informing, advising and guiding students are accorded a high priority within the Trust, and are seen as crucial in preparing students to make decisions regarding the opportunities and challenges of adult and working life.

Our Aims:
It is our intention that the students in our care will:

Understand themselves and the influences on them

  • by assessing and having an understanding and awareness of themselves and by developing their personal qualities and skills
  • by clarifying and discussing their values, attitudes and preferences in relation to work
  • by developing key skills
  • by developing career management skills including resilience, self-reliance and self-presentation

Investigate opportunities in learning and work

  • by investigating the knowledge and skills which people need at work
  • by having an awareness and investigating the opportunities available to them in education, training and possible careers through use of occupational and labour market information
  • by considering the changing patterns of work and careers and investigating the social and moral issues at work
  • being capable, after finding out about post-16 choices of education, training and work, of making choices about their own continuing education and training, and about career paths.

Make and adjust plans to manage change and transition

  • by using the results of self-assessment in their career planning
  • by making decisions concerning their own post-16 choices
  • by use of action planning and the recording of achievement to support their career development
  • by being able to use the information and guidance to manage the transition to new roles and situations that they will meet, both in school and in the future at work and at leisure.

Entitlement

Within the Lydiate Learning Trust the need to inform, advise and guide students are met from a series of generic processes which take place within many contexts. This policy seeks to describe these processes and to explain their application through the range of curriculum and pastoral settings within our organisation.

Entitlement

Students at The Lydiate Learning Trust are entitled to receive:

  • Clear unbiased advice and information about all the options available, so that they understand what each of them involve
  • support and guidance to help them make choices and complete a career plan for the future
  • regular personal support with information on how well they are doing
  • help to decide what to do when they leave their course, including further learning, training or employment
  • a programme of careers education which helps them to develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning
  • the opportunity to be involved in making decisions about things that effect their learning
  • an opportunity to learn about the world of work

Students and parents are made aware of this entitlement through the Trust and school websites. Students are encouraged to review their entitlement regularly within tutorial settings.

The delivery of this entitlement is underpinned by the following values:

  • Impartiality
  • Confidentiality
  • Ownership by the young person
  • Promotion of Equality of opportunity
  • Transparency
  • Accessibility

IAG needs to be available to students at a time which is appropriate to their needs and in a format and style which allows them to make maximum use of the service.

The Typical Offer

Personalised careers plans

From 2018 all students will be given the opportunity to develop a personalised careers plan which helps the students address areas where they are underachieving, record their achievements, develop their employability skills and explore future pathways ultimately feeding in to their personal statement. These careers plans will be revised during their time within the school, will be worked on with the Careers@Deyes Team and will help the team plan activities according to student need.

Apprenticeship Awareness Programme

All students are invited to attend an apprenticeship awareness event and participate in an apprenticeship awareness fortnight of activities, providing students with access to a range of external providers, ex students who have been apprentices and employers to increase their knowledge of their options from an early age.

Labour Market Information

From 2018, each year group will have a labour market information briefing, providing them with knowledge of labour market information, underemployment and the importance of selecting a career where there will be jobs in the future.

Personal Advice and Guidance

All year groups have access to their own personal tutor, as well as the Careers@Deyes Team to gain information, advice and guidance in relation to their destinations.

Newsletter

The school newsletter features careers information, including taster sessions with external providers, job opportunities and featured careers. The school website is kept up to date with information relating to careers, advice and guidance, as well as holding useful resources and website links.

Company visits and external speakers

A rigorous programme of external speakers and site visits are in place, involving education providers and industry experts. Examples include Jaguar Landrover, Arup, Specsavers and universities. This provides the students with the opportunity to hear inspirational talks from national and local employers, training and education providers, as well as visiting real life work places. These visits aim to provide our students with the opportunity to discover the types of careers within their grasp and also to provide a real-world context to their learning within school.

University outreach

Students have the opportunity to participate in local Universities’ outreach programmes. They are invited to visit university, meet with student advocates and to experience what University life would be like. They take part in a number of activities and presentations.

Work experience

As part of our Work Related Learning (WRL) curriculum, all students have the opportunity to experience the “World of Work” first hand.  Students in Key Stage 4 are permitted an afternoon a week to attend work experience whilst students in Key Stage 5 have a day a week set aside to enable them to attend work experience. Students are encouraged to use their initiative and communication skills to source their own placement.

