Careers Guidance at The Gilberd School: CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance) at The Gilberd School serves to prepare students for their future education, training and employment.The quality of our careers provision is recognised by the inspiring ROCE standard and this reflects our commitment to high quality careers provision for all of our students.

Careers Advice Team
Paul Tanton (Assistant Headteacher/Careers Advice), Andrey Cooper (Careers Leader), Mark Partridge (Independent Careers Advisor), Angela Jones (Careers Advice Admin Support)

The Gilberd School careers provision aims:
- To enable students to develop a knowledge and understanding of education, training and employment through investigating opportunities available to them at a local, national and international level.
- To support students in developing and implementing action plans so that they can take ownership of their own future at and beyond Key Stage 4.
- To provide opportunities to develop enterprise and employment skills.
- To promote equality of opportunity, challenge stereotyping and support inclusion.
- To help students develop an understanding of themselves and others.

The careers provision is composed of the following careers elements:
* Careers advice: We work with a highly qualified Careers Advisor to provide impartial careers advice and guidance to students. During their school career all students will receive an individual interview and all students have the opportunity to book additional interviews. Group sessions on different aspects of further study (E.g. Post 16 pathways – what apprenticeships are and how to apply) and careers (e.g. job sector requirements – what subjects and experience are needed to become a dentist).
* Curriculum focuses: Careers knowledge, skills and experiences are developed in lessons. Topics and individual lessons within subjects focus on different aspects of careers. E.g. managing finances in Business Studies, employment sectors in Geography, persuasive writing in English.
* Careers, Well-Being and Life Skills programme: Students participate in focussed sessions and days on different aspects of PSHCE, Citizenship and careers. These sessions and days are tailored to meet the needs of specific year groups e.g. College applications for Year 11, work experience for year 10 and interview skills, enterprise skills for Year 9 and options for Year 8.
* Careers events: We provide opportunities for students in every year group to develop their careers knowledge, skills, expertise and experiences. These career events take a variety of forms, taster days at college to designated options weeks in school when Year 8 are making GCSE choices.
* Careers links: We work closely with local education and training providers to ensure that students and parents are aware of the different pathways available to them e.g. A-levels, vocational courses, apprenticeships, technical qualifications (Education and training providers).

Gatsby Benchmarks
Our careers provision is constantly developing to ensure that students are motivated and prepared to successfully navigate the next stage of their lives. To ensure that the careers provision is engaging, comprehensive and effective we use the Gatsby Benchmarks. The Gatsby Benchmarks were developed by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation using national and international research. They provide guidance for ensuring excellent careers provision in school and all schools are required to work towards these benchmarks. These benchmarks are focused on the areas shown below:
Benchmark 1: A stable careers programme
Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information
Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of each student
Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and employees
Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces
Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education
Benchmark 8: Personal guidance

What does Careers Guidance look like, at The Gilberd School?
1:1 Careers Guidance Interview

We employ Mr Partridge (2 days a week Tuesday/Wednesday) an Independent Careers Advisor to meet with every student in KS4 to offer Careers Advice.  During our Future Skills Programme Mr Partridge will visit form groups and guide them through possible career paths.  Students are always welcome to drop into his office to ask questions and pick up publications from our local Post 16 providers from the stand in the Library.

The Eagle Careers Newletter

Subscribe to the Careermag for students, parents and carers


Post 16 Provider Information Assemblies
In the first term of Year 11 we dedicate most of the assembly time to inviting our local Post 16 providers into school to host information assemblies to give our students an invite into life after The Gilberd School.  We encourage all our students to visit as many providers as possible to give them a broad selection to choose from.  We encourage all our students to apply to multiple providers to ensure a suitable course Post 16.  We have also dedicated an extra Friday assembly slot for Post 16 providers and local industry to engage with entire year groups and or small group work. We are always looking for new links so please don’t hesitate to get in contact if you would like to be involved.

