Name: Mr T Lambrianides
Tel Number: 01925 263919
Name: Mr M Knight
Tel Number: 01925 263919
CAREERS SUPPORT (Based in Upper LRC)
Name: Mrs M Winstanley
Tel Number: 01925 263919
SUMMARY OF OUR CAREERS PROGRAMME
Our Careers Education and Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme helps to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life, in order to help them make a successful transition to adulthood.
We are proud of the engagement we have with parents and local partners which enables us to offer a varied experience for our students. Please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to engage with us to extend our offerings or provide feedback.
THE AIMS OF OUR CAREERS PROGRAMME INCLUDE:
1.Support pupils to be able to plan and manage their own futures.
2.Provide comprehensive information on options available.
4.Promote equality, diversity, social mobility and challenge stereotypes.
5.Enable pupils to sustain employment and achieve personal and economic well- being throughout their lives.
SOME OF THE WAYS WE ACHIEVE OUR AIMS
- In PSHE lessons
- At tutor review days
- At options and parents’ evenings
- During assembly times
- Through talks and discussions from other educational establishments and employers
- Providing opportunities for familiarisation meetings and visits where helpful.
- On cross curricular days
- On our Careers Day – access to 40+ employers, providers and many detailed talks/workshops, External Y11 mock interviews, CV workshops etc.
- Apprenticeship Advisers Drop-In Sessions on a monthly basis
- Visits e.g. Universities and Careers Fairs, employers
- Subject related events e.g. BTEC Business Forum
- Help available in school (see below)
HELP AVAILABLE IN SCHOOL
We currently use the Careers Service provided by Careers Connect for some of our Careers Programme.
1. At each of our parent’s evening’s years 9-11 and at all other important events and guidance evenings, a Careers Adviser from Careers Connect will be on hand to speak to parents and pupils.
2. All pupils in years 10 -11 have access to a career interview via Careers Connect if they feel it would be useful. This can be booked via Pastoral Achievement Managers and our in- school careers staff.
3. A monthly drop in session for those who are interested in apprenticeships is held AT LUNCHTIME on the first Monday of every month. Warrington and Vale Royal College attend to answer any queries about apprenticeships or Mrs Winstanley can help.
4. Show My Homework is used regularly to update students/parents about useful careers info e,g, Career Events throughout the Warrington area, Open Evenings at local providers. Also, to inform Year 11 of apprenticeships which are available on a weekly basis.
5. Subject teachers provide information on careers related to their subject.
6. Careers Help is available in Upper School LRC from Mrs Winstanley before school, during Monday to Thursday lunch and after school until 3.30pm each day.
7. Careers Club is available on a Friday lunchtime at Lower School.
MEASUREMENT OF OUR CAREERS PROGRAMME
To achieve the aims of our Careers Programme we have adopted “Gatsby Charitable Foundation Benchmarks” to develop and improve our careers provision. The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them, as other secondary schools do, we can ensure we can measure our progress in fulfilling/exceeding the legal requirements which must be met by the end of 2020.
There are 8 benchmarks which our Careers Programme follows:
- A Stable Careers Programme
- Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
- Addressing the needs of each student
- Linking Curriculum learning to Careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal Guidance
Bridgewater uses an online self-evaluation tool COMPASS to compare against the Gatsby Benchmarks and the national average, this allows us to compare and consider opportunities to improve our programme on an ongoing basis and measure the impact of our programme.
USEFUL RESEARCH FOR STUDENTS/PARENTS/CARERS
Pupils/parents/carers may wish to search many of the very useful websites below that are available to provide advice:
CAREER RESEARCH SITES
www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – information on making choices, career planning, courses, apprenticeships and information on writing CVs and completing application forms
www.prospects.ac.uk – what careers are open to you with a specific degree
www.icould.com Real-life career videos, advice and information to inspire your career
www.careersbox.co.uk/ – online library of careers films, news and information
Priestley College – https://www.priestley.ac.uk/
Warrington and Vale Royal College – https://www.wvr.ac.uk/
Reaseheath College – http://www.reaseheath.ac.uk/
Cronton Sixth Form College – http://www.cronton.ac.uk/
Riverside College – http://www.riversidecollege.ac.uk/
www.ucas.com – this site is used to apply to uni and you can check what qualifications you need to study a particular degree
LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION
OUR CAREERS PROGRAMME IN ACTION
One of the most active days in our Careers Programme is our Careers Day where 40 organisations share their experiences with our students and 30+ parents interview over 300 Year 11 students
Former Students volunteer to represent their companies, which is wonderful to see!
Students that have attended Bridgewater and been to our Careers Fair themselves, come back to help other students.
Parents engage by showcasing their companies and providing invaluable first-hand knowledge of particular sectors:
Parental volunteers with crucial experience (Capita Business Services) presented workshops to Year 10 and Year 11 on “How to write a CV”. These volunteers are experts with CV’s and review hundreds annually. As you can appreciate this makes their knowledge up-to date and invaluable for students.
Feedback from Capita was:
“I just wanted to say thanks for yesterday –we often attend job fairs which are so much smaller so well done – I think the pupils at Bridgewater are really well provided for, and this is such a great opportunity for them to consider the world after school.
I did tell the classes that I was delivering to, that if anyone wants any help with a CV, I’m happy for you to pass on my email address and they can get in touch with me directly. I’m more than happy to help where I can.”
Feedback from Mock Interviewers
“I was at the school today performing mock Interviews with the Y11’s.
It was a fantastic day.
I am so glad I was part of it and found the day, personally, very rewarding.
Not only do you have excellent staff, Mrs Winstanley did a great job by the way, the whole Bridgewater team worked really hard to make this a vibrant and successful event.
It was your excellent students whom I had the privilege and pleasure to meet today, who really impressed me.
The students I interviewed were; polite, confident, prepared, organised, articulate and inspiring.
I loved every minute and I hope the students I interviewed got as much from the day as I did.
Please pass on my regards and best wishes to all staff and students involved in today’s event.”