At Spring Brook Academy and The Spring Board Project, we are committed to providing all learners with access to a high quality and stable careers programme. We strive to develop our young people and to prepare them for Adulthood. Creating meaningful futures for all underpins the careers programme with the individual at the heart of everything we do.
Our Trust’s Mission at the heart of our school’s mission
– Learning Together
– Learning for All
– Learning for Life
“Belief that all our pupils, whatever this background or ability will be successful and valued”
Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future. Good career guidance is a necessity for social mobility: those young people without significant social capital or home support to draw upon have the most to gain from high-quality career guidance. https://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance
Provide all pupils with effective careers information, education, advice and guidance. Encourage pupils to make good choices and understand what they need to do to succeed in the careers in which they aspire.
Our careers programme is embedded throughout our curriculum in all year groups. All students receive a rich provision of classroom, vocational and extra-curricular activities to understand and experience a variety of education and vocational activities and how they can be successful in the future.
How does the programme work?
Spring Brook Academy and the Spring Board Project are committed to providing a planned careers programme for all students that incorporates learning for life lessons, a vocational curriculum, careers activities/events and subject specific careers learning experiences.
The programme can be accessed here:
The careers team
Mr J Hopkins – Careers leader Spring Brook Academy
Mrs Anne-Marie Cripps – Careers leader Spring Board Project
Quality Assurance and Gatsby Benchmarks
The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance
In response to the Government’s Career Strategy and The DfE Statutory Guidance we have been working with the Careers and Enterprise Company COMPASS tool to evaluate our progress towards achieving the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for good careers guidance. These are:
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
Please see our curriculum page for information about where, when and how we are meeting these benchmarks of good careers guidance.
For further information please visit: https://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance https://compass.careersandenterprise.co.uk/info
Labour market information (LMI)
What is labour market information?
It is information relating to career occupations and industries, such as job numbers and salaries. It can also include a range of more specific details, such as educational
levels for occupations, workforce demographics and employment patterns locally and/or nationally.
Why is labour market information important in careers education?
High quality, reliable and robust labour market information is vital to offering effective career guidance as it helps:
· navigate complex labour markets
· identify a pathway to goals and ambitions
· inform career decision making
· our understanding of a changing labour market
Why is it useful for students/staff/parents and carers to engage with local labour market information?
It is useful to find the answers to questions such as:
· How many jobs are there? How many in my area? What are the past trends? What are likely future trends?
· How much do people get paid for this job? How much is the starting average? How much in my area?
· What level of qualification do people have in these jobs and what am I likely to need?
· How many vacancies are there for this job? What proportion of people in this occupation are currently out of work? Link: Overview of Greater Manchester labour market information
Useful Links for Careers Education
For any enquiries regarding careers education, information, advice or guidance, please contact our Careers Leaders Mr Hopkins or Mrs Cripps by email at firstname.lastname@example.org https://gmacs.co.uk/ – careers exploration through Greater Manchester’s Apprenticeship and Careers Service nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – this is the Government’s hub for careers advice for people of all ages where you can find help with drafting letters, CVs, exploring your skills or seeking careers advice https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships – the National Apprenticeship Service website provides general advice and information about apprenticeships. Also advertises current vacancies www.icould.com – aims to help you to make the most of your potential by showing how others have used theirs, take the ‘Buzz’ personality profile quiz www.startprofile.com – investigate careers, watch videos and get great advice, find out about employers and work experience opportunities in your area www.careersbox.co.uk – video based job profile information and skills explorer tool www.successatschool.org – gives clear and comprehensive information about a range of Career Zones (sectors), in an easy to access format. Students can create a profile to help to collate useful information. ’60 second interviews’ giving profile of professionals, provide a useful insight into specific careers www.how2become.com – offers detailed advice on how to access a range of sectors. Also offers the purchase of resources, compiled in conjunction with professionals working in these fields, designed to enable you to achieve your dream career or course www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – opportunities that exist outside of university www.ucas.com – information about university courses on offer, also the Stamford test to help with ideas about subjects to study www.russellgroup.ac.uk – represents 24 leading universities, source of careers information & advice including ‘informed choices’ a downloadable guide to making post 16 choices www.prospects.ac.uk – find out which areas you could access after a particular degree MyCareerSpringboard.org – springboard is for students. It is divided into two main sections: the Career Test and the Career Exploration Tool. In tandem, these two interactive tools allow students to find some career inspiration and gain an insight into their different career options www.jobapplications.co.uk – this site has useful videos, demonstrating how to complete the online applications for many top companies in the UK, as well as providing detailed information on salaries and interviews. Applications forms can be printed off directly from this site jobs.telegraph.co.uk/careers – lots of information about specific sectors as well as advice on how to create a CV and prepare for interviews www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk – displays current apprenticeship and school leaver programme opportunities, to the latest school leaver job news, and gives career journey advice www.allAboutApprenticeships.co.uk – gives live apprenticeship vacancies, organised by sector or area. Also offers plenty of advice on making applications