At Highcrest we believe Careers Education Advice Information and Guidance (usually abbreviated to CEIAG) should equip young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to plan and manage their individual pathways through learning and work on a lifelong basis.
In order to achieve this we will:
- Help students make decisions about the options for learning that they will face both in school and when they leave.
- Help students to manage the transition onto the next stages of education, training and employment.
Aims of CEIAG at Highcrest:
- To enable students to understand themselves and develop their capabilities.
- To enable students to investigate careers and opportunities.
- To enable students to understand and develop the skills that employers tell us they need.
We will achieve these aims through:
- One-to-one interviews with external specialist advisers from Learning to Work - a specialist careers advice charity which workswith the school to provide impartial, personal advice and a programme of activities for every year group.
- Our Careers Education programme which takes place as part of our innovative “Life Lessons” programme
- The Bridge to Employment Programme run in partnership with Johnson & Johnson
- Careers information and guidance which can be obtained through Mr Evans, our Careers Leader and Resource Centre Manager.
- Through ICT programmes on the school network: Fast Tomato and eClips. These are free to students and their parents and can be accessed either in school or at home. To access Fast Tomato,students can log in using their school e-mail address and the school code YHSS. The access eClips, the school access code is HighcrestA16
- Sessions with staff and external professionals talking about their career experiences..
- External visits to places of work and exhibitions such as The Bucks Skills Show, HealthTec and a range of local businesses
- Support for UCAS applications and visits to a UCAS Fair and liaison with local Universities
- Young Enterprise and Princes’ Trust competitions to raise awareness of entrepreneurial activity.
- Working collaboratively with local businesses and other organisations such as the Local Enterprise Partnership to support the curriculum and to link between academic study and the practical applications of that study.
- Talks from higher education providers.
- Regular communication with parents to update them and inform them of new developments ,activities and resources using the Highcrest website, “Highcrest Highlights “ weekly newsletter and Highcrest social media channels
Highcrest Current Careers Programme:
How we measure and assesses the impact of the careers programme on our pupils:
The full impact of a structured ongoing careers programme which covers multiple years of education is not always immediately apparent but there is now a substantial body of research which demonstrates the value and impact of a careers education programme based on the Gatsby Benchmarks: we are sowing seeds and developing skills and that take time for the full impact to be evident.
- Highcrest’s CEIAG provision was reviewed as part of an Ofsted inspection in March 2020. The Inspectors said “There is an extensive careers provision between Year 8 and Year 13. Pupils have access to impartial careers advice. They also take part in events involving leaders from local and national industries. In Year 12, students take part in courses organised by employers. These include learning about internships and visiting foreign countries on fact-finding trips. The school’s high- quality careers provision means that pupils are well prepared for the next stages of their education.”
- We work with external partners including members of the local business community, an Enterprise Adviser who is MD of a local business (ANT Telecom) and Bucks Business First who provide challenge, feedback and support and make sure that what we provide for our students is what businesses tell us they need.
- Highcrest is afounding member of the Bucks Careers Hub so we share best practice and share resources and training with other Careers Leaders in member schools.
- Our Careers Leader who has recently completed the CDI Careers Leader course (the first person in the UK to complete the CDI course) critically evaluates CEIAG provision in Highcrest to ensure interventions are of a high quality and represent value for money. This includes sample checking the individual advice and guidance that is provided by our external partners and ensuring we only work with Level 6 qualified practitioners and MATRIX assured providers.
- Student feedback is sought on individual programmes and activities. This can vary from a simple questionnaire for a one- off event to establish the impact of a particular intervention to detailed academic research by The University of Derby who evaluated the Bridge to Employment programme.
- We discuss events and activities with the external service providers and businesses to identify improvements for future iterations of the same type of activity.
- The school enters a number of competitive career and enterprise- based events each year and so we can measure what we do against other schools. Highcrest has a strong and consistent record of success in these events such as The Big Bucks Sales Challenge, The Princes Trust Entrepreneurial Challenge and Young Enterprise competitions.
- This widget helps you to find out about careers in different employment sectors, the jobs that might be available in future and how much you could earn.
