OBJECTIVES OF THE BVGS CAREERS DEPARTMENT
BVGS students have a wealth of talent and ability, and with the appropriate guidance and support they should forge successful careers in the future. All students should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential, academically and professionally. The provision of an effective careers programme is an essential component in enabling students to make fully informed decisions about their future, and most importantly to motivate them in working towards achieving their goals.
Careers advice should be available throughout secondary education as it serves as a primary influence upon students, enabling them to relate their studies to the working world, and to determine their long term plans. It is important for students to identify their strengths and interests, acquire the necessary experience, and work upon any areas of weakness. They must develop the knowledge and necessary skills that are required in order to realise their ambitions.
BVGS aims to provide an outstanding Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme that spans throughout the school.
The BVGS Careers Programme
The Programme has been developed by the Careers Leader and is overseen and supported by the SLT. The school has a Careers Advisor who is integral to the delivery of the programme, and in particular in conducting careers interviews and providing expert guidance and advice. There is further a Work Experience Co-ordinator who is responsible for implementing the programme of work- related learning involving work placements in Year 10 and 12.
The Programme is embedded within the curriculum, with all Heads of Department being actively involved in looking to incorporate work-related learning to subjects throughout the school.
The school provides CEIAG guidance to students tailored to their specific subject choices and ambitions. The students are monitored upon how they are working towards their chosen goals.
The school is keen to provide an opportunity for students to consider all options of vocational and academic training with a view securing long term employment. External training providers are welcomed to offer advice and guidance to students at careers fairs and enrichment days along with arrangements made for students to participate in taster days and workshops.
Access to the BVGS Careers Programme
Information relating to the BVGS Careers Programme will be available to all stakeholders via the Careers section of the BVGS website. In addition, staff, students and parents will have access to the Unifrog platform which provides a personalised careers tracker for each student, along with information and resources relating to further education and careers.
Measurement and assessment of the impact of the BVGS Careers Programme
The School will measure and assess the impact of the BVGS Careers Programme through the use of independent evaluation tools, to ensure compliance with the Gatsby Benchmarks.
In addition, the School will monitor the quantity of internal and external careers-related activities undertaken by each student, student destination data and feedback from activity evaluation forms.
Should you have any further queries concerning careers please contact the Careers Lead, Natalie Ashby (tel: 0121 250 5400, ext 274, email: email@example.com).
In adopting the Government’s Careers Strategy, it is our aim to follow the Gatsby Good Career Guidance Benchmarks which look to enable schools and colleges to develop the best careers framework in meeting student’s needs.