Careers

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.  student padletGet Curious! Explore all the latest information and opportunities to support your career options with the Heart of the South West’s free-to-use student Padlet Careers Hub

2. Speakers for Schools

As part of our commitment to providing students with a wide range of opportunities to prepare them for life beyond school, we have joined Speakers for Schools – a national network helping schools and students access influential people and opportunities to help raise aspirations. This service allows students to access free events, virtual talks, resources and wider careers programmes including virtual work experience opportunities. All opportunities will be listed below. Students in Year 10-13 have been offered the option to register their interest for bespoke careers opportunities from Speakers for Schools, but will need to have completed the required school form (previously sent to parents/guardians) to support the application process – please ask Mr Thomas for more information.

Watch here a variety of successful (and some famous) professionals speak about their work and how to achieve within their industry.

3. Somerset TalentEd Academies

Learn about the world of work from local employers!

The Somerset TalentEd Academy Programme 2021 launches in November with the first in a series of four industry insights for this term with more to follow in the Spring.

Register in advance here to access and for a list of insights and further information. Open to all students in years 10 and 11.

4. IBM careers webinar –  Wednesday 26th January from 5pm – 6pm.

An evening with IBM, one of the biggest technology firms in the world. With revenues exceeding $50 billion and employing more than 300,000 employees operating in 171 countries, IBM is one of the most exciting global organisations to work for.

IBM offer a variety of tech solutions such as artificial intelligence, business automation and blockchain solutions as well as consulting services helping all sorts of different industries from banking & finance, government, healthcare and retail. They also produce and provide the Hawk-Eye and cyber security technology at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

The opportunities to grow personally and professionally and work all over the world on innovative and fascinating projects are endless at a company like IBM. Come and hear about some of the exciting projects they are working on as well as their school leaver opportunities, summer insight days and gap year placements.

If you’d like to sign up to this event to find out more, please click here.

5. Leonardo Apprenticeships in Engineering and Business are now open for applications.

Applications are now open and will be considered on a rolling programme this year, so first come, first considered…

For more information on the opportunities pleas visit the website.

6. 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

7. Headstart

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

8.  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.

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 Mr Adam Thomas, Assistant Head – Teaching & Learning:

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. Our Provider Access Policy Statement can be read here.

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

Teachers can access additional information regarding careers on our school Share Point site.

The next review of this information will be in July 2022.