The designated Careers Lead for Chorlton High School is Ms. L. Galbraith.
Chorlton High School is committed to providing quality and impartial careers education, information and guidance ensuring students are able to make informed and aspirational choices about their future routes. At the core of all the careers work is the belief that quality CEIAG has a positive effect on student engagement, attitudes and outcomes.
The careers programme at CHS is comprehensive; CEIAG is delivered through the Academic curriculum, Life Skills curriculum and the Enrichment curriculum. We are delighted to have been accredited with the Inspiring IAG (Information and Guidance) Gold award, which recognises good quality careers education, information and guidance.
The CHS Careers Programme
Each year group has a particular focus and drive that builds the knowledge and employability skills that students need to develop in order to achieve their future goals.
- Year 7 – Dare to dream – Aspiration and the mapping of skills and abilities.
During transition and the start of year 7, students provide us with information about the subjects that they are passionate about, their aspirations for the future and Career pathways that they are interested in. This enable the Achievement Team and Curriculum areas to identify suitable students for the wealth of careers opportunities available. These include encounters with employers, motivational speakers, workshops and trips.
- Year 8 – Recognising and developing Employability skills. Option choices for KS4.
A number of opportunities are created for students to have taster sessions in subject areas or careers that they are interested in so that they can make informed judgements about the choices that they opt to study in Year 9. Examples of this are talks from the Construction industry, trips to digital companies and speed networking events. All year 8 students have a pathways interview with a member of staff to guide them through their options choices. Students also log onto Kudos – an interactive online website that gives students ideas for potential careers pathways based on their likes and dislikes and allows them to research possible courses, training and employment options. Students are also encouraged to attend the drop in sessions with the in school careers guidance.
- Year 9 – Researching career choices and where the subjects being studied can lead. Looking at which skills are missing and need to be acquired. Development of the Qualities of Success (QOS).
Students develop their employability skills through the pastoral curriculum, looking at the Qualities of Success and reflecting on their strengths and areas for development. All year 9 students also complete an Extended Learning Experience Day focused on Careers and Enterprise. They take part in a number of workshops including; developing interview skills, team building challenges, researching careers on kudos, alumni talks and a Financial Enterprise event with local employers.
- Year 10 – Researching College courses and the further development/embedding of employability skills through work experience. Developing skills and interests profile and building on the Qualities of Success.
All year 10 students complete two weeks of work experience in the Spring term. This offers an opportunity to fully experience the world of work and further develop the employability skills required for a successful career. We work with Our Futures to secure exciting placements over a range of sectors in the Manchester area. A variety of College taster days take place for students to think further about their destinations post high school. One to one meetings with the in school careers advisor take place for year 10 students in the Summer term.
- Year 11 – Consolidating the Qualities of Success and employability skills. Deciding on which route to follow and completing the application process. Securing the grades required.
All year 11 students are invited to a Further Education evening where they have an opportunity to meet a number of educational and training providers, learn more about the routes available and further understand the application process. All students meet the in school Careers advisor at least once more to support them in securing a post 16 destination. College interviews and staff support with the college application process takes place, as well as apprenticeship talks, University seminars and the Life Skills Curriculum.
Extra provision is also provided through the local authority for students who may need more intensive, personalised and targeted support to ensure a successful transition.
The Achievement Team
Each year the Achievement team run a STEMfest week where students across the year groups take part in a range of activities to develop their awareness of careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics industries. The activities in 2017-18 included Harry Potter themed science experiments, working with engineers to design roller coasters, a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry, looking at the Scientific history of Greater Manchester and a STEM Careers networking event. Students also led on raising money for the local Christie hospital through raising awareness and STEM themed bake sales.
2017-18 has also seen the introduction of CLASSfest. This event is an exploration of careers in the Creative industries, Languages and Social Sciences. Events include a photography show and tell, an author visit, a Law inspirational speaker, a Law lecture and a Careers networking event.
Business Enterprise Network
During the academic year 2017-18, CHS has joined the Business Enterprise Network. This means that we are working closely with a local Business Entrepreneur to ensure that our students are getting the best possible careers opportunities and are developing the skills that are in demand for the local labour market.
We are pleased to introduce Jonny Kidd as our Business Enterprise Advisor. Here is some information about Jonny’s Road to Success.
"I went to Almondbury High School Comprehensive in Huddersfield leaving with 3 GCSE passes in 1991.
I studied a BTEC in Business and Finance and then went into full time work at 18 years old (I have worked since I was 11 years old doing various jobs).
I studied part time for a HNC in Business and worked in TV advertising from 1998 after starting at the bottom in cable TV and working upwards…
I went on to work in New York and Australia and returned to the UK in 2002 to work at ITV1 Granada in Manchester.
I set up my own business ‘Media Clarity’ in 2006 and have turned over £50million plus to date."
Jonny is also a mentor for the Tech Trust, supporting budding entrepreneurs in the Technology Industry.
Please see below for the more information about his profile.
Jonny Kidd is a Media agency owner with 20 years TV buying experience working in the UK, US and Australia at ITV, Cable TV and Time Warner.
After working at ITV1 Granada for 4 years Jonny set up Media Clarity in 2006 to work with ‘challenger brands’ aiming to use TV advertising to leverage their brands into the mainstream, often to increase sales or to sell the business!
Jonny works with local businesses using TV for the first time and international business spending millions across the UK and beyond. Specializing in buying ‘traditional media’ like radio, posters and TV alongside digital agencies and their offerings.
Jonny has been mentoring and investing in businesses around the North West since 2014. A happily married father of two and keen Huddersfield Town fan enjoying the best football he’s seen down there in his 42 years!!!
The CHS community is committed to raising money for a range of local charities, national events and global campaigns throughout the year. The students have led on creating a ‘Choose Love’ campaign and this has been embedded as an annual event where students create unique pieces of Dance, Drama and Music and organise the marketing and event planning independently. We are very proud to announce that we have raised over £5000 for Help Refugees and local refugee charity, Care UK.
The school employs a qualified Careers Advisor from 'Our Futures' who meets with every student in Year 10 or in Year 11. Students are able to gain individualised advice and guidance on their proposed courses and routes post 16. The careers advisor can also be seen by any student at any time by simply making an appointment at the Library or by attending one of the drop-in sessions offered on a Monday after school.
All our students can access resources and information at any time by using the careers section in the Library where they can pick up prospectuses, leaflets and application forms.
The school has subscribed to Careers Mag, a magazine designed to give top tips to parents regarding careers, post 16 routes and the variety of available job opportunities.
The school has also invested in TWO on-line software packages to provide additional impartial careers advice and guidance.
Cascaid offers each student personalised career information on possible career choices based on interests, skills and subjects being studied. Students can make and update an individual action plan based on goals set and accomplished. When students login for the first time, they will need to follow the instructions given on the screen.
This website offers students information on thousands of careers giving details of qualification required, wages, job roles and related information. Log in details are available from the Library.
There are also a great many additional websites that offer valuable careers information.
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ - this is the official government site and offers information on a wide range of careers, job roles and CV writing. There are a number of career tools that support choices about future routes.
https://www.gov.uk/education/apprenticeships-traineeships-and-internships/ – offers information about different apprenticeships and provides details of current vacancies.
http://www.careersbox.co.uk – students can watch films and videos about different jobs.
http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk - Information on the wide range of careers within the NHS.
http://www.ucas.com – offers advice on course choices and options after doing GCSE’s. In addition students can start thinking about universities and course entry requirements
www.whatcareerisrightforme.com – students can take a free aptitude test to see which job they are suited to.