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Supporting National Careers Week

by Jonathan Kearney

National Careers Week commences this week (7 March 2022) and it is a celebration of careers guidance in education across the UK.

It’s an important time in the academic calendar as pupils are preparing for their GCSEs, A Levels or BTEC qualifications and starting to think about their next steps after secondary school. There’s so much choice available for pupils with opportunities to continue into further education, vocational training or take their first step on the career ladder through apprenticeships or employment opportunities.

Throughout the week, education providers bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities. The Borough’s schools will also be offering careers advice and support to pupils.

At Kirkby High School, Year 11 pupils will be using the Unifrog platform to research career opportunities available to them now and in the future as well as supporting pupils to finalise their college applications. Year 10 pupils will be preparing for their work experience placements which will be taking place this month, focussing on the expectations of being in a workplace and how this will be different from attending school. Years 7 to 9 pupils (Key Stage 4) will be investigating and discussing the different routes into various careers and beginning to consider how to apply for jobs and interview skills.

Lord Derby Academy in Huyton will also be using the Unifrog platform to explore career pathways and pupils will access employers through the National Career Week virtual careers fair during lessons. Staff are sharing information about the previous jobs they have had and leading discussions about the skills developed throughout their own career pathways. Year 9 pupils are continuing to access personal and bespoke guidance in preparation for their options choices and Year 10 pupils are evaluating the information gathered from the Liverpool City Region Skills Show. Some pupils are visiting Knowsley Safari Park and exploring careers linked to science.

All Saints Catholic High School in Kirkby will be continuing to share careers information including career roadmaps and supporting pupils to develop CVs. Parent sessions throughout the week will also focus on career choices and the school is also planning to launch the apprenticeship programme post 16 for Year 11 next week. Sessions will also take place with Year 11 and Year 13 pupils following their attendance at the Liverpool City Region Skills Show.

At Alt Bridge School in Huyton, staff are updating their door signs to share their past jobs and the skills and qualities they possess.

In Alt Bridge School and Post 16 staff are adding door signs highlighting their past jobs and the skills and qualities that they possess. On Tuesday 8 March, there’s a Year 9 options event and members of staff will be on-hand to showcase the different courses available, Year 12’s take part in a ‘meet the employer’ event on Wednesday 9 March, on Thursday 10 March, Year 13 pupils can find out more about internships and on Friday 11 March, a Zoom session is arranged for Years 9-11 and post-16 students with Jean-Patrick Cheylan, Head of Partnerships and Community at TikTok for France and Belgium.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “It’s really important that our young people know all of the options available to them in order to help them to make an informed decision on their next steps.

“National Careers Week provides a perfect opportunity to bring together our schools, pupils, employers and advisers who can help to answer questions and give insights into the range of roles available across a number of sectors.

“This is such an important time in the academic calendar and our young people are starting to think about their next steps, whether that’s continuing into further education or training, or taking their first step in their career through an Apprenticeship or a job.

“Whatever they choose to do, help and support is available to help them to get all of the facts in order to make this important decision.

“I’m delighted that our schools are offering such an array of events and support in such engaging ways which I know will be of great benefit to our pupils across the Borough.”