Careers Programme Information

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Bishop Challoner's vision is that every one of our students leaves with a clear direction and pathway; every student is open minded and ambitious, equipped with tools and confidence to overcome barriers and stand up as an equal in any circle for any opportunity. 

Careers

Our Commitment to You

Our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme will help you to:

  • Understand yourself, your interests, likes and dislikes, what you are good at and how this affects the choices you make
  • Find out about different courses, what qualifications you might need and what opportunities there might be
  • Develop the skills you may need for working life
  • Make realistic, but ambitious, choices about courses and jobs
  • Develop a plan of action for the future
  • Understand the different routes after Year 11 including training, further and higher education and jobs
  • Be able to make effective applications for jobs, training and further and higher education
  • Develop your interview skills
  • Improve your confidence

You will receive:

  • Interviews with the Careers Adviser
  • Careers lessons
  • Registration activities
  • Guided tutor time
  • Access to the careers library – information is available in books, videos, leaflets and online
  • Work experience
  • Careers based Assemblies and projects, meant to guide you and inform you about the range of options you have for further education and future career possibilities
  • Conferences: Getting Ahead and Aim to Attain, where volunteers will help you learn about key skills and employ-ability concepts, interview know-how's etc
  • Guidance on the range of Further Education options, with equal emphasis on University and Apprenticeship choices. This will give you a full perspective of all the paths available to you in the future: www.amazingapprenticeships.com
  • Other subject lessons linked to careers

You can expect to be:

  • Treated equally with others
  • Given careers information and advice that is up to date and impartial
  • Treated with respect by visitors to the school who are part of the careers programme

 

Work Experience

Every year students in Year 10 at Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of School undertake a two weeks of work experience.

In Year 12 students undertake a week of work experience.

Students are encouraged to find their own placements according to their interests and future career aspirations. We work with the Tower Hamlets Enterprise Business Partnership (THEBP) and they will carry out the necessary checks referring to Health & Safety and Employer’s liability insurance.

LMI

Labour Market Information (LMI) describes all kinds of information used to make labour market decisions. LMI can be a compilation of detailed statistical data on jobs and salaries, employers and employees, sectors, current employment conditions and future trends.

London Labour Market Website:https://data.gov.uk/dataset/7cbebf0a-4af6-4a23-81be-f63b04e3d901/london-labour-market-skills-and-employment-indicators

 

Online Platforms

As a school we purchase a licence for you to use the below platforms. Individual pass codes will be given by your form tutor.   

Unifrog:

  • Unifrog is a comprehensive platform that supports students in finding and applying for every course and apprenticeship in the UK – everything from university courses, to School Leaver Programmes, to Massive Open Online Courses. The platform is intuitive, and makes provides updates for both students and teachers.
  • Audience: KS3, KS4 and KS5
  • https://www.unifrog.org/

 

How We Measure the Impact of our Careers Programme

  • Both Year 10 and Year 12 cohorts are given the opportunity to participate in a reflective Assembly after the completion of their Work Experience Week. They also complete a survey to help them reflect once again on the benefits of their Work Experience. This also allows us to measure the impact of the project on our pupils and address concerns in the future.
  • After the students and parents have been informed, guided and have made their choices for the GCSE subject options, they will be asked to fill in a survey which will inform us on the efficiency of the provided services and the effectiveness of the process. 
  • Every one of our Year 10, 11 and 12 pupils that have a Careers interview provides feedback, which informs us on the benefits and value of the received guidance, which helps us improve year by year.
  • Regular staff surveys provide feedback on their level of knowledge and involvement in offering careers advice, which informs us on when career-based CPD sessions are needed.
  • Along with Tower Hamlets Education Busines Partnership we track the Sixth Form placements of the students leaving us at 16. 

 

The above information will be reviewed in September 2020.

 

 

Links for Students and Parents

The National Careers Service:

  • The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance across England to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.
  • Audience: ALL
  • https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

 

Icould:

  • Icould is a careers website helping young people make the most of their potential and talent by showing them how others have used theirs. The icould storytellers relate, in their own words, their real life career journeys in over 1,000 career videos and hundreds of written articles aimed at students, career starters, career changers and careers professionals, parents, teachers and employers. Articles include information about the future world of work and future career prospects in a number of industries.
  • Audience: ALL
  • http://icould.com/

 

Plotr:

  • Plotr is a free-to-access, highly engaging, careers information website for 11-24 year olds, that aims to connect young people with employers and jobs that fit their interests, skills and personality
  • Audience: ALL
  • http://www.plotr.co.uk/

 

Careersbox:

  • Careersbox is a free on-line library of careers related videos, news and information aimed at careers advisers and job seekers. Case study videos show real people doing real jobs, giving viewers an insight into entry routes and skill requirements for careers in all sectors.
  • Audience: ALL
  • https://www.careersbox.co.uk/

 

Pure Potential:

  • Pure Potential is an independent organisation which raises the aspirations of thousands of sixth-formers every year, encouraging them to apply to and achieve offers from excellent universities and leading employers.
  • Audience: KS5
  • http://purepotential.org/

 

LBTH Careers Service:

  • LBTH Careers Service can help you apply for colleges, training, apprenticeships and jobs. They can also refer you for impartial careers guidance, help you create CVs, covering letters and develop your employability skills. Their website includes useful links including apprenticeship bulletins and interview skills and tips.
  • Audience: ALL

Future Learn:

  • Future learn offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.
  • Audience: KS4 + KS5
  • https://www.futurelearn.com/

 

Not going to university:

  • Notgoingtouni.co.uk is a website full of information about other paths to lead other than going to university. From apprenticeships to debt free learning, there are literally thousands of other opportunities out there.
  • Audience: KS4 + KS5
  • www.notgoingtouni.co.uk