Every student in Year 10 is expected to take part in our work experience programme. The work experience week enables students to gain first-hand experience in the world of work and helps them to develop personal and social skills. It also helps to increase awareness of the opportunities available.
The work experience week has a very positive impact on students; it helps them to grow in confidence and encourages them to work hard to achieve their goals.
Some recent student comments:
“I really enjoyed my placement as it was really useful at getting a better understanding of what a working environment is really like”
“It was a great opportunity”
“I loved it”
“It was thoroughly enjoyable and taught me a lot”
“Gave me a good idea of the area I would like to work in”
“I thoroughly enjoyed my work experience and thought it was a worthwhile experience”
Some recent employer comments:
“It is a great opportunity for the students to experience what is to follow after school life and possibly help them decide on their future career path”
“Harriet was amazing, helpful, great with our customers. A real asset to the team for the week”
“Joe was very enthusiastic and worked very hard”
“Everyone involved embraced the opportunity to share information about their role with Sophie and integrate her into their team wherever possible”
“It was very useful to have a fresh pair of eyes and a different perspective to look at some of the analysis work we are doing and to approach it in a different way”
“Our student was polite and happy”
“Couldn’t have had a better attitude and been more helpful”
You can download the relevant work experience information documents below:
Sample Work Experience Parental Agreement
Sample Work Experience Data form
Sample Work Experience Employer form
Post 16 Choices
All students have to stay on in education, training or employment with training until they are 18. If any students do not achieve a grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths or English they will also be required to carry on studying these subjects at school, college or as an apprentice.
After GCSEs, students can choose:
- Full time education at a sixth form or college
- An apprenticeship
- Employment or voluntary work (minimum 20 hours) with part-time education or training
Sixth Forms and Colleges
There are two main types of qualification: academic and vocational. Academic qualifications prepare students for higher education or employment. Students usually need to obtain at least 4 or 5 GCSEs grade 5 or above to study A levels, although there may be exceptions. Most sixth forms or colleges expect students to choose to study 3 or 4 AS or A level subjects. AS levels take one year to complete. Students taking A levels will study the subject for two years and reach a higher level. Recent changes mean that AS qualifications will not count towards A level results, but A level students may still sit AS level exams after the first year to obtain the qualification and monitor their progress.
It is important that students choose A levels that will allow them to follow the career or university course of their choice. They can explore University courses and find out entry requirements using the UCAS website.
As many students are unsure about their long-term career aspirations, it is wise to choose A level subjects that will keep their options open. Students who have the potential to progress on to some of the most highly regarded universities may need to take care to choose the more traditional A level subjects. Academic students who want to keep their options open are encouraged to study at least 2 of the following subjects: Maths/Further Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Modern and Classical Languages. (These are known as facilitating subjects and they are highly regarded by employers and Universities) The Russell Group of Universities gives advice about course choices on their website.
Vocational qualifications usually take one or two years and suit students who want to learn more about a particular area of work or train for a particular industry. They combine classroom learning with research and practical activities. The majority of vocational qualifications are offered at colleges and are available at different levels. The entry requirements depend on the college, subject and level.
An apprenticeship combines working and earning money with training at a college to obtain qualifications. There are over 250 different types of apprenticeship available ranging from hairdressing to accountancy. At age 16, students can do an apprenticeship at Level 2 (Intermediate) or Level 3 (Advanced). An apprenticeship can lead on to a Higher Apprenticeship or a Degree-level Apprenticeship. Further information about apprenticeships is available on the “Get in Go Far” website
Students can find out more and search for apprenticeships on the government apprenticeships website.
Year 11 students are regularly sent details about the latest local apprenticeship opportunities. This information is sent to their Catmose College email accounts.
In addition to other careers-related activities, every student in Year 11 has an individual careers meeting. This is an opportunity for students to discuss their plans and receive guidance and support. A plan of action is agreed during the meeting to help students understand the next steps that should be taken. Students in any year group are welcome to request a meeting if they would like support.
A Post-16 Evening gives students and parents the opportunity to meet representatives from local sixth forms/colleges and local employers offering apprenticeships. This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about some of the different options available.
Year 11 students are strongly encouraged to attend our employer and alumni career talks. The talks give information and guidance about a variety of careers and are arranged throughout the year.
All students attend a CV workshop and are offered guidance and support from local employers. Students are helped to develop their own CV and personal statement which they can use for their Post-16 applications.
Students who wish to find an apprenticeship are offered additional support and can attend a workshop session led by a local apprenticeship advisor.
Local employers come into college to give students the opportunity to experience a Mock interview.
Students are encouraged to consider taking part in the National Citizen Service programme which can help to build confidence and leadership skills. You can find out more about the National Citizen Scheme here.
The following careers resources may also be helpful:
- A careers tool called START can help students to assess their skills and research career options. The careers tool also gives valuable information about the availability and predicted future demand for different jobs. Students will need to register to use the careers tool. They can then rate their interests, work preferences etc to find jobs which might suit them. Alternatively, students can insert the name of a job in the “Search” tool for career information, live vacancies and labour market information.
- The Career Pilot website parents’ section Career Pilot
- The Careers Advice for Parents website
- The EY website parent’s section EY website
- The Parent Advisor website Parent Advisor
- The National Careers Service can offer valuable information and guidance. Students and their parents can access support via the website or National Contact Centre 0800 100 900
- The Rutland & Cambridge “What Work” booklet can help young people to explore local Labour Market Information (the demand and pay for different roles in the local area).There is also a booklet for Leicester and Leicestershire Leicester & Leicestershire “What Work” booklet
- You can find information about what career your choice of university degrees could lead you to by clicking here.
- To find employment statistics for different university degrees click here.
Post 16 Financial Support
Colleges and Sixth forms are able to give some students a bursary fund (money to help them stay in education)
Information about financial help can be found on local college/sixth form websites:
New College Stamford
BMC (Brooksby Melton College)
Melton Vale (Students are given an booklet containing bursary information during their induction day Please contact them if you have any questions)
Students may also be able to receive help with transport costs. The help they could receive depends on which county they live in.