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Careers

Head of Careers: Mrs C Whiter
whiterc@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk

Good Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is essential to enable students to take control of their future and make the most of the opportunities open to them.  There is more choice than ever before with regard to technical qualifications, apprenticeships and alternatives to the traditional academic pathways and it is our duty to help the students to understand which is their best way forward. Our aim is to equip all our students with the necessary skills to make informed decisions to achieve a happy and fulfilled working life in the future.

Careers Programme

Our Careers Programme is designed to cover Years 7-13 with many of the activities and information delivered in effective form-time tailored to the age and stage of the students.  It is linked to the eight Gatsby Benchmarks highlighted in the statutory guidance published in January 2018.  There are off-timetable days in Years 7 and 8, options evenings in Years 9 and 11 and a week’s work experience after the final GCSE exams.  We offer the Morrisby Profile in the Summer term of Year 10 (which is optional and has a cost attached) which is a psychometric assessment which matches abilities, skills and interests to career areas.  More information is available from: www.morrisby.com

Many of our Sixth Formers apply to university.  There are ample opportunities to sample taster courses, workshops, open days, work experience and lectures to support their application and students are welcome to book individual help and guidance with the school’s careers adviser, Mrs Whiter.

Please see the documentation below for more information on our Careers Programme.

Careers Talk Week

We are extremely fortunate to have fantastic alumni who are invited in each year at the beginning of March, for our dedicated Careers Talk Week.  Up to 16 talks are organised for the week and students in Years 9-13 are encouraged to attend where they have the opportunity to ask practical questions and learn about the different entry routes in to a particular job or profession.  This can include advice on CVs, qualifications and the interview process.  More can be read about this annual activity in the March editions of the school newsletter.

Partners

In line with statutory guidance, we have a contract with YC Hertfordshire who ensure that our students receive independent and impartial advice and guidance particularly at the critical times of transition.  More information here: www.ychertfordshire.org

We are also working with the Careers and Enterprise Company who are helping schools to link with local employers to encourage more interaction with the workplace.  More information here:  www.careersandenterprise.co.uk

Provider Access

New to our programme this year is a Careers Fair where local employers and education providers will be invited in to meet our students and give them information on technical qualifications, apprenticeships and employment opportunities. Please find below our Provider Access policy. If anyone wishes to take part in this event, they should contact our Head of Careers, Mrs Carol Whiter, on whiterc@damealiceowens.herts.sch.uk

Resources

There is a Careers Library in the SALC which is open to students during break and lunchtimes and to Sixth Formers all day.  There is also a dedicated Google site for the school community available through the Hub.  Links to useful information and websites are available to everyone on Pearltrees: www.pearltrees.com/owenscareers