Overview

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is available for every student.  Students can engage in a range of activities that will contribute to their knowledge and understanding of the world of work and the qualification pathways suitable for their individual needs.

We aim to raise our student’s aspirations, broaden their horizons and empower them to aim high for the opportunities available to them by encouraging them to make informed and realistic decisions.

What are the options?
The Government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training until their 18th birthday.

This does not mean that students must stay in school; but do have the opportunity to choose from the following options (Post-16):

  • Full-time education; such as 6th form college or college.
  • An apprenticeship.
  • Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering full-time (which is defined as 20 hours or more a week).

Careers at KRS
Careers education at KRS plays an important part of every student’s academic journey.  Students are encouraged to start thinking about their futures from year 7 with the careers coordinator being available to provide information, advice and guidance for all.

Throughout the academic year; a programme of events, experiences and workshops are available for all year groups.  These events are designed to inform, advise and raise awareness of individual careers education and the wider opportunities available.

In-sight assemblies are delivered by external providers, to explore the different employment sectors within and around the city.  We aim to increase students’ awareness of the extensive range of employers, careers and jobs on offer.

Students who are considering going to University have the opportunity to visit Portsmouth, Southampton and Chichester universities to find out more about higher education.

Year 10 students are provided with information, advice and guidance to support them in the process of making decisions and informed choices for their next steps upon leaving school.  The following are just some of the career activities that are available:

Group/Individual impartial careers interviews.
Interviews are carried out by a qualified Careers Adviser from Portsmouth City Council.  These give students the opportunity to discuss their future plans and for the adviser to help them with recommendations of potential options available to students.

College taster events.
Towards the end of Year 10, students are given the opportunity to visit one or more of the local colleges in preparation for year 12.  During these events students take part in planned workshops to experience subjects and college life.

Employability Week.
A week dedicated to careers and employability is held towards the end of the academic year and hosts a number of workshops, for example:

  • Apprenticeship awareness. Provides detailed information on the range of apprenticeship programmes available.  Highlights the range of employers and industries who offer apprenticeships.  Explains how they work and the level of qualifications gained when completed.
  • It’s all about you! Helps students to identify key strengths to write personal profiles and/or a CV.
  • Apply for a job! Students apply for a mock job using a mock application form.
  • Understanding university. Explains the difference between a career and a job. Provides an understanding of the benefits of Higher Education.  Examines the qualifications needed.
  • Money skills. Explores how to manage a bank account, understanding budgeting and what’s on a payslip.
  • Mock interviews. Students attend a mock interview with a business provider using their mock application form.
  • Careers fair. In-house careers fair gives students and parents the opportunity to find out about colleges, universities, apprenticeship providers, armed forces and employment areas.

Year 11 students meet with either the Careers Coordinator; or a Careers Adviser (for students who are still unsure of their chosen path for further guidance) in the first term to make their applications to their chosen destinations.  They will attend college interviews and will need to make a final choice from the places they are offered.

Additional careers activities.

Further activities are arranged over the academic year, including:

  • A range of guest speakers from a variety of sectors to share knowledge.
  • Presentations by colleges and training providers.
  • Visits to further and higher educational providers.
  • Participation in mentoring programmes to help find direction and develop solutions.
  • 3 Day summer residential at the University of Portsmouth.