Careers Programme

Overview

At Tollbar Academy our vision is that all students, by the time they leave, will have high aspirations and the skills and qualifications to give them the tools to progress onto further and higher education, enabling them to lead a fulfilling and happy life. Students will have a planned programme of Careers Education and Guidance in accordance with the DFE Statutory Guidance: Careers guidance and access for education and training providers October 2018.

Through our careers guidance we aim to:

  • help students to understand the changing world of work
  • facilitate meaningful encounters with employers for all students
  • support positive transitions post-16 and post-18
  • enable students to develop the research skills to find out about opportunities
  • help students to develop the skills, attitudes and qualities to make a successful transition into the world of work
  • encourage participation in continued learning, including further and higher education and apprenticeships
  • support inclusion, challenging stereotyping and promoting equality of opportunity
  • contribute to strategies for raising achievement, particularly by increasing motivation
  • provide additional support for those groups at risk of being NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training)

Student Entitlement

We work hard to ensure students take their future destination very seriously and are well informed. We have a careers programme that builds on this knowledge year by year, starting in Year 7.

All students will be able to access the start profile digital platform. This provides a comprehensive source of information with a personalised student experience and tracking capabilities to help teachers monitor student's progress and engagement.

In Citizenship lessons, time will be dedicated so that all students can access the programme on a regular basis. This will enable them to develop their own career profile. Students will gain an understanding of the careers available, the skills and qualifications needed and Labour Market Information (LMI). The platform includes tools such as job suitability profiling and an online record of achievement; as well as content including job profiles, apprenticeship vacancies and course information for all post-16 and 18 providers

Each year group has one lesson of Citizenship per week and Career based lessons are built into the Citizenship/PSHE programme of study. Students will study the following:

Year 7 - An introduction to careers - Students begin to consider their career aspirations.

Year 8 - Employment Sectors - Students will begin to learn about the different employment sectors. They will have a group work session with one of the independent careers advisors and will start to look at career routes which will empower them to be able to make their GCSE option choices.

Years: 9, 10 and 11 - students focus on analysing current skills and developing these skills for interviews and the world of work. This will enable our students to have the right knowledge and understanding to be able to consider their options for continuing education, training or work after Year 11.

This can include:

  • Years 10 and 11- 1:1 Career Interviews with an independent careers advisor.
  • Dedicated lesson time for writing personal statement to support post 16 applications.
  • Dedicated lesson time to complete online post 16 applications through the Lincs2 platform.
  • Information about post 16 providers and courses on offer, including apprenticeships.
  • Inspirational external speakers.
  • Visits to providers of further and higher education

Throughout the Academy, each faculty will deliver lessons associated with careers related to their subject and specific parts of the subject area.

External, independent and impartial careers services are invited to attend assemblies, lunch time Year 11 drop in sessions and Year 10 and 11 parent consultation evenings to help students make the right choices.

Trips and Visits

All year 10 students visit the NE Lincolnshire Skills Fair in July every year.

All year 10 students have the opportunity to attend taster sessions at The Grimsby Institute

A target group of Year 9 students have the opportunity to visit Hull University.

A number of inspirational external speakers are invited in to speak to students about their careers. This helps to raise student aspirations.

Throughout the year, various trips, visits and events are organised for targeted groups of students, based on their emerging interests.

Measuring Impact

As an Academy we use Compass – the careers benchmark tool as outlined in the Gatsby benchmark, to assess and improve our current CEIAG provision. Our progress against the Gatsby benchmarks will be reviewed regularly throughout the academic year to help us meet all of the 8 benchmarks by the end of 2020.

We will monitor the impact of our action plan and the CEIAG we deliver mainly through feedback from students and staff. All activities and policies will be reviewed in September 2020

Careers Programme 2019-2010

In addition to this, various presentations from external speakers will be organised for all year groups and will take place at various points throughout the academic year.

Tollbar sixth form have a separate careers programme for year 12 and 13 students- www.tollbarmatsixthform.co.uk/careers-guidance/

AUTUMN TERM

EVENT YEAR GROUP INTENTION IMPACT
VISIT TO HMS GRIMSBY A TARGET GROUP OF STUDENTS FROM YEARS 10-13 The purpose of this visit was for those students interested in a naval career to engage with a variety of naval staff to gain an understanding of the careers available and the pathways available. Students will understand the different careers that there are in the Navy and gain an understanding of daily life by speaking with a variety of naval staff.
PRESENTATION FROM BISHOP GROTESTE UNIVERSITY YEAR 11 The purpose of this presentation is to raise the aspirations of students. Students will learn about the importance of gaining good grades in order to study A levels. Students will understand the importance of successful GCSE results as they will allow them to access A level courses which will eventually enable them to access degree courses.
PRESENTATION FROM GRIMSBY INSTITUTE OF FURTHER EDUCATION ALL YEAR 11 STUDENTS The purpose of this presentation is for students to gain an understanding of the courses on offer at the Grimsby Institute of Further Education. Students will have received information about the vocational courses that are on offer in order to inform their post 16 choices.
WOMEN IN ENGINEERING EVENT A TARGET GROUP OF YEAR 10 AND 11 GIRLS. The purpose of the visit is for girls to engage with representatives from a variety of employers from the engineering sector. Students will further their knowledge of the careers in engineering that are available
PRESENTATION ABOUT APPRENTICESHIPS DELIVERED BY AVANT SKILLS ACADEMY ALL YEAR 11 STUDENTS The purpose if this presentation is for students to gain an understanding of apprenticeships. Students will learn that an apprenticeship allows them to develop the knowledge and skills required to become competent and valued employees, enabling them to progress in their chosen career.