BeReady Online Skills Platform
Highcrest students now have access to BeReady, a fantastic new on-line platform designed to make sure all our students are given the opportunity to fulfil their true potential. The BeReady platform helps prepare students for their next step in life, whether they decide to move into the world of work, or onto university.
We want everyone to have access to these great resources, so students have been automatically enrolled onto the platform by Highcrest and have been sent their personal login details by e-mail from BeReady to enable them to create their individual account. This will enable students to track their personal progress, set targets and access their certificates.
You will find a huge range of topics that will be of benefit benefit-both immediately and in the future: from communications skills to self-confidence and resilience as well as information about the world of work and higher education.
It contains a wide range of accredited learning courses, recognised by employers, which will boost CVs or university applications. The platform also provides students with a wealth of content to help them develop the life skills they may not gain through academic learning alone.
Students who spend even just 20 minutes a week learning will gain the skills to truly get ahead.
Make the most of this fantastic free resource, we recommend that you log in to see what’s available. Click here for instructions which help you access the platform.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Evans, Highcrest’s Careers Leader, EvansR@highcrestacademy.org.uk
Other Sections of the Highcrest Website that Contain Careers- Related Information:
Please also have a look at:
- Young Enterprise
- Bridge to Employment
- Apprenticeships information for Sixth Form
- Year 8 Option Choice Guidance
- UCAS Applications
Personal Careers Guidance:
All students in Year 11 and Year 12 and some students from other years receive personal, one-to –one careers advice sessions with specialist, qualified careers advisers from Learning to Work. The sessions are timetabled automatically. Parents are e-mailed to let them know when their child has a session. Each student receives a written plan setting out future actions to help them pursue their ambitions. Additional guidance sessions are scheduled if needed. Students in other years can arrange for personal sessions by contacting Mr Evans or Mrs Jubainville in the Learning Resource Centre. Mr Evans is also happy to speak with parents by prior appointment if they would like advice and information.
Highcrest has recently subscribed to Unifrog. This is a software tool to ensure efficient management and student support at all stages of the university application process but it also offers much more than that. Unifrog has a wide range of careers resources for all Year Groups it doesn’t just cover Universities. It has online information and training covering revision tips, well-being, subject support, skills development, cv writing and alternative paths such as Apprenticeships.This will be available to students within the next few weeks.
FutureLearnCareers, has advice to help match career choices to education and skills and suggestions for short ,free courses you can study that will help develop your subject knowledge or specific skills to help you polish the skills needed to support your career ambitions.
Careers Resources for Parents and Carers:
You will find detailed information here from the National Careers Service. The National Careers Service also offer telephone advice service and you can find details of that here. Every year they offer a GCSE and A Level exam results helpline. Their Parent Guide is here.
Challenging Gender Stereotyping
It is very important that girls make their career choices freely, without being hampered by stereotypes, so that they can take whichever route appeals to their interests and ambitions. There is a detailed parent toolkit from The Department of Equality here to help parents discuss this with their daughters
Work and Training Opportunities:
We will post details of any work and skills development opportunities that we are aware of here. They will also be publicised via the school social media channels and in the weekly Parent Bulletin.
Register here for access to the latest local work experience, apprenticeships and full and part time job opportunities.
www.oppsinbucks.org - This is the online platform for the Bucks Skills Hub and is supported by a range of external organisations including the Local Enterprise Partnership and Local Authorities. We work with them closely to support careers education at Highcrest. The aim is for schools, colleges and businesses to work together to prepare our young people for career choices and help them to develop skills for the workplace.
Springpod has a range of virtual Work Experience and Industry Insights opportunities- at the time of writing this, there were opportunities with BT, Vodafone, Nestle, the NHS and others in Law, Journalism and Finance. Plese check the site regularly as many of the opportunities have application deadlines and new opportunities are posted regularly.
The Highcrest Academy is committed to ensuring our students have access to the widest possible range of information and support to help them plan their future careers. We see apprenticeships as an essential component of this. For many students an apprenticeship where they can earn while they learn is a great alternative to traditional University applications. There are now an increasing number of higher and degree apprenticeships that give students the skills, knowledge and experience to ensure a successful career and they end up with a degree or other higher- level qualification but no debt.
