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Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

 

 

Tab 1

Year 7 (CEIAG)

  • Form tutors deliver CEIAG activities during form time.
  • CEIAG incorporated into lessons and highlighted within subject schemes of work.
  • Specific days and sessions focused on CEIAG completed throughout the school year.
  • Workshops with different partners throughout the school year completed including ISS Facility Services, HS2, Careers Lab, DHL, Mosaic and Rikem.
  • Provided logins for Plotr where pupils have access to ‘The Game’. This is an interactive quiz where the pupils answer questions to discover careers which match their personality, interest and skills.
  • Trips which are designed to inspire pupils to find out about different careers and focus on employability skills.

 

Tab 2

Year 8 (CEIAG)

  • Form tutors deliver CEIAG activities during form time.
  • CEIAG incorporated into lessons and highlighted within subject schemes of work.
  • Specific days and sessions focused on CEIAG completed throughout the school year.
  • Workshops with different partners throughout the school year completed including ISS Facility Services, HS2, Careers Lab, DHL, Mosaic and Rikem.
  • Provided logins for Plotr where pupils have access to ‘The Game’. This is an interactive quiz where the pupils answer questions to discover careers which match their personality, interest and skills.
  • Higher Education Challenge in collaboration with Birmingham City University to broaden the pupils horizons about university such as about the numerous courses on offer.
  • Trips which are designed to inspire pupils to find out about different careers and focus on employability skills.

Tab 3

Year 9 (CEIAG)

Form tutors deliver CEIAG activities during form time.

  • CEIAG incorporated into lessons and highlighted within subject schemes of work.
  • Specific days and sessions focused on CEIAG completed throughout the school year.Workshops with different partners throughout the school year completed including ISS Facility Services, HS2, Careers Lab, DHL, Mosaic and Rikem.
  • A Careers Speed Dating event taking place in Winter where Year 9 pupils have the chance to speak to representatives from further and higher education, apprenticeship providers and those from the world of work about the significance of the pupil’s upcoming decisions and to gain some useful advice. Visitors have included employees from Deloitte, apprentices from Jaguar Land Rover and representatives from the University of Birmingham.
  • ‘Aspire to Be’ trip where selected Year 9 pupils visit Sutton Coldfield College to look at the vocational courses which BMet offers.
  • A ‘Construction Taster Day’ where selected Year 9 pupils visit Erdington Skills Centre and learn more about careers within construction such as plumbing and becoming an electrician.
  • Year 9 girls  will take part in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Day in collaboration with The SmallPeice Trust with the overall objective of promoting creativity and enterprise skills and providing information about future career and Further Education and Higher Education options related to the STEM subjects.

Year 9 perspective on University life by Daisy McGinley & Fizzah Peerbux

On 21st January 2016 forty pupils from Years 9 and 10 visited the University of Birmingham. This helped us to understand the importance of university and the lives of students who study there.

The university holds around 30,000 pupils coming from around 150 countries; unlike our school which only holds around 1000!

Within the campus, the university offers a wide range of facilities for example; a sports centre, two Costa Coffee shops, one Starbucks and a huge library which is currently in the process of being rebuilt. For students who wish to live away from home there is also a wide range of accommodation which is only a fifteen minute walk away from the main university.

University of Birmingham

They also have a train station near the campus which allows people from the local area to easily travel to study. The University has a very homely feel to it and is a diverse place where everyone is seen equally and is welcomed with open arms.

There are over 42,000 different courses so there will definitely be one for you! Not only do you learn from lectures and independent learning, there are jobs available on campus. For example, working in coffee shops, cafes and canteens. This can give you experience of work and you could learn things you may not learn anywhere else. Many people worry about paying back their student loans; however you end up paying it back in small amounts once you start working.

This trip made us realise that to be able to experience this way of life, we need to get our heads down, work hard and do well in our GCSE’s. There are many opportunities out in the world and you can encounter many different things, however the one thing that you will never change or leave you is your GCSE’s. In order to achieve a successful set of results you need to work hard, listen to your teachers and put in extra revision sessions at home.

