Welcome to the Careers information and work experience page. We recognise the importance of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and ensure that throughout the year, students have opportunities to engage positively with their futures, both in terms of increasing expectations and exploring the best routes into the careers that interest them. In line with the Department for Education guidance, we have a coordinated programme of careers support designed around the Gatsby Benchmarks and CDI Framework to offer a coherent programme embedded within school structures.
Careers at King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls
The Careers Guidance programme at King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls will help students plan and manage their future pathways effectively, ensuring progression which is ambitious and aspirational. It will promote equality of opportunity, embrace diversity and challenge stereotyping. We will support students in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them to achieve their ambitions.
Careers Education has never been as important as it is currently. With a changing landscape of education, training and employment it is vital that young people are offered the highest quality education, advice, information and guidance to support and assist them in making choices and managing transitions. By helping students with decisions at crucial stages, informing them of all their options and introducing them to the world of work, we aim to prepare them for the world of work whichever pathway they choose.
Our Careers Education and Guidance programme will enable students to:
- receive advice, information and guidance which is in their best interest,
- develop a broad understanding of the world of work and an ability to respond to changing opportunities,
- make best use of the Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) both independently and with support,
- develop essential careers skills promoted through our Teaching and Learning ethos including creativity, perseverance, resilience, good self-presentation and adaptability.
- manage transitions in their lives such as GCSE and A-Level options as well as from school to university or work.
- raise their aspirations, broaden their horizons and challenge stereotyped thinking about what they and others can achieve within our society.
- engage in opportunities to work in partnership with employers, higher education providers and others to provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work
- develop enterprise and employability skills.
- and encourage students to see career development as a life-long process.
Our students can expect the career development journey at King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls to include:
- finding information about their careers programme on the school website,
- accessing Labour Market Information by the age of 14 to support their study,
- information about how important Science and Maths are in leading to different rewarding STEM careers,
- engaging in at least two meaningful encounters by the age of 16 with Sixth Form, Further Education and apprenticeship providers,
- engaging in two careers guidance interviews by the age of 18,
- engaging in meaningful encounters with employers and employees,
- engaging in meaningful work experience opportunities,
- engaging in visits to universities,
- an invitation to join the school’s alumni network,
- and access to records on their individual careers related activities.
The budget for Careers Education and Guidance is determined annually and every endeavour is made to ensure that sufficient resources are allocated to meet student needs.
The school has two careers libraries – one in the Main Library with a wide range of relevant and up-to-date resources in a range of media, and one in the Sixth Form area containing university prospectuses and information on other routes such as Higher Apprenticeships. A weekly Careers Bulletin is sent to both students and parents to share Labour Market Information and to signpost upcoming events and opportunities.
Another important source of information is the school’s careers website which is maintained by the school’s Careers Leader. This section of the website contains information, resource downloads, links and access to key pieces of software subscribed to by the school. Careers information is displayed on information boards in the main school and the Sixth Form.
Careers Guidance for students is provided through a Careers Advisor from Learn to Work. The Careers Advisor during the academic year 2020-2021 is Mrs R Dhanda. Mrs Dhanda is in school twice weekly and is based in the School Library. Mrs Dhanda is available for pre-arranged appointments or for drop-in sessions during break as well as a lunchtime.
Careers education is primarily delivered through the school’s PSHCE programme. The School’s PSCHE programme has been developed in line with the Careers Development Institute’s 17 learning objectives which are grouped under three main headings:
- Developing yourself through careers, employability and enterprise education,
- Learning about careers and the world of work,
- Developing your career management, employability and enterprise skills.
Please see the school PSCHE/RSE policy for further information.
Careers Education is also delivered discreetly through curriculum lessons, tutor time and off timetable sessions such as activity days. Work Related Learning in the form of optional work experience takes place in Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 together with careers interviews with an independent advisor and a Careers Fair for Years 9, 11 and 12.
Our careers programme outlines all of the opportunities available to each year group.
King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls is a member of Birmingham Careers Hub. We are supported by an Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Advisor; their role is to support the development of in-school provision and to act as a critical friend.
