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Careers and Work Experience

Plymouth High School for Girls has held the prestigious Investor in Careers award since 2002. Following a rigorous external assessment in January 2020 we were delighted to be awarded the Quality Standard Careers Award.

Being awarded the Quality Standard Careers Award is a real achievement. By fully meeting the accreditation criteria, incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks, we are encompassing our school motto ‘for life, not school, we learn’. We are committed to continue to develop our careers provision to ensure that our students have the skills to enable them to make career decisions both now and in the future.

Every student at Plymouth High School is entitled to Careers Education and Guidance, as they anticipate and prepare for their future roles in society.

Pupils will receive a full programme of Careers Education and Guidance which is taught within the Personal, Social & Health Education framework during the Tutorial lesson. This is supported throughout the curriculum in all subject areas when appropriate. Pupils have access to a wide range of Careers material via the extensive school computer network.

Importance is placed on equality of opportunity and giving individual advice, parents are welcome to attend careers interviews with their daughter and the special Information evenings which are held annually.

We deliver Careers Education and Guidance in a number of ways, but always follow these principles:

  • Advice should be tailored to meet individual needs
  • It should broaden the interests, experiences and aspirations of each pupil
  • It is professionally and objectively delivered
  • Information is accurate, up-to-date, comprehensive and freely available
  • It should promote equality of opportunity

In addition all students are given the opportunity to:

  • Find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities
  • Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships
  • Understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses
All pupils in Year 10 undertake a period of work experience during their summer term. Pupils are encouraged to find their own placement, having completed a preparation programme during the course of the year.

In addition, industry days, industrial visits, contact with visiting employers and mini-enterprise activities also give pupils experience of the "world of work".

The Sixth Form have the option of undertaking a week of work experience during our enrichment week in the Summer Term. Sixth Formers are also encouraged to organise a session of Work Experience for one afternoon a week, timetable permitting, during their course of study.

                    

Introduction to the Careers Department

A high quality careers provision is essential in today’s complex and changing employment market. Careers education and guidance play a vital role in Plymouth High School for Girls to ensure that the students make the smooth transition from school to higher education and employment.

Mrs Longford, who is the full time Careers Leader and Advisor, is able to provide impartial advice and up to date information to help pupils make informed decisions about the career that best suits them. 

Mission Statement

The Careers Department will provide a first class careers service for all the pupils of Plymouth High School for Girls.

Aims of the Careers Department

The overall aim of the Careers Department is to provide an effective careers education and guidance programme to enable our pupils to manage their own career development successfully, by helping them acquire the skills, attitudes and abilities they will need to chart their path through life with confidence and to be effective in a variety of adult roles.

Strategic Objectives

In support of this overall aim, there are 5 strategic objectives for our careers education and guidance programme; helping pupils to develop:

  • Knowledge and understanding of themselves as individuals - their strengths, skills, personal qualities, interests, attainments and capabilities;
  • Awareness and understanding of the world of work and of the career and learning opportunities available to them in terms of further/higher education, training and employment;
  • Career planning and decision making skills in order to manage transition from school to university/workplace
  • The skills and personal qualities necessary to gain admission onto higher education courses and employment
  • Confidence and independence in terms of managing their career.

Contact details

Senior Leadership Manager with overall responsibility for CEIAG; Claire Eales-White, cealeswhite@phsg.org

Careers Leader; Heather Longford, hlongford@phsg.org

Governor with responsibility for oversight of CEIAG; Catherine Lewin, clewin@phsg.org

If you require any further information about Plymouth High School for Girls Careers Service please contact;

Mrs Heather Longford
Careers Leader & Advisor
hlongford@phsg.org
01752 208308 ext 252

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CEIAG Entitlement

Careerpilot

 

 
Get the information you need to help your child make the right choices at 14, 16 and 18 through the Careerpilot website, aimed at young people, and the Parent Zone, aimed at parents and carers.

Careerpilot is a free website helping 13—19 year olds in the South of England plan their future study and work and has a lot of useful information for young people and parents. 

The Careerpilot Parent Zone can help you as a parent/carer get answers to the career questions you want to ask, about:

• Choices at 14, 16 and 18; 
• Further Education College;
• Apprenticeships and Traineeships;
• Higher Education (including HE provided at local colleges);
• Job sectors and growth;
• Funding and support.

Answers are clearly written and link to additional information in the Careerpilot website or on other websites. Access the Parent Zone from the Careerpilot home page or from:

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/parent-zone

Parents Pack

Please see below the new Apprenticeship Parents Pack, which includes: application tips with BT, the life of an apprentice at Troup Bywaters + Anders, what's expected in the workplace, 5 questions to ask when figuring out your options, current vacancies and much more! Please share through your parents comms.  

Useful Links

National Careers Service - https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

Amazing Apprenticeships – https://amazingapprenticeships.com