Head of Careers: Mrs A Greenleaf | agreenleaf@scissett.com

The Careers Department at Scissett Middle School provides information, advice and guidance to students on a wide range of issues that help them build the skills they will need for working life.

The world of work has undergone significant changes in recent years and continues to do so and it is therefore even more important that we equip our students with the necessary skills for them to make decisions about their future, to know how and where to access information and to link subject areas and qualifications with possible career choices.

In 2019 we were awarded the Quality in Careers Standard Award.

Scissett Middle School is one of the few schools in England that has met the following 8 Gatsby benchmarks as set out in 'Careers strategy: making the most of everyone's skills and talents' (DFE Publication Dec 2017)

We offer:

  • A stable career programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each student
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG)

CIAG is available to all students, to enable them to make decisions about their education and careers choices. An overview of the service that is offered at Scissett Middle School can be seen below.

Careers Resources
We have a full range of careers resources in our School Library. Elements of the Careers curriculum are covered in many subject areas as well as in Life Lessons.  We have a student job announcement board, students are encouraged to complete application forms and have formal interviews for jobs such as prefects, librarians, school shop, open evening caterers etc.

Careers Fair
We host a Careers Fair for all students in Year 7 and 8. 2019 was the first year we held a careers fair but we aim to do this every year and our 2019 event involved lots of employers and educators from both regional and national organisations offering advice and information on apprenticeships, work, Higher and Further Education.  

Delivery & Content of Programmes
Students in all year groups receive pastoral and tutorial support and support during Learning for Life lessons.

Careers Documents


Curriculum Content

In Year 6 all students:

  • Complete a mock interview in Drama
  • Attend an assembly on Careers information
  • Attend an assembly on What is an Apprenticeship?
  • Attend assemblies on different industries
  • Complete Well Being in Life lessons
  • Work on Careers booklets in form time – What do I want to be when I grow up?
  • Attend a school trip to Harry Potter Museum – Careers in the workplace
  • Complete Money Matters in Life lessons
  • Attend an Enterprise event – School Fayre – to raise money for charities
  • Work on a careers Maths Project – Theme park Maths

In Year 7 all students:

  • Complete Well Being in Life lessons
  • Attend an assembly on Careers information
  • Attend an assembly on What is an Apprenticeship?
  • Attend an assembly on different Industries
  • Attend an assembly on the Labour Market
  • Attend an assembly on Female/STEM apprenticeships
  • Attend an assembly on ‘Options and Shelley College’
  • Complete a Careers programme in Life lessons
  • Visit Magna for a STEM career exhibition
  • Careers in the curriculum drop down day
  • Wellbeing drop down day
  • Science week – Careers in the curriculum
  • Visit Quarry Bank Mill – Careers from the past
  • Help to run an Enterprise Summer Fayre
  • Interview Skills Workshop
  • Careers fair

In Year 8 all students:

  • Complete Well Being in Life lessons
  • Attend an assembly on Careers information
  • Attend an assembly on What is an Apprenticeship?
  • Attend an assembly on different Industries
  • Attend an assembly on the Labour Market
  • Attend an assembly on Female/STEM apprenticeships
  • Attend an assembly on ‘options and Shelley College’
  • Complete a Careers programme in Life lessons
  • Careers in the curriculum drop down day
  • Wellbeing drop down day
  • Science week – Careers in the curriculum
  • University Visit – Huddersfield/Leeds (some specialised, Medical, Engineering, STEM)
  • Higher education visit – Huddersfield New College
  • Work on an English Careers project – Journalism
  • Careers Fair
  • Visit to workplace – Yorkshire Wildlife Park
  • Invited to be part of the Schools Career Journalist Competition
  • Apprenticeship roadshow
  • CV workshop (1/2 day)
  • Build your future Careers Carousel (1/2 day)

Student Entitlement

  • Careers guidance from a suitably qualified professional
  • Be treated with respect
  • The opportunity to gain the skills that you need to prosper in your chosen career
  • Information about all the options open to you at 14, 16 and 18 years of age
  • Be referred for extra support if you need it and other agencies where appropriate
     

Regional labour market summary

The creative and media sector continues to grow in the region, following Channel 4, Sky and other major organisations' arrival. 

The region has seen growth of its gaming, hair and make-up and creative hubs, such as the Barnsley's Digital Media Centre, which has recently grown by up to 100 jobs in its digital and creative hubs. 

The continued growth of the regions digital, legal and financial services sector has attracted a large Australian company to open new offices in Leeds creating hundreds of new jobs. 

There has also been further growth in the regions specialist science sector and the region's plans to be a leader in offshore wind technology continue to develop. The food sector is growing its range of new products, including plant-based foodstuffs. 

In construction, the picture is mixed with two of the region’s large companies, Clugston and Bardsley, going into administration. Companies with projects linked to new technologies are growing but other parts of construction more reliant on the public sector and infrastructure are struggling. The industry also has problems with skill shortages in some craft trades and in plant operations. 

The manufacturing sector is also experiencing a mixed picture with advanced manufacturing expanding but older style production struggling. Large retail companies are still experiencing problems on the High Street with many seeing Christmas sales down on previous years. 

More specialist consumer businesses such as Skopes and Mulberry and smaller, local specialist retailers are doing better.  


Further information

For further information on Careers Advice and Guidance, you can access free support from the National Careers Service online or by phone on 0800 100 900.


Advice for Muslim Parents

Under Sharia law paying interest is prohibited.

For any Muslim parents who would like information on university cost please see this website.


Useful Links for Pupils

How2Become

Help You Choose

The Balance Careers

Apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships

I Could

The Institute of Engineering & Technology

BBC Bitesize

Career Alchemy

Useful Links for Parents

Parent Advisor

C&K Careers

Future Goals

 

Useful Links for Teachers

Amazing Apprenticeships

 

Please contact Mrs A Greenleaf if you are interested in visiting our school.
All information on this page will be reviewed in October 2019.


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