At Ribston we recognise the importance of CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance). Our Careers Lead is Miss Phoenix who provides one-to-one sessions for our students.
Our Careers programme spans the full seven years of study at Ribston Hall, with a tailored programme of activity for each age group. It forms part of the PHSE curriculum, during which we deliver a range of practical enterprise and employability activities to equip students with the knowledge and skills to understand and capitalise on the opportunities presented to them.
The careers programme is embedded throughout the curriculum with opportunities for learning about different careers delivered through every day teaching so that students understand the relevance of their subjects and learning. The programme supports and enhances this and careers learning is sequenced through a student’s time at Ribston.
In October 5000 people tuned in live to the Apprenticeship and Technical Education pathways in Gloucestershire broadcast.
The aim of the broadcast was to help parents/guardians understand the landscape of post 16 options within the county of Gloucestershire. We heard from six different apprenticeship providers and organisations that deliver vocational qualifications, including T-Levels and Independent Training Providers. This knowledge will allow parents/carers to support their young person when it comes to making decisions about their next steps.
This broadcast is now available to watch back on demand by clicking the below link
All students have access to Unifrog, a careers package full advice, opportunities and information. Unifrog allows students to explore their personal skills, qualities and interests. It has tools to help students source opportunities at universities in the UK, US and European as well as apprenticeships. They are also able to access a full careers library, online webinars and open learning courses to enhance their careers research. We use the Unifrog placement tool to support students organising their own work experience in Year 12. It can be accessed from the student dashboard.
There is an introduction to Unifrog along with details of how to register for an account as a parent/carer which can be viewed here.
We run a series of Personal Development days throughout the year when we invite outside organisations to school to run sessions with the students. The subject matter of these sessions varies between year groups. Each session is age-appropriate and these examples demonstrate the type of education we focus on during these sessions:
Opportunities for work experience, talks and apprenticeship vacancies are regularly signposted in school and the daily student briefing email.
We work closely with gfirstLEP, an Education and Skills team based in Gloucestershire, who support our careers team in delivering mentoring, advice and guidance in support of the Gatsby Career Benchmarks, which are part of the government careers strategy.
We enjoy welcoming speakers into school, particularly former students, to give industry insights and specific career advice to interested students. We host multiple Careers Conversations each year and have recently hosted talks on careers in law, fashion, computer games design, nursing and teaching.
Green Careers Week
Green Careers Week is a fantastic new initiative launched last year. In 2023, it will take place between 6th and 11th November to provide young people with an insight into careers that specifically protect the environment and will help the UK achieve its pledge of reaching Net Zero by 2050. You can find out more in The Parent’s Guide To Green Careers Week 2023.
We provide a wealth of information on careers in Wakelet which also has
a comprehensive section on apprenticeships (with information about higher/degree level apprenticeships) that parents and carers as well as students may find useful.
Sixth From Careers
For more detailed information on Careers in Sixth Form, please see our Sixth Form Careers page.
UCAS Parent & Carer Guide
Parent, Guardian and Carer Guide 2023
Apprenticeship Parents Guide
Hints & Tips for Parents & Carers
Staff and the Career Programme
Staff at Ribston Hall have access to the Careers strategy and careers programme information through their internal online platform, which is regularly updated and reviewed. They can access the careers programme and details on careers provision. Careers resources are available electronically and hardcopies are located in the library.
The library hosts information about jobs, what qualifications you need and opportunities available. Staff also have access to sixth form and university prospectuses. Staff are invited to provide feedback on the careers provision and are supported by the Careers Lead.