SPRING TERM

EVENT YEAR GROUP INTENTION IMPACT
CAREERS FAIR AT YEAR 11 PARENTS CONSULTATION EVENING YEAR 11 STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS WHO ATTEND THE PARENT CONSULTATION EVENING Students and their parents will be able to speak to a variety of employers and Higher education establishments. They will be able to gain an insight into a selection of future careers. This is an opportunity for parents to engage in the careers programme. Parental engagement will support students in making their post 16 choices.

SUMMER TERM

EVENT YEAR GROUP INTENTION IMPACT
VISIT TO HULL UNIVERSITY TARGET GROUP OF YEAR 9 STUDENTS Students will gain an insight into University life and the courses that are on offer. One of the purposes of this visit is to raise aspirations. They will attend the university for the day and take part in sessions about University life, managing a student budget, the courses on offer. Students will also have a tour of the campus. Students will gain an understanding of University life and the courses on offer.
TASTER DAY AT GRIMSBY INSTITUTE OF FURTHER EDUCATION ALL OF YEAR 10 Students will spend a day at the Grimsby Institute of Further Education. They will take part in two sessions of their choice. This will enable students to experience the course on offer. They will engage with the staff to gain a better understanding of life and study at the Grimsby Institute of Further Education. Students will gain practical experience of the course on offer that they are interested in. This will help them with the choices that they have post 16 and what to apply for.
SKILLS FAIR ALL OF YEAR 10 Students will have the opportunity to engage with a number of employers and further education establishments. Students will prepare for the event by undertaking some work in their Citizenship lessons prior to the event. This will ensure that they are prepared with questions to ask of employers within their careers of interest. A follow up lesson will take place so that students can reflect on the engagements they have had with the employers. Students will have gained an insight into the careers that they are interested in. This will help them to make decisions regarding post 16 options.
CAREERS FAIR AT YEAR 10 PARENTS CONSULTATION EVENING YEAR 10 STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS WHO ATTEND THE PARENT CONSULTATION EVENING Students and their parents will be able to speak to a variety of employers and Higher education establishments. They will be able to gain an insight into a selection of future careers. This is an opportunity for parents to engage in the careers programme. Parental engagement will support students in making their post 16 choices.
VISIT TO TOLLBAR ACADEMY SIXTH FORM ALL YEAR 10 STUDENTS The purpose of this visit is for students to gain an understanding of life in the sixth form and the A level courses that are available to study post 16 Students will be made aware of the A level courses on offer and will learn about how A level study differs from GCSE study. This will raise their aspirations.
WOMEN IN ENGINEERING EVENT A TARGETED GROUP OF YEAR 9 AND 10 GIRLS. The purpose of this event is for girls who are interested in a career in Engineering to attend and take part in an activity which involves building a working robot. Guest speakers form the Engineering companies will give talks on careers. The impact is to widen students knowledge about careers in engineering and to inspire and raise their aspirations.

DESTINATION Measures – Year 11 Leavers (presented in student numbers)

Overview

2015 2016 2017 2018
Destination No of students No of students No of students No of students
Sixth Form College 230 229 206 196
Further Education 137 116 129 100
Apprenticeships/Armed Forces 7 18 23 30
Moving out of Area 0 0 0 0
Not Known 0 0 0 0
NEET 0 0 0 0
Total 374 363 358 326

Breakdown of destination

Breakdown of destination 2015 2016 2017 2018
Destination No of students No of students No of students No of students
Tollbar 6th Form 126 81 105 75
Franklin College 104 135 98 119
Career 6 0 11 0 0
Grimsby Institute 125 108 124 92
Other 6th Form 0 2 3 2
Other FE 12 8 5 8
Apprenticeships 7 16 21 27
Armed Forces 0 2 2 3
Not Known 0 0 0 0
Total 374 363 358 326

Useful Careers Websites

Start Profile

www.startprofile.com/

National Careers service

nationalcareerservice.direct.gov.uk

Prospects

www.prospects.ac.uk

Careers Gateway

www.careers-gateway.co.uk

iCould

icould.com

Total Jobs

www.totaljobs.com/careers-advice/

NHS Careers

www.jobs.nhs.uk

Apprenticeships

www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships/

National Careers Week

nationalcareersweek.com

Labour Market Information

lmihumber.co.uk

Go Construct

ww.goconstruct.org

GP Careers Consultants

twitter.com/gp_careers

Review of Careers Provision

Next Review: July 2020

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Tollbar Academy Principal

Caroline L Yates
BA (Hons).

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson
OBE, BSc, BA.
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