Careers Information and Guidance

Mrs J Martin 

Mrs Juliet Martin
Careers Information and Guidance

Introduction

At Witchford Village College we understand that we have a statutory responsibility to ensure that all pupils in all year groups access quality CEIAG. A standard has been set by the Gatsby Benchmarks (set out below) that as a school we aspire to. Over the next year we will be working towards our “Quality in Careers Standard” accreditation, the nationally recognised award for CEIAG in schools which links in very closely with the Benchmarks. This ensures that all students at every stage receive the same quality of Careers Advice and Guidance.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

Professor Sir John Holman, Advisor in Education at the Gatsby Foundation identified eight benchmarks that are the core dimensions of good careers and enterprise provision in schools. They have a role in raising young people’s aspirations and promoting access to all career pathways as well as enabling all young people to develop the skills and outlook they need to achieve career wellbeing, including adaptability and resilience.

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

The implementation of these benchmarks has been tested over a two year period in a pilot with 16 schools and colleges in the north east of England with very successful results. Every school and college in the pilot now fully achieves at least four benchmarks, where, previously 50% of schools/colleges fully achieved none. All schools and colleges now partially achieve every benchmark. 75% of schools and colleges fully achieve six to eight benchmarks. This is better than any school observed nationally in the original Gatsby report, in which no school fully achieved more than five benchmarks.

What we offer

Effective careers education and guidance has the capacity to make a positive contribution to the well-being of individuals, their families and their communities; aiding social and economic growth. By engaging students, teachers, parents and the local community we aim to enable our students to fulfil their potential and to achieve a successful future.

Contact

Juliet Martin
Head of Careers
Telephone: 01353 662053 x162
Email: jmartin@wvc.tmet.org.uk

Please click in the sections below for more information

How we will keep you informed

Our CEIAG Programme

Destination Data

WITCHFORD VILLAGE COLLEGE DESTINATION DATA SCHOOL LEAVERS 2016, 2017, 2018

Year

2016

2017

2018

 

Female

Male

Total

Female

Male

Total

Female

Male

Total

FE College

23

36

59

20

39

59

18

36

54

Sixth Form College

31

29

60

31

14

45

29

26

55

School Sixth Form

7

12

19

7

9

16

8

6

14

Emp/Trg Level 2 & above

5

3

8

1

2

3

2

5

7

NEET

1

1

2

1

1

2

 

3

3

Emp No Trg to Level 2

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

4

4

Moved out of county

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

1

1

Employment no training

 

 

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

Total

67

81

148

61

67

128

57

81

138

 

WITCHFORD VILLAGE COLLEGE DESTINATION DATA – QUALIFICATION LEVEL

Year

2016

2017

2018

 

Female

Male

Total

Female

Male

Total

Female

Male

Total

A Levels

34

34

68

33

15

48

30

26

56

Level 3

11

13

24

9

17

26

4

10

14

Level 2

8

16

24

10

9

19

10

20

30

Level 1

6

11

17

1

16

17

3

5

8

Other Qual

2

3

5

5

4

9

8

7

15

GCSE

 

 

 

 

1

1

 

 

 

Total

61

77

138

58

62

120

55

68

123

How you can support us

Please click the PDF below for ways in which you can support us

How you can support us
pdf

Policies

Provider Access Policy
pdf

Current Opportunities

AHP Open Day Poster for Sept 2019

AHP Roles Booklet
pdf

Post 16 Options

Hills/Long Road Open Evenings
docx
Hills Road Open Evening A4 Poster
pdf
Long Road Open Evening Flyer
pdf
Open Evenings 2020 entry
doc
The Oakes College
pdf

Useful Websites

Youthoria Web Thumb    icouldcareersbox     National Careers Service logo

 

aimgroup     Get Into Theatre

Get Into Theatre Leaflet Drama Teachers
pdf
Get Into Theatre Leaflet Young People
pdf

Info for Parents and Carers

10 Reasons to be a Scientist or Engineer
pdf
Labour Market Information
docx
Top 10 employability skills
pdf
What kind of scientist could I be?
pdf

Work Experience

Pharmacy Open Day 2019
png
Student Placement Form 201819
docx

Apprenticeships

Apprentice Gardener Vacancy | Robinson College Cambridge

 

aimgroup

Cambridge 01 Jul 2019
xlsx
East Cambridgeshire 01 Jul 2019
xlsx
Fenland 01 Jul 2019
xlsx
Huntingdonshire 01 Jul 2019
xlsx
Kings Lynn and West Norfolk 01 Jul 2019
xlsx
Peterborough 01 Jul 2019
xlsx
South Cambridgeshire 01 Jul 2019
xlsx

PSHE

Wednesday 13th March at WVC saw a collapsed timetable for students, to enable them to take part in this term’s PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) Day. We were very fortunate to be able to enlist the help of a number of outside agencies and local employers to make it a very interactive and informative day for our pupils.

The Skills Service provided a manufacturing simulation to encourage enterprise and entrepreneurship with our Year 7. Each pupil was assigned a role in their company which then competed with other teams to see who could make the most profit. The criteria was for each team to make ducks and these had to be sold to make the most money. The idea worked well and students gained an understanding of what it would be like to work in business.
Our Year 8 students participated in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities presented by the Engineering Development Trust. Their initial activity was to build and test a roller coaster run. In groups they constructed these using card templates and a perspex frame. Students then went on to design, build and test a KNex Newton car with varying degrees of success. STEM is now actively encouraging girls and young woman to take up careers in technical industry and this activity highlighted our students’ ability to take this on board.

WVC Alumni spoke to Year 9 students about their careers and career paths since leaving WVC, in partnership with Future First. Students were informed about potential careers, they learnt about skills and misconceptions were challenged. A workshop was also delivered by the Institute of Grocery Distribution as part of their national education programme ‘Feeding Britain’s Future’. Professionals from the food industry delivered the session to inspire students about the world of work and to help build employability skills.

In collaboration with our Enterprise Advisor, representatives from ten local businesses took part in an employer carousel with Year 10 students. The session kicked off with a presentation on Apprenticeships from AIM then moved into a ‘speed-dating’ session. Students could find out about local businesses and the roles within them. Following this, Young Enterprise delivered their ‘Learn to Earn’ programme which they had initiated in November. It encouraged students to consider financial plans for the future, set goals and think about their study options. It gave students a clearer understanding of the routes to jobs and careers and the resources to access further information. NCS (National Citizen Service) also delivered to Year 10 students informing them of the opportunities that are available for volunteering and programmes after Year 11.

The day was a great success and students commented that they realised ‘You can do anything’, it was great to ‘Interact with former students’ and ‘Seeing where people have gone after Witchford, and the careers they have.’ We would also extend a big thank you to all the employers who took part and made this day a really interactive and worthwhile event.

IMG 2726 2  IMG 2684