Mock interviews

All students take part in mock interview sessions with real life employers and professionals. Interview practice is an essential element in developing the skills and qualities needed by young people for their future career.

External speakers/ site visits

A rigorous programme of external speakers and site visits are in place, involving education providers and employers. Examples include Jaguar Landrover, Arup, Specsavers and universities. This provides the students with the opportunity to hear inspirational talks from national and local employers, training and education providers, as well as visiting real life work places.

Internal next steps support

In tutor time pupils have a wide range of activities focussed on supporting them for the future. For example, pupils are supported through writing their personal statements and tutors, as well as the Careers@Deyes Team help pupils complete their applications for the next steps.

SMSC

The SMSC curriculum teaches our students to share in the commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion as a British and international value. By countering stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice, individuals can realise their own ambitions and help others to do the same.

Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills. Students work for an extended period of time to investigate, and respond to, an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. At Studio@Deyes these questions/problems/challenges are set by our employer partners on a termly basis so that our students gain experience in the world of work, solving real-life tasks. The purpose of such activities is for students to:

  • Engage in a rigorous, extended process of inquiry, focused on complex authentic questions and problems.
  • Work as independently from the teacher as possible, and have some degree of” voice and choice”.
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of knowledge and skills, and build 21st-century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking and communication.

House specialisms

From Academic year 2018-19, each of our curriculum specialisms will form a ‘House’.

  • Students specialising in Engineering will belong to the Engineering House
  • Students specialising in Fashion will belong to the Fashion House
  • Students specialising in Business will belong to the Business House

Each ‘House’ will be sponsored by a national company. Each House sponsor will undertake a minimum of 2 activities with their students each academic year. This will increase students’ access to the world of work, give them experience, and boost their confidence in, working with large companies and business professionals.

Breakfast@Studio

Our students have the opportunity to attend our half termly Breakfast@Studio sessions. Business professionals, as well as Parents/ Carers and students are invited to attend a breakfast session which aim to forge links with the business community to raise awareness of the school and so that we might find ways to work together in the future. We also aim to provide a regular networking opportunity for the business community and our students. These sessions also serve as an opportunity to increase students’ access to the world of work, give them experience, and boost their confidence in, working business professionals, and to motivate them to think about prospective careers and employment options and how to achieve them. 

Each of our breakfast events start with the networking opportunity and are followed by a second interactive session which involves students, professionals, and parents/carers working together. The interactive session varies each time.  

Employer Hub

In December 2017, we announced the opening of our brand new on site employer hub. Our employer hub will play host to local businesses so that our students are experiencing the world of work every day and are potentially given opportunities to work with these employers. KMC Sports Limited were the first business to move into our employer hub and will be providing our students with sporting activities as well as opportunities to gain experience within their workplace. 

Professional Mentors

Research has shown that those students who have had a mentor have 20% improved educational outcomes compared to their peers. In 2017-18 all year 10 students have participated in the Princes’ Trust group mentoring scheme- Mosaic. We also have a number of professional mentors who are linked with individual students and meet with students on a one-to-one basis.

Mentoring provides experiences/ insights and opportunities for students e.g.

  • Helps the student to focus on their future and on setting academic and career goals, by providing direction, support and advice
  • Provides the student with a fresh, objective, perspective and exposure to different work pathways
  • Begins to provide connections in the world of business
  • Might lead to job shadowing/ work experience/ future employment opportunities
  • Helps the students prepare for the future- the dos and don’ts in the world of work
  • Can help the student improve their CV
  • Provides students with exposure to a positive role model
  • Is bespoke to individual students’ needs.
  • Exposes students to new, real life, experiences and people from diverse cultural, socio-economic, and professional backgrounds
  • Is likely to improve students’ communication and interpersonal skills
  • Encourages emotional and social growth, self-esteem and confidence

National Citizenship Service

Year 11 pupils are supported to apply for the National Citizenship Service program where pupils will be given the opportunity to have three weeks of active work experience, university experience and team building activities.

Visits to universities

Taster days are facilitated for pupils to visit universities to help them make informed decisions.

UCAS exhibition

Sixth Form pupils have the opportunity to attend the Merseyside UCAS exhibition. The exhibition offers students a chance to explore higher education, apprenticeships, volunteer and gap year programmes, as well as career opportunities.

