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Career’s Fair Survey Results

Career’s Fair Survey Results – Fair date: 28/02/2020

On the 28th February REACH school organised post-16 careers fair for all students in Year 10 and Year 11. Organisations such as JTL Training, Prince’s Trust, and Gordon Franks Training all attended to offer our students knowledge about their programmes and pathways. The British Army were also able to attend and gave an excellent presentation to the students on careers in the Army and the various qualifications one could achieve. Further education establishments such as UCB, BMET, Cadbury College, SCCB, Bournville and Solihull College were also able to attend and help our students with any course queries and offer advice on what pathway would be best for the students based on aspiration and current predicted grades.

Surveys were also completed by both students and parents/guardians about the fair. Below are the results:

58% of students strongly agreed that the careers event was well organised.

42% of students agreed that the careers fair was well organised.

54% of students strongly agreed that the exhibitors were helpful.

46% of students agreed that the exhibitors were helpful.

38% of students strongly agreed that they were able to find the information they wanted.

46% of students agreed that they were able to find the information they wanted.

16% of students either disagreed or were unsure as the companies they were interested in were in the end unable to attend the fair.

38% of students strongly agree they have a better idea of their career options after the fair.

58% of students agree that they have a better idea of their career options after the fair.

4% of students disagreed as they would have liked other organisations such as NHS, Police and construction companies who offer apprenticeships.

38% of students strongly agreed they have a better understanding of what options are available to them after they leave REACH.

50% of students agreed that they have a better understanding of what options were available to them after they leave REACH.

12% of students were still unsure and stated they required more information which the CEIAG Lead then followed up on and met all students individually to offer advice and guidance.

Parent Surveys

100 % of parents agreed the event was well organised.

50% of parents knew the industry their child wanted to move onto after REACH.

50% of parents did not know the industry their child wants to move onto after REACH.

50% of parents knew the qualifications their child needed in order to pursue their career choice.

50% of parents were unsure of the qualification their child needed due to not knowing what career path their child wanted to take.

100% of parents strongly agreed they knew who to contact in school to receive careers information for their child.

RAISING THE PARTICIPATION AGE

RAISING THE PARTICIPATION AGE (RPA) – INFORMATION FOR PARENTS.

The Education and Skills Act 2008 increased the minimum age at which young people in England can leave learning. From 2015, all young people are required to continue in learning or training until the age of 18.

Raising the participation age (RPA) does not mean young people must stay in school; they can choose one of the following options:

  • Full-time education, such as school or college
  • An Apprenticeship or a Traineeship
  • Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

Why has this changed?

This change has been created to give all young people the opportunity to develop skills and qualifications that will open doors to future employment; it will also help them make the most of their potential.

What does this mean, and how can I help as a parent?

The legal requirement to participate will be on your child. This is because we know that, at the age 16 young people are starting to make decisions about their future.

As a parent you could support your child by talking to them about their aspirations for a future career.

Help them research about the different types of careers they may be interested in and what qualifications are required.

Visit post – 16 open evenings to talk to staff about courses and to find out what it might be like to study at a particular provider.

What happens if my child does not move onto a post-16 pathway?

If a child refuses to engage in a form of education or training, they will be classed as a NEET (not in education or employment) by the local authority this will then have an impact on child benefits you would normally receive for that child.

How can the school help?

We know that making choices about education and training can be a challenge, which is why REACH School have a dedicated careers guidance worker who can support your child to make informative decisions about their future aspirations and post-16 pathways.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Programme

At Reach school we understand that it is important to develop yourself through careers, employability and enterprise education. It is also vital that you learn about careers and the world of work and develop your career management and employability skills.

As well as offering each student a work related learning placement in career paths such as childcare, mechanics, horticulture, customer service, animal care and hairdressing we also want:

To support you with making decisions about your progression pathways and to investigate different careers. You will take part in different activities and events to help you with this from Year 10 through to Year 11 which might include a visit to a further education establishment or attend a presentation with an employer. You will have access to different online resources to help you with your decision making and to be able to record your skills and experiences on your own individual action plans that Birmingham Careers Service will be supporting you with to ensure that each of you are receiving independent careers service.

Below are just a few examples of the activities that are in place to support you with making decisions about your progression.

Year 10

Autumn Term

  • ASK – Apprenticeship Assembly
  • Weekly work placements in fields such as Horticulture, Bricklaying, Mechanics, Beauty, Hairdressing and Childcare.

