Careers and Work Related Learning

Helsby High School is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education, information and guidance for students in all years. The school works with an external Careers Advisor to ensure all students have access to impartial careers advice. All students will leave Helsby High School with the skills and knowledge required to support their entry to further education or employment. Helsby High School actively promotes parent/carer involvement through events, forums and ensuring access to information throughout the year.

 

 

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We are pleased to announce that we have recently achieved Stage 2 of the Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Quality Award.

 

Careers Information and Labour Market Information

To make an appointment with the school Careers Advisor, Mrs Schofield, please see Mr Shelton in C71 or speak to your Form Tutor.
Why not use the following Careers software to find out the information you need to make important decisions about your future careers and what subjects, courses and training you can do to reach your career destination. If you have not been given your log in details during PSHCE, please see Mr Shelton.

 

Fast Tomato – Since 2003, Fast Tomato has been one of the most popular online career guidance programmes for young people, helping millions of students explore the many different career opportunities open to them.

 

START – Start is a free, online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential.

 

Kudos – If you are unsure of what careers you might be interested in, Kudos can give ideas based on what you like and dislike. You can also discover what careers your subjects can lead to. 

Summary of Careers Guidance provision by year group 

 

 Year Group 

Careers information

Careers advice & guidance

 Careers education

Year 7

Access to careers information software including the START Careers Platform and Fast Tomato

Faraday Challenge at Daresbury Laboratory (organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology)

Access to independent careers advice with the Careers Advisor if requested by student/ parent/ Form Tutor or Year Leader.

Careers advisor available at Year 6 opening evening

Career Choices Extended Registration – Form Tutor session looking at a range of career choices

2 Allocated PSHCE lessons on Careers/Employability Skills.

Year 8

Access to careers information software including the START Careers Platform and Fast Tomato

Activities Day – Urenco (focusing on engineering careers and team building), Smallpiece trust (focusing on STEM careers) and ‘what’s my line’ (various careers)

Access to independent careers advice with the Careers Advisor if requested by student/ parent/ Form Tutor or Year Leader.

Career Choices Extended Registration – Form Tutor session looking at a range of career choices.

3 Allocated PSHCE lessons on Careers/Employability Skills.

Year 9

Access to careers information software including the START Careers Platform and Fast Tomato

Information Evening for Parents re. post-14 options

Liverpool University, Science and Maths trip (understanding our universe and STEM careers)

A series of guest speakers/ workshops as part of the Careers element of PSHCE.

Go4SET – science project

Essar Make it Enterprise Challenge

Access to independent careers advice with the Careers Advisor if requested by student/ parent/ Form Tutor or Year Leader.

Referrals for careers appointments made by form tutors to help students who are having difficulties with their option choices.

Career Choices Extended Registration – Form Tutor session looking at a range of career choices

5 Allocated PSHCE lessons on Careers/Employability Skills.

Enterprise week/ Business Studies enterprise day.

Year 10

Access to careers information software including Fast Tomato and Kudos

Bi-annual Careers Convention with over 60 guest exhibitors; including FE & HE providers, apprenticeship providers and local and national employers.

A series of guest speakers/ workshops as part of the Careers element of PSHCE.

Breakfast meetings with representatives from various Career/ STEM industries (30 min career talks)

Daresbury Laboratory Accelerator science trip

STEM residential with RAF (careers in Engineering for Girls, RAF)

URENCO Make-It Enterprise Challenge

Access to independent careers advice with the Careers Advisor if requested by student/ parent/ Form Tutor or Year Leader.

6 Allocated PSHCE lessons on Careers/Employability Skills/ Post 16 options.

Year 11 

Access to careers information software including Fast Tomato and Kudos

Bi-annual Careers Convention with over 60 guest exhibitors; including FE & HE providers, apprenticeship providers and local and national employers.

Study Skills & Future Destinations Evening for students and parents

A series of guest speakers/ workshops as part of the Careers element of PSHCE.

Information Evening for Parents re. post 16 options

Post 16 taster sessions & the opportunity to attend a local FE college taster day.

Local FE college “Going to College/ Apprenticeships” Talk

Inspire course (3 day residential) STEM degrees and Careers

Faraday Challenge at Daresbury Laboratory, which was organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology

ALL students will be offered an interview with the Careers Advisor for independent careers advice.

Lunchtime drop in sessions to support college/ apprenticeship applications (ASK project)

8 Allocated PSHCE lessons on Careers/Employability Skills/ Post 16 options.

Years 12 and 13

Access to careers information software including Fast Tomato and Kudos

Bi-annual Careers Convention with over 60 guest exhibitors; including FE & HE providers, apprenticeship providers and local and national employers.

Assemblies – HE and higher apprenticeship applications, UCAS

Post 18 Options assembly/Gap Year (Projects abroad)

Option to complete work experience

Headstart (5 day residential) specific STEM courses experience

UCAS Application Evening

ALL students will be offered an interview with the Careers Advisor for independent careers advice.

Lunchtime drop in sessions to support college/ apprenticeship applications (ASK project)

Allocated sessions based upon Careers and Work Skills.

Careers Convention 2017

On Thursday 23rd March the Helsby High School Careers Convention took place, with over 60 exhibitors explaining their career areas to our students in different parts of the school. The evening was very successful, with many upper school students and their families coming to speak to the exhibitors and staff at the event.
This year we had such a large number of exhibitors it was possible for many students to investigate a number of career areas and not just one. From accountants and lawyers to apprenticeship providers and universities most career areas were represented in some format.

 

We look forward to seeing you at our Next Careers Convention in March 2019.

 

Apprenticeships

As an apprentice you will learn and develop your skills primarily by spending time in the workplace. You will take relevant and nationally recognised qualifications
An apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete and they are available to anyone over the age of 16 and up to the age of 24. Entry requirements will vary from employer to employer and depending upon the apprenticeship level.

If you would like support with an apprenticeship application please make an appointment with the school Careers Advisor, Mrs Schofield. This can be arranged by your Form Tutor.

Further information can be found on our apprenticeship page along with local apprenticeship opportunities https://www.helsbyhigh.org.uk/students/apprenticeship-opportunities/

 

Useful websites:
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/
https://www.ucas.com/
https://kudos.cascaid.co.uk/#/
https://www.fasttomato.com/
https://www.startprofile.com/
https://targetjobs.co.uk/

Students who are interested in apprenticeships should register on the following sites:

www.apprenticeships.gov.uk
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
www.nhscareers.nhs.uk
www.etrust.org.uk
www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide

 

Further Apprenticeship Information

Please use the guides below to find out more about apprenticeships:
Higher and degree apprenticeship fact sheet v2
Apprenticeship Student Guide-Yr7-11
Parents guide to apprenticeships
Apprenticeships Guide

To make an appointment with the school Careers Advisor, Mrs Schofield, please see Mr Shelton in C71 or speak to your Form Tutor.

Department Leader Work Related Learning and Careers – Mr A Shelton

ashelton@helsbyhighschool.org.uk
Helsby High School,
Chester Road,
Helsby,
Cheshire,
WA6 0HY
01928 723551

Independent Careers Advisor – Mrs D Schofield