#BeMoreBHASVIC Careers and Employability

All BHASVIC students receive support with their progression and career planning via the tutorial programme. In addition to this, they can access a vast array of information and self-help resources from the Careers page on our Virtual Learning Environment (BHASVLE), and can book a personalised guidance appointment with our fully-qualified and experienced Careers Advisers. During remote learning, students need to email careers@bhasvic.ac.uk if they wish to request an appointment.   

However, we know that for many of our students, their parents and carers will be the first people they turn to when considering their plans for the future. Therefore, we aim to help equip you with information and resources that will help you to guide and support them with their next steps.

The Careers Team

 

Careers and Employability Noticeboard

Current opportunities, including virtual workshops and work experience, webinars and apprenticeship news:

 

  • The Careers and Next Steps page of the VLE also contains more subject specific information and access to licensed careers software which can also help students in their research and decision making: BHASVLE Careers Resources
  • Information for employers and other careers advisers: If you are an employer who is able to offer work experience or is interested in contributing in other ways to our Careers and Employability Programme, please contact careers@bhasvic.ac.uk. Please also use this email address if you are a Careers Adviser in other organisation and would like further information.

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Alison Cousens

Assistant Principal (Director of Student Services) & Careers Lead

Mandy Brindle

Guidance Manager & Employability Lead

Lynne Trower

Careers Adviser & Widening Participation Coordinator

Adele Fox

Careers Adviser & Personal Tutor

Sam Davey

Careers and Work Placement Coordinator

All Careers and Employability Information, Advice and Guidance at BHASVIC falls under our “Futures Framework” strategy

 

BHASVIC FUTURES FRAMEWORK
CAREERS & EMPLOYABILITY STRATEGY 
LEARNER JOURNEY: Centralised CEIAG Calendar

Pre-enrolment: Year 10 Taster Days, Open Evenings, Schools Liaison, Interviews, Moving On Day

Year 1

Year 2

Sept-Oct: Individual Learning Plan
(ILP) - intended destination (enrolment/tutorial)

Induction/Identity Tutorials

Nov: Progress Review#1

January: My Future Plans#1 (tutorial)
Futures Fair (careers event)

February: National Apprenticeship Week (tutorial)

March: Progress Review#2

March: A1-A2 Transfer & portfolio options
My Future Plans#2 (tutorial)
National Careers Week (tutorial)

June: Progression Day
Summer Progression Guidance (tutorial)
Early Applications tutorials begin (Medics/Oxbridge)
Employability & Enterprise
(work experience workshops - WEX)

June/July: Progression Exam results
References and Personal Statement Drafting

July: Careers Enrichment Day

Sept: Individual Learning Plan
(ILP) - intended destination (enrolment/tutorial)

Recovery and Portfolio Courses Begin

Sept-Dec:  Applications/CVs/Personal Statements/
Work Experience placements (tutorial)

Oct - Dec: Life Skills

Nov: Progress Review#3
         Life Skills (tutorial)

January: Futures Fair (careers event)
                 Independent Living (tutorial)

February-March: Professionalism and National Apprenticeship Week (tutorial)

March: Progress Review#4
National Careers Week (tutorial)

March-April: Moving On (tutorial)

May: Individual Learning Plan
(ILP) - intended destination/ leavers’ surveys

June: Leavers’ Event & Intended Destination and Alumni sign-up

August: Results Day

Post-results: Help Desk, Final Destinations follow-up, Alumni Network - mentoring & buddying


CEIAG: Futures Framework
Meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks

Gatsby Measures – for more info, please refer to p7-9 of Careers Guidance for FE & Sixth Form Colleges (October 2018)
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679639/Careers-Guidance.pdf

BHASVIC is working towards meeting all the Gatsby benchmarks. In addition to general cross-college activities listed below, curriculum departments offer specific activities which are listed in their annual self-assessment report.

