Careers Information and Guidance
Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance is a vital part of the education of our pupils here at Liverpool College. It fills a large strand within our LC+ Curriculum. We are committed to delivering a full Careers Programme to fulfil the 2018 Government’s Careers Strategy and we work towards fulfilling all the criteria within the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Careers Development Institute Framework for Careers, Employer and Enterprise Education. We work in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company and aim to achieve the Careers Quality Standard Award in September 2018.
Careers’ Staff at College
Mrs K Wyke (Careers Enterprise Company) Network Advisor
Mr D Axon (Tookie) Employer Advisor
The Delivery of Careers Education and Guidance
NSI and Careers
The main vehicle for the delivery of our programme is through our NSI and Careers lessons, which take place on a fortnightly basis.
Click on the links below see the schedule of work for Year 7-13:
Our pupils experience many meaningful Employer encounters. A wide variety of Employers are invited to deliver Masterclasses or workshops. Interested pupils are invited to attend these sessions. Pupils are identified from the results of a pupil survey which highlights their areas of interest.
MORRISBY ONLINE and Individual Careers Interviews
Liverpool College has invested in Morrisby online as we feel the site provides sophisticated testing and profiles to initiate thinking and to form a basis for conversation during individual careers interviews provided by the College.
Morrisby Online also provides detailed Labour Market Information (LMI) and an area where pupils can record their progress in school, activities, skills and qualities, volunteering and work experience.
Our pupils experience a vast range of activities and competitions. Click here to view Careers and STEM LC+ overview to see the full range of activities offered.
Our Activities sessions, that take place on Tuesday and Thursday, provide an excellent opportunity for yet more careers education. Click here for an overview of our Activity Programme. Careers and STEM are highlighted in blue and coded CS.
These include a Careers Fair (Year 7-13), Mock Interviews (Year 11), Alternative Providers Event (Year 9) UCAS Fair (Year 12), International University Fair (Year 12) and University Day Visit.
A wide variety of Career related activities are undertaken by our Gifted and Talented pupils. Click here to view the Wilton Scholars Programme.
Year 12 pupils carry out a block of 8 days work experience at a work placement of their choice.
Pupils experience a range of visits throughout the year to various places of employment including Land Rover Jaguar.
We include Career Education, Information and Guidance, within our lessons, linking subject learning to the world of work.
Careers Information and Guidance for Pupils
It is the policy of this College that all pupils should be given the opportunity to:
Know and understand themselves better and develop their capabilities
Investigate education, training and career opportunities
Implement their career plans by making informed choices, in a supportive atmosphere, about their own continuing education and training.
Click here to view what each year group should expect within the Careers Education, Information and Guidance Programme.
In Year 7-13 all pupils are expected to use Morrisby Online (www.morrisby.com) to carry out psychometric testing, option testing and LMI research. In addition pupils should use the Log in facility to record skills and qualities, progress and targets, activities undertaken and volunteering and work experience.
The main two websites that are very useful to our pupils are:
Morrisby Online www.morrisby.com
Success at Schools. www.successatschool.org
Careers Information and Employers
We are very grateful to our Network Advisors from the Career and Enterprise Company and our link Employer from Tookie.
We are also indebted to our Employers who deliver our Masterclasses.
Other Useful Websites
Careers and Higher Education Advice
Information and advice on health and relationships
Protection against extremism
Department for Education Website
Local Authority Website
Labour Market Information
Careers Information and Guidance for Parents
The National Careers Service
The National Careers Service is available for anyone aged 13+ providing advice and information on a range of topics including careers, education, employment and training/apprenticeships.
National Careers Service free helpline – 0800 100 900 - is open from 8am to 10pm every day and you are more than welcome to get in touch with our trained advisers, to ask any questions you may have about your child’s education or career opportunities.
The National Careers website has a range of contact channels which are accessible to all; they offer a free online chat with an adviser, you can send an email, text or arrange a call-back and they also have minicom (for customers who are deaf or have hearing difficulties).
Your child can complete a free Skills Health Check test through our website which will suggest specific job sectors they may be suited to, based on their skills and strengths.
They can also research their career ideas using our popular job profile.
Parental Guidance is another useful website written by members of the Careers Writers Association. The Association consists of highly experienced careers writers of articles, books and web-based materials for the 14-25 age group. Many are also experienced and qualified careers advisers who have worked in schools, colleges and universities in the UK as well as overseas. Do visit the Find a careers writer pages for more details including special writing interests, and the wide range organisations who have commissioned our work.
The most important thing you can offer is the knowledge of where to find the right information, so you can do the research into their options together.
To begin with, it’s important your child knows what are their strengths, their skills and abilities. You will undoubtedly know what they are good at but it’s difficult to recognise your own skills and strengths. You can use the Skills Health Check test on the National Careers website to help your child become more aware of their strengths, weakness and career sectors they may be suited to.
The Skills Health Check is a great starting point and can help your child with researching specific career sectors and understanding more about themselves as an individual. It’s important to remember that any careers related test you take is purely meant as a guide.
The career choices which the test may offer up can be researched further on the ‘Job Profile’ pages. The National Careers Service have over 800 different types of career options, from gardener to graphic designer and everything in between! Each one explains which skills and qualifications you need to get into that job. You can also read about what the work would be like, the average salary you could expect and what the career prospects might be.
One of the most popular search methods for the Job profiles is through the ‘Job Families’ list. This groups similar jobs into one area so you can browse all the different jobs within this field. For example, if your child knows they want to work with animals but isn’t sure what jobs are available, you can look through the profiles for a vet, a kennel worker, a Police dog handler, a farm worker or even a beekeeper!
Benefits of Parental Involvement
Children have better self-esteem, are more self-disciplined, and show higher aspirations and motivation toward school. Children tend to achieve more, regardless of ethnic or racial background, socioeconomic status, or parents' education level. Children generally achieve better grades, test scores, and have better attendance. Research indicates that when students feel supported and loved by their parents, they have more confidence in their own ability to research careers and to choose a career that would be interesting and exciting.
Choices after GCSEs
The choices, which your child makes after completing their GCSEs, are dependent on a number of different factors including their own ambitions, the opportunities offered locally (see Local Labour Market Information link below) and the grades they have achieved.
These choices will really allow your child to tailor their own education and study towards subjects they feel passionate about and allow them to gain the knowledge and experience needed to progress onto their desired career path.
When thinking about steps after compulsory education, it’s important to keep in mind that there is no one size fits all style of education and that everyone learns in different ways. There is no right or wrong or better or worse but with the raising of the participation age coming into effect, this now means your child needs to stay in some form of education or training until their 18th birthday.
Education until their 18th birthday isn’t quite what it sounds; in-fact school leavers have a range of choices:
1. To stay in full time education working towards, A-levels, BTEC, NVQ or an alternative level 1/2/3 qualification at a local college or sixth form.
2. An apprenticeship.
3. A traineeship with the idea of progressing onto an apprenticeship or education.
4. Employment or Volunteering of 20 hours a week whilst working towards an accredited qualification part time with the study hours adding up to 280 guided learning hours over the course of a year.