Careers Education


The Careers Team

Head of Careers and Personal Development Education:
Ms Hetal Sharma hsharma@moat.leicester.sch.uk 0116 2184705
Assistant Principal with responsibility for Careers and Personal Development Education:
Mr Daljinder Padam dpadam@moat.leicester.sch.uk 0116 2625705
Careers Co-ordinator:
Mrs Shenaz Kidy skidy@moat.leicester.sch.uk 0116 2625705
Work Experience Co-ordinator
Mr Steve Dowell sdowell@moat.leicester.sch.uk 0116 2625705
External Careers Organisations
Moat Community College works with a large number of external organisations to ensure delivery of a high quality careers education and the fulfilment of the Gatsby Benchmarks, these include: The Careers and Enterprise Company, LEBC and Connexions.
Employers
The Careers team would like to welcome any local employers into college to speak to students about specific industry sectors, local employment, employment skills, and training opportunities. This could be in the form of an assembly, lunchtime talk or by participating in 'What's my line?'. Are you an employer or provider who would like to add to one of our events or help us with our careers work? Please contact the Head of Careers Ms Hetal Sharma hsharma@moat.leicester.sch.uk 0116 2184705


Careers and Personal Development Education Curriculum Intent

It is our belief that careers and personal development education enables young people to make informed choices throughout their lives therefore it is important that they are provided with the best careers information and guidance (CEIAG).

At Moat Community College, we have different systemic approaches to careers-related learning from years 7 to 11. These include specialist careers-based lessons in Years 8 and 10. In addition to this, the tutorial programme supports Years 7, 9 and 11 with their careers-based education.  Additional careers-related learning experiences include; assemblies, visits, visiting speakers, work experience and the use of alumni to work with current students.  All of our students in Year 10 are expected to take part in work experience. This provides genuine work-related learning and further develops their employability skills.

It is also our belief that teaching careers through the various subjects in the curriculum raises aspirations and enhances achievement. All of our students have high quality, impartial careers guidance to encourage them to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions that will benefit their own well-being and contribute to the wellbeing of others.  We believe all of our students should participate in a range of activities to develop their employability skills, preparing them for an appropriate.  We want to inspire our students to overcome barriers, achieve social mobility and to believe that there should be no limit to their aspirations.

All of these opportunities at Moat allow us to develop a skilled workforce for the future that are prepared, flexible and adaptable for the changing nature of employment, therefore we take labour market information (LMI) into consideration.



APPROACH

At Moat, we have a multi-faceted approach to careers-related learning. There are progressive elements of careers education from years 7 to 11. These include specialist careers-based lessons in years 8 and 10. In addition to this the tutorial programme supports years 7, 9 and 11 with their careers-based education.


ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

In addition to the education within lessons and the tutorial programme, we provide further careers content to inspire our students, including: assemblies, visits, visiting speakers, work experience and the use of alumni to work with current students.

It is our vision that careers information, education and advice have influence in all areas of the curriculum.

AIMS

All individual students should have high quality, impartial careers guidance to encourage them to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions.

All students should participate in a range of activities to develop a range of employability skills, preparing them for a working life which is suitable for them.

We want to inspire our students to overcome barriers, achieve social mobility and to believe that there should be no limit to their aspirations.


POLICY STATEMENT

Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) at Moat Community College is an integral part of our preparation of all students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern Britain. All CEIAG is impartial and unbiased.

We endeavour to follow the guidelines set out by the Department of Education in their latest advice and documentation.

At Moat, we have a multi-faceted approach to careers-related learning. There are progressive elements of careers education from years 7 to 11. These include specialist careers-based lessons in years 8 and 10. In addition to this the tutorial programme supports years 7, 9 and 11 with their careers-based education.

In addition to the education within lessons and the tutorial programme, we provide further careers content to inspire our students, including: assemblies, visits, visiting speakers, work experience and the use of alumni to work with current students.
It is our vision that careers information, education and advice have influence in all areas of the curriculum.

We reference the Gatsby benchmark 1 – A stable careers programme, benchmark 4 linking curriculum learning to careers


EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

The Careers Department supports the school’s Equal Opportunities Policy and endeavours to implement it.
c/f Gatsby benchmark 3 – addressing the needs of pupils

Careers Interviews

Careers interviews are conducted using a combination of specialists from LEBC and qualified internal staff. All year 11 students are assured an interview. In addition, some year 8, 9 and 10 students may also be interviewed. Vulnerable students are given priority and may be supported with a specialist from Connexions.

