Employability and Work Related Learning
Subject Leader: Lesley Taylor
Subject team: Tutors and the Pastoral Team
Employability and Enterprise
Coombe Dean students are given the opportunity to explore the world of work and employability options throughout their time at school. Destinations data shows that Coombe Dean students progress to a wide range of employment, training, further and higher education opportunities with very few, if any, young people becoming part of the NEET (not in education, employment or training) group. The following describes the annual programme, which is supplemented each year by a large number of trips and visiting speakers which the school is happy to take advantage of as, and when, they become available:
As well as a range of study skills, and PHSE topics covered in tutorial time, students will complete a programme of lessons designed to raise awareness of the world of work, stereotypes, financial awareness, and rights and responsibilities in the workplace. There will be activities which will take place over a period of time such as the National Tenner Challenge, and the opportunity to speak with adults about their own career paths. Assemblies will celebrate national events such as National Apprenticeship Week, and include visiting speakers from the world of commerce and industry.
Applied Learning Days are an opportunity to welcome visiting speakers, and for students to spend more time exploring key factors relating to enterprise and employability within tutor groups. This programme will involve practical activities and competitions aimed at developing employability skills, and widening students’ experience of the world of work whilst raising aspirations. A theme of one of these days will be STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths; a very important area for development to maintain our country’s position in the forefront of developments. This day will fall within STEM Week and we will work closely with STEM Ambassadors and Babcock International in the delivery of a range of activities and clubs to raise student awareness of opportunities in this field.
The Employability Fair falls within Employability Week and will see local and national employers, training providers, further and higher education establishments set up stands in our sports hall. All students will be given an opportunity during the day to visit the fair to speak to leaders of industry and education/training to find out the opportunities in our area and beyond. Parents will be invited to join their sons and daughters after school. During the week subject staff will focus their lessons on how their subjects are relevant to the world of work, and what jobs success in their subjects can lead to.
Careers and Citizenship are taught as discrete subjects in Year 10 and 11. Units of work include Labour Market Information, Qualifications and Training, Applying for Jobs and Courses, Health and Safety in the Workplace, Employer Expectations, and Rights and Responsibilities at Work. For this we provide access to online careers resources, materials from industry and resources from “How 2 Become”. These lessons also provide the preparation for the Year 10 Work Experience and Preparation for Work week which takes place in the Summer Term and provides students with a real experience of work.
Careers Information Education and Guidance continues through Years 12 and 13 within tutorial sessions. This includes the requirement that each student undertakes a work experience or volunteering placement as part of their learning programme. Key events in the course of the year such as the “You’re Hired” competition support this.
Independent Advice and Guidance is available to all young people through our Careers South West Careers Adviser Clare Halfyard. She is available for individual interviews with students in Years 9-13, particularly at times of transition. Students may self-refer, or are referred by staff. An introduction of her work and availability forms part of the Year 10 Careers Programme.
There are no examinations in this area. Experiences will be recorded through students’ own portfolio and the Employability Passport – success can be measured within destination data, and student satisfaction with their own destinations.