Highcrest’s Careers Leader, Mr Evans, is an Apprenticeship Champion registered with the National Apprenticeship Service. The Academy works with a range of external businesses and agencies to raise awareness of the exciting and credible range of opportunities offered by apprenticeships. There are currently published standards for 541 different types of apprenticeship qualifications ranging from golf course greenkeepers to air traffic controllers and from nursing to visual effects technicians on films with more than 200 more being prepared.
There are now official specifications for a broad range of Apprenticeships in different sectors to ensure their quality. You can check them on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website which also has details of the new T-Levels qualification.
Start here for a general overview:
This is the Government Apprenticeship Website
It has a wealth of information. Students are encouraged to visit this website and register their interest in apprenticeships and search for suitable opportunities.
Other sources of information on Apprenticeships:
A comprehensive website with sections for parents and students. It includes a library of video interviews with employers and their apprentices and a section with details of the latest apprenticeship vacancies. Sessions include broadcasts from major companies involved in Accountancy, Law, Healthcare, IT, Construction, Financial Services, Retail, Hospitality and Engineering
Most people think this is only for University applications, but it has now been expanded to include a wealth of other material including information about alternatives to Universities, apprenticeships, student finance and resources to help you find a perfect career.
QA specialise in Apprenticeships the world of technology and business. Interested in cyber security, IT systems, web development, digital marketing, business administration or data analysis? Have a look at their website. Apprenticeship opportunities in these sectors are offered along with general advice and guidance.
Includes Industry Guides, a “Top 100” Employer List based on student feedback and a free downloadable Guide to Careers Options
Business tell us that while academic qualifications are obviously important, they are particularly interested in students who have what people refer to as “Soft Skills”. We prefer to call them “Power Skills”. Students who spend time developing these behavioural skills will be best placed to succeed in future whatever path they choose. An IBM Global Survey identified that top four skills employers valued most highly and thought were critical for members of today’s workforce were all behavioural skills:
- Willingness to be adaptable, agile and flexible to change
- Time management skills and ability to prioritise
- Ability to work efficiently in a team environment
- Ability to communicate effectively in a business context.
We offer opportunities linked to the curriculum and extra- curricular activities like Bridge to Employment and Young Enterprise to help students learn and practice these skills. Students also meet and receive presentations from professionals from a range of different businesses so they can gain an appreciation of how those skills apply in practice.
Highcrest subscribes to Unifrog has a wide range of resources to help our students develop the skills businesses tell us they need: the “Power Skills” that will help students realise their careers ambitions.
There are also number of online resources which will help you build these skills. Highcrest is proud of its partnership with BeReady which gives Highcrest students exclusive access to a range of online micro-courses on a range of skills including communication, networking, presentation skills and negotiation. Students should have received a personal e-mail inviting them to sign up.
Has an extensive selection of on-line advice and short training courses including how to prepare for an interview (including virtual interview practice), how to write a cv, communication and interpersonal skills, adaptability, problem solving and confidence building. Build up points by working through the modules to unlock opportunities.
- The Youth Employment UK website has downloadable booklets and a workbook called “Looking for Work: A Guide for Young People” packed with clear info, useful advice and nuggets of wisdom from the experts that make job hunting that little bit easier. It covers
- What Are Employers Looking For?
- How Do Businesses Recruit?
- Developing Your Skills
- The Young Professional
- The Skills Builder Framework
- Different Jobs Require Different Skills
- Developing Your Young Professional Brand
- Job Hunting
- CV Writing, Cover Letters & Online Job Applications
- Interview Preparation
- Dealing with Rejection
- Accepting a Job Offer – What Next?
It takes around six hours to work through all the material. You can do small sections over a few weeks and it will be time well spent. If you are 14 or over, you can also register as a Young Professional to receive a regular newsletter and access to skills development opportunities.
Jobhero has a series of links to a variety of online tools including aptitude tests and online skills tests as well as more general careers advice. Please note that some of the material is from third parties and may require payment to access it.
