At St Thomas More School we have a core belief that high quality CEIAG is fundamental to ensuring that students are equipped with the right information in order to give them high aspirations and to make informed choices. The programme developed has the Gatsby framework Principles at its heart and are working towards achieving all of the Benchmarks of ‘Good Career Guidance’ to ensure that each and every student is motivated to achieving their goals and to raise the aspirations of the all in the school community.The Gatsby benchmarks can be used as a measure of the impact of the careers programme and the careers calendar depicts which benchmarks are being met and where. The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
Students are also encouraged to give feedback on their careers education and interactions with employers, further and higher education providers and training providers to evaluate the meaningfulness of each interaction and how useful the instance was.St Thomas More destination data can also be an indicator of the impact of the careers programme on pupils. Whilst a large percentage of students opt for A Levels at St Thomas More Sixth Form, a good number of students progress onto college courses and apprenticeship opportunities with a number considerably below the national and regional averages for NEET and not known destinations. Of our Sixth Forms destinations, the vast majority of students are successful applicants to higher education via both university degrees and higher level apprenticeships. A small number of student progress at this stage into full time employment.
KS4 Cohort destinations for 2018 data:
|Number of Pupils||235|
|Pupils in Education||218||92%|
|Pupils in Apprenticeship/Employment||10||4.3%|
|Pupils in Training||2||0.9%|
KS4 Cohort destinations for 2015-16 data:
|Number of Pupils||226|
|Pupils in Education||200||88%|
|Pupils in Apprenticeships||17||8%|
|Pupils in College or other Further Education Provider||57||25%|
|Pupils in Sixth Form||143||63%|
|Pupils in Sixth Form College||0||0%|
|Other education destinations||0||0%|
|Pupils in Education or Apprenticeship not sustained||4||2%|
|Pupils not captured||5||2%|
How they work:
Apprenticeships are a combination of work and study that unite on the job training and classroom learning. In an apprenticeship you are ‘full time employed’ and complete a formal qualification relating to the sector you’re working in, usually with a training provider.
Usually the training part of the apprenticeship takes place once a week or a fortnight, depending on the employer and training provider, to develop a portfolio of work. This allows the apprentice to spend the majority of their time learning on the job skills whilst working towards a qualification. Some examples of the qualifications are below;
- Functional skills – GCSE equivalent qualifications in English, maths or IT.
- National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) – from level 2 (comparable to five GCSEs) up to level 7 (the level of a postgraduate degree).
- Technical certificates – such as BTEC, City and Guild Progression Award etc.
- Academic qualifications – including a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) foundation degree or the equivalent of a full Bachelors degree.
Whilst on an Apprenticeship program you are entitled to holiday allowance, Apprenticeship wages and other company benefits available to other employees.
The work experience gained in this way is invaluable and pairing a qualification alongside work related experience demonstrates to future employers an individuals potential in the workplace, as well as good time management and the ability to learn and demonstrate a range of skills.
The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.70 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under the age of 19, and those ages 19 and over who are in their first year of the apprenticeship. This wage increases annually in October. On average, apprentices tend to ear around £170 a week, some employers can choose to pay an apprentice a higher wage, and some higher level apprenticeships have salaries of £20,000 and up.
How to apply:
A great number employers both large and SME’s (small-medium enterprises) use the National Apprenticeship Service to advertise their vacancies. Businesses also often advertise on their own vacancies page for apprentices. UCAS also has a vacancy search function for higher level apprenticeships.
|Name||Level||Equivalent educational level|
|Higher and Foundation||4 & 5||Foundation Degree / HND / HNC|
Useful information specifically for parents and guardians can be found here:
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A Parent Information Pack can be downloaded here:
Apprenticeships Parent Pack
Info regarding apprenticeship vacancies and various opportunities to gain experience online and in the local area will be posted here. The page will be updated regularly so keep checking back to find the perfect option for you! Application packs and info regarding the position will be posted here.
If you would like further information on any of these vacancies, please contact our in-house careers advisor.
|Virtual work experience and insights opportunities|
|Careers Conversation for parents/caregivers with NatWest||-||Tuesday 2 March 4pm|
|Young professionals virtual work experience - with IBM, HSBC, PwC, Marks & Spencer’s, Vodafone, EY, CGI, Capgemini, bp, GSK and CIMA|
|Limited to 200 places (first come first served application basis!)||Dates: 15th - 18th February|
Y12 and Y13 students, year 11 students who are 16
| British Army - International Women’s Day Insight into the life of female soldiers ||22nd February 2021||Dates: 8th March 2021|
|Virtual Work Experience and Insight opportunity with Thames Water|
(Environment and Utilities)
|7th March 2021||Dates: 7th April 2021|
|Green Skills with GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway)|
(Travel & Transport)
|6th March 2021||Dates: 6th April 2021|
|PwC Virtual Insight and work experience Week (Accounting)||12th March 2021||Dates: 26th – 30th July 2021|
|The NDEC Women in Cyber Virtual Work Experience Day|
|17th February 2021||Dates: 8th March 2021|
|DXC Technology vritual Insight Day|
|12th March 2021||Dates: 7th April 2021|
| Sir Robert McAlpine Engineering Green Skills Virtual Work Experience (Engineering)||12th March 2021||Dates: 9th April 2021|
|Royal Air Force Careers Insight Day - Access All Areas||1st March 2021|
2nd March 2021
3rd March 2021
4th March 2021
|Dates: 1 - 5th March 2021|
Age: 15 years+
|Apprenticeship and Degree apprenticeship opportunities|
|Marks and Spencer’s retail management||17th February 2021||Retail Management Apprenticeship (Level 4)|
|Deloitte BrightStart||Applications close on a rolling basis and when programmes are full||Audit and Assurance|
Governance, Risk and Regulation
Technology (Level 6)
|Accenture Digital & Technology Solutions or Cyber Security||26th February 2021||Digital/Technology Apprenticeship (Level 6)|
|Nexus Apprenticeships||12th March 2021||Apprenticeship areas: Maintenance (Level 3)|
Overhead line installation (Level 3)
Signalling, Telecommunications, Electrical & Mechanical (Level 3)
Commercial (Level 3)
Renewals project manager (Level 6)
|GSK Degree apprenticeships||Varies||Supply chain, Chemical engineering, Data Science|
|Tyne North Training||Applications close on a rolling basis and when programmes are full||Business administration|
Customer Service (Level 2&3)
Engineering (Level 3)
|Access Training||Ongoing||Accountancy (Level 2)|
Business administration (Level 2&3)
Project administration (Level 4)
Year 13 students – For a year in industry, in a paid placement for professional development, register for YINI
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