The Holt School Careers Programme

The Holt School Careers Programme

At The Holt School we are committed to ensuring all students have access to impartial careers advice, support in school and access to employers and the workplace.

Our named Careers Lead in school is Mrs Hart s.hart@holt.wokingham.sch.uk.  Please do get in touch if you have any specific careers queries.

Impartial careers advice in school is provided by Adviza.

Our careers provision is based on the Gatsby Benchmarks as recommended in the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the Statutory Guidance for Careers (January 2018). The 8 benchmarks are outlined below:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from 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

Aims of the Careers Programme

The main aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide a planned programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance for students of all ages
  • Give access to independent and impartial information on opportunities in learning and work
  • Give individualised careers guidance and support.
  • Provide experience of the workplace to develop key employability skills.
  • Identify and reduce the likelihood, through a variety of interventions, of students becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training) when they leave us.
  • Ensure students have interactions with a variety of colleges, training providers, employers and universities in order to make informed decisions.

 

To enable us to meet these aims we have the following careers programme:

YEAR 7

  • PSHE: careers introduction and British values
  • The Holt School careers fair
  • Introduction to careers websites
  • Employability skills
  • Encouraging students to use careers information in the Careers Room and on the internet to research careers.
  • Subject specific guest speakers

YEAR 8

  • PSHE: career pathways, understanding business, consumer choices, economic understanding
  • The Holt School careers fair
  • Use of CEIAG websites
  • Employability skills: careers fair preparation
  • Understanding business: Dragons’ Den
  • Use of careers information in the Careers Room and on the internet to research careers
  • Careers in Sport workshop
  • Subject specific guest speakers

YEAR 9

  • PSHE: Fast Tomato, careers personal review, the labour market, preparation for options
  • The Holt School careers fair
  • Use of CEIAG websites
  • Employability skills: careers fair preparation
  • Use of careers information in the Careers Room and on the internet to research careers
  • Careers in Sport workshop
  • Workplace options for languages
  • Dragons’ den (German students)
  • Options evening.
  • Options assemblies from subject leaders
  • Options interview with a member of the senior leadership team
  • Guest speakers to advise on career pathways

YEAR 10

  • PSHE: the world of work, employment law, personal finance
  • The Holt School careers fair
  • Use of CEIAG websites
  • Use of careers information in the Careers Room and on the internet to research careers
  • Enterprise day
  • One week of work experience
  • Discussion on charity work/volunteering abroad
  • Alumni talks on university and careers in languages
  • Guest speakers to advise on career pathways

YEAR 11

  • PSHE: employability, CV’s & covering letters, interviews, post 16 options
  • The Holt School careers fair
  • Use of CEIAG websites
  • Employability skills in PSHE lessons
  • Use of careers information in the Careers Room and on the internet to research careers
  • Economics students study careers in business and recruitment
  • Visit to Bath University for careers in sport
  • Languages students study employment, university and careers.
  • Post 16 guidance interview with a member of the senior leadership team
  • Sixth form taster day
  • Post 16 options evening
  • Languages at Work event at Wellington College for linguists considering careers in language-related fields
  • National Citizen Service enrolment supported through the school
  • One-to-one impartial careers advice for students through Adviza
  • Small group workshops with school Careers Lead on post 16 choices
  • Targeted work experience for some students

YEAR 12

  • The Holt School careers fair
  • Introduce career websites.
  • Use of careers information in the Careers Room and on the internet to research careers
  • Young Enterprise
  • Visit to Bath University for careers in sport
  • Economics students study careers in business and recruitment
  • One week of work experience
  • Undergraduate alumni talk about careers in languages
  • Undergraduate alumni talk about careers in psychology
  • UCAS support
  • Personal statement day
  • Day to explore non-university post 18 options
  • Guest speakers to advise on career pathways

YEAR 13

  • The Holt School careers fair
  • Use of CEIAG websites
  • Use of careers information in the Careers Room and on the internet to research careers
  • Eton economics lectures
  • UCAS Support
  • Guest speakers to advise on career pathways

WORK EXPERIENCE

Work experience is an important component of work-related learning. It has a positive impact on young people’s motivation and maturity.

Aims of Work Experience

To enable students to:

  • Improve their communication and other key skills
  • Become more aware of the skills and qualifications needed for work
  • Improve their knowledge of one particular job area
  • Learn how to research into labour market trends and employment opportunities
  • Learn more about their own strengths and weaknesses
  • Develop self-esteem

All students take part in five days’ work in Year 10 during the summer term. Students may find their own placements or be supported in gaining a placement by the Careers Lead.

Our Year 12 students are given time to attend a work experience placement relevant to their career ambitions.  This is toward the end of the summer term. Support is available from the Careers Lead. However, students are strongly encouraged to do their own research and make their own enquiries, as this helps to develop important skills in networking and the application process.

Extended work placements may be offered to some students through discussion with their Head of Year/Learning Link (SENco) throughout Year 10 and 11.

LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION

Labour market information is readily available online, and can be used to check whether a student’s preferred career path is one which will be in demand in the future. It also provides useful information on salaries, working hours and practices, and common tasks in each field of work. A link to the latest labour market information is provided below.

https://bit.ly/2QGO85z

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