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careers advice and guidance at cheslyn hay academy

Careers Advice and Guidance

Introduction 

This policy statement sets out Cheslyn Hay Academy’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the academy for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997. 

Cheslyn Hay Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to planning our Careers programme. As part of our commitment to informing students of the full range of employment, learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to receive requests from training, apprenticeships and vocational educational providers, as well as from employers, to speak to students. We are particularly interested in hearing from providers in:

  • The Digital Skills Sector as it is predicted that in the next two decades, 90% of jobs will require some digital proficiency (‘Digital Skills Crisis’ The Science Committee 2016); 
  • STEM employers (science, technology, engineering and maths) – combining creative talent with engineering and technology; 
  • Manufacturing, Gaming, ICT, Construction and Energy; 
  • Health Professions and Social Care. These employment sectors are identified as areas of growth in the current and future labour market and the biggest growth in jobs is expected to be in management, professional and technical roles which could make up almost half of all employment (47%) by 2024. (Helping the UK ThriveCBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2017 CB1) 

Finance and Business is one of the job sectors showing the biggest growth in Staffordshire, as are construction and information technology.  

Pupil entitlement 

Under the Baker Clause, all pupils in Years 7-13 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; 
  • 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 Mrs J Burton, our Careers Lead 

Tel: 01922 416024  Email: jburton@cheslynhay.windsoracademytrust.org.uk

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school’s Careers Programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers. We are following our Covid risk assessment as guidelines as this time therefore in-person visits are restricted and socially distanced. Please speak to our named Careers Lead to identify the most suitable opportunity for you. 

We run a series of PSHE focussed drop down days across the school year for all year groups when there is a collapsed timetable.  Numerous career activities are then delivered to whole year groups or tutor groups on these days including careers fayre, choices at 16 activities and mock interviews.  Please see our current scheduled activities (link below).

We have an independent Careers Advisor support our students and give advice on a one to one basis or in small groups.  To contact Jackie Flint, our careers advisor, please email jflint@chelynhay.windsoracademytrust.org.uk

Further representatives from local employers would be warmly welcomed in the future once in-face events are allowed on-site again, especially for Years 9, 11 and 13 who undertake options for their next stage of their careers journey.