1) A stable careers programme – an embedded programme of careers education and guidance that is known and understood by students, teachers/tutors, governors and employers

  • BHASVIC Tutorial Programme
  • Portfolio courses


2) Learning from career and labour market information - Every student should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information

  • LMI bulletins
  • Access to Careers team
  • Communications via Student Bulletin / Student Services social media / VLE / website


3) Addressing the needs of each student - Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each individual. A college’s career programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout

  • Tutorial 1:1s
  • WP programme & series of activities
  • ALS/Looked after Children/Vulnerable Learners –offer
  • Differentiated tutorial programme (EE, Oxbridge, Medics, Visual Arts, UCAS)


4) Linking curriculum and learning to careers
. All teachers/tutors should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of career paths

  • Named WP, HE, Alumni, Employability link in each department
  • Standard WEX offer for BTEC doubles
  • Careers Enrichment Day


5) Encounters with employers and employees
. Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes (Two meaningful encounters per year: one linked to curriculum)

  • Futures Fair (January)
  • National Careers Week (March)
  • Careers Enrichment Day (July)
  • Alumni mentoring


6) Experience of workplaces
. Every student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and /or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks (after two years, at least one experience of workplace)

  • Standard WEX offer for BTEC doubles & EE tutorial
  • WEX offer in summer enrichment programme
  • Medical careers programme


7) Encounters with further and higher education. All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace

  • Tutorial Programme: My Future Plans / Oxbridge / Medical Careers / EE / Visual Arts / UCAS
  • Widening Participation Programme
  • Futures Fair (January)
  • Progression Day (June)


8) Personal guidance. Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal or external, provided that they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made (every student has one careers interview by 18 in addition to one by 16)

  • Careers team
  • Guidance team

EMPLOYABILITY & ENTERPRISE (EE)

The focus of the Employability & Enterprise tutorial pathway is to ensure that students who wish to progress straight to an apprenticeship or employment, have been well prepared for the world of work. We place an emphasis on exploring their skills, qualities and values, discussing the range of options available to them, improving and updating their CV, and thinking carefully about their personal ‘brand’ to be able to market themselves to a potential employer.

Please find the list below of past and future guest visitors to our Employability and Enterprise tutor groups from 2019 - 2020:-

Name & Title    Organisation
Jonathan Hill, People Manager Morrisons
Sarah Sawyer, ASK Facilitator Sussex Council of Training Providers
Holly Hart, Apprenticeship Manager University of Chichester
Glenn Archer. Resourcing Manager Neilson Holidays
Jon Arnold, Senior Operations Manager Oyster Worldwide
Clare Edes, Compliance Manager Skerrits Chartered Financial Planners
James Burton Local Business Owner and Entrepreneur

Progression Week and Year 2 Tutorial Pathways from Monday 1 June to Friday 5 June - Further links and documents will be added during this week.

Parent and Carer Progression Week Email - Sent 20 May 2020

Progression Week is designed to be the launch of the second year (A2) tutorial journey. In order that we are able to tailor second year tutorial sessions to particular pathways and application deadlines, students have opted for one of five different options, broadly based on their intended destination and career aim after BHASVIC.  Please see a description of each tutorial pathway below, along with some links to further information and resources.

We do hope that you are able to support your young person to make informed decisions in embarking on their next steps after BHASVIC. If you have been unable to locate the information you need following Progression Week, please do e-mail careers@bhasvic.ac.uk  or HE@bhasvic.ac.uk and we will endeavour to assist further.

EMPLOYABILITY & ENTERPRISE (EE)

The focus of the Employability & Enterprise tutorial pathway is to ensure that students who wish to progress straight to an apprenticeship or employment, have been well prepared for the world of work. We place an emphasis on exploring their skills, qualities and values, discussing the range of options available to them, improving and updating their CV, and thinking carefully about their personal ‘brand’ to be able to market themselves to a potential employer.

During Progression Week, EE students will follow a programme of activities based on helping them to understand the process of applying for an apprenticeship, employment or further training when they leave BHASVIC. They will be expected to complete detailed research into different potential career pathways and will need to try putting together an up to date CV.  

In advance of Progression Week, EE students will have been invited to become part of the A2 Tutorial -  Employability and Enterprise Microsoft TEAM which is run by Mandy Brindle (Guidance Manager who leads on Employability), and is also monitored by our Careers team (Lynne Trower, Adele Fox and Sam Davey), and the Employability & Enterprise tutor team (Alison Cousens and Corin D’Enno). All information relating to Progression Week, and the ongoing EE tutorial journey, will be posted on the TEAM and students will be able to post questions on the forum. Therefore, they should switch on their notifications for this TEAM to ensure they remain up to date.  

