At Uxbridge High School we have a whole school approach to Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). We believe that students should be just as prepared for life after school as they are for life within it.
"High-quality careers guidance helps pupils to be well prepared for the next steps in their education."
Key Stage 3
By completing a series of tasks they are able to explain what work and Work Related Learning means and identify activities that contribute to WRL as well as their own personal skills. From here they are able to examine how these skills are used in daily life and the links between personal skills and employment.
All Year 8 students take part in a careers exploration programme ‘Real Game’. The aim of the programme is to allow the student to explore the realities of working life in a safe, supportive environment and is designed to give students career exploration skills, not to direct them to particular occupations. Year 9 is an important year for our students as they are making their option choices for their next two years of study that will hopefully lead them into courses or employment of their choosing. Students in year 9 are introduced to the Schools Careers Library and various other resources designed to assist them with careers exploration.
Key Stage 4
The full cohort is given the opportunity to take part in activities during National Careers Week, including attending careers fairs such as the Heathrow Jobs and Careers Fair, careers speed dating events, days out work shadowing, visits to employers, attending university open days and participating in a Moving On at 16 workshop.
Employer engagement is encouraged through a day of Mock Interviews. In the past we have had employers from the retail sector, NHS, armed forces, manufacturing and production, to name but a few, who spend the day in school conducting interviews with students.
"Pupils acquire an excellent understanding of the world of work and begin to make choices about their future employment from the earliest stages in the school. They receive very helpful guidance about personal skills and qualifications appropriate for their careers aspirations. They are able to make well-informed decisions about the next steps in their education."
Independent Advice AND GUIDANCE
The school employs the services of an independent careers advisor from the CfBT. This advisor is available to see students from year 8 upwards. They support our students in a variety of ways, whether it is through group work looking at a particular area such as decision making, option choices, routes into further and higher education or training and apprenticeships or individual careers advice and guidance interviews. These sessions are designed to support students in the development of their career ideas and to prepare a plan of action. Including looking at Labour Market information.
By ensuring that our students follow a programme of careers education and the availability of dedicated careers staff, we are confident that when our students leave Uxbridge High School they are prepared and equipped for life after education.
Careers companion is a useful tool that we use to research career paths, apprenticeships and help write CVs. Click here to visit and log in using: uhsstudent for both user name and password.