The Careers Education , Advice and Guidance Department is committed to providing unbiased and professional advice, and enabling students to make their own realistic and informed decisions.
The Department currently applying for the Investor in Careers award, a national quality mark for Careers Education.
Led by Ms R Anders, whose qualification( in addition to teaching qualifications) is the Diploma in Careers Education from Nottingham Trent University, and IOSH Certificate in Managing Safely.
- Monday 5th Oct David Campbell Soccer ( careers talk)
- Monday 12th October Warrington Collegiate ( Careers talk)
- Monday 19th October Launch of Year 12 Executive Shadowing
- Monday 9th November Apprenticeships ( Careers talk)
Careers work starts in with a general introduction to Careers based around the student’s own likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses
Learning is based around the “Real Game”, an online work simulation exercise which stresses the importance of linking schoolwork to future ideas and aspirations.
Careers work is mainly focussed on options choices, learners are encouraged to think about why they may choose a subject, what career possibilities it may open up, investigate websites such as UCAS, and also use Launchpad, an on line careers match programme. This can also be accessed at home if students wish by going to www.cascaid.co.uk/launchpad, and entering the license code timetask14 when prompted.
Offers students the possibility of using the KS4 version of Real Game called “Be Real”, and also various careers based activities such as Employer visits, mock interviews etc.
Post 16 opportunities are the main focus. Guidance Interviews are carried out by Mrs Jackie Connor (independent Careers advisor) or by Ms R Anders. The importance of preparing a CV is stressed, and learners are given the opportunity to attend Careers information sessions, for example from Warrington Collegiate about vocational courses and apprenticeships, Total People about Apprenticeships, Training Tomorrow’s Engineers, and local businesses.
Careers work focuses on post 18 opportunities, applications to Higher Education and for those not progressing to University CV writing, mock interviews and Life Skills sessions.
All Year 12 learners undertake a 2 week Work Placement/Internship programme in July of Year 12.
The Department has built contacts with many local Employers including United Utilities, Wates, SSE, Nuvia, Marks and Spencer, as well as many smaller local employers, and is grateful for to them for their support with our Work Placement programmes.
Learners are encouraged to research potential Careers by accessing approved websites which include:
www.cascaid.co.uk/launchpad ( code timetask14)
All learners are kept informed about current Careers events either by the Careers noticeboard in College or the main school, by the plasma screen, via form tutors, or in the case of Year 12 and 13 by e mail.