Impartial Careers Information, Advice & Guidance (CIAG) is available to all students through Sharron Ward - Careers Adviser, who is in the Careers office Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
All pupils are entitled to CIAG that meets professional standards of practice and is person centred, impartial and confidential and this is integrated into the pupils’ experience of the whole curriculum. CIAG is designed to meet the current needs of all our pupils and encourages positive self-esteem, individual responsibility for their own careers and an awareness that lifelong learning is the key to career development
We aim to ensure that every student has the opportunity to access information, advice and guidance that is suited to their personal needs and requirements. All staff contribute to this through their roles as tutors and subject teachers. However specialist activities are provided by external agencies such as EBP South (Education Business Partner), Southampton University Outreach Team and other selected providers as appropriate. Whenever possible, local colleges and members of the education and business community are invited in to share their first-hand experience of training routes and work contexts with our students.
A careers programme is also incorporated into the PSHE programme and supported by extended learning sessions as well as organised visits to relevant institutions. The careers area also provides specialist careers and personal development advice and at least one guidance interview is offered to each student while they are at St George. However many students will have several interviews during their time in school depending on their needs to include:
- CV writing
- Personal statements
- Work experience support
- Applications for post 16 provision
- Apprenticeship information
- Interview techniques
School also encourages pupils, parents/carers, teachers and employers to access the careers programme through the website and by contacting the Careers Lead or Careers Adviser as above. Update emails and messages are regularly sent to students, parents/carers and other parties to make them aware regarding relevant career related information. The Careers Adviser also has strong links with the local community, colleges and EBP South which means that all useful information is directed to the right audience maintaining the best use of all career related opportunities.
The school also measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme through participant feedback, SCC annual NEET figures, DFE NEET figures, Compass Assessment Tool and EBP South evaluation.
All information contained in section is reviewed annually at the start of the autumn term.
The Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance Policy (CEIAG) was published on the 23rd March 2018 and will be reviewed in March 2021.
Each Year 11 student has the opportunity of a one-to-one career interview. Students can request further interviews until they are confident in the choices they have made. These are essential for your son or daughter especially if they are unsure of what they wish to do after they leave St George.
During the autumn term students will have talks from local colleges and training providers during assembly. They will have access to prospectuses for all local colleges and sixth forms and be made aware of college/sixth form open evenings so they can visit all the local establishments to help them reach a decision.
A list of all local colleges and providers is shown below. It is important to visit as many of these as possible so that a fully informed decision can be made. It is also recommended that students visit the local colleges during Year 10 to help them feel confident about their choices going forward.
A careers evening is also put on during the Autumn term in school. This event is attended by local colleges/sixth forms, apprenticeship providers and other post-16 education providers.
Year 10 – Work Experience
Every student in Year 10 will have a two week work experience placement at the end of the summer term. This is an important part of the curriculum as students can develop and practice a new range of skills, helping them to become more confident in their own abilities.
Careers education is embedded into the curriculum for all students in Years 7, 8 & 9. Work related learning activities are arranged so that students are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential. We help each one develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. Enrichment days are organised to help
What are my options when I leave school?
What sort of questions will I be asked at an interview?
How do I write a Personal Statement?
How do I find an apprenticeship?
What about volunteering and gap year activities?
Questions to ask when visiting colleges and sixth forms
Useful Careers Websites
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/ - this is another excellent website offering careers information and tools for 11-19 year olds, all in one place
http://www.southampton.gov.uk/jobs/work-experience.aspx - Work experience is available within the council.
http://access-southampton.co.uk/ - Access Southampton provides essential information to help young people make important decisions about their future.
www.startprofile.com – U Explore is a new and free service to schools. Every journey has a beginning and this website has been developed to help students to find their path to jobs, courses and providers
http://sacu-student.com/?page - the Explore Tools and Spartan Test are particularly useful
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/ Main website for the National Careers Service, there are links to job profiles, CV writing and other careers information
www.apprenticeships.org.uk – The main National Apprenticeship website - students can register and apply for apprenticeship vacancies in their chosen occupation
www.prospects.ac.uk- a web-site to help match skills and personalities to over 400 job profiles.
www.16personalities.com/ - helps to explore your personality type, is completely free and gives an informative and detailed profile. Can also help when writing personal statements and CV’s.
www.youthnetsouthampton.org.uk/cv_creator/index.php – This is a local website with a really good CV creator and job information including a fortnightly jobs bulletin for young people.
www.allaboutcareers.com – all in one place, career exploration
https://hants.emsicc.com/ - Excellent "careers coach" website with real life job roles and labour market information.
Career Videos - Local Market Information
https://unistats.direct.gov.uk – for comparing UK higher education data
www.opendays.com – early information to help regarding universities
A level choices and what career they could lead to.
Alternatives to University
Local Colleges and Post-16 Provision
Peter Symonds College
Barton Peveril 6th Form College
Richard Taunton 6th Form College
Bitterne Park Sixth Form
St Anne’s School & 6th Form College
City College, Southampton
Fareham College and Cemast