Tab 4

Year 10 (CEIAG)

    • Form tutors deliver CEIAG activities during form time.
    • CEIAG incorporated into lessons and highlighted within subject schemes of work.
    • Specific days and sessions focused on CEIAG completed throughout the school year.
    • Workshops with different partners throughout the school year completed including ISS Facility Services, HS2, Careers Lab, DHL, Mosaic and Rikem.
    • Selected Year 10 pupils will have the chance to visit universities. Visits in the past have included the University of Birmingham and Oxford University.
    • A visit to NEC in November for selected Year 10 pupils to attend the Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event. The Skills Show attracts over 70,000 people over its three days and is the perfect platform for pupils to discover their own skills they have and link them to a potential career.
    • In March selected Year 10 pupils will visit the ICC in Birmingham for the annual National Apprenticeship Show and have a unique opportunity to learn more about what an apprenticeship entails and its benefits.
    • Selected Year 10 pupils will visit Sutton Coldfield College to take part in the ‘Big Bang’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshop where pupils will undertake a number of activities with the overall objective of helping students recognise how the STEM subjects studies at school can lead to rich and varied career pathways.
    • All Year 10 pupils will have a mock interview with someone from the world of work in spring. Previous interviewers have come from ISS facility services and Lloyds Banking Group for example.  This will involve the pupils having to choose from a list of provided live vacancies and creating a CV and relevant cover letter which will then be sent to their interviewer prior to the actual interview itself.  Pupils will then be assessed on their CV, cover letter and interview.
    • Selected Year 10 pupils will take part in a Business Walk as part of Birmingham Professional Services Week where students will have the chance to visit two professional sector businesses with a walking tour through Birmingham’s business district.
    • All Year 10 pupils will undertake work experience in July to provide them with a taste of the world of work. Pupils are expected to source a placement themselves and will therefore have to practise skills such as holding a professional telephone conversation, completing an application form and perhaps an interview.  All of these attributes will be very useful for when the pupils are applying for further education and apprenticeship places in Year 11.

On Wednesday 9th March all of our year 10 students took part in a mock interview day with representatives from ISS, the school’s main business partner.

Students had to prepare a formal C.V (curriculum vitae) and a formal letter of application beforehand, and were then put through their paces in an interview with one of the employers.

For many students, this was the first time they had experienced a formal interview, and they made a super effort to dress in formal business wear for the occasion! Students were assessed by the employers on the quality of their letter, their CV and how they performed during the interview. Each student was judged and will receive either a gold, silver or bronze award. Students also had very useful verbal feedback after their interviews.

ISS also held a competition to decide which students performed exceptionally well and will be attending one of our assemblies at the end of April to present prizes. They commended our students for their efforts and enthusiasm and were very impressed by the student’s knowledge and aspirations.

Well done year 10! Let’s hope all the hard work pays off next year when formal further education and apprenticeship interviews will take place!    

Mr T Radford/ Mr R Patel.

 

 

Tab 5

Year 11 (CEIAG)

Form tutors deliver CEIAG activities during form time.

  • CEIAG incorporated into lessons and highlighted within subject schemes of work.
  • Specific days and sessions focused on CEIAG completed throughout the school year.
  • Workshops with different partners throughout the school year completed including ISS Facility Services, HS2, Careers Lab, DHL, Mosaic and Rikem.
  • Selected Year 11 pupils will have the chance to visit universities. Visits in the past have included the University of Birmingham and Oxford University.
  • Year 11 pupils are given support and encouragement throughout the academic year to help them with their applications for further education and/or apprenticeship applications. Workshops are held to create applications, improve personal statements and practise interview skills.  
  • In autumn all Year 11 pupils will take part in a Further Education and Apprenticeships Day where they will have the chance to speak to representatives from further and higher education, apprenticeship providers about the significance of the pupil’s own decisions and to gain some very useful advice. Visitors in the past have included Joseph Chamberlain College, Ark St Albans Sixth Form and Nova Training amongst many others.
  • All of Year 11 will have a formal mock interview with a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team which will focus on current progress within subjects and plans for professional life after Hodge Hill College.
  • A visit to the NEC in November for selected Year 11 pupils to attend the Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event. The Skills Show attracts over 70,000 people over its three days and is the perfect platform for pupils to discover their own skills they have and link them to a potential career. 

 

 Year 11 Further Education and Apprenticeship Day – Wednesday 14th October 2015

Hodge Hill College welcomed a number of further education and apprenticeship providers yesterday. These included; ISS Facility Services, Joseph Chamberlain College, South & City Birmingham College, Solihull 6th Form College, Solihull College, University College Birmingham, Heart of England Training and Platinum People. The year 11 pupils involved, used the short presentations as an opportunity to gather information about their next steps after life at Hodge Hill College and were fully engaged throughout the morning.