19/9/19 Colchester 6th Form College
26/9/19 Colchester Institute
3/10/19 Thomas Gainsborough 6th College
17/10/19 Easton & Otley College
24/10/19 Writtle College
7/11/19 NCS
28/11/19 Suffolk New College - Ipswich

Careers Presentations

Working in the NHS

6th Form Information

Colchester Institute
Information Booklet
Video of study programmes

6th Form College
Briefing notes

Suffolk One College
Applications for September 2020 open on Saturday 12th October 2019. Students can apply through the website: https://apply.suffolkone.ac.uk/

Writtle College

Easton and Otley College
College presentation

Bespoke Future Skills Programme delivered in Tutor Sessions
Every week one tutor session is dedicated to Future Skills to prepare students for life after The Gilberd School (9, 10 and 11).  We have designed a bespoke CEIAG program in all Year groups to encourage the thought process early to plan a successful career path to success.  We have introduced 'Drop down days' in the summer term to provide students with extra information to make the right career choices.  Students can track their Careers Advice journey through their school planner, One drive audit tool and their personal CEIAG portfolio. Link to Careers Tracker Years 7-11

Careers Convention
Each year over 100 Post 16/18 providers and industry links attend our annual 'Careers Convention'.  This event takes place every October. Students from years 8,9,10 and 11 are encouraged to attend to gain an insight into the opportunities that are available to them.  Our Year 8 students use the opportunity to seek advice to support their GCSE options process to plot their career path whilst Upper school students gain valuable information to select a relevant Post 16 pathway. We hold the largest school-based Careers convention in the local area. Our guests include:

Regular attendees of The Careers Convention
MAN Diesel & Turbo UK Ltd
The Bruno group of companies (BGG)