King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls uses ‘Compass +’, an online self-evaluation tool, to assess how our careers support compares against the Gatsby benchmarks and the national average. Schools should baseline themselves using this tool, consider the opportunities to improve their careers programme based on their confidential results, and track their progress against the Benchmarks over time. This information is shared with the Careers and Enterprise Company, the Birmingham Careers Hub, SLT and the Welfare Committee of the Governing Body.
Students’ opinions are sought via student voice group interviews, the School Council and via online surveys following a series of careers interviews or events. Parental views are sought at Pupil Consultation Evenings and at the annual Careers Fair. A report is submitted to the senior leadership and governors.
Destination measures are analysed closely and used to ensure that the school is providing the right advice and guidance to head students in the right directions so that they are successful.
King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls believes in giving FE, HE and training providers the opportunity to talk to students at the school. Provider Access Policy
To read the full Careers Policy please use the following link: KEVIHS Careers Policy
The Careers Team
Mrs N Daniel (Assistant Headteacher – Careers Leader)
Mrs J Nolan (Post 16 Careers, Enrichment and Work-Related Learning Coordinator)
Mrs R Dhanda (Careers Advisor)
Mrs Dhanda is in school on Monday and Tuesday and is currently based in the library. Students can see Mrs Dhanda either via pre-arranged appointments or for drop ins during break and lunchtime.
King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls is proud to be a member of the Birmingham Careers Hub. We are supported by an Enterprise Co-ordinator and Adviser.
Our careers team can support students by
- Providing information about different career pathways and the world of work.
- Providing impartial advice and guidance to help you explore and decide on future career routes, including sixth form, college, apprenticeships, university and work.
- Having 1-2-1 meetings with students to talk about school, work, day-to-day life and the future.
- Running group workshops to help students learn about their skills, produce a CV, prepare for a job interview, apply for college/apprenticeships and much, much more!
- Supporting students to search and apply for volunteering opportunities, work experience placements, part-time work and post-16 destinations.
What is the Enterprise Adviser role?
An Enterprise Adviser works directly with a school’s Senior Leadership Team to support their careers programme. They combine their passion for raising the aspirations of young people with their strategic skills to help put opportunities with local employers at the heart of a young person’s education.
Our Enterprise Advisor
Joanna Maguire, Civil Engineer, Mott MacDonald
Joanna is a Civil Engineer working for the global engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald. A proud University of Birmingham alumnus she graduated in 2015 with a Masters in Civil Engineering. Joanna has been working in the engineering sector since she was 18 undertaking a year in industry after leaving Sixth Form and summer placements throughout her degree, including an international engineering project in Cameroon with the charity Engineers without Borders. She was nominated as one of the top graduates in the UK in 2017 by the NCE magazine as well as being nominated for other industry awards. Joanna specialises in urban development specifically focusing on light rapid transit (trams and buses), she has worked all over the UK but is currently based in Birmingham City Centre.
Labour Market Information
Labour Market Information (LMI) tells you about the workplace or labour market. It is information relating to:
- occupations and industries
- job numbers and salaries
- educational levels for occupations
- workforce demographics
- numbers of establishments in particular sectors
LMI also describes:
- the condition of the labour market, past and present, as well as future projections
- where work opportunities are increasing or decreasing
- what occupations exist
- what you need to study to become a professional in that occupation
- what is required to take up an occupation
- how you can find a job, change job or progress in a career
Essentially, it is a useful tool to help research future jobs in the local area, understand the skills needed for certain roles and the demand for future employment. LMI is at the heart of every effective careers decision you will make. It is very difficult to realise your occupational aspirations and progress your career without an awareness and understanding of the labour market trends.
Useful LMI Links
Careers Inspiration has some excellent and very clear LMI about Birmingham.
The National Careers Service has a feature where you can explore various aspects of a career (typical salaries, working hours, entry requirements etc) to ascertain whether it is for you.
Nomis offers labour market information and key trend data about a local area.
The Office for National Statistics also offers regional LMI information.
www.lmiforall.org.uk LMI for All is an online data portal, developed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, which brings together existing national sources of high-quality labour market information (LMI) that can inform people’s choices about their careers.
