At HGSS we believe that preparation for employment and the world of work is fundamental in readying our students for life after school. Whether students plan to progress to further or higher education, an apprenticeship or directly into the workplace, we endeavour to provide them with appropriate information, skills awareness and guidance to make the right choices to match their aspiration.
We aim to inspire our young people about different industries and opportunities through a range of activities from visiting speakers in assemblies, Oracy, Enterprise and STEM initiatives, school trips and workplace experiences, to activity in the classroom directly linking careers to the curriculum. We know that alongside qualifications, employers are increasingly looking for applicants with evidence of employability skills and understanding, so across the school years we will explore the world of work, encouraging students to develop basic professional skills and track their experiences to reference in future applications.
We use the Gatsby benchmarks (a comprehensive toolkit identified by government to deliver best practice careers guidance to UK students www.goodcareerguidance.org.uk/) to develop and improve our careers provision, and have recently appointed a dedicated Careers Adviser to provide impartial careers information, advice and guidance to students at key points in their learning journey, and on an ad hoc basis when required. Our Careers Advisor will guide students to identify specific training routes, explore wider career inspiration and provide independent advice on the range of post 16 / post 18 pathways. Students and parents can access a range of resources further down this page, and also on our school’s career website, Eclips (https://mystuff.holmer.bucks.sch.uk/hap/#-careers) which includes up to date labour market information as well as specific pathways for a wide range of jobs and sectors.
During Sixth Form a dedicated Enrichment programme helps prepare our students for transition to the next stage, be that continued education or directly into the workplace with ongoing workshops on UCAS, Apprenticeships, and preparation for adult life away from home. Meanwhile, our Y12 Work Experience programme has been revamped and brought in house, ensuring students are able to benefit from high quality work placements which deliver a positive reference and genuine industry insight linked to their specific career aspiration.
Ultimately, our intention is for HGSS students to not only succeed while they are with us, but to go on to achieve future success in education, training or employment.
Full details of our Career Programme can be found here (link to graphic):
Careers Lead: Kim Joynson, Assistant Headteacher firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers Adviser & Work Experience: Naomi Rogers email@example.com (currently studying Level 6 Diploma in Careers Advice & Guidance)
Our careers programme is regularly monitored and reviewed by our Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body, and we are supported by the Bucks Skills Hub
Next review: Autumn 2020
“Once young people have a clear idea of what job they want and what steps they need to achieve it, the more likely they are to apply themselves" FT, 19 September 2019