Careers Advice

Introduction to Careers

The CHSC Careers program is primarily delivered through PSHE sessions alongside supplementary sessions bespoke for each year group.

The school has developed links with local further education providers who liaise with and support the school in ensuring a comprehensive array of information on further education and career routes.

This includes assemblies offered to all year groups led by Chester University, inspiring all students of the opportunities to access further education.

As part of the Cheshire Pledge the school also benefits from being part of the Learn Live program which implements a series of virtual events throughout the academic year linking students with prospective employers through careers, volunteering and apprenticeship expos.

Careers Curriculum by Year Group>

Careers Provider Access Policy > 

We also have a specialist Careers Advisor, Martin Folan, who offers one-to-one careers appointments with our students.

My name is Martin Folan  and I work as a careers adviser for an organisation called Changing Education and we work in partnership with schools and 6th forms across Cheshire.

I will be visiting school every Thursday delivering careers advice and guidance meetings and producing individualised action plans for the students I meet. These meetings are not to tell students what to do but help them reach an informed choice of their own.

I can also provide information about subject choices in year 9, post 16 and 18 options, A level choices, apprenticeships and University courses.

I have been a qualified Careers Adviser for 17 years and worked with all age groups providing guidance and advice.

I have a vast range of work experience, which includes Youth Worker(working on a Paediatric and A&E departments) aviation.

Careers Interview Structure>

Advice for Parents>

Useful Links and Resources

Current Job/ Apprenticeship Opportunities will be posted here

Labour Market Information

National Careers Service – a comprehensive careers website with job profiles, outlining: the skills required, main tasks, pay levels and career prospects for hundreds of different jobs. In addition, valuable guidance on the different stages involved in getting a job.

Cheshire and Warrington Job Opportunities Portal – a portal with a range of information on local labour market information, including jobs, apprenticeships, and training providers

My Path Careers Information about a wide variety of interesting careers with job profiles and videos

Post 16 Pathways

UCAS – a very helpful website for students thinking of applying to higher education.   Also contains valuable information on different options, including apprenticeships

Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships –  A very useful guide.

Ask Apprenticeships Information about different types of apprenticeships in a variety of sectors.

Higher Horizons Part of the Uni Connect program, offers information about higher education and how to access it

Cheshire College South and West Local college with campuses in Crewe, Chester, and Ellesmere Port offering T Levels, A Levels, apprenticeships, and vocational courses

Warrington Royal Vale College Local college in Warrington offering T Levels, A Levels, apprenticeships, and vocational courses

Coleg Cambria Local college in Wrexham offering T Levels, A Levels, apprenticeships, and vocational courses

Reaseheath College Local land-based college in Nantwich offering T Levels, A Levels, apprenticeships, and vocational courses

Work Experience and Volunteering Opportunities

Cheshire East Volunteering Hub  Information on volunteering opportunities in the local area

Cheshire West Volunteering Action  Information on volunteering opportunities in the local area

Springpod Free virtual online work experience

Speakers for Schools Free virtual online work experience

Quality Assurance and Student/Parent Voice

School provision:

Regular use of Cheshire Pledge guidance and support to review Careers provision through compass review to ensure Gatsby Bench marks are achieved.

Student/Parent voice:

We will survey a sample of both students and parents on an annual basis to help us evaluate the effectiveness of our careers programme and continually improve what we are delivering. During the academic year 2022-2023 we are seeking to develop our careers programme significantly improving our guidance and advice opportunities. We will be looking to measure the impact of these changes by surveying students and parents Summer 2023.

Quality assurance of Careers Advisor (Level 6 qualified careers advisor external company)

The students council will be used to discuss the careers provision, using the questions from the student questionnaire to structure the sessions. Within this discussion, students’ experience of their careers interview will be discussed. The Careers guidance will be observed by Careers a lead and opportunity will be given to the governor link to observe and comment.

Upcoming Events

September 2023

NHS Careers talk to all 6th form 

October 2023

Y11 Cheshire College South West Assembly on 3rd October

Careers Fair will be held on 19th October, venue is about to be (officially- likely CCSW) confirmed,

Cheshire College South West  – Info assembly to all yr11 students on courses and application process

Yr8 Science workshop. (Airbus) (TBC)

Pledge Explore program

The Explore programme a targeted programme in year 10, to create career opportunities and work place visits for selected cohorts.

November 2023

Yr9 options assembly

Yr11 University Campus visit (TBC)

February 2024

Apprenticeship Fair Ellesmere port Civic hall – February 6th

Yr13 Mock Assessment Centre opportunity – February 15th

Careers Contact List

Jon Rhodes – Careers Lead

Martin Folan – Careers Advisor

Laura Ferran – Pledge Facilitator Chester

Diane Miller – Foundation Governor (Careers)

Our Partners

Review Dates

Compass Review twice yearly

December 2022

July 2023 – Program policy review date

Student/Parent voice – July 2023

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