Careers Strategy

Careers Strategy

Our careers leader is Sharlene Davis. She can be contacted on 01253 893102. Sharlene is responsible for the school’s delivery of the careers’ strategy.

Curriculum Intent

Here at McKee College, it is our intention that pupils leave school with a Careers Education that has helped to raise aspirations, give students the skills to achieve their full potential and provide them with the opportunity to experience different career pathways.

In order to fulfil this, we have a careers curriculum programme in place, which delivers employability and work-related learning skills from Years 7-11, as well as many other careers linked activities, which take place throughout the academic year including a careers fair and visits to local colleges.

It is our goal that our pupils here leave with the knowledge to make informed choices about their future.

Careers Programme

Our Careers Strategy is developed in line with the Gatsby benchmarks.

‘The Careers & Enterprise Company’, support the delivery of our Careers’ Strategy through enabling the provision of an Enterprise Co-Ordinator and Enterprise advisor to assist the school and pupils work related learning and experiences.

Careers is an integrated part of the curriculum. All subject areas make reference to and discuss career opportunities specific to individual areas, as well as exploring the transferable, enabling skills which enables pupils to develop across all year groups. The PSHCE programme plays a key role in supporting the delivery of the Careers Strategy. Pupils with SEND are further supported by staff in Learning Support; our school SENCo liaises with our Careers Leader, Enterprise Advisor and additional outside agencies for pupils as necessary. The Careers Programme page contains a summary of our careers programme by year.

Useful Information for Students

During your time at McKee College, you will have many opportunities to enhance your careers and work-related learning skills. There are several places where you access information when needed, including:
• Regular contact with leader Sharlene Davis
• Receive a careers interview with the Enterprise adviser Mr Mark Booker
• Access to careers information and Local Labour Markets through the Careers & Enterprise Company
• Access to virtual careers events throughout the academic year.

The following websites are excellent resources: – type in the job and it gives you the labour market information for that particular job, so you can see how in demand that job is before you go down that career path journey. – this is the Government’s hub for careers advice for people of all ages where you can find help with drafting letters, CVs, exploring your skills or seeking careers advice.– the National Apprenticeship Service website provides general advice and information about apprenticeships. Also advertises current vacancies.– aims to help you to make the most of your potential by showing how others have used theirs, take the ‘Buzz’ personality profile quiz. – investigate careers, watch videos and get great advice, find out about employers and work experience opportunities in your area.– video-based job profile information and skills explorer tool. – gives clear and comprehensive information about a range of Career Zones (sectors), in an easy to access format. Students can create a profile to help to collate useful information. ’60 second interviews’ giving profile of professionals, provide a useful insight into specific careers. – offers detailed advice on how to access a range of sectors. Also offers the purchase of resources, compiled in conjunction with professionals working in these fields, designed to enable you to achieve your dream career or course. A selection of these books and online psychometric testing access have been supplied to the School by How2Become.– an interactive careers website to help with ‘careers matching’ programme to help with career choice (log in for a free guest pass). – opportunities that exist outside of university.– information about university courses on offer, also the Stamford test to help with ideas about subjects to study. – represents 24 leading universities, source of careers information & advice including ‘informed choices’ a downloadable guide to making post 16 choices. – find out which areas you could access after a particular degree. – springboard is for students. It is divided into two main sections: The Career Test and the Career Exploration Tool. In tandem, these two interactive tools allow students to find some career inspiration and gain an insight into their different career options.– this site has useful videos, demonstrating how to complete the online applications for many top companies in the UK, as well as providing detailed information on salaries and interviews. Applications forms can be printed off directly from this site.– lots of information about specific sectors as well as advice on how to create a CV and prepare for interviews. – displays current apprenticeship and school leaver programme opportunities, to the latest school leaver job news, and gives career journey advice. – gives live apprenticeship vacancies, organised by sector or area. Also offers plenty of advice on making applications. – information about the new T Levels qualifications.

Useful Information for Parents

The Gatsby Benchmarks

Benchmark 1: A Stable Careers Programme – Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by Students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information – Every Student and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of available information.

Benchmark 3: Addressing the Needs of Each Student – Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each Student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Benchmark 4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers – All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of careers paths.

Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees – Every Student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

Benchmark 6: Experiences of Workplaces – Every Student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing, and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks.

Benchmark 7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education – All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance – Every Student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all Students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

How does McKee College perform according the Gatsby Benchmarks?

Compass Gatsby Benchmark Results

Education Options

There are various routes your child could take post 16, including:
• Apprenticeships
• A Levels
• Btec’s
• T Levels

Please click on the website below for more details:

What Are T Levels?

T Levels are new courses that started in September 2020, which will follow GCSE’s and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

For more information please visit the website below:

Types of Jobs

Students who have an idea of what they would like to do in the future may find it easier to plan their next steps. To help parents and students to understand how to reach these goals, the following websites may be of some use:
• Career Pilot
• National Careers service
• iCould

Useful Information for Teachers

At McKee College, we are committed to ensuring pupils have an excellent career and work-related education. Thus, we as teachers must ensure:
• We have a careers board in each subject department displaying the different skills gained and which careers this could lead to
• Develop links with business and organisations
• To invite visitors to come into school to talk to pupils about different career path (this could be done virtually)
• If possible, to arrange external visits to local business/organisations
• Record careers learning opportunities for students (using compass plus)
• Take part in Careers week and share which career paths pupils could take based on their subject area

Careers Ambassadors will be selected from each subject department and regular meeting and inset sessions will be delivered, in order for them to develop and implement the careers curriculum in their area.
Useful websites you could use with your pupils include:
• Careers Box
• iCould
• Career Pilot

Measurement and Assessment of the Impact of our Careers Programme on Pupils

The school measures and assess the impact of the school’s careers programme in several ways. In PHSCE pupils are given a booklet which to complete a self-assessment page at the start and the end of the topic, to show how much they have learnt – there is also a teacher assessment page at the back of the booklet to say how well they have done at the end of the topic. We also do regular evaluations and pupil voices at the end of events we have planned such as; the Careers Convention, Work Skills Show etc; to get an insight of what pupils have taken away from the event.
We also analyse destinations data to see targeted pupils have all received a place Post 16 in education or training.
Date of Next Review of the Careers Information Published
July 2021

Further Information:-
DfE – Careers Strategy: Making the Most of Everyone’s Skills and Talents
DfE – Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers

Additional Useful Careers Sites:
• Kudos
• National Careers Service
• Prospects
• Careers Box
• iCould
• Amazing Apprenticeships
• Apprenticeships