Careers Programme

CAREERS EDUCATION, INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

The Careers Education and Guidance programme at St Ignatius College promotes the skills and understanding that are necessary for our students to make informed decisions about the choices they face at each stage of their career development.  St Ignatius College has a critical role to play in preparing our students for transitions into the next stage of their careers, whether that be in education, employment or training.

Our careers guidance programme consists of services and activities intended to raise our students’ aspirations, broaden their horizons and empower them to make realistic, informed decisions at all key transitional points in their education.

We are committed to the education of the whole person and the development of young adults of competence, conscience and compassion who will be of service in the community. We strive to recognise God’s presence in all things, to celebrate the pursuit of personal excellence and to live with hope and respect for all creation.

All students at St Ignatius College take part in our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme and this forms a crucial and integral part of our students’ learning. Our programme has been designed to fulfill the eight Gatsby Benchmarks as follows: 

  1. A Stable Careers Programme
  2. Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  3. Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil
  4. Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
  5. Encounters with Employers and Employees
  6. Experiences of the Workplace
  7. Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  8. Personal Guidance

The Career Leader at St Ignatius College is:

Name: Katie O'Connor

Email: careers@st-ignatius.enfield.sch.uk

 

PARENTS/CAREERS 

At St Ignatius College, we work closely with parents and carers to support their children in their education and future career needs.  Parents/carers are invited to Parents' evenings, Information evenings, Pre NEET interviews and open evenings. Where appropriate, we also invite and encourage parents/carers to deliver workshops for specific career related activities. 

Parents and carers are always welcome to contact the college Career Leader with any queries regarding careers education by emailing :  careers@st-ignatius.enfield.sch.uk

 

PROVIDER ACCESS

St Ignatius College is committed to providing information, advice and guidance on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point, including vocational qualifications and apprenticeships. To view our Provider Access Policy please click here.

 

UnifrogUNIFROG -  LAUNCHED DECEMBER 2022

In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step, we are now using Unifrog an award-winning, online careers platform.

All students, across all year groups, have access to the platform with their own personal account providing a wide range of information relevant to their interests and aspirations.

Once students have explored their interests and compared the full range of pathways available to them, Unifrog also provides some excellent tools to help students draft applications, CVs and Personal Statements.

If you would like more information see below or visit their website: www.unifrog.org

Please click on the links below for information on Unifrog which was launched at St Ignatius College in December 2022:

Unifrog Parent launch presentation

Letter sent to parents and carers 09.12.2022

 

EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF OUR CAREERS PROGRAMME

Each careers event is evaluated by students and parents using a written evaluation form. Their responses are compiled and used to inform our future planning.

The overall effectiveness of our Careers Programme is evaluated by comparing the records of one to one careers interviews with final destinations taken up by students, which allows us to assess the effectiveness of our IAG.

The information provided on this website is reviewed and updated on a termly basis, and the overall effectiveness of our Careers Programme is evaluated on an annual basis, with the next review taking place in September 2023.

 

ST IGNATIUS COLLEGE CAREER PROGRAMME 2022 - 2023

YEAR 7

  • Individual Career Programme – all students are given access to Unifrog, to start building their personalised career strategy, explore their future career options, make informed choices and improve their employability 
  • All students take part in Magis drop-down periods twice per half term. As part of this programme there are key sessions focused on career related activities
  • Career Talks – students have access to a range of materials to build their awareness of employability skills, apprenticeships and labour market information through form time activities and Unifrog tools.
  • All students and parents receieve a monthly newsletter with leading information on work experience, Universities, apprenticeships, training opportunities and employability information.

YEAR 8

  • Individual Career Programme – all students are given access to Unifrog, to start building their personalised career strategy, explore their future career options, make informed choices and improve their employability 
  • All students take part in Magis drop-down periods twice per half term with some sessions focusing on career related activities
  • Parents and students are given information on careers, work shadowing and employability.
  • Career talks/webinars – students have access to a range of workshops to build their awareness of employability skills, apprenticeships and labour market information.