- CV Writing
How do you capture relevant experience and skills on your CV in order to stand out from the competition? Zety have produced a helpful guide on this topic - look at this article which explores CV writing tips, with advice on how to overhaul and refine your CV. You can also find advice in their list of key skills to include on a CV, with tips on how to highlight your most marketable abilities.
It is always good to look at a number of different resources when writing a CV to find the one that suits you best. LiveCareer has help and guidance.
How to craft a stellar CV - advice, samples and a professional template to help you create a polished document
Best examples of CV formatting - the essential dos and don’ts and other advice to help you create a great-looking CV
How to write an outstanding cover letter- with in-depth, step-by-step analysis to help you craft an outstanding cover letter that will separate you from the competition
- Psychometric and Reasoning or Aptitude Tests
Many companies now use these tests as part of their recruitment process. There are a wide range of tests that measure different things. It depends what sort of skills or the type of person the employer needs. It is a good idea to understand what these are and how to prepare for them rather than encountering it for the first time when you apply for a job. You are also likely to meet something like this if you apply for an apprenticeship.
Practice Reasoning Tests offer some free practice examples and some explanations for a range of tests. Please note however that some of the content on that site is not free and there are also links to other linked websites that may also offer paid-for content.
123test.com offer a range of free tests which may help you with your career choice, understand the roles for which you may be best suited or to prepare for the sort of tests that are now increasingly being used by employers. Please note that while most of the content is free, some of the premium content comes at a cost.
We recommend that students subscribe personally to Careermap Newsletter. This is a free resource. This will help students and their parents or carers to keep up to date with all the latest news and information on the world of work and higher education. Each edition focuses on a different employment sector. It also contains more general articles to help with writing personal statements and UCAS applications.
What jobs are available in Buckinghamshire?
Click on links for information about the Local Labour Market in Buckinghamshire and surrounding areas including Oxfordshire, the South East, London and The Thames Valley. Find out what sort of jobs are available and what there might be in the future.
Highcrest is excited to announce the launch of the new Bucks Skills Hub website – a one-stop shop for all skills and career-related advice in Buckinghamshire.
This website is the first of its kind in Buckinghamshire and is designed to inspire, support and inform career seekers, career changers and educators. The website highlights job possibilities in key sectors across Buckinghamshire and shows 1000s of live jobs. It is also full of the latest resources and advice on career choices, skills development and recruitment, as well as redundancy support.
There are now a range of podcasts covering careers and personal motivation. The following have recently been recommended by the National Literacy Trust. The National Literacy Trust also has a Careers Section on their website.
This podcast explores how we can put kindness and compassion at the heart of business. Joined by guests including Bryony Gordon and Greggs CEO, Roger Whiteside, Mary Portas explains how we all have the power to change the world of work.
Each week Girlboss CEO Sophie Amoruso sits down for a conversation with an inspirational woman, who shares their tips for building a successful career or building their own business. With interviews featuring Jameela Jamil and Emily Weiss, to name a few.
Social media influencer Jenna Kutcher shares her stories, tips and tricks on how to transform your passion into a profitable business. This podcast focuses on productivity and career development.
Adrienne Herbert’s Power Hour is a motivational podcast to help you make the most of your time and how to find success. The podcasts include interviews with industry experts and change makers.
Creative coach Jen Carrington provides amazing advice that will leave you feeling inspired and ready to kick start your career. Each podcast is bite sized at around 5-10 minutes long and filled with top tips that will help you to build a successful career.
Hosts Sarah Ellis and Helen Tupper tackle the question “Want to have a happy career and love your job but not sure where to start?” Featuring top tips on how to kick start your dream job alongside interviews from inspirational leaders.
Interested in a particular subject or sector and want to know what sort of careers might exist? Try looking at the websites linked here.
Anything we have missed that may be useful for our students? Please let Mr Evans know (EvansR@highcrestacademy.org.uk) and he will include it.
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The iCould website has the popular Buzz Quiz (recently used by our Year 8 students)- a short easy to use psychometric test to identify the types of jobs that may suit you. It also has a “Courses to Careers Tool” which helps students explore how subject choices link to careers options and has over 1,000 “real life” videos with people talking about their job and connecting subjects to specific jobs.
Success at School has information organised into “Career Zones”. You can find information on 33 different zones here. There are also Industry Spotlights. This website does carry some advertising content from third parties.
There are also a wide range of videos online including
- Nine to Five with Stacey Dooley on BBC iPlayer where groups of 16 year- olds are taken on work experience trips.
- The WOW Show is a live online channel creating real-life encounters with the world of work to inspire young people about their futures. It won “Careers Provider of the Year” at the annual Careers Excellence Awards in 2019.
- CareersBox has a wide range of videos including some on careers in the music industry and as a professional footballer.
- CoursesOnline, and is a hub for guidance covering career paths in many different industries. Click on the subject you are interested in and a range of 'How to Become' guides relevant to that industry appear. These guides are all broadly structured the same way, covering what a role entails, the qualifications needed for it, the potential earnings and alternative career pathways that may be followed.
There are also websites specialising in particular subjects. These are great for careers guidance but also for building up your knowledge about a particular subject to complement your studies and read beyond what you are taught at school. This really helps when you are applying for University courses, Apprenticeships or jobs. Admissions tutors at Universities and employers will expect you to demonstrate your interest in a subject and keep up to date with the latest developments.
The world will be a very different place in the future- many careers that will exist then are only just developing. Look here for some predictions of what the future job market might look like.
- The Army has many different types of careers available for example combat, engineering, HR, finance and support, logistics, IT, medical and music. A Browse Roles tool helps you explore what is available.
- The Royal Air Force has a Find Your Role tool which is like the one on the Army website and again offers information on a wide range of opportunities.
- The Royal Navy also offers similar resources here
- The Royal Society of Biology website has a section offering advice and exploring careers in Biology.
AMT, a specialist financial training company has recently published the career guide entitled ‘How to get into investment banking: what you need to know' The guide provides insight into what it takes to start in the industry and career job prospects available. It also covers the needed skills, qualifications and experience, and how these can be attained.
- The ICAEW website has a section explaining the routes into becoming a chartered accountant and videos from accountancy professionals explaining the types of work they do.
- The ACCA website has videos explaining the different types of roles in business and finance
- You can find out about routes into investment management here and explanations of roles such as sales and marketing, investment management, legal and technology.
- The Pearson Business School offers a variety of business -related degrees and apprenticeships including Business Management, Law and Accounting.
- The Chartered Institute of Marketing has information on careers in marketing including Apprenticeships.
- The Royal Society of Chemistry website has an advice section on exploring careers in chemistry.
- The Society of Cosmetic Scientists has information and case studies on careers in the cosmetic science industry.
- Prospects has information and guidance on many industry sectors including profiles of 27 different types of roles in the IT Sector which you can find here
- QA specialise in digital and tech apprenticeships in the UK. So, if you want a career in these areas look here.
- Discover Creative Careers is a website for a wide range of creative industries. Here you will find information on working in theatre, film and TV, video game production, design, fashion, advertising, social media and many others.
- Buckinghamshire has strong connections with the creative industries. The National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield offers a range of world leading courses in Film, TV and Games design. Pinewood Studios is a major employer, but you should note Pinewood does not directly employ film and tv production staff.
- The Screenskills website has a careers section with advice on working in Film, TV, games, animation and special effects.
- The Knowledge Centre at Creative and Cultural Skills has case studies and industry insights into careers in creative occupations like brand design, marketing, textile design and lighting and sound design.
- The Institute of Engineering and Technology has information about current engineering jobs and also, a very good section with over 200 short articles giving careers related guidance and support much of which will be of general interest to students even if they are not interested in engineering.
- You can explore careers in construction on the Go Construct website which is funded by the Construction Industry Training Board.
- You can find a range of videos here from TV Science presenter Dallas Campbell looking at how engineering impacts on our everyday lives.
- Tomorrow’s Engineers has a downloadable parents’ guide to Engineering Careers
- Technicians Make it Happen has sections for pre and post GCSE students and details of the wide range of opportunities across a wide range of industry.
- The career guide titled ‘How to Become A Construction Manager’ has been produced by The Herts Tool Company to help young people who may be interested in working in construction learn more about the ins and outs of the industry. The guide outlines the responsibilities of a construction manager, required qualifications and skills, average salary and career progression opportunities.
- Find out here about life as a teacher or alternatively ask your teacher!
- The National Careers Service has information about other jobs in education.
- English degree graduates can be found in more- or- less every industry, filling a variety of roles – from editor to academic, and legal advisor to manager. Find out more here.
- The NHS website has information on the 350 different job roles within the NHS and a “Find Your Career” tool which helps you find a job that may suit you. Health Education England has similar guidance but also looks at roles outside the NHS in the wider Health and Social care Sector.
- Skills for Care has advice on careers in caring.
- You can download a brochure exploring careers in the NHS here.
- Students interested in a career as a doctor can find support and guidance here from Generation Medics.
- Medmentor has lots of online advice about careers in medicine and medical school applications - details of what they offer are summarised here
- Specific information on Nursing from the NHS can be found here. Students over 13 can register to receive information matching their area of interest
- If you prefer animals to people, then you can find details of a range of careers in veterinary science here
- Find out about careers paths in law from LawCareers.net. You can download a series of helpful booklets, learn about the range of jobs in the legal profession and watch videos in which legal professionals talk about the type of work they do.
- The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives has guidance for students who a non-university route to qualification as a lawyer including apprenticeships.
- Paralegal roles and the difference between solicitors and paralegal qualifications are explained on the National Association of Licensed Paralegals website.
- This overview of a career in family law explains what it takes to start in the industry and career job prospects available. It is written by Katherine Rayden a Senior Partner in Raydens Solicitors in St Albans. It also covers the needed skills, qualifications and experience, and how these can be attained.
- The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications has an eNewsletter. It is aimed at 16 – 19 year- olds who are interested in mathematics. It aims to keep readers up to date with mathematical news, people, and activities. It features careers that make use of mathematics, mathematics in use in the real world, mathematical history, competitions, and much more.
- Plus.Maths.org has a series of videos showing how maths impacts on our day to day life and the types of careers mathematicians can follow. My recent favourites include one on cyber- crime and another on the mathematics of doughnuts! It also has a section of maths puzzles and maths- based strategy games for those who want to test their skills and Maths in a Minute explaining key maths concepts
- The Institute of Physics has a careers section with advice on careers in physics
- The Fashion Retail Academy, offers route to a career in fashion retail. They offer one- or two-year Diploma courses and two year accelerated Degrees across a range of head office roles including Buying, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, Design, Digital, Merchandising and Retail Management.
- The advice centre at JobsRetail contains articles with helpful tips, how-to guides and CV templates. Written by career experts to help your job search and ensuring you get the most from your career.
- The Wycombe Wanderers Education Trust offers a range of activities and resources to support careers in sport.
- You can also find information about degree courses in sports related subjects at UFCB. They offer degrees in football coaching, PE and Sports Psychology and qualifications related to business aspects of sport such as Stadium and Event Management, Marketing and Media and Sports Law and Finance.
- If you are thinking of studying abroad, Studee have created a free resource, The ultimate guide to studying abroad as a UK student to help students understand the process of choosing a university overseas.
More Detailed Research:
This is a small selection of recent reports looking at careers education, the future of employment and skills development
- The City and Guilds Great Expectations report examines the career aspirations of teenagers and how they compare to the reality of the UK jobs market.
- The Gatsby Organisation is a charitable foundation that produced an influential report on Careers Education in Schools over six years ago. It set out a series of benchmarks that continue to inform government policy in careers guidance.
- The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) is a government funded organisation that helps link schools and employers. Their Moments of Choice report looks at the way students make career decisions. Highcrest engages fully with the CEC and uses its Enterprise Adviser Network and is a member of the Bucks Careers Hub which is a support network of 21 local schools and the Local Enterprise Partnership enabling joint training and sharing best practice. The CEC also funded our Careers Leader, Mr Evans to complete a Careers Leadership Qualification run by the Careers Development Institute. The websites for both organisations have a substantial amount of research reports into CEIAG.
Contact: Mr Robert Evans, Careers Leader
Tel: 01494 529866
Next review October 2020