Referral may be made from a member of staff e.g. Year Achievement Coordinator or from a need assessment during careers lessons. Students are also free to request an interview.
c/f Gatsby benchmark 8 personal guidance

WORK EXPERIENCE

We are committed to two weeks of work experience for all students in Year 10. This provides genuine work-related learning and further develops students’ employability skills. The work experience programme is organised in conjunction with LEBC.
c/f Gatsby benchmark 6 experiences of work places and 5 encounters with employers and employees

QUALITY ASSURANCE

We endeavour to map and review careers education towards a CDI recommended framework. It is our intention to pursue an external quality award to further strengthen our good practice. As part of this process we reflect on the recommended 8 Gatsby benchmarks (Gatsby report, Good Career Guidance, 2015).
We are members of the Career Development Institute (CDI).

CAREERS EDUCATION & INFORMATION, ADVICE & GUIDANCE

As a school we have a statutory and moral duty to provide students with careers information, advice and guidance. We aim to provide students with the skills and attributes required to prepare them for the world of work. This will be achieved through a range of activities and sources to allow them to make informed decisions regarding their options, further education, higher education, apprenticeships and their future career pathways. During their time at Moat, students will also have access to impartial information, advice and guidance.

NEW - PROVIDER ACCESS POLICY STATEMENT From 2 January 2018, all maintained schools and academies are required to ensure there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access pupils, for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. The legislation creates an obligation on schools to publish a policy statement setting out the circumstances in which a provider will be allowed access to pupils in years eight to 13, and to ensure the policy is followed.

This information is covered in our Careers Policy which is set out on this page.

Implementation and ENTITLEMENT STATEMENT

YEAR 7

Students will receive an introduction to look at their skills, qualities and achievements and will write a personal statement. Careers work will be delivered largely during tutorials.
There may be the opportunity to visit local universities to take part in a widening participation event.
c/f Gatsby benchmark 7 – encounters with further and higher educations

YEAR 8

Students will continue to develop confidence in their skills and qualities, building on the work done in Year 7. They will look at the realities of job advertisements and the changing world of work. In addition, they will have the opportunity to examine local labour market information and explore jobs of the future. Students will use ICT packages such as Kudos and National Careers Service to consider the qualification options for studying after year 8. All students will begin to learn and practice skills needed for interviews. Careers work will be delivered through PDE lessons.
c/f Gatsby benchmark 2 – learning from career and labour market information
There may be the opportunity to take part in widening participation activities at the local universities.
c/f Gatsby benchmark 7 – encounters with further and higher educations
Students will attend the National Skills Show to look at a range of different careers and career paths.
c/f Gatsby benchmark 5 – encounters with employers and employees
Students will receive information from professionals to help them decide on which options they would like to select for their GCSE courses.
Students can request an impartial 1:1 careers interview

YEAR 9

Students will continue to develop confidence in their skills and qualities, building on the work done in Years 7 & 8. They will have extensive use of U-Explore. This will help them to research more thoroughly the types of careers they may be interested in. Careers work will be delivered largely during tutorials.
There may be the opportunity to visit local universities for a widening participation event.
c/f Gatsby benchmark 7 – encounters with further and higher educations

YEAR 10

Students will investigate choices open to them for when they leave Moat. They will look at the different post-16 providers and explore which may suit them best. Students will be introduced to qualification frameworks (RQF and FHEQ) to help them understand the range of academic and vocational qualifications that may be available, as well as the requirements to access these courses. They will develop their interview skills with local employers and create a CV. In addition to this, they will be introduced to the UCAS application process.
Students will research selected careers using ICT packages and a range of websites in order to produce a detailed career action plan.
Students will learn a range of financial literacy skills, from understanding student finances to pay slips and state benefits, including the bursary.

All students will be expected to take part in a two-week work placement, which will develop and allow them to practice their employability skills in a very real way by being part of the world of work. Preparing for this placement will require them to: make formal telephone calls, be interviewed, set and fulfil targets as well as understand health and safety and rights in the work place.

  • Careers work will be delivered through PDE lessons.
  • There may be the opportunity to visit local universities for a widening participation event.
  • c/f Gatsby benchmark 7 – encounters with further and higher educations
  • Students can request an impartial 1:1 careers interview.

