We use benchmarks to support our career guidance. The eight Gatsby Benchmarks define an ambitious framework for career guidance that works for schools, employers and, most importantly, young people and their families. We have an Enterprise Advisor, Ian Howells from Honda, who assists us in developing our initiatives. Our careers programme is reviewed annually, the next review is, November 2021.
We aim to provide students from Year 7 through to 13 with opportunities that will allow them to build employable skills and make informed decisions about their future. Opportunities include understanding of their competencies through The Edge, independent GCSE options advice; guidance on Post 16 options after KS4 and guidance on Post 18 options. Our holistic approach to careers guidance allows a successful transition from KS3, KS4 and Post 16. The broad themes for each year are:
Year 7: Awareness of different compentencies
Year 8: Pathways into options
Year 9: Exploring the workplace and competency links
Year 10: Readiness for the workplace
Year 11: Beyond Year 11, Post 16 options
Year 12 & 13: Beyond 6th Form – University preparation, introducing apprenticeship options, Preparing for the labour market.
We will deliver this through our Citizenship programme, tutor time, assemblies, guest speakers, work experience and careers events. In addition to this our staff embed career information into their lesson content as part of the curriculum.
The success of our careers programme will be measured against percentage of our NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) students.
In addition we have a close relationship with Bracknell Forest and their careers expertise. Ben Alexander and his team will continue to work with our students at risk of NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
Careers Resources in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
- Information on post 16 options including full time education, apprenticeships and training.
- Prospectuses for local sixth forms and further education colleges and contact details for training providers.
- Information about Higher Education.
Careers Resources On-line at the College
The National Careers Service. On-line through https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Homes.aspx On the phone 0800 100 900.
See the list of websites indicated at the end of this section for use at home.
If any pupil has problems accessing any of the websites at home, they are welcome to ask for help in using them at school in the LRC.
Years 10 and 12 pupils have the opportunity to spend a week on work experience.
The Year 10 process includes a skills review, application form, external interview and a week placement.
Once a placement has been approved, consent and health forms will be issued for completion by parents and carers.
Students will need to make contact with their placements before the start of work experience to check hours of work, dress code, lunch arrangements, etc.
Students will be briefed at the start of the process and at strategic points throughout.
Pupils will either be visited during work experience or a phone call will be made to their place of work to check that the placement is running smoothly.
Further Information for all Year Groups:
These are given by representatives from colleges and companies and aim to inform on the work, opportunities, training and routes into a variety of careers. They are advertised to pupils in advance.
These located in the LRC and LRA, they should be looked at by all pupils. Information on training opportunities, open days and other events is advertised on them.
Links to other impartial careers advice and guidance:
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/home - look at the "Job Profiles" section. Factual up to date information about careers.
https://www.grows.ac.uk/resources/education-options/best-course-4-me - gives help with "A" level, degree and career choices.
http://www.careerpilot.org.uk/ - gives help with choices at 14, 16 and beyond.
http://www.icould.com/ - general careers advice and short careers film clips.
http://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/ - information on everything to do with engineering careers.
http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ - access to the national apprenticeships database and general information.
http://www.ucas.com/ - all university information and websites.
http://www.careersbox.co.uk/ - short careers film clips.
http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/ - to access 'Informed Choices' booklet which gives definitive information on GCSEs, 'A' Level and I.B. subject choices.
If you would like to get involved with any of our events or you have other programmes to offer that might be of interest, please contact us.
Please leave your name, company name, area of interest or brief programme details along with your contact email address to our Careers Leader - Mr N Huskinson.
Telephone: 01344 421122
Regular career updates are posted in the school's weekly newsletter and include information on; apprenticeships, forthcoming events, open days, qualifications and post 16 options and opportunities. Timely letters are also sent to parents and carers throughout the year.
GARTH HILL COLLEGE PROVIDER ACCESS POLICY STATEMENT
This policy statement sets out the school's arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider's education or training offer. this complies with the school's legal obligation under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
Garth Hill College recognises that all pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:
to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point:
to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships - through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events; and
to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
Management of provider access requests
A provider wishing to request access should contact:
Careers Leader - Mr N Huskinson
Telephone: 01344 421122
Opportunities for access
A number of events integrated into the school careers programme will offer providers of education or training an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers. Providers should speak to the contact named above to identify the most suitable opportunity for access to Garth Hill College students.
Premises and facilities
The school will aim to make suitable facilities available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity and subject to the school's own calendar of events. The school will also make available AV and the other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Lead
Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Library, which is managed by the LRC manager. The Careers Library is available to all students at lunch and break times.
Local Labour market information
The 2018 Berkshire Skills Priority Statement is available here http://bit.ly/2018BerkshireSPS.
The documents contain a wealth of information about the skills needs of the local economy and include a set of recommendations that aim to help reduce local skills shortages. This is summarised in this infographic.
Feedback & Evaluation
We welcome all feedback that will positively influence and shape the careers programme from students, parents and employers.