In line with the new DfE statutory guidance Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy is committed to achieving the highest levels in all 8 Gatsby benchmark recommendations by 2020. Below is an outline of the careers programme students attending OLSCA will receive during the academic year 2018-19 as part of the whole school careers development strategy.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”- Steve Jobs

It is the view of the academy that IAG (Information Advice and Guidance) must:

  • Empower young people to plan and manage their future career pathways
  • Respond to the needs of the learner
  • Provide appropriate and practical information and advice
  • Raise aspirations
  • Actively promote equality of opportunity and challenges of stereotypes
  • Provide effective LMI (Labour Market Information) to aid decisions

Careers Leader

Mr C Durkin
[email protected],uk
01902 558250

Schools Independent Careers Advisor

Lorraine Newton
[email protected]
Office: 01902 554499
Mobile: 07584175410

The Careers advisor is in school every Tuesday and all students in year 11 and post 16 college will have an interview. All other students can drop in during break and lunch on a Tuesday to arrange an interview on request. Parents can contact Mrs Cadman for independent advise and career guidance on the email above.

Year 7

  1. All about me. In this lesson students new to the school identify their qualities and identify strengths or areas for development.

  2. Communication; students develop their communications skills by producing short talks to their form group. Peer reviewed.

  3. Team Building; students develop their team working abilities by undergoing a series of tasks.

  4. Problem Solving; Again in groups students come up with ideas to solve a series of problems.

  5. Enterprise challenge; in these two lessons students form a small business and come up with some money making ideas.

Year 8

  1. All about me 2; Students rate themselves on their qualities and how they have developed. This is then linked to various careers.

  2. Start Profile 1; Students use the Start Profile program to enter their likes and dislikes to come up with some possible career ideas for the future.

  3. My careers 1; First of two lessons.Students research one of the careers recommended by Start Profile and deliver a presentation on what the job entails and what qualifications you need to do this.

  4. My careers 2; Second of two lessons.Students research one of the careers recommended by Start Profile and deliver a presentation on what the job entails and what qualifications you need to do this.

  5. Careers Plan; Students select three potential careers and look at their strengths to come up with a careers plan for the future to realise their aims.

  6. Strategies for improving your skills- quick-fire activity.

  7. Self-awareness: skills and confidence; Barclays life skills 19th November 2018

In addition year 8 students will receive assemblies from a range of external speakers from a range of career backgrounds.

Year 9

  1. Barclays life skills session 1; Getting the job 19th Jan 2019

  2. CV writing; Students construct a Curriculum Vitae using Barclays life skills template.

  3. Becoming enterprising; students develop their enterprise skills.

  4. Tenner Challenge; Students form a company and come up with a business plan to make money.

  5. Finance; getting to grips with money

  6. Using social media effectively

  7. Start Profile 2;

Year 10

  1. Recognising skills for success in the workplace lesson

  2. Work experience; Guide for how to apply for Work experience

  3. Applying for work; Students find real work or apprenticeship opportunities on line and have to construct a letter of application.

  4. Interview technique; Students explore the do’s and don’ts behind attending an interview.

  5. Mock interviews; Students are interviewed and receive feedback from real employers.

  6. Students will have the opportunity to attend Work experience from 1st- 6th July 2019.

In addition year 10 students will receive assemblies from a range of external speakers from a range of career backgrounds.

Year 11

  1. Five routes post year 11; Students find out about and explore the 5 possible routes after year 11 to identify ones suitable for them.

  2. Post 16 College; Students find out why studying Level 3 qualifications could be for them.

  3. Skills Show 2018; Students have the opportunity to attend the skills show 2018.

  4. Online reputation; Students explore how important their online footprint is coming in the world of work.

  5. Guest speaker;

Post 16 College

  1. Staffordshire university bus; What is it like to be a student?? The bus reveals all with its 3D VR simulations.

  2. University visit; All post 16 students get to visit a university campus.

  3. Apprenticeships 1; Students explore the world of apprenticeships and how to apply.

  4. Apprenticeships 2; Students select and explore three possible apprentice opportunities then present why they are for them to their peers.

  5. Why go to university; Students learn why university is still a good option despite the cost of tuition.

  6. How to apply for university; the ins and outs of filling in an UCAS form online. Students register and begin process.

  7. UCAS completion; Students fill out the UCAS form and research which university does courses they are interested in.

  8. What course? What uni?; students learn about Russell group universities and look at their strengths relating them to possible undergraduate degree programs and future career aspirations.

  9. Personal statements; students find out how to write a good personal statement.

  10. Student finance; Students learn about student finance and what they are entitled too and how to apply.

  11. Personal brand: Building your professional identity lesson.

  12. Future entrepreneurs; Barclays life skills session. 15th October 2018

Work Experience

We believe that work experience is a vital part of preparing students for the future workplace and their chosen careers. This is why in year 10 and year 12 we encourage all students to complete a work experience placement for one week with an external employer. The main work experience week this year for year 10 is Monday 1st to Friday 5th July 2019.

In year 10 we concentrate on developing soft skills which apply to all working environments such as team work, punctuality, attendance, flexibility and following instructions. Students have been asked to complete a work placement form with the details of their work experience and hand in to Mr C Durkin at break, lunch, before or after school by Friday 12th April. This is to allow time for the necessary health and safety risk assessments to be completed by Wolverhampton Education Business Partnership. We strive to ensure that all students have some form of work experience in year 10 which is why students who do not manage to gain a work placement are encouraged to go on a work place visit at the end of the year meaning that all students will have had a meaningful encounter in a work place by the end of year 10.

Mock interviews will take place the week after the main work experience placement week and after a little tuition all students experience an interview with real employers with constructive feedback on their performance.

In year 12 and 13 again students have the opportunity to complete a work placement. This may be bespoke for example attending a work placement when on independent study for and afternoon or morning each week or it could be the first school week in September. This time of year usual results in some quality work experience placements at a time when there is less demand nationally and has minimal impact on a student’s studies but a maximal impact on their future aspirations. In the sixth form college work experience needs to be much more specific to the students end goal as this can help them gain apprenticeships, college and university places at the end of year 13.

The process for gaining work experience in year 12 is very similar to year 10. Students must complete the work placement Proforma (Available on the website or from Mr C Durkin) and hand in by the end of Whitsun half term 2019 at the latest to secure their placement. Applying for quality work experience also forms part of the enrichment program for students.

External Speakers

Students experience a range of talks in all year groups from external employers about their careers and sectors of employment. These talks are enjoyed by all and really help students to gain a deeper insight into the world of work.

If you are an employers or employee and would like to come in and give a talk then please follow the information in the Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy Access for External Providers Policy.

External speakers this year include: