Additional Careers Information

As a parent, you are one of the most influential people in your child’s life and in the best possible position to support your child as they consider their future, review their options and make choices.  Here at QEGS we have a good Careers Programme providing education, information, advice and guidance.  There are also some excellent online websites are available on the Pupil/Student tab on this website they and also you can use.

Research shows that children look to their parents first when they want career advice.  Whilst some young people have a very clear idea of where they see their pathway leading them, others may take a while to decide – you can help by:

  • Starting the conversation
  • Focus on skills and behaviour your child will need, rather than specific jobs.
  • Talk about goals and what your child finds fulfilling.
  • Be open-minded and encouraging.
  • Talk about what careers experiences your child has had at school (lessons, visits, tutor time, PSHE and assemblies).
  • Be patient as your child’s choices may change.
  • Remember it’s your child’s decision on what direction they want to go.

We realise it can be challenging to know how to ask the right questions, so here’s our Top Five Tips to get started:

  • Start with their interests, skills, abilities and values – get them to write them down.
  • Talk about their likes and dislikes of different school subjects
  • Encourage them to link their skills and interests by using the websites Career Pilot, iCould or the National Careers Service Skills Assessment

Career Pilot https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/

iCould https://icould.com/

National Careers Service Skills Assessment Skills assessment | National Careers Service

  • Identify 3 different jobs they may like to explore using the Career Pilot, iCould or the National Careers Service Job Profiles, through their Explore Careers section.

National Careers Explore careers | National Careers Service

  • Share your own experiences and talk about your own job or career and those of the wider family.

Pupils and students are always welcome to contact Mrs Powell Head of Careers for any help and guidance. Parents and Carers also have the opportunity to attend careers interviews to support pupils and students. If you would like to attend an interview please contact Mrs Judith Powell, Head of Careers jpowell@qegsblackburn.com 01254 686300 ext 608.

Extra Information

Parental Guidance from The Careers Writers Association – Home

Parents of Pupils with SEND

Pupils with SEND will receive support in their choices for education and employment through our CEIAG strategy ensuring they are well informed and are able to achieve their aspirations.

The School’s SENDCo, Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL or Deputy DSLs) and the Careers Lead meet on a regular basis to discuss appropriate interventions for pupils with additional needs.

The links on this page will direct you to Careers, Information and Guidance on post 16 pathways for pupils with SEND.

Further education colleges:

Below are links to the Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen local offer pages.  They have a larger range of services, support and guidance for pupils with SEND and their pathways for post 16 education and employment.

Further useful links for exploring post 16 options for SEND pupils:

Guide to apprenticeships (SEND)

BASE offer support to those with disabilities find employment.

United Response provides a range of support services for adults and young people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health needs or physical disabilities.

 

To help enable pupils and students to increase their knowledge and develop understanding and skills relevant to life in a rapidly changing world, it is important to research and understand all the options available. The websites below are excellent resources that can both inspire and inform to improve knowledge and promote success.

Exploring Careers

Start

Start is a digital careers platform with information, advice and tools to help pupils explore and plan for their future. Pupils can use Start to explore study pathways, find courses, discover industries and much more.

Careers Ideas and Information https://icould.com/

BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

Career Pilot https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/

The National Careers Service Job Profiles https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers

Knowing what jobs are in demand, means you need to understand the local and national Labour Market Information (LMI)

Portal LMI Video https://youtu.be/aZlN8PlXa8Q

Portal LMI Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley Video https://youtu.be/GqZTU9Vb-ZA

Portal LMI Burnley and Pendle Video https://youtu.be/M_P7lEFcRig

LMI Widget Tool, Type in your chosen Career to see how much demand there is for it, how much you can earn and also what future prospects it has – https://careermap.co.uk/careerometer/

Understanding Qualifications Post 16

Understanding different qualifications https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-your-education-and-training-choices

A Levels https://www.ucas.com/post-16-qualifications/qualifications-you-can-take/levels

BTEC’s https://www.ucas.com/post-16-qualifications/qualifications-you-can-take/btec-diplomas

BTEC 2020 Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9Ai4oDVv7o&t=2s

T Levels https://www.tlevels.gov.uk/

Traineeships/T Levels https://www.lancsforum.co.uk/higher-apprenticeships/

Apprenticeship Websites & Information

Apprenticeships https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/influencers/what-is-an-apprenticeship#

What is an Apprentice – You Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4YDcPZJFWg

Apprenticeship Information page https://www.lancsforum.co.uk/apprenticeships/

Lancs Forum – Sorted Guide – Where to find Apprenticeship Providers in Lancashire https://www.lancsforum.co.uk/sorted/

Amazing Apprenticeships – Apprenticeship Champions & Ambassadors

UCAS Apprenticeships

Success at School.org – explore careers, top employers, the latest jobs, and courses

Get In Go Far – National Apprenticeships Government Portal with links to live apprenticeship vacancies

I Could – Apprenticeships Information Portal

National Apprenticeship Portal – sign up, explore vacancies and apply on line for an Apprenticeship

Amazing Apprenticeships Step-by-Step Guide to applying for an apprenticeship

Understanding Qualifications Post 18

Help with Options at 18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG3TMOkh1XY

Prospects Careers Website https://www.prospects.ac.uk/

UCAS https://www.ucas.com/

Student Finance https://studentfinance.campaign.gov.uk/

The Uni Guide

A Teachers Guide to University

Russell Group Informed Choices | Informed Choices

National Careers Service – Find a Course

Guardian – University League Tables 2023

Discover Uni – find and compare courses, choose what and where to study

Applying to Oxbridge

The Complete University Guide

Uni Taster Day

Not Going to University https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/

Higher/Degree Apprenticeship Information Find a degree apprenticeship – Office for Students

Gap Year Information

Engineering Development Trust – A Year in Industry

GapForce – Environmentally responsible travel & Gap Year Programmes

We believe through meeting and engaging with employers at careers events in and out of school as well as obtaining work experience our pupils and students are able to make more informed choices about careers that they would like to work towards. Gaining knowledge of the different employment skills required in the world of work as well as knowing what qualifications they need to achieve their career goals is vital. Through having a strong network of local employers we hope to continue to motivate and inspire our pupils and students to achieve.

If you or your company would like to play a part in helping our pupils and students learn more about your line of work and the opportunities available we would love to hear from you, please contact our Head of Careers, Mrs J Powell – JPowell@Qegsblackburn.com and we will get back in touch with further information of how you can help.