Leaders have organised a range of high quality events for students to develop their employability skills, including visits from apprentices from a sponsor’s company to help them develop their practical skills in the workshops.
What is Career Guidance?
At Daventry UTC we place a great emphasis on a careers programme to prepare all students for making decisions for their future. We are committed to providing a broad programme of careers education and guidance to encourage students to identify, develop and utilise their talents. Throughout the school year, we ensure that a variety of careers talks from a range of professionals take place, as part of our ongoing student development programme.
Our learners will take part in the DUTC's Career Guidance activities which support our commitment to provide ongoing careers education and guidance to make positive contributions to support young people to make informed decisions about their future.
Throughout the year learners take part in planned programme to support students from year 10 to year 13 that suit their interests, abilities and to help them to follow a career path, and sustain employability throughout their working lives.
These activities provide our learners with the opportunities to access talks and workshops from professionals, allowing learners to see all options available to them once they have completed their time at Daventry UTC, including: work, apprenticeships, sixth form and University.
- Our links with industry allow us to ensure that we are able to provide and inform our young people in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 of possible careers and specific career paths. Our aim is to help our students make appropriate career decisions by providing up to date information and experiences from working professionals.
- Our level of understanding about each student is second to none and we support closely our student’s decision-making about subject options when joining us at year 10 and year 12. Informed choices between employment, vocational training and higher academic qualifications are explored and discussed, as groups and individually, to ensure that each student has the tools and information to make the right choice.
- All sixth form students are supported through researching higher education and preparing a UCAS application, with particular focus on completing a personal statement in preparation for application process for leading universities.
Helping your child with career choices – some advice to parents
Choosing a career so early in life isn’t easy – in fact it’s a tough decision for almost every young person, and one that takes careful thought and planning. It’s perhaps the first major life decision they’ll make, so your help and support can be crucial at this stage.
Here are just some of the ways you can help your child make the right career decisions:
- Listen to your child’s hopes and ideas about what they’d like to do when they leave education.
- Help them find the information that will help them make the choices that are right for them.
- Speak to careers advisors and try to go to ‘Career Shows/Events’ with your child.
- Discuss the options – weigh up the pros and cons of different types of qualifications and careers, based on your child’s learning styles, interests and personal strengths.
- Encourage them to find out more by speaking to people who already work in areas that interest them.
- Encourage them to take work experience opportunities, or get involved in voluntary work in areas that appeal to them.....a great experience to mention on a CV, or university application, and enhancing future prospects.
Some useful careers and education websites
www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk- information and advice about what career choices are available in England ; job profiles ; information on learning and qualifications for work ; Get CV writing tips and use the step-by-step CV builder ; Update and store your CV, skills, courses and qualifications all in one place ; Tips on how to make the most of your strengths and brush up on your skills ; Tips on where to look for a job and planning your job search ; Tips on writing a job application letter and preparing for job interviews; a free phone number to talk to a careers advisor and forums to chat.
www.fasttomato.com - online careers programme for students – Fast Tomato motivates young people to consider options they may previously have thought were unattainable by opening up a rich world of course and career opportunities. Following some simple but powerful assessments, Fast Tomato offers a wealth of career, course and subject information, coupled with independent adviser support, to inspire students and to help them make informed decisions about their future. Using sophisticated psychometric assessments to highlight each person's interests, attitudes and motivations, Fast Tomato suggests individualised and personally tailored careers and courses. Students are given accurate and highly relevant career and subject information.
www.thestudentroom.co.uk - online student community, careers advice, message board, discussion forums, help with revision, statements, applying to uni and apprenticeships.
www.thesite.org - online guide to life for 16-25 year-olds in the UK, providing non-judgmental support and information on everything that affects you as a student.
www.accessprofessions.com - get alerts about open days, opportunities and events.
www.careersbox.co.uk - short video case studies of different careers.
www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zfy39j6 - video clips of interviews of people working in different professions, advice and training.
www.careerpilot.org.uk - plan your study & work - What are you choices at 14, 16 and 18? Explore different job sectors and how you can study and work at the same time even to university level.
www.careers4u.tv - videos on loads on different jobs and students talking about apprenticeships, uni, jobs.
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk - apprenticeships, gaps years, distance learning and jobs.
www.icould.com - career ideas, videos of people in different professions, find out how your favourite subjects could help you find a job you love, take the ‘Buzz Quiz’ – a personality profile test to discover more about your strengths and what makes you tick.
www.barclayslifeskills.com - career options, advice on building employability skills, CV and interview tips.
www.careerkickstart.rbs.com - guidance and info to help students grow skills to get ready for life after school and explore the options available + click on ‘Exploring Options’ then on ‘Get inspired – Emerging Careers’ to see what jobs might be in demand in the future.
www.connexionsnorthants.org.uk - careers, education and lifestyle advice for 13-19 year olds.
www.jobs4you2.org.uk/xploreVac/searchselector.aspx - Connexions job search tool in Northamptonshire.
www.studential.com - helps students aged 16+ with their academic journey – includes advice/samples for UCAS personal statements, and choosing Further Education and Higher education courses.
ONLINE CAREERS PUBLICATIONS / MAGAZINES
www.movingonmagazine.co.uk - Moving On magazine is a publication devoted to providing a wide range of information regarding choices following school. As the cost of university continues to increase, young people and their parents have to think carefully about all options available: apprenticeships, work experience, gap years, further education and higher education.
www.jobsandcareersmag.com - advice for students, school leavers and graduates + register for a FREE online magazine.
www.fasttomato.com - psychometric assessments to highlight your person's interests, attitudes and motivations - Fast Tomato suggests individualised and personally tailored careers and courses.
www.icould.com - take the ‘Buzz Quiz’ – a personality profile test to discover more about your strengths and what makes you tick.
www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/careers - a short, psychometric seven question test that analyses which type of work might suit you - More suitable for older students.
www.careerpath.com - free career tests and advice.
www.apprentice.tv - interviews with apprentices, how to apply, tips on how to succeed in an apprenticeship.
www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk - what they are, if they are for you and how you can get one.
www.future-talent.com - advertises apprenticeships and other alternative routes to uni. Once registered they will help you find an apprenticeship.
www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk - once registered they will help you find an apprenticeship.