2 Format of the EveningCareers support at Northgate for pupils in Year 11 – Mrs C GrayThe Sixth Form route and Vocational Courses at college – Mr I TrenchApprenticeships – Mrs C GrayIn the Lower School centre - a chance to meet representatives from Northgate Sixth Form, Suffolk New College, Otley College, Suffolk One and an Apprenticeship Champion
3 Which Way now? Huge choice post-16 Options are full time education e.g. school / college or work-based learning e.g. an apprenticeship/part time education with employment or voluntary workCompetition for placesJobs for young people without any qualifications are disappearing
4 14 -19 Pathways All new qualifications fit into one of these pathways: CONSIDER OPTIONS14CONSIDER OPTIONS16CONSIDER OPTIONS17CONSIDER OPTIONS18Further educationGCSEFoundation, Higher or Advanced DiplomaFoundation or Higher DiplomaGCSE / A-LevelHigher educationFoundation Learning TierFoundation Learning TierApprenticeship post 18EmploymentApprenticeshipEmployment with TrainingEmployment with training
5 What jobs are available in Suffolk? Health and Social CareEnergyPorts and LogisticsICTCreative MediaTourismFood and DrinkBiotechnologyEngineering
6 The September Guarantee/RPA Ensures that every 16 and 17 year old is offered an appropriate place of learning for the September following the end of compulsory educationRaising the Participation Age – The law has changed – young people must stay in learning until the age of 17A back up option is vital for many young people to avoid becoming NEET (Not in education, employment or training)
7 Influences on Young People ParentsFriends/PeersTeachersYoung people do value advice!
8 Support at Northgate Careers Lessons Careers Adviser Teachers Additional Support
9 Careers Lessons Seven lessons of one hour fifteen minutes Impartial advice and guidance designed to ensure that the options pupils select do not restrict their future choicesPupils are given an understanding of the opportunities for progression afforded by each course / pathwayGuidance on application forms and interviews
10 Year 11 Important Dates24th September onwards Year 11 Tutor interviews26th September Year 11 Pathways evening25th October Open Morning/evening29th Oct-Nov 2nd Half term12th-16th November Mock GCSE exams13th December Advice meetings re post 16 transition21st December Estimated grades/post 16 advice issuedEnd of Autumn Term Suffolk/Otley college applications in24th December- 6th Jan Christmas holiday10th January Sixth Form Information Evening17th January Parents Evening21st January Sixth Form applications close18th -22nd February Half term18th -22nd March GCSE Drama Exams26th March Year 11 Revision Advice Evening1st – 12th April Easter holiday22nd April GCSE language orals/practical exams13th May GCSE written exams begin27th – 31st May Half term28th June GCSE exams end22nd August GCSE results published
11 Careers AdviserOur Careers Adviser, Mrs Pauline Young, will conduct interviews throughout the year.Pupils will be identified for interviews or can self refer through form tutors or Mrs Gray.
12 Teacher SupportIndividual interviews with form tutors September/October 2012Form tutor support throughout the yearSubject teachers / Head of Year, Mr B Karwoski / Head of Middle School, Ms P DalgarnoYear 11 Report and Advice Letter - DecemberParents’ Evening - JanuaryYear 11 Revision Evening – March
13 Additional SupportOutside agencies – Children and Young People’s ServicesEmployersWeb-based supportFinancial support – the Bursary
14 Web Support www.thesource.me.uk (online prospectus)
15 Destinations September 2012 Sixth Forms – 68.5%College – 26%Apprenticeship / Work with Training – 3%Seeking work/training – 2.5%
17 Different Levels? Entry Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Foundation Learning GCSE D-GGCSE A*-CA/ASBTEC FirstBTEC NationalCambridge/OCR National L2Cambridge/OCR National L3
18 AS & A Levels: Introduction AS (Advanced Subsidiary)A (Advanced)Level 3 QualificationsWidely recognisedOne of the main routes into higher educationUseful for employment
19 AS & A Levels: Component Parts Each part makes up 50% of the A Level gradeNormally a two year courseChoose from a wide range of academic subjects, as well as some 'applied' (work-related) subjects
20 AS & A Levels AS Level: qualification in its own right. A Level: in Y13 you take the A2 - second half of the A Level.The A2 is designed to deepen and develop knowledge.
21 AS & A Levels: Entry Requirements Usually you need at least five or six GCSE’s at grades A* to CMust have either Maths or English at GCSE grade C or above (preferably both)Sometimes, you need a grade B or above at GCSE in a particular subject to take it at AS or A Level
22 AS & A Levels: Which Subjects? Continue with subjects you studied at GCSEChemistryEnglish LiteratureFrenchDesign Technology
23 AS & A Levels: Which Subjects? Study new subjectsSociologyPsychologyLawGeology
24 AS & A Levels: Applied Subjects A range of A Levels, called ‘Applied A Levels' in areas such as:ScienceHealth & Social CareBusinessThese have a slightly different assessment scheme to the more traditional A Levels 70% coursework and 30% exam
25 AS & A Levels: How are they assessed? The majority of the assessment is by written exams.In some subjects there is a small amount of coursework.Assessment of practical skills in some subjects eg science or art.
26 AS & A LevelsMost students studying A Levels take four AS Levels in their first yearMany then opt to take three subjects in their second year through to A LevelThis means you can keep your options open about which subjects to study as a full A LevelMany schools/colleges also make students take some form of enrichment qualification
27 AS & A Levels: Grading AS Levels are graded from A to E A Levels are graded from A* to E
28 GCSE/Level 2 It does not quite work out in Year 11? Programmes available that enable students to get their GCSE grade C in English and/or MathsImprove their overall profileKeeps options open for another year
29 Possible GCSE Programme Maths and EnglishApplied ScienceNOCN Preparation for Working Life (=2)PsychologyApplied Media
30 Work Related Qualifications BTEC, Cambridge/OCR Nationals etc
31 What they are ….. Work related Practical, real world approach to learningDevelop skills required for the workplaceProvide progression to employmentCan lead to progression onto higher education programmesDeveloped with employers representatives
32 What they are not …….Specific qualification leading to a specific job
33 Assessment Realistic, work-based assignments Often coursework orientatedPractical approach to assessmentInternally assessed, externally moderated
34 Levels & Progression Entry level through to Level 3 May be taken alongside GCSE, A/AS level to complement studiesProgressionEmploymentHigher level vocational programmeHigher Education (from L3)NVQ
35 Some Examples Agriculture Animal Management Art & Design Business ConstructionEngineeringHealth & Social CareHospitalityICTLeisureMediaPerforming ArtsPublic ServicesSportTravel & Tourism
36 Apprenticeships Welcome This presentation is aimed to give you information about Apprenticeships including:- What they are- How they are structured- The qualifications you can gain- How they are delivered- Benefits- How to find and apply for an ApprenticeshipThe curriculum today meets the needs of some - but not all - of our young people.The Government is therefore changing the curriculum so that it caters for all our young people – so more young people can achieve at a higher level by 19.That’s what’s behind this major reform coming in for year olds; they will be offered a new set of options and different learning styles so each young person can pick the route that will work best for them.A core option for young people will be to undertake an Apprenticeship. For those students who prefer to learn by doing and for whom earning whilst they learn is a significant motivator, Apprenticeships are a really positive option.
38 What is an Apprenticeship Learn at workOn the job experience whilst being paid a wageGaining skills and qualificationsNumber of elements to each ApprenticeshipA competence based elementA technical elementA skills elementEmployment Rights & ResponsibilitiesPersonal Learning & Thinking SkillsOver 200 frameworks covering 80 sectors5.PLTS2.TechnicalCertificate3.Key SkillsAn ApprenticeshipThe young person will learn at work, get real on the job experience whilst getting paid a wage. They will have the chance of progressing whilst developing their knowledge through qualifications. Their future prospects will be good both in gaining skills and furthering their education. There are a number of elements to each Apprenticeship and this is called the Framework. This means the young person will get a range of qualifications as they progress through their training and education. Each Apprenticeship framework has five main strands:• A competence based element• A technical element• A skills element• ERR• PLTSThe three strands are sometimes accompanied by additional qualifications to give the most relevant skills and knowledge required for the job that the apprentice is employed in.The framework is developed by employers and the Sector Skills Council meaning that the apprentice will be learning the exact skills that the employer requires whilst also developing skills you can lead to another role. There are over 190 frameworks covering 80 sectors ranging from Accountancy to Youth Work.
39 What is an Apprenticeship? A work based programme designed around the needs of an employerLeads to recognised qualifications;- Competence based qualification e.g. an NVQ- Knowledge based qualification e.g. a BTEC or City & Guilds Award- Skills qualification e.g. Key Skills / Functional SkillsYou can study at three different levels- Intermediate Level Apprenticeship – Level 2- Advanced Level Apprenticeship – Level 3- Higher Level Apprenticeship – Level 4There are 3 levels of framework;TypicallyApprenticeship FrameworkLevel 2 competenceLevel 2 technicalSkills at level 1 and level 2Advanced Apprenticeship FrameworkLevel 3 competenceLevel 3 technicalSkills at level 2 and level 3Higher Apprenticeship FrameworkLevel 4 competenceLevel 4 technical withSkills at level 3Get certificates for each element of the framework.Once all elements of the framework have been completed – get an overarching Apprenticeship Qualification and certificate to show this.
40 Why Apprenticeships? They offer an alternative pathway to young people They combine on and off the job training with work skillsGovernment’s primary route to skills and employabilityBusiness benefits:Provide a fully trained, competent workforceReduce recruitment costs, greater staff retention and motivationIndividual benefits:Waged employmentNationally recognised qualificationsDevelops personal qualities and occupational competenceExplain the benefits of completing an Apprenticeship.An apprentice is an employee, earning a wage and working alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications such as National Vocational Qualiﬁcations (NVQ), Technical Certificates and Key Skills.Normally, an apprentice will spend four days a week with their employer obtaining the practical skills and job knowledge necessary for their chosen occupation. One day a week will be spent with a training provider doing practical tasks, learning necessary job theory and developing key employment skills.Government’s primary route to skills and employability.Businesses benefit from……Young people benefit from…..
41 The Apprenticeship Experience Welcome This presentation is aimed to give you information about Apprenticeships including:- What they are- How they are structured- The qualifications you can gain- How they are delivered- Benefits- How to find and apply for an ApprenticeshipThe curriculum today meets the needs of some - but not all - of our young people.The Government is therefore changing the curriculum so that it caters for all our young people – so more young people can achieve at a higher level by 19.That’s what’s behind this major reform coming in for year olds; they will be offered a new set of options and different learning styles so each young person can pick the route that will work best for them.A core option for young people will be to undertake an Apprenticeship. For those students who prefer to learn by doing and for whom earning whilst they learn is a significant motivator, Apprenticeships are a really positive option.
42 Apprenticeships an Overview Generally takes between one to three years.Mixture of on and off the job training.Majority of time is in the workplaceRemaining learning delivered by a provider which could be a specialist provider or an FE College.The provider supports throughout the Apprenticeship, including assessment in the work place for the NVQ part of the ApprenticeshipAn Apprenticeship generally takes between one to three years.Apprenticeships are a mixture of on and off the job training.The majority of time is in the workplace and is supported by a mentor.The remaining learning is delivered by a learning provider which could be a specialist provider or an FE College.The learning provider supports you throughout the Apprenticeship including the assessment in the work place for the NVQ part of the Apprenticeship.
44 Who are Apprenticeships for? Paid staff aged 16 to 64 years in most roles and occupations.New recruits and existing staff developing in their role.Individuals wanting to develop their career or have a change of career.Individuals wanting to learn through experience at work who value training and qualifications.Individuals who want a work-based learning approach to gaining qualifications – with a view to working towards Advanced Level Apprenticeships, Higher Level Apprenticeships and a Foundation Degree.An Apprenticeship is a real job – available to paid staff aged years.Available to new staff and existing staff who wish to develop their skills in their role.Many employers recruit through so by applying for the job in this way will give guaranteed access to an Apprenticeship.If a young person prefers learning in action as opposed to learning in a classroom, Apprenticeships are a good route for them.A young person may complete an Apprenticeship and then progress on to complete an Advanced Apprenticeship. They may decide to access further learning at college or use it as a route to HE.Many employers allow day release to progress to HE, or evening classes and may cover the cost.New Higher Apprenticeships are being developed currently there are 4 available see for more information .UCAS are also working on accrediting Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships with UCAS points.
45 What are Employers Looking for? Employers are looking for a range of qualities in an apprentice.There are no set entry requirements for most Apprenticeships although the young person will need to show a range of characteristics to provide the employer with a reason for recruiting them.Apprenticeships contain an:NVQ level 2 – often no qualifications are required at entry but applicants must have aptitude, motivation and a willingness to learn and ability to achieve at level 2. Some employers do ask for some GCSEs, sometimes in specific subject areas.If a learner has achieved 5 good (A-C) GCSE grades (usually including Maths and English) in some situations they can progress direct to Advanced Apprenticeship NVQ level 3. Some sectors will require either an Apprenticeship in that area or an equivalent level 2 qualification before completing the Advanced Apprenticeship i.e. floristry, engineering.
47 Register on Apprenticeship Vacancies Why should you register?How to:Register as a candidateSet up alertsSearch for vacanciesApply for vacanciesApprenticeship vacancies online advertises all Apprenticeship vacancies that are available up and down the country. The vacancies are real opportunities, with an employer and learning provider to deliver the training.It is a national system and therefore holds vacancies all over England. Employers have to pay a minimum of £95 a week, but many employers pay more than this. The average weekly wage is £170.Young people will need to register in order to use the site fullyGo to Apprenticeship vacancies (via apprenticeships.org.uk) and register details by clicking the 'Register now' link under the 'New User?' tab.
48 How to become an apprentice Go toComplete registrationComplete profileSearch for current vacanciesSave favourite searchSet up SMS/ alertsApply for vacancies onlineView applications sent for vacanciesFAQs sectionUse the Website link – to be able search and apply online for vacancies.You can search by job role/occupation, keyword and geographic location to find the type of work you are interested in near you.The candidate has their own Apprenticeship space to save and apply for vacancies, They can- view the applications they have sent for vacancies,- choose to be alerted when new vacancies arrive on the system either by text or SMS etc.
49 For further information about Apprenticeships: Visit:The Apprenticeships website atOr visit the Jobs4U section atOr search for details of local training providers in Suffolk atOr talk to:Your local youth support service onYour Apprenticeship ChampionVictoria Calder –
50 What next? Attend open evenings/days/taster sessions Meeting deadlines for courses is vitalThe more training and qualifications you have the better your chances of getting and keeping a job that you enjoyBe positive and confident and well informed and you will make the correct choices for your future
51 Thank you for comingPlease make your way over to Lower School now if you would like to find out more information from any of the institutions represented..