Careers and Information
Our close involvement with the world of industry, alongside the delivery of a comprehensive careers education programme and our independent careers advice service, enables us to support every young person to achieve their potential, ensuring that upon leaving us they are well prepared for the challenges of their next steps.
The careers programme focuses on a theme for every year group extending from Year 8 up to Year 13.
Year 8 – Explore Work
Year 9 – Welcome to Work
Year 10 – Make it Work
Year 11 – Preparation for Progression
Year 12 – Experts at Work
Year 13 – Work Life
These themes also relate to the 8 ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ which is part of the new careers strategy from the Department for Education. The strategy is a whole school approach to delivering careers guidance to all of our students throughout their journey in education.
- A stable careers programme with a careers leader
- Learning from careers and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student
- Linking curriculum learning with careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experience of work places
- Encounters with HE and further education
- Personal guidance
These benchmarks are met by delivering a range of activities from 1-1 guidance appointments, work experience, events, visiting speakers and through the curriculum.
St Augustine’s is also a member of the Worcester Careers Hub, which is in partnership with the Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire LEP.
Meet the team!
Ms C Paddock, SLT link for Careers firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs L Threadgold, Careers Lead email@example.com
Mrs S Beach, Professionally Qualified Independent Careers Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers Enterprise Company www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/
Gatsby Benchmarks www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance
Skills for Worcestershire (Online Career Tool) www.skills4worcestershire.co.uk
National Careers Service www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
National Apprenticeship Service www.apprenticeships.gov.uk
Pupil Case Studies:
Pupil Case Study : Hayley Bond – Studying Medicine at Birmingham University
“The road to study medicine at Birmingham University began with arranging lots of work experience within the health care sector throughout Year 12. With the support of the careers advisor and the school’s giving back programme, I was able to organise a wide range of experiences essential for my UCAS personal statement. At the end of that year I registered for the UKCAT examination; the exams office offering me support with all additional preparatory exams which removed a little bit of the pressure. By the UCAS deadline in early October I had received extensive support from the sixth form team, not least with regards to my personal statement, which was thoroughly reviewed and amended before the application itself was submitted. Once the application was done, I was then offered a mock interview with the head teacher. This was really useful in preparing me for questions that took me out of my comfort zone and forced me to think about issues that I would be tested on by the university. By the time my offer came through, I felt thoroughly prepared to tackle the challenges of interviews and assessments presented during the selection process.”
Pupil Case Study: Charlotte Lowe – Higher Level Apprenticeship at JCB
“I have always wanted to progress into an Engineering career and deliberately chose my A levels to allow me to progress towards a STEM career and decided fairly early on to take the apprenticeship route but initially found this difficult to navigate. However I soon encountered extensive support for students wishing to take the Apprenticeship route such as; individual careers guidance appointments, Employability Masterclass and a careers focus week with visiting employers and universities attending. In addition I was pointed in the direction of The Worcestershire Apprenticeship clearing house which assists students in applying for Apprenticeship positions. In Year 13 I applied to the prestigious JCB Higher Apprenticeship scheme and was ecstatic when I received a place. Over the next four years I will complete a structured training scheme and funded degree study programme whilst earning a salary.”
“Pupils have an exceptionally well developed understanding of occupational pathways, including apprenticeships, through a highly effective careers programme and are very successful in reaching the destinations for which they have applied.” OFSTED 2017