We are working with a number of employers to ensure our staff are familiar with the “world of work” outside of the classroom.

  • To provide a wider understanding and knowledge of careers to share with youngsters.
  • To focus on customer service in the workplace to allow for transfer to the school setting.
  • To further develop skills in relation to problem solving, communication, presentation, enterprise, team-building, leadership etc.
  • Selected staff are allocated a work placement with an associated project to work on over the course of the academic year.

The Career Development Institute (CDI) is the UK-wide professional body for the career development sector. The CDI have developed a framework for desirable learning outcomes for careers, employability and enterprise education. This framework has an important contribution to make to achieving the vision and practical goals of the government’s policy agenda and taking it further. By focusing on the acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, the framework seeks to ensure that children and young people are prepared and empowered to face the challenges and opportunities of learning, working and living that lie ahead of them.

The below table details the CDI’s framework and how we as a school believe we address each of the learning areas within the framework. In addition, the Gatsby Foundation have identified eight benchmarks that schools can use as a framework for improving their careers provision benchmarks.

The table below also details the Gatsby benchmarks and how we as a school believe we address each of the benchmarks. For further details regarding the CDI framework please visit http://www.thecdi.net/Reports—Resources and for further details of the Gatsby Benchmarks please visit http://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance

 

Developing self through careers, employability and enterprise

Self-awareness

Individuals who realistically appraise their qualities and skills, roles and responsibilities, values and attitudes, needs and interests, aptitudes and achievements are better able to understand themselves, make informed choices and relate well to others. Self-awareness is essential for nurturing self-esteem, identity, and personal and mental wellbeing.

 

  • Personalised careers plans
  • Work experience
  • Mock interviews
  • Internal next steps support
  • Professional Mentors

Self determination

Self-determination or self-regulation promotes personal autonomy, self-efficacy and personal agency. It boosts hope, optimism, adaptability and resilience. Self-determination empowers individuals to aspire and achieve.

  • National Citizenship Service
  • Professional Mentors
  • Breakfast@Studio

Self-improvement

Self-improvement sustains positive attitudes to learning throughout life. It fosters the skills of planning, review and reflection. Understanding what they have learned, what they need to learn next and how they learn best enables individuals to continue to improve.

  • Personalised careers plans
  • National Citizenship Service
  • Work experience
  • Professional Mentors
  • Breakfast@Studio
  • Project Based Learning

Learning about careers and the world of work

Exploring careers and career development

Career exploration expands individuals’ horizons for action and awareness of opportunities. An understanding of career processes and structures enables individuals to make sense of their own careers, understand the career experiences of others and contribute in important

ways to the career wellbeing of others.

  • Personalised careers plans
  • Apprenticeship Awareness Programme
  • Personal Advice and Guidance
  • Newsletter/Website
  • Work experience
  • External speakers/ site visits
  • Internal next steps support
  • UCAS exhibition
  • Professional Mentors
  • House specialisms
  • Employer Hub
  • Breakfast@Studio

Investigating work and working life

Investigating people’s changing experiences of work enables individuals to understand the meaning and purpose of work in people’s lives.

They learn what constitutes good or decent work and how to find it for themselves.

  • Personal Advice and Guidance
  • Work experience
  • External speakers/ site visits
  • Professional Mentors
  • House specialisms
  • Employer Hub
  • Breakfast@Studio

Understanding business and industry

Understanding different sizes and types of business organisation, why they are organised as they are and how they view success enables individuals to prepare for employment and to appraise the contribution of business and industry to community, social and economic life.

  • Apprenticeship Awareness Programme
  • Personal Advice and Guidance
  • Newsletter/ Website
  • Work experience
  • External speakers/ site visits
  • Professional Mentors
  • House specialisms
  • Employer Hub
  • Breakfast@Studio

Investigating jobs and labour market

information (LMI)

Individuals need to know how to access, analyse and act on relevant, objective and up-to-date job and labour market information when thinking about careers, employability and enterprise. They also need to know how to protect themselves from subjective and biased information.
  • Personalised careers plans
  • Apprenticeship Awareness Programme
  • Labour Market Information
  • Newsletter/ Website
  • Work experience
  • External speakers/ site visits
  • Internal next steps support
  • UCAS exhibition
  • Professional Mentors
  • House specialisms
  • Breakfast@Studio

Valuing equality, diversity and inclusion

Individuals need to share in the commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion as a British and international value. By countering stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice, individuals can realise their own ambitions and help others to do the same.

