Careers and Aspirations
A young person’s Career is the progress they make in learning and work. All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them choose the pathway that are right for them. Our Careers programme should enable pupils to:
Be more self-aware about their own skills, aptitudes, values, aspirations and potential
Have a better understanding of education, training and future career opportunities both within the UK and abroad
Make informed choices about their own continuing education, training and future career paths
Develop career management skills of self-reliance, adaptability, flexibility, decision making and problem solving
At AGFS we are proud to provide our pupils with much more than just brilliant teaching. Our extensive co-curricular Program ensures that pupils receive a well-rounded education where life enriching opportunities are experienced and important personal skills are nurtured. The co-curricular program provides a range of opportunities beyond the classroom including, but not exclusive to, timetabled weekly enrichment sessions, twelve full Drop Down Days per year, sporting activities, elite dance workshops, music concerts, school shows, excursions to undertake outdoor and adventurous activities, university trips and Careers events. Our extensive student leadership and community volunteering projects in local primary schools and care homes form an important aspect of this program.
At AGFS our Careers Education programme is an integral part of the preparation of pupils for the opportunities and experiences of adult life. Its central concern is equipping pupils to manage the choices, changes and transitions affecting their future education, training, employment and life as adult members of an international society and to instil the notion of life-long learning. The opportunity to empower young people, regardless of socio-economic background, to grow and be successful is at the heart of everything we do at AGFS. Our values of Ambition, Growth, Fellowship and Scholarship permeate all school life.
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it but that it is too low and we reach it”
Ark Greenwich Free School Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Pathways and Enrichment programme. As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students.
Ark Greenwich Free School Academy also proactively seek to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Pathways and Enrichment activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across Years 7-11, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways. Ark Greenwich Free School Academy ensures that Academy staff involved in personal guidance and pastoral support are up to date on their knowledge of these Post-16 and Post-18 pathways, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.
Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, Post-16 or Post-18 option choices. Ark Greenwich Free School Academy’s Pathways and Enrichment programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership and Governance Teams and monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.
In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the Academy’s Pathways Lead, Ms Reddy, firstname.lastname@example.org with a minimum of six weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the Academy, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.
For questions on this or Ark Greenwich Free School Academy’s wider Pathways and Enrichment programme, please contact the Academy’s Pathways Lead, Su Reddy.
The school is committed to providing a planned programme of Careers education, information, advice and guidance for all students in Years 7-11 lead by our Careers Advisor. Every year we create multiple opportunities for guest speakers, trips to Careers events, in-house Careers Fairs and Drop Down Days tailored to support our students in planning for their career ahead. We are committed to holding 1:1 interviews or small group interviews for every student from Year 9-11 to discuss and advise on their planning towards their chosen career journey.
AGFS will review the success and impact of the Careers programme annually, we measure the impact of our Careers offer through the annual pupil and parents stakeholder surveys (December and July) and Post-16 destinations. Throughout the year, the Careers programme is reviewed through student voice panels both teacher and student led.
Year 7-10 Careers Information
All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will receive a one to one and/or small group interviews with our Careers Advisor on an annual basis to discuss their career hopes and aspirations. They will be given information about the Post-16 application process, advised of potential courses and relevant Post-16 providers as well as have a chance to ask questions.
Ahead of an interview, we request that students complete the below Myers Briggs Personality Test and Pre-Interview Questionnaire applicable to their Year group.
START Career Log
To further support students in Y7-Y10 with their Career Journey, AGFS have launched a new way for students to record their career journey using an online platform called START. All students, Years 7 to 10 need to register/sign up to this online platform here https://www.startprofile.com/ Please refer to the Student Guideline document below on how to set up your account and the activities students need to complete.
This log is unlike the career log in your student planner, START has the following benefits:
- Gives access to the best and most comprehensive careers information and advice available
- Contains modules students work through throughout their time at AGFS, which are designed to guide and help students make informed choices about their future study and work
- Includes tools such as job suitability profiling and an online record of achievement for all year groups, as well as content including job profiles, apprenticeship vacancies and course information for post-16 and 18 providers
This is an exciting and excellent project for students to do, in order to equip themselves with the tools and resources needed to pursue the next steps in their career progression.
Here you will find a variety of resources from The Brilliant Club’s programmes, designed to support students from 10-18 years, as they consider their education/career pathway.
WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME (WEX)
Tuesday 1st September – Friday 4th September 2020
In Year 11 students will be given the opportunity to undertake a one-week Work Experience placement during the first week of the new academic year, Tuesday 1st September – Friday 4th September 2020 - providing they meet acceptable standards of attendance, punctuality and behaviour. When in the workplace students will be expected to conduct themselves and carry out tasks of any other employee, as far as possible, in the organisation. The Work Experience Programme is an integral part of the school’s commitment to ensuring that pupils leave school with the skills and knowledge needed to join the world of work.
This provides a valuable, unpaid opportunity for young people to experience working life while they are still at school. It presents them with a chance to:
- Work alongside adults as part of a team
- Develop and practice a range of transferable key skills
- Become more confident in their abilities
- Relate their school curriculum and qualifications to the workplace
- Make more informed decisions about their future
- Develop their personal qualities
When combined they will contribute strongly towards their employability for the future.
Students in Year 10 are encouraged and expected to self-find their own WEX placements in a sector or industry they are interested in. This will ensure students gain the best experience whilst on placement. However, our new WEX provider, Changing Education, will be able to assist sourcing placement providers for a small number of students that are unable to self-find.
All Year 10 students need to download and register on the WEX Connect App and the below link will provide you with the details on how to do this. All students in Year 10 must have set up their account on Connect by Friday 8th November 2019. If any students encounter any issues with the Connect App they should in the first instance, contact the AGFS Careers Lead/WEX Co-Ordinator, Mrs Neville, during the after school drop in sessions held in the Library. Students will be issued further details of the WEX programme by the end of Autumn Term 2 including the WEX deadline and time line dates.
During Year 10, students will participate in a programme of preparation to ensure that they have a clear understanding of their opportunities, commitments and responsibilities. Students will be encouraged to indicate the type of work they would prefer, but we wish to stress that neither placements nor their choice can be guaranteed as unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly more difficult for the school to find places.
Please click the link below to find out where one of our current Year 11 students completed their WEX placement in September 2019 and what they thought about it.
If you have any questions regarding the Work Experience (WEX) Programme, please contact our Careers Lead, Mrs Neville at email@example.com
Year 11 Careers Information
Post 16 Progression for Year 11 Students
All students need to be in education or undertake an apprenticeship until they are 18 years old. It’s the law. What pathway will they choose? 6th Form Comprehensive, 6th Form Grammar, College or embark on an Apprenticeship?
As your child enters Year 11 it’s time for them to start thinking about their next steps beyond the Ark GFS family and their transition from KS4 into a Post-16 centre for the following academic year. During the Autumn Terms 1 and 2 students in Year 11 need to start visiting the various Post-16 providers Open Evenings and start applying to their chosen Post-16 provider.
Below are useful documents that provide parents, carers and students of AGFS details of the most popular Post-16 providers in Greenwich and surrounding Boroughs and their website addresses. This can be used for students to commence researching into the variety of Sixth Forms, colleges and the courses they have to offer, how to apply for a Sixth Form form placement and the entry requirements.
Declaration: While every effort has been made by Ark GFS to ensure the information provided is accurate and up to date, it is the responsibility of the student/parent/carer to ensure they check directly with the selected school for up to date information.
Ark GFS and its staff shall not be held responsible for changes made after this publication dated 29th November 2019.
AGFS uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to planning our Pathways and Enrichment programme. As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students.
AGFS also proactively seek to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Pathways and Enrichment activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across Years 7-11, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways. AGFS ensures that School staff involved in personnel guidance and pastoral support are up to date on their knowledge of these Post-16 and Post-18 pathways, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.
Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE or Post-16 option choices. AGFS Pathways and Enrichment programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership and Governance Teams and monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.
In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the School’s Pathways Lead, Mrs Neville: firstname.lastname@example.org, with a minimum of six weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered based on staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the School, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.
University Course – What are my options?
If you’re not quite sure what post - 16 pathway you want to follow or you’re undecided on your career pathway, this UCAS link will provide you with a variety of options for you to explore and research.
Students at AGFS, throughout each academic year, have the fantastic opportunity to work alongside or engage with a variety of employers such as Goldsmiths University GlaxoSmithKline, Barclays Skills for Life, 7 Billion Ideas, ICT Faraday Engineer, Imperial College London and JP Morgan to name just a few, to help broaden students horizons and career aspirations. These occur during Drop Down Days, Enrichment Programme, Careers Fairs, Assemblies, STEAM and organised trips. A full list of employer encounters AGFS work with can be found below
LMI – What is Labour Market Information?
Labour Market Information, also known as LMI, can help you make a good decision when you want to change jobs or move to a new place. It can help you find out what the labour market is like for that job or that city. For example, if you are a machinist and you move to a town with no factories, you will have a hard time finding a job.
Looking at labour market information before can help you make good decisions for your Career aspirations.
