Encouraging development & preparation for the future careers of our students
The Careers programmes for students in Sixth Form is written and delivered by the Head of Sixth with support from the Careers Co-ordinator. Students are encouraged to explore the advantages & disadvantages of Higher Education, apprenticeships and taking a gap year. Where possible, external speakers lead the workshops. All students in Year 12 attend a conference in term 6 which focuses on the post-18 options and the time frames that apply. They are reminded of the resources that are available to them.
Students are entitled to three days absence in order to attend open days at university and further absences if called to attend an interview. Where it supports their learning and potential career development, students may attend such courses such as those offered by Headstart or Smallpeice.
Relevant information is shared with students and parents via letters, leaflets, brochures and by e-mail. E-mails targeted at any year group are duplicated onto the Careers page of the website. Passwords for licensed websites are shared with students and parents.
The recruiting officer for the Army is a regular visitor into St Augustine’s and will meet with any student who is interested in joining the Army at officer level.
All students in Year 12 are encouraged to undertake one week’s work experience in their intended career sector. They are expected to have written CVs and letters of application. Mrs Hanlon, Careers Co-ordinator, proofreads these when the student requests this support. Students identify and approach a potential employer and attend an interview if necessary. On their return to College, students meet with their tutors and revisit their career plans.
Students work very closely with their tutors who act as mentors throughout the two year programme. The tutors may request intervention by the Independent Careers Adviser.