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Careers Guidance

Fairfield High School for Girls is committed to providing a high quality Careers Education, Information and Guidance entitlement to all pupils. Curriculum delivery of CEIAG is through our well established Life Skills programme of study from Year 7 upwards. Topics that pupils study include:

  • Identifying their own strengths and matching these to possible career pathways
  • Researching career pathways of interest to each individual pupil
  • Planning progression routes from KS3 to KS4 and into beyond
  • Maintaining a Record of Achievement
  • Writing CVs and letters of application

Beyond the taught curriculum, we have a CEIAG Progression Advisor who seeks actively to raise pupil aspiration and to provide Information and Guidance to pupils on a one to one basis. We also provide all pupils with access to an external, impartial Careers Advisor for personalised advice. While focusing on older pupils, a Drop-In service allows all pupils to access the information they need.

We have effective partnerships with Higher Education providers and businesses too. Local colleges are regularly involved in providing our pupils with information and guidance about the options pupils have beyond the age of 16. Pupils and their parents can meet representatives from some colleges at our Progression Evening in Year 9, when pupils are considering their option choices for KS4 study. Our College Convention exposes Year 11 pupils to a wider range of colleges and further information about academic and vocational pathways post-16.

Both in our taught curriculum and beyond, Work-Related Learning is a key part of our provision. For example, all Year 10 pupils undertake a week long Work Experience placement. Year 11 pupils also receive a ‘Mock Interview’ with interviewers from a range of employment sectors, who provide subsequent feedback to individual pupils in order to help them develop both their interview technique and skills for employability.

For further information on CEIAG, please contact our Senior Assistant Headteacher - Dr James Beckett - on jbeckett@fairfieldhighschool.co.uk 

Preparing for College

During the school closure, in the Summer term of 2020, we created a page to support Year 11 pupils preparing for college. Please click on this link on to access learning materials, guidance and resources for courses at Tameside College, Ashton Sixth Form College and Clarendon Sixth Form College. Please note that the information and study materials on this page are relevant for courses starting in September 2020 and may change for September 2021.

Careers Guidance Online

Use the following websites to get independent careers information, advice and guidance. Please e-mail Mrs Chaudhry (CEIAG and Progression Advisor) if you need further support:

https://gmacs.co.uk/ - Careers exploration through Greater Manchester’s Apprenticeship and Careers Service

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – This is the Government’s hub for careers advice for people of all ages where you can find help with drafting letters, CVs, exploring your skills or seeking careers advice

www.startprofile.com – investigate careers, watch videos and get great advice, find out about employers and work experience opportunities in your area

www.careersbox.co.uk – video based job profile information and skills explorer too

www.successatschool.org – gives clear and comprehensive information about a range of Career Zones (sectors), in an easy to access format. Students can create a profile to help to collate useful information. ’60 second interviews’ giving profile of professionals, provide a useful insight into specific careers

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – opportunities that exist outside of university

www.ucas.com – information about university courses on offer, also the Stamford test to help with ideas about subjects to study

www.russellgroup.ac.uk – represents 24 leading universities, source of careers information & advice including ‘informed choices’ a downloadable guide to making post 16 choices

www.prospects.ac.uk – find out which areas you could access after a particular degree

MyCareerSpringboard.org – Springboard is for students. It is divided into two main sections: the Career Test and the Career Exploration Tool. In tandem, these two interactive tools allow students to find some career inspiration and gain an insight into their different career options

www.jobapplications.co.uk – this site has useful videos, demonstrating how to complete the online applications for many top companies in the UK, as well as providing detailed information on salaries and interviews. Applications forms can be printed off directly from this site

https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships– the National Apprenticeship Service website provides general advice and information about apprenticeships.  Also advertises current vacancies

www.how2become.com – offers detailed advice on how to access a range of sectors. Also offers the purchase of resources, compiled in conjunction with professionals working in these fields, designed to enable you to achieve your dream career or course

www.fasttomato.com – an interactive careers website to help with ‘careers matching’ programme to help with career choice (log in for a free guest pass

jobs.telegraph.co.uk/careers  – lots of information about specific sectors as well as advice on how to create a CV and prepare for interviews

www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk – displays current apprenticeship and school leaver programme opportunities, to the latest school leaver job news, and gives career journey advice

www.allAboutApprenticeships.co.uk – gives live apprenticeship vacancies, organised by sector or area. Also offers plenty of advice on making applications

 

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