Careers preparation at Sexey's School

At Sexey’s School we provide all our students in Years 7 to 13 with a comprehensive programme of careers preparation, education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and work related learning (WRL) to complement their curriculum learning and prepare them for life after school.

Careers preparation programme

 

Key Stage 3- Introduction into careers and interest guides
- Planning for the future – let’s talk about jobs!
Key Stage 4- Year 10: Employability and block work experience
- Year 11: Financials
- Taster days at local colleges
- Careers presentations: including talks from professionals and local employers
- South Somerset Careers Convention at Fleet Air Army Museum, Yeovilton
- CV writing and assistance with post 16 applications
- External speakers covering all post 16 (and post 18) options
Key Stage 5- UCAS convention visit, UWE, Bristol for all Year 12
- Oxbridge conference for HE+ students
- HE+ programme to support Oxbridge and competitive applications for medicine, veterinary science and dentistry
- Regular talks from professionals and local employers
- Work experience week (including briefing and debriefing)
- Y12: Allocated careers week (July) with university visits, professional speakers, workshops on GAP years, university, apprenticeships and employment
- Support and presentations on CVs, letters and application formats, including mock interview practice
- Access to alumni network of speakers and careers advice
- A Level results and clearing service
Post Sixth Form/Year 11- Ex-Sexey’s students can access support from the Independent Careers Adviser in the year after they have left, e.g. Gap Year students, those wishing to change their university course, look for apprenticeships, or recovering from illness

 

All students can access up to date labour market information and research tools via the School’s Independent Careers Advisor and on the Student Information Area below.

Full details of our Careers Policy can be read and downloaded here.

Measurement and assessment of the impact of our careers programme

The impact of Sexey’s careers programme is assessed by the Assistant Head using the following means:

  • Lesson and tutor observations within PSHE lessons as part of School Self Evaluation
  • Student focus groups. Resulting action points then feed into the following years’ planning process to ensure they are addressed.
  • Review of the school’s adherence to the Gatsby Benchmarks undertaken in conjunction with the careers adviser.

Upcoming events: Student area

1. Global Business Technology Insight Day with PwC and VMware

  • Thursday April 15th 9:00 – 16:00
  • Open to Y11-Y13
  • High end interactive workshops with Virtual Reality master classes
  • A day in the life of at a global technology company
  • An overview of technology careers and the forte of tech
  • Variety of presentations and interactive sessions to learn more about the industry
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Certificate of attendance to be awarded (great for CV)
  • FREE event (limited places, first come first serve)

Application Link:
https://www.research.net/r/PwC-VMware-Event

PwC:
With offices in 155 countries and more than 284,000 people, PwC are among the leading professional services networks in the world. Some facts about PwC: In FY20, PwC firms provided services to 84% of the Global Fortune 500 companies and more than 100,000 entrepreneurial and private businesses. 63,053 people joined PwC firms around the world in FY20. For the year ending 30 June 2020, PwC’s gross revenues were US$43 billion.

VMWare:
VMWare is one of the biggest software companies in the world servicing over 98% of fortune 500 companies. Their software forms a digital foundation that powers the apps, services and experiences that are transforming the world across industries. With $9billion in revenue, 31,000+ employees and offices all over the world, VMware is one of the best tech companies to work for!

2. The University of Law: Virtual Work Experience Scheme

The University of Law’s Real World Virtual Work Experience application process will be live from Thursday 1st April.

The three day scheme, running 26-28 July, is designed for students in Year 11, 12 or 13 who have missed out on opportunities to enhance their skill set and build their CV due to the pandemic.

This year, the Real World Work Experience Scheme is expanding to cover even more professional areas across the legal and business sectors, with the aim of ensuring more students know what to expect and can develop key skills ready for the workplace.

