Extracurricular

Careers and Employability

Careers

What is the careers Programme for?

The careers programme is aimed at making sure that your child has the knowledge and skills to make an informed decision about what they want to do when they take their options at the end of Key stage 3 and when they leave school. They will need to learn about:

  • How to identify their own strengths and preferences and think about which career path will best suit them
  • The Labour Market – which jobs are in demand, what applicants can expect in their chosen job and if the jobs will exist in the future.
  • The opportunities available to them for education or training after the age of 16, including apprenticeships, traineeships, A Levels, T Levels and BTEC courses.

 

Careers Programme objectives:

Through the careers programme we aim to:

Aid social mobility by providing the careers and employability skills, knowledge, experience, advice and guidance that students require.

Inspire students in order to raise academic achievement.

Provide students with knowledge of all futures pathways including higher education and apprenticeships.

Equip students with and provide evidence of the skills needed to succeed in their future pathways and prepare students for jobs that may not yet exist.

Allow students multiple opportunities to engage with local employers and further education providers.

Ensure students experience the world of work.

Provide students with knowledge of the local labour market and explore opportunities within growth sectors.

Embed work related learning within subject areas.

Ensure students have quality advice and guidance at key points of transition

 

What does the careers Programme involve?

Lees Brook Academy work within the CDI (Careers Development Institute) framework. The main purpose of the CDI’s Career Development Framework is to clarify the skills, knowledge and attitudes that individuals need to have a positive career. A positive career will mean something different to everyone, but it will typically include being happy with the way you spend your time, being able to make a contribution to your community and being able to have a decent standard of living. The CDI’s Career Development Framework describes the six career development skills that people need to have positive careers and they are; explore – create – manage – balance – grow and see the big picture.

The careers programme involves a range of activities delivered from key stage 3 to key stage 5. The table below gives an overview of some of the activities and the purpose of them:

Activity Purpose
Workshops and taster sessions on different careers paths, linked to the school curriculum To educate students on the wide range of careers paths available to them and to encourage them to start thinking what the world of work is like.To demonstrate the purpose of curriculum content for use in later life.To understand Labour Market Information (LMI)(key stage 3,4 and 5)
Assemblies, workshops and talks from further education colleges, 6th forms and Training providers. Trips to 6th forms, colleges and Training Providers.(see below for some of the FE providers that work in partnership with Lees Brook) To ensure that students are aware of all the training and education opportunities available to them Post 16. To inspire students.(key stage 3,4 and 5)
Assemblies, workshops and talks from Higher education providers(see below for some of the HE providers that work in partnership with Lees Brook) To ensure students understand what higher education is. To inspire students.(key stage 3,4 and 5)
Workshops, talks and visits from Employers(see below for some of the employers that work in partnership with Lees Brook) To give students to opportunity to meet with employers. To learn about what employers will be looking for in the next generation of employees. Ensuring students enter the world of work with the ability to compete with others in their cohort when preparing and applying for jobs.(key stage 3,4 and 5)
Workshops from Government funded organisations aimed at educating young people on apprenticeships and T Levels To give students a clear understanding of the range of qualifications available. To ensure students know how to find and apply for vacancies.(key stage 3,4 and 5)
CV writing To ensure students leave (at Key stage 4 and 5) with an updated CV
Mock interviews To give students the experience of having an interview and to practise their interview technique. These skills can then be used when applying for post 16 provision, full and part-time employment.(Key stage 4 and 5)
Careers Guidance sessions Delivered by a qualified Careers Adviser. Offered in year 11 and 13. These sessions are used to help students explore their strengths, interests and aspirations and to support students in next steps.
Work Experience We aim to offer an experience of the workplace for all students.We are planning to offer the traditional work experience week to Year 10 in 2023.(year 10 and Post 16)
Unifrog An amazing online resource available to all students where they can resource job sectors, see live apprenticeships vacancies in their area, record all their career interactions, watch webinars.Unifrog is currently being embedded into school life. It is delivered by the form tutor in form time once a week.(key stage 3,4 and 5)

 

 Careers Programme Partnerships and gallery

Below are number of our employers, further education and training and higher education partners

Careers Partners

Lees Brook Academy are really pleased to be working closely with Tomlinson’s. Tomlinson’s work with us through Tracey Shift our School Enterprise Adviser. Enterprise Advisers are business volunteers who work in senior roles. They volunteer their time to help bridge the gap between the world of work and education, working with the Careers Leader and wider senior leaders of the school or college to create opportunities for young people. Tracey supports the Careers Programme in numerous ways including delivering sessions to students, providing site visits, offering advice regarding apprenticeship and supporting mock interview days. Find out more about Tomlinson’s here:

https://gftomlinson.co.uk/

Further education

 

Higher Education

 

What can parent and carers do to support careers?

