At Bishop Thomas Grant School, we recognise the importance of preparing our students for the world of work. The school employs a full-time, qualified Careers Manager who is a Registered Careers Development Professional with the Careers Development Institute. The Careers Manager is able to provide impartial coaching, advice and guidance for all students in school and Sixth Form on their career and study pathways at key transition points and answer any questions students may have about their future careers. We recognise that the world of work is rapidly changing and that the 21st century brings with it many careers that did not exist in the 20th century. The need for young people to be equipped with transferable skills, labour market information and interpersonal skills to manage their career journeys successfully has never been more important.
The curriculum at Bishop Thomas Grant School enables students to develop high aspirations, to consider a broad range of careers for the future, understand the different pathways open to them and to ensure real-life contact with the world of work. Teaching staff apply subject learning to skills that students will need when they enter the workplace. A range of career learning activities takes place within the school via group work, PSHCE, the tutorial programme as well as through attendance at Options Days, trips, visits and other in-school Careers events. The Careers department has established links with a number of universities, employers and apprenticeship providers to ensure students have access to a variety of opportunities during their time at Bishop Thomas Grant School.
Students in Year 11 and Year 13 attend individual information, advice and guidance meetings with the Careers Manager to assist them with their Post-16 and Post-18 decision making. All students in the school have access to the Careers Office which is easily accessible as it is located on the ground floor near the school reception. Careers Resources are made available to students through the Careers Section in the Library, online via Show my Homework and a variety of virtual and hard copy resources such as STEPS booklets and Unifrog online software. Any student with a query about careers or future study options can drop into see the Careers Manager at break, lunchtime or after school. .
Bishop Thomas Grant School is proud to be working towards the Investor in Careers Quality Award which demonstrates the school’s commitment to ensuring that every student is prepared for work. The school is very pleased to be participating in the Lambeth Careers Cluster programme with other secondary schools and colleges in the borough.
The 2016/17 Careers programme for Year 7 – Year 11 can be found by clicking here.
The National Careers Service operates a telephone advice service for all young people aged 13+. Call 0800 100 900 to speak to a National Careers Service advisor (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week). Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers. The National Careers Service also has a website with useful careers and subject choice information; you also can contact a careers advisor using the Live Web Chat service: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
www.plotr.co.uk - This is a website that provides information around a wide range of careers. The website also has a useful careers profiling tool called “Game” which will suggest possible careers based on your interests and personality.
www.unifrog.org - The school subscribes to the Unifrog service and students in Years 11, 12 and 13 have access to this website which provides a very comprehensive search engine with independent information on universities, apprenticeships, and Post-16 providers, including school sixth forms and colleges. This is a very useful tool for students transitioning and considering choices for Post-16 and Post-18.
www.ucas.ac.uk - Information on Higher Education/University Courses. This website indicates the entry requirements for all university courses.
www.getingofar.gov.uk - Government website about apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are where you earn and learn at the same time. On an apprenticeship you receive real on the job experience as well as gaining a qualification. Apprenticeships can be done at Level 2 or 3 from age 16 upwards. Higher and Degree Apprenticeships can be done from age 18. There are now apprenticeships in a wide range of areas including nursing, training to be a solicitor, childcare, engineering, IT, business administration, finance/banking to name just a few. To search for live apprenticeships, register for an account here: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/register
www.icould.com - Short videos outlining different careers featuring 4 minute interviews with people working in those jobs.
www.lmiforall.org.uk - When considering career ideas, you need to consider labour market information – will there be jobs in the career areas you are thinking of in future? What is the typical rate of pay and hours? Using the Careerometer you can compare these factors between different jobs.
www.careerpilot.org.uk - Independent careers website offering a wide range of advice.
www.successatschool.org - Website to enable young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
www.mykindafuture.com - Website that aims to connect students with employers and help develop their employability skills to kick-start their career.
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk - This site has comprehensive information about a wide range of opportunities for young people who do not wish to go to university including apprenticeships, gap year opportunities, volunteering, internships and school leaver programmes.
www.gov.uk/browse/education - The Education and Learning section of the official government website. This provides a range of information about student choices, student finance, and apprenticeships including advice for parents and carers.
Mr A McCarthy, Careers Manager