Bourne Weekly News 13 March 2020web
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programmes make a major contribution in preparing young people for opportunities, responsibilities and experience of life. They help young people make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers. It is vital that all 11-16 year olds have the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices.
Our vision is for all students to have a planned programme of activities and opportunities throughout their time at Bourne Community College, which will foster curiosity, inspire, and assist them in choosing a progression pathway that suits their individual needs. Importance will also be placed on how to manage their careers, sustain employment and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives.
INTENT OF OUR CAREERS EDUCATION
- Every student leaves year 11 with a destination secured.
- Every student has had at least 5 meaningful experiences of a workplace by the end of year 11.
- Every student has had at least one meaningful encounter with an employer by the end of year 11.
- The school keeps systematic records on each student’s experiences of career and enterprise activity.
- Every student leaves school having created a CV and had interview experience
MEASURING THE IMPACT OF CAREERS EDUCATION
At Bourne Community College we actively manage our careers provision in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks and use them to determine an effective careers programme that meets the needs of our students.
We are currently working towards implementing the use of regular questionnaires/surveys with parents and staff to assess the impact of the careers programme upon students. Parents/Carers will be sent an annual survey for feedback in respect of the careers provision provided for their child. We currently gain feedback, both written and verbal, at the end of all careers events. Furthermore, the impact of the careers programme is measured by the destinations of our school leavers at post-16, including apprenticeship/training offers.
- The Leader of Careers and Line Manager meet regularly to discuss the logistics of the school’s career programme, making adjustments to improve the quality of current provision and plan for future provision to be increasingly effective.
- Year 10 Work Experience takes place for one week each year. Every student is expected to participate and source their own placement, giving them responsibility and ownership of their choices. Students have to personally contact their employer to arrange an interview, discuss what is expected of them during the week, and complete a log book during their time there. Employers and students are able to evaluate the performance and progress made during the week in the log book. Success can be measured by how many students gain their own placement and receive positive reports from their employer.
- A careers fair takes place each year and is attended by all year groups. This is a growing event, with each year attracting more businesses. This event allows every student the opportunity to network with a variety of employers, receive specific careers advice and guidance, find out about other career paths, and gain confidence in speaking about their future plans. Evaluations are sort from all employers in attendance, and verbal feedback is gained in tutor time following the event.
- Careers advice and guidance 1:1, is delivered through the Chichester College Careers advice team. Appointments are made for every student in Year 10 to have impartial, individualised, careers advice. These cover options in further education, apprenticeships and training, and career opportunities in the future. It also allows them further opportunity to gain local labour market information. Evaluations are sort from the careers advisors, and verbal feedback gained from students.
- STEAM events are organised by the STEAM team for every student in the school. These are both internal and external events. Records of these are kept and impact is evaluated by the STEAM team.
- The Business Studies option in KS4, attracts between 25 and 40 students a year. This allows them to further their understanding of the business world, especially management, sales and human resources. Students often continue on to Level 3 BTEC Business at College. Many students use the Business and Finance skills they acquire in everyday adult life, especially if they go on to start up their own business or when working for other businesses.
- Local colleges visit to promote further education with students throughout KS4 and in Year 10 students get the opportunity to visit our link colleges for a taster day. However, students are encouraged to explore a wide range of colleges tailored to their own interests.
- Apprenticeships are delivered through local colleges to highlight this route through further education and is gaining in interest with students. However, students are encouraged to investigate other apprenticeship opportunities to widen their understanding of availability in this area.
- An Alumni of students who have gone on to be successful in the business world is being created. These students will be invited in to talk with our current students, highlighting their route to where they are today. This will allow our students to gain first-hand knowledge of the pathway they took through education to get to where they currently are in their career.
- Our ‘Friends of Bourne’ charity enables links with business partners for our students, and gives them an insight in to the world of work.