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Careers

Careers Education at Ellesmere

 

Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is an essential part of the support we offer to students at Ellesmere College. Effective careers support can help to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life; it can help them to make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers.
As options for young people become more varied and complex, it is vital that we support them to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices for their future. As a result, the careers programme has a whole-school remit designed to complement the rest of the school curriculum.

During their time at school, all students can expect:

  • the support they need to make the right choices for Phase 2 (KS4), after Year 11 and after Year 14
  • access up-to-date and unbiased information on future learning and training, careers and labour market information
  • support to develop the self-awareness and career management skills needed for their future
  • embedded careers lessons covering options after school, the world of work, the job market and the skills needed for the future
  • a meaningful encounter with a representative from the world of work each school year; this could be through work experience, Careers Day, assemblies, careers talks (in or outside lessons), projects and visits
  • to hear from a range of education and training providers, including colleges and apprenticeship organisations; this could include visits and taster days, as well as assemblies, talks and meetings at school
  • the opportunity to relate what they learn in lessons to their life and career beyond school
  • the opportunity to talk through their career and educational choices with staff
  • access to one-to-one guidance with a trained, impartial careers adviser, by appointment
  • the school to keep parents/carers informed of their progress and provide parents/carers with information to support students’ career planning and decision-making. Parents/carers can attend Connexions meetings, by prior arrangement.
  • to be asked their views about the service they have received to ensure that the service continues to meet the needs of the students.
  • to have access to a range of support programmes to support their transition from Ellesmere including independent living and travel training, employability skills, work experience and transition programmes

 

Careers Programme

Primary

  • Students learn about key life skills including independence as part of the curriculum 
  • Students develop early skills in terms of independent travel, including cycling
  • Students develop a basic understanding of a range of jobs

Phase One

  • Students take part in Enterprise projects and learn about the community they live in 
  • Events and projects are a key part of the phase curriculum, which students contribute as participants and leaders
  • Opportunities are provided as part of the curriculum to develop independence skills through class responsibilities
  • Students have opportunities to develop their independent travel skills in particular walking and cycling
  • All EHCP meetings from year 9 provide opportunities for parents/carers and students to discuss and set targets in relation to preparing for adulthood, including life beyond Ellesmere
  • Students have opportunities to find out more about different careers, including educational route ways into these

Phase Two

As above plus:

  • All EHCP meetings from Year 10 provide opportunities for parents/carers and students to discuss and set targets in relation to preparing for adulthood, including life beyond Ellesmere 
  • All students have a 1:1 interview with the Connexions advisor. Connexions advice is provided to parents/carers as applicable.
  • Students access enterprise lessons developing their work related skills and experiences
  • Students have opportunities to take part in Sports Leadership and Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award
  • Students have access to a careers day in school, and information is sent to parents in relation to this and College open days
  • Students planning to leave the college at the end of year 11 have a bespoke transition programme including independent travel and college familiarisation programme
  • Students access work related learning experiences both internally and externally, with students accessing these subject to their development needs
  • If required students have a referral for an adult social transition plan

Post 16

  • The majority of students develop work related skills through an enterprise curriculum 
  • The majority of students access an accredited AIM Employability qualification
  • Students planning to leave the college during Post 16 have a bespoke transition programme including independent travel and college familiarisation programme
  • If required students have a referral for an adult social transition plan
  • Students and parents receive support to develop their College application form from tutors and Connexions advisor

 

Connexions

Our Connexions adviser is Hema Chauhan. 

For more information on Connexions Leicester please visit their website here

Hema Chauhan