Career aspirations through careers advice and guidance
Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Newbridge House starts in Year 7 and continues through until Year 11. It is our vision that all students on leaving the PRU at the end of Year 11 will have developed the skills, attitudes, qualities, behaviours and self-confidence to plan their future careers. Students will follow the career pathway that best suits their individual needs and aspirations and allows them to fulfil their true potential. All students are provided with independent and impartial guidance from a variety of sources. Their learning will be progressive and they will link their subjects to a variety of careers. Students will work with Teachers, Mentors, Behaviour Support Workers and Engagement Officers on enhancing their personal development and setting individual targets.
The CEIAG programme is aspirational and personalised for every student and delivered through individual provision maps. Careers education is also disseminated through all subject areas and in specifically in PSHE lessons where the careers curriculum is planned, we also have calendared events organised through PSHE to cover a wide range of subjects including CEIAG. Employers play a part in these events and from September 2018 we started to have guest speakers from industries in the centre. This academic year 2020/2021 we have had a vast amount of employer encounter through virtual Q & A sessions. Year 11’s have been involved with Virtual Work Experience with Speakers for School who have worked in conjunction with Morgan Sindall. This has been a 5 week programme and SCPRS have been the pilot and the first PRU in the country to complete this type of work experience. Summer term students will have professionals conducting one-to-one interviews with our students in Year 11 via a virtual platform.
Unfortunately work Experience in Year 10 and 11 has been limited because of Covid restrictions however virtual live visits as well as some pre-recorded visits to colleges, universities and employers have taken place throughout the year to raise the aspirations of all students. Inspirational guest speakers will come into school in the summer term, these will include students that have attended the PRU in the past and worked hard to gain qualifications and jobs post 16. The pupils will have the opportunity to attend a virtual Careers and Networking Fair with a range of providers that is held on the CEC platform for students Years 9-11.
Students across the whole school have a focus on Careers for one week each term during form time. These sessions are based on the current Labour Market Information (LMI) and a range of career pathways are discussed. Students also have a Career Booklet each year to work on during form time. The CEIAG programme is evaluated and by working with the student voice pupils will have the opportunity to develop the Careers programme and take a lead on this work.
The Careers Leader is Michaela Kemp and can be contacted by telephone on 01229 407470, or email at: Michaela.Kemp@cumbria.gov.uk
For further information please visit the Pupil and Parent pages on this website.
The appointed Enterprise Advisor for the PRS is Katie Simpson. Katie will bring her business experience and professional networks to help develop and implement an effective strategy that puts opportunities with local employers at the heart of our student’s education.
Katie will help with supporting the development of the Centre, providing access and helping focus on programmes and activities, which will support young people, and encourage employer encounters and workplace experiences.
The Enterprise Advisor will also assist the Careers Leader with identifying areas for support, and recording and managing their plans for the year.
Katie is passionate about motivating young people and supporting positive outcomes and will encourage preparing our students for the world of work.