Students will leave Willingdon Community School with a sense of ambition and appreciation of the skill set needed to be a valuable employee and member of society. They will understand the range of choices they have at Post 16 for education and employment, and where these might lead. Careers education will empower students to recognise the many pathways open to them to achieve their goals and aspirations. We want our students to be work ready and the first choice for both employers and admissions for further education.
Careers Education , Information , Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)
At Willingdon we value how important Careers Education , Information, Advice and Guidance is for our young people, in both raising aspirations and guiding and preparing them for the next steps in their career pathways. The Careers Education and Guidance programme at Willingdon is designed to help students make the most of themselves and their opportunities.
We use the Gatsby Benchmarks of:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking in curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
In addition to this, our CEIAG provision is supported by a host of other careers related events that our young people receive throughout the year. Examples of these include : Careers fairs, mock interviews, focused assemblies and taster days to local colleges and universities. Please click on the link below to see how these events are mapped out across the year for each individual year group.
Work Experience takes place in May, and involves every year 10 student completing a week with an external employer. This is an invaluable opportunity for our students to fully experience the work place, and the world of work, and also learn those very important employability skills that all employers are looking for.
The school has recently been reviewed – and successfully maintained its achievement of 'Investors in Careers' Award. This is a nationally recognised award for having excellent standards in careers education, information, advice and guidance. In addition, we are also working towards achieving 100% in all 8 of the Gatsby benchmarks – again illustrating our high standards within CEIAG provision.
For more information on CEIAG at Willingdon, please do contact our careers lead – Ali Borrell
WHY THE GATSBY BENCHMARKS ARE IMPORTANT
The Gatsby Benchmarks have a key role in:
- raising young people's aspirations and promoting access to all career pathways
- enabling all young people to develop the skills and outlook they need to achieve career well-being, including adaptability and resilience
- Underpinning the Department for Education guidance to schools on meeting their statutory responsibility for careers guidance.
Click on the links below to see our vision for 2019/2020
|CAREERS EDUCATION||EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT|
|POST 16 CHOICES||WELL ROUNDED PERSON|
|Step into the NHS||Take the online quiz and find out your NHS career|
|Jobs in the NHS||Browse thousands of live NHS jobs|
|nhsvaluestool.e-lfh.org.uk/||Free online resource to find out whether you are suited to NHS work|
|apps.trac.jobs/||A database of all health and NHS jobs|
|healthcareers.nhs.uk/||Find information on working in health|
|haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk||Development of health apprenticeships|
|findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk & gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship||Help finding and applying for apprenticeships across the UK|
|instituteforapprenticeships.org||Easy access to standards, entry requirements and desireable skills|
|skillsforcare.org.uk||Question of Care Quiz - providing a personal profile of your suitability for care roles|