Careers Information

Careers Information

Careers Coordinator: Mr Jackson – g.jackson1@kirkbyhighschool.net

Due to restrictions as a result of COVID19, we are currently unable to run our careers curriculum in the usual way. We will however use the extended form time to provide your child with a variety of careers based learning opportunities. We will still provide all year 11 students with the 1:1 careers guidance as well as how to access all of the post-16 education information they need to progress. We are also working hard to provide key year groups with access to an online platform called Unifrog which supports students through their educational journey and into a career.

Careers at Kirkby High School

Kirkby High School hope to develop engagement and aspiration of our young people through a variety of events, activities and talks.

Our Careers curriculum begins in year 7 where students are encouraged to consider their skills and personality to better understand the options that they might choose. This is supported by opportunities to engage with apprenticeships and Universities so that they are able to develop an understanding of what is possible.

In year 8, students are given the opportunity to speak to a variety of experts including employers and college staff. Additionally they are able to engage in the ongoing activities during form time and PSHCE days. We hope by the end of year 8 they will have a detailed understanding of the breadth of careers that are available to them.

In year 9 our young people make their subject choices and we encourage them to really reflect on their opportunities by providing a detailed choices curriculum with the support of Apprenticeships, University and College staff. Through our annual careers fair, our year 9 student will have had the chance to meet representatives from all of the local post 16 establishments that they can apply for when leaving KHS. Finally, all year 9 students will receive a talk from HOD detailing the GCSE curriculum in all of the subjects available when students make their subject choices moving into KS4.

In year 10 our focus changes to developing aspirations and striving for achievement. In addition to the annual careers fair, students will have the opportunity to engage with representative from a variety of colleges and universities as well as understand the various levels of apprenticeships on offer. The year 10 work experience will provide our young people with the opportunity to experience work places first hand, and are encouraged to seek a placement which is in line with their careers aspirations. Finally, small groups will be offered the chance to gain 1:1 mentoring to further enhance their progress.

In year 11 students will be given the opportunity to receive a 1:1 careers interview with a member of staff from careers connect. Here they can map out their career goals and for a plan to achieve. Students will be guided by University and college admissions staff on CV and application writing as well as revision skills. In year 11, students’ form time and PSHCE days will focus primarily on their options in post-16 education and the many careers these choices could lead to.

To ensure a successful careers curriculum, we review our programme annually every autumn (November 2020). Additionally, we will measure the success of our careers programme against the Gatsby Benchmarks, a nationwide framework of guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools.

Useful Links

KHS Careers Policy

Gatsby Benchmarks

Unifrog

Careers Connect

Careers Newsletter: Autumn 2020

As the new academic year begins, many colleges and Universities are beginning their virtual open events. You can find the dates of the college open events here.

College October November
Winstanley
College
Thurs 15th Oct 2020
6pm - 8pm
Wed 4th Nov 2020
6pm - 8pm
West Lancashire
College
Thurs (no date given)
Nov 2020
4:30 - 7:00pm
Knowlsey
College
Wed 23rd Oct 2020
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Wed 13th Nov 2020
5:00pm - 7:00pm
St Helens
College
Wed 21st Oct 2020
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Carmel
College
Wed 14th Oct 2020
5:30 - 8:00pm
Thurs 3rd Nov 2020
5:30 - 8:00pm
Sat 14th Nov 2020
11:00am - 1:30pm
Hugh Baird
College
Thurs 15th Oct 2020
5:30 - 7:30pm
A Levels - Thurs 12th Nov 2020
5:30 - 7:00pm
LIPA Sixth Form
College
Sat 21st Nov 2020
10:00am - 3:00pm

Colleges

Knowsley Community College: https://www.knowsleycollege.ac.uk/

City of Liverpool College: https://www.liv-coll.ac.uk/

CofLC currently have a virtual tour: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-city-of-liverpool-college-30415820730

Winstanley College: http://www.winstanley.ac.uk/

Carmel College: https://www.carmel.ac.uk/

Hugh Baird College: https://www.hughbaird.ac.uk/

If you are considering University after college it would still be useful to see what they have to offer. Here is a list of possible Universities in the area, so check the websites for details of virtual open evenings for each University.

University of Liverpool https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/

John Moores University https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/

Edge Hill University https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/

Liverpool Hope University https://www.hope.ac.uk/

Apprenticeships (There are many degree level apprenticeships you can apply for once 18)

Apprenticeships: https://www.theapprenticeshiphub.co.uk/

Register for apprenticeship notifications: https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

Rate my Apprenticeships: https://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/

Construction Information:  https://mailchi.mp/successatschool/careers-in-engineering-your-complete-guide-1277051

Careers in Rail:  https://mailchi.mp/successatschool/careers-in-rail-1277047

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