As a school we have a statutory and moral duty to provide students in Years 8 to 13 with careers education, information, advice and guidance. This is extended in Hope Valley College to include Year 7.
Guidance takes place within the curriculum and with one to one interviews. You can request a careers meeting with our careers advisor, Kevin Lennox, at any time.
We are committed to providing you with:
- clear advice and information about ALL the options available, so that you understand what they involve
- support and guidance to help you make choices and complete a career plan for the future
- regular personal support on information on how well you are doing
- help to decide what to do when you leave your course, including further learning, training and employment
- a programme of careers education helping you develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning
- the opportunity to be involved in making decisions about things that effect your learning
- an opportunity to set out an individual learning plan, and
- an opportunity to learn about the world of work
Careers preparation is taught to all years within the College. As a snapshot of the curriculum, the main elements are:
Students are given access to information during lessons to help them understand what skills they might need in a variety of careers. Our Year 7 activities week aims to develop the wider skills required to be able to function within a work place. There is often a focus on team work, independent learning and creative thinking. CEIAG supports access to information and advice from an earlier age, enabling better informed decisions at transition stages. Careers work can also be seen to raise aspirations and improve motivation to participate in education or training as a lifelong development. Year 7 are also registered on our Careers platform – Uniforg – and have the opportunity to begin to record their progress with these skills.
This is extended to the matching of Careers information to personal strengths, skills and attributes in making realistic and well informed decisions about future careers, courses and pathways. CEIAG supports access to information and advice from an earlier age, enabling better informed decisions at transition stages. Careers work can also be seen to raise aspirations and improve motivation to participate in education or training as a life long development. Year 8 are registered on our careers platform – Unifrog – which can help to track the development of wider skills and activities. Year 8s also begin to consider specialising in particular curriculum areas and are given access to support in this decision-making process.
Students are supported through a range of careers activities to help consider what option choices they should be making for Key Stage 4. This is done through a range of engagements in curriculum areas, tutor and with parents.
We begin to explore different post 16 options and interview skills. Work Related Learning also starts as students complete work experience. Work related skills alongside financial and economic competency are further developed. It is our aim that all Year 10 students complete a work experience placement.
Apprenticeships and post 16 options are further explored, as are interview techniques and decision making. Awareness of the options available is a key area of study, as students begin to apply via the Common Application form. Work related skills alongside financial and economic competency are further developed.