Careers Support & Guidance
At HSLC 6th Form, we aim to prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. Careers education and guidance is an essential part of this process, so we ensure that our students have access to a relevant programme of support, as well as face-to-face guidance from an independent, professionally-qualified careers adviser.
To support these activities, we have a range of resources in our library/study area and can provide access to information on local opportunities for work, volunteering, education and apprenticeships.
We are keen to see our pupils move into post-18 choices that suit their skills, interests, personality, values and which take account of their motivations. Pupils are encouraged to consider what is important to them and increase their self-awareness through mentoring and tutorials. The programme enables pupils to develop their personal insight, careers knowledge and develop career planning and management skills.
For an overview of the Sixth Form Careers Programme - please click here
Students have the opportunity to meet with a careers adviser if they are in particular need of support. At this time, they can talk about their ideas for the future, explore the range of options after they leave school and plan the steps to achieve their end goal. Pupils can expect advice and guidance that is personalised, comprehensive and impartial.
We aim to enable our Students to make informed choices about their future learning and career pathways including apprenticeships.
For more information or to make a on-to-one appointment for careers advice and guidance, please see Mrs Richardson in the 6th Form Office.
HSLC Careers Fair
We are pleased to be working with a number of businesses and organisations in our region to offer our students the opportunity to attend an extensive careers event in the new year.
In January 2019, a host of businesses will be showcasing careers and job to inform and support our students in making choices for their future pathways after education. We encourage all students to attend the Fair and all parents and carers are welcome to attend.
HSLC Futures Day & Work Experience
Towards the end of the Summer Term, all Year 12 students will participate in our Futures Event where they will have the opportunity to find out about all the options available to them once they have completed their Sixth Form studies – this will include information on Apprenticeships, Further Education, University, Employment and a range of Career choices.
Following this event, students will have the opportunity to take a week of work experience to help give them the experience they need to support their choices after 6th form. We believe that work experience is a very valuable element of each student’s Key Stage 5 curriculum.
We are proposing to allow the sixth form students to structure the week for their own individual development. This might take the form of work experience, work shadowing, volunteering or other pre-approved activities, which will support your son/daughter’s curriculum vitae and demonstrate the all-important experience and enthusiasm that would be employers and universities are looking for. Any students failing to arrange a suitable activity will be allocated to help support and supervise the activities in school with the lower school students.
In the past, we have found the most effective placements are those, which are arranged by students themselves through parents, relatives or friends.
We may be able to help students find work experience options by using a limited number of school contacts, the health and safety risk assessment checks will be done for the student and the student will be insured. It is much better if students are able to find unusual and stimulating placements outside the Hornsea area. .
By the time you leave the Sixth Form you will have:
• Had the opportunity to undertake a minimum of one week’s work experience in a company of your choice. You will be responsible for arranging the placement, with support from family, friends and the school
• Attended a Year 12 ‘Futures Day’, with sessions on apprenticeships, further/ higher education, gap years, student finance etc. This day will also include the opportunity to speak to a number of representatives from a variety of industry sectors, some of which will be HSLC Alumni members to increase your understanding about specific career paths
• Had the opportunity to attend careers talks during the school year from visiting speakers on a variety of topics. This includes sessions delivered by Beverley Job Centre.
• Attended a session with the Careers Advisor where you will review useful careers and higher education software websites available in school, in order to help you make your decisions about Post-18 options.
• Been guided through the UCAS application process and made an application through UCAS, if you intend to go to university.
• Had the opportunity to attend university and college open days.
• Had the opportunity to request a mock interview for employment or university admission.
• participated in HSLC’s annual Careers Exhibition where you will have had the opportunity to meet with and talk to a number of local employers, businesses and organisations representing a range of industry sectors.
• Had optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance from the school’s and Sixth Form’s Careers Advisor for support with university and college applications (both in the UK or abroad) and alternative options such as seeking employment, apprenticeships, voluntary work, taking a gap year etc.
Not everyone wants to go to university after leaving school. Apprenticeships are recognised schemes that introduce you to a particular trade, and provide you with a wage and training to work towards a qualification to help prepare you for a career.
Apprenticeships now exist in numerous industries from construction, engineering and healthcare, to business, finance, retail and media. Plus many more.
Apprentices train and work alongside experienced staff while studying for nationally recognised qualifications. They take between one and four years to complete.
There are over 100,000 employers offering Apprenticeships in more than 160,000 locations, and more than 200 different types of Apprenticeships available. The types of company offering an apprenticeship varies from BMW and Orange, to smaller local companies.
It is also possible to do an Apprenticeship, and to go to University later in life or to undertake a degree level of qualification whilst doing an apprenticeship. For further information on Apprenticeships you can speak to any of the 6th Form Team, our Careers Advisor or visit these websites:
Applying to University:
Find out what it's like to study different subjects at university, their typical entry requirements, whether they would suit you and what careers they might lead to https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/degree-subject-guides
Choices about University:
Get advice on choosing what and where to study for your degree, including how to make choices that are good for your future career: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/choices-about-uni
Discover how to write a strong UCAS statement, perform well at university interviews or succeed in the Clearing process: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/applying-for-uni
Other Useful Websites:
https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ which has information and links to live apprenticeship opportunities for those who are not going to university.
https://www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk a great site for researching career profiles
https://www.prospects.ac.uk If you're planning on going to university, this site can show you what careers graduates follow by degree subject
https://www.university.which.co.uk search and compare degree courses and universities
https://www.ucas.com to search for undergraduate courses and apply
The National Careers Service
This provides information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.
How they can help students
The National Careers Service website aims to:
•help students with careers decisions and planning
•support students in reviewing their skills and abilities and develop new goals
•motivate students to implement their plan of action
•enable students to make the best use of high quality career related tools.
Whatever the students' situation, whatever the barriers, the National Careers Service is there to help students overcome them and reach their potential.
The service also realises that jobs these days need more skills and qualifications. This means making the right decisions about students' learning and development is more important than ever. They are here to help them build on their strengths, improve their weaker areas, and help them find a job or career that suits their skills and personality.
To find out more please follow the link below: