Year 11 Update from Our Careers Adviser

Hello Year 11 Students

At this time of year many of you will have a firm idea, or some ideas, about what you plan to do after Year 11, and many of you have applied for and been made conditional offers at: schools with sixth forms, companies who provide apprenticeships or traineeships, and colleges who offer a range of full time courses at all levels (including A levels, National Diploma’s and BTEC’s). It is always good to have a backup plan, just in case your first choice does not happen e.g. 1st choice: apprenticeship in carpentry, Backup plan: full time carpentry course at a college.

It can be good “not to put all your eggs in one basket” meaning that if you have applied for, say, a ‘Hair and Beauty level 2’ course at a college, and you seem on course to gain the GCSE grades you need to be unconditionally accepted in August, then you might still have a look in prospectuses or attend Open Days of other colleges, to see what courses are offered, or look regularly at the apprenticeship website to see if there are vacancies for school leavers that you might also apply for.

The most important thing is that whatever you go on to immediately after Year 11 is a good informed choice, and sets you off on the right path for you. When you choose what your next steps are for after Year 11, things that people often think about are: How will this fit in with my personal qualities, develop the skills that I already have, take account of subjects I enjoy and am good at in school, and take account of the hobbies and interests I have outside of school. Another important question is “If I have a long term goal, how will the steps I take after Year 11 fit in with this i.e. Science and/or Maths A levels for Medicine.

If you are student who is unsure or has no real ideas about what to do after Year 11, the careers adviser is one of the people who can talk through your options and write up your career plan with you to make your next steps clearer. You can contact him on johncousins@adviza.org.uk. You do not need to panic, but it is important to spend some time now thinking about what you can do and making suitable applications.

A reminder of the Main options after Year 11:

Studying A levels –These are academic level 3 courses often requiring 5 A*-C grades at GCSE. Sometimes higher grades are needed for some courses/ Sixth forms/ colleges. A levels are 2 year courses and AS levels are a standalone 1-year course. A levels can lead to university or advanced level apprenticeships/ jobs.

Vocational courses – These are available at many different levels from entry level upwards.  BTECs are one of the most common vocational qualification where you tend to focus on one area. Entry requirements for BTEC Diplomas at Level 2 are usually 4 GCSEs at D grade.  The BTEC Extended Diploma at Level 3, which is equivalent to 3 A levels, requires 5 GCSE’s at C or above. Colleges and some 6th forms offer these qualifications.

Apprenticeships/traineeships – Apprenticeships are where you combine work with learning and get paid as well! Some require at least 2 grade C GCSE’s, others may not require formal qualifications, although you may need to sit an English and Maths assessment. Traineeships last around six months and offer you the opportunity to undertake a work placement and provide support to improve your English and Maths. You can find out more about apprenticeships/ traineeships and search for vacancies on www.apprenticeships.gov.uk.

Employment with training – If you choose to find employment and work for 20 hours or more when you finish year 11 you are required to also continue with approved learning. This can be through your work place or in your own time and can include paid or voluntary work.

Armed Forces – Royal Air Force, Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines

Self-employment – Rare, but occasionally an option for people at 16.

Students from last years’ Year 11 went on to, for example: apprenticeships for companies such as Messier Dowty, M Tech Engineering, Bulwark Bus and Coach Company, Spirax Sarco. Colleges such as: Hartpury, Gloucester College, South Gloucester and Stroud, City of Bristol, school 6th forms such as: Sir Thomas Riches, Ribston Hall, Hollyfield, Chepstow Comprehensive and Denmark Road (among others), and traineeships at Gloucester College and Prospects.

A reminder that there are loads of great resources on the school website careers section.

an excellent resource for discovering careers that may be suitable for you

  • WAYS OF FINDING MORE ABOUT WHAT’S OUT THERE’.

The skills health check on the national careers service website may be of help as it brings up careers suggestions as well as helping you to identify your skills, qualities, interests etc. The Buzz test on www.icould.com and the ‘careers wizard’ on eclips are ways of helping you find out what sort of careers may be suitable. You might also look at the SACU questionnaire and have a go at this on the school website (under careers on the homepage). This is an excellent way of bringing out some possible ideas.

