Biddulph High School and BH6 are committed to providing all our students with a programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in Years 9-13. The Enterprise & Employability Co-ordinator at this school is Miss K Goodwin. The Leadership Group member with responsibility for Careers is Mrs T Condliffe. The programme will further support the school in raising aspirations, challenging stereotypes and promoting equality.
We understand that choosing the next steps can seem overwhelming and this is why we are committed to providing all of our students with CEIAG. Students across all year groups will be able to access careers information and guidance, careers discussions, college and university taster sessions, work experience placements and more. This will increase awareness of the vast array of opportunities available to them post-16 and post-18 and, by incorporating this into school life, our students can make informed choices at each stage of their academic journey.
The CEIAG programme is designed to support and meet the ever-changing needs of all our students. Activities are personalised to ensure a structured pathway for progression and development for all academic abilities. Students will receive one-to-one careers and pathway interviews with the school’s Enterprise and Employability Leader, who will offer impartial advice and guidance. Topics covered in the programme include:
⦁ Work experience placements
⦁ Post-16 pathways
⦁ Post-18 pathways
⦁ Interview preparation/techniques
⦁ Writing CVs
⦁ Covering letters/personal statements
⦁ Application forms
⦁ Jobs and skills
Students and parents/carers can access careers information in a variety of ways:
⦁ From the Careers Resource Centre (located in the School Library)
⦁ By contacting Miss K Goodwin, Enterprise & Employability Co-ordinator email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
⦁ Online – the National Careers Service website is a good source of up-to-date information: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
A MESSAGE TO OUR STUDENTS
Choosing a career is a big deal. Here you are, a young person, and already you’re being asked to make decisions about what you want to do for the rest of your life. You’ll spend a significant amount of time at work and in order to enjoy it, stay motivated and fulfil your potential, you need to choose wisely. So where should you even start?
⦁ Post-16: Up until the end of Year 11 you’ll have progressed from one academic year to the next automatically. However, it doesn’t work like that post-16. In BH6, sixth-form college or FE college you’ll need to succeed in the first year of your course in order to continue to the second year. At BH6 we set course entry requirements, to ensure you are suited to the course you have chosen and have the best chance to succeed.
⦁ Post-18: Deciding what to do after A-Levels can be a particularly tough decision to make. Without a crystal ball you can’t know how your life will turn out if you go to university or if you choose a different route, but you can find out the facts and consider the alternatives.
Always remember, your success is our success – we’re here to help YOU!
Useful careers websites and resources
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ – National Careers
Use the link to access job profiles to explore your career ideas further
https://www.getingofar.gov.uk/ – National apprenticeships service
Use the link to search and apply for vacancies
https://www.allaboutcareers.com/ – all about careers
Site highlighting job profiles, job sector updates, career matching facility and more
https://www.mykindafuture.com/ – My kind a future
Designed to help support in building your CV, help you to meet employers and find suitable jobs
Search for apprenticeships and traineeships within different sectors
Advice for 13-19 year olds to support with job searches, advice, find out about employers, find work experience, apprenticeship etc.
NHS careers: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/
Construction Industry: https://www.citb.co.uk/
Creative Jobs: https://ccskills.org.uk/
Careers in sport: https://www.sportengland.org/
Engineering Industry: https://www.ecitb.org.uk/
Motor vehicle apprenticeships: https://www.remit.co.uk/automotive/
Science and Maths: http://www.futuremorph.org/
Public services careers websites
Royal Navy: https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers
Post 18 useful websites
https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ – alternatives to University
https://frontier.ac.uk/ – Gap year (voluntary working abroad in wildlife conservation, teaching and medicine)
https://www.ucas.com/ – To support the University process
https://unistats.ac.uk/ – To support the University process
https://www.studential.com/ – Useful support for interviews/key questions about HE
https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/ – Support for choosing a University
https://yearoutgroup.org/ – information on taking a gap year
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements labour market information
https://www.opendays.com/ – University open days guide
http://www.bestcourse4me.com/ – clearing course finder for a results day plan B
https://www.citb.co.uk/ – The main CITB website
https://www.citb.co.uk/about-citb/what-we-do/ – Who CITB is and what it does. This also includes the link for local CITB contact details (“CITB in your local area”)
https://www.citb.co.uk/about-citb/construction-industry-research-reports/construction-skills-network/ – Link to allow you to look at LMI and focus it down to the West Midlands too
https://www.citb.co.uk/about-citb/construction-industry-research-reports/search-our-construction-industry-research-reports/ – Link to allow you look at the reports with the options to focus on the topic or year for your research
https://www.citb.co.uk/searchresults/?q=women+in+construction – Link from the search facility with various reports (news, successful funding applications for ideas in this subject matter etc) on the subject of ‘Women in Construction’.
https://www.goconstruct.org/ – Main site for the careers website called ‘GoConstruct’
https://www.goconstruct.org/learn-about-construction/find-the-role-for-you/ – Link to help people ‘find the role’ for them ie quiz, personality types etc
https://www.goconstruct.org/construction-today/diversity-in-construction/ – Link for how construction is today and moving forward. This includes diversity, the changing culture and women into construction
https://www.goconstruct.org/inspire/information-for-employers/construction-ambassadors/ – Link to learn more about what the role of a construction ambassador is and also to request a visit
https://www.goconstruct.org/inspire/parents-careers-advisors-educators/engaging-primary-audiences/ – Link to help target the younger audience (primary to under 16). This also includes the link/information to the Ivor and Honor Goodsite (https://www.ivorgoodsite.org.uk/) as this focuses on the younger generation.
https://www.goconstruct.org/inspire/information-for-employers/resources/careers-educational-resource-toolkits/ – Link to the resources available that are free to download and use including short videos, lesson plans etc. You can also request various leaflets, posters, pens & badges through your local CITB advisor to help with presentations, careers fairs etc. Please feel free to contact them direct to discuss. This link – https://www.goconstruct.org/inspire/information-for-employers/resources/campaign-resources/videos-detail/ takes you direct to the 2 minute video that I mentioned which you could also use to help discuss the variety of careers in construction.
You can view our CEIAG Policy here.