My child wants to…. How can you help?
Study A ‘Levels Help your child to consider their subject choices.Speak to your child about whether they want to go to university – if they do, we will need to check the entry requirements for the courses they may wish to study as this may affect their A level choices.Visit college and sixth form open events – different providers will offer different ranges of subjects and will have differing ways of working by visiting, you and your child can get a sense of the atmosphere and consider which environment would benefit your child the most. 
Take an Apprenticeship Taking an apprenticeship means entering the workplace for at least 30 hours per week – your child will be expected to arrive at work on time, focus diligently on the work and get on with colleagues of different ages and viewpoints. Make sure you feel your child is ready for this.Help your child to search for an apprenticeship.Encourage your child to apply for a backup option – if their employer shuts down before their apprenticeship starts, or there are no local employers taking on apprentices in that field, your child will need something to fall back on.Help your child to proofread CVs and application forms.Help your child to work out how they will travel to their apprenticeship and make a dummy run with them if necessary.Log onto unifrog with your child (it can be accessed from home) to look at all the live vacancies in your area
Take a Traineeship Discuss with your child whether this is the best option for them – it will allow them to try out a job role and gain some experience but they would also be able to do this for some roles with a T level.Support your child to plan how they will travel to their work placement. Perhaps make a dummy run with them.Support your child to find out as much as possible about the job role they are thinking of taking a traineeship in before they apply.Log onto unifrog with your child (it can be accessed from home) to look at all the live vacancies in your area
Take a T ‘Level Explore with your child the job roles he or she could move into following the completion of the T Level course.Make sure that your child has considered other options such as an apprenticeship or BTEC and weighed up the pros and cons of each option.Visit local college open events so that your child can think about which provider would suit them best.Once your child begins their course, they will have a work placement which makes up 20% of the course.Support your child to plan how they will get to their work placement. 
Take a BTEC Check the entry requirements for the course your child wants to take against their predicted grades – will he or she need a backup option?Explore with your child the job roles he or she could move into following completion of the BTEC course.Check whether your child will need a uniform or equipment for the course – there may be financial support available for this.Visit local college open events so that your child can think about which provider would suit them best.Discuss similar options with your child, such as a T Level. 
Go straight into employment Check the qualification requirements for the jobCheck the statutory pay and conditions for young peopleCheck the job comes with training so your child can still be progressingCheck working hoursCheck dress codeCheck behaviour expectationsDo some background checks on the employer 

 

Feedback, questions and Ideas

At Lees Brook Academy we are always trying to improve provision and respond to parental feedback. If you have any queries regarding careers or you feel you can support the careers programme please complete the enquiry link here;

rrudkin@leesbrook.co.uk or ssmith3@leesbrook.co.uk

 

Documents

Careers Policy

https://www.archwaytrust.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2022/01/ALT-Careers-Policy.pdf

Careers Provider Access Policy Statement (formally Baker Clause)

https://www.leesbrook.co.uk/extracurricular/careers/policy-statement-on-provider-access/

https://www.archwaytrust.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2021/03/ALT-Access-for-Education-Training-Providers-Policy.pdf

How to apply for an apprenticeship

https://successatschool.org/advicedetails/1204/a-parents-guide-to-apprenticeships  – parents guide

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch  – how to apply

Derby City Training Providers

https://www.derby.gov.uk/media/derbycitycouncil/contentassets/documents/communityandliving/connexions-derby-training-providers-netork-services-guide.pdf

 

Who can I talk to?

Mr Steve Smith, SLT Careers Lead – ssmith3@leesbrook.co.uk

Mrs Rebecca Rudkin, Deputy Careers Leader – rrudkin@leesbrook.co.uk

Mrs Mary Pemberton, Regional Strategic Careers Lead for Derby Schools –  mpemberton@archwaytrust.co.uk

Tracey Swift, Enterprise Adviser – GF Tomlinson

Enterprise Coordinator for LEP: Liam Jackson

Cath Rowell – Trust Strategic Leadership of Careers – smccartney@archwaytrust.co.uk

Lees Brook Alumni

Keira Hargreaves

Keira started at Lees Brook Academy 6th form in September 2019 to complete a Level one in Health and Social Care.  Keira then progressed to the Level two course the following year where she excelled and achieved a distinction. In September 2021 Keira completed her final year where again she excelled in her studies achieving a very high grade in her Health and Social Care level three. Keira had now secured a full-time position with a local Nursery.  