Career and Labour Market Information (LMI) includes information on:
• skills, career pathways and progression routes in the local labour market
• job applications and interviews
• educational institutions, courses, qualifications, entry requirements and costs
• professional bodies
• employment sectors, employers, jobs, salaries and employment trends
• jobs, training and apprenticeships
• job demands and working life
• financial planning
A labour market is a mechanism that matches potential employers of people (the demand for labour) with people who are available for work (the labour supply). Labour markets operate at local, regional, national and, increasingly, at international levels, reflecting how economies operate.
It is vital, in an environment where new industries are emerging and many of the most important jobs of the future don’t yet exist, that individuals have access to high-quality labour market information and earnings data to underpin their choices’. Anne Milton MP
Where can I find LMI information?
With so many places to find LMI information AGFS has sourced below a useful LMI tool plus some helpful websites for you to research Career trends.
Use the widgets below to compare your top career interests. Just type in the job you're interested in, and see the comparisons between them.
If your son or daughter is interested in starting work and they are keen to learn some skills and gain qualifications, then an apprenticeship could be the right option for them. On an apprenticeship, they study for qualifications while working and they learn the skills they need for the job they are doing.
To start an apprenticeship your teenager must be 16 years old or older, eligible to work in the UK and not in full-time education. There are three levels of apprenticeships for young people with average GCSE grades through to those with A Levels or an Advanced Diploma.
There are lots of benefits to doing an apprenticeship. Apprentices can learn while they earn and in a way that is best suited to them. As an apprentice they will:
- earn a salary
- get paid holidays
- be paid while attending college
- receive training and gain qualifications and potentially be able to progress to Degree level
What could an Apprenticeship lead to?
At the end of an apprenticeship, most apprentices are kept on by their employer as they have invested a great deal in their training. It is only fair to note however that this is not guaranteed.
Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are also very rewarding. They train you in the skills employers want so they give you choices in your career. It is possible to move on to the next level of apprenticeship and those who have completed an Advanced or Higher Level apprenticeship could move on to Higher Education and study for a Foundation Degree, an HND or other higher level qualification including a Degree Apprenticeship, or a normal Degree.
Further Information Links:
To find out more on apprenticeships click here:
Key facts about apprenticeships can be found here:
Questions and Answers about Apprenticeships
New Immersive Career Experiences: The "Live & Online" Series
InvestIN will be providing six additional career experience programmes LIVE & ONLINE in May for students aged 15-18. These programmes give students the opportunity to gain crucial career coaching in a live, interactive environment, from the comfort of their own homes. The new programmes are listed below. Click on any to see full details and register now. 'Live & Online' programmes are delivered by top professionals who will be on-hand throughout to answer your questions live from London.
The Young Entrepreneur Programme:
Saturday 2nd May
The Young Lawyer Programme:
Sunday 3rd May
The Young Architect Programme:
Saturday 9th May
The Young Political Leader Programme:
Sunday 10th May
The Young Film-Maker Programme:
Saturday 16th May
The Young Computer Scientist Programme:
Sunday 17th May
The websites below all provide useful careers information and advice:
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers. The National Careers Service website aims to:
help students with careers decisions and planning
provide students with support to review their skills and abilities and develop new goals
motivate students to implement their plan of action
enable students to make the best use of high quality career related tools.
Careersbox is a free, online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Careers Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aims to deliver a new way for students to explore their skills and careers options.
LifeSkills, created by Barclays, is a free, curriculum-linked program, developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people in the UK.
Icould has a range of video clips showing real people talking about their jobs and careers.
Careerpilot allows students to explore different job sectors and how they can study and work at the same time - even to university level.
Success at School is a website where students can explore careers, find information about top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
Apprenticeships: The Government has created a dedicated apprenticeship website with a wide range of information to help young people decide if an apprenticeship is the right route for them.
Careermap offers different career choices and qualifications across a variety of industry sectors. Students can also register to receive their Career Magazine to keep up to date with the job market and LMI information.
Statutory Requirements and Recommendations
The Careers provision at AGFS is in line with the Statutory Guidance developed by the Department for Education, which refers to Section 42A, 42B and 45A of the Education Act 1997 and Section 72 of the Education and Skills Act 2008. This states that all schools should provide independent careers guidance from Years 8 -13 and that this guidance should:
- be impartial
- include information on a range of pathways, including university options or apprenticeships
- be adapted to the needs to the student
In addition, the school is compliant with the careers guidance that the government set out for delivery from 5 January 2018: ‘Careers guidance and access for education and training providers’ as well as ‘Careers Guidance and Inspiration for young people in schools.’ This states that all academies must give education and training providers the opportunity to talk to students about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships. The guidance details instruction that students from Year 7 should have an encounter with an employer. Further information relating to exposing students to training providers is set out later in this document, under Provider Access.