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Careers at OLCC - An Overview

Our Lady’s Catholic College aspires to ensure that all its students, irrespective of ability and regardless of anyone’s doubts, achieve their potential in full. The staff and governors recognised that an effective CAREERS programme is vital to contributing to the raising of aspirations and enabling learners to make realistic and informed choices about their future employment options.

Adrian Lyons, Her Majesty’s Inspector, National Lead for Economics, Business and Enterprise said “Careers is given a high profile in the new Ofsted inspection framework taking effect from September 2019.  Inspectors will judge whether the school is providing an effective careers programme in line with the government’s statutory guidance on careers advice that offers pupils: unbiased careers advice, experience of work, and contact with employers to encourage pupils to aspire, make good choices and understand what they need to do to reach and succeed in the careers to which they aspire."

Although Ofsted prescribes the basic ground rules that are to apply, the statutory guidance also states that “schools will be free to make arrangements for careers guidance that fit the needs and circumstances of their pupils.”

Our Lady’s Catholic College will continue to work collaboratively with internal and external providers to build a cohesive programme of careers education.  The development of CAREERS has been a priority in the school’s strategic development plan and in order to ensure that this vital area is given the priority it needs the school follows the Gatsby Benchmarking for good career guidance.

Further Education

We have developed a wide network of links with our local FE provider and many other FE providers. The vast majority of students recognise the value of continuing their education well beyond 16 and over.

Apprenticeships

Students are kept up-to-date with current Local Labour Market information https://www.lancashireskillshub.co.uk/about-us/evidence-base to enable them to make informed decisions

Pupil entitlement

All students in years 7 – 13 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Provider Access Statement

Introduction

This statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Management of provider access requests

A provider wishing to request access should contact Juliet Duncan Careers Lead

j.duncan@olcc.lancs.sch.uk

Telephone: 01524 66689

Premises and facilities

The school will make the school hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the careers leader.

Key people who support the schools careers provision:

Enterprise Advisor- Debbie Bullock Group General Manager English Lakes

Inspira Enterprise Coordinator- Nicola Roberts

Careers Lead - Juliet Duncan

Careers Governor- Michelle Wood

Careers Coordinator- Julie Creer

KS3

Information and Guidance (IAG)

Careers across the curriculum

Year 7

Year 8

A range of employers will come into school to talk about the types of jobs they have on offer in their industry.

 

 

Opportunities to learn about the types of jobs and careers linked to the subjects you are learning about in class.

 

Individual subjects may also have career specific events for you to get involved in

 

Year 9

A range of employers will come into school to talk about the types of jobs they have on offer in their industry.

 

Local Labour market and Industry sector skills workshops

 

Careers Fair

 

 

KS4

Information and Guidance (IAG)

Careers across the curriculum

 

 

Year 10

A range of employers will come into school to talk about the types of jobs they have on offer in their industry.

 

IAG interviews

 

Employability day

 

Careers Fair

Opportunities to learn about the types of jobs and careers linked to the subjects you are learning about in class.

 

Individual subjects may also have career specific events for you to get involved in

 
 
 

Year 11

A range of employers will come into school to talk about the types of jobs they have on offer in their industry.

 

IAG interviews

 

Local Labour Market & industry Sector Skills workshops

 

Mock interview Day

 

Careers Fair