“In Line with the LaSallian tradition the Careers department treats each student as an individual”.
Rationale for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) + Work-related Learning (WRL) / Work Experience (WEX)
A young person’s career is the progress they make in learning and work. All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14-19 pathways that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers and sustain employability throughout their lives.
Section 29 of the Education Act 2011 placed schools under a duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for their pupils in school years 9 to 11.
From September 2015, this is extended to years 7 to 13 and revised statutory guidance has been published to reflect this change.
St. Joseph’s College is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education and information, advice and guidance (IAG) for all students. The independent careers advisor is contracted to deliver independent, impartial careers guidance.
The careers programme is designed to meet the needs of students at St. Joseph’s College. It is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development.
Students are entitled to CEIAG which meets professional standards of practice and which is person-centred, impartial and confidential. It will be integrated into students’ experience of the whole curriculum and be based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. The programme will raise aspirations, challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity.
The careers programme includes a range of activities. The careers education sessions for years 7 - 11 are timetabled in Life Skills periods. Each group has a block of five lessons (Year 8 and Year 11 in the autumn term, Year 9 in the spring term and Year 7 and 10 in the summer term). The programme is based on Steps a careers software package. This adheres closely to the six principles of impartial careers education.
Year 7 - Self-awareness, the World of work, Careers Blog
Year 8 - Self-assertiveness, Careers Matching, Budgeting, Careers Blog
Year 9 – Fast Tomato, an in-depth interactive computer based questionnaire matching student to Careers. Personal qualities and skills for life and work, Careers Blog
Year 10 – Application skills (Cover Letter and CV), exploring career possibilities and post 16 options, Careers Blog. Financial Awareness Day: Manage your money, budgeting.
Year 11 – Kudos, an in-depth interactive computer based questionnaire which looks at a student’s interests and matches these to careers. Changes in the labour market. All students have an Individual careers interview plus careers action plan which enables them to make an informed Post 16 choice. In-depth research of the Careers Blog which includes apprenticeships. Students visit to Skills London and employment engagement on site through talks and seminars.
The Careers Department is closely linked to the Sixth Form and provides a comprehensive service to pupils requiring University and Vocational options. All year 12 students have a careers interview. At the conclusion of the interview, all students receive a careers action plan. Students may request to see the careers adviser again particularly when finalising their UCAS options in year 13.
The careers team run trips to:
The Careers team organise:
Work Experience Program:
Staff training needs are identified and delivered in partnership with the independent careers adviser and in conjunction with the College Inset Co-ordinator. St Joseph’s College provides annual tutor training for Years 7 – 11 delivered in collaboration with the independent careers adviser.