  • http://icould.com/watch-career-videos/ – You can watch videos of real people talking about what it is like to work in a particular job or for a particular company. A useful way of getting to know a bit more about what a job might be like
  • The careers library is well resourced and has a lot of information to help you make informed decisions. John is available on Thursdays in the careers room if you have any specific information.
  • Attend any further Open Days or taster sessions so that you get a good overview of what is available.
  • Continue to work well so that you gain as good as GCSE results as possible, which will help broaden your immediate options for after Year 11.

 

USEFUL: Keep a notebook/journal of your career planning activities to help you keep up to date with what you have done, apprenticeships applied for, courses applied for, etc. and the outcomes e.g.  have interview/ offered a full time course/offered an apprenticeship.

Although you do not have to plan the rest of your life now, and you have a lot of other things going on with exams and course work etc. finding the time to research next steps that are right for you, and getting help from people like Teachers, parents, careers advisers and people who work in jobs you are interested in, can help you to make good decisions for YOU. And get your fledgling career off to a fine start!

A reminder that the gov.uk apprenticeship website is updated daily with new vacancies and, between now and August, there will be more and more vacancies that are specifically aimed at school leavers

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeships?ApprenticeshipLevel=All&Hash=970506341&Latitude=51.72903&Longitude=-2.52987&Location=Lydney%20%28Gloucestershire%29&LocationType=NonNational&PageNumber=1&ResultsPerPage=5&SearchAction=Search&SearchField=All&SearchMode=Keyword&SortType=Relevancy&WithinDistance=10

http://uk.businessinsider.com/the-21-best-jobs-of-the-future-2015-12?r=US&IR=T/#12-market-research-analysts-and-marketing-specialists-10 – THIS LINK GIVES SOME THOUGHTS ON WHAT ARE GOOD JOBS IN THE FUTURE…

 

 

 

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Parent Information Sessions 

25th April – Cheltenham
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Apprenticeship Vacancy at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

There is a current apprenticeship opportunity at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The vacancy is for an Apprentice Secretary (Business Administration Level 2)  in Trust Headquarters at Cheltenham General Hospital.  this role will also involve occasional travel to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. This position is suitable for anyone over the age of 16. Please apply via the NHS Jobs, see webpage:

http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/a61ee172c22d7542c776fd7d02fa9887/?vac_ref=914526512

Work Experience 2017 Letter to Parents:

Dear Parent/Carer,

During the final week of the Summer Term 2017, your child will be undertaking a Work Experience placement at a business of their choosing. The dates for Work Experience for this academic year are 17th – 21st July 2017 (inclusive).

Our aim is for every Year 10 student to be involved in Work Experience. The information and experiences gained during time with employers can be used for; references for Post-16 choices and employment, supporting Post-16 choices and pathways and the development of employability skills and self-reflection and evaluation. Last year, 96% of our students felt that the experience helped motivate them towards trying their very best to achieve their target GCSE Grades and 92% of our students said that it was a valuable experience.

Students are, as far as possible, encouraged to take responsibility for organising their placements in order to allow them the full experience of what it would be like in employment, from applying for jobs to sustaining a job by meeting the expectations of the workplace with regards to punctuality, attendance, presentation and achievement. On this basis, we encourage students to approach businesses by writing a letter or making a telephone call to enquire as to whether they are offering work experience and how to apply. We would also suggest that students do not complete their work experience with direct family members in order to give them the broadest experience possible in preparation for entering employment in full. We are able to support students in placements both within the county and further afield.

In order to find a placement, students should use the local papers, internet and discussions with their subject teachers and Careers staff in school. Work experience is not a career matching exercise, but a chance to gain vital life experiences of the demands of work and the skills and qualities needed. While it is usually preferred by the student and their families that students use this time to experience a job role that they are interested in pursuing in the future, it is not always the case that this is a possibility. We therefore suggest that students focus on the wider benefits and make sure to secure a placement, regardless of whether this is for their future ideal career path or not. If your child requires some further support in their Career choices, they are encouraged to book an appointment with our Careers Adviser who is in school on a Thursday. Appointments can be made via Student Services and you are most welcome to attend alongside your child.