As part of the scheme, students will get the opportunity to:
– Gain insight into what working for a law firm or business is like
– Develop transferable skills
– Complete mock tasks that replicate real work activity
– Experience lectures delivered by professionals
– Expand your employability skills
– Network with students, business advisors and lawyers
More information can be found on our website here: https://www.law.ac.uk/landing/work-experience-scheme/

To secure a place on the scheme, students must complete a short application form which is on the webpage above and submit it no later than 5pm Friday 18th June. The University of Law team will then be in touch with applicants after the closing date. If there are any queries or problems with the application form, students can contact virtualworkexperience@law.ac.uk

3. GP Live – for aspiring medics and healthcare students
Ages: 15+
Next Date: 3rd April 2021
Time: 10am – 4pm
Link: educationprojects.co.uk/medical-projects/gp-live

Full disclosure: The above is a paid course and it costs £159. The course is a full-day course where they have built a full GP Surgery, complete with professional camera crews and amazing Doctors to teach students, therefore there is a cost.

They have a huge range of free resources as well and run free webinars every two weeks. They have a medical student who runs their Youtube channel and release articles and guides every single week – follow the links below for more:
Webinars
Our Youtube channel
Articles

4. Interested in Nursing and Healthcare Careers?

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has teamed up with Speakers for Schools to offer two insight opportunities in April 2021:

  • Nursing Virtual Insight Afternoon, Tuesday 13th April 2021 (12:30pm – 3:30pm).
    Details can be found here.
  • Healthcare Science Virtual Insight Morning, Thursday 15th April 2021 (9:30am – 12:30pm)
    Details can be found here.

The opportunities are open to students aged 14 – 19 years and each event has 40 places. Information on how to register and apply can be found on the Speakers for Schools website.

5. Pathways to Property Summer School 2021

Read this flyer for more information about the Pathways to Property free summer school, available to students in Year 9 upwards. It is designed to give insights into a future career in the property sector.

6. Thinking of becoming a barrister or exploring a career in Law?

Discovery Day for Schools Online – Wednesday 14 April, 12.30-4pm

Join us for our upcoming online Discovery Day! The Inner Temple are pleased to host another Discovery Day for Schools – taking place online on Wednesday 14 April, 12.30-4pm, and including:

Q&A panel discussion on progression to and life at the Bar
Interactive workshop looking at a variety of legal exercises to give you an insight into being a barrister

It’s a brilliant opportunity to learn from professionals in the industry, and ask the burning questions you have on the realities of being a barrister.

All places for this day are free, and it will be held online via Zoom.

Sign up here: https://innertemple.typeform.com/to/Nbazi95o

If you have any queries about any of these events, please email us at outreach@innertemple.org.uk

7. Apprenticeships at Lloyd’s of London

Applications for Apprenticeship programmes at Lloyd’s of London are officially open. Starting in 2021, they will be running three core programmes: Business, Insurance and Financial Services Operations. The office locations are London and Chatham, Kent.

Each of their Apprenticeship programmes are between 18 months and 3 years long and involve rotations within different departments to provide you with a range of experiences so you can discover where your interests and strengths lie. View the webpage here for more information: https://lloydsemergingtalent.com/emerging-talent

8. Are you interested in an Apprenticeship? Engineering and Manufacturing?

Thales UK Ltd at Templecombe are recruiting for September 2021. To find out more and apply:
https://jobs.thalesgroup.com/job/templecombe/2021-manufacturing-apprentice-level-2-engineering-operative-apprenticeship/1766/17734263
Any questions, please contact our careers adviser, Wendy Watson:
wwatson@sexeys.somerset.sch.uk 

9. The Government Economic Service Degree Apprenticeship Programme

Applications opened in December 2020 for the Degree Economist Apprenticeship Programme with the Government Economic Service.

With 70+ vacancies available, this is a brilliant opportunity to work in a central government department or agency on some of the most important social, environmental and economic issues our country faces.

More information will be shared in the coming weeks on how to apply.

