Careers EDUCATION and GUIDANCE Department (CEG)
The CEG Department provides students with skills, knowledge and guidance that they need to make informed careers decisions at key points in their schooling and so prepare them for the world of work. Our aims are:
- To develop students through careers and work-related education and promote learning about careers and the world of work;
- To develop students so they can use career management and employability skills;
- To create a stable careers programme to prepare students for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life and support inspiring careers and enterprise activities in a stable careers programme;
- To help students make informed decisions, thus helping students cope with a challenging labour market;
- To improve motivation, attendance and attainment and promote ‘social mobility’ for the benefit of students, their families, their community and our wider society.
Hitchin Girls’ School is committed to giving high quality careers education opportunities and guidance to students about progression choices and ensuring that these choices are realistic and attainable for each student. The provision offered includes the following:
- Personal guidance and how to use labour market information;
- Promoting the use of resources available on the Google Classroom platform;
- Supporting students' transition to their next destination, for example, CVs and applications for apprenticeships, higher education and employment;
- Engagement with local and national employers;
- Providing Work Encounter provision - available to students in Years 8, 9, 11 and 12;
- Monitoring and tracking careers enrichment and engagement so that career link activities and skills have been captured on UNIFROG;
- Promoting careers education in the curriculum;
- Engaging Alumni to inspire students in their careers choices and pathways;
- Ensuring students have the opportunity to access specialist guidance when making a change to their career plan.
Our CEG programme of events and sessions include:
Aspirational and Pastoral Sessions in Learning for Life (L4L) and Form Time.
- Take Your Daughter to Work Day (TYDTW )
- Careers sessions in L4L and Form time
- Y8 Careers Day
- Apprenticeship talks/focus
- Form Time – including Unifrog
- Options talks and events
- Y11 Careers Day (Assembly and Form Time)
- HGS Careers Fair
- L4L Careers sessions including Unifrog
- Options talks
- Options event
- Careers interviews and an introduction to the Prospects Database and Higher Ideas
- Apprenticeship talks/focus
- Visit to UCAS Higher Education Convention
- Visit to the Oxbridge Convention
- Support for potential UCAS Oxbridge and Medicine students
- Talks from Student Finance, employers, apprenticeship providers, gap year providers and HGS Alumni
- One-to-one academic mentoring on UCAS applications and personal statements
- One-to-one CEG interviews on UCAS applications, apprenticeships, employment applications and gap year applications
- Day of workshops delivered by Young Enterprise
- Mock Oxbridge, Medics and Vets interviews
- Partner School Scheme with Invest In Education
- Opportunities to be Learning Ambassadors and Community Ambassadors within the local community
Unifrog - https://www.unifrog.org/
Unifrog is a careers internet application that allows students to explore information on all of the pathways that are available to them at each stage of their school education. Students can explore many different careers and find information about what qualifications and experience might be needed.
The Gatsby Benchmarks - https://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance
The Gatsby Benchmarks are a set of standards provided to schools to help them in the delivery of careers education and as a way of measuring CEG which can be used by Ofsted in an inspection. Unifrog, along with school provision, provides CEG in line with statutory guidelines and the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Labour Market Information (LMI) - https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/interested-in-the-lm-and-want-lmi/
Student and parents can explore good quality information about any future study options and labour market opportunities. Careerometer 2 allows students to investigate pay scales and compare different occupational employment patterns.
Working with Local Companies and Providers
HGS works with ELSA an educational charity which engages with schools and business to create links so that young people are given the opportunity to experience the world of work and encounter real people working in employment and so discover aspirational pathways. We also work with the Careers Enterprise Company to create links between business and schools, enhance our CEG provision and implement best practice. HGS supports students to experience work experience with local and national employers and we welcome links with employers who can offer work experience placements.
The Careers Team - Tel: 01462 621300
Ruth Cooper, Assistant Head Teacher (Ruth.Cooper@hgs.herts.sch.uk) leads our team which includes: Andy Whittle, Careers Co-ordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ruth Ward, Careers Adviser (David Ritchie Associates) and Lesley Ayres, Youth Connections Hertfordshire. Sixth Form careers are led by Tina Stokjo, Director of Sixth Form (Tina.Stojko@hgs.herts.sch.uk).