Careers Education Information and Guidance

Our Careers Lead is Joanna Eaves, please contact her at joanna.eaves@mckee.lancs.sch.uk

 

At McKee College we aim to build careers and career pathways into every aspect of the school.

We want out students to be informed and prepared for the next steps once they leave our care.

To support this we have worked within the Gatsby Benchmarks to be secure that we are providing our students with an excellent CEIAG programme throughout all year groups in our setting.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

Our COMMITMENT

McKee College is committed to:

DELIVERY

At McKee College, CEIAG is provided through a wide range of pathways which together make up our overarching CEIAG provision plan. These include:

 

 Opportunities for access

Year Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
7

Careers Convention

Assemblies

visiting speakers

Assemblies

visiting speakers

IWD STEAM for girls

Assemblies

visiting speakers

lessons/ trips where students have an opportunity to consider career pathways and the necessary skills and qualifications

8

Careers Convention

Assemblies

visiting speakers

Assemblies

visiting speakers

IWD STEAM for girls

Assemblies

visiting speakers

lessons/ trips where students have an opportunity to consider career pathways and the necessary skills and qualifications

9

Careers Convention

Assemblies

visiting speakers

Assemblies

visiting speakers

IWD STEAM for girls

Assemblies

visiting speakers

lessons/ trips where students have an opportunity to consider career pathways and the necessary skills and qualifications

10 Careers Convention

Assemblies

visiting speakers

Apprenticeship talk

Assemblies

visiting speakers

IWD STEAM for girls

Initial year 12 plan completed with form tutors.

Visits to Local further education providers

Assemblies

visiting speakers

11

Careers Convention

Students have individual careers interviews with the careers advisor

Mock interviews

Assemblies

visiting speakers

Visits to Local further education providers

Apprenticeship talk

Assemblies

visiting speakers

Follow up careers interview with the careers advisor

Assemblies

visiting speakers


Putting Careers at the forefront of everything we do
Within subject areas teachers will reinforce the relevance of their subject and content to the world of work or further education.  Students often complain that subject content doesn’t match the real world “when am I ever going to need that” is a common cry. Our teachers keep content relevant and reference it against real world skills and knowledge. The curriculum maps for each subject reference careers throughout the students time at our school.

We have a prominent display board which maps out the pathways that past students followed to reach their goals, be that an apprenticeship, a job or university.  What choices they made and what advice they would give to their younger selves. We have had ex students come back into school to give advice to the younger students on how to make informed choices ie apprenticeship or further education, the pros and cons.

Our curriculum has changed to incorporate increased vocational and enterprise aspects as many students just want to get involved in the world of work at the earliest point and start carving out their fortunes!

In the past people may have had one or two jobs in their entire lives, this generation can expect to have dozens, the job for life is no longer an option or a choice. We therefore are committed as a school to give our students a wide experience of skill learning opportunities within a curriculum offer that combines with a CEIAG programme that meets all need.

Helpful Contacts
Blackpool Sixth Form – Tel: 01253 394911 or www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk
Blackpool and The Fylde College – Tel: 01253 352352 or www.blackpool.ac.uk
Myerscough College – Tel: 01995 642211 or www.myerscough.ac.uk
Preston College – Tel: 01772 225000 or www.preston.ac.uk
Cardinal Newman College, Preston – Tel: 01772 460181 or www.cardinalnewman.ac.uk
Apprenticeships – www.apprenticeships.org.uk
The Apprenticeship Guide www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk
National Careers Service – Tel: 0800 100 900 or www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
How2become is the UK’s leading career specialist www.how2become.com/
Neuvoo is a UK search platform for job seekers. www.neuvoo.co.uk/
Fast Tomato (Interactive careers guidance and education for teenagers) www.fasttomato.com
UCAS (Manages applications to Higher Education Courses) – www.ucas.ac.uk