YEAR 11

Students will be supported to make their application on UCAS progress for year 12 or apply for an apprenticeship. Events will be arranged for them to speak to local providers and gather information about the variety of choices open to them, including colleges/sixth form and apprenticeships. Students will be notified of open days and events at local post 16 providers. They will be expected to attend, preferably with a parent/carer.

Student can request an impartial 1:1 careers interview.
c/f Gatsby benchmark 8 – Personal guidance
Careers work will be delivered largely during tutorials.


Policy Review Date: July 2021
Reviewed by: Head of Careers


ALUMNI

Maintaining contact with our former students, our alumni, is an essential part of our careers provision. What could be more inspiring for current Moat students than to hear from those who came here and went on to take up positions at the best universities, in the best apprenticeships and in the most fulfilling careers?

Last year we had several former students back in school to speak about their experiences, we hope that you will do this soon too.

If you are a Moat alumnus and you have not got in touch with us recently, or at any point since leaving us, you might like to complete a brief series of questions which will help us update our alumnus database. We use this database to target careers support at particular groups of students and we would really value you spending a couple of minutes filling it in. Click the link below to fill in the survey.


Alumni Survey
Take a moment to tell us what you've done since leaving Moat

Useful Links

Exploring Careers

  • Get Into Teaching - If you want to get into teaching, we can help. Get information on training courses, funding, pay scales and tips on how to make a great application.
  • GetMyFirstJob - GetMyFirstJob offers you a whole new way to find Apprenticeships and opportunities to get ahead.
  • Health Careers - Get all the information you need to take the next step in your career.
  • iCould - Get ideas for your future with free career videos, job information, plus advice on career options and the world of work.
  • Leicester Employment Hub - You can now find all the latest apprenticeship and connexions vacancies on the Leicester Employment Hub website.
  • National Careers Service (NCS) - NCS provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. Services include Job Profiles, skills health check, find a course and help to find work, writing an effective CV.
  • Prospects - Prospects for graduate jobs, postgraduate study, advice about work experience, internship opportunities and graduate careers
  • Rolls-Royce - Anyone – from school leavers to career changers – can earn while they learn with a Rolls-Royce apprenticeship.
  • Start Profile - Explore career ideas that match your skills, interest, qualities and career preferences. Start is also linked to the national and local labour market. Students will require their Start Profile login details, please contact a member of the careers team if you have forgotten your details.
  • Step into the NHS - Step into the NHS is a programme of activity targeting 14-19 year olds that aims to promote the range of career opportunities in the NHS
  • Success at School - Explore careers, get information on top employers and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
  • BBC Bitesize Careers - Get the low-down on the world of work, with Bitesize Careers. A site to help you find out what jobs you may be suited to.
  • Get Into Theatre - Get Into Theatre is the essential website to help you find all the information and opportunities you need to pursue a successful career in theatre in the UK.
  • The Medic Portal - Official Royal Society of Medicine partner. Doctor-created guidance for UCAT, BMAT, UCAS, Interview and more!
  • The Lawyer Portal  - The Lawyer Portal is partnered with the Bar Council & CILEx and is written by lawyers, with contributions from top law firms.

Post 16 Options

SEARCH FOR A COLLEGE COURSE

  • PS16 - Positive Steps at 16 (PS16) is an online college prospectus for Leicester and Leicestershire.
  • Learner Application Help Guide - Help guide to assist students with making an application on PS16.
  • T LEVELS

T Levels are new courses coming in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. Read more here

FURTHER INFORMATION AND ADVICE

Apprenticeships

Labour Market Information (LMI)

Download Labour Market Information East Midlands

  • Guide to the local labour market - The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) labour market guide for young people and adults.
  • World of Work Guide - Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) labour market guide for young people, ‘What Work Leicestershire’ summarises: the different work sectors across the LLEP area, numbers of people employed in those areas, which jobs are in demand, skills that employers value, suggested links to find out more about working in that sector & what employers look for in prospective employees

  • Skill Council Sectors

Advice for Parents

  • A Parent’s Guide - As a parent, you are incredibly influential when it comes to the decisions your child makes in all areas of their lives and that is especially true when it comes to their education and careers. This guide makes it as easy as possible for you to talk to your child about their options.
  • Careers Advice for Parents - Careers Advice for UK parents, young people, school leavers, A Level students, teenagers. Independent, informative & accurate
  • Parent Adviser - Parent Adviser provide useful, up to date advice for parents about the career options available to their children.