As a parent/carer, you may find the following information and links helpful in preparing to support your young person with their next steps:

 Further links to a whole host of progression and careers related content can be found here: Parents & Carers > Careers & Employability

 MEDICAL CAREERS

The Medical Careers tutorial pathway is intended to prepare students for making applications to medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, and meeting the early UCAS deadline for applications in these subjects. During Progression Week, students should commit time to completing further detailed research into different medical schools and universities, as well as different course entry requirements and any additional requirements required or suggested by the higher education providers (for example, work experience, extra-curricular activities, entrance exams).

Activities during Progression Week will be geared towards helping students understand the process of applying to these subjects to ensure they are well prepared to make a competitive application.

Following Progression Week, students should complete each of the assignments set for them by the Medical Careers tutors, Jacquie Punter and Lucy Day. These have been designed to help them build their personal statements and prepare for entrance exams. All activities and information will be posted on the A2 Tutorial - Medical Careers Microsoft TEAM. Students will have been invited to join this TEAM in advance of Progression Week and should switch on their notifications so they keep up to date.

As a parent/carer, you may find the following information and links helpful in preparing to support your young person with their next steps:

 OXBRIDGE

The Oxbridge tutorial pathway is intended to prepare prospective Oxbridge applicants for making a competitive application, and meeting the early UCAS deadline required for these colleges.

During Progression Week, students will follow a programme of events and activities which will help them to understand the process of applying to Oxford or Cambridge. They will be expected to complete detailed research into the different colleges, as well as course entry and other special requirements. After Progression Week, they will then begin the A2 tutorial programme led by Neil Commin.

All Oxbridge tutees should expect to commit time over Progression Week, and in each of the subsequent weeks during the summer term, to complete the personal statement assignments set by Neil to ensure they are best placed to make a competitive application. They will also begin preparation for entrance exams.

In advance of Progression Week, students will be enrolled on the A2 Tutorial - Oxbridge Microsoft TEAM which is run by Neil Commin and Nikki Fabry (Guidance Manager who leads on Higher Education). All activities and information will be posted on the Team and students will be able to post questions in the forum. They should switch on their notifications for this TEAM in order to keep up-to-date. 

If students require further specific information or support with their Oxbridge research, please encourage them to chat with Neil or Nikki through the Team or by emailing HE@bhasvic.ac.uk

As a parent/carer, you may find the following information and links helpful in preparing to support your young person with their next steps:

UCAS

Many of our students opt to follow the UCAS tutorial pathway in their A2 year which is designed to guide and support them in making an application to a UK university (excluding Oxbridge colleges).

During Progression Week, UCAS students will follow a programme of activities designed to help them understand the process of applying to higher education. They will be expected to complete detailed research into different universities, subject choices and entry requirements.

In advance of Progression Week, they will be invited to become part of the A2 Tutorial UCAS Microsoft TEAM which is run by Nikki Fabry (Guidance Manager who leads on Higher Education), and is also monitored by our Careers Advisers (Lynne Trower and Adele Fox). Further information will be posted on the TEAM and students will be able to post questions on the forum. Students should  switch on their notifications for this TEAM, so they can keep up-to-date. 

As a parent/carer, you may find the following information and links helpful in preparing to support your young person with their next steps:

VISUAL ARTS

Students who are keen to progress to a Visual Arts course in either further or higher education, will have opted for a Visual Arts tutor group which is designed to help them to understand the process of applying to a Visual Arts course, and support them in putting together a portfolio which showcases their skills. During Progression Week, they will be expected to complete detailed research into different art colleges and universities, as well as different subject choices and course entry requirements.

In advance of Progression Week, they will be invited to become part of the A2 Tutorial Visual Arts Microsoft TEAM which is run by Nicola Twaites (Guidance Manager who leads on the Visual Arts Tutorial).  Further information will be posted on this TEAM and students will be able to post questions on the forum. Students should switch on their notifications for this TEAM, so they can keep up-to-date. 

 As a parent/carer, you may find the following information and links helpful in preparing to support your young person with their next steps:

All students are supported to progress, regardless of the route they wish to take after BHASVIC. The tutorial pathways described above meet the needs of the vast majority of students but we do recognise that there are small numbers every year who may:
  • apply to a dance or music conservatoire
  • apply for a School & College Leavers Programme
  • wish to study abroad
  • take a gap year
Students exploring any of the above options will find suitable information and resources on the Careers page of the VLE and can also book a careers appointment to discuss their ideas. As a starting point for parents and carers, we have included a few links below:

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