Careers Policy

Our careers policy details how we will help our beneficiaries to develop their employability skills.

Aims

The future can be a very daunting thought to many people, when thinking about careers, independent living and the development of future relationships. Here at Homefield College our aim is to support students with a range of complex needs identify what opportunities are available to them. Supporting them to develop transferable work skills to enable them to the everchanging labour market.

This will be achieved through our tailored programme involving vocational activities, community projects and through careers advice & guidance.

Homefield College has a number of statutory duties in relation to the career guidance (DfE careers guidance and access for education and training providers December 2018). This includes the following:

  • Use the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision.

  • Appoint a named person to the role of Career leader by September 2018. [Homefield College’s Careers Lead is Vic Myko, Head of Specialist Support & Pastoral Services]

  • To publish details of the career programme for students, their parents/ guardians and employers.

  • Raise students’ awareness of future options.

  • Education, Training and Employment.

  • IAG: rights and responsibilities at the provider and at work, and as citizens and consumers in the community, benefits/ money, housing, health, sex and relationships, self-awareness, self-advocacy skills, safety, British values, career planning skills, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, sustainable development

Careers Guidance will be based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. The programme will raise aspirations, challenge stereotyping and actively promote equality and diversity.

Commitment

Homefield College is committed to providing high quality and impartial Career Guidance for all students through a range of sessions / activities: IAG, vocational session, internal enterprises, external work experience and Career Guidance interview qualified at level 6.

Homefield College endeavours to follow:

  • Careers Development Institute (CDI) careers framework 2018

  • Achieve and maintain the Matrix standard

  • Careers guidance and access for education and training providers (DfE, 2017)

  • Any other relevant guidance from DfE and Ofsted as appropriate

The Gatsby Benchmarks

Following the introduction of The Governments Career long term careers strategy on December 2017, Homefield is committed to ensuring that the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of good practice are in place.

These benchmarks are:

  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. Experience of workplaces

  7. Encounters with further and higher education

  8. Personal Guidance

Student Needs and Entitlement

Students at Homefield College will benefit from:

  • Access to a range of activities that inspire them, including employer talks, careers fairs, vocational session, our internal enterprise at Barrow of Treats & Sip and Surf, college and university visits and access to a personal tutor.

  • Links with local employers, to help boost attitudes and employability skills, learn about the range of roles and opportunities available.

  • Work experience provision where it is appropriate and beneficial.

  • Meaningful encounters with employers, helping all students learn about what work is like or what it takes to be successful at work.

  • Access to advice on options available after Homefield College including supported internships, further education, and opportunities available from other providers.

  • Access to information, advice and guidance which is embedded in the curriculum.

  • Students will have a tailored programme to their needs, suited to their desired outcome through career pathway plans.

  • Students will leave with a CV and/ or employment passport.

  • Face-to-face advice and guidance to build confidence and motivation.

  • Information on the financial support available to them post-16.

  • Information, including local Labour Market Information from a range of agencies to develop a smoother pathway between education and work.

  • The opportunity to book a careers appointment with a trained specialist at College. This opportunity is available to all suitable students.

Implementation

The Careers Lead coordinates the career programme and is part of the Senior Management Team (SMT). Work experience is planned by the Careers Lead and overseen by the Head of Curriculum & Quality to ensure the performance targets are achieved and developed.

Curriculum

The implementation of Careers Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG) plays an important role in preparing students for the opportunities and challenges of life beyond Homefield College and helps students to identify personal strengths and preferences that help them to take an active role in planning and managing their career progress. The CIAG programme is co-ordinated by the Curriculum Managers in close association with the Work Placement Co-ordinator and the college’s Careers Lead, reporting to the Head of Curriculum & Quality.

Students have access to specialist career guidance with Homefield College’s level 6 Careers practitioner. Alongside internal guidance, independent advice and guidance providers are requested to attend students’ annual Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) reviews.

CIAG is delivered in various ways that best meets the needs and abilities of individual students. The CIAG content and delivery is then built around them, what the student needs to learn and the best way in which they learn. For example, the more complex learners might have the bulk of their CIAG delivered through an embedded approach via their sessions and through their personal tutor. The ‘Skeleton Scheme of Work’ provides CIAG guidance for all sessions to use, providing weekly topics to embed into their sessions and offering shared resources. All students develop their employability skills and these are tracked through Databridge, across the curriculum. Discrete sessions are provided as needed, such as sex education, both in group and 1:1 sessions.

Experiences of vocational subjects are important in enabling students to make an informed choice as to the kind of work they want to develop their skills in. Work experiences further progress their work experiences and develop their skills.

Some students who are above pre-entry have the opportunity to complete the City and Guilds qualification in City & Guilds (5546) ‘Employability skills’.

Partnerships

Homefield College works closely with a range of local employers to meet the development needs of the student in relation to their aspirations. The College also has links with FE colleges to develop student awareness with regards to future pathways.

The Careers Lead works in partnership with the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) Co-ordinator to support the implementation of the 8 Gatsby benchmarks and support the development of the careers programme.

Staff Development

Staff training needs are highlighted through observation, supervisions and appraisals and the development of framework, through curriculum meetings. Staff development is tracked and overseen by HR department.

The careers practitioner and tutors are required to undertake 25hrs CPD per year.

Monitoring, Review and Evaluation

The careers policy is monitored and reviewed by the Careers Leader through the CEC Compass self-audit app. The CEC Tracker is used by the Careers Leader to log activities undertaken and review the effectiveness of activity to plan and develop the programme.

The organisation reserves the right to review this policy and procedure at any time if deemed necessary and to amend it accordingly. Any changes will be notified to all staff and updates uploaded to SharePoint and the College’s website.

Date: September 2019
Person Responsible: Careers Lead