 

Lexi Hussain

Lexi started at Lees Brook Academy 6th form in September 2018 on a Level 2 Beauty course. Lexi completed the year and achieved a great Level 2 Beauty qualification. Lexi did not stop there and continued for another year achieving a Level 3 Beauty qualification which led to her getting a full-time job in the Beauty Industry. Lexi still works within the sector as a busy and professional therapist. 

Destinations data 2021

What is destinations data?

Destination data is any information that is collected on where a student goes and what they do after leaving school. Destination measures record the number of students who have been in a sustained positive destination for 6-months to a year after finishing Key Stage 4, this can be further education, an apprenticeship, traineeship, or employment (with training).

In 2021, 98.51% of students at Lees Brook Academy progressed to a positive destination. This is above the average for Derby City School which was recorded as 97.3%.

 

Career Websites 

Construction

citb.co.uk

Creative

creativeskillset.org

creative-choices.co.uk

Education

education.gov.uk

Finance

directions.org.uk

Healthcare

nhscareers.nhs.uk

stepintothenhs.nhs.uk – A guide for 14-19 year old students about careers in the NHS.

Hospitality

hospitalityguild.co.uk

Environmental

lantra.co.uk

Law

lawcareers.net

barcouncil.org.uk

lawsociety.org.uk

cilex.org.uk

Publishing

ppa.co.uk

Marketing

getin2marketing.com

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

futuremorph.org

mathscareers.org.uk

tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

nationalstemcentre.org.uk

Social Care

skillsforcare.org.uk

Sport, Fitness, Play work and Outdoors

u-xplore.com

Websites about study options after Year 11

ucasprogress.com

russellgroup.org – a guide produced by the Russell Group of Universities to help you consider how the subjects you choose to study after year 11 can affect your future plans.

university.which.co.uk – contains information about universities and choosing options after year 9 and 11.

Apprenticeships

apprenticeships.org.uk – search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies.

Volunteering

vinspired.com – find volunteering opportunities for 14-25 year olds.

do-it.org – find volunteering opportunities in your local area.

Careers Websites

nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

plotr.co.uk – see the career worlds section to explore your career ideas further.

icould.com – watch career videos.

prospects.ac.uk – explore the careers you are interested in. This site also includes a section on options with your subject.

www.lmiforall.org.uk – Interested in the labour market and want labour market information? LMI For All

Careers

What is the careers Programme for?

The careers programme is aimed at making sure that your child has the knowledge and skills to make an informed decision about what they want to do when they take their options at the end of Key stage 3 and when they leave school. They will need to learn about:

  • How to identify their own strengths and preferences and think about which career path will best suit them
  • The Labour Market – which jobs are in demand, what applicants can expect in their chosen job and if the jobs will exist in the future.
  • The opportunities available to them for education or training after the age of 16, including apprenticeships, traineeships, A Levels, T Levels and BTEC courses.

 

Careers Programme objectives:

Through the careers programme we aim to:

Aid social mobility by providing the careers and employability skills, knowledge, experience, advice and guidance that students require.

Inspire students in order to raise academic achievement.

Provide students with knowledge of all futures pathways including higher education and apprenticeships.

Equip students with and provide evidence of the skills needed to succeed in their future pathways and prepare students for jobs that may not yet exist.

Allow students multiple opportunities to engage with local employers and further education providers.

Ensure students experience the world of work.

Provide students with knowledge of the local labour market and explore opportunities within growth sectors.

Embed work related learning within subject areas.

Ensure students have quality advice and guidance at key points of transition

 

What does the careers Programme involve?

Lees Brook Academy work within the CDI (Careers Development Institute) framework. The main purpose of the CDI’s Career Development Framework is to clarify the skills, knowledge and attitudes that individuals need to have a positive career. A positive career will mean something different to everyone, but it will typically include being happy with the way you spend your time, being able to make a contribution to your community and being able to have a decent standard of living. The CDI’s Career Development Framework describes the six career development skills that people need to have positive careers and they are; explore – create – manage – balance – grow and see the big picture.

The careers programme involves a range of activities delivered from key stage 3 to key stage 5. The table below gives an overview of some of the activities and the purpose of them:

Activity Purpose
Workshops and taster sessions on different careers paths, linked to the school curriculum To educate students on the wide range of careers paths available to them and to encourage them to start thinking what the world of work is like.

To demonstrate the purpose of curriculum content for use in later life.

To understand Labour Market Information (LMI)

(key stage 3,4 and 5)

Assemblies, workshops and talks from further education colleges, 6th forms and Training providers. Trips to 6th forms, colleges and Training Providers.

(see below for some of the FE providers that work in partnership with Lees Brook)

To ensure that students are aware of all the training and education opportunities available to them Post 16. To inspire students.

