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1 NORTHGATE HIGH SCHOOL Pathways Post-16

2 Format of the Evening Careers support at Northgate for pupils in Year 11 – Mrs C Gray The Sixth Form route and Vocational Courses at college – Mr I Trench Apprenticeships – Mrs C Gray In 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 work Competition for places Jobs for young people without any qualifications are disappearing

4 14 -19 Pathways All new qualifications fit into one of these pathways:
CONSIDER OPTIONS 14 CONSIDER OPTIONS 16 CONSIDER OPTIONS 17 CONSIDER OPTIONS 18 Further education GCSE Foundation, Higher or Advanced Diploma Foundation or Higher Diploma GCSE / A-Level Higher education Foundation Learning Tier Foundation Learning Tier Apprenticeship post 18 Employment Apprenticeship Employment with Training Employment with training

5 What jobs are available in Suffolk?
Health and Social Care Energy Ports and Logistics ICT Creative Media Tourism Food and Drink Biotechnology Engineering

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 education Raising the Participation Age – The law has changed – young people must stay in learning until the age of 17 A back up option is vital for many young people to avoid becoming NEET (Not in education, employment or training)

7 Influences on Young People
Parents Friends/Peers Teachers Young 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 choices Pupils are given an understanding of the opportunities for progression afforded by each course / pathway Guidance on application forms and interviews

10 Year 11 Important Dates 24th September onwards Year 11 Tutor interviews 26th September Year 11 Pathways evening 25th October Open Morning/evening 29th Oct-Nov 2nd Half term 12th-16th November Mock GCSE exams 13th December Advice meetings re post 16 transition 21st December Estimated grades/post 16 advice issued End of Autumn Term Suffolk/Otley college applications in 24th December- 6th Jan Christmas holiday 10th January Sixth Form Information Evening 17th January Parents Evening 21st January Sixth Form applications close 18th -22nd February Half term 18th -22nd March GCSE Drama Exams 26th March Year 11 Revision Advice Evening 1st – 12th April Easter holiday 22nd April GCSE language orals/practical exams 13th May GCSE written exams begin 27th – 31st May Half term 28th June GCSE exams end 22nd August GCSE results published

11 Careers Adviser Our 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 Support Individual interviews with form tutors September/October 2012 Form tutor support throughout the year Subject teachers / Head of Year, Mr B Karwoski / Head of Middle School, Ms P Dalgarno Year 11 Report and Advice Letter - December Parents’ Evening - January Year 11 Revision Evening – March

13 Additional Support Outside agencies – Children and Young People’s Services Employers Web-based support Financial support – the Bursary

14 Web Support www.thesource.me.uk
(online prospectus) https:/nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

15 Destinations September 2012
Sixth Forms – 68.5% College – 26% Apprenticeship / Work with Training – 3% Seeking work/training – 2.5%

16 Qualifications @ Post-16 Centres

17 Different Levels? Entry Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Foundation Learning
GCSE D-G GCSE A*-C A/AS BTEC First BTEC National Cambridge/OCR National L2 Cambridge/OCR National L3

18 AS & A Levels: Introduction
AS (Advanced Subsidiary) A (Advanced) Level 3 Qualifications Widely recognised One of the main routes into higher education Useful for employment

19 AS & A Levels: Component Parts
Each part makes up 50% of the A Level grade Normally a two year course Choose 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 C Must 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 GCSE Chemistry English Literature French Design Technology

23 AS & A Levels: Which Subjects?
Study new subjects Sociology Psychology Law Geology

24 AS & A Levels: Applied Subjects
A range of  A Levels, called ‘Applied A Levels' in areas such as: Science Health & Social Care Business These 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 Levels Most students studying A Levels take four AS Levels in their first year Many then opt to take three subjects in their second year through to A Level This means you can keep your options open about which subjects to study as a full A Level Many 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 Maths Improve their overall profile Keeps options open for another year

29 Possible GCSE Programme
Maths and English Applied Science NOCN Preparation for Working Life (=2) Psychology Applied Media

30 Work Related Qualifications
BTEC, Cambridge/OCR Nationals etc

31 What they are ….. Work related
Practical, real world approach to learning Develop skills required for the workplace Provide progression to employment Can lead to progression onto higher education programmes Developed with employers representatives

32 What they are not ……. Specific qualification leading to a specific job

33 Assessment Realistic, work-based assignments
Often coursework orientated Practical approach to assessment Internally assessed, externally moderated

34 Levels & Progression Entry level through to Level 3
May be taken alongside GCSE, A/AS level to complement studies Progression Employment Higher level vocational programme Higher Education (from L3) NVQ

35 Some Examples Agriculture Animal Management Art & Design Business
Construction Engineering Health & Social Care Hospitality ICT Leisure Media Performing Arts Public Services Sport Travel & 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 Apprenticeship The 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.

37 What is an Apprenticeship?

38 What is an Apprenticeship
Learn at work On the job experience whilst being paid a wage Gaining skills and qualifications Number of elements to each Apprenticeship A competence based element A technical element A skills element Employment Rights & Responsibilities Personal Learning & Thinking Skills Over 200 frameworks covering 80 sectors 5. PLTS 2. Technical Certificate 3. Key Skills An Apprenticeship The 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 • PLTS The 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 employer Leads 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 Skills You can study at three different levels - Intermediate Level Apprenticeship – Level 2 - Advanced Level Apprenticeship – Level 3 - Higher Level Apprenticeship – Level 4 There are 3 levels of framework; Typically Apprenticeship Framework Level 2 competence Level 2 technical Skills at level 1 and level 2 Advanced Apprenticeship Framework Level 3 competence Level 3 technical Skills at level 2 and level 3 Higher Apprenticeship Framework Level 4 competence Level 4 technical with Skills at level 3 Get 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 skills Government’s primary route to skills and employability Business benefits: Provide a fully trained, competent workforce Reduce recruitment costs, greater staff retention and motivation Individual benefits: Waged employment Nationally recognised qualifications Develops personal qualities and occupational competence Explain 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 Apprenticeship The 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 workplace Remaining 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 Apprenticeship An 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.

43 Who can do an 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.

46 Getting Started Applying on-line

47 Register on Apprenticeship Vacancies
Why should you register? How to: Register as a candidate Set up alerts Search for vacancies Apply for vacancies Apprenticeship 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 fully Go 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 to Complete registration Complete profile Search for current vacancies Save favourite search Set up SMS/ alerts Apply for vacancies online View applications sent for vacancies FAQs section Use 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 at Or visit the Jobs4U section at Or search for details of local training providers in Suffolk at Or talk to: Your local youth support service on Your Apprenticeship Champion Victoria Calder –

50 What next? Attend open evenings/days/taster sessions
Meeting deadlines for courses is vital The more training and qualifications you have the better your chances of getting and keeping a job that you enjoy Be positive and confident and well informed and you will make the correct choices for your future

51 Thank you for coming Please make your way over to Lower School now if you would like to find out more information from any of the institutions represented. .


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