Careers Leader: Paul Freeman-Myers
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: 01434 610300
At QEHS we are committed to careers education to ensure that our students are successful, prosperous and happy in their future lives. Our careers education takes many guises such as independent careers interviews, different year group whole careers days where students get to have meaningful encounters with employers, careers modules through PSHE lessons, assemblies, work experience, bespoke IAG for every pupil at curriculum transition points, visits to other post-16 providers and events that take place both outside and inside school. Please see the comprehensive programme (PDF) for our careers education year group by year group.
QEHS is part of the NELEP (North East Local Enterprise Partnership) and the NELEP Careers Hub, which allows QEHS to have a wide network of opportunities and contacts.
We are committed to fully achieving the Gatsby benchmarks by 2020. The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
National Apprenticeship Week 2022 runs from the 7-13th February 2022
There is a lot of information on the internet to support young people, should they be exploring the possibility of an apprenticeship. Whether a student is in the Sixth Form or Year 11, and considering their next steps, or even in year 9 or 10 and starting to consider alternative pathways in training and education, why not check out some of the following links.
We regularly update a range of different opportunities relating to apprenticeships in our weekly bulletin for Year 11,12 and 13 students.
If a student would like to discuss apprenticeship options, they can book in a session with our Careers Guidance Manager for a more informed discussion. Students can also visit our Learning Resource Centre to use the IT facilities. We encourage students to benefit from the online resources available to them and would like to support each student – addressing their individual needs is a priority for us. We would like to ensure that everyone makes the best decisions they can based on the most recent information available.
Northumberland Skills have recently been into school to talk about apprenticeships with our year 11 students, on their Taster Day in January. There are a number of opportunities available to students, if they check out their website: https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Learning.aspx
Northumberland County Council Apprenticeships
Over the last five years the council has employed more than 1000 apprentices, and they are committed to investing in more of our county’s amazing young people. They are pleased to be able to offer a further 60 apprenticeships this February.
There are a variety of apprenticeship opportunities across many different departments from: legal, horticulture or libraries team, or you could forge a career as an early years educator, IT support, business admin, or get hands-on experience in a trade like joinery or electricals.
On Wednesday 9 February they will be holding a virtual Apprenticeships Open Day. It is open to anyone curious about apprenticeships, including parents and carers.
To register for the event and find out more information, you can go to https://nccapprenticeships.vfairs.com/en/#home
There will be three drop-in sessions throughout the day. The sessions will run at 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm, 5pm-7pm, and you only need to attend one of them. Note: You cannot miss lessons to attend either of the first two sessions. Attendees will be able to watch webinars, browse the different types of apprenticeships available, and ask questions of current apprentices and managers.
There will also be an opportunity for students and teachers to join the team at a globalbridge virtual event on Thursday 10 February between 10am and 11am
For more information about apprenticeships at the council, go to www.northumberland.gov.uk/apprenticeships or to ask questions, email: email@example.com or text ‘APPLY’ to: 07929 746545
Apprenticeships offer an alternative option for a young person to further their education, so please do take the opportunity to attend one of the events if you can, to find out more.
Skillsometer and Careerometer
The Skillsometer widget, shown below, can help you discover what jobs you might like to do in the future. You will be presented with a series of statements. Select the emoji that shows how you feel about each statement. You will be given suggestions of jobs linked to what you most enjoy doing.
Once you have a list of jobs, use the Careerometer below to find out more about them!
The Careerometer widget, shown below, provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects. The widget can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations to support the process of identifying potential careers – simply type the title of the job you’re interested in to start!
Labour Market Information
Our careers programme is built around local, regional and national labour market information: the Labour Market Profile for the North East is available online (external URL).
If you are a provider/employer and would like to offer apprenticeships, information and guidance, work experience placements or alternative provision for our students at Post 16, please contact Paul Freeman-Myers, our school careers leader.
We measure the impact of our careers provision by student voice, questionnaires before after events, student reviews of interviews, destination data for Year 11 and Year 13. We will be reviewing our whole school careers provision and its impact regularly; the next review will be in January 2021.
We have an independent careers advisor, Sarah Sunderland, who can provide support on all aspects of your future in employment or education including further and higher education, training and apprenticeships.
Details of how to arrange an appointment with Sarah will be available shortly.
The Learning Resource Centre also contains information about careers, occupations, opportunities for employment, training, further education and higher education. (Including college and university prospectuses)
The Careers section also holds information on job searching: CV, applications and interview help.
The notice board displays current apprenticeships, jobs (including part time) and voluntary opportunities.
There is also access to computer aided guidance packages such as Kudos and Careerscape.
NCC advice for students who are in employment
Below is Northumberland County Council’s advice on students who are in employment:
Did you know that?
- All children from the age of 13 years and who are working must be registered with the Local Authority and be issued with a work permit.
- It is an offence for an employer to employ children without registering with the local authority first.
- The numbers of hours students can work whilst attending school are restricted. Children must not work before 7am and after 7pm.
- Any children working without a permit is not covered by their employer’s liability insurance.
More information and application forms can be obtained from:
Education and Wellbeing Service
Wellbeing and Community Health Service
Brunel Building, 64 Regent Street
Tel: 01670 622800
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
This article (external URL) is all about stereotypes in Engineering.
National Careers Week 2022
National Careers Week has arrived and there are a number of opportunities for learners to gain knowledge and experience of the world of work.
Each year group will have an assembly:
- In year 9, students are looking at the Careers and Skillsometers found on our school website and reflecting on a video titled ‘Hope’. We are keen for students to consider how wellbeing is important when considering possibilities in life. The assembly can be viewed here: National Careers Week 2022 – Year 9 (PowerPoint)
- In year 10 and 11 students are starting to look at the future of work and more specifically, Labour Market Information (LMI). We would like to encourage our year 10 students to access the virtual careers fair. Following up from the assembly we are encouraging students to complete the skills crossword. You can view the assembly here: The Future of Work (PowerPoint)
- In our VI form we will be actively encouraging our students to access the National Careers Week Virtual Careers Fair. In VI Form, students are expected to search and select some appropriate work-related learning. In the summer term we will support year 12 students to find a placement. Some students may prefer to engage with virtual experiences.
National Careers Week Virtual Careers Fair
Skills Builder Homezone
At Queen Elizabeth High School we would like to bring to parents and carers’ attention, an excellent free resource to develop their child’s essential skills. These can be classified as 8 universal and transferable skills that potential future employers find attractive:
- aiming high
- staying positive
- problem solving
Skills Builder Homezone https://www.skillsbuilder.org/homezone provides a variety of skills challenges that students can explore independently. Activities are updated regularly and they are supported with a range of reflection questions from the ‘getting started’ level through to mastery. We feel that this framework of essential skills will help to prepare our students for the wider world.
Other useful resources
The following resources can also be used to help learners broaden their understanding of work in the future and learning more about themselves and their work-related and learning interests: