Careers

Saint Bede’s aims to provide high quality, impartial careers guidance which helps our pupils to make informed choices about which courses suit their academic needs and aspirations. The school prepares pupils for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training, developing self-belief so that they can set and achieve aspirational targets in their planned education, training & career paths. We ensure that all of our pupils have opportunities to develop a range of skills associated with being successful in the world of work and to consider the world of work and their place within it.

Year 10 College Visits

Year 10 visit Newman Catholic College in Preston for the day and enjoy a range of taster sessions to help inform their post 16 choices.

Year 10 Careers Activities 

Blackpool and the Fylde College visit our school and provide a day of activities to provide pupils with a taste of potential post-16 courses.

Post 16 Options Evening

A wide range of colleges, apprenticeship providers, employers and universities meet pupils and their parents and help to guide them towards the most appropriate choices.

Pupils said:
“We got some great information and ideas. Thanks for organising this.” (Lucy and Georgia Year 10)

Parents said:
“A great concept – so happy to support it!” Mrs R. 
“This has been really valuable for us; we got some very useful information.”
Mrs G.

Visiting organisations said:
“LSFC had a lot of interest from students taking the initiative to find out more about their own career pathways and not just parents talking on their behalf. Which was really surprising!” (Liverpool Hope University)
 “From our perspective, we had a steady stream of interested parents and pupils all evening.  In terms of feedback, I think you pitched the evening about right, don’t overload them at this age, but injecting some realism hopefully gives them the context as to where their qualifications can lead.” (Bae Systems)
“We feel the event was very worthwhile to attend. Many families came to talk to us and we feel they took away lots of valuable information. It’s brilliant to see so many pupils thinking early about college choices.” 
(Cardinal Newman College.)

Year 11 Assemblies

A variety of post-16 providers present to pupils throughout the year.

Year 11 ‘Drop in’ sessions

These take place throughout Year 11. Colleges and apprenticeship providers drop in at lunchtimes (either main school or the YMCA) and our pupils can access staff who will guide and advise them regarding their post 16 choices.

Year 11 Careers Interviews

Year 11 pupils complete a generic application form  which is used as the basis for a thirty minute interview with representatives from colleges, apprenticeship providers, employers and universities. The interviewer then completes an Interview Feedback Sheet and discusses this with the pupil.

Visiting interviewers said:
“Outstanding organisation – it ran very smoothly. Fantastic learners: well informed, well prepared and a credit to the very obvious effort the school makes to develop and support every individual.” (VL Lancs Apprenticeships.)
“As always the event was very well organised and enjoyable to be part of.” (Blackpool and the Fylde College)
“All the pupils I met were a credit to the school and engaged in the interview. The format and timing worked well and the application form was well set out.” (Victrex Ltd)

Year 11 Pupils said:
“It was a very good experience to see what an interview is like. The interviewer gave good advice on how I could improve my form and what job I would be suited to.” (Casey)
“It was nerve wracking at first but the interviewer was very supportive and I grew more confident.” (Oskar)
“It was helpful, interesting and it gave me guidance about my future career path.” (Oliver)
“I now know how to improve my technique when going for an interview, as well as how to make my application form stand out.” (Chloe)
“It was my first interview but it made me feel more at ease about the future.” (Antonia)
“I have learned new things about myself and I am prepared for the sort of questions that I may be asked.” (Jessica)

The following websites are also very useful:

Russell Group Universities
This is a guide on post-16 education for those considering applying to Russell Group Universities.

Careersbox
This website has numerous video clips of real people talking about real jobs.  It also has an excellent section of apprenticeships.

National Careers Service
This is the Government’s own career website for all ages.  Very informative on careers, courses, CV writing and so on.

Apprenticeships
Gives you all the information you will need on apprenticeships and also has ‘live’ apprenticeship vacancies. 

The Apprenticeship Guide
Gives you all the information you will need on apprenticeships and also has ‘live’ apprenticeship vacancies.

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