  • Internal next steps support
  • SMSC

Learning about safe working practices and

environments

Learning about safe working practices and environments helps individuals to keep themselves and others healthy and safe at work.

  • Work experience
  • House specialisms
  • Employer Hub

Developing your career management and employability skills

Making the most of careers information, advice and guidance

Individuals need to learn how to recognise, access and make effective use of trustworthy sources of information, advice and guidance which are offered on a one-to-one or small group basis, both online and in person. This includes being actively involved in identifying their needs and how they can be met.

  • Personalised careers plans
  • Personal Advice and Guidance
  • Newsletter/ Website
  • External speakers/ site visits
  • Internal next steps support
  • UCAS exhibition
  • Professional Mentors
  • Breakfast@Studio

Preparing for employability

Preparing for employability is about enabling individuals to gain the skills and experience they need to get, maintain and make progress in employment or self-employment including networking, negotiation, self-advocacy and staying healthy.

  • National Citizenship Service
  • Work experience
  • Mock interviews
  • Internal next steps support
  • UCAS exhibition
  • Professional Mentors
  • Breakfast@Studio
  • Project Based Learning

Showing initiative and enterprise

Showing initiative and enterprise is about helping individuals to make the most of their opportunities, manage risk-taking and demonstrate drive and determination, especially in a business sense.

  • National Citizenship Service
  • Breakfast@Studio
  • Project Based Learning

Developing personal financial capability

Being able to calculate and compare the costs and benefits of different living, education, training and employment options, considering any financial support that may be available, is an increasingly important skill for individuals to develop. They need to know how to make budgeting and financial planning decisions about spending, borrowing, saving and investing to safeguard their economic well-being now and in the future. Personal financial management is part of citizenship at KS3 & 4 and interpreting and solving problems in financial contexts is part of maths at KS3 & 4.

  • Internal next steps support
  • University outreach

Identifying choices and opportunities

Individuals need to know how to identify and investigate possible choices, progression pathways and qualifications that are in their best interests to consider. This includes being able to respond effectively to unforeseen or unplanned choices and opportunities.

  • Personalised careers plans
  • Apprenticeship Awareness Programme
  • Personal Advice and Guidance
  • University outreach
  • External speakers/ site visits
  • Visits to universities
  • Internal next steps support
  • UCAS exhibition
  • Professional Mentors
  • House specialisms
  • Breakfast@Studio

Planning and deciding

Individuals need to know how to make and carry-out carefully-considered and negotiated decisions and plans. This also involves showing persistence and resilience to cope with chance events and any unintended consequences of their decisions and plans.

  • Personalised careers plans
  • Personal Advice and Guidance
  • University outreach
  • Visits to universities
  • Internal next steps support
  • UCAS exhibition
  • Professional Mentors
  • Project Based Learning

Handling applications and interviews

Promoting themselves in a way that attracts the attention of selectors and recruiters, as well as managing the applications process, requires that individuals develop a range of self-presentation and marketing skills including the use of digital and social media. This also requires that they develop strategies to cope with set-backs and disappointment.

  • Mock interviews
  • Internal next steps support
  • Professional Mentors

Managing changes and transitions

Transition confidence and preparedness help individuals to make successful moves such as changing schools, going to university or starting an apprenticeship or employment. Reviewing and reflecting on previous transitions can help individuals to develop the psychological resources to cope with future transitions.

  • Personal Advice and Guidance
  • University outreach
  • Visits to universities
  • Internal next steps support
  • UCAS exhibition
  • Professional Mentors

The Gatsby benchmarks

A Stable Careers Programme

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Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

  • Labour Market Information
  • Newsletter/ Website
  • External speakers/ site visits
  • Professional Mentors
  • House specialisms
  • Breakfast@Studio

Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil

  • Personalised careers plans
  • Personal Advice and Guidance
  • Internal next steps support
  • Professional Mentors

Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers

  • Work experience
  • Mock interviews
  • External speakers/ site visits
  • Internal next steps support
  • House specialisms
  • Breakfast@Studio
  • Project Based Learning

