At Wyke Sixth Form College we want students to receive the full package and progress successfully on to their chosen career and future aspirations. We have a dedicated team of careers advisers who work with our students on an individual basis to support them into their next steps. This could include university, apprenticeships, employment, armed forces, studying abroad or a gap year.
During the academic year, Wyke Sixth Form College host multiple career events;
from the “Next Steps” fair, to sector specific talks with organisations and employers where they will talk directly to the students about their own career progression, about their organisation and what it is like working there.
We offer visits to universities and employers and also offer support on specific career elements such as finding the right pathway for students, helping create a good personal statement for university, writing a CV or cover letter support, interview and application preparation.
In February 2018 the Department for Education set out new statutory guidance for careers, the purpose was to ensure that all young people had the same opportunity and were given independent careers guidance. It meant that all colleges had to create a careers programme based around individual needs which should be published for young people and their parents/carers to access. The programme below outlines what we are doing here at Wyke Sixth Form College:
The government also encourages colleges to use the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve career provision, these benchmarks are a blueprint for best practice and the table below highlights how this is how this will be done here at Wyke Sixth Form College:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from careers and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with Employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal Guidance
The Baker Clause
The Baker Clause was introduced in January 2018 as an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act 2017. The Baker Clause stipulates that schools must allow colleges and training providers access to every student in years 8-13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them. It is expected that by doing so this will help address the UK’s productivity challenges and address skills shortages experienced across several sectors of the economy.
- Wyke 6th Form College has an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by learners, parents, teachers, employers and other agencies.
- Every learner at Wyke 6th Form College and their parents/carer have access to information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They receive support from an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
- Learners have different career guidance needs at different stages. At Wyke 6th Form College learners have many different opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each learner. A college’s careers programme is embedded with equality and diversity considerations throughout.
- All subject staff link curriculum learning with careers, even on courses that are not specifically occupation-led eg. STEM subjects have a wide range of careers paths and reflect importance of Maths and English as key expectations from employers.
- Every learner will have at least 4 encounters with employers to help them learn about different organisations and the skills that are valued in their workplace.
- We encourage every learner to have first-hand experiences of a work place through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help with their career opportunities.
- All Wyke 6th Form College students understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them including academic and alternative routes after they leave us.
- Every learner has opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser working towards a level 6 qualification and these are timed to meet individual needs.