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Careers
Careers Information and Guidance Events
     

    Careers Lead – Miss H Watson

    hwatson@sirgrahambalfour.staffs.sch.uk

     

    Sir Graham Balfour School is committed to raising the aspirations of all its students. We recognise that this can, in part, be achieved by providing high quality careers information, advice and guidance.

    Sir Graham Balfour school has developed a careers programme that aims to provide all students with timely and age appropriate careers information, advice and guidance. We believe that all students should have opportunities to explore their strengths and interests so that they can make better informed choices within their educational journeys and beyond. The careers programme at Sir Graham Balfour has been produced with the students at the forefront of our mind and in accordance with the ‘Eight Gatsby Benchmarks for good career guidance’. These are stated below:

    1. A stable careers programme

    2. Learning form career and labour market information

    3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

    4. Linking curriculum to careers

    5. Encounters with employers and employees

    6. Experiences of workplaces

    7. Encounters with further and higher education

    8. Personal guidance

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    Career focused activities are delivered during PSHE lessons and whole school PSHE days

    Year 7 focus: The importance of education– ensuring that pupils understand the reasons that they are at school and the benefits of a good education in allowing them to enhance their career prospects.

    Year 8 focus: Personal Attributes – developing a self-awareness of skills, and an understanding of their application to future careers.

    Year 9 focus: Qualifications and gaining experience – focussing on the importance of choosing the correct options and using the school environment to support qualifications with achievements and experience.

    Year 10 focus: Skills for employment - utilising the tools of work experience, CV and letters of application writing and mock interviews to introduce students to the process of embarking on a career.

    Year 11 focus: Preparation for post 16 pathways – ensuring that students are fully aware of their post 16 options and what their next stage of education will be.

    Years 12 and 13- Focus: Preparation for Higher Education and the world of work - Sixth Form students are provided with advice and guidance regarding post 18 options including; the UCAS progress; apprenticeship routes and alternative options. We encourage the use of Unifrog as a search tool and as an evidence log of achievements. Students also receive quality support in the writing of CV’s and personal statements. We encourage and facilitate University, apprenticeship and workplace visits. Students are encouraged to complete the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) and at least one MOOC over the course of their time at sixth form to ensure that all applications and CV’s are of the highest calibre.

     

     

    Impartial Careers support

    Sir Graham Balfour School invests in the services of a professional Level 6 qualified Careers Adviser, Ms N. Lambert from Entrust to support appropriately with careers advice.

     

     

    Work Experience

    Students in Years 10 have a Work Experience week.

    This allows students to gain an insight into the world of work and all that goes with it. We encourage students to find quality work experience placements, where they will be able to utilise and develop their skill set. We hope that by being in a real-life work setting, students will learn the importance of team work, communication and hard work, amongst many other things.

    Whilst on placement, students will be expected to record their daily activities and the things that they have learnt, in their ‘Work experience diary’.  Students will be visited by a member of staff at some point within the week to check on their progress.

     

     

    Careers Fair

    Sir Graham Balfour holds an annual careers fair, providing students with an opportunity to meet with an array of employers, businesses and Further Education providers. This event is held in the school sports hall during an off-timetable day.

    Companies and organisations interesting in exhibiting or supporting this event should contact Miss H.Watson via hwatson@sirgrahambalfour.staffs.sch.uk

     

     

    Careers Software

    The school subscribe to Unifrog to support and manage careers advice, information and guidance.   www.unifrog.org

    Currently, year 11, 12 and 13 students make use of Unifrog to research career interests, evidence their skills and to support them with CV writing and personal statements.

    If you are a parent/carer and would like more information about Unifrog and it’s use, please contact the school using the information below.

     

     

    Contacts

     

    Miss H. Watson, Careers Lead - hwatson@sirgrahambalfour.staffs.sch.uk

    Mrs L. Gannon, Work experience lead – lgannon@sirgrahambalfour.staffs.sch.uk

     

     

     

    Useful websites

    Platform to explore University courses and apply to University

    One-stop-shop where students can explore their career interests, then find and successfully apply for their best next step after school (post 16 and post 18).

    Job Profiles: Use the link to access job profiles. Use these profiles to explore your career ideas.

    This site allows you to search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies.  

    Free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice and Labour Market Information              

    National online careers film and video library. You will be able to watch real people doing real jobs to help give you more of an insight 

    Play the Game to discover careers that match your personality, interests and skills. Get the free careers magazine on your phone. Look at what the world of work is really like. Then use this knowledge to find the right courses, work experience, apprenticeships, jobs - and more - near you.

    A careers site highlighting job profiles, updates on job sectors, career matching tool and featured employer links

    A careers site to build your CV, meet employers and find a job

    A website to look at Apprenticeships and Traineeships

    Take a career test, explore your options, plan your future

    Career advice for schools and students aged 13-19. Search jobs, advice & find out about employers, work experience, courses, career choices, apprenticeships. 

     

    Initiative for young people aged 15-17, to develop their skills and have new experiences through attending a 4 week scheme (residential involved).

    All you need to know honest advice on Universities, apprenticeships, gap years and more.

    The topics/subjects on the website provide guided activities, questions to think about and suggestions for further reading. Each area is produced by Cambridge post-graduates and academics.

    Website with information relating to post 16 and 18 pathway choices that do not involve solely University.

    Compares University courses and their career/salary prospects upon graduation

    Central base of information for all things University – league tables, open days, fee information, course searches.

    Lots of useful support from personal statement and interview advice to key questions about Higher Education