Careers and Work-related Learning

Whether going on to a great university, securing an apprenticeship, or entering the workplace, we want every young person who leaves a Creative Education Trust school to have real choices in life. That is why, as well as academic excellence, we seek to ensure that we provide the best possible careers education support and guidance and unique extra-curricular opportunities for every student to discover what else they’re good at.

The Baker Clause is a requirement the government places on schools which stipulates that they must allow colleges and training providers access to every student in years 8- 13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them.

Please see our Provider Access Policy below:

The Strategic Careers Lead at Abbeyfield School is our Assistant Principal, Carol Scrivener-Wallace.

Information for Parents

Your child will receive information about careers during their time at Abbeyfield School. We will provide opportunities for them to develop life skills and core competencies that employers value, by enabling them to take part in employment and enterprise events.

During Key Stage 3 our students focus on self-development. We aim for our students to have an understanding about the qualities they possess and the skills they can develop. They learn about these as part of the Key Life Skills curriculum and our CET Knowledge Connected Concept Days. From Year 7 onwards students are also provided with plenty of opportunities to explore the many different careers available to them. Every student has their own Kudos profile, which is a comprehensive careers tool that provides guided career matches based on what students like and dislike and subject pathways.

During Key Stage 4 our students focus on career pathways and employability skills. Students are provided with opportunities to network with employers through our Guest Lecture Series, Assemblies and Mock Interviews. They also develop their employability skills during tutor time, enterprise challenges and Creative Learning Days. In addition to their Kudos profile, every Year 11 student uses the Unifrog platform, which provides access to pathways and further education opportunities. It also acts as a careers passport for students to record their achievements, track their intentions and draft application materials. Year 11 students are also provided with a 1-2-1 careers interview with a qualified careers advisor form Prospects. This provision can be accessed by students in other year groups if requested.

During Key Stage 5 our students continue to focus on career pathways and employability skills. We encourage our students to gain experience of workplaces. Including traineeships through the University of Northampton. Students benefit from a fortnightly enrichment programme which facilitates personal development and events such as our Business Networking sessions with local employers. Students also visit Higher Education Institutions to get a taste of each pathway.

Ours careers strategy is designed to meet The Gatsby Benchmarks. This is a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools. Therefore, all our students at Abbeyfield School are entitled to and can expect to receive:

How can you help your child with careers and employability?

There is so much you can do to support your son or daughter:
• Show a genuine interest! Talk to them regularly about their ideas for the future and ask them what they see themselves doing
• Talk to them about what you do as a job – and other job roles you have had
• Ask your employer if they would allow you to bring your child to work one day (during school holidays)
• In Year 10/11/12 look on the local college and 6th form websites with them, to see what courses are available
• Help them to explore the possible employers, apprenticeship providers and further education courses available in the local area. To find out more about local labour market information, in particular the growing areas of employment, check out these handy guides:
– Advanced Manufacturing information
– High Performance Technology information
– Construction information
– Creative Industries information
– Logistics and Supply Chain information
• Keep an eye out for things like Open Days (at colleges and training organisations) and careers fairs held locally, details can be found on college websites
• Help them to understand the alternative post-16 options. Find out more about apprenticeships by clicking here
• Encourage them to participate in out of school activities. These are valuable in themselves and will help greatly later on in giving a good impression to people like employers or course tutors
• In year 9, talk to your son/daughter about their options and what these choices may lead to. If you need help with supporting your child to make Year 9 options choices, please click here
Remember! You can speak to the career’s adviser at school (or encourage your son/daughter to see them in school) if you need support – contact details are below
• Check out the school newsletter for details of activities we are running in school

Where can you access quality careers information outside of school?

National Careers Service – Information, advice and guidance to help make decisions on learning, training and work.
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Career Pilot – Careers information and tools for 11-19 year olds, all in one place.
www.careerpilot.org.uk

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) – Explore your options, apply to university, and more.
www.ucas.ac.uk

Apprenticeships – The governments new ‘Fire it Up!’ Apprenticeship campaign provides helpful advice and information as well as access to thousands of apprenticeship opportunities across the country.
https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/

How2Become – Learn how to write a CV, how to complete an application form, how to pass selection processes and also how to pass any job interview.
https://www.how2become.com/

LMI For All  – For an easy way to get access to labour market information and compare your job prospects in the U.K, you can you the tool below:

For further information, please contact the careers team:
Mrs Gail Ochalek, Ambitions Lead. Gail.ochalek@abbeyfieldschool.org.uk
Mrs Carol Scrivener-Wallace. Carol.scrivener-wallace@abbeyfieldschool.org.uk

Students

Your teachers will work with you to help you develop the skills you need for life and employment. You will receive information about placements and work opportunities and will meet people from the world of work, who could help you to acquire the skills needed to be successful in work.

The school is committed to help you to realise your potential, so you can do what you love when you leave school!

If you are wondering what you can do to improve your chances of being employable when you leave school here are some ideas:

If you want to know how to start deciding what to aim for in your career or working life, try asking yourself these questions:

If you want more help answering these questions and deciding what you want to do, please see our careers adviser.

Look out for information about careers and employability events on posters around school, tutor group announcements, school email, and in assemblies.

You can also visit our Careers Hub at break times, located in the Super Learning area. The hub is a place where students can access careers books, leaflets, apprenticeship guides and prospectuses (college and university). Our resources come from quality providers including titles from the How2Become range, the National Health Service and Prospects Education.

Employers & Training Providers

Employer Engagement – Help us to help you

Here at Abbeyfield School we are keen to give our students every opportunity to access the world of work, and with this in mind, we welcome employers, industry representatives and training providers to make contact with us to support our students in their journey to employability.
We know that employers in the UK have concerns about skills gaps and the work-readiness of some young people.

Abbeyfield School is a member of the SEMLEP Careers and Enterprise Network, part of the national Careers and Enterprise Company.
Our aim is that through employer engagement at all ages, we ensure that young people leave our school with the skills, competencies, knowledge, appropriate qualifications and attitudes needed by employers for both their own career development and economic sustainability and growth.

Calling all Employers and Training Providers

We are looking for passionate employers from businesses and other organisations to help our students and thus shape the future workforce and bring the world of work to life for the next generation.

The following high impact activities are used to work in partnership with businesses to help our students prepare for the world of work:
• Employer Talks
• Business site visits
• Mentoring
• Enterprise activities
• Work experience and job shadowing
• Mock interviews and CV preparation

If you can help with an engagement or for further information, contact Gail Ochalek (KS3&4) or Rachael Dedman (KS5) at enquiries@abbeyfieldschool.org.uk

Or why not register for the SEMLEP Give an Hour campaign and make a difference to the future workforce. To register just visit https://www.semlep.com/growing-talent/