Careers

Stevenage Education Support Centre is committed to providing students with high quality Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) regarding education pathways, apprenticeships and careers. Promoting a career development ethos is an essential part of the vision of the Centre. We aim to support the aspirations of all our students to ensure they gain the understanding, skills and experience required to make progress and succeed in learning and work. Effective careers education and guidance contributes to the wellbeing of individuals but also to the wellbeing of their families and the communities to which they belong. To achieve this aim the Centre uses the Gatsby Benchmarks to develop and improve the careers provision offered. National and Local Expectation
  • We are committed to meeting national and local expectations in relation to careers by: Securing independent and impartial careers guidance for year 8-11 as required by the 2011 Education Act. In implementing this we will pay particular regard to the DfE ‘s principles of good practice and Ofsted’s inspection criteria for evaluating careers provision in schools, academies and PRU’s. (September 2015)
  •  Fulfilling our duties under the Equalities Act 2010 to promote equality of opportunity, foster good relations across all people, eliminate harassment and discriminatory practices and support children with protected characteristics.
  • Meeting the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks that support the Centre to deliver high quality careers and enterprise provision. This will help the Centre identify strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Raise the aspirations all students through mentoring, group sessions and assemblies, visits to University of Hertfordshire, Enterprise events, Careers Fairs and the Apprenticeship Show
The careers programme includes careers education lessons, careers guidance activities through individual work and one to one interviews with the YC Herts Personal Advisor. Work-related learning and work experience is available for all KS4 students. They participate and attend extended work experience at local businesses in the community, gaining work related learning and preparing them for work. Visits to local businesses to understand the labour market and recognise STEM opportunities for all students in the local community are undertaken every academic term.
Work Experience (KS4)
Work Experience is always important, especially now in our current economic climate. Therefore, gaining more work related experience is likely to give them an advantage in the labour market by the time they leave full-time education. We offer a placement with an employer for a one day a week, where students learn about a particular job. While students are working there they are able to find out about the types of skills employers look for when they are contracting someone for a vacant job. This opportunity also gives students the chance to develop communication skills and self confidence. Some examples of our work experience placements are: The Finance Department at Stevenage Borough Council, Bob’s Tyres, Wickes, various construction companies and dog training. It is always rewarding to hear of success stories from employers. In particular some of our employers have had such good experiences with students they offer them part-time jobs which may lead to full-time employment or apprenticeships post 16. Steve Fuller, Assistant Headteacher, is the Careers Lead for the Centre. He can be contacted by email on: s.fuller@stevenage-esc.herts.sch.uk or by telephoning the Centre on 01438 369119.
The SESC Centre Policy for Careers, Education and Vocational Guidance can be found on our Centre Policies page or by clicking Link
National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers. The National Careers Service website aims to: help you with careers decisions and planning support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals motivate you to implement your plan of action enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools.
Plotr is a website created to help 11-24 year olds discover and explore careers they’ll love. It’s built around the Game which uncovers careers matched to their skills, interests and personality.
Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aim is to deliver a new way for students to explore their skills and career options.
LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is a free, curriculum-linked programme, developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people in the UK.
icould has a range of video clips showing real people talking about their jobs and careers.
Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
The study guide section within youthspace contains a range of information including help on making options choices in Year 9, post 16 options, and getting into higher education.
Central Governments dedicated apprenticeship website has a whole range of information to help young people decide if Apprenticeships are the right route for them. You can also search for apprenticeship vacancies.
Useful Careers Websites for Students, Parents and Carers 
Service Provision Details of provision Website Address
National Apprenticeship Service Find an apprenticeship in England https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
Amazing Apprenticeships Find out about apprenticeships as well as live vacancies https://amazingapprenticeships.com/
YC Hertfordshire The leading provider of CEIAG provision for young people both inside and outside of school in Hertfordshire https://www.ychertfordshire.org/
UCAS All you need to know about applying for university and the courses available for you. https://www.ucas.com/
Hertfordshire Skills Framework Produced by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership this displays the skills most required by employers across the county https://www.hertfordshirelep.com/media/70 77/hertfordshire-skills-framework-2018framework-icons-poster.pdf
Hertfordshire Labour Market Information An infographic video to explain the types of jobs available and skills required in Hertfordshire https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_conti nue=10&v=qxEnwYjtk5w  
Kudos Cascaid   Career development online package. Pupils will have their login details alternatively contact Colleen Osborn for the Licence code https://kudos.cascaid.co.uk/#/
Hertford Regional College Further Education college based in Broxbourne/Ware www.hrc.ac.uk
Harlow College Further Education college in Harlow Essex www.harlow-college.ac.uk
Capel Manor College Further Education College for Land based studies based in Waltham Cross/Enfield www.capel.ac.uk
Cambridge Regional College   Further Education college based in Cambridge www.camre.ac.uk
Oaklands College Further Education college based in Welwyn garden City and St Albans www.oaklands.ac.uk
North Hertfordshire College Further Education college based in Stevenage and Hitchin. www.nhc.ac.uk
  Further information Further information about The Careers and Enterprise Company can be found here: https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/ Further information about The Gatsby Benchmarks can be found here: http://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance
Gatsby Benchmarks
The 8 benchmarks are a framework for good career guidance created to support schools and colleges in providing students with the best possible careers education, information, advice, and guidance.
They were established as part of Sir John Holman’s research into what pragmatic actions could improve career guidance in England and now form part of the government’s careers strategy, launched December 2017.
The Gatsby Benchmarks have a key role in: raising young people’s aspirations and promoting access to all career pathways; enabling all young people to develop the skills and outlook they need to achieve career wellbeing, including adaptability and resilience; underpinning the Department for Education guidance to schools on meeting their statutory responsibility for careers guidance.
The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance
  1.  A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4.  Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6.  Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

