We have a fully qualified, impartial Careers Adviser with 25 years experience linked to St Paul’s Academy, Mrs Vicki Banbrook. She is employed by the careers company Prospects Careers – Greenwich and has been linked to the Academy since 2008 and is available in school most Thursdays and Fridays.
Work with Year 11
Most of Vicki's work each year is with Year 11 pupils and she begins her work in September by attending a Year 11 assembly to introduce herself to the pupils and this is followed by a talk on the careers interview system at school and all Post 16 Options. She then visits the nine tutor groups in turn and gives a more in depth presentation focusing on the Post 16 Options – college, sixth form and apprenticeships.
Most of her time throughout the year will be spent interviewing year 11 pupils as 100% of pupils will be offered a careers interview. Follow-up interviews are available if needed. The interview is informal, confidential and impartial. The Careers Adviser’s main role is to provide information, advice and guidance (IAG) when discussing the future plans of the pupils with them on an individual basis or in small groups. The interviews may centre on the options of sixth forms and colleges, training and apprenticeships or job opportunities. During the careers interview the Adviser and the pupil may discuss the individual’s interests, skills, personal qualities, strengths, weaknesses and the pupil’s future goals, followed by the actions required to help achieve the goals. The Careers Adviser may also signpost pupils to useful resources and sources of information which will help them to make informed decisions. At the end of each interview an action plan outlining the pupil’s plan is produced for the pupil to take home. Pupils will often be given information leaflets at the end of their interview e.g. details of sixth forms and colleges, information on open days, information sheets giving advice on seeking apprenticeships and training, university information, careers leaflets on particular jobs e.g. engineer, nurse etc.
The Adviser can also give advice and information on the completion of application forms, CVs and covering letters, interview techniques and job seeking, amongst other topics.
If a pupil really does not have any ideas at all about future plans it may be useful for the pupil to use a careers quiz called the Skills Health Check which can be found at www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk, the quiz can provide job ideas for the pupil to investigate. This website also provides detailed careers information about many different types of jobs, use the job profiles section. Additionally, www.ucasprogress.com will provide information on sixth form and college courses throughout London and www.ucas.com is useful for university research.
The Adviser will also inform the school of any relevant careers events for pupils, apprenticeship fairs and careers conferences for teachers and staff. She will also attend the year 11 parents evening where she will be available to provide information, advice and guidance to both pupils and parents as required.
Another part of the Careers Adviser’s role is to interview all year 11 pupils who have a statement of special needs/EHC Plan and she will aim to attend the year 11 SEND annual review meetings if requested by the school or parents. She will also provide for the parents a relevant careers pack. She is involved in the writing of Education Health Care Plans for any of the pupils whom the school identifies as needing a Plan.
Careers related visits, talks, drama performances and other events will also be on offer to the school through the department of the Careers Company Prospects which links with employers.
Work with other Year Groups includes the following:-
The Careers Coordinator for the school Mrs Kim Nicholas and other staff will refer to the Careers Adviser any pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 who are considered to be most in need of an IAG interview and these pupils will all be offered an interview.
In the summer term careers interviews for many Year 10 pupils who are identified by the school as needing extra help and support will take place.
The Adviser will attend the year 8 pathways evening so that she can support any pupils and parents who require careers information, advice and guidance at that time.
She also interviews year 9 pupils who have a statement of special needs and is normally available to attend the year 9 SEND annual transitional review meetings where the school or parents feel that this will be appropriate. The parents will be provided with a relevant careers pack.
Various careers books and careers information plus master copies of college and sixth form prospectuses can be found in the library.
Vicki Banbrook – Careers Adviser