Careers at Blessed William Howard
Careers Leader: Mrs J Walker, Assistant Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers Advisor (Entrust) Becky Green
Becky is qualified to Level 6 to provide impartial information, advice and guidance to young people aged 13-19 (and up to 25 with learning difficulties and disabilities) She comes into school on a weekly basis to offer 1-1 impartial careers guidance appointments (to meet Gatsby Benchmark 8)
Career interviews consist of-
- Developing self-awareness
- Researching careers
- Exploring options (Sixth Form, Colleges, Apprenticeships, Training opportunities, University, Employment)
Encouraging to set goals and career plan for the future.
Enterprise Coordinator for the Stoke and Staffordshire Careers Hub, Steve Rogers (funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company). The purpose of the Careers Hub and the Careers and Enterprise Company is to reform careers education across England. Our aim is to ensure the children at Blessed William Howard are best prepared to achieve their full potential in the workplace of the future. My role is to support your Careers Leader with the planning, delivery and evaluation of your school's Careers Education Programme and offer information, advice & guidance on how to best meet the Government's Framework for the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Enterprise Advisor, Mr Ken Stepney
Ken originally qualified as an engineer and has worked in the civil engineering machinery business for most of his career. His responsibilities have covered Sales and Marketing, Market Development and People Development in various General Management positions he was also the Head of Global Training at JCB.
Since retiring from JCB in 2012 Ken was given the responsibility of representing JCB at the Staffordshire LEP board where he chaired the counties education trust for the six-year term. Simultaneous to this, he has his own consultancy company specialising in people/team development to various organisations ranging from fashion to education and industry. He is an ex-director of the B2Gether organisation promoting STEAM projects and is a Fellow of Burton and South Derby College
The importance of careers education, information and guidance (CEIAG)
- To develop information, knowledge and understanding of their transition options available at post-16 and post-18 destinations such as within our own BWH Sixth Form Partnership, local colleges and training providers, including courses in A levels, T levels, Apprenticeships, BTECs, Diplomas and employment.
- To help students to make informed decisions through access to a Level 6 qualified and highly experienced independent and impartial Careers Advisor from Entrust.
- To engage in meaningful dialogues with employers, employees and workplaces to create a bespoke programme of events to take place on a hybrid basis, both in-school and virtually, during PSHE drop-down days and other events held throughout the year. Where possible, there will be a biannual careers' fayre to bring together the best representation of university, FE college and training providers as well as employers from our local area.
- To promote the effective use of pertinent Labour Market Information (LMI) for Staffordshire, and beyond, differentiated for their year group so students have a clear understanding of the emerging jobs market, particularly one suitable for a post-Covid recovery economy.
- To prepare older students for the pressure of exams and stress management as they learn study skills that will be beneficial for them as they begin to enter the world of work.
- To support an aspirational and insightful work experience placement in Years 10 and 12 that promotes equity and social mobility for all students regardless of background.
- To engage positively with the Staffordshire's inspirational Higher Horizons outreach programme to ensure equitable access to the best Information, Advice and Guidance at a Higher Education (university) level of study.
- To place a high priority on students being given the chance to develop their workplace and employability skills (such as writing applications, CVs, interview preparation, delivering oral presentations, problem solving, teamwork), which will allow them to become effective employees in the future and have a rewarding career journey.
- Above all else, to develop confidence, resilient young people with excellent mental health support who are fully prepared to successfully make the next step in their educational journey.
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