Careers Education and Guidance

Litcham School Careers Information and Guidance (CIAG) Policy – 2018-19

At Litcham School we work hard to try and make what we do as relevant as possible to the world of work. Within lessons, teachers consciously try to include the skills and knowledge which employers look for.

Careers education is delivered in a variety of ways:

Year 8

Visiting Speakers programme

We have a series of speakers over the course of the year who come and talk to our students about what they do and how they got to do it. Our 2017-18 programme included:

  • Matt Lennie from Hewlett Packard, talking about the ‘Internet of Things’
  • Rosemary Nolan from UEA talking about her career in science
  • Bridget Slade, on how she became a Land Agent
  • Peter Samain, on his international career in Engineering
  • Dr Anna Keay, on her career as a historian and Director of the Landmark Trust
  • Darren Owen, on his career in engineering with the RAF

Year 9

Careers Networking

We offer all of our Year 9 students the opportunity to network with a huge range of professionals on our Networking Day. Last year saw more than 30 people from a wide variety of backgrounds meet with our students and answer their questions on how to break into their career paths.

Year 10

Sector networking events

Students have the opportunity to follow up on the networking they did in Year 9 with a series of sector-specific networking events, including Construction, the Care Sector, Financial services, etc

Work Experience

At the end of Year 10, all of our students have the opportunity to undertake work experience. Although most students find their own placements, school has helped many students find suitable placements if they struggle to make suitable network contacts. For 2018- 19, the work experience will be the two weeks from 8th to 19th July.

We believe that providing pupils with work experience helps to develop key skills for the future work place and improve confidence to face the challenges presented by school, further education work and life.

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Social skills
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Working with others

Year 11

At the beginning of Year 11 all of our students will be helped to log on to Help You Choose, the Norfolk website they need to make college applications.

By the end of December, all of our students should have made an application for a college place. To help them do this, we have a Post-16 Careers Evening in September, and a Carousel of college and Sixty Form providers to help them make the most informed choice possible.

In addition, we work with Beacons East to provide independent Careers information, advice and guidance. Our Careers Adviser, Belinda Ladds, is available every week in school.

SOME ESSENTIAL WEBSITES FOR CAREERS RESEARCH                                  

Apprenticeships Norfolk: One stop shop providing everything you need to know about apprenticeship opportunities in Norfolk. www.apprenticeshipsnorfolk.org

Bestcourse4me: Explore ideas by career area or subject choice. Very useful section entitled ‘don’t know what career you want!’ www.bestcourse4me.com

Careers Box: Largest online careers film and video library. Real people with real jobs helping young people, students and teachers. www.careersbox.co.uk 

Complete University Guide: Excellent uni advice alternative to UCAS. www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk

Gap Advice: Independent gap year travel advice, information, help and ideas on projects and placements. www.gapadvice.org

Help You Choose: Information, advice and careers guidance website for young people in Norfolk supporting year 8/9 options, 6th Form & College courses, apprenticeships and much more. www.helpyouchoose.org

I can be a… Website designed to educate you in the massive spectrum of opportunities available in Norfolk & Suffolk. Provides you with information about the most important industries in the East as well as a direct links with key companies. www.icanbea.org.uk

icould: Inspirational website offering encouragement and careers discovery though film. www.icould.com

National Apprenticeships: Everything you need to know about accessing apprenticeships, qualifications and training. www.getingofar.gov.uk     www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

National Careers Service: Online careers advice offering guidance via web chat/phone/text/e mail at any time. Useful tools on improving skills e.g. choices at 16, job profiles, skills checker, CVs, cover letters, interview techniques and much more. www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Not going to uni: Advise and support for people who have decided not to go to uni. www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

Pods4jobs: Access to a fantastic video library showcasing hundreds of jobs across a wide range of sectors. www.pods4jobs.co.uk

Prospects: Advice on careers, work experience, internships and course planning. www.prospects.ac.uk

PUSH: The leading independent guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, open days, student finance…www.push.co.uk

The Student Room: Student community providing advice on exams stress/preparation and next steps. www.thestudentroom.co.uk

UCAS: University application and advice on higher education courses. www.ucas.com

What Uni.Com: Independent advice and support on choosing the right uni and course suited for you.  www.whatuni.com

ULAS: Website which provides our students with a format for writing CV’s and personal statements. https://ulas.co.uk

Please follow link to access the essential websites for careers research list USEFUL CAREERS WEBSITES 2018 (1)