Please note that while students are on Work Experience they are still the responsibility of the school. It is therefore necessary that placements are approved by the school and, to this end, health and safety checks have to be made. These checks are undertaken by an external company who work alongside many other schools in the area. It is therefore vitally important that all required forms are returned by the deadline in order to allow time for these checks to be completed. Checks are regularly made on-site and must be made in order for a placement to be approved.

All of the relevant paperwork for completion has been distributed to students. Please be reminded that the sooner a student approaches a business, the more likely they are to secure their preference.  Spare forms are available in reception.

Therefore, in order to make sure that the process runs smoothly, we will require that every student has arranged their work experience placement by Friday 7th April 2017.

Your child has also been given an assembly outlining all of the areas above but we are eager to secure your support in making this a successful process and experience for your child. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me via email: ellie.o’regan@thedeanacademy.org

 

 

Message from the Careers Adviser:

Hello Year 11 Students,

For those of you considering apprenticeships as a first choice or as a possible back up to full time education courses, most apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on:
https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeships

The following link shows current apprenticeship vacancies within 20 miles distance

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeships?Keywords=&Location=Lydney+(Gloucestershire)&WithinDistance=20&ApprenticeshipLevel=All&Latitude=51.72903&Longitude=-2.52987&Hash=970506341&SearchMode=Keyword&Category=&LocationType=NonNational&sortType=Distance&SearchAction=Sort&resultsPerPage=50&DisplayDescription=true&DisplayDistance=true&DisplayClosingDate=true&DisplayStartDate=true&DisplayApprenticeshipLevel=false&DisplayWage=false

Although some of the apprenticeship opportunities are currently not for summer school leavers there will be an increasing number that are as this year proceeds so it is a very good idea to look at this site regularly and apply for vacancies that are right for you.
If you require further information or help to register and apply for suitable vacancies then John Cousins, the school careers adviser can help you with this.

http://www.adviza.org.uk/who-am-i/young-person/companies-that-hire-apprentices gives you an idea of companies and organisations that offer apprenticeships every year. You may want to have a look at some of the websites, perhaps with parents/carers. Remember that some well known companies  will have closing dates for applications while you are still in Year 11.

The Careers Fair on January 26th (in the Sports Hall from 4:30-7:30) will provide an excellent opportunity to find out more about what apprenticeship roles are available with many reputable and well known employers

Thank you

College/Sixth Form Interviews: What to Expect

This is a re-post of a previous blog but could be useful to many of you

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Why is an interview important?

An interview is a chance for you to meet with someone who represents the college. It’s a great way to show your interest in the college, to start a relationship with people there and to show what you’re all about.

Interviews vary according to the type of course, but there are some standard questions you should be ready to answer:

  • What do you know about the subjects you are applying to study?
  • Why are you interested in these subjects?
  • Why do you want to attend this college/sixth form in particular?
  • What can you contribute to this college/sixth form?
  • What extra-curricular activities do you currently do?
  • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • Have you ever done any volunteering?
  • What activities do you find most rewarding?
  • What is your favourite book?
  • What do you want to do…

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Invitationto talk to NHS staff about Allied Health Professional roles and Healthcare Scientist professions

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Do you have students aged 14 – 18 years who are interested in Allied Health Professional or Healthcare Scientist professions in the NHS?

They would be most welcome to attend the Recruitment event being held on Saturday 28th January, 10am – 1pm, Sandford Education Centre, Cheltenham General Hospital.

The morning will give students an opportunity to chat to staff working in Diagnostic Radiography, Speech and Language Therapy, Medical Physics & Healthcare Science, Operating Department Practitioners, Medical Engineering, Podiatry and more.

Details are on the attached poster and students can contact gemmaholford@glos.nhs.uk  for more information and to let us know that they are attending or book a place via the Eventbrite page (link on poster).

Students can also research these careers at https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/