Careers and Guidance

CAREERS EDUCATION INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

Shenley Brook End School is committed to providing high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to all of our students.

In line with the statutory guidance produced by the Department for Education, we offer a varied programme of careers education embedded within the curriculum and delivered through our form time programme and enrichment opportunities. Our partnerships with external organisations such as SWAN, Fast Tomato and U-Explore ensure that students receive independent information and advice, and access to resources for post-16 and post-18 options.

ACCESS TO IAG

A growing number of our students are using laptops, tablets, home PCs and their own Smartphones to access Information, Advice and Guidance. We recognise the importance of making IAG accessible whether at home, in school or on the move. With a huge body of Information, Advice and Guidance available on the internet it can sometimes be difficult to identify which sources are reliable and up-to-date. For your convenience we have identified a selection of useful and relevant, websites that students may access in their own time to explore careers and progression routes.  Please find the list below.

INDIVIDUAL IAG

 The IAG Adviser offers impartial face-to-face guidance to all students at the school, helping them to make informed decisions about their future destinations and career pathways.

IAG Interviews can support students in the following areas:

  • Exploring post-16 and post-18 options

  • Work preparation and CV Writing

  • Career exploration

  • GCSE and A level preferences

  • Studying Abroad

  • Work experience, volunteering and GAP Years

     

Following all IAG interviews, students are presented with a bespoke IAG Action Pack, which contains an agreed action plan, information and a list of resources available in the careers library and online.

IAG interviews are centred on each student, taking in to account individual needs. Through liaison with the school’s SENCO and Connexions service, the IAG Adviser plays a key role in ensuring that our students access the best support and guidance available to make suitable destination choices. Students with Statements or EHC plans are also supported throughout the decision-making process, and arrangements made to ensure that support follows them to their next destination after they leave the school.

For further information please contact - Miss E Pearson IAG Advisor on 01908 520264 ext 278 or email epearson@sbeschool.org.uk

INDEPENDENT CAREER-RELATED IAG AT SHENLEY BROOK END SCHOOL

At key points during their school life, Shenley Brook End School students will access specialist career software, helping them explore career progression routes and ultimately to make well-informed decisions about their future pathway. Here are some of the packages which we use:

Years 8 – 10

fastyellow.gifwww.fasttomato.com            

Using sophisticated psychometric assessments to highlight each student's interests, attitudes and motivations, Fast Tomato suggests individualised and personally tailored careers and courses. Students are given accurate and relevant career and subject information to help them choose their GCSE subjects and plan their next steps.

Once registered, students can access Fasttomato from any computer with an internet connection and can access it throughout their school life.

Years 9, 10 and 11

www.u-explore.com                    

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U-Explore is introduced to students in Year 9. Once registered, students can view over 2,000 written and video job profiles across 15 sectors, matching their key skills, qualities, interests and subjects to potential areas of work. Whilst exploring, students will access up-to-date information on the full breadth of study and training options available, as well as information and advice about preparing for work, volunteering and starting their own business. As students move through school they can build up their U-Explore profiles using tools like Action Planning and CV Building, to prepare them for the world of work.

Sixth Form

Unifrog logo.jpgwww.unifrog.org

Unifrog’s search engine brings up relevant apprenticeship vacancies and university courses helping students explore opportunities quickly and effectively. By examining opportunities side-by-side on many data points (eg distance from home, dropout rate, etc) students can consider what factors are important for them in deciding their next destination. Unifrog provides students with access to key information from a range of independent sources (eg UCAS, HEFCE, HESA, BIS, ONS, etc) giving a wider context to support the decision-making process.

OTHER RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:

Years 8, 9 and 10

https://www.plotr.co.uk/       

Explore different ‘career worlds’ and industries, play the game to find out what kind of jobs might suit you, find out about a few of the roles available in these areas. Watch videos and read articles to find out more about the world of work.

www.icould.com                    

Complete the icould Career Wizard to find out what careers might suit your interests, take the ‘Buzz’ test to see what job sectors might suit your personality and explore hundreds of video interviews to find out what it is really like working in the roles which interest you.

Years 11+

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk            

Explore job profiles and labour market information in the ‘Careers Advice’ section. Open a ‘Lifelong Learning Account’ where you can complete your ‘Careers Healthcheck’ and discover where your strengths and skills could take you in the world of work.

www.studentladder.co.uk      

Student Ladder provides advice covering topics such as work experience, careers, choosing A Level subjects and exploring options for school leavers. You can also access online skills’ workshops to prepare you for work and higher education.

www.mycareerspringboard.org          

Register on My Career Springboard and complete the 48 question personality test to find out what work sectors may suit you. You can also use the career exploration tool and access a career notice board where you can manage your job hunts and find industry-specific careers advice.