Army Careers – Career Opportunities
Boyden’s Estate Agents – Estate Agents & Property Letting Management
Colbea – Colchester Business Enterprise Agency, starting a business & self-employment
Colchester General Hospital – Careers in the NHS, particularly nursing
Colchester General Hospital – Infection Control, Training and Development Lead & Occupational Therapist, Oncology & Haematology Pharmacist & Lead Pharmacist, Paediatric Services
Colchester General Hospital – Midwives
Colchester General Hospital – Therapy Radiographers
Colchester United Football Club – Football College Programme, Apprenticeships & Coaching & Development Roles
Eastern & Otley College – Practical Courses
Essex County Council – Apprenticeship Promotion & Brokerage Hub
HSBC Bank PLC – Apprenticeships, Academies and Career Opportunities
IET (Institution of Engineers & Technology) and STEM Ambassadors – Career Opportunities
National Citizen Service – Unique graduate opportunities for NCS participants; develop employability skills to enhance CVs; access to apprenticeships/internships
Royal Air Force – Apprenticeships Opportunities
RSM – Apprenticeships
Thurstable Sixth Form College – School for Sixth Form College Level 2 – Level 3 Courses, Football & Golf Academies
Water Lane Architects – Architects/Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA
Writtle University College – Courses in Zookeeper, Vet Nursing, Physiotherapist, Florist, Agronomist, Landscape Architecture and Photography
Evolution Foundation College – Performing Arts raining, Singing, Acting & Musical Theatre
Humpty Dumpty Pre-School – Childcare, Special Needs Education
The Edge Hotel School – Employment Opportunities in Hospitality
Colchester Institute Stands: Art & Design, Health & Social Care, Chefs & Hospitality,Hair & Beauty,Science & Performing Arts
Acorn Village – Support Worker to Adults with Learning Disabilities, Creative therapy roles within the same field and Management within Charity/Social Care Sector
Catten College – Apprenticeships
Colchester General Hospital – Nursing roles, Medical roles, estates and facilities (e.g. Porters)
Colne Community School & College – Sports Academy
Easi Hairdressing Academy – Private Training Provider Level 2 & 3 NVQ
Essex County Council – Health & Social Care, Healthcare and Social Care Sectors to potential FE Students
Hunnaballs Family Funeral Group – Funeral Directors & Monumental Masons
Ingleton Wood LLP – Building Surveying, Architecture, CAD drawing design
Kids Back 4 The future – Care workshops for kids
Nannas Day Nurseries – Apprenticeships in childcare
Nova Training Colchester- Nova Training Study Programme: Employability Skills, Work Experience, English, Maths, ICT, and GCSE Vocational Qualification in Construction, Motor Vehicle
Philip Morant School – Post 16 Study Options GCSE/A Level
Project Trust – Charity Programme within Teaching, Social Care Work and Outward Bound Projects
Projects Abroad – A range of volunteer projects. They have placements in destinations, across many fields including Teaching, Medicine & Healthcare and Business & Conservation
Royal Navy and Royal Marines – Career Opportunities
Stansted Academy – Apprenticeships at Stansted Airport
Stoke College – Sixth Form College
Tendring Technology College – Offers a range of three courses from – A Levels & BTEC to enable students to progress onto University & Apprenticeships
The Colchester Sixth Form College – AS Levels, International Baccalaureate Programme & Advance Foundation Programme
The Gilberd School – Careers Advisor
The Gilberd School – Teaching and Learning
University Campus Suffolk – Higher Education & Undergraduate Degrees
University of Essex – Communications and External Relations
WS Training Central – Apprenticeships
Babcock International – Skills & Learning Support Services
Birkett Long LLP – Legal Solicitor, Paralegal, Legal Executive & other opportunities in a law firm – IT, Secretarial, Administration Accounting & HR
Cambridge University - Undergraduate Degree Courses
Colchester Borough Council – Career Opportunities
Colchester County High School for Girls – Sixth Form College
Colchester General Hospital – Speech & Language Therapists
Marks and Spencer - Offer Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship Programme for school leavers & other Careers Opportunities
Natwest Bank – Branch Manager, Senior Personal Banker/Cashier & Community Banker Roles
University of Essex – Careers relating to Maths Degrees/ Actual Sciences
Waitrose – Job Website, Choice of Career Options across the John Lewis Partnership & Apprenticeship Scheme
Colchester Institute Stands:Construction & Engineering, Early Years. Electrical & Plumbing

Careers Convention Photo Gallery

Apprenticeship Application support through the Essex Skills Board
As a school we work in partnership with the Essex Skills Board to provide students with up to date knowledge of live Apprenticeship opportunities with a weekly bulletin.   We have hosted an annual Apprenticeship Hub meeting and continue to offer students one to one advice on the application process to gain an apprenticeship and support to write a personal statement and CV.  We have developed a strong STEM base within the school and we have developed strong links with the Essex Skills Board (ESB) which as a school has enabled us to participate in range of activities for our students to get involved with local industry:
- Colchester Zoo Projects, STEM Team Teacher Award, Young Engineer of the Year Award, Small Piece Trust, Royal Academy of Engineering, BAE/Science Lectures, Big Bang Excursion, Arkwright Scholarship Opportunities

Excursions to Post 16 Providers/Employers and school visitors
We work closely with our local Colleges and Industry and will often arrange excursions to local industry to give students insight into the world of work.  We have developed a plan for Year 10 in the summer term after completing their half course RS course to invite local industry, Universities and Colleges to discuss possible career pathways. We work closely with Flaktwoods as our Industry partner to provide work experience placements, technical support with STEM projects. We have hosted: The Royal Navy,
H&SC  Jonathon, University of Suffolk - Why go to university, University of Essex, Neo natal nurse, Radiographer, Life as a vicar, Food bank & Beacon house, Engineering, Easi-hair, Philosophy, The Mayne Vet clinic, Colchester United, Colchester Sixth form College, Nursing, Waitrose, Life choices, Eastern and otley animal heaven, Apprenticeships, Working with unions, Mercury Theatre, Edge Hotel - University of Essex, Neo natal, Nannas nurseries, Guindy Apprenticeships, IT service desk NHS, Engineering and construction, University of Suffolk, DWP Apprenticeships

