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Careers

Careers and Higher Education

Careers and Enterprise


At Altrincham College we are committed to providing a planned programme of impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and enterprise education for all students across Years 7 – 13.

Our careers programme follows the guidance from the Gatsby benchmarks. The benchmarks are implemented into our strategy and into the delivery of our careers education:


CDI Framework

We use the Careers Development Institute (CDI) framework to map and audit the overall provision of careers, employability and enterprise learning in the curriculum. 

The three key aims of Careers Education are for students to understand themselves and the influences on them (self-development), investigate opportunities in learning and work (career exploration), develop a range of skills to make progress and manage change (career management).

The table below provides a brief outline of the careers provision students will experience in each year group.  The programme is personalised and differentiated to ensure relevance and progress in students' learning, development and knowledge.


Altrincham College Careers and Enterprise Programme – 2019/2020

Year 7

During PHSE lessons (summer term) and form time (all year):

  • Awareness of useful career websites (career exploration).
  • Understand the career choices that are open to you.
  • Exploring your employability skills. (self-development).
  • Where will I be in 10 years?
  • Introduction to Labour Market Information (LMI) – shows trends in employment sectors and recruitment patterns. All the information provided links specifically to Greater Manchester and it may help you to form your career decisions.
  • Form time resources: employability skills, career exploration linked PHSE topics, gender stereotypes, apprenticeships, LMI.
  • Connexions Careers adviser introduction. (summer term).

In extra-curricular time:

  • Enterprise opportunities – design and produce a product
Year 8

 

During PHSE lessons (summer term) and form time (all year):

  • Awareness of useful career websites (career exploration).
  • Exploring your employability skills. (self-development)
  • Awareness of what your strengths are and how to use them.
  • Which job will match my strengths and what do I need to work on.
  • Money management:  what is money, what is it used for and how does it change in value?
  • To have an increased awareness of which career opportunities are open to me.
  • Explore career gender stereotypes
  • Labour Market Information (LMI) – shows trends in employment sectors and recruitment patterns. All the information provided links specifically to Greater Manchester and it may help you to form your career decisions.
  • Form time resources:  employability skills, career exploration linked PHSE topics, gender stereotypes, apprenticeships, LMI.
  • Connexions Careers adviser introduction. (summer term).

In extra-curricular time:

  • Enterprise opportunities – design and produce a product.
Year 9

 

During form time and drop-down lessons (all year):

  • Why should someone employ me? (self- development)
  • Where to get career information from (career exploration).
  • What makes me employable.
  • Career gender stereotypes.
  • Labour Market Information (LMI) – shows trends in employment sectors and recruitment patterns. All the information provided links specifically to Greater Manchester and it may help you to form your career decisions.
  • My options: 6th form, college, apprenticeships, higher degree apprenticeships, university.
  • Connexions careers adviser talks: assistance and guidance in choosing GCSE options.
  • Money management.
  • CV development.
  • Options assemblies, curriculum evening, options booklet linked to careers and LMI.

In extra-curricular time:

  • Enterprise opportunities – design and produce a product
Year 10 

During form time (all year):

  • Why should someone employ me? (self- development)
  • Where to get career information from (career exploration).
  • What makes me employable.
  • Career gender stereotypes.
  • Labour Market Information (LMI) – shows trends in employment sectors and recruitment patterns. All the information provided links specifically to Greater Manchester and it may help you to form your career decisions.
  • My options:  6th form, college, apprenticeships, higher degree apprenticeships, university.
  • Money management.
  • CV development.
  • Careers events and open days advertised.
  • Possible attendance to a trip to Skills City Careers event at Event City.
  • Opportunity to find, apply and attend Work Experience self-placement.
  • CV, interview and job application workshops.
  • Meeting with Connexions advisor in summer term.
  • Post-16 options talks with Trafford Connexions during form time from Easter.
  • Complete Greater Manchester life readiness survey.                                                                     
Year 11
  • Regular talks from Connexions Careers adviser - at least two meetings to discuss their plans and support with application forms.
  • Practicalities of making applications.
  • Further exploration of options.
  • Mock interview morning – each student is interviewed by an external employer and provided with feedback.
  • Drop in talks and assemblies from The Growth Company about apprenticeships.
  • Advertisements of open days for colleges and other training providers.
  • CV writing support.
  • Form time resources:  employability skills, career exploration linked PHSE topics, gender stereotypes, apprenticeships, LMI.
Year 12
  • Work Experience Introduction by Our Futures.
  • Work Experience placement display board – to show which companies have availability.
  • Value of Work Experience workshop.
  • 1 to 1 Post-18 Option meetings.
  • Apprenticeships – alternatives to University.
  • Information shared about degree apprenticeships.
  • Promotion of University Open Days.
  • Post-18 Options Talk for Parents/Carers and students, introduction from the Head of Sixth Form with talks from Skills Solutions and Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Introduction to writing personal statements workshop.
  • Yr12 visit to Edge Hill and UA92 universities.
  • Young Enterprise Enrichment Group:  trips to venues to sell their products, dragons den and showcase event including delivering company report and a presentation to YE judges.
  • Manchester University – discovery days – shared with students.
  • YipiYap talk – gap year information.
  • Employers delivering career/apprenticeship talks.
  • One form time a week dedicated to career content.
  • University representatives present at parents' evenings.
  • Meet all Y12 students to complete a proforma – discussing their thoughts post-18 plans and  interests.
  • Introduction to UCAS: Registering and completing UCAS application.
  • Trip to University and Apprenticeship fair.
  • University visits / 1:1 support from admission staff.
Year 13
  • 1:1 UCAS personal statement guidance and support with UCAS Adviser
  • Apprenticeship Provider Visits.
  • Student Finance Talk.
  • Barclays Life skills Talk
  • Manchester University – discovery days – shared with students.
  • UCAS offers display board. 
  • Connexions - 1:1 meetings with students considering apprenticeships.
  • YipiYap talk – gap year information.
  • Employers delivering career/apprenticeship talks.
  • Information shared about degree apprenticeships.
  • ‘Preparing for Results Day, UCAS Clearing and Adjustment talk
  • One form time a week dedicated to career content.
  • Universities present at parents' evenings.
  • 1:1 support sessions for personal statement writing with Manchester Metropolitan University.

Our careers curriculum policy is reviewed and updated on an annual basis.  More information about this policy can be found on our policies page.

In addition, all students have open access and individual timetabled meetings with Anne Parkins, our independent Connexions Personal Advisor.   Anne holds the Level 6 Postgraduate Diploma (1&2) in Careers Guidance.  Anne is based in the Careers Office in main school. 

Trafford Connexions Careers Service hold the Matrix Award-quality award for information advice and guidance.  

Altrincham College is proud to have achieved a National Quality Award for Careers Education; the Inspiring Information, Advice and Guidance Gold (IAG) Award, now accredited for a third time in 2017.