Wymondham College Futures
Welcome to Wymondham College Futures - the programme aimed at guiding students towards a successful career.
At Wymondham College, we appreciate the importance of inspiring and informing students, providing effective and impartial advice and guidance to enable them to make decisions about their future. We also aim to equip them with the skills, qualifications and experience they need to realise those aspirations.
Careers education, advice and guidance is provided from Year 7 onwards via the school’s PSHE curriculum, supported by a comprehensive range of activities delivered by the Careers Leader, Liz Edwards, a qualified careers adviser.
You can read our school Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance policy and the full CEIAG strategy here.
The College believes that each student should receive:
- Clear advice and information about options available to students when making key decisions for GCSEs, post 16 and post 18
- An understanding of students’ own skills and strengths
- Awareness of key employability skills and opportunities to develop these
- Support and guidance to help them make choices and complete a career plan for the future
- Personal support and information through individual guidance
- Practical support with applications, CVs and interview skills
- Opportunities to learn about the world of work and gain inspiration direct from employers and staff
Sixth Form Futures
Year 12 and 13 activity is focused on preparing students to make appropriate choices Post 18. They follow a fortnightly Futures programme as well as lunchtime talks, individual support and assemblies. Year 12 students are encouraged to apply for work experience during the holidays and attend relevant higher education events to gain a greater understanding of the options available. The programme includes:
- Fortnightly year group Futures programme
- Information about Higher Education opportunities and research
- Year 12 visit to UEA - Introduction to Higher Education
- Invitation to visit Cambridge University
- Information provided on university taster events and summer schools
- Targeted Oxbridge and Medical school support
- Speed Networking event to meet employers and employees
- Information on employment opportunities, including apprenticeships
- Apprenticeships Information Evening
- Gap year information and research including guest speakers
- Employer engagement through visiting speaker talks and off-site visits, including Aviva Inspiring Careers Day
- Information on and assistance with applying for work experience
- Using social media to enhance applications
- CV and application advice and guidance
- Interview skills – mock interviews arranged
- Personal guidance through individual interviews with careers adviser
- Attendance at careers events and higher education events
General Careers Advice and Information
Measuring and Assessing the Impact of our Careers Programme
DfE Destinations Data which analyses post 16 and post 18 choices looking at the variety of student destinations, retention rates and those not in training, education or employment
New Anglian Network Enterprise Co-ordinator and Enterprise Adviser - external visitors who works with the College visiting at least once per half term working on attaining the Gatsby Benchmarks and Compass Tools to assess the impact of our careers provision
Quality in Careers Standard – Voluntary external assessment of the College’s careers provision via an authorised assessment body, Careermark. Achieved the national Quality in Careers Standard in May 2017, with revalidation due in May 2019.
Careers Leader in post: Ms E Edwards who works with Mrs B Arnold to provide a stable careers programme and internally assess success via a range of sources including student voice, curriculum audit, additional opportunities audit, work scrutiny.
Review of Careers Programme:
The College Careers policy and strategy are reviewed on an biennial basis. The last strategy review was December 2018. The policy is due for review in March 2019.