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 achieved the national Careers Quality Standard Award in October 2019 and we will be working towards this award again in late 2023.
Careers’ Staff at College
Mrs J Drew (Careers Lead and Careers Adviser)
Mrs S Doran (STEM Coordinator and Careers, Wilton Scholars)
Ms K Wyke Enterprise Co-ordinator, LCR Careers Hub
Mr K Quirk Employer Advisor
The Delivery of Careers Education and Guidance
Personal development and Careers
The main vehicle for the delivery of our programme is through our Personal Development and Careers lessons, which take place on a weekly basis for K3/4 and KS5. Our programme is measured and assessed through staff and student reviews and feedback surveys. Teaching staff have access to their year group on OneNote where all lessons and resources are uploaded each half term and pupils, parents and employers can find the careers strand of the programme can be found here
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. We welcome new employers who would like to work with our students and support our careers programme. Any employers who wish to support strategically can also sign up to become an Enterprise Adviser.
Liverpool College has invested in Careerpilot 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.
Careerpilot holds expert careers information and tools for 11-19 yr olds and students will all have their account for life. During Personal Development lessons the students will complete career profiles, a skills profile and have the opportunity to research further education, training and employment. We are now a Careerpilot Superuser School
Careerpilot 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.
Careerpilot also has a Parent Zone which offers information to parents and carers to help them to support their children in making decisions about their next steps at 14, 16 and 18 years.
careers guidance; the gatsby benchmarks
In 2013, Gatsby commissioned Sir John Holman to set out what career guidance in England would be like if it were good by international standards, resulting in the Good Career Guidance report. The eight benchmarks set out in the report serve as a framework for improvement in careers provision and have been adopted as part of the Government's Careers Strategy and statutory guidance for schools and colleges.
The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking 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, The Careers & Enterprise Company now supports the implementation of the benchmarks in schools and colleges with a national network of support, resources and targeted funding. Through the CEC, and with the shared understanding of what works, we implemented Compass, the online evaluation tool,to self-assess our careers programme and track students improvements in 2019. In 2021 we upgraded to Compass+ which offers the facility to collect student level data. Compass+ helps schools benchmark, manage, track and report on their school’s careers provision. Compass+integrates with a school’s Management Information System and pulls in pupil level data.Schools can then personalise careers interventions to the individual student, with the supporting more targeted careers programme planning and delivery.
Liverpool College is a member of the Liverpool City Region Careers Hub which provides support with our careers programme and also provides network links with local schools, colleges, universities and employers. Click here for more information.
individual careers guidance interviews
Liverpool College students have impartial careers guidance interviews at pivotal points during their time at the College. The interviews start at the beginning of the Michaelmas term when Chapter 11 have their next step interview to discuss their options for post 16. Towards the end of this term Chapter 9 students have a short guidance interview to discuss their option choices and GCSE pathway. Finally our Chapter 12 students are all interviewed in the Lent term to discuss their post 18 options. Careers guidance is not limited to these Chapter groups and any student can request a careers guidance interview by speaking to their House Mentor or Mrs Drew in C13.
INDEPENDENT CAREERS ADVICE
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.
These include a Careers Fair (Chapter 8-13), Mock Interviews (Chapter 11), Alternative Providers Event (Chapter 9) and visits to university and employers throughout the year. We also have school based events for National Careers Week in March each year.
A wide variety of Career related activities are undertaken by our Gifted and Talented pupils. Click here to view the Wilton Scholars Programme.
Chapter 12 pupils carry out a block of 8 days work experience at a work placement of their choice.
All students are encouraged to secure work experience and with the Covid 19 pandemic ,there are more opportunities than ever for our students to complete valuable work experience virtually. The College has built links with Speakers For Schools, Springpod and Uptree to offer our students the best virtual work experience, free of charge.
Liverpool College also has a partnership with InvestIn which offers life changing, immersive careers programmes for students aged 12-18. As a partner school we have 10 bursaries a year to offer to our students who fit the egibility criteria who get to experience as many of these high quality, certificated experiences as they want, within the academic year. Any student can apply and pay for one of InvestIn's careers programmes independently of College and we have a 10% discount code for use. Below is the summer program information availbale to our students
Pupils experience a range of visits throughout the year to various places of employment including Land Rover Jaguar and universities such as the University of Liverpool.
We include Career Education, Information and Guidance, within our lessons, linking subject learning to the world of work.