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Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers education and guidance programmes play a major part in helping young people choose pathways that suit their interests, abilities and individual needs.  Our careers programme helps our students to plan and manage their careers effectively, ensuring progression which is ambitious and aspirational.  It promotes equality of opportunity, celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes. The programme is designed to meet the Gatsby benchmarks and conforms to statutory requirements.


 

Our Careers Lead is: Mr Davies:  rdavies@thespirescollege.com 

We also have a Careers Advisor: Ms Tunnard:  ttunnard@thespirescollege.com

Students can build and track their careers portfolio using the Unifrog platform. This platform allows students, staff and parents/carers the opportunity to access up-to-date careers information, guidance and advice on progressing to the next stage in their journey and for stakeholders to analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of the careers programme in line with the Gatsby benchmarks.

The college conducts ongoing evaluation and review of the careers provision. Details of which are available from the Careers Lead.

 


 
The Spires College - Careers progression framework and Careers Programme

The vision for the careers programme is for every student to 'be your best self'.

The careers programme has these strategic objectives:

  • Open students up to a range of career paths & opportunities (Gatsby Benchmarks: 2, 3, 5, 6)
  • Embed personalised aspirational careers guidance for each student (Gatsby Benchmarks: 3, 7, 8)
  • Allow staff to consistently incorporate meaningful and creative future planning into their engagement with students (within, but not exclusive to the curriculum) (Gatsby Benchmarks: 1, 4, 8)

 

Progression Framework Overview:

Careers education at The Spires College will be focused on a key theme each year that will build as students work through the college.

 Year 7Year 8Year 9Year10Year 11Year 12Year 13
FocusInspiration and AwarenessInspiration and PreparationDiscoverEvolveDecideSpecialise and ApplySpecialise and Apply
Enquiry Questions

Who am I?

Who Could I become?

Who am I? Who could I become?

How do I get there?

Where can my subjects and skill-set take me?How can I sell my best self?Where am I going?To what extent am I future ready?What is my next step?
Aim

To raise student awareness of the wide range of careers and pathways available regardless of background.

To develop self-awareness of skill-sets and opportunities for future planning.

To equip students with information to prepare them to make informed decisions about their GCSE options.

To reflect on and further develop self-awareness of skill-sets and opportunities for future planning.

Students discover careers and career development.

To reflect on and further develop self-awareness of skill-sets and opportunities for future planning.

Students will develop specific, targeted work-related skills.Students will demonstrate a decisive and proactive attitude to post 16 options.Students will identify a range of post 18 options related to their studies.Students will demonstrate a decisive, proactive and informed attitude to post 18 options.

 

A printable version of the careers programme is available to download via the following link:

Careers Programme

 
 

 

The Career Pilot website is a really useful resource for students when thinking about and planning their future.  You can use the following links to get to different parts of the Career Pilot website:

Choices at 16:

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/information/your-choices-at-16

 

Choices at 18:

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/information/your-choices-at-18

 

Explore jobs and careers:

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors

 

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Year 11 UK University Apprenticeship Virtual Fair LetterYear 12 & 13 UK University Apprenticeship Virtual Fair LetterUK University Apprenticeship poster

UK University Apprenticeship poster

 

Our Careers Policy and Education and Training Provider Access Policy can be found on the Policies page of this website, via the link below:

http://www.thespirescollege.com/about/policies