Spring Term

  • Weekly work placements in fields such as Horticulture, Bricklaying, Mechanics, Beauty, Hairdressing and Childcare.
  • Careers Fair – Chance to meet providers
  • Big Bang Event (STEM Event)
  • Course option visits

Summer Term

  • Weekly work placements in fields such as Horticulture, Bricklaying, Mechanics, Beauty, Hairdressing and Childcare.
  • C.V. Workshops and enterprise support
  • Form-tutor reviews regarding Career and Aspirations
  • Careers Interviews with Birmingham Careers Service

Year 11

Autumn Term

  • N.E.C – Skills Show
  • Weekly work placements in fields such as Horticulture, Bricklaying, Mechanics, Beauty, Hairdressing and Childcare.
  • ASK – Apprenticeship Assembly
  • Careers Interviews follow up with Birmingham Careers Service
  • Interview preparation session with SCCB
  • College application and employability support
  • Workshops on how to use www.ucas.comwww.apprenticeships.org.ukwww.unifrog.org

Spring Term

  • REACH Careers Fair – chance to meet employers, FE and Training providers.
  • Big Bang (STEM Event)
  • Finishing of qualifications in Work Placements allocated
  • Apprenticeship application support
  • Employer interview preparation
  • National Apprenticeship Event
  • On-going support from Birmingham Careers Service.

Summer Term

  • Post – 16 preparation and support.
  • On-going support from Birmingham Careers Service.
Curriculum Intent – Work Related Learning

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“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, which is why we call it the present.” (Elenor Roosevelt)

At REACH school Work Related Learning is the present and this is the gift that keeps on giving. As you cannot put a tag on the wealth of knowledge each student gains from experiencing a day in world of work.

Adulthood is hard and to maintain work/life balance is a real skill, but when you are able to work in a field you truly enjoy the experience of adulthood becomes a lot easier. We give our students the opportunity to get a taste of something they are passionate about whether it is learning how to fix a car, taking care of children, looking after animals, learning about computers or becoming the next successful make-up artist.

I can vouch from personal experience as to the impact that work experience can have as I met what would become my future employer at a career’s fair which I helped organise through the company I was volunteering with.

Through Work Related Learning, REACH enable students to develop their understanding of working life: – the routine of being punctual to their placement, to learning effective communication skills and also learning to be part of a team. This culminates in them leaving with an accredited and recognised qualification in their desired post – 16 options.

“Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs”:

  1. The future can be better than the present
  2. And I have the power to do it.

Planned career activities and taster days are embedded in the curriculum to support post-16 options in order to ensure students are presented with a variety of opportunities to fully understand their chosen pathway and make informed decisions about their future.

The intent of work related learning is to further develop our students’ passion for their desired career path, as REACH school always try to match our student’s post-16 choices to their work placement. Student’s knowledge, behaviour and skills are brought to life through their chosen work experience which leads to them being competent, qualified and ready for the real world.

Careers, Information & Guidance

At Reach school we feel it is important for both students and parents to have the opportunity to be able to access impartial on-line resources to help your child develop their aspirations, review and analyse their long-term and short-term careers goals and use information obtained to help make decisions about their possible options and career paths. Please see below information that will direct you to these online resources. As Parents these resources will help you to understand the changes in further education and give you a good foundation of knowledge to support your child with their chosen path.  


The National Career Service provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work 


Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. Lots of helpful advice in the advice section on employability skills, work experience, apprenticeships, university and different career paths. 

Labour Market Information 

Labour Market Information (LMI) is used to understand the current economic climate. LMI allows young people and adults to research and see which career areas and growing and which are declining by things such as predicted growth/decline rates, working hours, average salaries, application made in that field etc all of this information is used to help you make an informed decision on your future employment.  

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www.icould.com 
Website that gives you free access to more than a thousand videos related to different curriculum subjects of people telling their personal careers stories in their own words including information on  the Labour Market e.g. average salary, skills & qualification. 

Apprenticeships 

The Direct Gov website allows both parents and students to search for Apprenticeships in their area and make applications for available vacancies. It also provides information regarding salaries and qualifications offered.  

The amazing apprenticeship website offers students lots of useful resources regarding apprenticeships and information about different levels, how to apply and live broadcasts.  

Careers Help

Useful Careers, Information & Guidance Online

At Reach school we feel it is important for both students and parents to have the opportunity to be able to access impartial on-line resources to help your child develop their aspirations, review and analyse their long-term and short-term careers goals and use information obtained to help make decisions about their possible options and career paths. Please see below information that will direct you to these online resources. As parents these resources will help you to understand the changes in further education and give you a good foundation of knowledge to support your child with their chosen path.

Explore different occupations using the LMI for All Careerometer widget

Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations help of learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.

It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the 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. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

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www.nationalcareersservice.direct.go.uk
The National Career Service provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work

www.successatschool.org
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l is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. Lots of helpful advice in the advice section on employability skills, work experience, apprenticeships, university and different career paths.

Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information (LMI) is used to understand the current economic climate. LMI allows young people and adults to research and see which career areas and growing and which are declining by things such as predicted growth/decline rates, working hours, average salaries, application made in that field etc all of this information is used to help you make an informed decision on your future employment.

Below are a few websites/links where you can explore local LMI information

www.icould.com
Website that gives you free access to more than a thousand videos related to different curriculum subjects of people telling their personal careers stories in their own words including information on Labour Market Information (LMI) e.g. average salary, skills & qualification.

Apprenticeships

www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

The Direct Gov website allows both parents and students to search for Apprenticeships in their area and make applications for available vacancies. It also provides information regarding salaries and qualifications offered.

www.amazingapprenticeships.com

The amazing apprenticeship website offers students lots of useful resources regarding apprenticeships and information about different levels, how to apply and live broadcasts.

C.E.I.G

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Programme

Introduction 

At Reach school we understand that it is important to develop yourself through careers, employability and enterprise education. It is also vital that you learn about careers, the world of work and develop your career management and employability skills.  

As well as offering each student a work related learning placement in career paths such as childcare, mechanics, horticulture, customer service, business admin and hairdressing we also want to support you with making decisions about your progression pathways and to investigate different careers. You will take part in different activities and events to help you with this from Year 9 through to Year 11 which might include a visit to a university or attending a presentation with an employer. You will have access to different online resources to help you with your decision making and to enable you to record your skills and experiences on your action plan. Birmingham Careers Service will support you to ensure that each of you are receiving independent careers advice. 

Below are just a few examples of the activities that are in place to support you with making decisions about your progression. 

Year 9 

Autumn Term 

  • ASK Apprenticeship Assembly  
  • Army/RAF workshop  
  • Enterprise workshops via West Bromwich football club  

Spring Term 

  • Barclays Life Skills workshop  
  • Employability Workshops via West Bromwich Football club 

Summer Term 

Opportunity to prepare for Work Experience which will be completed through Year 10 and 11 

  • Meet and greet with Birmingham Careers Service  
  • Taster sessions in Work Placement such as Envirohort, Gordon Franks Training and Southside. 
  • How to use I-Could as an innovative and easy-to-use careers guidance software helping young people make better and more informed choices about their career path.  
  • Form Tutor time focusing on Labour Market Information and career aspirations. 
  • Attend various interactive workshops to support career aspiration 

Year 10 

Autumn Term 

  • N.E.C – Skills Show 
  • ASK – Apprenticeship Assembly 
  • Careers Interviews with Birmingham Careers Service 
  • Weekly work placements in fields such as Horticulture, Bricklaying, Mechanics, Beauty, Hairdressing and Childcare.   

Spring Term 

  • Weekly work placements in fields such as Horticulture, Bricklaying, Mechanics, Beauty, Hairdressing and Childcare.  
  • National Apprenticeship Event  
  • Careers Fair – Chance to meet providers  
  • Career & Progression follow up with Birmingham Careers Service  
  • STEM Workshop. 

Summer Term 

  • Weekly work placements in fields such as Horticulture, Bricklaying, Mechanics, Beauty, Hairdressing and Childcare.  
  • C.V. Workshops and enterprise support 
  • Form-tutor reviews regarding Career and Aspirations 

Year 11 

Autumn Term 

  • N.E.C – Skills Show 
  • Weekly work placements in fields such as Horticulture, Bricklaying, Mechanics, Beauty, Hairdressing and Childcare.  
  • ASK – Apprenticeship Assembly 
  • Careers Interviews follow up with Birmingham Careers Service   

Spring Term 

  • Finishing of qualifications in Work Placements allocated 
  • Apprenticeship application support  
  • Employer interview preparation 
  • National Apprenticeship Event  
  • Careers Fair – Chance to meet providers 
  • STEM Workshop.  

Summer Term 

  • Post – 16 preparation and support. 
Work Related Learning

Work Related Learning is a planned activity that uses the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding that will be useful in a working environment.

At Reach we believe that WRL is about having the chance to learn and practice the skills you will need in the workplace. It is a core part of our curriculum and we offer various opportunities for our students to develop these skills in their chosen field.

We currently have student in the following fields: Landscaping, Childcare, Bricklaying, Mechanics, Hair and Beauty and Animal Care.

At Reach school we understand that it is important to develop yourself through careers, employability and enterprise education. It is also vital that you learn about careers and the world of work and develop your career management and employability skills. Students at Reach will receive Independent Careers Advice through Birmingham Careers Service as well as support and guidance to apply, enrol and attend any career related events.