Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programmes make a major contribution in preparing young people for opportunities, responsibilities and experience of life. They help young people make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers. It is vital that all 11-16-year olds have the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices.
Tudor Grange Samworth Academy (TGSA) is committed to providing a planned programme of CEIAG for all students in Years 7-11, in partnership with outside agencies (Colleges, 6th Forms, Apprenticeship providers, Connexions and Universities).
The careers programme is designed to meet the needs of all students at TGSA. It is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development.
There is a heavy emphasis on careers support in Years 10 and 11 where students are supported with their research and preparation for applications for post 16 education or training. The programme includes career sessions and 1:1 career guidance activities, information through talks in assemblies, work-related learning (one week’s work experience in the summer term of Year 10) and other outside agency intervention.
For Year 11s, the autumn term is a crucial period where UCAS Progress profiles need to be completed. The local FE colleges, 6th Forms and training providers hold their open days during this term offering students the opportunity to speak to tutors in their chosen subject areas, and experience the college environment. Most open days are held in the late afternoon/evenings and on weekends so as not to impact on their learning. We strongly recommend students attend these events and apply to at least two different colleges.
Details of open days will be displayed in school but further information about courses and open days can be found by following the links below.
Further Education Colleges
Leicester College – https://leicestercollege.ac.uk/young-people/
South Leicestershire College – http://www.slcollege.ac.uk/
City Schools with 6th Form
St Paul’s Catholic School – http://www.st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk/
The City of Leicester College – http://www.cityleicester.co.uk/
English Martyrs’ Catholic School – http://www.englishmartyrs.org/
New College – http://www.newcollege.leicester.sch.uk/
County Schools with 6th Form
Beauchamp College – http://www.beauchamp.org.uk/
Countesthorpe Leysland Community College – http://www.clcc.college/
Wigston College – http://www.wigstoncollege.org/
6th Form Colleges
Regent College – http://www.regent-college.ac.uk/
Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth 1st College – https://www.wqe.ac.uk/
Gateway College – http://www.gateway.ac.uk/
How do you find an apprenticeship?
Go to ‘Find an apprenticeship’ https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
By setting up an account you will be able to:
- Search and apply for the full range of apprenticeships available in your area
- Save your searches and set up alerts
- Apply on-line for jobs that interest you
Alternatively, you can also register with the Leicester Apprenticeship Hub where you can find help getting ready for an apprenticeship, find information about Hub events and register for updates of the latest apprenticeships in your area.
A guide to apprenticeships can be found here.
*Please note, for students wishing to apply for an apprenticeship, due to the application process being so late in the year and the high demand, we recommend that students also apply to college so they have a secure plan in place.
UCAS Progress – Useful links and supporting information
In Year 11 students will start the application process for their post 16 options. This is done via UCAS Progress, an online prospectus which offers young people a way to search and apply for their 16-18 choices within their surrounding area all on one site. Towards the end of Year 10, students are issued with a username and password for the site in order to start building their student profile. However, anyone can access the site for general advice and guidance. Students can look for courses and save them in their favourites page until they are ready to make an application. We recommend that students apply for at least 2 or 3 courses with different providers in order to keep their options open and so that they always have a back-up.
LINK: UCAS Progress Login
Dates for your diary
13th October 2017: Personal statements deadline
15th December 2017: Deadline for most applications
How to use UCAS Progress
Search and Apply
- LINK: Search and Apply
- LINK: How to write a UCAS Progress personal statement
- DOWNLOAD: ‘How to complete the personal statement’ PDF
- DOWNLOAD: ‘Guide to writing your personal statement’ PDF
As part of our commitment to prepare students for a rapidly changing world, we are delighted to announce that we are using an innovative online resource called Start. Start will help your child to connect with their future career potential, develop their employability and help them to explore future career and study options at school or at home.
How will your child use it?
We will ask students to create their own account for Start at school, but it is accessible anytime on computers and compatible mobile and tablet devices.
Your child will personalise their profile on Start with details about their skills, qualities, interests and work preferences. This provides a starting point for them to explore information matched to their personal preferences and interests. As they update their profile, Start will personalise this information, helping them to navigate the thousands of jobs, courses, providers and opportunities available. Start will help students to understand where they are on their journey and what’s important as they make their choices at GCSE, post-16 and post-18.
We encourage you to use Start with your child at home. Encourage them to rate jobs, qualifications, colleges or universities so that we can see their preferences in order to support them better.
As a parent, you can also use Start to find out more about jobs, training and study opportunities for yourself. Please do not log in using your child’s user details and instead register yourself using the steps outlined below, creating your own username and password.
How to register
Work Experience (Year 10)
In Year 10 we actively encourage students to take part in a work experience module lasting one week, this usually takes place in the summer term and is run through the Leicester Education Business Company (LEBC). Students can opt to either organise a self-placement, or placements can be arranged on their behalf using an application process. All placements are checked by one of their NEBOSH assessors who undertake Health, Safety and welfare checks on all placement providers. Clear placement descriptions including the risk assessment and controls in place are provided to parents and staff in school. For further information about Work Experience and LEBC, please use the link below. A copy of the self-placement can be found here, or using the link below. All self-placement forms will need to be returned to school by Wednesday 25th October to be processed in time.