Are you a student?
Each week you will receive a copy of our careers bulletin which details all of the opportunities that you can benefit from and take part in. This bulletin will be sent to your school email address and is also shared with parents via the weekly school bulletin.
Should you wish to make an appointment to see the school’s careers advisor, please contact Mrs Daniel who will support you with this.
Unifrog – King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls subscribes to Unifrog and all students in Year 9 and above has access. Unifrog is a unique platform that brings the most UpToDate information available into one single, impartial and user-friendly platform that helps students to make the best choices and submit the strongest applications.
National Careers Service – a comprehensive careers website with job profiles, outlining: the skills required, main tasks, pay levels and career prospects for hundreds of different jobs. In addition, valuable guidance on the different stages involved in getting a job.
Careers Pilot – comprehensive information on the jobs market. Contains information on the main employment sectors, including the number of people working in that sector and whether the number is projected to increase or fall. In addition, information on job salaries, relevant subject areas, top employers and types of apprenticeships.
Icould – helpful videos about a wide range of job roles
UCAS – a very helpful website for students thinking of applying to higher education. Also contains valuable information on different options, including apprenticeships
Careers Box – Careersbox is the national careers film library, a free careers resource showing hundreds of real people doing real jobs.
Amazing apprenticeships – the website for anyone wanting to know more about apprenticeship opportunities out there
Where can a subject take me?
Are you a parent?
As their parent or carer, you are likely to be the single biggest influence on your child’s thoughts and feelings about their future career. It is really important that you are aware of the influence you have and that you try your best to make this positive, supportive and empowering.
Parents help their teen the most when they:
- have a good general understanding of the options available
- listen carefully to their child’s views without being judgmental or critical
- are open to new ideas and possibilities
- encourage them to explore all their options
How can I help my child with their career plans?
- Talk to them from time to time about possible careers they might be interested in and why they appeal. Don’t make a big deal out of it. There will be plenty of opportunities for such an exchange of ideas that crop up naturally while you are doing something else, this way it won’t seem forced
- Encourage them to take an interest in the occupations or past careers of grown up family members and other adults who they come into contact with so they can learn about different career experiences and develop their own network.
- Help them to explore the possible employers, apprenticeship providers and further education courses available in your local area
- Attend open events and information sessions with them
- 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.
- Finally, remember that career choice is a personal decision
The Careers Writers Association has developed a website aimed at parents and carers that you may find helpful
Download this Parent Guide which has lots of advice and guidance from supporting you in how to start conversations about careers with your child, looking at skills, explaining pathways into work, qualifications and subject specific information.
Are you an employer or HE provider?
As a school, we have a statutory commitment to uphold the Education Act 1997 and the recent Technical and Further Education Act 2017, which involves adhering to the Baker Clause that came into force on 2nd January 2018 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-education-and-apprenticeships-raising-awareness)
The policy statement from the school explains how providers of technical education, such as alternative 14-16 providers, Further Education colleges and apprenticeship providers can apply for access to speak with our students in Years 8-11 about the various education and training options available to them at 14-16 and post-16, including details of suitable access points within our school calendar and the lead contact at the school who can help to facilitate this.
Information for employers and HE providers
We are fortunate to work in partnership with a number of organisations. The support of businesses and HE providers is vital to the ongoing success of our careers programme. Should you want to be involved in any element of our careers education and guidance programme, please contact Mrs Nicola Daniel (Assistant Headteacher – Careers Leader) email@example.com
CALLING ALL EMPLOYERS!
As an employer or HE provider, you can support all our students significantly and help us to achieve our goals. We are committed to supporting our students to make informed decisions that are right for them, equipping them for the world of work with the skills required to be the change makers of the future and the knowledge to ensure a successful future. Examples of how you can help:
- Attending a Careers Fair or networking event
- Offering work experience or work visits
- Offering a visit to your place of work
- Careers Talks
- Student Mentoring
?Our school is always looking to develop links with employers to help meet Benchmarks 4, 5 and 6. Further information is contained in the Provider Access Policy. To find out how you can get involved please contact: Mrs Nicola Daniel, Careers Leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01215542342