Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

At St Patrick’s Catholic College we aim to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and encourage pupils to consider a wide range of careers. This works hand in hand with the schools Mission statement to help pupils realise their own dignity and discover their own unique purpose. Through our mission statement we acknowledge that each person is a unique individual and strive to respect each individual irrespective of circumstance, gender, race or creed. We will encourage everyone to develop their unique personality and educate the whole person within a loving and caring Christian environment. To this end we will promote a happy and caring environment within which each individual can develop their potential to the full.

Through careers education and guidance we will ensure that pupils will be encouraged to make the most of their talents and to go on to jobs or courses which suit their needs and intelligence.

In particular we intend our programme to:

  • Prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
  • Develop a broad understanding of the world of work and an ability to respond to changing opportunities.
  • Develop independent research skills so that they can make good use of information and guidance.
  • Develop and use their self-knowledge when thinking about and making choices.
  • Develop the skills they need to review achievements, plan future actions, make decisions, present themselves well and cope with change and transition.
  • Prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
  • Support young people to achieve their full potential.
  • Empower young people to plan and manage their own futures.
  • Provide comprehensive information on all future options that are available for all students.
  • Raise aspirations for all groups of students within St Patricks Catholic College.
  • Promote equality, diversity, social mobility and to challenge stereotypes.
  • Enable young people to sustain employability and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives.

Careers education is delivered one hour per fortnight as part of every student’s timetable at St Patrick’s Catholic College. Teaching staff will deliver the majority of careers education that the students receive throughout each academic year. All students will follow the Careers Education curriculum plan which contains a whole host of different activities and resources ranging from career explorations and writing CV’s to financial management.

In addition to this students will also have the opportunities to attend careers fairs and visit a variety of workplaces within the local community. Several organisations such as Youth Direction, sixth forms, colleges and universities, from the local and wider community, will also be delivering careers information, advice and guidance to our students. Volunteers from the local business community will also give up their time to come into school to give advice and guidance in order to help all students prepare themselves for life after school.

Click for the Career Education we provide in School

There are several websites that specialise in helping connect young people to specific career paths as well as giving lots of information on a whole range of professions. Some of these websites are listed below:

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers.htm
http://www.connexions-tw.co.uk/stockton-on-tees/

Click for Youth Direction Info
Click for Apprenticeship Info

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