THE CAREERS PROGRAMME YEARS 7 – 13 

The provision of Careers Information Advice and Guidance is embedded into the weekly PSHE, Tutor Time along with mentoring on a Friday at Stevenage ESC. An overview of what is covered in lessons for each year group throughout the academic year is summarised below. 

All Students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 

  • External IAG Careers staff provide optional individual meetings with students/parents at parents evening and by appointment; 
  • Interviews/support provided GCSE results day to any students needing advice and guidance; 
  • Individual student interviews are provided across years 7 -13 and this is delivered by Connexions Advisor.  
  • Notices are shared with students about apprenticeship vacancies/ pathways information/ college courses targeted at widening participation; 
  • Access to career planning software on all computers notably Unifrog. 
  • Destination data for Years 11 is collected and shared with the local authority at key points during the year; 
  • All faculties sign post careers related to their subjects through learning journeys, trips and engagement with the local community.  
  • Get Ready for Work Days where students work and engage with local employers and services on a variety of challenges and activities. These are once a half-term for all students.  
  • Employment (including the impact of part-time jobs); 
  • Understanding National Insurance and Tax; 
  • Understanding the cost of living, i.e. rent/credit/living on a budget 

Key Stage 3 

  • How to recognise their skills, interests, and current achievements; and then link them to future careers and further education; 
  • The difference between a job and a career, to identify jobs in different organisations whilst explaining their importance, and recognise where these types of jobs are available in the local area. 
  • They also take part in a ‘Enterprise Challenge’ via external providers, where students develop their entrepreneurial skills through enterprise activities. 
  • About how the Options process works in school as our referring schools operate these at different times (Year 8 and Year 9); 
  • To identify the information, they need to help me make successful option choices; 
  • About the qualifications system and the long-term value of gaining qualifications. 
  • Gender stereotypes in the workplace, equal opportunities legislation, and the link between education and pay scales; 
  • How to access local, regional, and national Labour Market Information, understand the reasons why it changes, and link it to Careers that they have an interest in; 
  • About laws and bye-laws relating to young people’s permitted working hours and types of employment; 
  • To understand the dangers of potential hazards in the workplace, and how to minimise health and safety risks to them and others. 

Key Stage 4 

  • One-to-one support on applications for post-16 opportunities 
  • One-to-one support to visit colleges/training providers/ schools for post-16 
  • Mock interviews for places on courses; 
  • The requirements of, and how to create a CV; 
  • How to break down stereotypes and prejudice with ambitious career choices; 
  • How to write a covering letter; 
  • How to present themselves in an interview situation, answer common interview questions, and offer constructive feedback to others. 
  • The requirements of, and how to create a CV; 
  • How to break down stereotypes and prejudice with ambitious career choices; 
  • How to write a covering letter; 
  • How to present themselves in an interview situation, answer common interview questions, and offer constructive feedback to others. 
  • Learn how to write a personal statement; 
  • Understand the importance of extra-curricular activities for increasing their employability. 
  • Students will visit local colleges and universities to understand the breath of courses available along with pathways for Year 12.  
  • Undertake a Works Experience placement on a Wednesday or attend a College Course.