At Ivanhoe College we take careers education seriously, devoting a significant part of the Lifeskills curriculum in Year 8 and 9 to careers education. We understand that a child’s schooling is the first stage in preparing them for a future career. We aim to ensure that all students, regardless of background or academic ability, have access to impartial careers advice and are encouraged and supported to make the right career path choices for them.
An in depth insight into our careers education including our statutory duties, methods of implementations and monitoring and review can be seen in our Careers Education Policy. You can access it by clicking here.
We monitor the effectiveness of our careers education by listening to the 'Student Voice'. We also evaluate and update our provision, including the website, yearly.
The key contact for Careers is Miss Claire Gee - Subject Leader for Lifeskills.
To contact her please use the email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01530 412756
Students continued to learn about careers education during their remote learning life skills lessons. Despite the challenges of not being able to meet face to face with visitors for the careers fair, our business contacts and learning providers put together electronic videos and presentation for our students to access at home on our 'Virtual Careers Day.' Students will have ongoing access to the resources through moodle if they want to revisit the skills activities or videos from the day.
To find the resources click on the careers tab in the Remore Learning Portal.
In Year 7 students begin their careers education with a focus on understanding themselves and their personal skills. They will:
In Year 8 students are introduced to Careers through a range of independent resources and opportunities. They will:
This is a fantastic opportunity for employers to meet our students and to inspire them into their industry. It is also a relaxed opportunity for students to ask questions and find out more. The Careers Fair is ideally timed to fall towards the end of Year 8, before students choose their Year 9 options.
We welcome speakers from as many career paths as possible and like to offer relevant options to all of our students, regardless of their academic achievement.
Previous visitors have included; engineers, medical professionals, scientists, lawyers, graphic designers, photographers, nursery nurses, and animal care.
We also have strong links with local learning providers and universities who help to give students a clearer idea of qualifications needed for certain careers paths.
In Year 9 students further develop their knowledge of the employment market and education routes into employment. They will:
The World Skills Show is the UK’s biggest skills and careers event, covering 5 key employment areas: Construction and Logistics, Engineering and Technology, Health and Hospitality, Digital and Business, Creative and Design.
Students will have the chance to explore the opportunities in all of these industries, as well as the potential opportunity to try hands- on activities.
They can get impartial one-to-one guidance on career routes and jobs from expert careers advisors and browse the ‘Sign Up Station’ stand for an insight into real opportunities that they can apply for at 16, such as work experience and apprenticeships.
Our students will meet representatives and employees from over 130 top local and national employers who will be at the Skills Show, including Royal Mail, IBM, BAE Systems, NHS Careers, HS2, Barclays and Toyota - all of whom will share information on the range of jobs jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities they have to offer, as well as sharing what it is they look for in their prospective employees.
Further Education colleges and universities are also represented at the show and will be happy to discuss what they have to offer our students in the future.
This is an extremely popular competition at Ivanhoe for students to develop their own science, engineering or computing project, which they then present to a team of judges, members of the public and local and national employers. The last show was sponsored by Rolls Royce, and the standard of entries was impressive, with students already demonstrating industry relevant skills. This is a lovely opportunity for companies to come and speak with our young people and be wowed by their efforts. You can see more information in the news section of the Ivanhoe website.
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