(key stage 3,4 and 5)

Assemblies, workshops and talks from Higher education providers

(see below for some of the HE providers that work in partnership with Lees Brook)

To ensure students understand what higher education is. To inspire students.

(key stage 3,4 and 5)

Workshops, talks and visits from Employers

(see below for some of the employers that work in partnership with Lees Brook)

To give students to opportunity to meet with employers. To learn about what employers will be looking for in the next generation of employees. Ensuring students enter the world of work with the ability to compete with others in their cohort when preparing and applying for jobs.

(key stage 3,4 and 5)

Workshops from Government funded organisations aimed at educating young people on apprenticeships and T Levels To give students a clear understanding of the range of qualifications available. To ensure students know how to find and apply for vacancies.

(key stage 3,4 and 5)

CV writing To ensure students leave (at Key stage 4 and 5) with an updated CV
Mock interviews To give students the experience of having an interview and to practise their interview technique. These skills can then be used when applying for post 16 provision, full and part-time employment.

(Key stage 4 and 5)

Careers Guidance sessions Delivered by a qualified Careers Adviser. Offered in year 11 and 13. These sessions are used to help students explore their strengths, interests and aspirations and to support students in next steps.
Work Experience We aim to offer an experience of the workplace for all students.

We are planning to offer the traditional work experience week to Year 10 in 2023.

(year 10 and Post 16)

Unifrog An amazing online resource available to all students where they can resource job sectors, see live apprenticeships vacancies in their area, record all their career interactions, watch webinars.

Unifrog is currently being embedded into school life. It is delivered by the form tutor in form time once a week.

(key stage 3,4 and 5)

 

 Careers Programme Partnerships and gallery

Below are number of our employers, further education and training and higher education partners

Careers Partners

Lees Brook Academy are really pleased to be working closely with Tomlinson’s. Tomlinson’s work with us through Tracey Shift our School Enterprise Adviser. Enterprise Advisers are business volunteers who work in senior roles. They volunteer their time to help bridge the gap between the world of work and education, working with the Careers Leader and wider senior leaders of the school or college to create opportunities for young people. Tracey supports the Careers Programme in numerous ways including delivering sessions to students, providing site visits, offering advice regarding apprenticeship and supporting mock interview days. Find out more about Tomlinson’s here:

https://gftomlinson.co.uk/

 

 

Further education

 

 

Higher Education

 

 

What can parent and carers do to support careers?

My child wants to…. How can you help?
Study A ‘Levels Help your child to consider their subject choices.

Speak to your child about whether they want to go to university – if they do, we will need to check the entry requirements for the courses they may wish to study as this may affect their A level choices.

Visit college and sixth form open events – different providers will offer different ranges of subjects and will have differing ways of working by visiting, you and your child can get a sense of the atmosphere and consider which environment would benefit your child the most.

 

Take an Apprenticeship Taking an apprenticeship means entering the workplace for at least 30 hours per week – your child will be expected to arrive at work on time, focus diligently on the work and get on with colleagues of different ages and viewpoints. Make sure you feel your child is ready for this.

Help your child to search for an apprenticeship.

Encourage your child to apply for a backup option – if their employer shuts down before their apprenticeship starts, or there are no local employers taking on apprentices in that field, your child will need something to fall back on.

Help your child to proofread CVs and application forms.

Help your child to work out how they will travel to their apprenticeship and make a dummy run with them if necessary.

Log onto unifrog with your child (it can be accessed from home) to look at all the live vacancies in your area

Take a Traineeship Discuss with your child whether this is the best option for them – it will allow them to try out a job role and gain some experience but they would also be able to do this for some roles with a T level.

Support your child to plan how they will travel to their work placement. Perhaps make a dummy run with them.

Support your child to find out as much as possible about the job role they are thinking of taking a traineeship in before they apply.

Log onto unifrog with your child (it can be accessed from home) to look at all the live vacancies in your area

Take a T ‘Level Explore with your child the job roles he or she could move into following the completion of the T Level course.

Make sure that your child has considered other options such as an apprenticeship or BTEC and weighed up the pros and cons of each option.

Visit local college open events so that your child can think about which provider would suit them best.

Once your child begins their course, they will have a work placement which makes up 20% of the course.

Support your child to plan how they will get to their work placement.

 

Take a BTEC Check the entry requirements for the course your child wants to take against their predicted grades – will he or she need a backup option?

Explore with your child the job roles he or she could move into following completion of the BTEC course.

Check whether your child will need a uniform or equipment for the course – there may be financial support available for this.

Visit local college open events so that your child can think about which provider would suit them best.

