The designated Careers Lead for CHS South is:
Ms S Burke
0161 241 9930
CHS South is committed to providing quality and impartial careers education, information and guidance ensuring students are able to make informed and aspirational choices about their future routes. At the core of all the careers work is the belief that quality CEIAG has a positive effect on student engagement, attitudes and outcomes.
The careers programme at CHS South is comprehensive; CEIAG is delivered through the Academic curriculum, Life Skills curriculum and the Enrichment curriculum.
The CHS South Careers Programme
Each year group has a particular focus and drive that builds the knowledge and employability skills that students need to develop in order to achieve their future goals.
Year 7 – Dare to dream – Aspiration and the mapping of skills and abilities.
During transition and the start of year 7, students provide us with information about the subjects that they are passionate about, their aspirations for the future and Career pathways that they are interested in. This enables the pastoral team and Curriculum areas to identify suitable students for the careers opportunities available. These include encounters with employers, motivational speakers, workshops and trips.
As part of International Women’s Day in March all Year 7 girls attend a ‘speed-dating’ event where they meet over 20 women from different backgrounds with differing career paths.
Year 8 – Recognising and developing Employability skills. Option choices for KS4.
As part of the Year 8 Citizenship Curriculum Careers is the Autumn 2 foci. This period will be especially focused on careers with a visiting speaker in assembly each week.
As part of International Men’s Day in November all Year 8 boys will attend a ‘Speed-networking’ event with over 20 professionals from a range of backgrounds with a variety of career paths.
A number of opportunities are created for students to have taster sessions in subject areas or careers that they are interested in so that they can make informed judgements about the choices that they opt to study in Year 9. All year 8 students have a pathways interview with a member of staff to guide them through their options choices. Students also log onto Kudos – an interactive online website that gives students ideas for potential careers pathways based on their likes and dislikes and allows them to research possible courses, training and employment options.
Key Stage 3 Work Experience
Year 7 and 8 students have the valuable opportunity to ‘Take Your Child to Work Day’ ensuring they all have the unique chance to experience a work environment and have meaningful encounters with employers.
Year 9 – Researching career choices and where the subjects being studied can lead. Looking at which skills are missing and need to be acquired. Development of the Qualities of Success (QOS).
Students develop their employability skills through the pastoral curriculum, looking at the Qualities of Success and reflecting on their strengths and areas for development. All year 9 students also complete an Extended Learning Experience Day focused on Careers and Enterprise. They take part in a number of workshops including; developing interview skills, team building challenges, researching careers on kudos, alumni talks and a Financial Enterprise event with local employers.
Year 9 will take part in a STEMfest week where students across the year groups take part in a range of activities to develop their awareness of careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics industries. Activities may include Harry Potter themed science experiments, working with engineers to design roller coasters, a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry, looking at the Scientific history of Greater Manchester and a STEM Careers networking event. Students also lead on raising money for the local Christie hospital through raising awareness and STEM themed bake sales.
Year 10 – Researching College courses and the further development/embedding of employability skills through work experience. Developing skills and interests profile and building on the Qualities of Success.
All year 10 students will complete one week of work experience. This offers an opportunity to fully experience the world of work and further develop the employability skills required for a successful career. We work with Our Futures to secure exciting placements over a range of sectors in the Manchester area. A variety of College taster days take place for students to think further about their destinations post high school. One to one meetings with the in-school careers advisor take place for Year 10 students in the Summer term.
Year 11 – Consolidating the Qualities of Success and employability skills. Deciding on which route to follow and completing the application process. Securing the grades required.
All year 11 students will be invited to a Further Education evening where they have an opportunity to meet a number of educational and training providers, learn more about the routes available and further understand the application process. All students meet the in school Careers advisor at least once more to support them in securing a post 16 destination. College interviews and staff support with the college application process takes place, as well as apprenticeship talks, University seminars and the Life Skills Curriculum.
Extra provision is also provided through the local authority for students who may need more intensive, personalised and targeted support to ensure a successful transition.
Lifeskills lessons offer opportunities to write personal statements, practice interview techniques and complete college or training applications to ensure all pupils are ready for the next stage of their journey.
The school has subscribed to Careers Mag, a magazine designed to give top tips to parents regarding careers, post 16 routes and the variety of available job opportunities.
Careermag for parents
The school has also invested in TWO on-line software packages to provide additional impartial careers advice and guidance.
Cascaid offers each student personalised career information on possible career choices based on interests, skills and subjects being studied. Students can make and update an individual action plan based on goals set and accomplished. When students login for the first time, they will need to follow the instructions given on the screen.
This website offers students information on thousands of careers giving details of qualification required, wages, job roles and related information. Log in details are available from the Library.
There are also a great many additional websites that offer valuable careers information.
www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk - this is the official government site and offers information on a wide range of careers, job roles and CV writing. There are a number of career tools that support choices about future routes.
www.gov.uk/education/apprenticeships-traineeships-and-internships – offers information about different apprenticeships and provides details of current vacancies.
http://www.careersbox.co.uk – students can watch films and videos about different jobs.
www.nhscareers.nhs.uk - Information on the wide range of careers within the NHS.
www.ucas.com – offers advice on course choices and options after doing GCSE’s. In addition students can start thinking about universities and course entry requirements.
www.whatcareerisrightforme.com – students can take a free aptitude test to see which job they are suited to.
The CHS South community is committed to raising money for a range of local charities, national events and global campaigns throughout the year. As well as supporting local and international charities this also encourages enterprise and understanding of income. This academic year the charities chosen by our Form Champions are;
Year 7 – Ronald McDonald House
Year 8 – Reach out in the Community
Please see our Careers Education policy document below for more information.