Pupil A – Further education and apprenticeship day opened my eyes to the various courses that are out there, and the different qualifications that I need.

Pupil B – I discovered the right pathway for me, and now I know what I need to do to achieve my goal.

Pupil C – I had a good experience and now have a better understanding of what I will qualifications I’ll need for colleges or apprenticeships.

Pupil D– I really enjoyed the day especially speaking to Platinum People!

 

More Able Trip to Aston University

37 KS4 pupils visited Aston University to have a taste of what life at university would be like.  They participated in a number of activities such as deciding which courses were fake and which were real (and yes, you can do a course in Harry Potter Studies at participating universities)!  HHC pupils had a tour of the vibrant campus including the library and lecture halls with current Aston University students who answered all of our pupils questions regarding societies, accommodation, cooking for themselves and effective financial management.  The final activity was for the students to develop their own course and the winners were the Year 11 boys of Nabeel, Abdirahman, Dawud, Muhammed, Ismail  and David with their street-wise knowledge based course.  All in all, the students had an excellent and informative day with their understanding of university life definitely expanded.

Pupil A - ‘The trip enabled us to have an insight into higher education therefore it was both beneficial and educational at the same time’. 

Pupil B - ‘The trip to Aston University was very useful as I learnt about the various aspects of student life, saw the different types of student accommodation and learnt about the courses I can and cannot take at university’. 

Pupil C – ‘The best thing about the visit was touring the campus which was very beautiful and our tour guide (a current Aston University student) was very helpful and took us to all of the important places such as the huge library’

Pupil D - ‘I learnt how to work in a team more effectively and I also enjoyed meeting current university students who were happy to answer my questions’. 

Tab 6

Apprenticeship

 

What is an Apprenticeship?

One of the options open to you after the age of 16 is to train through an Apprenticeship.

This is a way of learning the skills necessary for various careers while earning at the same time.

An Apprenticeship will often suit young people who do not want to go into full-time further or higher education, but still want to gain extra qualifications that are work related.

What type of Apprenticeship can I take?

There are more than 190 different occupations in which you can train through an Apprenticeship, from animal care to building trades, from administration to catering.

The type of Apprenticeship you can follow will depend on what is available in your local area.

Most Apprenticeships work towards nationally-recognised qualifications called NVQs and you will often also gain BTEC or City & Guilds qualifications.

Are there different levels of Apprenticeship?

There are three levels of Apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate (Entry Level),
  • Advanced (Supervisor Level) and
  • Higher (Manager Level).

Intermediate level Apprenticeships are usually completed in under a year, but the time it takes will depend on your existing knowledge and skills, and the type of Apprenticeship you are doing.

Where will I learn?

This will depend on the organisation employing you.

Sometimes you will spend four days with the employer and attend college for one day a week; sometimes you may do 'block release' where, for example, you may attend college for two or three week 'blocks'.

Larger employers may have their own training centres and use their own training staff instead of colleges.

What are the entry requirements for an Apprenticeship?

For a level 2 apprenticeship you may, though not always, need some GCSE subjects at grades A – C.

For a level 3 programme (called an Advanced Apprenticeship) you will normally need five GCSEs, often including English, Science and Mathematics, or have already completed a level 2.

The entry qualifications are generally set by the employer.

How long does it take to complete an Apprenticeship?

Again, this will vary according to the employer, the type of occupation you are training for and the level of Apprenticeship, but Apprenticeships normally take between one and four years.

The length of time taken to complete your training will also depend on your own skills and ability.

What will I earn?

There is no single rate of pay for an Apprentice. It will depend on your employer and your job role, but there is a minimum agreed rate of £2.50 per hour.

Some employers pay more than the minimum and the average weekly pay is now about £170.

An employer will often contribute to things like books or special clothing and equipment you need and you are also entitled to paid holidays like other employees.

In most cases the rate of pay will increase as you become more skilled and experienced.

Where can I get some advice?

If you are still at school you should be able to arrange to see your Connexions adviser there.

If you have already left school then you can see an adviser at your local Connexions office.

They will be able to give you advice on choosing an Apprenticeship, how to apply and what might be available in your local area.