Encounters with Employers and Employees

  • Apprenticeship Awareness programme
  • Work experience
  • Mock interviews
  • External speakers/ site visits
  • Professional Mentors
  • House specialisms
  • Employer Hub
  • Breakfast@Studio
  • Project Based Learning

Experiences of Workplaces

  • Work experience
  • External speakers/ site visits
  • House specialisms
  • Employer Hub
  • Project Based Learning

Encounters with Further and Higher Education

  • University outreach
  • National Citizenship Service
  • Visits to universities
  • UCAS exhibition

Personal Guidance

  • Personalised careers plans
  • Personal Advice and Guidance
  • Mock interviews
  • Internal next steps support
  • Professional Mentors

 

The National Careers Service 

Has a range of job profiles that can help pupils to begin to research possible career options, jobs available and entry requirements.

Future Morph

Science and Maths Careers website, lots of interactive quizzes to help pupils to think about careers in this field.

Jobs for Tomorrow

Lessons plans, videos and resources to support pupils to think about the types of jobs that will be available in the future in Merseyside and the surrounding areas.

My World of Work

Scottish Careers Service has excellent tips for CV’s, applications, and job interviews. Also has a range of interactive quizzes and tools to help career decision making processes.

Moving On

Careers Web Magazine, resources to help young people and their parents make decisions about their futures, and the options available.

RBS Career Kickstart

A range of on line resources for young people to start to explore their skills, future options and what they have to offer. This includes lesson plans for teachers and ways in which teaching staff can support pupils to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

Barclays Life Skills

Advice and Lesson plans to help young people to be prepared for the world of work.

Not going to Uni

Gives young people advice and information on the alternatives to Higher Education, also advertises some Apprenticeship and Work experience opportunities.

Milkround

Normally a graduate recruitment site, however now has a school leaver section that advertises Apprenticeships, Internships and general advice on post 18 options.

The Student room

Advice for young people on the future options available to them, includes discussion boards on lots of topics from student finance, relationships, and entertainment. Discussions are moderated and monitored to make sure that pupils using this site are safe.

The Complete University Guide

A website that combines University League tables with top course choices and graduate employment rates. This is also broken down in to areas of the country to Students can really consider the impact of their University choice.

UCAS

The University and College Admissions Service, can search for courses, universities and entry requirements. Also this is the website used to apply for Degrees.

UCAS Tariff Calculator

If the course you’re interested in refers to Tariff points in its entry requirements, you can use the Tariff calculator to find out how many points your qualifications and grades are allocated.

Compass Careers

Users can:

  • Create a comprehensive candidate profile and upload their CV to promote themselves to recruitment teams.
  • Be instantly and continuously matched to the latest Compass jobs based on their profile and aspirations.
  • Receive real-time email and profile alerts when a potential opportunity becomes available.
  • View and manage applications.
  • Enjoy a host of communication and networking tools.

LMI for All

LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions.

Success at School

Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.

Success at School provides details of the jobs available in different industries, advice about; apprenticeships; how to write covering letters and how to increase the skills that make you employable.

Opendays.com

The university and college open day directory.

Which? University

Advice on what to study, which university to attend and how to get there.

Career Pilot

Advice regarding choices at 14, 16 and 18, routes to different qualifications and job sectors, and career tools to help you decide.

BT Careers

There are lots of things you can do yourself to develop your skills and get ready for work. BT have a website with lots of useful resources to help you get work ready.

Jobcentre Near Me

Find your local JobCentre Plus including address information, opening times and contact details. Jobcentre Near Me makes it easy to find your nearest jobcentre plus offices and information about benenfits, support and Universal Jobmatch.

The Careers@Deyes team can provide advice and guidance to help young people know what post school options are available in education, training and work, how to make suitable choices and the pathways to achieve these options.

Referrals are welcomed from those who are at all stages in making decisions about their future, from those who are struggling to decide on their next steps, to those who have a clearly defined pathway.

Staff and families are encouraged to make referrals on behalf of those students who may not wish to self-refer, may require additional support in planning their future or may have their heart set on an option they may struggle to achieve, or may be at risk of having no destination after they leave school.

Referrals should be made via the below form and sent to anna.jones@deyeshigh.co.uk. The Careers@Deyes team aim to get back to any referrals within 5 working days.