Discuss similar options with your child, such as a T Level.

 

Go straight into employment Check the qualification requirements for the job

Check the statutory pay and conditions for young people

Check the job comes with training so your child can still be progressing

Check working hours

Check dress code

Check behaviour expectations

Do some background checks on the employer

 

 

Feedback, questions and Ideas

At Lees Brook Academy we are always trying to improve provision and respond to parental feedback. If you have any queries regarding careers or you feel you can support the careers programme please complete the enquiry link here;

rrudkin@leesbrook.co.uk or ssmith3@leesbrook.co.uk

 

Documents

Careers Policy

https://www.archwaytrust.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2022/01/ALT-Careers-Policy.pdf

Careers Provider Access Policy Statement (formally Baker Clause)

https://www.leesbrook.co.uk/extracurricular/careers/policy-statement-on-provider-access/

https://www.archwaytrust.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2021/03/ALT-Access-for-Education-Training-Providers-Policy.pdf

How to apply for an apprenticeship

https://successatschool.org/advicedetails/1204/a-parents-guide-to-apprenticeships  – parents guide

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch  – how to apply

Derby City Training Providers

https://www.derby.gov.uk/media/derbycitycouncil/contentassets/documents/communityandliving/connexions-derby-training-providers-netork-services-guide.pdf

 

Who can I talk to?

Mr Steve Smith, SLT Careers Leade – ssmith3@leesbrook.co.uk

Mrs Rebecca Rudkin, Deputy Careers Leader – rrudkin@leesbrook.co.uk

Mrs Mary Pemberton, Regional Strategic Careers Lead for Derby Schools –  mpemberton@archwaytrust.co.uk

Tracey Swift, Enterprise Adviser – GF Tomlinson

Enterprise Coordinator for LEP: Liam Jackson

Cath Rowell – Trust Strategic Leadership of Careers

Lees Brook Alumni

Keira Hargreaves

Keira started at Lees Brook Academy 6th form in September 2019 to complete a Level one in Health and Social Care.  Keira then progressed to the Level two course the following year where she excelled and achieved a distinction. In September 2021 Keira completed her final year where again she excelled in her studies achieving a very high grade in her Health and Social Care level three. Keira had now secured a full-time position with a local Nursery.  

 

Lexi Hussain

Lexi started at Lees Brook Academy 6th form in September 2018 on a Level 2 Beauty course. Lexi completed the year and achieved a great Level 2 Beauty qualification. Lexi did not stop there and continued for another year achieving a Level 3 Beauty qualification which led to her getting a full-time job in the Beauty Industry. Lexi still works within the sector as a busy and professional therapist. 

Destinations data 2021

 What is destinations data?

Destination data is any information that is collected on where a student goes and what they do after leaving school. Destination measures record the number of students who have been in a sustained positive destination for 6-months to a year after finishing Key Stage 4, this can be further education, an apprenticeship, traineeship, or employment (with training).

 In 2021, 98.51% of students at Lees Brook Academy progressed to a positive destination. This is above the average for Derby City School which was recorded as 97.3%.

 

Career Websites 

Construction

citb.co.uk

Creative

creativeskillset.org

creative-choices.co.uk

Education

education.gov.uk

Finance

directions.org.uk

Healthcare

nhscareers.nhs.uk

stepintothenhs.nhs.uk – A guide for 14-19 year old students about careers in the NHS.

Hospitality

hospitalityguild.co.uk

Environmental

lantra.co.uk

Law

lawcareers.net

barcouncil.org.uk

lawsociety.org.uk

cilex.org.uk

Publishing

ppa.co.uk

Marketing

getin2marketing.com

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

futuremorph.org

mathscareers.org.uk

tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

nationalstemcentre.org.uk

Social Care

skillsforcare.org.uk

Sport, Fitness, Play work and Outdoors

u-xplore.com

Websites about study options after Year 11

ucasprogress.com

russellgroup.org – a guide produced by the Russell Group of Universities to help you consider how the subjects you choose to study after year 11 can affect your future plans.

university.which.co.uk – contains information about universities and choosing options after year 9 and 11.

Apprenticeships

apprenticeships.org.uk – search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies.

Volunteering

vinspired.com – find volunteering opportunities for 14-25 year olds.

do-it.org – find volunteering opportunities in your local area.

Careers Websites

nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

plotr.co.uk – see the career worlds section to explore your career ideas further.

icould.com – watch career videos.

prospects.ac.uk – explore the careers you are interested in. This site also includes a section on options with your subject.

www.lmiforall.org.uk – Interested in the labour market and want labour market information? LMI For All

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E-mail: schoolinfo@leesbrook.co.uk
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