Thinking about your next steps?
Information for parents and Carers:
We have chosen eCLIPS as our careers information resource. This easy to use online platform will help your child make informed decisions for their future. It’s written specifically for 11-19s by career professionals and provides:
• Accurate information on over 1400 jobs to help your child consider the full range of options
• Live-streamed labour market information including local vacancies
• Information catering for all abilities and stages
• Careers linked to school/college subjects
• Impartial advice to help your child choose study and employment options and prepare for the world of work
• An interactive career matching tool
By investing in eCLIPS we are helping to meet four of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks (2, 3, 4 & 7), the Government’s chosen standards for high quality
careers guidance provision.
Our licence provides unlimited access both at school and at home. In order to access the site you will need a password which you can obtain by emailing our Careers Leader, Lucy Linderoth on LLinderoth@charternorthdulwich.org.uk or find on the VLE under the Pastoral section.
We also subscribe to the online careers resource UNIFROG, which offers a Careers Library, information on post-16 and post-18 training and education, support in choosing options, writing CVs and applications, and a record of all the Careers interactions students have had at school. All students can log on at www.unifrog.org;
Parents and carers can use Unifrog too! Please create your own account and explore the resources by going to www.unifrog.org, choose to ‘sign in for the first time’ and use the code CHJHparents
Post 16 options
We host a post 16 options information evening in the summer term for Year 10 students as they start to consider their next steps. For Year 11 students the latest list of college and 6th form open days can be downloaded below.
Apprenticeships are increasingly an excellent option for students to consider both post 16 and post 18 as an alternative to full time education. They offer a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work. Apprentices are treated just like all the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.
When you're an apprentice:
you get paid and train at the same time, with at least 20% of your time spent in off the job training, often at a college, university or with a training provider
you train to be fully competent in your chosen occupation
you’re on a career path - with lots of future potential for you
Your apprenticeship can take between one and six years to complete, depending on which apprenticeship you choose, what level it’s at, and your previous experience.
Different apprenticeships are available all over England, at companies large and small, in a wide range of industries and organisations. From local organisations to large national brands.
You get valuable hands-on experience working whilst you learn, which helps you progress in your working life.
Completing your apprenticeship means you've earned and learned. Given your training is funded by contributions from the government and your employer, and you receive a regular salary, apprenticeships are a great option for getting on the job ladder or supercharging your career.
Success at School guide
Parents and carers, if you are keen to discuss future education, training and career pathways with your child, Success At School have recently published a Parents & Carers e-book. It is attached below and is an excellent resource for starting conversations, looking at where favourite subjects can lead to, exploring growth options such as Apprenticeships, and an all-important guide to 'Future-Proofing' oneself.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF APPRENTICESHIPS?
There are four types or levels of apprenticeship available in England, for over 1,500 job roles.
You can find more information about the different levels by following the links below to the UCAS website. There are also parent packs available to download at the bottom of the page from Amazing Apprenticeships who are also a great source of information for anyone considering an apprenticeship.
Intermediate apprenticeships (Level 2)
Advanced apprenticeships (Level 3)
Higher apprenticeships (Level 4 and above)
Degree apprenticeships (Levels 5 — 7)
Each level has different entry requirements, and each apprenticeship vacancy will specify what these are, along with the qualities the employer is looking for. For higher and degree apprenticeships, employers generally ask for A levels and other Level 3 qualifications.
For further information take a look at the parent packs on Amazing Apprenticeships website. These are updated monthly: