The College has begun working towards gaining its first ‘Investors in Careers’ award. Investor in Careers is a Licensed Awarding Body for the Quality in Careers Standard award, which showcases and supports the management of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG).
The College will be working towards completion of the first of the three-stage award in the coming weeks. Work already undertaken has included policy creation, audit work and careers programme development. CEIAG will be begin from Year 7 and continue through the academic years, being delivered through tutor time, enrichment days, work experience in the higher years (including Sixth Form) and classroom-based ‘Imagine what’s possible…’ lessons.
Key areas that the career education programme will focus on will be self-development, employability, careers exploration, learning about the world of work and how to develop career management and employability skills.
The newly-appointed CEIAG Coordinator, Amanda Grant, explains the importance of careers education: “The upcoming delivery of our newly-formed CEIAG programme not only supports the central aims of the College: to inspire, support and challenge every individual to be better than they ever dreamt they could be, but also reflects the growing awareness amongst students, parents and staff that the years spent in secondary education are no longer just concerned with qualifications. We must look at preparing young people for the world of work and life-long learning, as well as looking at their academic achievements. We are very excited to see our students flourish in the future and find the perfect career to take them on past their College-based education.”