Careers education information advice and guidance is available throughout a student’s time at Broadoak.
There are careers and work related learning lessons within the PSHCE programme, as well as alternative curriculum activities during the year. Examples of activities include:
- Year 7 students use KUDOS, a computer based programme exploring different career ideas
- Year 8 students play The Real Game, a careers focused activity
- Year 9 students take part in World of Work day, developing their employability skills
- Year 10 students take part in a one week work experience programme and visit local colleges
- Year 11 students attend a series of presentations to help them with their post-16 choices, go on College visits and have an opportunity to practice interview skills
The Young Enterprise programme is also well embedded as an extra-curricular activity and many of our students get involved, working alongside local employers such as Smurfitt Kappa.
The National Citizen Service
The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young people. This adventurous and life-enhancing programme is currently available to young people in Year 11 & 12 and places are funded by the government. As the biggest youth development programme in England, it gives young people the opportunity to develop new skills and make new friends whilst having fun over school holidays.
NCS have presented to our students and they have been given the chance to express their interest in the programme. They have also been given further information and programme details via a ‘Sign-Up Pack’ to include information on:
- What does NCS involve: 3-4 weeks during July & August – with multiple start dates
- Why take part in NCS: skills/confidence development and recognition by UCAS
- What does NCS cost: a maximum of £50 (additional financial support is available)
- How to secure a place: due to limited capacity of places per date, the allocation of dates for NCS operates on a first come first served basis. Please let us know as soon as possible which date your son/daughter would like to select by completing the form or contacting us on 01827 337237 or 0845 625 0050 or firstname.lastname@example.org
During the Summer of 2016, 30 students from Broadoak participated in the scheme and they have recently attended the NCS celebration evening to celebrate their graduation from this programme.
If you have any questions or would like to find out more about NCS prior to the presentation your son/daughter receives, please do not hesitate to give the team a call on 01827 337237 or visit http://www.learnbydesign.co.uk/ncs-school-link-swest/.
The Employability Chartermark
One consistent message emerging from businesses is the need to improve the employability of young people entering the labour market – at all levels. This is not only about qualifications but about other skills and attributes a young person needs to land his or her first job. To help prepare our students for life in Modern Britain, Broadoak have now made a commitment to The Employability Chartermark.
The Employability Chartermark is awarded to educational establishments that invest in, commit to and help deliver work readiness in young people, in partnership with businesses. The overarching goal of the initiative is to: Improve the employability of young people entering the labour market at all levels by developing the skills and attributes a young person needs to be work ready.
The most important skills identified by businesses in recruiting from schools and colleges were:
Use of IT / Positive attitudes to work / Technical skills / Team Working / Basic literacy and use of English / Basic numeracy skills / Problem solving / Skills of analysis / Communication skills / Relevant work experience / Knowledge about their chosen career /job / Self-management / Resilience / Foreign language skills / International cultural awareness / Business and customer awareness
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says …‘In an increasingly competitive employment market, employers are looking beyond simple academic achievement when considering applicants for a job or internship’
So, what does the Employability Chartermark offer Broadoak?
Throughout the process we will be recognised for the work we are already doing within the community or with business and have the opportunity to further develop as our organisation has capacity and ability to do so.
It gives recognition to Broadoak for its comprehensive committed work in regards to employability. Also, it will assist in the college improving the employability skills of its students by meeting the criteria and the sharing of good practice with other educational establishments.