Work Experience
Year.10 students are given the opportunity to experience the world of world.  We work in collaboration with BEP to place students into high quality work-based placements for 5 days in March.  Students can select a placement from a data base that matches their specific requests or arrange their own placement that must be approved.  This is a fantastic opportunity for students to experience the 'real world' and start to forge ideas on their future career pathways.  Providers are always very positive about our students and over the years have developed strong links within our community.  During work experience week staff contact and or visit students on placement to ensure providers and students are getting the most out of the placement.  Students complete a diary throughout their experience to document the knowledge and skills gained.  Each year we request students produce a report on their placement that we share we the rest of the cohort.
Work Experience 2020 Dates: - 23rd - 27th March
Link to own placement form
Link to student work experience presentation
Link to request for placement letter template

Mock Interviews
Over 70 local business people give up a day to interview our Year 10 students in a formal setting to prepare our students for the next stage of their journey.  Students are requested to complete their personal statement to provide the interviewer background information about the student.  We try to match students to the interviewer that might best suit their intended career path.  Students undergo a professional mock interview that will support their Work Experience, Post 16 applications and future job interviews.  Students are always very nervous before the experience, however always feel a sense of achievement afterwards.  We always receive positive feedback after the mock interviews from our local business community. 

“Today was good, they were friendly and helped me prepare for my sixth form interview. The person that interviewed me was called XXXXX, she told me my strengths and weaknesses in an interview, how I should respond to certain questions and that I should set my bar high to get where I want to. I took everything that she told me on board and should definitely improve next time I have an interview, which should be sometime soon”  Year 10 Student

“I think that the interviews that went on today were excellent as they gave us an experience of what a real work interview will be like. The interviewers were friendly and helped me prepare for any interview I will take later in life. The interviewer went through a few questions and judged on how well I did. This will allow me to see what I was good at and let me know what to improve on. I think it is worth doing next year, as having an idea of what one will be like, is useful” Year 10 Student

In 2018 over 26 external providers from Higher Education and the Businessn interviewed the Year 10 students. Great interviews with constructive feedback that students will now use to edit their personal statements. Thank you to all that made is such a fantastic and rewarding event. Photo Gallery

CV/Personal Statement Workshops
We offer all students advice to provide a high-quality personal statement to support their Post 16 applications.  Form tutor run sessions on how to create a personal statement and offer feedback on how to improve it to help with their application process

Why go to University
Presentations from University of Essex
Why go and Student Life
Where can your choices take you
Schools Activity Guide

Oxford and Cambridge presentation

Subject Booklets
Art & Design, Biology Business Chemistry Computer Science Design & Technology Economics English Geography History Languages Mathematics Physics Psychology Sociology

Subject Posters
Biology Chemistry Computer Science Maths

What are NEET Figures?
The Gilberd School works hard to ensure all students receive high quality Careers Guidance (CEIAG) through a range of sources. All students have the opportunity to succeed in the right setting after they leave The Gilberd School. This provision includes:
* 1:1 Careers Guidance Interviews
Post 16 Provider Information Assemblies
Bespoke Future Skills Programme delivered in Tutor Sessions
In school Careers Convention
* Apprenticeship Application support through the Essex Skills Board
* Excursions to Post 16 Providers/Employers
* Work Experience
* Mock Interviews
CV/Personal Statement Workshops
The Government track how well we are doing by monitoring our NEET data (Students Not in Education, Employment or Training) These figures are collated each year when our students take up a place with a local college/employer and the data is shared with us. We are very proud of our outstanding NEET figures for the last 3 years which demonstrates the students, parents and staffs hard work to ensure our young adults are placed on the right course in the right setting for their ability.

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