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WEEK 8 - Friday 5 November 2021

It was great to welcome our students back after the summer break and we certainly hit the ground running with their careers journey. In order to prepare the students for the year ahead, last half term I delivered a careers assembly to each year group, discussing the importance of Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) - learning about the world, different job opportunities and career paths, as well as the different routes of study. Students were provided with information, useful websites see here  and key contacts within the school. We discussed the Careers Programme of events in which students will take part in throughout the year, which can be found here: Careers Programme and these events will support and prepare our students to make well-informed decisions at different stages of their career journey, including choosing their KS4 options during Y9 and applying for post-16 destinations during Y11. 

Our Y11 students have a big year ahead of them, as not only will they be preparing for their GCSE exams, but students will be completing their applications for their post-16 destination, this may include Hessle Sixth Form College, other Sixth Form providers, Apprenticeships, Armed Forces, Employment with Training etc. There are many options to choose from but students need to make the right decisions for them, and support is provided along the way.

All Y11 students have had their careers guidance interview with our External Careers Advisor, Mr Peart and we have now moved onto second interviews for those students who require them. Any student who feels they need a second interview, please contact Miss Lawes: hayley.lawes@hessleacademy.com

Mr Peart is based in the ground floor Careers Office and will be present every Tuesday and Wednesday. Students from each year group are welcome to drop-in anytime over break and lunchtime if they have any questions or require any resources / prospectuses etc.

We encourage our Y11 students to apply to more than one place, as it’s always good to have more than one option and a back-up plan should they need it. Final decisions on enrolment can be made when students receive their GCSE results in the summer. Myself and Mr Peart spoke with a number of parents at the Y11 and Y10 Parents Information Evening and we reiterated this same message.

We’ve already had over 80 applications for Hessle Sixth Form and interviews will begin w/c 15 November.

I have shared lots of information on the ‘Y11 Careers Info’ page on Google Classroom, including upcoming Open Events for Colleges and Training Providers, Career Insight Events and Virtual Work Experience opportunities (see dates below). We recommend that students attend Open Events as it’s a great way to get a feel for a place, a chance to speak to tutors and ask any questions. We had over 90 families attend our Sixth Form Open Event before half term and there were some really interesting conversations taking place with students, parents and teachers regarding courses, future plans and career paths.

We have now started booking in our Y10 students for their initial careers guidance interview. Students were given a pre/post-interview questionnaire to complete during tutor-time noting their initial post-16 ideas; where they are thinking of applying, the types of jobs they’re interested in and there was also an opportunity to rank their priority and this will help to determine the order in which the students will be seen across the year. 

Y10 students have also received their invite for the ‘Y10 Careers Info’ group. Please encourage students to accept this invite so that they do not miss out on useful information and updates. We have already had a number of Y10 students take part in a Law Virtual Work Experience over half term with Browne Jacobson, this event involved a variety of speakers including QC’s, Barristers and Solicitors and a guest appearance from Barrister Shaun Wallace, also known as the Dark Destroyer from ITV’s The Chase!

I have met recently with our Enterprise Advisor, Enterprise Coordinator - part of the Careers and Enterprise Company, HEY LEP Careers Hub and our Careers Link Governor - Kallum Nicholson. All of which work closely with the school to support our careers events and securing new links with employers and businesses in the local area. Now that we can resume face to face visits, I have also started networking with Careers Leaders within other local schools. Last half term I visited Wolfreton  School and Cottingham High School and it was great to share ideas and hear about the variety of careers provision being delivered within the Trust.

One of the highlights of the last half term was definitely Prison Me No Way (PMNW). Each year we host this event and deliver to Y9 students, but due to covid-19 disruptions our Y10 & 11 students missed out...so we thought it was only fair that we rescheduled for this year. PMNW is a personal development event to show students the impact of what making a wrong choice can have on not just their own life but on the lives of others too. Students met employers from a number of organistaions including the Prison Service, Police, St Johns Ambulance, Youth Justice Service and even observed the Police dogs in action. It was an opportunity to see and hear about the work they do and to ask questions and get a real insight into working life.

Our Y13 students had a busy day on 21 October as they took part in their Pathways Event. This was a full day event in which the main focus was body language and interview skills and will be followed up with more work and preparation during tutor-time.

Plans are well underway for our upcoming careers events. This half term we have the following dates for your diary:

  • Y7 All About Me Day - Thursday 4 November 2021
  • Sixth Form Taster Day - Tuesday 9 November 2021
  • Y11 Careers Week - w/c 13 December 2021
  • Advanced notice: Y11 Mock Interview Day - Friday 28 January 2022

Finally, please see the information below for upcoming events:

  • HETA Open Events: 13 January, 22 February & 24 February 2022

        Register here: https://heta.co.uk/apprenticeships-1/key-dates-open-days 

        Applications now open for September 2022

  • Hull College Open Events: Thurs 4 November, Sat 4 December 20221 

          https://www.hull-college.ac.uk/news/hull-college-open-events-dates-confirmed

  • Bishop Burton Open Events: Wed 24 November (virtual) 2021, Wed 26 January 2022

           https://www.bishopburton.ac.uk/open-event-booking

  • Wyke College: Thurs 11 November, Sat 4 December 2021

          https://wyke.ac.uk/events/

  • East Riding College: Wed 10 November 2021, Saturday 22 January 2022

          https://www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk/study-with-us

  • Virtual National Apprenticeship Show - North: Wed 17 November 2021

         Register here: National Apprenticeship Show

Take care

Miss Lawes

Careers Leader