Our Careers Programme 2019/20
Our careers programme is designed to inform and inspire the next steps for our students. As a college, it is important to us to provide information to all of our students about all the possible routes they can take. For this reason our careers programme includes an array of activities and opportunities that advise on higher education, apprenticeships, the world of work, gap years, the armed forces and work with training. Below is a summary of our careers programme.
The Futures Team
Summary of our careers programme
|Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term|
|Route 3||1:1 career meetings – with our level 6 qualified Careers Advisors||Mock interviews – with external employers from an array of sector backgrounds||Variety of work skills workshops including CV writing, developing work competencies and positive attitude|
|Lower Sixth||Progress review days – Talks and information from Higher Education institutes, providers of Apprenticeships and local employers||Careers marketplace event – an opportunity to work with fellow students and local employers to develop work competencies||Programme of information talks – ‘Next steps after college’|
|Upper Sixth||Progress review days – Talks and information from Higher Education institutes, providers of Apprenticeships and local employers||Building Futures Evening with careers fair||Programme of information talks – ‘Next steps after college’|
To book an appointment please click the link below. Please be advised all meetings should be scheduled in a DST slot. You cannot book a meeting at a scheduled lesson time. If are struggling to find a suitable time slot please email email@example.com and we can find you a slot. Thank you!
To view the full Careers Programme click here
Our careers programme is reviewed annually at the end of the academic year.
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Blackpool Old Road
What are the Gatsby Benchmarks?
- A stable careers programme
Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.
2. Learning from career and labour market information
Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
5. Encounters with employers and employees
Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
6. Experiences of workplaces
Every pupil should have first-hand experiences* of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
7. Encounters with Further and Higher Education
All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
8. Personal Guidance
Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.
How does Blackpool Sixth meet the Gatsby Benchmarks?
Good careers education advice, information and guidance allows our students to make informed choices throughout their transitional stages. In addition quality careers guidance inspires students and allows them to experience and investigate their next steps in a safe and nurturing environment. The Gatsby Benchmarks provides a framework as to what a good careers provision should look like. In addition to assessing the college against the Gatsby Benchmarks we also measure impact of our careers provision through destination, retention and attainment data.