YEAR 9

  • Individual Career Programme – All students are given access to Unifrog, to start building their personalised career strategy, explore their future career options, make informed choices and improve their employability 
  • All students take part in Magis drop-down sessions twice per half term, with some of these sessions focusing on career related activities.
  • 1-1 Personal Careers Guidance meetings -  selected students have a 1-1 meeting with an independent careers adviser from FutureSmart Careers to help them to make informed decisions about GCSE options and beyond. Students will receive personalised guidance notes and an action plan of next steps.
  • Options Information Evening – parents and students are invited to the college for an evening full of information on the curriculum choices available to them and how the make the best choices.  Career information, with employer and university representatives available to give information and answer questions.

YEAR 10

  • Individual Career Programme – All students are given access to Unifrog, to start building their personalised career strategy, explore their future career options, make informed choices and improve their employability 
  • All students take part in Magis drop-down sessions twice per half term, with some sessions focusing on career related activities.
  • Career Talks – students have access to a range of workshops to build their awareness of employability skills, apprenticeships and labour market information.
  • University & College visits – selected students to visit universities
  • Parent Information Evening - Parents and students are given information on careers, work shadowing and employability.
  • Work Shadowing Day – an opportunity for all students to go to work with a parent/guardian/family member or family friend for the day to get a real-life

YEAR 11

  • Individual Career Programme – All students are given access to Unifrog, to start building their personalised career strategy, explore their future career options, make informed choices and improve their employability 
  • All students take part in Magis drop-down sessions with some focus on career related activities.
  • Parent Information Evening - Parents and students are given information on careers, work shadowing and employability.
  • 1-1 Personal Careers Guidance meetings - all students will have a 1:1 career interview with an independent careers adviser from FutureSmart Careers to help them make impartial informed decisions regarding their Sixth Form options and apprenticeship choices.  Students will receive personalised guidance notes and an action plan of next steps. 
  • Sixth Form Open Day – Parents and students are invited to attend an open evening at our college, showing them what we can offer to further their education. 
  • Workshops – Selected students attend a workshop by Oxford University, to help them understand how to apply, what is involved and life at Oxford University.

YEAR 12

  • Individual Career Programme – all students are given access to Unifrog, to start building their personalised career strategy, explore their future career options, make informed choices and improve their employability 
  • All students take part in Magis drop-down periods, some with a focus on career related activities.
  • 1-1 Personal Careers Guidance meetings - all students will have a 1-1 meeting with an independent careers adviser from FutureSmart Careers to help them make impartial, informed decisions about higher education, apprenticeships and other post 18 choices. Students will receive personalised guidance notes and an action plan of next steps.
  • University visits – selected students to visit universities
  • Work Experience – opportunity for all students to go to work for a week and get a real-life insight in to the world of work.
  • Selected students attend subject specific Career Events.
  • Workshops – selected students attend a workshop by Oxford University, to help them understand how to apply and life at Oxford University.
  • Higher Education Evening – Parents/Carers attend a all students attend workshops on writing CV’s, preparing for university interviews, completing application forms and talks from guest speakers from universities about finances and what to expect at university.
  • Employer interaction and site visits
  • University talks
  • The Brilliant Club -  aims at widening access for outstanding students the experience of selective university visits and leaning.
  • Ambition programme - Weekly sessions where employers come to speak to the year group about their career path, work experience opportunities and different routes for progression. 

YEAR 13

  • Individual Career Programme – all students are given access to Unifrog, to start building their personalised career strategy, explore their future career options, make informed choices and improve their employability 
  • All students take part in Magis drop-down periods, once per half term, some with a focus on career related activities
  • University visits – Selected students to visit universities
  • Workshops – Selected students attend a workshop by Oxford University, to help them understand how to apply and life at Oxford University.
  • Parent Information Evening - Parents and students are given information on careers and employability.
  • University and apprenticeship Fair – all students attend
  • Employer Interaction and Site visits
  • CV Workshops