You can also visit the GES Vacancy Snapshot profile for a deeper look into the scheme and to begin preparing for the application process.

10. Leonardo Helicopters is recruiting Engineering and Business Graduates and Apprentices now!

Follow them on social media #leonardocareers and visit the website to apply: https://uk.leonardocompany.com/en/people-careers/early-careers

11. Goldman Sachs Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

Get a head start on a career in Goldman Sachs engineering while studying for a degree in Computer Science. This four year programme runs in association with Queen Mary University of London.
Read More: https://www.goldmansachs.com/careers/students/programs/emea/engineering-apprentices.html

12. Springpod Work Experience Guide 2020

Download your guide to the UK’s top employers’ 2020 work experience programmes.

13. IBM Apprenticeships: Apprenticeships range from Level 3 to Level 6 and each pathway gives you everything you need to start your career in the industry, with lots of exposure given. In addition to the day job there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in social activities and volunteering with other Apprentices, Students and Graduates. Opportunities are located across England and salaries start at £20,000/annum. Roles open periodically throughout the year and you can register your interest for more information here.

14. Headstart

Find out more about subsidised STE(A)M university residentials: www.etrust.org.uk/headstart 

15. Engineering and Business Apprenticeships with Honeywell Aerospace Yeovil: Read this leaflet for more information.

16. Peninsula Pathways Workshops

If you are considering a career in medicine, dentistry, dental therapy & biomedical sciences then you may want to kick start your preparation for university courses with this FREE online workshop run by Plymouth University:

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/outreach/medicine-dentistry-biomedical-healthcare/peninsula-pathways-workshops

Register and sign up at the link above.

17. Allied Health Professions: free career webinars

Join the I See the Difference team for their series of free career webinars introducing the Allied Health Professions (e.g. dietitians, physiotherapists, paramedics, orthoptists etc) – available over a range of dates and times.

18. Do you have what it takes to tackle cybercriminals and help protect the UK Government?

Cyber security professionals are on the exciting front line of information security – they manage and fight cyber threats, hazards and risks to secure and protect IT systems and staff from harm. Take a look at these cyber security opportunities starting from November 2020:

Become a Cyber Apprentice

The Government Security Profession is working across a number of government departments and agencies to bring you exciting career opportunities in cyber security – so you could become a Cyber Apprentice in the Civil Service in England.

Our employers are very keen to attract a broad spectrum of applicants from diverse backgrounds. If you are passionate about technology and want to make a real difference in the work you do – we want to hear from you.

Register here: https://app.kallidusrecruit.com/GSPU/Search.aspx

Hear more from previous Government Cyber Security Apprentices and find out why they’re glad they chose apprenticeships: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViNz08hBos4

Careerometer 2 Widget

The widget below can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations to support the process of identifying potential careers.

The Careerometer widget provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects.

The data are organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you.

Provider Access Statement

Procedure
A provider wishing to request access should contact Wendy Watson, Independent Careers Advisor:
Telephone: 01749 813393
Email

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into our careers preparation programme outlined above, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers. Access to students will be granted or refused at these events depending on the suitability of the topic for discussion, as determined by the Careers Team and in line with our Safeguarding Policy, which outlines the school’s procedure for checking the identity and suitability of visitors. Education and training providers will be expected to adhere to this policy. Please speak to our Independent Careers Advisor to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Premises and facilities
When accessing students, we will provide suitable rooms (for example the school hall), wifi connection and HDMI cables for presenting audio/video. Please agree these facilities ahead of your visit with the Independent Careers Advisor, who will also take receipt of any handouts for distribution among students.

Find out more

Pupils, parents, teachers and employers may find out more information about Sexey’s School’s careers preparation programme by contacting:

Careers Leader Mr. Adam Thomas (Assistant Head – Teaching & Learning) or Wendy Watson (Independent Careers Advisor)
Telephone: 01749 813393
Email us

The next review of this information will be September 2021.